Dec 30, 2010

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Jeff Gates: "The Enemy Within" [1 Attachment]

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Please see attached word document titled "The Enemy Within." Text is 794 words.

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Jeff Gates

The Enemy Within


The phrase "enemy within" brings to mind the image of a shadowy spy stealingmilitary secrets. That was the case for Israeli master spy Jonathan Pollard jailed for 1980s espionage that compromised U.S. Cold War strategy.


That phrase also describes those involved in a form of psy-ops that is not easily detected because it operates so brazenly. For instance, the well-timed release of diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks displaced reports of Israeli obstinacy in peace talks with reports of a need for war with Iran.


That operation relied on editors at four major newspapers chosen by WikiLeaks to manage the releases. Despite the delight at their impact voiced by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, mainstream media failed to mention the possibility of undisclosed bias by those who chose what to release and when.


The bias of The New York Times is well known. Less clear is the role of Ian Katz, Deputy Editor at The Guardian (London) and Executive Editor Sylvie Kauffman at Le Monde in Paris. The geopolitical success of the WikiLeaksoperation suggests an enemy within.


Israeli duplicity often operates through what U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates describes as "the people in between." When waging unconventional warfare, those people are the most dangerous combatants, particularly those operatives in mainstream media.


The People in Between


For systems of governance reliant on informed consent, nothing could be more perilous. The "people in between" routinely target media—freedom's greatest vulnerability—as a means for displacing facts with what a targeted populace can be deceived to believe.


How old is this duplicity? How long have false beliefs been used to manipulate behavior? Modern technology—particularly media—enables deception on a global scale. Between the American populace and the facts they require to protect their freedom—that's where this enemy within imbeds its operatives.


The false intelligence claiming Iraqi WMD was a people-in-between operation. Judith Miller at The New York Times fed us a steady diet of front-page news that we now know was fixed around Israeli goals promoted by Ahmad Chalabi, a London-based Iraqi expatriate who, like Israel, sought regime change in Iraq.


Pentagon insider Richard Perle developed Chalabi over two decades. A Jewish Zionist, Perle has long been a strategically well-placed "person in between." Miller left The Times and joined Fox News and then Newsmax.


Yet the impact of complicit media pales in comparison to the enemy within that brought the U.S. economy to its knees and undermined national security at its financial core.


Imbedded Inside


The most devastating in this chronicle of enemies is the most difficult to see. As with other "in between" operations, this too succeeds by displacing facts with false beliefs. Only in this case, those beliefs were imbedded in education and over decades worked their way into law.


Known as the "Washington Consensus," this widely shared perspective shapes economic policy worldwide. At the heart of this generally accepted truth is foundthe belief that money should be accountable only to itself.


In this mindset, financial freedom is an article of faith. Instead of the civil rights refrain, "Let my people go," its proponents insist: "Let my money go." Allow money the freedom to work its will worldwide and everything will work out fine.


That shared belief works "in between" in the same way that Jonathan Pollard undermined national security, WikiLeaks shifted attention to Iran and Judith Miller induced us to war in Iraq. Only in this case a false belief has been so thoroughly internalized that it's difficult to see because this shared mindset has become that with which we have been educated do our seeing.


A Global Sanhedrin


The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund are the primary apostles of this consensus faith. The World Trade Organization (WTO) now seeks to take this belief to global scale by enforcing unrestricted free trade not only in goodsand services but also financial capital.


The WTO operates like a global Sanhedrin akin to a Jewish high council accountable only to itself. What's now emerging as a global enemy within is a finance-guided form of transnational governance marketed as free trade butaccountable only to itself.


That 'self' traces its origins to an internalized mindset in which financial freedomserves, by consensus, as a proxy for personal freedom. That mindset was decades in the making.


This modern-day Mindset Warfare is being waged by an enemy that is trulywithin. Fast globalizing financial forces now induce us to freely embrace the very forces that undermine our freedom. 


By waging war on us from the inside out, the originators of this money-myopic mindset dismantled the U.S. economy, enabled vast financial pillaging and induced us to fiscal ruin.

Those wielding this weaponry operate from our internal shadows as the Zionist entity within.


Jeff Gates is author of Guilt By Association – How Deception and Self-Deceit Took America to War. See

Negev reactor purely peaceful


The Jewish weekly "Forward" has a regular section on "50 [also 75, 100] YEARS AGO IN THE FORWARD". This is what we read in the issue of Dec. 24:

50 Years Ago in the Forward

Reports of a secret atomic research program in Israel have brought about great worry in diplomatic circles in both the West and the Arab world. But the U.S. State Department has announced it is satisfied that the nuclear reactor Israel has begun building in the Negev desert will be used only for peaceful purposes. The State Department report noted that, according to the Israeli government, the reactor would be open for inspection by researchers from friendly countries. Within diplomatic circles, it is hoped that this announcement will calm frayed nerves in the Arab world.

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Seattle bus controversy on RT

Date: December 30, 2010 12:08:17 AM EST

The story of the Seattle bus controversy was broadcast on RT (Russia Today) on a PBS channel. The version of the story on their web site is below.

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Israel war crimes, your tax dollars at work


Israel war crimes, your tax dollars at work

Published: 30 December, 2010, 01:22
Edited: 29 December, 2010, 17:22

A pro-Palestinian organization - The Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign - had purchased ad space on twelve Seattle King County Metro Transit buses alleging Israeli war crimes in Gaza and featuring the tag line: "your tax dollars at work."
This past Monday marked the two year anniversary of a three-week armed conflict that took place in theGaza Strip andSouthernIsraelduring the winter of 2008–2009. In an escalation of the ongoing conflict, Israel responded to Hamas' "Operation Oil Stain" rocket firewith military force in an action titled "Operation Cast Lead".
A pro-Palestinian organization – The Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign – had purchased ad space on twelve Seattle King County Metro Transit buses alleging Israeli war crimes in Gaza and featuring the tag line: "your tax dollars at work."
Edward Mast from the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign says, "We hoped to mount and educational campaign, the groups who wanted our messaged silenced mounted a campaign of disruption of our King County Metro Transit offices; filling up voicemails, spamming emails and implied threats of violence against themselves and buses. So, King County decided to withdraw the ads and pretty much violate our free speech, even thought they had already approved the ads."
The group's goal is to end U.S. aid to Israel, declaring that U.S. citizens have a right and a duty to ensure that our tax dollars go towards worthy causes, not to sustain immoral, illegal, internationally-condemned actions. Symbolically, the ads were scheduled to start running on December 27, the second anniversary of the Gaza war.
Edward Mast adds, "Human rights violations have been found on both sides but Israeli war crimes are far greater in number and far more under reported in this country. That is why we wanted to use this mass communication, mass media venue to try to address that imbalance. To try to tell the part of the story that is untold and that is why powerful forces were aligned to silence our message."
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Never again? Elderly Palestinian women called 'whores' on Yad Vashem tour, while racism explodes across Israel
Dec 30, 2010 05:52 am | Max Blumenthal

The only image of a Palestinian inside Yad Vashem depicts the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem sig heiling Nazi troops. (Photo: Max Blumenthal)

This week, a group of elderly Palestinian women were escorted to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance musuem to learn about the Jewish genocide in Europe. At the entrance of the museum, they were surrounded by a group of Jewish Israeli youth who recognized them as Arabs. "Sharmouta!" the young Israelis shouted at them again and again, using the Arabic slang term for whores, or sluts.

The Palestinians had been invited to attend a tour arranged by the Israeli Bereaved Families Forum, an organization founded by an Israeli whose son was killed in combat by Palestinians. They were joined by a group of Jewish Israeli women who, like them, had lost family members to violence related to the conflict. Presumably, both parties went on the tour in good faith, hoping to gain insight into the suffering of women on the other side of the conflict.

Unfortunately, the Palestinian members (who unlike the Israelis live under occupation and almost certainly had to obtain special permits just to go to Yad Vashem) learned an unusual lesson of the Holocaust: A society that places the Holocaust at the center of its historical narrative — that stops traffic for two minutes each year on the national holiday known as Yom Ha'Shoah — could also raise up a generation of little fascists goose-stepping into the future full of irrational hatred.

"In Palestinian culture, older women are most honored and they could not believe their ears," said Sami Abu Awwad, a Palestinian coordinator of the tour. "We never talk like this to older women. The Palestinians, who were all grandmothers, were very shocked and offended."

The report on this outburst of Jewish Israeli racism comes from the Israeli news website Walla! For some reason, I could not find reporting on it anywhere in English.

Perhaps the story was lost in the flood of reports about the anti-Arab racism that poured through the streets of Israel this week. Besides the publication of a series of rabbinical letters forbidding renting to Arabs and condemning relationships between Jews and Arabs, a school principal in Jaffa prohibited Palestinian-Israeli students from speaking Arabic to one another. In Bat Yam, a mostly Russian suburb just south of Jaffa, Jewish residents demonstrated against the presence their Arab neighbors. "Any Jewish woman who goes with an Arab should be killed; any Jew who sells his home to an Arab should be killed," one protester reportedly shouted. And in Tel Aviv, locals rallied for the expulsion of foreign workers.

The Jerusalem Post reported:

On Saturday, three teenage girls born to African migrant parents were attacked and severely beaten by a mob of teenagers while walking to their homes in the Hatikva neighborhood.

That same night, someone tried to torch an apartment in Ashdod housing seven Sudanese citizens. The assailants set a blazing tire outside the front door of the apartment, and five of the seven residents were lightly hurt by smoke inhalation before they managed to break the burglar bars and flee through a window.

Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, a gang of Jewish youths was arrested after staging several random attacks on young Palestinian men with weapons including tear gas, which would be hard to acquire from anywhere except the army. Ynet reported:

The gang of teens was allegedly headed by a 14-year-old boy, and used a girl their age to seduce Arab youths.

The girl would then lead the young men to a meeting point in the city's Independence Park, where they were allegedly brutally attacked by the teens with stones, glass bottles and tear gas. Police suspect the girl took part in three of the assaults.


Daniel Bar-Tal, a renowned Israeli political psychologist who has conducted some of the most comprehensive surveys of Israeli attitudes since Operation Cast Lead, found that the racist, authoritarian trends that are increasingly pronounced in Israeli society are products of a "psycho-social infrastructure" dedicated to promoting "a sense of victimization, a siege mentality, blind patriotism, belligerence, self-righteousness, dehumanization of the Palestinians and insensitivity to their suffering."


This infrastructure is comprised of institutions like the Zionist education system, the Israeli Defense Forces, and even Yad Vashem, which explicitly links the Palestinian national struggle to Nazism.


Indeed, the only image of a Palestinian in all of Yad Vashem (at least that I am aware of) is of the Grand Mufti Hajj Amin Al-Husseini, who was forced by the British to flee to Germany, where he became a (not very successful) Nazi collaborator. In recent years, the Mufti has become a key fixture of Israeli propaganda efforts against the Palestinians. As such, a photo is featured prominently on a wall in Yad Vashem depicting him sig heiling a group of Nazi troops. However, there is no mention anywhere in Yad Vashem of the 9000 Palestinian Arabs the British recruited to fight the Nazis, or of the 233,000 North African volunteers who fought and died while battling the Nazis in the French Liberation Army (and whose heroic efforts were dramatized in the excellent film, "Days of Glory").


According to Peter Novick, the author of "The Holocaust in American Life," though the Mufti played no significant part in the Holocaust, he plays a "starring role" in Yad Vashem's Encyclopedia of the Holocaust. "The article on the Mufti is more than twice as long as the articles on Goebbels and Goring, longer than the articles on Himmler and Heydrich combined, longer than the article on Eichmann — of all the biographical articles, it is exceeded in length, but only slightly, by the entry for Hitler." [Novick, p. 158]


Not only has Yad Vashem attempted through propagandistic means to link the Palestinian struggle to Nazism, it has promoted an exclusivist view of the Holocaust. In April 2009, Yad Vashem fired a docent, Itamar Shapira, because he had discussed the massacre of Palestinians in Deir Yassin with a group of students from the settlement of Efrat. "All I was trying to say is that there were people who lived here before the Holocaust survivors arrived, that they suffered a terrible trauma too, and that we shouldn't hide the facts," Shapira told me a month after his firing. "Yad Vashem carefully selected what facts it wanted to present, but deliberately avoided things like Deir Yassin, even though its ruins were just a thousand meters from the museum."


Iris Rosenberg, a Yad Vashem administrator who was involved in Shapira's firing, said of the verbal assault against Palestinian women at the museum this week: "Despite the regrettable incident at the entrance to the museum, the team's visit to the Holocaust History Museum was conducted in a dignified manner which was significant and important."


Tamara Rabinovitch, the Israeli leader of the Bereaved Families tour, told Walla! that her Palestinian counterparts "were very excited by the visit. Some of them approached me and told me they heard details of the Holocaust but did not know how painful it was. In two weeks we plan to visit an abandoned Arab village so that the Palestinian narrative is represented."


This post originally appeared on Max Blumenthal's website here.

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Hatem, 17, was shot in the head while purchasing strawberries to sell at market in the Gaza Strip, about 800 metres from the border fence with Israel.
Dec 30, 2010 05:46 am | Seham

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Settlers/ Land, Property, Resource Theft & Destruction/Ethnic Cleansing
Palestinians target settlements in UN resolution (AP)
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Palestinian draft resolution to highest UN body (AP)
AP - Excerpts of a draft resolution the Palestinian Authority intends to have presented to the United Nations Security Council in the coming days.*

PA: Israel continues land confiscations in West Bank
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Israeli army: leave Khirbet Tana or else, Palestine Monitor
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Israel continues Negev home demolitions
AS-SADIR, Israel (Ma'an) -- Several homes in the unrecognized Bedouin village of As-Sadir, in Israel's Negev region, were bulldozed to the ground Wednesday morning, President of the Arab Democratic Party in Israel Talab As-Sane reported.  The official said the homes belonged to the Al-Freijat family, adding in a statement that the continued moves to demolish Bedouin homes in the Negev region was a "crime... wreaking havoc on the land and displacing peoples."

Israel plans to demolish homes in Yasul
The Wadi Silwan information center revealed Wednesday a wide-ranging Israeli plan to link Jerusalem's Wadi Yasul district with Jewish settlements in Jebel al-Mokabbir.

Industrial Buildings Razed North of Jerusalem
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Settlers Attack Reuters Journalist's Car South of Hebron
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Jewish settlers desecrate mosque
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Witnesses: Settlers torch tent in Hebron village
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Settler clashes in northern West Bank
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Palestinian activist withdraws appeal of order banning him from Jerusalem
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Israel applies the "price tag" strategy in East Jerusalem
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`Am al-Ara`is and Bi`r al-`Id
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Activism/Solidarity/Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions
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Spanish band plays at Hebron school
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Youth groups paint murals in to mark Gaza war
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In photos: Wall art pops up in West Bank
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Campaign Against Mekorot Launched in Argentina
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BDS 2010: More Powerful Than The Sword
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Dutch Government Cuts Funding for Cordaid, NGO Involved in Palestine
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Photostory: Volvo equipment used in house demolitions (part 2)
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Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (16 – 22 December. 2010)

Humanitarian Issues/Human Rights
UPDATED URGENT APPEAL - Children of the Gravel
Appeal to stop the targeting of unarmed children working near the border in Gaza - 23 cases documented.

Voices from the Occupation
Hatem (17) was shot in the head whilst purchasing strawberries to sell at market in the Gaza Strip, about 800 metres from the border fence with Israel.

PA: Israel detained 1,100 children in 2010
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The Gaza prison
"After four pages filled with detailed charts of the number of grams and calories of every type of food to be permitted for consumption by Gaza residents (broken down by gender and age), comes this recommendation: "It is necessary to deal with the international community and the Palestinian Health Ministry to provide nutritional supplements (only some of the flour in Gaza is enriched) and to provide education about proper nutrition." Printed in large letters at the end of the document is this admonition: "The stability of the humanitarian effort is critical for the prevention of the development of malnutrition."...Some of these changes are the result of international pressure exerted upon Israel. For example, when he visited Gaza last February, U.S. Senator John Kerry was stunned to discover that Israel was not allowing Palestinians to bring in trucks loaded with pasta...."

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Video: I Shall Not Hate
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Gaza farmers pack strawberries and hope for export
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B'Tselem 2010 Video Summary -Six Wishes
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Racism & Discrimination
Rabbi's wife: Arabs are the enemy
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Israeli MK proposes killing Bedouin smugglers
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli Knesset member Ya'akov Katz on Tuesday proposed putting "a bullet into the head" of Bedouins who lead convoys of foreign workers entering Israel illegally, the Hebrew-language daily reported.  Katz, who heads the Committee on Foreign workers, presented his plan to residents of Tel Aviv's southern neighborhoods who attended a Knesset meeting to lobby for "victims of the phenomenon of illegal infiltrators," Ma'ariv reported.

Gaza City residents report shelling
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Military chase sees Beit Ummar teen hospitalized
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- An Israeli military vehicle's pursuit of a Palestinian vehicle ended in injury on Monday, with 18-year-old Beit Ummar resident Hammad Ahmad Hammad Abu Maria hospitalized, local officials said.  Abu Maria was driving the car with one passenger inside, traveling through the Al-Baq'a and A'seeda neighborhoods of the village.    

Jenin resident detained at Allenby Bridge
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Army arrests 1 in Nablus village raid
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli soldiers raided a Nablus village on Wednesday and detained a 20-year-old resident, locals said.  Ghareeb Ref'et E'zat Amir was detained after forces searched his home in Kafr Qalil. He was taken to an unknown location.  An Israeli military spokeswoman said Amir was detained on suspicion of terrorist activity.

Palestinian female detainee on four weeks of hunger strike
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PA Repression
Hamas: PA detains 7 supporters
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Hamas officials in the West Bank accused Palestinian security forces of detaining seven party affiliates in a statement issued on Wednesday.  The Islamist party said the men were detained in Nablus, Ramallah, Bethlehem and Qalqiliya, and accused the PA of continuing its policy of detaining Hamas members for political reasons.

Detained journalist questions right to freedom of speech for Palestinians
West Bank security forces allegedly held George Canawati for five days after he reported on tensions within Fatah party

Rights groups announce plans to sue PA leaders
Rights groups are demanding that the West Bank-ruling Fatah authority releases the six hunger strikers from its prisons, and have announced plans to prosecute PA security militia leaders.

Hamas Repression
FIDA denounces raid on Gaza offices
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza government security forces on Tuesday shut down the Rafah offices of the Palestinian Democratic Union and detained several leaders of the party, the union said.  The leftist faction, known as FIDA, said the move was "a violation to national conventions that had prevailed during all the years of the Palestinian struggle," in a statement issued Wednesday.

Political Developments
Al-Aqsa Brigades Announce Official Ceasefire with Israel
Ayhab Maqdad, the leader of the brigades, said the ceasefire was just one step in the direction of national reconciliation and a way to refuse Israel the impetus to start a new war on Gaza.  Maqdad told Al-Quds newspaper, "After careful consideration the Brigades decided in the interests of general reconciliation to officially announce a ceasefire with the Israeli side, to avoid our people being drawn into a new war."

'The Palestine Cables': Other countries want to 'smoke out' Israel on NPT and Mossad use of passports, Alex Kane
Whether it's the Mossad's use of foreign passports or the refusal to open up about its nuclear weapons program, Israel is developing a reputation as a rogue state.  Some of the nearly 2,000 secret State Department cables so far released by WikiLeaks and its media partners reveal that governments around the world are getting impatient with these practices.

No Palestinian-Israeli final status issues at UN, says U.S.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. State Department said on Wednesday that the United States opposes any attempt to take the final status issues of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict to the UN Security Council, insisting such efforts will not help the goal of a two-state solution.  "Final status issues can only be resolved through negotiations between the parties and not by recourse to the UN Security Council, so we' ve consistently opposed any attempt to take these kinds of issues to the Council," said State Department spokesman Mark Toner.

Erekat: We want UN settlement condemnation, not recognition for state
Chief PA negotiator says 'Israeli government is witnessing an international isolation that it hasn't witnessed before.'

Palestinians seek more than a "Facebook state": PM (Reuters)
Reuters - Palestinians expect wider recognition of their statehood in the coming year and it will mean more than the mere "Facebook state" predicted by an Israeli minister, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said on Wednesday.*

Dahlan returning to West Bank to answer coup charges
Source close to Dahlan accuses Abbas of being "paranoid"; Fatah Central Committee suspends former Fatah security commander.  Former Fatah security commander Muhammad Dahlan announced on Wednesday he plans to return to the West Bank this week to answer allegations that he plotted a coup against the Palestinian Authority leadership. A special commission of inquiry established by PA President Mahmoud Abbas is also trying to establish the sources of Dahlan's personal fortune.

Other News
British secret file confirms Israeli nukes
Secret files released by Britain's National Archives said on Wednesday that British officials feared Tel Aviv would use its nuclear weapons in case of another war with Arab countries in the region.

Presidential decree appoints Al-Fetyani governor of Jericho
JERICHO (Ma'an)-- President Mahmoud Abbas issued a decree on Tuesday appointing Majed Al-Fetyani governor of Jericho and the Jordan Valley, after his predecessor Kamel Hamid was appointed governor of Hebron.  Former Hebron governor Hussein Al-Araj was named to an advisory post in the office of the President in November.

PA to update Palestinian registry, include East Jlem
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian government officials in Ramallah announced Tuesday a plan to update the Palestinian Authority's National Registry, and upgrade the database to an electronic model.  The decision, announced during the PA's weekly cabinet meeting, was ratified based on the recommendations of the National Committee to update the registrar.  Once complete, the new registry will include the residents of East Jerusalem, a cabinet statement said.  Officials said the updating of the registry was part of the ongoing effort of the PA to prepare the Palestinian government to assume the responsibilities of statehood.

IDF officers warned of Iranian revenge
In detailed letter, army instructs reserve officers to take extra precautions in Israel and abroad following assassination of nuclear scientists in Tehran. Officers ordered to avoid travelling on same traffic routes, shopping for groceries at same place.,7340,L-4006360,00.html

Israeli diamond trader expelled
An Israeli trader is expelled from the country's diamond exchange after being accused of "blood diamond" smuggling.

Largest natural gas reserve discovered in Israel worth approximately $95 billion
More than 16 trillion cubic feet of natural gas discovered off Haifa shore in joint U.S.-Israeli drilling operation.

Judgment day for Katsav as former president faces verdict in rape case
Charges of sex abuse relate to period during which Katsav served as Israel's tourism minister and president.

Michael Sfard on the Gaza war and Jewish morality
It has been a year, just one year since, but we can already safely say it was not just another Operation Rainbow, Summer Rains, or Autumn Clouds, as IDF operations in Gaza were named in recent years.  Perhaps the officer in charge of naming the operations was replaced by another, or perhaps the IDF ran out of pastoral names.  In any event, our most recent brutal attack against Gaza was given a violent sounding name: Cast Lead.  Looking back, Operation Cast Lead was a turning point in the way Israeli society expresses its values.  There, in besieged Gaza Strip, we exposed ourselves to a crystal-clear, shameless, and unmasked truth that we had thus far avoided by using repression and self-deceit methods that became more complex and clever with every war and operation we waged.  Like that macho man who grew tired of pretending he was politically correct and angrily yelled at his wife to go back to the kitchen, we came out of the closet.  We are who we are and we are proud of it!

Gaza Two Years Later: War is never over, Sarah Ali
"Let it go for God's sake," one would suggest. "Two years passed; just move on." Though quite infuriated by how simple it can be thought of, I can somehow see their point. We, people of Gaza, seem to be still whining over the losses of the war. Objectively speaking, it is pretty justified to find it weird for Gazans to be blaming, probably cursing, Israel for the last war till the moment. Why can't we "move on"? why is it hard for us to "forgive" or to even "forget"?!

Gaza Two Years Later: The world has come to recognize our plight, Mohammed Said AlNadi
It is odd that tragedies make obscure things more noticeable. For so many years, the tiny coastal belt, the Gaza Strip, being a needle-eye spot on the world's map, was not present in the mind of the people across the world. They had no idea about what or where Gaza was, either because they were ignorant of it or they took the "hostile-entity" image for granted. But after Israel's pogrom in winter 2008-2009, in which more than 1400 innocent people were massacred in Gaza, needless to talk about the extremely unrestrained indulgence in destroying businesses, civilian-owned houses, schools and mosques-- Gaza has gotten into the very conscience of the world.

Gaza was #11 in the long sad caravan of Israel's wars of regime change, Helena Cobban
This week is the start of the 22-day-long second anniversary of Operation Cast Lead-- a.k.a. # 11 in the long, sad caravan of wars of forced regime change that Israel has launched against its neighbors since 1948. I used to describe Cast Lead as #5 in Israel's wars of forced regime change... Then I realized I should also count a bunch of Israel's earlier wars, nearly all of which had amongst their key geostrategic goals a forced change in the political regime of one or more neighboring countries.

Is Israel a democracy? Five actions in 2010 that fueled the debate
Recent actions by Israel's religious and right-wing communities have challenged the rights of the country's growing Arab minority.

On Palestine, the US is a rogue state, John Whitbeck
Nations covering 80-90% of the world's population recognise Palestine as a state. The US, subservient to Israel, stands out.  On 17 December, Bolivia extended diplomatic recognition to the state of Palestine within its full pre-1967 borders (all of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem). Coming soon after the similar recognitions by Brazil and Argentina, Bolivia's recognition brought to 106 the number of UN member states recognising the state of Palestine, whose independence was proclaimed on 15 November, 1988.

A (missed) opportunity for dialogue, Shiri Raphaely
This Tuesday, the Seattle Times began running a series of articles covering the response to The Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign's plan to place an ad criticizing US investment in "Israeli War Crimes" on Seattle Metro busses. Various groups from the Jewish community vehemently objected to the ad, including Richard Fruchter, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle who stated that he believes the ad is "designed to insult Israelis and the 50,000 members of the Jewish community, many of whom support Israel." In response to the reaction against the ad, by Thursday, Metro announced that it would not be run, leading to a missed opportunity for dialogue and contributing to further isolation and separation within the Seattle community.

Lanny Davis dismisses U.N. report on Ivory Coast because– U.N. blasted Israel,  Philip Weiss
Lanny Davis is a symbol for me of everything that's wrong with the new establishment. A, It's just as bad as the old establishment, in that it supports rightwing dictators in out of the way places, for cash; B, It's a new establishment in that it's permeated by the Israel lobby. Justin Elliott at Salon reports on CNN grilling Lanny Davis about his work for the Ivory Coast strongman Gbagbo.

Why doesn't CNN hold Fran Townsend to the Octavia Nasr standard?, Philip Weiss
John Edelstein writes:  Last Wednesday, a group of prominent Bush-era Republicans, including former NYC Mayor Rudy Guiliani, former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, former White House adviser Frances Townsend and former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, flew to Paris (per TPM) to speak in support of MEK, a Marxist Iranian exile group there -- one that's been designated an official terrorist organization by the U.S. (Frankly I'm more surprised they're supporting Marxists.)

Am I allowed to be a Palestinian Jew?, Audrey Farber
"Our grandparents are from Poland and the Ukraine. They were communists, and they immigrated here from Europe. But our parents raised us as Palestinian – yeah, we're Ashkenazi but we're Palestinian. We went to Arab schools, we speak Arabic. Our friends are Arab." Dumbfounded, I begged them to continue. I suppose it could have been the wine, but these Palestinian Jews veritably blew my mind.

Hard times for Palestine
As 2010 comes to an end, Palestinians are facing the most difficult of times. They are locked into a process of "peace negotiations" with Israel that seem likely to lead nowhere, and achieve nothing., This is thanks largely to the White House, which is not only unable to halt illegal Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian territory, but also impotent when it comes to demanding that Israeli Prime Minister Binjamin Netanyahu respect a temporary freeze on settlement construction.

FM Summons British Ambassador over British FM Statements
29/12/2010 Lebanese Foreign Minister Ali Shami revealed on Wednesday that he had recently summoned British Ambassador to Lebanon Frances Mary Guy over recent statements by his British counterpart William Hague on the possibility of the eruption of violence in Lebanon.  Shami told NBN that he had asked Guy for an explanation of the statements as the Lebanese were concerned that they were based on secret intelligence.  Guy responded that Hague's statements were not based on such intelligence nor do they represent the UK's position, but they were only based on "personal analyses."  Hague had recently told Britain's Sky News television that he was worried about the situation in Lebanon and that he feared violence may break out in January.

Kissinger: on having the Syrian regime "clean up" the Lebanese Left in 1976
"Kissinger: We first thought it would be good to have the Syrians clean up on the left;"

New York Times on Al-Akhbar, As'ad Abukhalil
So Robert Worth has an article about Al-Akhbar in the New York Times.  What do I think? Well, for one, it must be difficult to write an article about a paper that you can't read.  How does one judge a paper that one can't read even if you talk to many people?  I think that the article contains seeds of truth about the atmosphere of the paper.  As seasoned Lebanese mainstream journalist, Rafiq Khuri, told me over the summer: it is a reporters' newspaper.  He commented on the lack of a big shot publisher.  The largest owner of the paper, Hasan Khalil, really does not interfere in the paper whatsoever (I once witnessed how editor-in-chief, Khalid Saghiyyah nixed an idea by Khalil and in strong language.)  When Khalil first called me (before we met in Beirut) to discuss the paper and my articles, he asked me if he could offer comments to me about my articles.  I said: you can as a reader, but I won't accept them from you as the publisher.  The notion that Khalid and Omar "are Western-friendly" is outright silly: as if some diabolical conspiracy drive the paper--a paper that advertises (prominently) for Whiskey brands.  Of course, its Saudi and Hariri enemies have nothing to attack except to refer to the paper as "pro-Hizbullah" or as the mouthpiece of Hizbullah.  To them, I offer them a challenge.  They are indeed mouthpieces of House of Saud princes and Hariri family members: can they dare to ever mildly--to use the word of Worth--criticize any aspect of Hariri or Saudi policies, I would then accept their labels.  As Worth pointed out, the paper regularly carries criticisms of Hizbullah.  Worth did not mention that Ibrahim Al-Amin (who is friends with Hizbullah leaders) wrote one of the most strident attack on Hizbullah in the wake of the Salah `Izz Id-Din scandal referring to corruption with the party.  So has Khalid Saghiyyah.  I wrote a 2400 words article on how Hizbullah is a sectarian party.   But the publicity for Al-Akhbar is not bad these days: not that it needs it.  But Worth needed to place the success of the paper in the context of the bankruptcy of Arab media in general. [end]

Wednesday: 7 Iraqis Killed, 8 Wounded
At least seven Iraqis were killed and eight more were wounded in light violence. In the worst attack, a noted police commander was killed during a suicide bombing in Mosul. Meanwhile, the murder trial for a British contractor accused of murdering two colleagues opened in Baghdad.

Triple suicide bombing hits Mosul
Attack targets police chief involved in anti-al Qaeda operations in Iraq, kills four.

Police chief killed in north Iraq
Suicide bombers attack a police battalion in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, killing the commander, officials say.

Iraq war deaths 'drop in 2010'
Group monitoring civilian deaths says total is less than 2009 but warns of lingering, low-level conflict in years ahead.

Murder trial for British contractor opens in Iraq (AP)
AP - The trial of a British security contractor charged with killing two of his colleagues last year opened Wednesday in Baghdad with testimony from a guard who said the contractor shot him.*

Iraq seeks to increase trade exchange with Egypt to $5 billion annually
An adviser in the Iraqi government for economic affairs, said on Tuesday, that Iraq is seeking to increase its trade exchange with Egypt to $ 5 billion annually.   Salam al-Quraishi, told that the Egyptian investment companies will play a serious role in implementing investment, construction projects, housing complexes, building malls, and schools.

Prison legacy haunts Iraq neighborhood
BAGHDAD — The name has been changed, along with the management. But the specter of Iraq's notorious Abu Ghraib prison continues to haunt local residents, many of who still call it the "House of Satan."  Abu Ghraib, now called Baghdad Central Prison, became infamous in 2004 when pictures and reports emerged of horrific abuse carried out there by U.S. military police and other American agencies charged with running the facility.  Evidence of physical, psychological and sexual abuses led to the prosecution of 11 American troops. To many around the world, the shocking images that emerged came to symbolize the worst of America's occupation of Iraq.  To those who live near the facility — most of them Sunni Arabs — the prison is to blame for a wide variety of social, economic and emotional problems that have beset the district in recent years.  The more superstitious residents talk about the area being haunted by those who suffered while behind bars.

US, Israel and Gulf dictatorships declare this the biggest security threat in the Middle East: Iranian ice-cream in Iraq
"In the heart of Baghdad's Green Zone, just yards from the mighty fortress of the biggest U.S. embassy in the world, a small but symbolic challenge to America's rapidly waning influence in Iraq is taking shape in the form of an Iranian ice cream parlor."

U.S. and other world news
Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran
Israeli Deputy PM: West has three years to stop Iran nuclear program: Moshe Ya'alon says Iran remains the govern.

Britain forms plan for Gulf evacuation in event of war with Iran
The British armed forces are drawing up contingency plans to evacuate hundreds of thousands of British residents and tourists from Dubai and other Gulf cities in the event of war with Iran.

US withdraws Venezuela envoy's visa
Decision to revoke visa for Venezuela's ambassador to Washington follows rejection of US choice for Caracas.

Espionage Act 'threatens every left wing activist,' son of executed US communists declares
As US officials investigated whether they can charge WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange under the 1917 US Espionage Act, a voice of remarkable experience with the controversial law spoke out in defense of the secrets proprietor, suggesting his indictment under the act would yet again transform "dissent into treason."

Judith Miller Lands At Newsmax
Judith Miller, the now infamous former New York Times reporter whose hilariously wrong pieces on Iraq's WMD program were cited by Bush administration officials as a factor in their decision to invade Iraq (by design, considering international grifter-clown Ahmed Chalabi was telling Miller exactly what the Bush White House wanted her to hear: as Jack Shafer puts it, "Bush's guy was the Times's guy"), is causing a stir on the Tweetdecks of American journalists today because she has published her first reported piece in print for the right-leaning Newsmax (where she has already served as an online contributor).

Many Arab officials have close CIA links
"These officials are spies for the US in their countries," Assange told Al Jazeera Arabic channel in an interview yesterday.

Capital's war against WikiLeaks
When your Swiss banker throws you overboard, you know you've made some very powerful enemies.

Affidavit Details FBI "Operation Payback" Probe
The FBI has raided a Texas business and seized a computer server that investigators believe was used to launch a massive electronic attack on PayPal, The Smoking Gun has learned.

Terrorist watch list: One tip now enough to put name in database, officials say
Senior counterterrorism officials say they have altered their criteria so that a single-source tip, as long as it is deemed credible, can lead to a name being placed on the watch list.

Tunisia struggles to end protests
Demonstrations over unemployment and poor living conditions continue despite president's warnings of reprisals.

Ancient church unearthed in Syria
DAMASCUS, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- Syrian archeologists have discovered church remains dating back to the 5th century B.C., in Daraa province, south of the capital Damascus, Syrian official SANA news agency reported Wednesday.  The archeologists found foundations of a church's wall near the southern side of a Roman Temple site in Daraa province, the report said.

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SJP statement on FBI intimidation: 'We live in an age in which silence is not only criminal but suicidal – we shall, therefore, make as much noise as we can'
Dec 30, 2010 01:52 am | Students for Justice in Palestine

National Solidarity Statement on Impact of Grand Jury Subpoenas on Students' First Amendment Rights

December 29, 2010

"For if they take you in the morning, they will be coming for us that night."

James Baldwin, in an open letter to Angela Davis, November 19, 1970

As students at over fifty American universities, we unequivocally condemn the abuse of grand jury subpoenas to chill the exercise of First Amendment rights by university students and anti-war activists speaking and organizing against Israel's continued oppression of the Palestinian people. Since September 24, 2010, the F.B.I. has served at least 24 grand jury subpoenas on students and activists in a secret investigation that many have called a witch-hunt. We call upon Attorney General Eric Holder and United States Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald to respect the civil rights and free speech of all those who support the Palestinian struggle for freedom by immediately withdrawing grand jury subpoenas which threaten the First Amendment rights of students and activists around the country.

The government's assault on organizations and individuals who support the Palestinian struggle for freedom has become increasingly authoritarian. The abuse of laws criminalizing "material support for terrorism" is unprecedented and, had they been implemented at the time of South African apartheid, would have effectively criminalized broad American support for the anti-apartheid movement. At the apparent behest of US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, the government today has cast a net so wide that it has entangled journalists, college students, and peace activists. We know that a campaign so indiscriminate will seriously impinge on the First Amendment and other civil rights of people living in the United States. This will, in particular, affect active and outspoken students on university campuses, especially those of Palestinian descent.

It is not only our right but also our moral duty to speak and act against American foreign policy and its destructive impact on innocent people around the world. Today, America unfortunately stands behind Israel's oppression of the Palestinian people with money, weaponry, and diplomatic support. We seek to reverse this situation so that American foreign policy stands on the side of people who work towards justice. We reject the government's efforts to isolate the Palestinian people by severing them from their non-violent supporters abroad. Therefore we stand in solidarity with the victims of our government's campaign both in America and around the globe.

If Attorney Fitzgerald's campaign marks the morning of a new day, then we are certain of what awaits us in the night. Like Baldwin before us, we live in an age in which silence is not only criminal but suicidal – we shall, therefore, make as much noise as we can.


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Why doesn't CNN hold Fran Townsend to the Octavia Nasr standard?
Dec 29, 2010 11:23 pm | Philip Weiss

John Edelstein writes:

Last Wednesday, a group of prominent Bush-era Republicans, including former NYC Mayor Rudy Guiliani, former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, former White House adviser Frances Townsend and former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, flew to Paris (per TPM) to speak in support of MEK, a Marxist Iranian exile group there -- one that's been designated an official terrorist organization by the U.S. (Frankly I'm more surprised they're supporting Marxists.)

Fran Townsend is CNN's resident terrorism expert.

Now, recall how Octavia Nasr was fired for an impolitic tweet eulogizing Hezbollah's Fadlallah. Double standards at CNN? Yet Townsend is often billed as a neutral National Security expert and her ties to Bush are rarely shown on the screen when she's asked for her expertise. But she's part of this group literally providing material support to Iranian Marxists that the US government has labeled as an official terrorist organization.

Here is the US Government's legal definition of "material support" for a terrorist group:

(b) Definitions.— As used in this section—

(1) the term "material support or resources" means any property, tangible or intangible, or service, including currency or monetary instruments or financial securities, financial services, lodging, training, expert advice or assistance, safehouses, false documentation or identification, communications equipment, facilities, weapons, lethal substances, explosives, personnel ...

(3) the term "expert advice or assistance" means advice or assistance derived from scientific, technical or other specialized knowledge.

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Gaza was #11 in the long sad caravan of Israel's wars of regime change
Dec 29, 2010 09:31 pm | Helena Cobban

This is a crosspost from Helena Cobban's Just World News:

This week is the start of the 22-day-long second anniversary of Operation Cast Lead-- a.k.a. # 11 in the long, sad caravan of wars of forced regime change that Israel has launched against its neighbors since 1948. I used to describe Cast Lead as #5 in Israel's wars of forced regime change... Then I realized I should also count a bunch of Israel's earlier wars, nearly all of which had amongst their key geostrategic goals a forced change in the political regime of one or more neighboring countries.

So here's my list:

#1: Israel's instigation and participation in the Tripartite (Israeli-British-French) assault against Egypt and Gaza in 1956, which had the goal of overthrowing Nasser. It failed in that goal.

#2: The "Six-Day" war of 1967, which had the goals of seizing the West Bank from Jordan and hopefully also overthrowing the regimes in either Egypt or Syria. The first goal was achieved, the other two not.

#3: Israel's involvement in backing Jordan's King Hussein in his anti-PLO assault of September 1970, which brought into place a very different kind of regime in Jordan-- though still one headed, as before, by Hussein.

#4: The military aid Israel gave to the campaign that the Lebanese Falangists and their Chamounist allies mounted against the PLO in Lebanon in 1976. This one was, essentially a standoff.

#5: The direct Israeli military assault against Lebanon in 1978. This one aimed at putting pressure on the Lebanese to expel the PLO. It failed at that-- but Israel did establish the Insecurity Zone deep inside south Lebanon in which it was to remain for a further 22 years.

#6: The even bigger Israeli military assault against Lebanon in 1982. This one aimed both at direct elimination of the PLO's self-defense capabilities in Lebanon and at pressuring the Lebanese to expel what remained of the PLO. It also aimed at installing a dependent, pro-Israeli government in Beirut. It achieved the first two of those goals but its attainment of the third of them was much more fragile and short-lived-- lasting only until Pres. Amin Gemayyel made his peace with Syria in February 1984. Meanwhile, of course, Israel's occupation presence in a huge chunk of south Lebanon fomented the birth of Hizbullah....

#7: The large Israeli assault against Lebanon in 1993-- this time, with the aim of pressuring the Lebanese to repudiate Hizbullah. Didn't work.

#8: The large Israeli assault against Lebanon in 1996-- once again, with the aim of pressuring the Lebanese to repudiate Hizbullah. Didn't work.

#9: The large Israeli assault against all PA institutions in the West Bank and Gaza in 2002. This one aimed at directly destroying the PA's ability to deliver any services to Palestinians and resulted in the dismantlement of just about all the infrastrcture the PA had built up since Oslo. It left a state of anarchy and hopelessness from which Hamas was to emerge much stronger than before...

#10: The truly massive Israeli assault against Lebanon in 2006-- once again, with the aim of pressuring the Lebanese to repudiate Hizbullah. Didn't work.

#11: The truly massive Israeli assault against Gaza in late 2008-- with the aim of pressuring the Palestinians to repudiate/overthrow Hamas. Didn't work.

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'The Palestine Cables': Other countries want to 'smoke out' Israel on NPT and Mossad use of passports
Dec 29, 2010 09:17 pm | Alex Kane

Whether it's the Mossad's use of foreign passports or the refusal to open up about its nuclear weapons program, Israel is developing a reputation as a rogue state.  Some of the nearly 2,000 secret State Department cables so far released by WikiLeaks and its media partners reveal that governments around the world are getting impatient with these practices. 

Israel joins India, Pakistan and North Korea as the only states to possess nuclear weapons without being a party to the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), the key pillar in the international effort to limit the spread of nuclear weapons. 

Some governments want to put an end to Israel's official policy of "ambiguity" over its nuclear weapons program:

--In February 2010, an Egyptian military official "called on the United States to not ignore the Israeli nuclear program. He stated that Israel's nuclear program only gave Iran justification for creating its own nuclear weapons. If Iran obtained nuclear weapons, it would only embolden Iran to use Hezbollah and Hamas with impunity."  Juan Cole comments that this cable is proof that "Israel's nuclear stockpile inspires neighbors with fear and trepidation, and impels them to try to get a nuclear bomb themselves."

--An American Assistant Secretary of State, Rose Gottemoeller, held meetings with a number of foreign diplomats about the NPT in May 2009.  Canadian ambassador Marius Grinius, whose country is one of Israel's staunchest allies, told Gottemoeller that "it was time for the [Conference on Disarmament) to 'smoke out' Pakistan, Iran and Israel on their positions [regarding the Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty]."

--An April 2009 cable meant to prepare Dennis Ross for a visit to Egypt states that the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs "believes that a harder U.S. line in UN fora on Israel's nuclear program would strengthen the U.S. position on demanding Iran cease working to develop nuclear weapons."

--A February 2010 cable describes efforts by the French and U.S. governments to entice Egypt to get on board with efforts to stop nuclear weapons spreading around the Middle East.  One way to do that, the French government suggested, was to push "Israel to accept CTBT [Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty]."

Ire has also been directed at Israel because of Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency, using foreign passports:

--After two Israeli citizens were sentenced to jail in New Zealand on charges of attempting to obtain a false passport, a U.S. diplomatic cable reported in July 2004 that, "Prime Minister Helen Clark suspended high-level contact with Israel and announced a range of diplomatic sanctions, including placing Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) officials under 'strict constraints' in their contact with Israelis."

State Department cables are also beginning to trickle out about the Mossad's involvement in the January assassination of Hamas member Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai, again with the misuse of passports being an issue. 

But it is the U.S. that is shielding Israel from accountability on both NPT and passport abuse.  

Despite calling for a world free of nuclear weapons, in August 2010 the Obama administration said that "Israel has [the] right to nuclear capability for deterrence purposes."  A December 2009 cable reports that a U.S. diplomat strategized with the Israeli government on a "potential strategy in addressing Egyptian insistence on pushing for the establishment of a nuclear weapon free zone (NWFZ) in the Middle East, as a way to divert attention from Iran to Israel."

The U.S. also "declined a request from the United Arab Emirates to assist an investigation into the assassination of a top Hamas commander," according to a February 2010 cable.

For more WikiLeaks news and analysis relating to Israel/Palestine, see:

--Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam:  Wikileaks: State Department Lied, Denying Dubai Asked for Assistance in Tracking Mossad Assassins

--Asa Winstanley, New Left Project:  Wikileaks: Insights on Palestine from the Cables

--ReutersUAE considered keeping Mabhouh hit under wraps, WikiLeaks cables reveal

Alex Kane is a freelance journalist and blogger based in New York City. You can read all of 'The Palestine Cables' reports here and he blogs on Israel/Palestine and Islamophobia in the United States at  Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.

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Lanny Davis drops Ivory Coast account
Dec 29, 2010 09:11 pm | Philip Weiss

Ben Smith reports at Politico... He has Lanny Davis's letter of resignation. This is almost as good as the Marc Rich scandal... He blames the Africans for not picking up the phone. I thought it was spelled Abidjan?

Unfortunately, as you know, the decision was made in Abijan not to allow President Obama's call to be put through to Mr Gbagbo, despite my repeated objections to that decision. Nor have I been able to reach Mr. Gbagbo directly myself to offer him this advice, despite repeated requests, as recently as the last twenty-four hours. Therefore, without going into further details regarding disagreements between me and representatives of the government, of which you are aware, I have reached the conclusion that I have not been allowed to effectuate the mission that I was expressly asked to do by your government, despite all my best efforts to do so.

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Am I allowed to be a Palestinian Jew?
Dec 29, 2010 11:25 am | Audrey Farber

Two brothers are on the couch next to me, speaking rapid Arabic and sipping their beers. Though they look white, they have no discernible accent and to my ear, their Arabic is flawless. I assume they're Arab, even though there's something not-quite-Arab about them. But this is a party, so we switch to English and the important things in life: wine, beer, and mopeds.

An hour later I'm talking to them again, and a revelation shocks me. "They're Jewish! Did you know that?" I'm stunned – not because I don't know Jews who can speak Arabic, because I do – but because they pulled it off so effortlessly. They gave no impression of putting on airs, pretending to be someone they're not. They were completely at ease with the other mostly-Arab partiers, joking around with their friends with native fluency. But they're Jewish, and we're in Israel, so they must be Israeli, so....what?

"You're Jewish?" "Yeah, we're Palestinian and we're Jewish." More stunned-ness. My initial reaction was that they're Palestinian Jews from before the founding of the state – there were, of course, Jews who lived in the Middle East before Israel existed. For the most part these Mizrahi (Arab, lit. Eastern) Jews have integrated into Israeli society, though there is discrimination facing this community as well and for the most part they would never identify as Palestinian. But racial profiler that I am, I knew these were not Mizrahi Jews. They looked too much like me, like my Ashkenazi Jewish and white Christian friends.

"Our grandparents are from Poland and the Ukraine. They were communists, and they immigrated here from Europe. But our parents raised us as Palestinian – yeah, we're Ashkenazi but we're Palestinian. We went to Arab schools, we speak Arabic. Our friends are Arab." Dumbfounded, I begged them to continue. I suppose it could have been the wine, but these Palestinian Jews veritably blew my mind.

I pushed some more. "But how are you Palestinian?" They responded with a simple question. "You're American, right?"

I began to realize I was still stuck in my jahiliyya (ignorant, in Arabic) framework in which Palestinian necessitated the co-descriptor Arab. I am, after all, a product of the worldview, framework, and conventional discourse surrounding us which tells us that this identity is impossible. As much as I normally resent and resist this imposed discourse, in my subconscious the Palestinian and the Jew are still enemies. We are told that Jewish and Palestinian are two irreconcilable identities, and we internalize this. Further, the conflation of the identities "Israeli" and "Jewish" is constantly forced on us and it is always juxtaposed with Arab and Palestinian. Indeed, this case of mistaken identity is so pervasive and so global that everyone accepts the definition of Palestinian as Arab and Israeli as Jewish and as against everything Palestinian and Arab.

A few years ago, I read a children's book to my Hebrew School students about a Jewish boy and a Palestinian boy who play together during childhood. As they grow up they become enemy soldiers at war with each other because that is supposedly the inevitable – if sad – truth of this land. This is what we are taught and this is what we are still teaching our children.

Trapped by the predominant narrative of Jew versus Palestinian, even those of us "in the know" have trouble removing ourselves from this mentality. But who says they can't be friends? Is there a dividing line between these identities? We are so accustomed to these ideas being mutually exclusive – but I bet if you asked, anyone who gave it a moment of thought will say a Jew can also be Arab. So why cannot a Jew be Palestinian, or a Palestinian a Jew?

Who drew these lines, and why do we abide by them? The Palestinian-Jew dichotomy is not only imposed, brainwashed into us, but it is completely fabricated. To be Jewish is to be a part of a religion, heritage, culture, and tradition. It is not a nationality. I repeat, and Netanyahu, take note: JEWISH IS NOT A NATIONALITY. On the other hand, to be Palestinian means to be a part of the community whose members can trace their lineage back to this land, the families who have historically owned homes and property in this corner of the world. For many, it is living here that makes them Palestinian. It is a national identity, a shared history, and a shared place. Palestinians are a diverse group: Muslims, Christians, atheists, Bedouin, Druze, Israelis, Palestinians, Jordanians, Americans, Communists, Marxists, capitalists, anarchists... even Jews.

The dichotomy, if one exists at all, is not Palestinian-Jewish. A reasonable dichotomy is those who were already here versus those who came later, those who consider themselves native; much like I consider myself native to the US because I was born and raised there, in that culture. (Apparently there is a huge amount of post-colonial literature on this topic, in which the über-colonialist adopts the indigenous national identity in at attempt to sort of anti-assimilate, or claim the land as his own through identifying foremost with the native. I would say this is what happened in the US, and these brothers are the first of that phenomenon here.) In the same way that I am not Native American but am still American, they are Palestinian. I consider myself to come from there, it's my culture, and my home. They were born and raised here, immersed in Palestinian Arab culture, and it's their home. On Palestine, in Israel; they are Israeli citizens who, like the many of Israel's Palestinian citizens, identify with the Palestinian national identity, rejecting the concept of an inherently racist, ethnocratic, xenophobic, verging on theocratic state.

Their Palestinian Jewish identity and the complicated questions it was raising was beginning to draw me in, not only because of the phenomenality of their identity, but because I could see a lot of myself in them – the über-colonialist, the Jew with conflicting identities, someone who is always told they can't be who they believe they are. I was drawn to their story because it so mirrors my own.

They've been outsiders their whole lives. Theirs is the only white Jewish family in a neighborhood of Arab Muslims, Central Asian Jews, and Ethiopian Jews. They were the only non-Arabs in their classes throughout their entire schooling in Arab Christian schools. The older one keeps his identity a secret from his group of Jewish Israeli friends. They know he is leftist, speaks Arabic, and didn't serve in the IDF, but they don't know "the truth." Unlike most Jewish Israeli citizens, they did not serve in the Army despite (somewhat) mandatory conscription. The way they see it, as Palestinians, it's not their army. "They didn't want me anyway," said one. "I had to make them reject me," said the other. (He told of a lawyer friend of their parents, who informed them of a little-known law which states that anyone – even an Israeli Jew – who identifies with Arab culture more strongly than Israeli Jewish culture are exempt, like most non-Jewish Arabs, from Army service.) But their complex identity is not always understood by other Palestinians. "Some guy told me I can't be Palestinian because I'm not Arab – but that's wrong. Palestinian is national, not ethnic." Theirs has always been a life in direct opposition to a system which tells them what they can and can't be and believe, and of them rejecting this and creating their own, unique identities.

I am Jewish. My father is Jewish. My mother was raised Presbyterian and never converted. Before my sister and I were born, my parents had a discussion about religion; my dad has never cared strongly for organized religion so was ambivalent about the whole thing, but my mom thought it was important that we be brought up with something. My dad countered with the stipulation that if there must be a religion in the house, it should be Judaism. So my sister and I went to Jewish preschools, went to Hebrew School, celebrated our B'nai Mitzvot, observed the holidays, and even kept Kosher for a few years. (We live in Maine, so finally had to acquiesce to the demands of eating fresh shellfish.) Both of us even underwent an Orthodox conversion. Despite this, my whole life people have been telling me that – regardless of my belief or my practice or my traditions – because my mother is not Jewish, I am not Jewish.

Being Jewish is an important part of my identity, and it will not be denied or defined by someone else's limited perspective. In the same way, the Palestinian Jewish identity of these brothers flies smack in the face of our standard perceptions of identity in Israel/Palestine. These identities are a product of the discourse created by Israel's power struggle which necessitates the synonymity of Palestinian and Arab, to the exclusion of every and all things Jewish. This binary distinction is sprouted from untruths and manipulation, created so Israel has free reign to act according to its belief that it has exclusive rights to speak for all of us (even when it doesn't want us), a right upon which it depends for its political survival. In return we – Jews – must defend its principles and actions no matter what, comprising our values and personal identities in the cross-fire. Israel has co-opted my ancestral identity and turned it into racist nationalism by adopting it as an indispensable part of its rhetoric. Israel sullies the Jewish religious identity and simultaneously destroys the Palestinian national identity: in no other scenario are we told in such absolute terms how we can and cannot identify.

Mainstream definitions of our identities, and in particular those such as Arab, Jewish, and Palestinian, are formed and informed by dominant memes, formulations, and perceptions that we may not entirely understand or even realize exist. The antitheses used in popular discourse – Arab versus Jew, Palestinian versus Jew, Israeli versus Arab, and the amalgamation of Jew as Israeli and vice versa – have created boundaries, limiting what we can say and do and think and even who we are allowed to think we are. This identity crisis will continue until Jews and Israel are no longer used interchangeably and until we are allowed to define our own identities. Identity is complicated and nuanced and we take what we want from our various sides, but amalgamations should be permissive, not prohibitive. I can be American and Jewish, and they can be Palestinian and Jewish, because nationality and religion are not mutually exclusive. In this world of a separate church and state, these should be complementary characteristics.

We can so easily get fenced in by what someone else defines for us and not dare to expand our own definitions and boundaries. To be fully free to express our own complete identities, especially here where politics and media try so hard to control them, rejecting "Jewish" as a necessary and exclusive characteristic of the Israeli identity and rejecting Arab as a necessary and exclusive characteristic of Palestinian identity will lead the way to being able to identify as a Palestinian Jew.

If being Palestinian and Jewish is contradictory, it means neither Palestinians nor Jews are willing to coexist because they are inherently incompatible identities. The ability to combine these identities in one person is a prerequisite for equality in Israel. To achieve this, Judaism must be relegated to a religious, cultural, or ethnic – and not a national – identity. And the Palestinian identity must be secular, national, tied to a place and a geo-political history and all that that entails. In these terms, with these identities, there is no reason that a Jew cannot be Palestinian, or that a Palestinian cannot be a Jew.

"We are the future" one boy says jokingly. "It's not a joke," says his brother. The only liveable future is one in which the us vs. them mentality dissolves into the shameful recesses of history. They believe that soon – maybe in thirty years – Israel as we know it will be gone, and they'll be prepared. They will already be rid of the mentality in which everyone is everyone else's enemy. By internalizing both sides of a divisive dichotomy, they are the future. I, too, am a part of this future; we are dismantling divisive rhetoric, imposed and perpetuated by the mainstream media and created by Israel's political needs, by taking these words, redefining them, and crafting our own identities to reflect who want to be, not who someone else told us we were.

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Cast truth
Dec 29, 2010 10:48 am | Philip Weiss

The human rights attorney Michael Sfard on Cast Lead, at Coteret (original in Hebrew at Ynet):

Operation Cast Lead was our second war of independence. In the first, we freed ourselves of 2,000 years of living under and being oppressed by foreign regimes. In the second, we broke the shackles of Jewish morality and heritage that were shoved down our throats for years. We liberated ourselves of the ancient Jewish ban against killing the innocent with the evil, from the self-evident lessons and inevitable insights we should have reached of the our collective experience as a downtrodden nation that was denied its own civil rights, that was silenced, knocked down, downgraded, and treated as subhuman. Yes, we violated some of those rules in the past, but we did not even reveal that to ourselves.

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Only Jews get to say it
Dec 29, 2010 07:23 am | Philip Weiss

People are talking about Jeffrey Goldberg's very late epiphany that Israel is not much of a democracy for Palestinians and this clashes with American values. He cited both discrimination against Palestinians inside Israel and in the occupation:

[T]here's very little Israel's right-wing government has done in the past year or so to suggest that it is willing to wean itself from its addiction to West Bank settlements, and the expansion of settlements bodes ill for the creation of a Palestinian state -- andthe absence of Palestinian statehood means that Israel will one day soon confront this crucial question concerning its democratic nature: Will it grant West Bank Arabs the right to vote, or will it deny them the vote? 

But Walt and Mearsheimer said much of this a long time ago. They were on to Israel's intransigent refusal to end the occupation in 2006, and saw the clash with American values:

Some aspects of Israeli democracy are at odds with core American values. Unlike the US, where people are supposed to enjoy equal rights irrespective of race, religion or ethnicity, Israel was explicitly founded as a Jewish state and citizenship is based on the principle of blood kinship. Given this, it is not surprising that its 1.3 million Arabs are treated as second-class citizens, or that a recent Israeli government commission found that Israel behaves in a 'neglectful and discriminatory' manner towards them. Its democratic status is also undermined by its refusal to grant the Palestinians a viable state of their own or full political rights.

At that time (and even after W&M retracted/regretted the word "blood") Goldberg said they were anti-Semitic, and so did a lot of other Israel lobbyists, in the New York Times, Yivo Institute, the Washington Post, etc. In fact, there's a basic prejudice at work here. It's OK if Jews say it, but not gentiles. That prejudice is based on the belief that Jews are outsiders, a minority, and are vulnerable. Not long after he was scolding Hannah Arendt for having insufficient love for the Jewish people, the great Jewish scholar Gershom Scholem said that only Jews could write Jewish history: "...Jewish historians... learned to insist, and rightly so, that Jewish history is a process that can only be understood when viewed from within..." Goldberg has the same view.

At this point in Jewish history, and American history, and American history, this attitude is an exclusive vanity. Jewish history is very important, and understanding American history means understanding Israeli and Jewish history, too.

The gateway for an understanding here is Michael Walzer's brave statement at the Center for Jewish History a couple years ago about a new era of Jewish responsibility:

"We sustained a national existence for 2000 years without territory, sovereignty, and without coercive power… That is an extraordinary political achievement… one that has not been studied enough, or appreciated enough.... It may be that the talents honed by exile don't fit the circumstances of statehood... We governed only ourselves, as best we could… Sometimes [we were] semi-autonomous… responsible only for ourselves. In the state of Israel, we have accepted responsibility for other people. That is something we have never had in all the years of exile, and we have not done terribly well." 

With power comes accountability. Not just to ourselves.

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