Thursday, August 21, 2014

A tip by Prince `Abdul-`Aziz bin Fahd

"The prince once offered an €80,000 tip at a hip restaurant on the Spanish island of Ibiza, the Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported."

This Israeli will be free in less than a year

"The Israeli eyeglass-shop owner accused of burning an Arab teenager alive last month led a “hunting expedition” to kill a Palestinian to avenge the murder of three Israeli yeshiva students, prosecutors say...There they spotted Deema Zalloum in a Muslim headscarf and a long coat, pushing a stroller with her 6-month-old daughter as her sons Yahia, 8, and Musa, 7, walked nearby.  The yeshiva student grabbed Musa “around his throat in a strangling position” and dragged him toward Ben-David’s Honda, the indictment said.

“My only thought was to rescue my son,” Zalloum recalled in an interview. She hit her son’s abductor on the head with her cellphone.

The teenage assailant punched her in the face and shoved her to the ground, kicking her with his boots “with hatred,” she said. Zalloum blacked out. Her sons escaped to a nearby dry cleaner, and the workers ran outside, but Ben-David and his accomplice sped away."

Western governments and media are culpable: British Jihadists and Western Correspondents Share Safe Houses in 2012

From T: "In 2012 they shared safe houses... Why did the west just decide to highlight a story you have been covering for years? All we heard in 2012 was about Hezbollah and Iranian support of the Syrian Regime. These terrorists were travelling from all over the world to Turkey under the watch of every intelligence agency. Why do they act so shocked now?
"It happened that I had been in a Syrian rebel safehouse on the border the day before our colleagues were taken; there, I had stumbled across two British Muslim men with long beards who were about to enter Syria. They were clearly jihadis and uncomfortable in my presence. About ten days later, Foley’s colleagues made it out of Syria. They had, it turned out, been taken prisoner by foreign Muslim radicals, the most vicious of whom spoke with British accents.""

U.S.-Israeli rationale for mass-murder of civilians

"In Laos, Deputy CIA Director James Lilley explained that though North Vietnamese soldiers were not in the villages, they would hide there if the U.S. didn’t bomb civilians. Prime Minister Nethanyahu offers a similar rationale for mass civilian murder today." "It is precisely because there is always a rationale for bombing civilians that the progress of human civilization is largely measured by the extent to which civilians are protected in times of war from indiscriminate bombing and shelling, and that those who violate these rules are prosecuted for crimes of war. Protecting civilians against indiscriminate murder is not only a question of war. It is a measure of your own humanity."

"BBC propaganda demonizes Palestinians, praises Israeli killers"

"Just like the show's American inspiration, Homeland (which is in turn based on an Israeli original), it revives the spectre of the Arab bogeyman as the evil genius among us, ghosting across borders on false passports." "This is understandably vexing for Palestinians. After all, it is Mossad that has won itself the reputation in recent years for sending assassins to kill abroad on forged identity papers."

British jihadists committing atrocities in Syria and Iraq

"The brutal beheading of US journalist James Foley by a Briton fighting in the ranks of Isis, which calls itself Islamic State, is the latest - and most shocking - example of British jihadists committing atrocities in Syria and Iraq. Britain accounts for around one in four of all European fighters who have pledged their allegiance to Isis, with an estimated 500 Britons among 2,000 foreign fighters from across Europe. One reason is the sheer ease with which people can get to Istanbul in Turkey, and then catch a bus to get into neighbouring Syria,"

Zionist elaborte scheme of propaganda

""A Common Dreams investigation has discovered that more than a thousand of these damaging comments over the past two years were written with a deceptive purpose by a Jewish Harvard graduate in his thirties who was irritated by the website's discussion of issues involving Israel."" (thanks Amir)

businesswoman convicted of insulting members of the morality police in Saudi Arabia

"A Saudi Arabian judge has upheld a sentence of a month in prison and 50 lashes for a businesswoman convicted of insulting members of the morality police during an argument, the local al-Medina newspaper reported on Sunday. The appeals court in Mecca upheld the sentence, passed by a district court in Jeddah, after the woman was found guilty of "cursing the morality police" and calling them "liars", the Arabic-language daily reported." (thanks Basim)

The Ice Bucket Challenge from Gaza

Watch here. (thanks Laure)

Deborah E. Lipstadt on rising anti-Semitism in Europe: what actually happened in the demonstration in Berlin

Here is my take on this.  Anti-Semitism is a European invention and it has not been eliminated and it is still alive, even within the church (including the Maronite church in Lebanon).  But why suddenly this discussion of anti-Semitism during the Israeli war on Gaza? Is that to make Israel a victim of Gaza anti-Semitism? What is the link there, I don't get it. Or to basically maintain that anti-Semitism in the West is the reason why Israel needs to kill women and children in Gaza? And why in all those stats and cases of anti-Semitism no one mentions that there is also a parallel rise in Islamophobia.  And why the cases of Islamophobia in Europe don't generate much press and condemnation in the US?   Now let us take the highly dishonest article by Deboarah Lipstadt (and I have read all her books before).  Lipstadt begin her article by saying that there are worrisome signs that, despite the lack of applicability of the Nazi analogy, are reminiscent of the Nazi holocaust.  "And a pro-Hamas marcher in Berlin broke away from the crowd and assaulted an older man who was quietly standing on a corner holding an Israeli flag."  Now let us analyze this sentence. So she is here relying on ONE PERSAON to stigmatize the entire demonstration in Berlin?  But where did she get this information from? Let us go to her Israeli source:  "The more rowdy activists could not always be kept in line. Joachim Glauer was standing on the sidelines of the Kurfurstendamm avenue with a small Israeli flag in his hand. A row of policemen in riot gear stood between him and the rest of the protesters. Suddenly, a group of 7-10 youths burst through the barricade, pushed the elderly man down, and grabbed his flag. The police quickly stepped in and moved the boys away. One of the boys returned to the crowd and was cheered as the aged Glauer stood there, shaking."  Now how did Lipstadt determine that the man was "pro-Hamas marcher"? There is no evidence whatsoever, not that he has no right to be pro-Hamas, of course.  Also, regarding the act of removing an Israeli flag form the hand of a man.  Why would that qualify, according to an American expert on anti-Semitism, as an anti-Semitic act? If I decide to remove all flags of Israel from the US, that would be anti-Semitic, Lipstadt?  Since when?  And why does the act of "one man" by her counting quality to "stigmatize"--in her eyes, not mine--the whole demonstration when the same source admit: "The organizers kept this in mind. Large men with the word “Order” written across their white armbands aggressively kept back any members of the march that attempted to start scuffles or shout incendiary slogans. As the march proceeded past pro-peace and pro-Israel demonstrators, a youth burst forth from the Al-Quds Day contingent and shouted “Qassams on Tel Aviv!”  Within seconds, he was seized by one of the security personnel, held back and told to “shut up and make a peace sign!” Similar outbursts that were openly anti-Semitic were also quickly shot down by the organizers."  Now to shout "Qassams on Tel Aviv" is anti-Semitic?  How so?  And then Lipstadt elaborates on what she considers Muslim anti-Semitism:  "and a more leftist, secular form of anti-Semitism."  Where is this leftist secular anti-Semitism? Name me one leftist secular anti-Semite? Like who?

How many journalists have been killed by the Syrian government? Let us ask Human Rights Watch

A Human Rights Watch staffer tweeted this today: "Fadi Al-Qadi (@fqadi) 8/20/14, 1:33 PM
#Syria government still detains 492 media workers & journalists, #ISIS detains 23. Now we know the price!  "@SN4HR".  (And it was retweeted by the Sarah Lee Whitson, the Director of the Middle East and North Africa Division of HRW).  I thought that the number was way too high so I decided to look into their evidence. It is based on a poster (image attached in the tweet above) by a Syrian exile opposition group.  But the hilarious part is their definition of journalist: in English Fadi Al-Qadi called them "media workers" but in English in the same poster attached they are referred to as "media activists".   So Al-Qadi changed the description from media activists to media workers only to make it more credible.  The whole idea of the campaign by this Syrian exile opposition group is to prove that Syrian regime is worse than ISIS or that ISIS is not that bad. 

When American fads hit Lebanon: Ice Bucket Challenge

Just yesterday on Facebook I predicted that the Ice Bucket Challenge trend will hit Lebanon and that, typically, it will be applied in an exaggerated fashion. Here you go.

Correction: about the picture of French soldiers with heads of "natives"

From Mohamed: "About the photo you posted of the heads of Algerians held by French soldiers:

Although there might be some gaps about the history of the photo, but it is generally agreed that it is actually from the Moroccan Rif, a bunch of Spanish legionnaires holding heads of Moroccans in the Rif (Northern Morocco) in the early twenties, probably 1922. Spanish Historian Maria Rosa de Madariaga includes the photo as such in her book "Los moros que trajo Franco: la intervencion de tropas coloniales en la guerra civil" (after p. 224). Also, in his book "Deadly Embrace: Morocco and the Road to the Spanish Civil War", British historian Sebastian Balfour publishes the photo with the same explanation adding, however, that during the Spanish civil war, the Phalange used the photo for propaganda purposes claiming that it is a photo of communists from the International Brigades capturing heads of Spanish "patriots."
Attached, you will find the full picture.
PS. You can publish this if you want."

Listen to Nasser minute 4:30 explain why he rejects a separte deal with the Israeli enemy

Comrade Joseph Massad in Amman

For readers in Jordan, come attend comrade Joseph's talk about "Islam in Liberalism" in Amman.  Refreshments and Syrian appetizers are not provided.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

from this blog in 2012: Al-Qa`idah in Lebanon

How the US helped bring in Al-Qa`idah into Lebanon (and subsequently to Syria)

How many times do you have to plagiarize before you are officially declared a plagiarizer?

Fareed Zakaria, who never had an insight, and whose non-insights were also plagiarized.

Israel has killed one in every thousand Gazans. That's the equivalent of 300,000 Americans

"8/19/14, 9:24 PM
Israel has killed one in every thousand Gazans. That's the equivalent of 300,000 Americans."

"Military gear beyond Ferguson: A look at how the Pentagon’s equipment has spread"

Another Zionist liar: Mort Zuckerman

"Mort Zuckerman claims he toured the devastation in Gaza" although he never stepped foot in Gaza

This Washington Post columnist with a history of racism against blacks admits that Israel made mistakes

"Israelis make mistakes. For instance, the number and extent of Hamas' tunnels into Israel was apparently a surprise to Israeli intelligence. " (thanks Michele)

PS Do you know that this guy was a critic of Israel until one time the Zionists of ADL launched a campaign against him and then totally switched positions?  I remember him from my days in DC. 

Israel resumes killing women & children

"An Israeli air strike on a house in Gaza City killed a child and a woman late Tuesday, wounding 16 other people, local emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said."

How many bombs has Israel dropped on Gaza?

"If Abu Murad's estimate is right, then the explosive power Israel has fired on Gaza by land, sea and air so far is roughly equivalent to one of the atomic bombs the United States dropped on Japan in August 1945."

Steady expansion of BDS movement

From a reader: "Chants of "Free, free Palestine" rang out as Alameda County sheriff's deputies, who clearly outnumbered protesters, watched from a distance. Kate Rafael, a 55-year-old word processor from Oakland who has been protesting each day, said she believed the U-turn was proof that the demonstrations were having their desired effect. "It really makes them look desperate," she said. "There are blockades going on all over the world, from Seattle to Spain. They're not going to be able to hide much longer." "

Israeli Zim Lines ship trying to hide from BDS movement

Ferguson is Everytown, U.S.A.

"The killing of black men in incidents that begin as investigatory police stops are anything but unusual in America. In this sense, Ferguson is Everytown, U.S.A. There is a reason for this. More than 240 years of slavery and 90 years of legal segregation in this country have created a legacy of racialized policing." (thanks Amir)

An-Nahar newspaper in Beirut is bragging about a famous Lebanese

"Police in Paraguay have arrested a fugitive Brazilian fertility doctor, Roger Abdelmassih, sentenced for sexually abusing 39 of his patients."

Watch this Palestinian student tell her Washington, DC audience that she "wanted to quit" their normalization program

"Earlier this month, Nisreen Zaqout, a Palestinian student from Gaza studying at Illinois College, did just that. Watch the video above, and you can see how she told the audience at the closing session of this year’s New Story Leadership normalization program that she “wanted to quit” while in Washington, DC for the summer.

Nisreen described being part of NSL at such a time as “absolute torture.” Unlike the Israeli participants, her “firsts” were not of meeting someone new or going sailing for the first time, but instead, the first time she heard fear in her mother’s voice, the first time she heard her brother cry over the death of a young friend, the first time her grandfather said “no” to evacuation, “not again.” The ethnic cleansing and dispossession Palestinians experienced in 1948 — the year of Israel’s establishment — was enough."

By the way, Israeli media can be as silly in its bragging as An-Nahar newspaper of Lebanon

The terrorist state could not be more proud.  Let me guess: he stole the recipe from a Palestinian?  (thanks Asa)

Quibbling with the number of victims of the Holocaust: just as Zionist hoodlums quibble with the number of victims in Gaza

I, among other opponents of anti-Semitism, regarding those who quibble with the number of victims in the Holocaust as anti-Semites. Similarly, those Zionists hoodlums at WINEP who quibble with the number of victims in Gaza are similar in intent.  Look at this guy: he brags that a mere 1000 civilians were killed in Gaza: "By contrast, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have stated that the fatality count for combatants is 1,068 -- a majority of the total fatalities, meaning a civilian death rate of less than 50 percent and a considerable combat loss for Hamas fighters."  Look at his source, of course.  He then concludes that no matter how many civilians Israel has killed, this should not be blamed on Israel but on the victims themselves: "In the end, the number or proportion of civilian casualties on either side cannot alone determine right or wrong, or even degree of responsibility for this dimension of carnage."

Saudi regime (and Qatari regime) produced both Al-Qa`idah and ISIS: when will the West realize

"According to the veteran Middle Eastern correspondent, Patrick Cockburn, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf monarchies are the “foster parents” of Isis. And the former head of MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove, has pointed out that Saudi financial support has proved critical to the rise of Isis. How long can western public opinion tolerate support for the Saudi dictatorship?" (thanks Mohammad)

From the annals of the French occupation of Algeria

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It is official now: the Qatari-funded Syrian Observatory has now been elevated to the status of an NGO

From Adam: "I was wondering if you knew when the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stopped being a (severely biased) opposition group and became an official Non-Governmental Organization, that obviously is just trying to report the facts.  "

Is the US providiing intelligence help to the Syrian regime?

The highly able and reliable correspondent of As-Safir in Paris claims that the US has been providing intelligence help to the Syrian regime regarding positions of ISIS in Syria.

Syrian regime and ISIS

Western correspondents (and their sources in the corrupt Saudi and Qatari media) made claims (without any evidence whatsoever) that the Syrian regime does not bomb sites of ISIS.  But when the regime bombs sites of ISIS, the same sectarian Qatari and Saudi media complain that "Sunnis are being bombed".  Here, Al-Quds Al-`Arabi, which has become one of the ugliest forms of sectarian agitation and incitement, complains that the Syrian regime bombed sites of ISIS but that civilians were being killed. What do you want, o Qatari gas media? Just let us know. 

Not in the US press: Palestinian children mourned

Grieving: Relatives of seven-month-old Ali Deif, the son of Hamas's military commander Mohammed Deif, hold his body as they mourn during his funeral in Jabalia in Gaza "Grieving: Relatives of seven-month-old Ali Deif, the son of Hamas's military commander Mohammed Deif, hold his body as they mourn during his funeral in Jabalia in Gaza".
Grief: Mustafa Harb Asfura (centre right), carries the body of seven-month-old grandson Ali Dief while fellow mourners hold the body of his mother Widad (top left) during funeral procession of the son and wife of Hamas's military commander Mohammed Deif who were killed by an Israeli air strike in Gaza "Grief: Mustafa Harb Asfura (centre right), carries the body of seven-month-old grandson Ali Dief while fellow mourners hold the body of his mother Widad (top left) during funeral procession of the son and wife of Hamas's military commander Mohammed Deif who were killed by an Israeli air strike in Gaza". "Thousands of mourners poured on to the streets of Gaza today for the funeral while angrily demanding revenge against Israel and firing shots into the air".  (Daily Mail)

An interview with Dr. Ghassan Abu Sitta

This is a great doctor with a great reputation.  I met him briefly when my mother was dying last May at the AUB's Medical Center.  He left his work at AUH and volunteered in Gaza as soon as the war started.

Chief PA buffoon, Sa'ib `Uraykat: wearing a funny hat

The peom Wait for ME

The poem Wait for Me by Palestinian poet Samih Al-Qasim (my translation):
"My neck is on the edge of the knife,
O, my homeland, and yet
I tell you: Wait for me!
And my hands are tied behind my back,
O, my homeland
And yet I sing
for you, o, my wound..I sing
“I have not betrayed you…
so don’t betray me
I have not sold don’t sell me!”
The homeland of the miserable psalms
and the lost faces
the homeland of the vengeful roots
the homeland of the storms, thunderbolts,
and cold nights
the homeland of the stolen orchards
and the prayful palms
the homeland of the villages, ruins, blood,
and crying
Do I strengthen your resolve?
Or do you, o betrayed one, strengthen my resolve?
The homeland of the old lies, tales,
and prophets
Do I become your secret?
Or do you, o betrayed one, become my secret?
The homeland of fragmentation in exiles,
Strange airports, and ports
homeland of anger
homeland of flames
You, whose hands are kissed
through the tears of one million refugee!
Homeland of humiliation, distress, and pride
I believed in the love which gives,
and which dissolves in giving..
Thus, I say to you: Wait for me!
My neck is on the edge of the knife,
But I say to you:
Wait for me!!"

The poem The Bird of Thunder by Samih Qasim

Samih Qasim died yesterday.  From the poem Awaiting the Bird of Thunder by Palestinian poet Samih Al-Qasim (my translation):
"And it happens that he comes
he comes with the sun
a face distorted in the dust
of school curricula
and it happens that he comes
after the suicide of
drought in my voice
something...its splendor
is limitless
something called in songs:
the bird of thunder!
He must come
we have reached it,
we have reached
the summit of death!!"

A makeshift tent in Gaza with a map of Palestine

From As-Safir (AFP)

Who covered up for ISIS in the case of James Foley?

From T: "Professor, I hope you didn't watch the gruesome beheading of James Foley (RIP), at the hands of a British ISIS member. The sad irony is, these "western" jihadi terrorists and James Foley flew into the same airport in Turkey, and crossed the same open and PURPOSELY porous border because Erdogan/Saudi/Qatar/John McCain/FSA were all too keen to use these terrorists for their own agendas ".

Those who are culpible in the brtual kidnapping and murder of American journalist, James Foley

For three years, Western correspondents in the Middle East and the American pundits have been promoting a Syrian "revolution".  In the course of this promotion, they lied and fabricated and gave their readers a totally different picture of what is happening on the ground.  They even invented a media phenomenon, called the Free Syrian Army, when no such army really existed beyond various gangs in different places using various names for their battalions and telling American agents on the ground in Turkey what they want to hear to get money and weapons. For three long years, Western correspondents in Beirut created a fantasy of a revolution where the armed groups are all run by two secular women operating from downtown Damascus.  The danger of the fanatical Bin Ladenite groups have been belittled from the very beginning and even recently those same correspondents have tried to promote Nusrah Front (classified by the US State Department as a terrorist organization), which is the OFFICIAL branch of Al-Qa`idah, damn it.  This is the real Syrian "revolution": a variety of terrorism and Jihadism.  Even the Saudi-funded Jihadi front, Islamic Front, was promoted as a moderate version of terrorist Jihadism.  All those who engage in such propaganda are culpable in the kidnapping and murder of James Foley.  They basically told unsuspecting American journalists that the Syrian rebels are reasonable friendly forces and that they would welcome the foreign press. All the cases of kidnapping and murder of foreign journalists were at the hands of Syrian rebels.  All of them.  Take the case of James Foley: the Western media covered up his kidnapping and pretended that he was in fact held at a detention center in Damascus. Look at this lie here from last yeAfter a five-month investigation inside Syria and the wider Middle East, GlobalPost and the family of missing American journalist James Foley now believe the Syrian government is holding him in a detention center near Damascus."  Only recently this paper had to retract its lie but only in the most vague way: "Editor's note: Since the publication of this story further investigations have been conducted on James Foley's kidnapping, pointing in a different direction. The latest public information is available here. "  But worse: even after the terrorist ISIS claimed responsibility for his beheading, there are Western correspondents (I am told that Kim Ghattas of the BBC is one of them) who are peddling more lies and claiming without a shred of evidence that the Syrian government surrendered Foley to ISIS.  Shame on all of those journalists who basically collaborated on the promotion of lies that were to the benefit of ISIS and its propaganda machine.

If you want to read one article to understand the origins and evolution of murderous ISIS read this one article

This Saudi dissident has the best analysis of ISIS that I have read in any language.  It should be translated into English.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I have my own red lines about Ferguson

If Obama continues to sanction the use of force on peaceful protesters, I may have to resort to NATO military intervention to keep the peace, just as NATO kept the peace in Libya.  Is this not a quintessential American policy?

Palestinian poet, Samih Qasim, is dead

Palestinian poet, Samih Qasim is dead.  He would have been far better known had he not lived in the age of Mahmud Darwish.