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Some time ago, Iran's Supreme Leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged the Muslim World to boycott anything and everything that originates from the Jewish people.
This cry has now been taken up by Hamas and other Muslims world-wide!
In response, Meyer M Treinkman, a pharmacist, out of the kindness of his heart, offered to assist them in their boycott as follows:
"Any Muslim who has Syphilis must not be cured by Salvarsan discovered by a Jew, Dr. Ehrlich. He should not even try to find out whether he has Syphilis, because the Wasserman Test is the discovery of a Jew. If a Muslim suspects that he has Gonorrhea, he must not seek diagnosis, because he will be using the method of a Jew named Neissner.
"A Muslim who has heart disease must not use Digitalis, a discovery by a Jew, Ludwig Traube.
Should he suffer with a toothache, he must not use Novocaine, a discovery of the Jews, Widal and Weil.
If a Muslim has Diabetes, he must not use Insulin, the result of Research by Minkowsky, a Jew. If one has a headache, he must shun Pyramidon and Antypyrin, due to the Jews, Spiro and Ellege.
Muslims with convulsions must put up with them because it was a Jew, Oscar Leibreich, who proposed the use of Chloral Hydrate.
Arabs must do likewise with their psychic ailments because Freud, father of psychoanalysis, was a Jew.
Should a Muslim child get Diphtheria, he must refrain from the "Schick" reaction which was invented by the Jew, Bella Schick.
"Muslims should be ready to die in great numbers and must not permit treatment of ear and brain damage, work of Jewish Nobel Prize winner, Robert Baram.
They should continue to die or remain crippled by Infantile Paralysis because the discoverer of the anti-polio vaccine is a Jew, Jonas Salk.
"Muslims must refuse to use Streptomycin and continue to die of Tuberculosis because a Jew, Zalman Waxman, invented the wonder drug against this killing disease.
Muslim doctors must discard all discoveries and improvements by dermatologist Judas Sehn Benedict, or the lung specialist, Frawnkel, and of many other world renowned Jewish scientists and medical experts.
"In short, good and loyal Muslims properly and fittingly should remain afflicted with Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Heart Disease, Headaches, Typhus, Diabetes, Mental Disorders, Polio Convulsions and Tuberculosis and be proud to obey the Islamic boycott."
Oh, and by the way, don't call for a doctor on your cell phone because the cell phone was invented in Israel by a Jewish engineer.
The Global Islamic population is approximately 1,200,000,000; that is ONE BILLION TWO HUNDRED MILLION or 20% of the world's population.
The Global Jewish population is approximately 14,000,000; that is FOURTEEN MILLION or about 0.02% of
the world's population
The Jews are NOT promoting brainwashing children in military training camps, teaching them how to blow themselves up and cause maximum deaths of Jews and other non-Muslims.
The Jews don't hijack planes, nor kill athletes at the Olympics, or blow themselves up in German restaurants.
There is NOT one single Jew who has destroyed a church.
There is NOT a single Jew who protests by killing people. The Jews don't traffic slaves, nor have leaders calling for Jihad and death to all the Infidels.
Perhaps the world's Muslims should consider investing more in standard education and less in blaming the Jews for all their problems.
Muslims must ask 'what can they do for humankind' before they demand that humankind respects them.
Regardless of your feelings about the crisis between Israel and the Palestinians and Arab neighbours, even if you believe there is more culpability on Israel’s part, the following two sentences really say it all:
"If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel."
Benjamin Netanyahu: “General Eisenhower warned us. It is a matter of history that when the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the death camps he ordered all possible photographs to be taken, and for the German people from surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead.”
He did this because he said in words to this effect: “Get it all on record now – get the films - get the witnesses - because somewhere down the road of history some idiot will get up and say that this never happened.”
Recently, the UK debated whether to remove The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it “offends” the Muslim population which claims it never occurred.
It is not removed as yet. However, this is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving into it.It is now more than 65 years after the Second World War in Europe ended.
Now, more than ever, with Iran, among others, claiming the Holocaust to be 'a myth,' it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets.
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uses Eastern Slavic naming customs;
the patronymic is Vladimirovich and
name is Putin.
born 7 October 1952, has been the President of Russia since 7 May 2012. He
previously served as President from 2000 to 2008, and as Prime Minister of Russia from 1999 to
2000 and again from 2008 to 2012. During his last term as Prime Minister, he
was also the Chairman of the United
Russia political party.
For 16 years
Putin served as an officer in the KGB, rising to the rank
Colonel before he retired to enter politics in his native Saint
Petersburg in 1991. He moved to Moscow in 1996 and joined
President Boris Yeltsin's administration where he rose quickly,
becoming Acting President on
31 December 1999 when Yeltsin resigned unexpectedly. Putin won the
subsequent 2000 presidential election and
was re-elected in 2004.
of constitutionally mandated term limits, Putin
was ineligible to run for a third consecutive presidential term in 2008. Dmitry
Medvedev won the 2008 presidential election and
appointed Putin as Prime Minister, beginning a period of
so-called "tan democracy". In September 2011,
following a change in the law extending the presidential term from four years
to six, Putin announced that he would seek a third, non-consecutive term
as President in the2012 presidential election, an
announcement which led to large-scale protests in many Russian cities.
He won the election in March 2012 and is serving a six-year term.
Many of Putin's
actions are regarded by the domestic opposition and foreign observers as
The 2011 Democracy
Index stated that Russia was in "a long process of regression
that culminated in a move from a hybrid to an authoritarian regime"
in view of Putin's candidacy and flawed parliamentary elections. In 2014
Russia was excluded from the G8 group as a result of its annexation of Crimea.
first premiership and presidency (1999–2008), real incomes increased by a
factor of 2.5, real wages more than tripled; unemployment and poverty more than
halved, and the Russians' self-assessed life satisfaction rose
significantly. Putin's first presidency was marked by high economic
growth: the Russian economy grew for eight straight years,
seeing GDP increase by 72% in PPP (six fold in nominal terms).
Russia's president, Putin and the Federal Assembly passed into law a
tax of 13%, a reduced profits tax, and new land and legal
codes. As Prime Minister, Putin oversaw large scale military and police reform. His energy policy has affirmed Russia's
position as an energy superpower. Putin supported high-tech
industries such as the nuclear and defence industries.
A rise in foreign
investment contributed to a boom in such sectors as the automotive industry.
cultivated a strongman image and is a pop cultural
icon in Russia with many commercial products named after him.
Sport and cultural life
Putin has won
international support for sport
in Russia. In 2007, he led a successful effort on behalf of Sochi (located
along the Black Sea near the border between Georgia and
Russia) for the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2014 Winter Paralympics, the
first Winter Olympic Games to ever be hosted by
Likewise, in 2008, the city of Kazan won the
bid for the 2013 Summer Universiade, and on 2 December
2010 Russia won the right to host the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup, also for the first time in
Russian history. In 2013, Putin stated that gay athletes would not face any
discrimination at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Putin has an
outdoor, sporty, tough
guy image in the media, demonstrating his physical capabilities and
taking part in unusual or dangerous acts, such as extreme sports and
interaction with wild animals.
For example, in
2007, the tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda published a huge
photograph of a bare-chested Putin vacationing in the Siberian Mountains under
the headline: "Be Like Putin."
Photo ops during
his various adventures are part of a public relations approach that, according
to Wired, "deliberately cultivates the macho,
take-charge superhero image". Some of the activities
have been criticised for being staged.
of Putin's macho adventures include: flying military
jets, demonstrating his martial art skills, riding
fishing and swimming in a cold Siberian river (doing all that mostly
bare-chested), descending in a deepwater submersible, tranquilizing
tigers with a tranquiliser gun, tranquilizing polar bears, riding a
motorbike, co-piloting a fire fighting plane to dump water on a raging
fire, shooting darts at whales from a crossbow for
eco-tracking, driving a race car, scuba diving at an archaeological
site, attempting to lead endangered cranes in a motorized hang glider, and
catching big fish.
On 11 December
2010, at a concert organized for a children's charity in Saint Petersburg, Putin sang Blueberry Hill accompanying himself on
the piano. The concert was attended by various Hollywood and European stars
such as Kevin Costner, Sharon
Stone, Alain Delon, and Gérard Depardieu. At the same event (and
others) Putin played a patriotic song from his favourite spy movie The Shield
and the Sword.
painting "Узор на заиндевевшем окне" (A Pattern on a
Hoarfrost-Encrusted Window), which he had painted during the Christmas Fair on
26 December 2008, became the top lot at the charity auction in Saint Petersburg
and sold for 37 million rubles. The creation of the painting coincided
with the 2009 Russia–Ukraine gas dispute,
which left a number of European states without Russian gas and amid January
There are a large
number of songs about Putin. Some of the more popular include:
[I Want] A Man
Like Putin by Singing Together
Don't Piss!) by Uma2rman
a Tajik singer
Tolibjon Kurbankhanov (Толибджон Курбанханов)
Our Madhouse is Voting
for Putin by Working Faculty.
Putin's name and
image are widely used in advertisement and product branding. Among the
Putin-branded products are Putinkavodka, the PuTin brand
of canned food, the Gorbusha Putina caviar and a
collection of T-shirts with his image.
Putin features in
the colouring book for children Vova and Dima (presented on his 59th
birthday), where he and Dmitry
Medvedev are drawn as good-behaving little boys, and in
the Superputin online comics series, where Putin and Medvedev are
portrayed first as superheroes, and then as a troll and an orc in the World
was portrayed by internet personality Nice Peter in
his YouTube series Epic Rap Battles of History, in Season
2's finale episode, "Rasputin vs. Stalin" (aired on 22 April 2013).
A Russian movie
called A Kiss not for Press was premiered in 2008 on DVD. The movie
is said to be based on biography of Vladimir Putin and his wife Lyudmila. Asserting that
the Russian non-systemic opposition work for foreign interests: Come to
produced a large number of popular aphorisms and catch-phrases, known as ‘Putinisms’. Many
of them were first made during his annual Q&A conferences, where Putin
answered questions from journalists and other people in the studio, as well as
from Russians throughout the country, who either phoned in or spoke from
studios and outdoor sites across Russia. Putin is known for his often tough and
sharp language. The examples of most popular ‘Putinisms’ include:
To bump off in a
toilet. Made in 1999, when he promised to destroy terrorists wherever they were
found, including in toilets.
She sank. Curt
and self-evident answer to a question from Larry King in
2000 asking what happened to the Russian submarine K-141 Kursk.
Ploughed like a
slave on a galley. This is how Putin described his work as President of Russia
from 2000 to 2008 during a Q&A conference in 2008.
Ears of a
According to Putin, that was what Latvia would
receive instead of the land claimed by Latvia in a territorial dispute.
At the very
least, a state leader should have a head. Putin's response to Hillary
Clinton's claim that Putin has no soul. He recommended that international
relations be built without emotion and instead on the basis of the fundamental
interests of the states involved.
pig- In 2013, Putin responded to complaints that he was harbouring
whistleblower Edward Snowden, saying that he does not wish to get
involved in this issue because "it's like shearing a pig – lots of screams
but little wool".
Personal life - Family
On 28 July 1983
Putin married Kaliningrad-born Lyudmila
Shkrebneva, at that time an undergraduate student of the Spanish branch of
the philology department
of the Leningrad State University and
a former Aeroflot flight
attendant. They lived together in Germany from 1985 to 1990. During this
time, according to BND archives, a German spy befriended
Putina, who said that Putin beat her and had love affairs.
When the couple left
Germany in 1990 it was rumoured that Putin left behind an illegitimate child.
Putina was rarely
seen with President Putin and there were rumours, according to the Daily Mail and
other newspapers, that the couple separated. Putin has been linked by
newspapers with other women, including gymnast Alina
Kabayeva and ex-spy Anna
Chapman. These rumours have been denied.
Vladimir Putin and his
wife, Lyudmila, announced on 6 June 2013, that their marriage was over, ending
years of speculation about their relationship. The Kremlin confirmed on 2 April
2014 that Russian President Vladimir Putin has finalised the divorce from his
wife of 30 years Lyudmila following the couple's sudden split in June 2013. The
president's spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed to state-owned Itar-TASS news
agency that "the divorce has completed."
Putin and his
wife have two daughters, Mariya Putina (born 28 April 1985 in Leningrad, Soviet
Union) and Yekaterina Putina (born 31 August 1986 in Dresden, East
Germany). The daughters grew up in East Germany and attended the German School in Moscow until his
appointment as Prime Minister. After that they studied international economics
at the Finance Academy in
Moscow, although it was not officially reported due to security reasons. Official
sources such as Pravda claim they started their studies at St Petersburg State
University, with Mariya at the biology and geology department and Yekaterina at
the oriental studies section of the University's philological department. It is
the most prestigious section of the department that graduates future
According to the Daily Mail, their photographs
have never been published by the Russian media, and no family portrait has ever
been issued. The Sunday Times has published one picture of Mariya with her
parents According to an article in the newspaper De Pers, Mariya is
married to the Dutchman Jorrit Faassen. Today they live in Voorschoten,
There have been
reports that Yekaterina planned to wed the son of a South Korean
admiral however the alleged groom denied the rumours in South Korean paper
comment in a televised interview is that "both his daughters live in
Moscow, where they’re combining their studies with part-time work. “I’m proud
of them,” said Putin.
One of Vladimir
Putin's relatives is Viktor
Medvedchuk – the Ukrainian business
oligarch influential until the 2004 Orange
Revolution. Putin became the godfather of
Medvedchuk's daughter Darina in 2004. The two maintain regular relations
since, with their meetings sometimes covered by the Russian
state-controlled TV channels.
Putin, CEO of Putin Consluting a firm aiming to "to facilitate
entrance into the Russian market, to minimize the transaction and
administrative barriers, and to ensure complex business security"
Personal wealth and residences
during the legislative election of 2007 put
Putin's wealth at approximately 3.7 million rubles ($150,000
USD) in bank accounts, a private 77.4-square-meter (833 sq ft)
apartment in Saint Petersburg, 260 shares of Bank
Saint Petersburg (with a December 2007 market price $5.36 per share and two
1960s-era Volga M21 cars that he inherited from his
father and does not register for on-road use. In 2012 Putin
reported an income of 3.6 million rubles ($113,000). This has led opponents,
such as politician Boris Nemtsov, to question how Putin can afford
certain possessions, such as his 11 luxury watches worth an estimated $700,000.
2006 income totalled 2 million rubles (approximately $80,000). According
to the data Putin did not make it into the 100 wealthiest Duma candidates of
his own United Russia party.
claims by some Russian opposition politicians and journalists allege that Putin
secretly possesses a large fortune (as much as $70 billion) via successive
ownership of stakes in a number of Russian companies. Nina L. Khrushcheva of the The
New School estimates his net worth to be between $40–70
billion. Asked at a press conference on 14 February 2008 whether he was
the richest person in Europe, as some newspapers claimed; and if so, to state
the source of his wealth, Putin said "This is plain chatter, not worthy
discussion, plain bosh. They have picked this in their noses and have smeared
this across their pieces of paper. This is how I view this."
Not long after he
returned from his KGB service in Dresden, East Germany Putin built a dacha in Solovyovka on the eastern
shore of Lake Komsomolskoye on
the Karelian Isthmus in Priozersky District of Leningrad
Oblast, near St. Petersburg. The dacha had burned down in 1996. Putin built
a new one identical to the original and was joined by a group of seven friends
who built dachas beside his. In the fall of 1996, the group formally registered
their fraternity as co-operative society, calling it Ozero (Lake) and
turning it into a gated community.
As President and
then Prime-Minister, apart from the Moscow
Kremlin and the White House, Putin has used numerous official
residences throughout the country. In August 2012 Nemtsov listed 20 villas and
palaces, 9 of which were built during Putin's 12 years in power. This compares
to the President of the United States' 2
Some of the
residences include: Gorki-9 near Moscow, Bocharov Ruchey in Sochi, Dolgiye Borodyin Novgorod
Oblast, Novo-Ogaryovo in Moscow
Oblast and Riviera in Sochi (the latter two were left for Putin when
he was Prime-Minister in 2008–2012, others were used by Dmitry Medvedev at that
period). Furthermore, a massive Italianate-style mansion costing an
alleged USD 1 billion and dubbed "Putin's
Palace" is under construction near the Black Sea village of Praskoveevka. The mansion, built
on government land and sporting 3 helipads, a private road paid for from state
funds and guarded by officials wearing uniforms of the official Kremlin guard
service, is said to have been built for Putin's private use. In 2012 Sergei Kolesnikov, a former
business associate of Putin's, told the BBC's News night programme,
that he had been ordered by deputy prime minister, Igor Sechin,
to oversee the building of it.
Russian, Putin speaks fluent German. His family used to speak German at home as
well. After becoming President he was reported to be taking English
lessons and could be seen conversing directly with Bush and native speakers of
English in informal situations, but he continues to use interpreters for formal
talks. Putin spoke English in public for the first time during the state dinner
in Buckingham Palace in 2003 saying but a few
phrases while delivering his condolences to Queen Elizabeth
II on the death of her mother. In an interview in
2013, the Kremlin chief of staff Sergei
Ivanov revealed that he and Putin sometimes conversed in Swedish.
was "a model communist, genuinely believing in its ideals while trying to
put them into practice in his own life". With this dedication he became
secretary of the Party cell in his workshop and then after taking night classes
joined the factory's Party bureau. Though his father was a "militant atheist", Putin's
mother "was a devoted Orthodox believer". Though she kept no icons at home, she
attended church regularly, despite the government's persecution of the Russian Orthodox Church at that time.
She ensured that Putin was secretly christened as a baby and she regularly took
him to services. His father knew of this but turned a blind eye.
Putin's own statements, his religious awakening followed the serious car crash
of his wife in 1993, and was deepened by a life-threatening fire that burned down
their dacha in August 1996. Right before an official visit to Israel his
mother gave him his baptismal cross telling him to get it blessed "I did
as she said and then put the cross around my neck. I have never taken it off
since." When asked whether he believes in God during his interview
with Time, he responded saying: "...There are
things I believe, which should not in my position, at least, be shared with the
public at large for everybody's consumption because that would look like
self-advertising or a political striptease."
One of Putin's favourite
sports is the martial art of judo. Putin began
training in sambo (a martial art that originated in
the Soviet Union) at the age of 14, before switching to
judo, which he continues to practice today. Putin won competitions in his
hometown of Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), including the
senior championships of Leningrad in both sambo and judo. He is the President
of the Yawara Dojo, the same Saint
Petersburg dojo he
practiced at when young. Putin co-authored a book on his favourite sport, published
in Russian as Judo with Vladimir Putin and in English under the
title Judo: History, Theory, Practice (2004).
Though he is not
the first world leader to practice judo, Putin is the first leader to move
forward into the advanced levels. Currently, Putin holds a 6th dan (red/white belt) and is best known
for his Harai Goshi (sweeping hip throw). Putin
earned Master of Sports (Soviet and Russian sport title)
in judo in 1975 and in sambo in 1973. At a state visit to Japan, Putin was
invited to the Kodokan Institute, the judo headquarters, where
he showed different judo techniques to the students and Japanese officials.
Putin also holds
a 6th dan black belt in Kyokushin
He was presented the black belt in December 2009 by Japanese champion Kyokushin
Karate-Do master Hatsuo Royama.
In 2013, Putin
re-introduced the GTO physical fitness program to
Russia with the support of Steven
Putin often is
seen on outdoor activities with Dmitry
Medvedev, promoting sports and healthy way of life among Russians: they
were seen alpine skiing in Krasnaya Polyana, playing
badminton, cycling and fishing. Putin also started to learn ice skating and
playing ice hockey after he promised to do so on a meeting
with the Russia men's national
junior ice hockey team who had won the2011 World Junior Ice Hockey
Putin also enjoys
watching football and supports FC Zenit Saint Petersburg, the main team
of his native city.
Putin owns a
female black Labrador Retriever named Koni,
given as a gift in 2000 by General of the Army and
Russia's Minister of Emergency
Situations Sergey Shoigu. Koni is often seen at Putin's side and
has been known to accompany him into staff meetings and greet world leaders. In
fact, when Putin first met Angela Merkel, he brought Koni along knowing that
Merkel had a fear of dogs, having been bitten by one as a child. In 2003
Koni gave birth to eight pups which were later given as presents to Russian
citizens, politicians and foreign ambassadors.
Koni gained additional fame
in 2004 when the largest Russian publisher of children's books published a book
entitled Connie's Stories. In 2008 Koni became the first recipient of
pet collar to highlight the progress of the Russian global navigation satellite system.
In 2010 Bulgarian
Prime Minister Boyko Borisov gave Putin a Karakachan
dog who was then named Buffy according
to a suggestion by a five-year old boy from Moscow, Dima Sokolov.
2006, France's president Jacques
Chirac awarded Vladimir Putin the Grand-Croix (Grand Cross)
of the Légion d'honneur, the highest French decoration,
to celebrate his contribution to the friendship between the two countries. This
decoration is usually awarded to the heads of state considered very close to
In 2007, Putin
was named Time magazine's Person of the Year.
On 12 February
2007 Saudi King Abdullah awarded Putin the King
Abdul Aziz Award, Saudi Arabia's top civilian decoration.
On 10 September
2007 UAE President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan awarded
Putin the Order of Zayed, the UAE's top civil decoration.
In December 2007
Putin was named Person of the Year by Expert
magazine, an influential and respected Russian business weekly.
On 5 October 2008
the central street of Grozny, the capital of Russia's Republic of Chechnya, was renamed from the
Victory Avenue to the Vladimir Putin Avenue, as ordered by
the Chechen President Ramzan
In February 2011
the parliament of Kyrgyzstan named a peak in Tian Shan mountains Vladimir Putin Peak.
On 15 November
2011 the China International Peace Research Centre
awarded the Confucius Peace Prize to Putin, citing
as reason Putin's opposition to NATO's
Libya bombing in 2011 while also paying tribute to his decision to go
to war in Chechnya in 1999. According to the
committee, Putin's "Iron hand and toughness revealed in this war impressed
the Russians a lot, and he was regarded to be capable of bringing safety and
stability to Russia".
the University of Belgrade awarded Putin an
The tense situation in Ukraine has sparked a new Cold War,
and the United States are directly responsible for it. As
if this isn't enough, NATO is now provoking Russia with financial sanctions and a military build-up within the
striking distance of its homeland, risking a conflict that could easily
escalate into a third world war.
It all started when the US Government designed and sponsored a 'coup d’etat' in
Ukraine (disguised as a “people’s revolution“), and installed a Neo-Nazi type government, against the will of the
Ukraine is a prized target, for two strategic reasons:
It is one of Russia’s neighboring
Russia’s gas pipe to
Europe traverses Ukraine (see map bellow);
Russia’s ‘Gazprom’ is responsible for delivering 1/3 of Europe’s
gas and has exported an estimated $67 billion worth of gas in
2013, which makes it one of the most profitable companies on Earth.
The US hoped to absorb the second largest former Soviet Republic into NATO and
even invested a whopping $5 billion in this dirty business.
To understand what’s really happening in Ukraine, one must
follow the money — or, in this case,
the gas pipe:
“The same countries [NATO members] that dropped 23,000 bombs
and missiles on Yugoslavia in 1999 demanding that Kosovo be separated from
Serbia and Yugoslavia — and also invaded Afghanistan in 2001 and bombed Libya
in 2011 — are now crying about Russia’s flagrant ‘violation’ of Ukraine’s
sovereignty by virtue of encouraging and supporting the Crimean referendum.
“The same militarists who criminally invaded and bombed
sovereign Iraq or cheered while Iraq was divided and left bleeding from the
assault, are now crying about respect for sovereignty in Ukraine. Working class
and progressive people should treat their feigned loyalty to the cause of
national sovereignty with complete contempt.” — Brian Becker, Global Research
The Russian Foreign Ministry accused NATO of attacking
Russia with propaganda.
“By trying to make Russia the culprit in the current
Ukrainian crisis, NATO has outperformed its own propaganda efforts from the
aggressive time against Yugoslavia,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a
“After the end of the Cold War our country was taking
consecutive steps to discharge the military tension in the Euro-Atlantic region
and to cut conventional weapons in Europe. Russia also took the former USSR’s
obligations and withdrew its troops from East European and the Baltic
countries. We also fully honored the treaty on liquidating medium- and
short-range missiles,” the
The truth behind Crimea
The Russian intervention in Crimea is more than justified in the current
context, in which the US and NATO have overthrown Ukraine’s legitimate
government and replaced it with a new government.
Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, accused the West of “an anti-constitutional
takeover [and] armed seizure of power [in Ukraine]” in a press conference back
in March, and added:
“I think this was a well-prepared action. Of course there
were combat detachments. They are still there, and we all saw how efficiently
they worked. Their Western instructors tried hard, of course.”
A couple of weeks later, in a following press conference, Vladimir Putin added:
“In the hearts and minds of people, Crimea has always been
and remains an inseparable part of Russia,” said Putin, who added that ethnic
Russians had found themselves isolated from the motherland when the Soviet
Union collapsed, both in Crimea and elsewhere.
“Millions of Russians went to sleep in one country and woke
up living abroad, as a national minority in former republics of the union. The
Russian people became one of the biggest, if not the biggest, split-up nation
in the world.”
Former German Chancellor, Helmut Schmidt, wrote
in “Die Zeit” newspaper that President Vladimir Putin’s approach to
the Crimean issue is “completely understandable,” and added that the sanctions
employed by the EU and the US against Russia are “a stupid idea.”
But the US main stream media, is misleading everyone into believing that
Russia’s actions, in its own back yard, is an attack on democracy. What they
are intentionally failing to report is that:
“The majority population in Crimea speaks Russian,
identifies with Russia and was formally a part of Russia until the region was
transferred to Ukraine as a largely administrative measure in 1954.
“The people of Crimea have voted in overwhelming
numbers and by an overwhelming margin to leave Ukraine and to
federate with Russia.” – [Global Research]
Russia’s Black Sea Fleet
Leaving aside the US-NATO coup in Ukraine, the Russian gas pipe traversing it,
and the pro-Russian population of Crimea, Russia has one more stake in the
Crimean Peninsula: Russia’s Black Sea Fleet is based in Sevastopol. It is understandable that Russia could never allow NATO to control its fleet!
“I do not want to be welcomed in Sevastopol by NATO
sailors,” Vladimir Putin emphasized.
Putin ordered the troops back home and made it clear for all:
“Don’t believe those who try to frighten you with Russia and
who scream that other regions will follow after Crimea. We do not want a
partition of Ukraine. We do not need this.”
In the past month, the United States of America and NATO
have continuously brought more troops close to Russia, pretending to respond to
the tense situation in Ukraine.
But, as evidence shows, they are the ones who orchestrated the “tense
situation” in the first place, and massing armies all around Russia is what’s
maintaining the situation tense.
The US and NATO have more than 1,000 military bases across the world, mainly
surrounding Russia and China
And the following map shows the US anti-missile shields
placed around Russia:
If this was not enough, the US and NATO are ostentatiously
moving troops closer and closer to Russia, asking for public support in what
could very well be the beginning of World War 3
1. US Navy destroyers USS Truxtun and Donald Cook are now
conducting joint military exercises with two of their allies, Romania
and Bulgaria, in Russia’s backyard and relatively close to its territorial
“What we are seeing is that for the first time since 2008,
NATO is creating a naval battle group outside the Russian borders,” a source
told Interfax news agency, citing the Russian Defense Ministry.
2. The US
dispatched some 600 troops to Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia
for military exercises.
3. Poland, one of Ukraine’s neighboring countries, has allegedly asked
for the deployment of 10,000 US troops on their territory. There are
already 100-150 US troops deployed in Poland.
NATO’s top military commander, Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, said in
a recent interview that one of the options the alliance has on the table is to
move a 4,500-member combat brigade from Fort Hood, Texas, to Europe.
4. Six CF-18s fighter jets and hundreds of Canadian Forces personnel have
already been dispatched
to Romania, strengthening NATO’s forces in Eastern Europe.
“We are sending out a message to Russia and we are
reassuring our allies that we are taking steps and making a point consistent
with what NATO has been saying, the actions so far are unacceptable by Russia
and we are sending out a very clear message,” Defence Minister Rob
Nicholson told CBC News.
worrying factor is the fact that Romania (NATO member and one of Ukraine’s neighbors)
has officially released the medical form required when enlisting for
military service during a state of war.
Also, Romania’s president, Traian Basescu, has recently stated that many of
Romania’s reserve soldiers are working abroad and they will be called to serve, if necessary.
Romania’s Prime Minister, Victor Ponta, has recently labelled the situation in
Ukraine as “extremely serious and getting worse by the day.” Mr. Ponta added
that this state of events is “the biggest security challenge for Romania, in
the past 20 years.”
6. Romania has also confirmed the acquisition of a dozen F-16 fighter
jets, fitted with weapons and equipment, for an estimated $457 million. The
jets will be purchased from the US, through a third party
transfer from Portugal.
In the meanwhile, the US and NATO have financially sanctioned Russia,
threatened it on every occasion and have dispatched troops, fighter jets, navy
destroyers and heavy weaponry to its doorsteps, from half way across the world.
Our opinions are normally informed by articles and
publications that we read or see in the media. (television, radio, newspapers,
magazines as well as social networks like Facebook) These media can also manipulate
and alter our viewpoint for the better or for the worse.
We have access to everyday news through the internet, social
networks, television, newspapers, and so on. Most of the news we see every day
is strongly opinionated in order to manipulate the people’s views in favor of
the agenda of the ‘publisher’, and it is vitally important to ensure that we
obtain a balanced view by consulting all possible sources before we reach a
The articles we read, the images and clips we see, are all products
of authors and organisations that have strong opinions on certain political and
social events. Although an article we read might look like a completely
objective story that just tries to explain to us what happened, it usually is
very subjective and supports a specific point of view.
Through the media and social networks, many people aim to
change the society’s views on things.
The picture below is a great example of how the media can
manipulate our viewpoint.
On the right side of the picture, CNN shows the good part of
the picture, it shows a soldier helping a man in the war.
The far left of the image shows the opposite: a U.S soldier
threatening to kill the same man.
This shows how different news agencies manipulate the image
and change our point of view, and we cannot even notice it.
‘Publishers’ use the effect of media to make the society
think what they would like them to think.
Mainstream Western media coverage of Israel is laced with
expressions intentionally crafted to de-legitimize the Jewish State. The good
news is that these terms weren't written in stone 3,300 years ago, but are
post-Israel independence creations.
Claims that “Judea and Samaria” is simply the “biblical name
for the West Bank” stands history on its head. The Hebrew-origin terms “Judea”
and “Samaria” were used through 1950, when invading [Trans] Jordan renamed them
the “West Bank” in order to disassociate these areas of the Jewish homeland
from Jews. The UN’s own 1947 partition resolution referred not to “West Bank,”
but to “the hill country of Samaria and Judea.” This term is not shorthand for
“Judea and Samaria.” Under this formulation, Jordan is the “East Bank” of the
original Palestine Mandate, which was designated as the homeland for the Jewish
Jerusalem is the eternal, united capital of the Jewish nation.
2.“East” Jerusalem or “traditionally Arab East” Jerusalem
From the city’s second millennium BCE origins until 1947 CE,
there was no such place as “East” Jerusalem. The 19 years between when invading
Jordan captured part of the city in 1948 and was ousted by Israel in 1967 was
the only time in history, except between 638 and 1099, when Arabs ruled any
part of Jerusalem. Palestinian Arabs have not ruled an inch of it for one day
in history. In the past three millennia, Jerusalem has been the capital of
three native states – Judah, Judaea, and modern Israel – and has had a renewed
Jewish majority since 19th century Turkish rule. Eastern Jerusalem is a neighborhood
of the city that Israel reunified in 1967.
3 .“The UN
sought to create Jewish and Palestinian States”
It did not. Partitioning Palestine between “Palestinians”
and Jews is like partitioning Pennsylvania between Pennsylvanians and Jews.
Over and over in its 1947 partition resolution, the UN referenced “the Jewish
State” and “the Arab” [not “Palestinian”] State.
4 . 1948 was the “Creation” and “Founding” of
Israel wasn't “created” and “founded” in 1948 artificially
and out-of-the-blue. Israel attained independence that year as the natural
fruition into renewed statehood of a people that had twice before been
independent in that land, and after centuries of hard work to re-establish a
Jewish State in this historic homeland.
5. “The War that Followed Israel’s
Israeli did not choose this war; it was hoisted on Israel by
almost every Arab state, which rejected the UN partition and tried to push the
Jews of Israel into the sea. And it was a homeland Jewish army, Haganah, which
became the IDF, that threw back that multi-nation foreign invasion.
6. “Palestinian Refugees of the War that Followed
Israel’s Creation,” or the “Palestinian Refugee Issue”
It was the invading
Arab nations bent on Israel’s destruction that both encouraged and caused the
bulk of the Arabs to flee Israel. And a greater number of media constantly
ignore the indigenous Middle Eastern Jews who were expelled from vast Arab and
other Muslim lands in the wake of the Arab-Israeli War. Their number is greater
than the amount of Arabs that fled tiny Israel. That Israel absorbed the bulk
of these Jews, while Arab “hosts, “including in Palestine itself, isolate the
Arab refugees’ descendants in Western-supported “refugee camps” does not
convert the Arab-Israeli conflict’s two-sided refugee issue into a
“Palestinian” refugee issue. Had the Palestinian Arabs accepted the UN
partition plan, they would also have been celebrating their 66th anniversary.
7. Israel “Seized” Arab Lands in 1967
It did not. The 1967 war, like its predecessors, was a
defensive war forced upon Israel. Israel’s neighbors did not want to
compromise; they simply wanted to destroy the Jewish State. The new Israeli
territory was meant to provide a security barrier and ensure this could never
happen. Moreover, these were not “Arab Lands.”
8. Israel’s “1967 Borders”
The 1949 Israel-Jordan Armistice Agreement expressly
declared the “green line” it drew between the two sides’ ceasefire positions as
a military ceasefire line only, without prejudice to either side’s political
border claims. The post-’67 war UN resolution 242 pointedly did not demand
Israel retreat from these lines.
9. “Israeli-Occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem”
That the media insistently calls Israeli presence in the
heart of Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria “Israeli occupation of Palestinian
territories” does not make it so. “Occupation” is an international law term
referencing foreign presence in the sovereign territory of another state. The
land of Israel’s last sovereign native state before modern Israel was Jewish
Judaea. The land ratio of Arab lands to Israel is 625-1, 23 states to one.
10. “Jewish Settlers and Settlements” vs.
“Palestinian Residents of Neighborhoods and Villages”
A favorite media news article contrast is referencing in
the same sentence “Jewish settlers” in “settlements” and “Palestinian residents”
of nearby “neighborhoods” and “villages.” Jews are not alien “settlers” in a
Jerusalem that’s had a Jewish majority since 19th century times or in the
Judea-Samaria Jewish historical heartland.
11. Israel’s “Jewish State” recognition is “a new
New since Moses’ time. The Jewish homeland of Israel,
including continuous homeland-claiming Jewish presence, has always been central
to Jewish people hood. In 1947, British Foreign Secretary Bevin told Parliament
that the Jews’ “essential point of principle” was Jewish Palestine sovereignty.
Arabs vandalize Joseph’s Tomb, located in the biblical city of Shechem in
12. “Palestinians accept and Israel rejects a
Wrong on both counts. Both the U.S. and Israel define ‘Two
States’ as two states for two peoples – Jews and Arabs. Many on the Arab side
insistently rejects two states for two peoples. Many Israelis, including Prime
Minister Netanyahu, support that plan – conditioned on an end to Palestinian
terror. The Arabs continuously and consistently deny Israel’s right to exist as
the nation-state of the Jewish People, no matter where its borders are drawn.
13. “The Palestinians”
The United Nations’ 1947 partition resolution called
Palestine’s Arabs and Jews “the two Palestinian peoples.” Nothing is more
self-delegitimizing and counter-productive to achieving peace based on Arab
recognition of Jews’ right to be there, than that Jews should go around calling
Palestinian Arabs “The Palestinians.” They have no distinguishing language,
religion, or culture from neighbouring Arabs, and have never been sovereign in
Palestine, whereas the Jews, with a presence stretching back three millennia,
have had three states there, all Jerusalem-based. Most Palestinian Arabs cannot
trace their own lineage to the land back more than 4 generations.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT LEVELS (OR KINDS) OF VIOLENCE AND
Stes de Necker
During the past twelve months, literally thousands of
protesters were killed or seriously injured in Turkey, Egypt and Libya.
Numerous people were hanged in Iran, woman and children were
bombed in Afghanistan, while whole communities were massacred and wiped out in
1800 Palestinians were starved and murdered by Assad in
Syria, while hundreds were killed in Pakistan by Jihad terror attacks.
10,000 Iraqi’s were killed by terrorists, and thousands of
villagers slaughtered in Nigeria.
This is the world we live in.
But for some strange reason I haven’t seen the same outcry for
these atrocities, as what I've seen for the conflict in Israel and Gaza.
Is it prejudice, or were there not enough pictures posted of
dead and mutilated children?
Why did the Muslim supporters of Hamas not cried out against
the perpetrators of these acts of terror?
Or is it because Muslim on Muslim violence is not as serious
as Zionist, (or Christian) violence on Muslims?
Saddam Hussein was known for his brutality and dictatorship,
oppressing and killing his own people in Iraq, but no one cried out. But the
day the United States got involved, the whole world was in a frenzy.
When peace loving individuals, from whatever religious denomination,
dare to mention these atrocities, they will never be seen as pro-human rights
activists, but rather labelled as anti-Muslim oppressors.
In the interest of peace and harmony, it is time we all stop
our prejudices and be consistent in our opinions and comments.
The strategy and tactics of guerrilla warfare tend
to involve the use of a small, mobile force, against a large, unwieldy one. The
guerrilla force is largely or entirely organised in small units that are
dependent on the support of the local population. Tactically, the guerrilla
army makes small, repetitive attacks far from the opponent's centre of gravity
with a view to keeping its own casualties to a minimum and imposing a constant
debilitating strain on the enemy. This may provoke the enemy into a brutal,
excessively destructive response which will both anger their own supporters and
increase support for the guerrillas, ultimately compelling the enemy to
In most cases, the use of terrorism is
an aspect of guerrilla warfare.
Terrorism is used to focus international
attention on the guerrilla cause, kill opposition leaders, extort money from
targets, intimidate the general population, create economic losses, and keep
followers and potential defectors in line. As well, the use of terrorism can
provoke the greater power to launch a disproportionate response, thus
alienating a civilian population which might be sympathetic to the terrorist's
cause. Such tactics may backfire and cause the civil population to withdraw its
support, or to back countervailing forces against the guerrillas
This situation occurred in Israel, where three Israeli
youths were killed by Muslim extremists encouraging Israeli opinion to take a
harsh stand against the Palestinian backed Hamas group.
In the Philippines and Malaysia, communist terror strikes
helped turn civilian opinion against the insurgents. In Peru and some other
countries, civilian opinion at times backed the harsh countermeasures used by
governments against revolutionary or insurgent movements.
Modern Guerrilla Warfare came to its fullest expression in
the operations of Mao Zedong in China and Vo Nguyen Giap in Vietnam. In between
Ancient Guerrilla Warfare and Modern Guerrilla Warfare are a large variety of
situations - from the wars waged against Israel by Palestinian irregulars in
the contemporary era, to Spanish and Portuguese irregulars operating with the
conventional units of British General Wellington, during the Peninsular War
Guerrilla warfare resembles rebellion, yet it is a completely
different concept. Guerrilla organization ranges from small, local rebel groups
of a few dozen guerrillas, to thousands of fighters, deploying from cells to
regiments. In most cases, the leaders have clear political aims for the warfare
they wage. Typically, the organization has political and military wings, to
allow the political leaders "plausible denial" for military attacks.
The most fully elaborated guerrilla warfare structure is by the Chinese and
Vietnamese communists during the revolutionary wars of East and Southeast Asia
Hamas emerged as the Palestinian wing of Egypt's Muslim
Brotherhood after the outbreak of the first intifada in 1987 and is
the largest Palestinian militant organization and it is supported by a robust
social/political structure inside the Palestinian territories. Hamas is an
Arabic word that means zeal or enthusiasm. "Hamas" is also an acronym
for the group's official Arabic name, the Islamic Resistance Movement.
The group’s charter calls for establishing an Islamic
Palestinian state in place of Israel and rejects all agreements made between
the PLO and Israel. More recently, HAMAS has publicly expressed a willingness
to accept a long-term cessation of hostilities if Israel agrees to a
Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital.
HAMAS’s strength is concentrated in the Gaza Strip and areas of the West Bank.
In early 2006 HAMAS won legislative elections in the
Palestinian territories, ending the secular Fatah party’s hold on the Palestinian
Authority and challenging Fatah’s leadership of the Palestinian national
movement. HAMAS continues its refusal to recognize Israel or renounce violence
against Israelis and, since early 2008, has conducted one suicide bombing,
which killed one civilian, and numerous mortar and rocket attacks that injured
HAMAS has a paramilitary arm, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam
Brigades, which, beginning in the 1990s, has conducted many anti-Israeli
attacks in Israel and the Palestinian territories. These have included
large-scale terrorist bombings against Israeli civilian targets, as well as
small-arms attacks, improvised roadside explosives, and the launching of
rockets into Israel. While the group receives some support from foreign
countries and movements, it remains independent.
Its goal is to "liberate" Palestinian territories
from Israeli occupation. While the US, Israel,
and the European Union consider it a terrorist group, Hamas's military
wing is not its only operation. Hamas also runs a large social services network
and a political wing. It operates primarily in the Gaza Strip,
though it also maintains offices in Damascus, Syria.
In June 2008 HAMAS entered into a six-month agreement with
Israel that significantly reduced rocket attacks. Following the temporary calm,
HAMAS resumed its rocket attacks, which precipitated a major military operation
launched by Israel on 27 December 2008. After destroying much of HAMAS’s
infrastructure in the Gaza Strip, Israel declared a unilateral cease-fire on 18
January 2009. Since 2009, HAMAS has worked to rein in attacks from other groups
and enforce the cease-fire, though sporadic low-level attacks against Israeli
forces along the Gaza border have continued.
In May 2010, the Israel Defense Forces intercepted a
flotilla of humanitarian aid vessels bound for the Gaza Strip, which since 2007
has been under a strictly enforced Israeli blockade. The seizure of one ship
led to a violent confrontation and resulted in the death of nine passengers.
HAMAS publicly condemned the incident, which it characterized as a massacre,
and urged international activists to continue their attempts—with additional
flotillas if necessary—to break the blockade. In late August 2010, an Izz
al-Din al-Qassam Brigades spokesman claimed responsibility for the shooting
deaths of four Israeli settlers, an attack widely believed to be aimed at
scuttling peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis in Washington.
2. What does Hamas believe?
According to Hamas's founding
charter, the land of Palestine is
a God-given endowment to the Palestinians. The charter also states that Hamas's
long-term goal is the establishment of a Sunni Islamic state on all of
historical Palestine. This vision leaves no room for Israel.
But in recent years, some Hamas leaders have indicated they
would be amenable to a more moderate approach. The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs
reported in mid-2010 that Hamas political chief Khaled Meshal told
American University Professor Robert Pastor that the charter is a piece of history and no longer relevant,
but cannot be changed for internal reasons.
Hamas has been a contentious rival to Fatah since
Hamas was founded in 1988. Fatah has tried to garner support on the
international stage by implicitly accepting Israel and
pushing toward a Palestinian state. But those policies have lessened its
stature among Palestinians, some of whom instead turned toward Hamas and its
absolute rejection of a two-state solution.
The two groups have alternately cooperated against Israel
and violently clashed with each other over the years. They also competed
in the political arena in 2006, when Hamas entered legislative elections for
the first time and topped Fatah, winning a majority of seats in the Palestinian Authority. International donors, which
provide much of the Palestinian Authority's budget, cut off aid when Hamas
refused to recognize Israel's right to exist.
In December of that year, the rivalry turned violent again
as sporadic battles broke out between the two factions' security forces.
In June 2007, Hamas gunmen drove Fatah's forces out of Gaza.
Fatah's security returned the favour days later, expelling Hamas from the West Bank.
The two groups remained at odds until May 2011, when they signed a reconciliation agreement to mend the split and
strengthen Palestinians' bid for statehood.
4. How big is Hamas’s power base?
Hamas's home turf is Gaza,
which is where its security forces lie. Haaretz reported in
December 2008, just before Israel attacked
Hamas in Gaza during Operation
Cast Lead, that Hamas had some 15,000 militants in its ranks. Hamas's forces
are made up in large part of members of the Al Qassam Brigades, who played a prominent role in both
Operation Cast Lead and in the 2007 conflict with Fatah.
As a result, they remain resistant to reconciliation efforts and could
undermine them, due to the influence they hold among Palestinians.
Hamas also draws support from other nations in the
region. Iran has supplied trainers and weapons to Hamas's
military wing, as has Lebanon's Hezbollah, a long time opponent of Israel. Syria is
another supporter of Hamas – Meshal's political office is in Damascus –
but the upheavals in Damascus has spurred Hamas to begin moving staff out of the country. Observers
believe that Hamas hopes to open a headquarters in Egypt,
and wants to signal that it has the potential to recast itself as more
5. What could reconciliation mean for Hamas?
One of the primary motives for Fatah and Hamas's
reconciliation is to strengthen the Palestinians' bid for statehood. As
the Monitor reported in November, the UN Security Council committee that reviewed the
Palestinian application for statehood specifically mentioned the Gaza-West
Bank split as a problem.
But the Israeli-Palestinian peace process could be further
hobbled if Hamas and Fatah succeed in their current efforts to reconcile and
form a unity government. Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu argues that until Hamas forswears
violence and recognizes Israel, there can be no talks with a government of which they are
part. The US, which lists Hamas as a terrorist organization, is
similarly opposed to negotiations with the group.
Hamas also sees reconciliation as an opportunity to take advantage of change being promulgated in the Arab Spring. According
to Fawzi Barhoum,
a Hamas spokesperson in the Gaza Strip, "We believe that this result of
the democratic process might mean full support for Palestinian rights and
interest, now that [Arab governments’] hearts are with the people."
But some warn that Hamas is misreading the direction the change is
going. "It is an Islamic Spring, but it's not an Islamic Spring
Hamas thinks about," says Mohammed Dejani, a political science professor at Al Quds
University. "There has been a religious revival, but in a
sense of moderation and not in a sense of religious fundamentalism."
On July 2,
I published an article in Haaretzarguing
that governments manipulate our grief in order to push forward political
agendas. On July 3, my theory came to life when news broke of 16-year-old
Palestinian Mohammed Abu Khdeir's murder. Tragically for the Israeli nation, it
was all but confirmed that the murder was a revenge killing by Jewish
outlets including the the New York Times rushed to interpret the
escalating violence, the riots, and the alleged revenge killing as an ancient
'blood feud' between Israelis and Palestinians.
misleading and incorrect. The violence sweeping across the country and in Gaza
is predictable, though absolutely inexcusable. It is the result of government's
manipulation of our emotions. This is not the first time this has happened. The
manipulation of grief for political purposes has a long history.
the Vietnam War and the rhetoric around the violent brutality that transpired
there. During the War, 60,000 American soldiers died in combat, while nearly
two million Vietnamese civilians were killed. Westmoreland, Chief of Staff of
the United States Army at the time proclaimed, "The Oriental doesn't put
the same high price on life as does the Westerner. Life is plentiful, life is
cheap in the Orient." We must consider this context and this leadership
when reflecting on America's responsibility for unjust war tactics including
the military command at the time to 'shoot anything that moves.'
years later, at the funeral of the three slain Jewish teenagers, Netanyahu
echoed Westmoreland, when he said, "A broad moral gulf separates us from
our enemies. They sanctify death; we sanctify life. They sanctify cruelty, and
we mercy and compassion."
parallels are striking. The "us" versus "them" mentality --
the claim that our side glorifies life while their side glorifies death -- are
used in both instances to justify military action.
parallels do not end there. In 1968, the American presidential candidate, Nixon
pledged to bring an end to the war that was seeing increasing protests and
expression of public disgust among the American electorate. Instead, when he
came to power, Nixon, shifted the focus of attention from the mistreatment of
the Vietnamese and tremendous loss of lives on both sides of the divide to the
missing and imprisoned American soldiers who he promised to 'bring home' in
spite of having no information or evidence that these missing soldiers could be
found. The literature professor Gail Holst-Warhaft from Cornell argued that the
exploitation and perpetuation of the families' grief under the public's gaze,
and the encouragement of false hope for their missing family members to come
home was a conscious and precise manipulation of national loss in the service
of continuing the war for several more years.
the recent situation with the Israeli kidnapped teenagers is a vastly different
context, it has become increasingly clear that the police knew the boys were
dead from day one. Anyone listening to the police recording can conclude from
the devastating gun shots heard in the background they were murdered almost
immediately. And yet the nation and the families of the kidnapped boys were
dragged through emotional misery for two long weeks of public vigils, prayer
circles, daily media coverage, and manipulation of our hope, yearning, and deep
and genuine desire to see those boys home safe.
As with the
futile search for the prisoners of war in Vietnam, encouraging Israelis to keep
searching for the kidnapped boys while knowing with almost 100 percent
certainty that they were already dead was a calculated political tactic. In
true Israeli fashion, the grief and anxiety knitted our otherwise deeply
conflicted nation together for two solid weeks, building momentum for what is
happening in the streets today, and what I fear may be coming in the next few
To be sure,
while I focus on Israel here who claims to hold the higher political moral
ground, Hamas, the terrorist organization that for all intents and purposes
rules the Palestinian territories and who recently signed a unity pact with the
Palestinian Authority refuses to recognize Israel as a State and aims to
destroy any political negotiation process. In the last two days alone, Hamas
has launched hundreds of rockets into Israel, sending civilians running to bomb
shelters, and openly airs ads on television calling for the destruction of
Israel and the death of all its civilians. They are equally guilty of
manipulating the emotional allegiances of their people to further their own
political agendas, with bloody consequences.
deplorable and frightening violence erupting in Israel and in the occupied
territories is not an inevitable blood feud. It is the logical outcome of
leaders who cannot come to the table to negotiate peace for the sake of their
recognize how our grief is being used to further agendas that our not our own,
we will continue to see the despair, hopelessness, violence, and suffering of
both Israelis and Palestinians, many of whom are yearning for peace, quiet, and
a time where we will finally understand that enough lives have been lost.