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The Maronite Patriarch wants Lebanon neutral: The reaction was International control of Lebanon

The introduction to the news of TV

Actually, why the US, France and British navies are parked in the port of Beirut?

We expected the backing of a neutrality from the colonial powers, and they opted to internationalize Lebanon and get away from this pseudo-State

We expected the lengthening of the economic and financial sanctions and we ended up with an atomic conflagration on Beirut

We were confronted with a Deal of Century (to totally align with colonial implant Israel) and we landed with the devastation of the Century…

Georges C. Aoun is with Georges Yasmine on Fb. 23h

مقدمة نشرة اخبار ال otv المسائية – الاثنين 17 آب 2020

ثمة مفارقات وتناقضات في المشهد اللبناني لا يمكن اغفالها وعدم التوقف عندها :

كنا بالحياد صرنا بالتدويل
كنا بايران في الجولان على حدود وتخوم اسرائيل صرنا باسرائيل على مشارف وحدود ايران في الخليج .

كنا بالانهيار صرنا بالانفجار
كنا بالتدقيق الجنائي في الاموال واين ذهبت صرنا بالتحقيق الجنائي بالارواح وكيف ازهقت

كنا بالعقوبات صرنا بالمساعدات
كنا باعادة اعمار سوريا عبر مرفأ بيروت صرنا باعادة اعمار بيروت نفسها

كنا بالتوجه شرقا عدنا لنكون الواجهة والوجهة والمواجهة غربا
انتظرناهم من الشرق فجاؤوا من الغرب كما قال الرئيس الراحل عبد الناصر اثر نكسة 1967

كنا بالاموال المسروقة صرنا بالاهراءات المحروقة
كنا بصفقة القرن صرنا بانفجار القرن

كنا بهم النازحين واللاجئين فصار ابناء مار مخايل والعكاوي والجميزة والمدور والرميل والصيفي والاشرفية وبرج حمود والخندق الغميق والباشورة نازحين في وطنهم.
كنا بتصعيد الحصار صرنا بتخفيض الدولار

كنا بحلم محاسبة الفاسدين فاستفقنا على حقيقة وواقع التغطية على المتورطين الذين حولوا العنابر الى مقابر
كنا بنفض المجتمع الدولي يده من لبنان صرنا بنصف العالم في شوارع بيروت

كنا بتكبيل الزعران بالاغلال صرنا بتحميل حسان دياب مسؤولية الاهمال
كنا بتجريم لصوص الهيكل صرنا بتكريم الفريسيين ونسل حنان وقيافا على المذبح

كنا بقيصر الروسي صرنا بقانون قيصر الاميركي
كنا على اساس طفح الكيل فعدنا الى دايفيد هيل ومع حبة هال ولا ينقص الا رفع اليد بتحية : هيل سيزر

كنا تقدمنا خطوة متواضعة الى الامام فعدنا مسافات شاسعة الى الوراء

في 6 اب من العام 1945 القى الاميركيون2  قنبلة ذرية على هيروشيما وناغازاكي . كانوا يومها امام خيارين : اما احتلال البر الياباني مع ما يترتب على ذلك من خسائر بشرية هائلة محتملة او افهام احفاد الساموراي بما ينتظرهم من اهوال وتدهور احوال . اختار اليابانيون تجرع الكأس الاميركية المرة

في 4 اب يظن من فجر او دبر او حضر او هيأ لابادة بيروت ان انفجار المرفأ انهى حربا لم تبدأ وطوى صفحة لم تفتح واسقط خصما بالضربة القاضية وسجل هدف الفوز في الثواني الاخيرة من المباراة .

ما حصل بداية وليس نهاية
في الحرب قايضوا ارضنا بالوطن البديل وبادلوا حياتنا بالبترودولار

اليوم يعودون الى النغمة ذاتها ويعزفون لحن الموت فوق غيوم بيروت

المعادلة اياها لم تتغير : الاستقرار لكم لكن القرار لنا واذا اردتم العكس فليكن. اعطونا القرار وخذوا الاستقرار .

في يوم من ايام ولايته دخل احد مساعدي الرئيس الكبير فؤاد شهاب الى مكتبه وقال له : فخامة الرئيس كل الدراسات والابحاث تشير الى استبطان المياه الاقليمية اللبنانية لكميات كبيرة من النفط وعلينا ان ندرس جديا البدء بالتنقيب والحفر ليصبح دولة دولة نفطية غنية . يومها اجابه الرئيس اللواء بالاتي : يا ابني مش ناقصنا اعداء بعد . بيكفينا الاسرائيلي

Why Lebanon is targeted to suffer humiliation by US/Israel?

The US/Israel want the Lebanese people to accept the conditions of the Deal of the Century de Kushner/Pence (Vice President)/and the deplorable Neo-cons.

They want Lebanon to merge the Palestinian/Syrian refugees as citizens of Lebanon and for Lebanon to desist on its maritime rights in block 9 for gas/oil.

The strategy is to sanction Lebanon financially and economically until famine force the citizens to cry Uncle.

هناك أجندة حديثة وضعت للبنان بدأ تنفيذها سبتمبر 2019

1. لرفضه صفقة القرن

2. والأسباب التالية:

– رفض لبنان توطين الفلسطينين
– رفض لبنان دمج السوريين بمجتمعه
تمنع لبنان عن ترسيم الحدود حسب الخريطة الأميركو – إسرائيلية،
– عدم تسليم أميركا إدارة مشاريعه النفطية،
– تلزيم التنقيب عن النفط الى شركة توتال الفرنسية وشركة أغني الإيطالية
– رفض طلب اميركا تلزيمه لشركات أميركية تعمل في إسرائيل
– تسليم الصواريخ الذكية فقط، التي تقلق إسرائيل.

لذلك

1. تم افتعال حرائق احراج لبنان لإظهار عدم قدرة الحكومة القيام بواجبها، ولحقن الشارع ضدها
2. افتعال أزمة الطحين والبنزين عبر تسويق شائعات، وخروج الناس طوابير للحصول عليهم

3. تحريض الناس 17 أكتوبر عبر الميديا للنزول الى الشارع
4. إقفال أبواب المصارف في وجه صغار المودعين دون سبب مما جعل الناس تتهافت لسحب ودائعها عند فتح المصارف أبوابها خوفا من الشائعات ومن اعادة الإقفال
5. عدم السماح لصغار المودعين سحب أموالهم والتي لا تتجاوز ال 1.5 مليار $، لكنها تشكل 75٪؜ من المودعين

6. أموال صغار المودعين حوالي 1.5 مليار $ كان ممكن إعادتها لأصحابها قبل تحويل اكثر من 10 مليار $ لكبار المودعين الذين لا يشكلون 10٪؜ من المودعين، لكن الهدف إبقاء اكبر كمية من الناس دون ودائعهم لتجييش الشارع عند الحاجة
7. إدارة مصرف لبنان وبعض المصارف اللبنانية وبعض السياسيين في تنفيذ هذه الأجندة والسماح لبعض السياسيين وكبار المودعين تحويل ارصدتهم للخارج خلال إقفال المصارف أبوابها والتي فاقت ال 10 مليار $ لغاية اليوم

8. الطلب من الحكومة السابقة تقديم استقالتها، وكلنا نذكر تصريح الرئيس الحريري اننا أمام 6 شهور خطرة تنتظرنا، كان ذلك في ديسمبر 2019
9. استخدام الدولار كسلاح أساسي في المعركة مع العلم ان لا أحد لغاية الان يعلم سبب ارتفاع سعر الدولار، اللبناني ليس لديه فائض أموال لشراء الدولار، وليس لديه إمكانيات سفر بفترة الكورونا، لا إمكانية للإستيراد حالياً

10. ان حركة سوق الدولار الداخلية لا تتعدى ال 100 مليون $ شهرياً، تحل أزمة وسعر الدولار يعني مبلغ لا يتعدى ثمن مبنى التاتش.
11. الضغط على الناس عبر رفع سعر الدولار واللعب في لقمة عيشهم، تحريك الشارع للضغط على الحكومة، معارضة الفاسدين لها، الميديا والشائعات،

محاولة توريط الجيش (ما يجري بالشمال) كل ذلك سيدفع الحكومة للخروج من المأزق اللجوء إلى صندوق النقد الدولي (هذا ما سيجري) والذي سينهكنا لنسلم بشروطه القاسية
– زيادة ال TVA
– ضريبة على البنزين
– زيادة الكهرباء
– خنق المواطن اللبناني الذي عليه ان يتخلى عن عنجهيته وان يتخلى عن الكماليات التي اعتاد عليها، ليعود ويعيش في نظام اقتصادي ضعيف لا يشغله سوى تأمين لقمة عيشه، مثل دول كمصر والأردن وتونس والسودان وسوريا والعراق والمغرب.

كل ذلك سيعيدنا للرضوخ إلى الشروط الأميركية:

* الموافقة على توطين الفلسطينين
* دمج السوريين في المجتمع اللبناني
* التنازل عن حدود مساحات برية وبحرية تحتوي على حقول غاز
* السماح للشركات الاميركية التنقيب عن النفط
* تسليم إدارة النفط اللبناني لأميركا
* التخلص من الصواريخ الذكية فقط.

هذه الأجندة يجري تنفيذها بالعراق أيضاً لكن بنسخة عراقية

أميركا لم تعد تحتاج لتحريك أسطولها البحري الذي يحتوي على 11 حاملة طائرات 8 غير صالحين للاستعمال حالياً بسبب ارتفاع تكلفتهم

فالحروب القادمة هي استخدام الإقتصاد والدولار لمحاربة أي دولة تشاكسها.

والآن ستفتعل اميركا أزمة مع الصين لإبتزازها بحجة نشر الوباء وستدعوا شركائها لمساندتها

لكن ما تتناساه أميركا ان الصين صواريخها عابرة للقارات وان توقف مصانع الأحذية بالصين لمدة 6 شهور يحول اكثرية شعوب العالم لحفاة.

المشكلة بالسياسة الأميركية، حتى لو نفذنا مطالبها ستسحقنا بعد ذلك، كما فعلت بالكثير من الدول، إنها سياسة العم سام الظالمة، نرضى بها ولا ترضى بنا.

هل يمكننا التغلب على هذه الأزمة ؟

نعم، اذا شعب لبنان كله تخلص من:

* الزعيم
* الطائفية
* العودة الى الزراعة والصناعة الوطنية
* تفعيل التصدير، لبنان كان يصدر الألبسة لفرنسا وأحذية لأوروبا بالإضافة للمواد الغذائية والخضار والفواكه
* وقف استيراد ما لا يلزم ( هل يعقل لبلد مشهور بمياهه ان يستورد مياه من فرنسا،

* هل يعقل لبلد إخترع اللبنة ان يستورد أجبان والألبان بنصف مليار دولار سنوياً
* هل يعقل لبلد مثل لبنان ان يستورد أزهار ب 18 مليون $ سنوياً
* هل يعقل لبلد لديه أطيب تفاح بالعالم ان يستورد تفاح من إيطاليا

* هل يعقل لبلد إخترع الأبجدية لا مصنع لديه لصناعة دواء مسكن او مسحوق غسيل.

اذا اتحدنا ووعينا نبني مجتمع اقتصادي، اجتماعي، وطني صلب.
بلاد كثيرة مرت بظروفنا وخرجت منها منتصرة بتضامن ابنائها، مثل ماليزيا وسنغافورة وغيرهم، المهم الإرادة.
دعونا نفكر بلبنان وبمستقبلنا وبمستقبل اولادنا وكفانا اضاعة الوقت على أشخاص سيذهبون الى مزبلة التاريخ ودعونا نبني وطن.

اذا لم نحك جلدنا بأيدينا لن يحكه لنا أحد، العالم تغير لا مساعدات لا قروض لا هبات ولا ودائع دون ثمن وثمن مرتفع.
منقول

Tidbits and comments. Part 404

La “verite'” est ce qui est assez coherent pour l’accepter avec un cas limite de de satisfaction.

Trump is not the first US president to express interest in purchasing Greenland. Harry Truman’s administration made an offer in 1946, after first considering trading Alaska for parts of the Arctic island. Before that, Andrew Johnson administration made a bid for Greenland.

$100 million: Amount the Truman administration offered to purchase Greenland. $500 billion: One estimate for how much it would cost to buy Greenland today.

n 1868, US secretary of state William Seward tasked Robert J. Walker, a former governor and US treasury secretary, with evaluating whether or not to buy Iceland and Greenland. Walker recommended both, “but especially the latter. The reasons are political and commercial.” The political reason was to outflank England and eventually make Canada part of the US; the commercial reasons were mineral wealth and fisheries.

Harry Truman floated the idea to better position the US against the Soviet Union, but America worked out political solutions with Denmark, including the creation of NATO, that obviated a purchase. In 1951, the US builds Thule Air Base on Greenland.

Mayhem in Israel: apartheid State of Israel is starting its downhill trend toward Chaos: Army commander begging settlers to carry arms to defend it. Sort like during colonial America, settlers should carry arms when out of their settlements

Why Bush Jr. had to claim “Mission Accomplished” in occupying Iraq on a aircraft carrier, wearing pilot outfit, when the mission had just started for “establishing a democratic state” in Iraq? All the previous statements about installing a democratic system in Iraq and eliminating weapons of mass destruction and… were packs of lies and throwing dust in the eyes of the US citizens and world community.

Apartheid: separate sets of laws to “citizens”, grouped on ethnic fictional fabrication.

Capitalism: separate set of privileges to classes of “citizens”, grouped on level of material slavery functions

When we talk of identity, we often think of groups such as black Muslim lesbians in wheelchairs. This is because identity only seems to become an issue when it is challenged or under threat.

Our classic Default Man is rarely under existential threat. Consequently, his identity remains not examined. It ambles along blithely, never having to stand up for its rights or to defend its homeland.

When talking about identity groups, the word “community” often crops up. The working class, gay people, black people or Muslims are always represented by a “community leader”.

The 20th century witnessed 140 armed conflicts, totaling more than 150 millions in casualties and at least 4 folds in severe injuries .  More than 20 conflicts produced over one million killed.  WWI generated about 9 million killed and WWII more than 60 millions.  Two dozen conflicts are still on going for decades and the toll is accumulating.

The state of the world: Russia is the largest land mass. China the most populous country. EU the largest economy union. USA the biggest bag of shit. Every US official thinks he is entitled overseas to threaten anyone of the US diktat.

The Deal of the Century is to maintain Israel existence as a State. The deal is to open the trade and maritime routes to Israel’s export from Morocco to Yemen, with insignificant transit fees. Egypt and Jordan are to be the main transit platforms.The Palestinians are to be the cheap workforce.  Lebanon, Syria and Iraq have already blocked this deal.

The English Channel is a boundary that mankind can’t stop pushing. Franky Zapata just crossed it on a hoverboard, but it’s also been crossed via hot air balloons, a hovercraft, an electric plane, a carbon-fiber wingsuit, a pedal-powered plane, and good old arms and legs. But the hardest way to cross might be by car, if Brexit throws the crucial economic link into chaos. This channel between France and England is one of the heaviest traffic for maritime commercial cargoes between the North Sea and the Atlantic

In many traditional gift economies, the trick is courting the elites. “This only work if you are a big enough company that the banks can tell themselves that you’ll one day give them a lucrative deal. If you’re not big and rich, you’ll have to pay for stuff.”

The gift economy is a tradition among social classes: The wealthier you are, the more expensive the gift should be. Actually, many are declining wedding invitations in order to save on the gift expenses.

A plausible settlement for the “Deal of Century” to both Palestinians and Israelis

Note: The created State of Israel by the colonial powers has all the blueprints of a colonial occupation of a land by force. The State of Israel, with all the determination of the colonial powers to keep it alive and floating financially, politically and militarily, has gone way too far in its brutality, its calamitous myths, and unwavering decision to wipe out the culture and identity of the Palestinian people.

This article, (dated on November 13, 2008) is a temporary resolution until the far-right Israelis desist from their occupation mentality and reach a reasonable state of common status of living together with Palestinians on equal rights. Until then, Israel is our existential enemy.

There are reams and reams of plans and counter plans and resolution suggested to containing this everlasting unjust and uncalled for reality of the 20th century monstrosity that permitted the establishment of the State of Israel by displacing its original inhabitants (the Palestinians), as so many monstrosities in this century.

There are two viable solutions for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, short of exterminating one party or the other or most probably both, that has been spreading death, disabilities, miseries, indignities and humiliation since 1920.

The Israeli Olmert PM has lately declared that the time to facing truth has come.

Since the Madrid convention in 1990 among the “Arab States” (excluding Syria) and Israeli delegations and mediated by the US Administration, during the Bush Sr. tenure as President, for a resolution of this conflict, it was becoming evident that the “Biblical” strategy of Israel, for further expansion and pre-emptive wars, is no longer tenable, especially after its total failure in 2006 of invading Lebanon.

A resolution was contemplated but the US had an old battle plan to invade Iraq before resolving this conflict.

The Bush “Son” Jr. administration dusted off this war plan and invaded Iraq. This invasion has failed miserably but Israel is no longer necessary for the strategic interest of the US in the Middle East:  The US has military bases in the Arab Gulf States and Saudi Kingdom, and it has many heavy weight allies among the Arabic States.

And the price of oil on the market is far cheaper than physically securing its exploitation and distribution in Iraq or elsewhere or even resuming plans to intimidating China and blackmailing her by outdated military presence in Iraq.

The return of the heavy investments of the US in Israel has been reflecting sharp negative rates of return for decades, politically, economically, and socially within the US society and foreign policies.

My plan is of two phases:

The first phase is recognizing the State of Palestine by the United Nation, a State self-autonomous, independent and all.  It is of primordial interest by the world community and the Jewish State that the Palestinian people recover their dignity and rights as a full fledged State and be permitted to exercise the complex task of administering and governing a State.

At least from a psychological necessity, the Palestinian people should feel that persistent resistance and countless “martyrs” for re-establishing their rights as legitimate and independent people have brought fruits, as any genuine national resistance ultimately should.

The second phase is the merging of the two States of Palestine and Israel into a confederate State with a central government and several self-autonomous “cantons”.  I can envisage the following cantons: West Bank, Gaza (including Escalon), Galilee (including Haifa and Akka), Judea (around Jerusalem and Bethlehem), the “East Shore” (Tel Aviv, Yafa), and the Negev (including Akaba).

I have this impression that the tight religious extremists on both sides would opt to move to Gaza and Judea, and the very secular citizens would move to the East Shore or Galilee, and the economically minded people might reside in the Negev backed by strong financial incentives.

The second phase will witness the return of the Palestinian refugees as ordered by the UN resolution of 193 in 1948 and the refugees would have the right to select the canton of their preferences.

I can foresee that the key offices in the central government would be equally, including genders, shared by the Palestinians and Israelis on a rotation imposed law.

The representation in the cantons would be proportional to the general census of the period (at 5 years intervals).  The representation among sects, factions, or other types of social divisions within each “people” would also follow the proportions in the census.

I suggest to the interest of the future “Palesrael” State that Israel let Lebanon structure and experience, without foreign interventions, study the pitfalls and strength of such a system of co-existence and avoid the unnecessary miseries of minor civil wars and countless frustrations in its future unfolding.

It would be inevitable that the State of “Palesreal” be guaranteed a neutrality status (No pre-emptive wars within and outside its borders) by the world community and the regional powers.  It is evident that this could be plausible after Syria recover all its lands and settles on a political constitution that safeguard its autonomous decisions.

Then, it is hoped and strongly desired that the State of Lebanon would secure this neutrally status.  Amen.

My Speech for London Rally in Support of Palestinians’ Rights to Exist, Resist and Return

My name is Shahd Abusalama and I’m a 3rd generation Palestinian refugee, born and raised in Jabalia Refugee Camp, northern Gaza.

I’m standing here with so many Palestinians, born in Palestine and exile, to tell the founding Zionists of Israel who assumed that the old will die and the young will forget, that we will not forget Palestine, and we will never surrender our fundamental rights to exist, resist and return.

We stand representative of many indigenous communities who faced various forms of oppression across the history of European colonialism and imperialism, to remind the world that settler colonialism is not a culture of the past, but a current reality that we have lived and defied from America, Australia and Ireland to Palestine.

My grandmother described a peaceful childhood in green fields of citrus and olive trees in our village Beit-Jirja. This life, the tastes, the sounds and the smells remained fixated only in her memories as Beit Jirja was dismantled alongside other 530 villages and towns that were depopulated and destroyed by Zionist thugs in 1948.

For Palestinians, the Nakba was never a one-off event that happened in 1948.

Israeli colonial oppression has never stopped and many Palestinian communities within Israel, including the people of Khan Al-Ahmar, are still fighting against their ethnic cleansing as we stand here.

My grandparents are present today more than ever as we mark the 71st anniversary of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, for what happened then is why I was born in Jabalia with a gun pointed at my head.

During my mother’s labour, Israeli soldiers disrupted her way to Jabalia UNRWA Clinic as they forced a curfew that indoctrinated to shoot any moving being. Shooting to kill was common in the 1st Intifada when I came to life, and is a common practice now.

We saw it in the shooting and maiming of Gaza’s Great Return March protesters who stood with their bare chests against Israeli snipers to claim their humanity and to bring their right of return, an issue that Israel firmly rejected across the past 7 decades on racist grounds, to the centre of political debate.

Their cries for justice come amidst US-Israeli attempts to push the right of return and Jerusalem “off the table”. It is time that we call those world leaders what they are: racist trolls. It is time to stand firm in our support of the Palestinian right of return, as without justice, there will be no meaningful peace.

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip just survived another a 3-day deadly Israeli attack last weekend, which claimed 25 lives, including two pregnant women, two toddlers and a 12 year old child.

While world news was quick to move on after the truce was announced, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip returned to a daily struggle for survival while more deadly violence is expected at any moment.

That’s how my family welcomed Ramadan. Following the truce, I heard my parents calling relatives and friends and saying, “glad you survived” before continuing “Ramadan Kareem”.

Imagine living in an open-air prison where there is constant presence of death, and fear of walls falling inwards. This fear of being uncertain about anything, including your own life, even while in your home, is terrifying.

This is what 2 million people faced last weekend as they are besieged by Israeli weaponry from air, land and sea, turning Gaza into a laboratory for its lethal arms, which Israel markets as ‘battle-tested’ in notorious arms fairs around the world, such as DSEI which London is hosting again this year.

It is not a coincidence that Gaza comes under attack during Israeli elections over and over again.

Those elections are led by criminals using Palestinian children’s blood to win popular support.

Meanwhile, the world is about to celebrate Eurovision in Apartheid Israeli on top of an ethnically-cleansed Palestinian land, a show whose whole purpose is to expose Israel’s ‘prettier face’ while deflecting global attention from its daily crimes against the Palestinians.

Shame on all contestant countries, all the participants and audiences if they still support Eurovision in Israel while our victims’ blood haven’t dried.

This is nothing new. This is our decades-long lived experience that is normalised by a dominant media discourse that finds it comfortable to avoid addressing the power imbalance between the occupier and the occupied, to remove the context of settler colonialism and reduce it to conflict, effectively demonizing Palestinians and their legitimate struggle against their systematic dehumanization.

Our injustice is also normalized by tax payers whose money is paid as military ‘aid’ for Israel, by politicians who suddenly fall short on words of condemnation once the perpetrator is Israel.

And by international institutions doing business with Israel or corporations that enable Israeli crimes, by Muslims of the world who normalise relations with Israel and buy Israeli dates merged with our pains of loss and dispossession, by Zionist Jews and Evangelical Christians who support the uninterrupted process of ethnic cleansing against the native people of the ‘promised land’ in the name of God.

The best response to such brutality and normalisation is active solidarity!

We have a beautiful demonstration of solidarity today with thousands uniting from different races, religions, genders, professions and cities, to say: we’re not turning our back to the Palestinian people. We know too well that whether Palestine on news headlines or not, Israel is perpetrating violence uninterruptedly.

Every minute, innocent souls are buried, (as if it should be a common occurrence when Israel does the killing)

And building that took a lifetime to build are flattened. It is urgent that people of conscience all over the world join in solidarity and resist the collusion of their governments and institutions in this long-standing crime against humanity.

Note 1: Do you know that 80,000 Evangelical preacher/pastors main duty is to disseminate world Zionism ideology?

Note 2: Do you know that this bogus “Deal of Century” was Not discussed with the Palestinians?

Again, what is Trump/Kushner infamous “Deal of century”?

The Trump administration will unveil the first phase of its long-awaited blueprint for Middle East peace next month at a conference in the region designed to highlight economic benefits that could be reaped if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved, the White House said on Sunday.  (The political terms are Not yet exposed)

The plan, which has been two years in the making, envisions large-scale investment and infrastructure work in the Palestinian territories but the central political elements remain mostly unknown.

However, the Palestinian leadership said they weren’t consulted about the US-led economic conference.

 

Israel journalist: ‘The deal of the century is the joke of century’

The voice is clear, a slight Hebrew accent can be detected when Gideon Levy speaks English. He is precise and concise, showing off maybe some “chutzpah”, but his way of saying things is direct. Does this make Gideon Levy annoying? Certainly not. On the contrary, kindly and patiently he explains what is at stake here.

Some call Gideon Levy Israel’s conscience, others would rather insult him.

Levy is a whistleblower. He would probably hate to be described as such. He is a journalist, and now a columnist at Israeli English daily Haaretz. He is also a board member there. Every week, his columns contradict the nationalist and religious ideology of those in power.

The most hated man in Israel

Levy has the distinct honour of having been considered by the authorities as a “threat” to the country’s security. What did he do to stir up such anger?

Almost every week for three decades he visited the occupied territories and described what he saw there.

Even though he has not been able to go to Gaza since 2006 (Israeli law prevents any Israeli from entering the Strip), he was able to highlight the killing of Palestinians. His book, “The punishment of Gaza“, earned him the nickname “Hamas propagandist” by far-right nationalists. His work led renowned journalist Robert Fisk to ask: “Is he the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic.”

His goal is simple; re-humanising the Palestinians when everything is being done to dehumanise them, he explains.

From the occupation to the slow suffocation of their culture, dispossession, demolition, erasing their names, their villages, their society…

Levy’s columns speak of daily struggles, give details about people’s stories, name them and give them back their faces, ages and deaths.

This includes the story of a Bedouin woman who, in 1986, was forced to give birth at an Israeli checkpoint. Her newborn died because she could not reach hospital in time and had to walk the two kilometres alone with the baby in her arms.

He remains surprised, he says, by the average Israeli’s ignorance of a reality that often takes place a few minutes away from home. Israeli society “is living in denial, in lies. But totally consciously. People choose to live like this,” he tells MEMO.

“Israeli society is a very aggressive society. But you can’t generalise this. There are easy times and there are hard ones, when there is a war for example. But I still write about Gaza and its uprising.

I wrote that what is happening in Gaza is the uprising of the Gaza ghetto. People became very aggressive.”

This reference to the uprising of the Warsaw ghetto during the Second World War brings to mind a symbolic part of the Israeli “historiography”. “That, might upset people, but I still have total freedom of speech; in my newspaper but not only there. Also on TV. It’s not pleasant every time but I can’t say that they’re trying to shut my mouth.”

Shadow theatre

His years in the media have allowed him to understand Israeli society and the officials that govern it. The latest Israeli elections, which saw incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu re-elected, are just the latest events which have stirred controversy, not least because of the numerous corruption cases in which Netanyahu is entangled.

In spite of this, his win was no surprise to Levy. “He created this situation in which people believe there is no alternative to him. He rules mainly by spreading fear. But he spreads fear and presents himself as the only one who can protect people. He’s a very talented politician with a very good rhetoric.”

He has also created a situation in which many people believe that these corruption charges are false and that he is simply innocent, he is a victim, and they identify with him.

“Gantz was not a real challenger and he will disappear from the political stage very quickly, I think. But many people voted for him. In fact, they didn’t vote for Gantz but they voted against Netanyahu. There’s people who actually want Netanyahu out,” he adds.

But both men are the same, he continues. “After the operation in Gaza, Gantz said the same things as Netanyahu. When it comes to the major issues, like the occupation, there is not much difference between the two of them.”

Netanyahu’s international connections worry Levy, as do his friendships with right-wing governments in Brazil, the US and Hungary.

“Netanyahu can be friends only with those people. Because nationalists and neo-fascists find common language with other fascists… He can’t really dwell on who is anti-Semitic or not, because at the end of the day, what matters is to maintain the occupation. It justifies everything in his eyes.”

Palestinians stage a protest against the 'Deal of the Century', planned by US President Donald Trump to solve the conflict between Palestine and Israel, in Ramallah, West Bank on 2 July 2018 [Shadi Hatem/Apaimages]

Palestinians stage a protest against the ‘Deal of the Century’, planned by US President Donald Trump to solve the conflict between Palestine and Israel, in Ramallah, West Bank on 2 July 2018 [Shadi Hatem/Apaimages]

The deal of the century: a joke

It is these “friends” that are supporting Israel in peace agreements and annulling previous deals including those which discuss a two-state solution for the Palestine-Israel conflict. Netanyahu, Levy says, “doesn’t speak about it anymore”. “Even when he spoke about it, it was very easy for him because he knew nothing will come out of it. It was the best way to maintain the status quo without doing anything.”

The two-state solution is dead. It’s dead since there are so many settlers and they created an irreversible situation. We have now almost 700,000 settlers and nobody will evacuate them and nobody will ever intend to evacuate them. Without an evacuation, there is no Palestinian state; it’s a joke. (This statement means: we are ready for a forceful transfer of settlers in due time?)

The US’ latest peace plan – dubbed the “deal of the century” – is due to be unveiled in June after the Muslim month of fasting comes to an end. This, Levy says, is the “joke of the century”.

“It will just give Israel more years to maintain the occupation and to carry on its crimes. Nobody can take this seriously. It comes from Trump and [his son-in-law and advisor] Kushner, who can take it seriously?…

It can’t be serious because it’s not fair. Those people are totally one-sided. How can you even consider listening to them when they so clearly stand with only one side and they are so aggressive towards the other side? What kind of mediators can they be?” he adds.

Trump's Deal - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Trump’s Deal – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Even the UN declaration that the besieged Gaza Strip will be “uninhabitable” by 2020 cannot save Palestinians there, Levy explains. “It’s not a war. It’s a terrible prison. From time to time, the prisoners are trying to resist, to protest. But the guards hit back harshly. And they stay silent for a few months but again they try to break the cage. It will continue to be like this forever.”

“There is no plan for Gaza because nobody cares. Even Europe doesn’t care much. I’m not even mentioning the US. Everyone became quiet and unmoved. Until the catastrophe comes. But as long as it’s not here, nobody cares.”

Israel against Jews

The occupation led Levy to vote for the Arab-Israeli parties in the last election, he explains this is “because for me it’s hard to vote for any Zionist party. I cannot identify myself anymore with any Zionist list.”

“I’m not anti-Zionist,” he explains, “Post Zionist would be the right definition. I just realised that Zionism completed its purpose; now it’s about creating a democracy, nothing else but a democracy. The ‘all equal’ rights. I don’t see another solution but a one-state solution.”

The debate about Israel’s occupation and what solutions there are to it, has led to accusations of “anti-Semitism”, Levy says.

It paralyses Europe, because nobody wants to be labelled an anti-Semitic. And therefore, they don’t talk about international laws and how they are violated by the illegal occupation. They keep apologising for being anti-Semitic, totally dismissing the crimes perpetrated by the occupation forces.

“There is anti-Semitism in the world but way less than what Israel claims,” he explains. “People in Europe, people with conscience should say we have the full right, more, it’s our duty, to criticise the occupation, to be anti-Zionist.”

Is there hope for change stemming from the Jewish diaspora, especially those in America?

“There are changes sure, but let’s not exaggerate. Still, the Jewish establishment is supporting Israel blindly, automatically supporting the occupation and Netanyahu. Yes, there is a new generation and a new camp there, which is very promising because they are very liberal.

But there is a long way to go, because for most of them, standing against Israel is something they can’t do yet.

But this movement goes hand in hand with changes in the [US’] Democratic party. This is even more promising because it is the first time ever that Netanyahu has been called a racist. We’ve never heard that before.”

Note: This trend in Europe will change when the resistance forces in the Middle-East will force Israel to review its shaky policies

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Deal of the Century Adds “New” to the Four Thousand Year Old Name “Palestine”

The apartheid regime we know as “Israel” was built on the very ruins of Palestine and imposed a brutal regime on those who still live in their country. Millions of Palestinians still languish in refugee camps in and around Palestine, yet Israel and its allies around the world celebrate “Israeli independence.”

JERUSALEM, PALESTINE — Nakba Day — the day when Palestinians commemorate the destruction of their country and the mass killing and forced eviction of their people — is coming up, and with each passing day, another disturbing story unfolds.

Perhaps the most disturbing story so far is the plan to present Palestine with a new name, “New Palestine.” (How imaginative)

This, according to a rumored leak, is what Donald Trump and Jared Kushner are going to present to an anticipating world as part of the so-called “Deal of the Century.”

Also according to the leak, aside from a demand for Palestinians to accept a new name as part of the “Deal of the Century” — forgoing the name “Palestine,” which has been used to describe their land since the Bronze Age — the Palestinian people will have to accept that their heritage and their history will be erased and their land will be taken away for good.

In other words, what Palestinians are going to receive, according to the leak, is a new name but no country, and they will be expected to accept this or else they will be denied access to foreign aid, not only from the U.S. but other countries as well.

From elections to Gaza to Independence Day

Things move fast on the Israeli side of occupied Palestine.

Israel recently held elections, then — within a few weeks and before a new government was even formed — Israel lashed out with a deadly attack on Gaza.

Then, Israel recognized a few solemn days, the first one Holocaust Remembrance Day and the second, a day to commemorate Israeli soldiers who had fallen in battle. Then Israelis were off to celebrate “Israeli Independence.”

On the Palestinian side, no sooner does one tragedy end than a second one follows, no time for the fresh blood on the ground to dry before more is spilled.

The lovely face of 16-year-old Fatima Hijazi, shot by an Israeli sniper, is still fresh in people’s hearts when more, even younger casualties are reported. Palestinians go from mourning to mourning with no end in sight.

Over the past several years, a new phenomenon has risen, a joint memorial service where Israelis and Palestinians join together to commemorate their fallen loved ones.

While the idea of such an event may seem appealing to some, the moral equivalency it tries to create between the victims of the violence and those who lost their lives while perpetuating the violence is troubling.

However, in the political climate that now exists among Israelis, this is considered progressive. While this event was permitted to proceed, right-wing gangs came by to protest the initiative and lashed out with obscenities at the participants: “Sons of whores, may God take all of you stinking lefties! Death to Arabs!” and on and on.

Celebrating independence

A custom that can only be described as insensitive, if not outright cruel, and which has been in place since Palestine was destroyed, is the celebration of Israeli independence. Just as Israeli elections were held on the day that Palestinians commemorate the massacre at Deir Yassin, Israel callously celebrates a day of independence at the same time as Palestinians mourn the loss of their country.

The apartheid regime we know as “Israel” was built on the very ruins of Palestine and imposed a brutal regime on those who still live in their country. Millions of Palestinians still languish in refugee camps in and around Palestine, yet Israel and its allies around the world celebrate.

Israel Memorial Day

A young Israeli girl plays on a tank during an Israeli Memorial Day ceremony in Latrun, Israel, May 8, 2019. Oded Balilty | AP

Israelis are not the indigenous people of Palestine. What we know today as “Israelis” are people who came to colonize mostly during the time of the British Mandate in Palestine, and they did so largely with the assistance of the British government.

The British mandate over Palestine, which was, in reality, an occupation of the country, facilitated the creation of the Zionist apartheid regime in Palestine. The Jews who came to colonize and settle in Palestine were never oppressed or occupied; in fact, they were privileged. The Jewish settlements in Palestine had services like running water and electricity long before many of the Palestinian communities did, and they were assisted by the British in every possible way.

The biblical Zionist narrative

The name “New Palestine” becomes even more absurd in light of the fact that the name Palestine was, “first documented in the late Bronze Age, about 3,200 years ago.”

Furthermore, according to a new book by historian Nur Masalha, “the name Palestine is the conventional name used between 450 B.C. and 1948 A.D. to describe the geographical region between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.” These quotes are from Masalha’s Palestine, A Four Thousand Year History, published by Zed Books in 2018.

Palestine: A Four Thousand Year HistoryMasalha — professor of history at the London University School of Oriental and African Studies, or SOAS — takes on the difficult task of seriously, scientifically, and one may add successfully, challenging the prevailing narrative regarding Palestine.

This is clearly no simple feat but it is one in which the historian Masalha succeeds in a manner that is both admirable and convincing. (Just peruse the old pictures of Palestinians and Palestine before and after British mandated power)

Unfortunately, odds are neither Jared Kushner or Benjamin Netanyahu — the two men who are most likely to be behind the “New Palestine” and the “Deal of the Century” — will ever read this important history book.

Revealing aspects of Palestinian history that Zionists would prefer remain in the dark, Masalha’s book is essential reading. Until the history of Palestine is told and the cruel reality in which Palestinians live today is exposed, Palestine will never be free.

Miko Peled is an author and human rights activist born in Jerusalem. He is the author of “The General’s Son. Journey of an Israeli in Palestine,” and “Injustice, the Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five.”

Note: I posted many articles on Palestine and Palestinians on my blog adonis49@wordpress.com

Is that the plan for the “Deal of the century” to liquidate the Palestinian UN rights to Return to homeland?

Khaled bin Selman, one of the sons of Saudi Kingdom, and ambassador to USA, relayed the details of the “Deal of the Century” to the Kingdom.
The liquidation of the identity of the Palestinian people and scrapping their UN rights to return to their Homeland Palestine are under way by the Trump administration.
The details are as followed:
1) Ultimately, the US plan is to gather $700 bn in what will be called the “Palestine Financial Box”, $100bn from USA, $100bn from Japan, $100Bn from South Korea, $200bn from Saudi Kingdom, $50bn from Canada and the rest from the EU, particularly Germany. The US will retain $200bn in the Box.
 2) Jordan will receive $250bn, to settle one million Palestinians, Egypt $250bn to settle 1.5 million, Iraq  $200bn to settle 1,250,000 Palestinians, primarily in Iraq Kurdistan region.
3) Egypt will relinquish 7,000 square km around the Asrish province, an originally Palestinian land before Britain gave them away to Egypt. It is estimated that this land will provide for 5 million Palestinians.
The plan is of 9 phases. the first phase was to acknowledge Jerusalem the Capital of Israel, the second phase is for the US congress to second the Israeli law  that Israel is for the Jews only, the third is to pressure most countries to admit that the Israeli settlements are Legal and on.
Note 1: The US and Japan are the 2 highest countries that accumulated sovereign debt and in the trillion. Japan might sign in under duress, but the USA never delivered on promises. And Saudi Kingdom sovereign fund is empty and already borrowing money to “replenish” it. And Israel has been systematically demolishing all Eu funded institutions in Gaza and the West Bank. Unless Israel demonstrate some respect to the EU endeavors, this plan is totally far-fetched.
Note 2: The US has to be very patient before engaging in another pre-emptive war, as it is its innate habit to resolve world problems. First, the cease fire in Yemen has to be reached, second, a satisfactory government in Iraq agreed upon, third, a quick political resolution in Syria agreed upon, and fourth, a satisfactory government in Lebanon resolved.
Note 3: President Sisi of Egypt declared that Egypt will never relinquish any piece of land to transfer other people.
Note 4: This deal is Not taking into account the determined Palestinian Friday March to return to Homeland, 25 successive Fridays with thousand injured and hundred killed by Israeli snipers live bullets. The Palestinians have been transferred from their homes 5 times since 1948
Note 5: Settling the Palestinians in Lebanon is viewed as a de-facto case, since most civil war militia “leaders” are puppets to the colonial powers. But Lebanon has the mighty resistance force of Hezbollah, and a determined president with the largest parliamentary block who refuse any kinds of settlement of refugees, neither Palestinians or Syrians.
Note 6: No one, State or citizens, believe in the US promises. Thus, for any chance of this plan to get under way, Jordan and Egypt have to get their sovereign dept wipe out before any second step is contemplated.

الخبر كما وصلني
ذكر التلفزيون الأميركي “أي بي سي” المعروف بواسع اطلاعه على اخبار البيت الأبيض عبر المحلل السياسي فيه ستيفن كيوورد،

كذلك ذكرت وسائل أميركية عديدة تفاصيل صفقة القرن بكامل الدقة وتنفيذ الخطة، ان الرئيس ترامب وافق مع إسرائيل والسعودية على اكمال صفقة القرن والبدء بتنفيذ المرحلة الرابعة وهي توطين الفلسطينيين في الدول العربية مقابل دفع مئات المليارات لانعاش اقتصاد هذه الدول واجبارها على توطين الفلسطينيين النازحين والمشردين لديها بعدما قطع الرئيس ترامب كل تمويل الولايات المتحدة لمنظمة الاونروا المختصة باللاجئين الفلسطينيين وكل المنظمات الدولية التي تقدم خدمات للنازحين الفلسطينيين المشردين.

وقد قام سفير المملكة السعودية في واشنطن الأمير خالد بن سلمان نجل الملك سلمان ملك السعودية بنقل تفاصيل اقتراحات واشنطن الى شقيقه ولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان بعدما قامت واشنطن بالتنسيق مع إسرائيل للخطوة الرابعة في تنفيذ صفقة القرن.

يتم تقديم 250 مليار دولار للاردن منها 80 مليار دولار لاقامة مدن وبلدات وشبكات ري مياه وكهرباء في المنطقة غر المأهولة من الاردن لتوطين الفلسطينيين مع عائلاتهم على ان يبقى للموازنة الأردنية 170 مليار دولار تنتشل الأردن من ازمته المالية والتي هي بحدود 45 مليار دولار وهذا ما يبقي للاردن 125 مليار دولار كي يقوم ببناء مصانع وبنية تحتية وكهرباء ويعزز اقتصاد الاردن بمبلغ لم يحصل عليه الأردن في تاريخه بعد كل ما يتكلفه بشأن توطن الفلسطينيين وخروجه من الازمة الاقتصادية ويبقى له مبلغ صافي 125 مليار دولار

اما المراحل لصفقة القرن فكانت التالية:
1-اعتراف الولايات المتحدة بالقدس عاصمة لإسرائيل وسحبها من اية مفاوضات.

2-اعتراف الولايات المتحدة وطلبها من عدة دول الاعتراف أيضا بالمستوطنات الإسرائيلية التي أقيمت في الضفة الغربية وهي تضم حاليا 650 الف إسرائيلي والمخطط يعمل لرفع العدد عبر إقامة مستعمرات جديدة الى مليون ونصف إسرائيلي يهودي.

3-اعتراف الولايات المتحدة بالدستور الجديد لاسرائيل الذي يقول ان إسرائيل دولة قومية يهودية والشعب اليهودي هو صاحب الأرض وان الفلسطينيين لجأوا الى ارض إسرائيل وفق الدستور الإسرائيلي ولا يحق لهم المواطنة مثل الشعب الاسرائيلي اليهودي.

4-اتخاذ الرئيس الأميركي ترامب قرار بقطع كل تمويل من الولايات المتحدة والطلب لدول أخرى أيضا قطع تمويل منظمة الاونروا التي توزع المساعدات الطبية والغذائية ورعاية الأطفال الفلسطينيين في مخيماتهم البائسة أي انها قطعت مليار و300 مليون دولار مما جعل الاونروا تطرح الصوت عاليا لدول العالم كي تقوم بتمويلها لاكمال رعايتها للشعب الفلسطيني في المخيمات التي طال عمرها سبعين سنة.

5-نقل الأمير خالد بن سلمان رسالة من الرئيس ترامب الى القيادة السعودية وسلمها الى شقيقه ولي العهد محمد بن سلمان بالتنسيق بين واشنطن وإسرائيل وتقضي بالبدء بإقناع دولتين هما مصر والأردن بتوطين 3 ملايين فلسطيني، موزعين على مليون فلسطيني في الأردن ومليوني فلسطيني على حدود غزة وصولا الى مدينة العريش وعلى امتداد رفح وتوسيع مساحة غزة الى مساحة إضافية لها هي 7 الاف كلم، هي الجزء الفلسطيني من سيناء تاريخيا لكن مصر حصلت عليها في زمن الانتداب البريطاني،

وتتسع مساحة سبعة الاف كلم لحوالي خمسة ملايين لاجئ فلسطيني وهذا الامر بالاتفاق والتنسيق بين واشنطن وإسرائيل وبين واشنطن والسعودية على ان يتولى ولي عهد السعودية الاتصال بالأردن والقيادة الأردنية كذلك بالقيادة المصرية مع الرئيس الفريق اول عبد الفتاح السيسي.

6-تقوم الولايات المتحد بالطلب من اليابان دفع مئة مليار دولار على أساس ان واشنطن تحمي اليابان من الصين، كما تطلب من كوريا الجنوبية مئة مليار دولار وهي الدولة الغنية الثانية بعد اليابان تكنولوجيا وصناعيا وتقدم مئة مليار دولار لتوطين الفلسطينيين،

كما تقدم الولايات المتحدة مئة مليار دولار أيضا في صندوق توطين الفلسطينيين وتقدم السعودية 200 مليار دولار لصندوق توطين الفلسطينيين .

وهكذا يكون صندوق توطين الفلسطينيين قد جمع 500 مليار دولار. إضافة الى الطلب من كندا دفع 50 مليار دولار، ومن الاتحاد الأوروبي خاصة ألمانيا ما مجموعه من الـ26 دولة اوروبية 150 مليار دولار وبذلك يصبح مجموع قيمة ما جمعه صندوق توطين الفلسطينيين 700 مليار دولار.

8- يتم تقديم بعد مباحثات ومفاوضات مع مصر 250 مليار دولار لفتح حدود رفح غزة باتجاه مدينة العريش، وتوسيع مساحة غزة سبعة الاف كلم وبناء ابنية ومساكن وبيوت للفلسطينيين على هذه المساحة بقيمة مئة مليار دولار على ان تقوم شركات دولية بإقامة الأبنية والطرقات في كامل مساحة السبعة الاف كلم وبناء مرفأين على البحر لصيد السمك لان المنطقة غنية ومطلة على البحر الأحمر والبحر الأبيض المتوسط كذلك إقامة مطار دولي قرب العريش يكون مطار الدولة الفلسطينية في الارض التي حصلت عليها غزة من سيناء وهي 7 الاف كلم.

ويتم تسليم مصر 250 مليار دولار تصرف منها مئة مليار على توطين الفلسطينيين بحجم مليونين او مليونين ونصف في مساحة السبعة الاف كلم على ان يبقى مع كامل البنية التحتية من ري مياه وكهرباء ومستشفيات ومدارس على ان يبقى للاقتصاد المصري 150 مليار دولار تدعم وتنتشل مصر من ازمتها الاقتصادية وتخلق فرص عمل للشباب عبر إقامة مصانع ويتم تقديم لمصر والأردن اسباب تفضيلية لتصدير بضائعهم الى أوروبا والولايات المتحدة مع اعفاء من الرسوم الجمركية لكل بضائع الأردن ومصر مع الحصول على 150 مليار دولار لاقتصادها.

ويؤدي الغاء الروسم الجمركية على البضائع من الأردن وتوطين المليون فلسطيني على الأقل مع عائلاتهم الى ازدهار اقتصادي لدى الأردن ومصر مقابل الغاء الرسوم الجمركية على البضائع المصدرة الى الولايات المتحدة كذلك السعي مع اوروبا لاعفائهم من الرسوم الأوروبية الجمركية بناء على تنسيق بين الولايات المتحدة واسرائيل التي تريد الانتهاء وتصفية القضية الفلسطينية كذلك بالتنسيق مع السعودية التي تريد سحب ورقة مسألة القضية الفلسطينية من ايران وبالتالي نزع سبب أي وجود إيراني على حدود فلسطين المحتلة أي دولة إسرائيل القومية اليهودية التي اقرها مجلس النواب الاسرائيلي الكنيست ووافقت عليها واشنطن علنا واسرائيل طبعا والسعودية لم تعترض على ذلك بل ضمنيا وافقت عليه.

ويبقى 20 مليار دولار من الصندوق الذي تم جمعه لتوطين الفلسطينيين من الدول الغنية والصناعية في العالم بإشراف وزارة الخزانة الأميركية ويتم تقديم 200 مليار دولار للعراق لتوطين مليون ومئتي الف فلسطيني في العراق خاصة في المناطق الشمالية حيث محافظة صلاح الدين ونينوى والانبار وهنا الاكثرية السنية في هذه المناطق وفيها مساحات واسعة تتسع لمليار ونصف فلسطيني

على ان يحصل العراق على مئتي مليار دولار ويتم صرف 50 مليار دولار على توطين مليون و200 الف فلسطيني لبناء المساكن والابنية لهم مع طرقات ومستشفيات ومصانع فيما تحصل الخزينة العراقية على 150 مليار دولار لانها في عجز كبير نظرا للفساد الذي هدر أموال العراق منذ الحرب الاميركية عليه عام 2003 وتولي سلطات سرقت، وفق موقع بلومبرغ المالي والاقتصادي، وشخصيات عشرات المليارات حيث نشر الموقع 20 اسما لرؤساء وزراء وقيادات جيش ووزراء تبلغ ثروة كل واحد قيمة لا تقل عن 40 او 50 مليار دولار مع عشيرته.

وستكون الـ 150 مليار دولار عملية انقاذ اقتصادية للموازنة العراقية مقابل توطين المليون و200 الف فلسطيني حيث تقول واشنطن ان في العراق مساحات واسعة تتسع لمليون ونصف فلسطيني بشكل مريح جدا ودون كثافة سكانية. وتقدم السعودية ضمانة للحكومة العراقية بانها ستستمر في دعم الاقتصاد العراقي عبر إعطاء العراق نصف مليون برميل من النفط لمدة عشر سنوات.

سفير السعودية في واشنطن الأمير خالد بن سلمان نجل ملك السعودية وشقيق ولي العهد نقل كامل الخطة والرسالة الى ولي العهد السعودي شقيقه محمد بن سلمان كي يبدأ بالتحرك وتنفيذ الخطة بتوطين 4 ملايين و200 الف فلسطيني في العراق والأردن ومصر مقابل حلف إسرائيلي أميركي سعودي يدعم الدول الثلاث خاصة اميركا برفع الرسوم الجمركية عن كافة البضائع الاردنية المصرية الفلسطينية وتصديرها الى الولايات المتحدة وتقديم 700 مليار دولار موزعة 250 مليار لمصر و200 مليار للعراق و250 مليار دولار للاردن.

وهكذا تكون صفقة القرن قد اتمت المرحلة التاسعة منها وتم تقريبا بشكل نهائي تصفية القضية الفلسطينية وحصلت إسرائيل على الراحة من الكثافة الفلسطينية إضافة الى الغاء حق العودة نهائيا للفلسطينيين الى فلسطين المحتلة، وبالنسبة للولايات المتحدة تكون قد أعطت حليفتها الاولى ما تريد وفي ذات الوقت فرضت حلف أميركي مع إسرائيل ومصر والاردن والعراق والسعودية بالدرجة الأولى،

اما الطرف الثالث فهي السعودية التي تريد سحب ورقة ايران من الدخول في القضية والنضال الفلسطيني بعد توطين الفلسطينيين مما يجعل السعودية تعتقد ان ايران لن يكون لها دور في خط الممانعة والمقاومة ولا يعود لها أهمية وجود في العراق ولا مع حماس او الفلسطينيين ولا مع الأردن وخاصة مع سوريا حيث سيتم نقل مخيم اليرموك قرب دمشق ومخيم اللاذقية للفلسطينيين على شاطئ البحر لتوطينهم في الدول الثلاث العراق الأردن مصر وسحب ورقة حزب الله المدعوم إيرانيا ووجود صواريخه ومقاتليه في لبنان، وهذا ما تريده السعودية.

أخيرا هل يستطيع حلف إسرائيل اميركا السعودية تصفية القضية الفلسطينية ام يرفض الشارع العربي المرحلة الأخيرة من صفقة القرن؟

انها السنوات القادمة التي ستقرر هذا الامر، مع العلم ان نبض الشارع العربي يرفض الهيمنة الاسرائيلية الاميركية على المنطقة ويرفض تورط السعودية من اجل محاربة ايران في تصفية القضية الفلسطينية.

Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ is demand that Palestinians abandon their rights and dreams

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The following is a report by Richard Falk on “The Arab International Forum for Justice for Palestine,” held in Beirut on July 29, 2018. His report is followed by a personal account to Falk’s blogreaders of a more personal character, describing the style and manner of the gathering.

My note: This “Deal” was discussed during Clinton tenure and it is Not a new plan to liquidate the Palestinian cause and identity.

1. There was bright sunshine throughout the entire Forum thanks to the announcement that Ahed Tamimi and her mother were released on that very day, and boldly reaffirmed their abiding commitment to resistance.

This teenage Palestinian icon from the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh had completed an 8-month jail term for slapping an IDF soldier after her cousin had been shot in the face.

Instead of exhibiting empathy for Ahed Tamimi, Israel exhibited its vindictive approach to the Palestinian reality by jailing such a sensitive young woman rather than acting in a civilized manner by exhibiting sympathy for the normalcy of her reactions, indeed their dignity, to being a witness of such brutality by an agent of the Israeli state.

The Tamimi family were prominent resisters before “the slap heard around the world.” It was evident by the frequent reference to Ahed by speakers at the Forum that her show of defiance and youthful exuberance was worth a thousand missiles, expressing not only sumud (steadfastness), but also the conviction that nonviolent resistance can become transformative if adapted to the realities of an oppressive situation.

Of course, not a word in the NY Times about Ahed’s release, while papers in Lebanon wrote complementary feature stories with sympathetic pictures of this heroine, and in every Turkish paper I saw her release was a front page story.

Ahed seems comfortable with the prominence of her role despite being so young. As far as the eye can see, Ahed seems completely unaffected by the dark shadows cast over her young life by the harshness of Israel’s response to her totally spontaneous gesture of resistance.

While celebrating Ahed release, we should also pause to remember Razan Al-Najjar, the heroic nurse tending the wounded at the Gaza Great March of Return fatally shot on June 1st by an IDF sniper in cold blood while apart from the demonstrators, away from the fence, dressed in easily identifiable white medical clothing, working in the vicinity of Khan Yunis.

We should also salute Dareen Tatour, fine Palestinian poet, author of the poem “Resist My People, Resist Them,” sentenced to prison just now for the sin of writing defiant poetry, having only recently been released from years of house arrest, denied access to the Internet, and even to her own village community.

2. There was one feature of the Forum that I admit made me increasingly uncomfortable as I listened to speaker after speaker pour cold water on Trump’s promise, or was it a threat, to end the conflict with “the deal of the century.

When it came my turn to speak at the very end of the day, I started by saying how astonished I was by the attention given by prior speakers to this catchy phrase used by Trump. According these words of the demagogue so much attention gave the still undisclosed U.S. proposal a political weight it didn’t deserve or possess, and could put the Palestinians in an unnecessarily awkward, defensive, and combative position. (This is how Israel was created by non-abiding promises kept by the colonial powers to the Jews and Not kept to the Palestinians)

I pointed out that Trump’s erratic approach to the world since he became president had weakened greatly the U.S. global leadership role, and that his extreme partisanship with respect to the Palestinian struggle had reduced to zero American credibility as an impartial or constructive arbiter in relation to the future of the two peoples. (

Actually, the people in the region never believed in the US credibility as a fair mediator. Mind you that it was the “Christian” Evangelical movement in the USA that precede Herzel, 50 years, in his ideology)

U.S. credibility as a peacemaker had long ago been convincingly challenged, for instance, by the devastating book of Rashid Khalidi, “Brokers of Deceit,” and even more comprehensively by Jeremy Hammond in his important assessment, Obstacle to Peace: The US Role in the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict” (2016).

It seemed to me that the words “the deal of the century” had entranced and bewitched this Palestinian audience, and maybe others, leading to my fear that Trump had put them on a road leading to a political dead end for the Palestinian aspirations, crushing their struggle by being tricked into entering such a spiderweb of bombastic irrelevance.

What the U.S. seems ready to offer, besides bombast, and what Israeli leaders have been talking about more and more openly, is that if the Palestinians abandon their rights along with their dreams, “peace” becomes possible.

This includes abandoning political goals associated with the right of self-determination. If the Palestinians are so foolish as to do this, then they can become hapless beneficiaries of “an economic peace” courtesy of Israel’s generosity and charitable nature.

The deal of the century reduced to substance is nothing more than “geopolitical bribery,” exchanging the prospect of some dollars for the renunciation of inalienable rights.

In such a bargain the devil is NOT in the details, but is the very essence of what is being proposed.

Of course, there are almost certain also to be humiliating details involving the concrete implications of permanent submission by the Palestinians: acceptance of uncontested Israeli control of Jerusalem, a complete denial of any right of return for  Palestinian refugees or exiles, and a series of master/servant economic arrangements.

My plea at the Forum was to put “the deal of the century” in its proper perspective by ignoring it, or if it must be discussed, then re-frame all references to the deal by recognizing that it is less a deal that an attempted diktat, in actuality a crude attempt to commit “the crime of the century!”

(How many crimes of century have the Palestinians  to deal with? Every decade in Israel existence was a crime of the century committed)

3. I highlighted the second portion of my presentation by quoting the opening line of Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities”: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

I felt this kind of interface well depicted the current situation of the Palestinians. It was the worst of times because the alignments in the Arab world together with the geopolitical forces seemed to favor the success of the Zionist Project to an unprecedented degree. The major Arab governments were moving toward postures of “normalization” with Israel without any longer insisting on the precondition of reaching a sustainable peace with the Palestinians.

This regional setback has weakened Palestine diplomatically, and materially. At the same time the Trump presidency has made no secret of its endorsement of maximal Zionist goals, agreeing to support whatever Israel (and Saudi Arabia) want.

Above all this commitment involves ramping up a dangerous confrontation with Iran. Most of Europe seems unhappy with these developments, but has so far lacked the energy, incentive, and leadership to play an offsetting role to balance Trump’s one sidedness and thus act to keep alive what has become a Zombie solution, the barely flickering flame of “a two-state solution.

In other words, from the international community of states, the best that can be hoped for at this stage, is a rather lame show of support for the two-state mantra, which has been effectively moribund for several years.

In sum, if Palestinian prospects are interpreted through the prism of standard international relations, the outlook is dismal, and not by chance this is the line being pursued by the Middle East Forum, an ultra-Zionist NGO.

Its chosen mechanism to drive the point home is its rather diabolical scheme labeled “the victory caucus,” which is actively recruiting, with a disturbing degree of success, members of the U.S. Congress and the Knesset.

It wants the world to understand that since international diplomacy is dead and with Trump in the White House the occasion offers Israel the opportunity of adopting more muscular tactics to force the Palestinians to understand that their game of resistance is over, that to avoid collective suicide there is no alternative left to the Palestine other than political surrender.

And by such reasoning, if the Palestinians are wise enough to accept this line of thinking, then they will become beneficiaries of some variant of economic peace as a sign of Israeli gratitude.

Fortunately, these dismal scenarios of defeat do not tell the true or real, much less the whole, story.

Several recent developments have created new and promising opportunities for the Palestinian national movement to move its own agenda forward. These developments involve a welcome shift of the center of gravity of the Palestinian movement from reliance on inter-governmental initiatives, including those pursued at the UN, to a phase of struggle that combines new modes of Palestinian resistance with a rapidly expanding global solidarity movement.

This solidarity movement is receiving a great boost in credibility as a result of the militant support that BDS campaign is receiving in South Africa.

In effect, on the basis of their experience of racism, South Africa is delivering this urgent message to the world: we alone know from experience the full horror of an apartheid regime, and what Palestinians daily face is a form of apartheid that is even worse than what we endured, and finally overcame by a struggle that combined the brave resistance of our people buoyed by the solidarity of the world; although the circumstances are far different, apartheid in Israel can be overcome by a similar shift in the balance of forces due to an intensifying popular struggle neutralizing the repressive capabilities of military and police domination.

I mentioned two developments of particular importance in the emergence of this altered scenario of struggle more encouraging for the realization of Palestinian aspirations.

First, the Israeli nation-state law of the Jewish people that by its bluntness in asserting the exclusivity of Jewish rights in Israel, including that of self-determination, amounts to a formal adoption of an apartheid ideology by Israel in all but name. In effect, this development vindicated the conclusions of the ESCWA report on Israeli apartheid prepared by Virginia Tilley and myself that was condemned so fiercely by the Israeli ambassador, and even more so by Nikki Haley, the American ambassador at the UN, when it was released in March 2017.

As the discourse at the Forum and the mainstream media now illustrate, it is no longer controversial to attribute apartheid to the particular Israeli mode of dominance imposed on Palestinians. What makes the nation-state law so politically and psychologically helpful in this respect is that the relation of the Israeli state to its Palestinian minority was, although discriminatory enough to form one domain of the apartheid system, far less onerous than Israeli policies and practices toward refugees in neighboring countries or Palestinians living under occupation in the West Bank, Jerusalem, and Gaza.

Thus for Israel to acknowledge apartheid as the modus operandi in Israel itself amounts to a signed and voluntary confession as to the racist character of overall domination.

Such an interpretation of the nation-state law is important for mobilizing popular support for more militant forms of solidarity with respect to the Palestinian people.

Apartheid is an international crime, one type of crime against humanity that is set forth in Article 7 of the Statute governing the operations of the International Criminal Court, and deprives Israel of the propaganda value of claiming to be the only democracy in the Middle East, a major pillar of its claimed politic al legitimacy. That pillar crumbled the moment the Nation-State bill became Israeli law.

The second development that creates opportunities for advancing the Palestinian struggle is the exposure of the violent nature of Israel’s control mechanisms, especially its reliance on grossly excessive force in calculated response to the Great March of Return.

These demonstrations at and around the Gaza fence are demands to implement the most fundamental of Palestinian rights as set forth by international law. Killing unarmed demonstrators with live ammunition exposes to the world the violent nature of Israel’s structures of domination.

This use of lethal force at the Gaza border recalls vividly the Sharpeville Massacre in 1960, which many commentators identified as the point of no return for South African apartheid, revealing the true racist nature of its governing process to the world.  The Gaza massacre is actually far worse than Sharpeville (although there were other massacres to follow including crushing the Soweto Uprising), as the willful killing at the Gaza border has now been repeated on a series of successive Fridays.

It is the extreme character of these two developments that provides this golden opportunity to civil society activists and their organizations to mobilize wider and deeper support for the Palestinian struggle.

The BDS Campaign, already commencing its 14th year, becomes more central in this effort to isolate Israel internationally and emphasize the criminal illegitimacy of Israeli apartheid. It is appropriate to mention that South Africa sought to demonize opposition to its racist policies by dubbing anti-apartheid activists as “terrorists” or “Communists.”

Israel uses a similar rhetorical tactic by branding its critics and activists as “anti-Semites.” Although Israeli apartheid is different in many aspects from South African apartheid with regard to both internal and international contexts, both instances of apartheid involve structures of subjugation based on race with the overriding purpose of maintaining domination of one race, and the victimization of the other. South African apartheid proved vulnerable to resistance and solidarity initiatives.

It is my belief that the opportunity now exists, more so than ever before, to establish a comparable vulnerability with respect to Israeli apartheid.

It should be appreciated that the great unlearned lesson of the last half century is that military superiority has lost much of its historical agency.

The colonial wars were won by the weaker side militarily. The Vietnam War was lost by the United States despite its overwhelming military superiority. The side that control the heights of legal, moral, and political opinion eventually usually controls the political outcome in contemporary struggles for control of sovereign states, especially if the struggle takes place in a distinct political entity, and not as a secessionist move by a captive nation with an existing large sovereign state (for example, Catalonia, Chechnya, Puerto Rico).

The Palestinians have been winning the legitimacy war to achieve such nationalist aspirations, and now is the time for soft power militancy to get on with the job.

4. Despite the implicit acknowledgement of apartheid by the adoption of the nation-state law as Basic Law of Israel, that is, as not subject to change except by enactment of another law with Basic Law status, it seems helpful to reassert the relevance of the ESCWA Report.

That study, arousing great controversy at the time of release, is no longer as relevant or as needed for purpose of debating whether or not Israel is an apartheid state. Even before the Basic Law was adopted, the evidence of Israeli practices shows, as the Report argues, that Israel is an apartheid state. The Report remains relevant, however, to obtain a better understanding of the distinctive, specific, and comprehensive nature of Israeli apartheid.

For one thing, the Report examines the allegation of apartheid from the perspective of international law as it is set forth in various authoritative places, especially the 1973 International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the International Crime of Apartheid.

Secondly, it argues on the basis of evidence that Israeli apartheid extends to the Palestinian people as a whole, not just to those living under the dual legal systems of the West Bank or as the discriminated minority in Israel. The apartheid regime developed by Israel applies also to the refugees confined to camps in neighboring countries and to those Palestinians living in Jerusalem, which is governed as if it is already wholly incorporated into the state of Israel.

We reaffirm the central conclusion of the Report that the only valid path to a sustainable peace for both peoples requires the prior rejection of the ideology and the dismantling of the structures of apartheid.

Any other purported peace process will produce, at most, a new ceasefire, most likely, with a very short life expectancy. A secondary conclusion is that as a matter of law, all governments and international institutions, as well as corporations and banks, have a responsibility to do their utmost to suppress the crime of apartheid as being perpetrated by the leadership of the state of Israel.

It also would follow that lending assistance to Israel either materially or diplomatically is now unlawful, aiding and abetting a criminal enterprise.

Conclusion: The time is ripe for civil society to represent the Palestinian people in their struggle against the Israeli apartheid regime. This struggle is just and the means being pursued are legitimate. Resistance and solidarity are the vital instruments by which to challenge apartheid, and its geopolitical support structure. This was the path that led to the collapse of South African apartheid, and a similar path is now available for the Palestinian struggle.

Afterword: Falk’s note on the conference of a personal character.

My initial impression after experiencing a 90-minute airport line for those carrying foreign passports to gain entry to Lebanon was that the conference was incredibly disorganized. There was no program available to the participants even after the Opening Ceremony began in a packed hotel auditorium with a crowded and passionate gathering of persons dedicated to justice for Palestine, hailing from many countries, from as far away as Mumbai and San Francisco, including diplomats, religious personalities dressed in traditional garb, and those who in a diversity of ways had kept faith over the years with the Palestinian struggle.

Not surprisingly, the Irish participants stirred the crowd the most with their fiery eloquence, drawing on their shared experience of a somewhat similar prolonged, and often anguished, struggle. The Forum was a microcosm of Palestinian inclusiveness. I was not really surprised that Ramsey Clark was the beloved Honorary Chair of the Forum, and learned that only a recently broken hip kept him away.

There were many moments of personal satisfaction during my long one day visit (that seemed like three), including a warm coffee chat with Rabi3 Bashour, recalling our ESCWA experiences, and discovering that his venerable father, Maan, was the heart and soul of the Forum, both as moderator of the event and its guiding spirit throughout the entire process from its origins until the present.

The formative idea of the Forum is to establish a platform that is wide enough to accommodate all tendencies in the Palestinian national movement provided only that there exists ample evidence of dedication to justice for the Palestinian people.

This meant Fatah and Hamas in the same room, religious figures and firmly secular persons, representatives of trade unions, student organizations, prisoner and detainee family members, women’s groups, members of parties from the far left and the center (I never became aware of any right wing participation).

It was the central task of the Forum to keep this symbolic expression of Palestinian unity in robust good spirits, and only secondarily, to address matters of substance. The unspoken dream of the occasion was that the success of the Forum would nudge the political leaders of the now deeply divided Palestinian movement to put aside their differences and achieve sustainable unity so as to pursue together the far greater convergence of goals at the common core of their struggle.

There was a call from the podium at the outset for “practical proposals” rather than just “speeches,” but rhetorical style is almost impossible to discipline, and especially so in the Arab world. And so, inevitably, there were an assortment of speeches mainly validated by frequent emotional flourishes throughout their delivery, yet in fairness there were also several promising concrete suggestions for action initiatives.

I came to appreciate greatly the anarchistic style of hospitality, above all by Nabil Hallak, the guiding conference presence, with No observable capacity for conventional organization beyond a restless vitality that made us all feel welcome, appreciated, and well cared for.

Once I overcame my own anxieties about the chaotic logistics enough to go with the flow I enjoyed being in such a setting, and everything important worked out somehow. It turns out Nabil has a beautiful wife, has fought in Palestinian resistance, and as a result possesses a body that was pierced by nine Israeli bullets.

Despite this, Nabil is modest about his past, projects a joy-for-life esprit and manifests day and night an intense dedication to the Forum as an ongoing political project. He is close to Tima Issa, a TV producer in Beirut with whom I had done a program a year ago, who extended the initial invitation and made the social dimension of my brief visit both enjoyable and memorable.

About Richard Falk
Richard Falk is a professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University. He is the author or co-author of 20 books and the editor or co-editor of another 20 volumes. In 2008, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) appointed Falk to a six-year term as a United Nations Special Rapporteur on “the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967.”

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