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By TLB Contributor: Ceylan Ozbudak

Five-year-old Asiya fell asleep over a dirty blanket under the intense sun as she and her family arrived in Kilis, Turkey after an arduous three day journey from Syria. Her fragile body could not take any more, yet she carried more of her belongings in a plastic bag all the way from Aleppo.

A plastic bag per person was what her family could take out of the rubbles of their house, which was barrel bombed to pieces by Assad’s forces. They had nowhere to stay, nothing to feed on and no more relatives alive. Caught up in the hope and promise, many battered Syrian families fled to Turkey.

Reaction for Syrians in Turkey

Last week, hundreds of people in Turkey marched against the ever-increasing number of Syrian refugees in the country. People blocked roads, some attacked cars, some threw stones into shops owned by the Syrian refugees, claiming that the migrants are committing crimes and violating the peace. This outrage might well be the result of a minority group of ‘less tolerant’ Turkish ultra-nationalists, but we cannot ignore the fact that some reports from the West have also helped fuel the polarization against the Syrian people who are in desperate need.

Turkey adopted an ‘open border’ policy with Syria in order to help save the fleeing Syrian people. This decision was clearly the result of the compassion the Turkish people have for the people of Syria, with whom we share not only an 877 kilometer-long border, but also centuries-old close kinship ties from Ottoman times. As the Syrian civil war gathered pace, refugees started to flock to Turkey and Turkish authorities made a decision not to have them wait at the border for checks, risk their lives in long queues or compound the frustration of people who already lost their homes to a brutal dictator.

Saving the innocent people of Syria — who are unable to save themselves from brutality they did not invite and from an evil they did not appoint — is the very least Turkey can do

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Like every political decision, this one also had its ups and downs; when you open the door to greet your long-lost relatives, parasites can also enter your house but you don’t close the door on people’s faces fearing unwanted elements might disrupt your peace, especially if your guests are wounded, sick or in desperate need. Certainly, this decision has had some repercussions for the Turkish nation; many unwanted elements such as radical fighters entered Turkey through open borders, but contrary to common speculation, it is my belief that Turkey never ‘accepted’ or ‘assisted’ extremists. For some reason, the reports of Turkey’s operations against these radical elements have been largely ignored and, inexplicably, media outlets let the speculations grow. Perhaps there was a desire to increase ratings through sensationalistic or hostile analysis.

Turks are immigrants too

The people of Turkey consist of an overwhelmingly immigrant majority. Starting from the beginning of the twentieth century and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, which encompassed three continents, immigrants started flocking to cities still under Ottoman control.

These groups were followed by the large population exchange with Greece, eventually forming the great diversity of Turkey with millions of immigrants. Looking at the Syrian example on the other hand, Syria used to be one of the top refugee-accepting countries. When the Kuwait war broke out, they accepted 4 million refugees. The majority of the Turks now feel it is our duty to welcome the Syrian guests as generously as possible— despite the clear lack of international financial or political support.

Ask a Syrian about Turkey

I asked Aboud Danachi, a Syrian author and blogger living in Turkey about the latest protests and wanted to learn how he felt about these. He said “All throughout human history when large groups of people have been introduced into a society, there has always been tensions. It happened with every wave of immigrants in the USA, and we see it happen with African migrants in Israel. So the remarkable thing is that such incidents in Turkey have been the exception rather than the rule.

“It is a credit to the generous spirit of the Turkish people that such incidents have been so rare. We have to keep in mind the unprecedented amount of freedom of movement and work that Syrians have in Turkey. If I was applying for asylum in the UK, I couldn’t work for years. Every single time my stepmother gets on a bus or metro there is always someone willing to give up their seat for her. It’s kind acts like that which make all the difference.”

Despite decades of what I believe to be Baathist ideological education to alienate Turkey, in the near future when the Syrian civil war comes to a close, many Syrians will have very strong ties with Turkey thanks to this policy.

Let us not forget most of those refugees had careers, affluent lives, houses and more only four years ago in their own county; they chose to be refugees instead of being tortured, beaten to death or raped or see their families torn to pieces by bombs; they left their lives behind to save their families. If those who oppose Turkey’s open border policy met the same fate, they would suddenly appreciate the humane nature of Turkey’s policy.

When people are being mercilessly slaughtered, those who can act, must.

There are 1,200,000 refugees right now in Turkey: 804,000 of whom are registered as such. The Turkish Red Crescent and the Turkish Disaster Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) together have spent $2.5 billion for the Syrian refugees. Saving the innocent people of Syria — who are unable to save themselves from brutality they did not invite and from an evil they did not appoint — is the very least Turkey can do. This issue cannot be dealt with through cold analyses, or heartless assessments, talk of national interests or by citing “realpolitik” and ‘geopolitical requirements.’

The world needs to understand Turkey’s approach on the matter. Turkey is an overwhelmingly Muslim country and God has made it an obligation on Muslims to help every oppressed person regardless of their race, faith, or nation. Turkey will continue to welcome our Syrian neighbors, fellow humans, and co-religionists. Turkey is leading the way, will other nations in the region and beyond follow?

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Ceylan 1Ceylan Ozbudak is a Turkish political analyst, television presenter, and Executive Director of Building Bridges, an Istanbul-based NGO and The Liberty Beacon project contributor. As a representative of Harun Yahya organization, she frequently cites quotations from the author in her writings. She can be followed on Twitter via @ceylanozbudak

 

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The corporate media isn’t just distorting the facts on the Gaza assault, they’re flat out covering them up.

On July 7, 2014 Israel began a massive assault on the Gaza strip of Palestine. In the first week alone Israel dropped over 400 tons of bombs, killing over 130 Palestinians. Most were civilians, about half of them were women and children. By the time you are watching the the number will be higher.

Israel’s official justification for this wholesale slaughter: the murder of three Israeli teenagers which Israel blames on Hamas. That’s not the real reason. First of all Israel has not produced one single piece of evidence implicating Hamas or even a Palestinian in the murders, and in fact the the evidence we do have indicates that that murderers were Israeli. You see on Tuesday July 1st, The Jerusalem Post released the audio of the kidnapped teen’s distress call to police, and in that call the kidnappers can be heard telling the boys to put their heads down in HEBREW. According to the Jerusalem Post prior to being leaked to the public this audio was being held under a gag order by the Israeli government.


Recording of kidnapped Israeli teen’s distress… by StormCloudsGathering

So why is Israel really attacking Gaza? It’s not about self defense and it’s obviously not about avenging those three teenagers. Those are just cover stories for the naive. What this is really about is natural gas.

It turns out that Gaza has quite a bit of natural gas on its coastline. One of the largest sources in the region. British Gas, which holds a joint exploration agreement for the area estimates that the fields hold at least 1 trillion cubic feet of gas. That gas belongs to the Palestinian people and they should be the ones to benefit from it. Israel disagrees.

(An interesting side story on this issue: At one point Russia was bidding for a chance to develop Gaza’s gas fields.)

After the death of Yasser Arafat, under questionable circumstances, Israel has controlled those fields, and British Gas has negotiated with Tel Aviv.

With power divided between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, the Palestinians have been too weak to put up any meaningful ,resistance and Israel would like to keep it that way. The Unity Government between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority threatens Israel’s control of those fields, and as such it has to be destroyed.

It’s pretty basic really. These are the real motives of all wars: resources, territory and power. They’ll always come up with an excuse, and it’s easy to fall for them if you don’t do your research, but there’s also a really easy way to avoid getting duped: always stand against wars of aggression. Period. Make it a matter of principle, and the facts and morality will always end up being on your side.

And speaking of morality, even if those teenagers had been killed by Hamas, what kind of psychopath thinks that this gives Israel the right to go and kill over a hundred people who had nothing to do with it? We’re talking about little kids here.

I’m not going to show you the pictures of the dead or dying children here in this video, but I have looked at them, and as a father it’s almost unbearable to see. If hearing about those bombs falling doesn’t phase you emotionally, if this is just a political debate for you, then go look at the pictures (these for example). You have no right to defend what Israel is doing, if you don’t have the courage to even glance at the consequences.

And anyone who would justify these crimes after seeing the civilian casualties should be ashamed of themselves.

The bombing heavily populated residential areas is a war crime, and the U.S. government is funding it with your tax dollars. That’s right. Israel receives over 3 billion dollars in foreign aid from the U.S. each year. (But hey, it’s not like the American people actually need that money, the national debt is only 17 trillion dollars.)

Of course it’s no accident that you’ve never had face what’s being done to the Palestinian’s in your name. If you turn on the mainstream media at any point during this crisis all you’ll see is constant stream of reports focusing on the Palestinian rockets being fired in response. These reports conveniently fail to mention that as of yet these primitive rockets have not killed one single Israeli.

The Obama administration is also running with this artificial narrative.

But the rockets, the rockets! Let’s all bring this back to the puny homemade rockets that the Palestinians are launching out of desperation and frame this as a question of Israel’s self defense.

Pretend for a moment that this wasn’t happening in the Middle East, but rather in the south west of the United States. Hey, just for kicks let’s say it was happening in Palestine Texas. So three teenagers from Mexico are visiting Palestine Texas and they get killed, by somebody, we don’t know who. Mexico of course takes this as an invitation to launch airstrikes, on the entire on the entire region. For ten days the Mexican air force dutifully pummels Palestine Texas, and the surrounding villages, but unfortunately these darn rednecks were unaware that this was perfectly within Mexico’s rights, so they started taking pot shots at Mexican fighter jets with their shotguns and deer rifles, and some started shooting in the general direction of the Mexican border. The bullets didn’t reach their targets, but still they tried to defend themselves, and THAT is unacceptable.

Sound absurd? That’s what you people sound like when you parrot the mainstream media and talk show pundits without thinking. Totally incoherent.

Israel isn’t defending itself against the Palestinians any more than the Europeans were defending themselves against the natives of the Americas. Year after year the Israelis have taken more Palestinian land, bulldozed more homes, set up new settlements, and systematically expelled the inhabitants. You can make up justifications or deny it all you want, but the maps don’t lie.

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This isn’t defense, this is ethnic cleansing.

Of course there are those who are actually ok with what these maps tell us. There are people who like to assert that Israel has the right to steal every square inch of Palestinian land because supposedly one thousand five hundred or so years ago their Jewish ancestors were expelled. They call this the right of return.

Ok, let’s go with that.

Rights are an interesting topic. The thing about rights, is that if human right actually exists then it would have to universal to all of humanity.

So what about the Palestinian’s right of return?

Don’t you find it a bit odd that one of the primary stipulations that Israel always imposes upon the Palestinians during negotiations is that in order to reach a peace agreement the Palestinians have to accept that they have no right to return to the land that was taken from them in the past 50 years? We’re not talking about people who have some kind of abstract ancestral claim, these are the actual people who lost their homes, and their farms, and their businesses in this lifetime.

So is the right of return an actual right or is it not? You can’t have it both ways without exposing the dirty underbelly of this issue: which is that Zionism is a fundamentally racist and fascistic ideology.

The video below is an extreme display, but it’s not unique in Israel these days. If you do a little research on the topic you’ll find that hardline Zionism very much resembles a neo-nazi movement.


Israeli lynch mob hunting for Arabs by StormCloudsGathering

And no, Zionism is not inseparable from Judaism, and it has nothing to do with who you are genetically.

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So what can we do to help the Palestinians? Start by actively engaging this debate everywhere it comes up. Don’t avoid the conversation just to be polite. Women and children are being massacred in Gaza right now, and silence in the face of oppression is to take the side of the oppressors.

It’s time to start confronting those who support what Israel is doing right now. This isn’t a matter of opinion or preference. To defend the use of the military against civilian populations, is shameful, it’s immoral and it has consequences.

A particular weight of responsibility sits on the shoulders of those in the so called conservative churches of the United States, because this is where the bulk of the support for Israel is found. It’s up to you who see what is really going on to wake the people in your church up. If the Pastor in your church defends bombardment of Gaza, or any war for that matter, you need to confront him, and if he doesn’t respond when you confront him in private then confront him publicly. If that sounds extreme to you, then go look at those pictures of the little kids who are on the receiving end of this. Go take a glimpse, but understand that the horror of seeing a photo of a dismembered child is nothing like what their parents are feeling.

And to the people of Israel, you need to do some serious soul searching. Is this the image you want the world to have when they think of Israel? An image of a brutal oppressor that murders civilians without hesitation? But more importantly, is this what you want to be?

Bonus Videos
1. Miko Peled Son of a high ranking Israeli general tells the real story of the Palestinian occupation:

2. Norman Finkelstein ends the argument properly:

 

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By Daniel Taylor

Western influence reinvigorates terrorist groups

In March of 2013 – several months prior to the Syrian gas attacks that helped spark the current mid-east unrest – Intelligence Chief James Clapper testified to Congress that Al-Qaeda was no longer a major threat to the United States. Clapper told Congress that Al-Qaeda was unlikely to carry out “complex, large-scale attacks in the West” because the terrorist group was severely weakened.

Now, Al-Qaeda has again emerged as a bogey man, due mostly to western influence. According to CIA director John Brennan, Syria and surrounding regions have become a training ground for terrorists. “We are concerned about the use of Syrian territory by the Al Qaeda organization to recruit individuals and develop the capability to be able not just to carry out attacks inside of Syria, but also to use Syria as a launching pad” Brennan told the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

This year, Clapper says that Al-Qaeda is “morphing” and gaining strength.

Has Al-Qaeda resurrected itself, or is there more to the story?

Since the United States intervened in Syria in the aftermath of gas attacks reportedly carried out by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Al-Qaeda has gained a foothold in the middle east and is wreaking havok. ISIS, essentially a re-branded Al-Qaeda, has declared war across the entire region. Stinger missiles and other military equipment provided by the west are fueling the terrorists’ conquest. While the United States government insists that these weapons were provided to “moderate” groups with no connections to Al-Qaeda, evidence abundantly indicates otherwise.

President Obama is requesting $500 million from Congress to fund Syrian opposition groups that the White House calls “moderates” who are “appropriately vetted.” Investigative journalist Tony Cartalucci points out that “there were never any moderates to begin with.” As the London Independent reported in April, Syrian rebel leader Jamal Maarouf openly admits that he will not fight against Al-Qaeda, and that he fights along side them. As reported, Maarouf’s fighters “conduct joint operations with Jabhat al-Nusra – the official al-Qa’ida branch in Syria.”

Extremist groups are also being used as proxy soldiers in the ongoing war between the United States and Russia. As ISIS overtakes Iraq, Russia is supplying Sukhoi fighter jets to Iraqi forces to deploy against the insurgents.

Inside the United States, while President Obama declares national security to be a top priority, the country’s borders are breaking down as border patrol agents call the influx of illegal immigrants “orchestrated” by the White House. Obama stated in a press conference earlier this year that his top concern was a nuke going off in New York city. If this is the case, many are wondering why it is that security on the U.S. border has been effectively ordered to stand down.

As illegal immigrants are flooding into America with the assistance of Homeland Security, American citizens are subject to increasingly militarized police. Police departments around the country are acquiring military equipment that is prompting rightly concerned citizens to ask “Are you coming to take our guns away?

Perhaps Mr. Clapper’s testimony on a “weakened” Alqaeda was in fact a warning to the establishment that its bogeyman needed to make a comeback.

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By Michelle Nichols

(Reuters) – Insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country’s north, Iraq told the United Nations in a letter appealing for help to “stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad.”

Nearly 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of uranium compounds were kept at Mosul University, Iraq’s U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the July 8 letter obtained by Reuters on Wednesday.

“Terrorist groups have seized control of nuclear material at the sites that came out of the control of the state,” Alhakim wrote, adding that such materials “can be used in manufacturing weapons of mass destruction.”

“These nuclear materials, despite the limited amounts mentioned, can enable terrorist groups, with the availability of the required expertise, to use it separate or in combination with other materials in its terrorist acts,” said Alhakim.

He warned that they could also be smuggled out of Iraq.

A U.S. government source familiar with the matter said the materials were not believed to be enriched uranium and therefore would be difficult to use to manufacture into a weapon. Another U.S. official familiar with security matters said he was unaware of this development raising any alarm among U.S. authorities.

A Sunni Muslim group known as the Islamic State is spearheading a patchwork of insurgents who have taken over large swaths of Syria and Iraq. The al Qaeda offshoot until recently called itself the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

“The Republic of Iraq is notifying the international community of these dangerous developments and asking for help and the needed support to stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad,” Alhakim wrote.

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By: Alicia Capilla (President of AAVP)

AAVP, together with law firm Almodóvar & Jara, filed the first of a long series of lawsuits for damages caused by HPV vaccines. The complaint is filed in the High Court against health authorities and vaccine manufacturers.

The process of trying to find justice now begins for one of the Valencian girls who suffered an adverse reaction after the second shot of Gardasil in 2009. Spanish families whose lives have been adversely impacted by HPV vaccines have organized as the Association of Affected People by HPV Vaccine (AAVP www.aavp.es) to assist others in similar circumstances.

The well documented lawsuit is based on violations of the fundamental right to informed consent prior to medical interventions which all citizens have.

Parents whose daughters are vaccinated with Gardasil are not informed beforehand of the possible risks their daughters may suffer, despite the fact there are numerous reports in Spanish, European and American databases. Furthermore, most of the adverse reactions these girls suffered are included in the brochure/leaflet of the product.
The introduction of HPV vaccines into the market without their real effectiveness being known is another issue. The effectiveness has not sufficiently been proven and will not be demonstrated for decades.

Much of the damage these vaccines are producing is being hidden, despite the fact that pharmacovigilance systems around the world are collecting numerous reports of similar reactions.

Moreover, the Spanish Health Ministry withheld information from affected families by denying that the damage the girls suffered was legitimate and previously known via similar cases being reported to health authorities in various countries.

The Spanish Ministry of Health, Sanofi Pasteur, and Merck, Sharp and Dohme (MSD), producers of Gardasil®, human papillomavirus vaccine, have a responsibility to report accurately and in a timely manner all data available at the time.

Health authorities around the world are trying to deny any causal relationship between HPV vaccines and adverse events occurring after vaccine use. In some cases, authorities say that the new medical conditions are psychological. This is a paradox because if people in different times and different places suffer a similar adverse reaction, it is undeniable that the cause is the vaccine.

The damage these girls have suffered and many continue to suffer were not all included in the leaflet at the time of injection. Some of them were included later. Others continue without being warned.

Based on data that the AAVP has examined, the number of suspected deaths and serious sequelae left behind after human papillomavirus vaccines is completely unacceptable.

As stated in the case filed, health authorities do not investigate the facts and their attitude is favoring manufacturers. They even accused the victims of suffering psychological disorders, which is not true.

This first case will be followed by another four within two months. The firm will continue to file additional cases, not only against Gardasil® but also Cervarix®, the other brand of the HPV vaccine manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline.

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If we want to understand the real history of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, we can turn to a trustworthy Jewish source: Albert Einstein. Einstein was a humanitarian and peace activist, in addition to being one of the greatest scientists of all time. What did this ultra-intelligent, wise Jew have to say about Israel’s brutal treatment of Palestinians? In his landmark letter to the New York Times in 1948, Einstein clearly and candidly explained why Israel’s leaders were not to be trusted and did not deserve money or support from Americans. You can find scanned images of the Einstein letter online. The letter was signed by Hannah Arendt, Sidney Hook and more than 20 other Jewish intellectuals who wanted to alert Americans and the larger world about the dangers represented by the emergence of racism, fascism, terrorism and religious fanaticism in the newly-formed state of Israel. They also predicted the disastrous results we see today in Israel/Palestine. I have annotated the letter with [bracketed comments] to help readers better understand how the “Einstein Letter” relates to the present situation. I will also point out that other highly prominent, world-esteemed Jews have strongly opposed the policies and methods of the militant Zionists, including Sigmund Freud, Franz Kafka, Isaac Asimov, Erich Fromm and Noam Chomsky. They have been joined by great men of peace like Mohandas Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and Jimmy Carter. — Michael R. Burch, an editor and publisher of Holocaust and Nakba poetry

From Letters to the New York Times
December 4, 1948

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Visit of Menachem Begin and Aims of Political Movement Discussed

TO THE EDITORS OF THE NEW YORK TIMES:

Among the most disturbing political phenomena of our times is the emergence in the newly created state of Israel of the “Freedom Party” (Tnuat Haherut), a political party closely akin in its organization, methods, political philosophy and social appeal to the Nazi and Fascist parties. It was formed out of the membership and following of the former Irgun Zvai Leumi, a terrorist, right-wing, chauvinist organization in Palestine.

The current visit of Menachem Begin, leader of this party, to the United States is obviously calculated to give the impression of American support for his party in the coming Israeli elections, and to cement political ties with conservative Zionist elements in the United States. Several Americans of national repute have lent their names to welcome his visit. It is inconceivable that those who oppose fascism throughout the world, if correctly informed as to Mr. Begin’s political record and perspectives, could add their names and support to the movement he represents.

[Einstein made the point that supporting Jewish fascists like Menachem Begin was like supporting Nazis. Unfortunately, many prominent Americans have supported the fascist movement led by Begin and his disciples, who now firmly control Israel. Begin founded Herut in 1948. It was the political twin of the Irgun, a terrorist group headed by Begin. Both were ultra-right-wing organizations that opposed any ceasefires or negotiations with Arabs, preferring to expand Israel's territory in defiance of international law and the U.N. mandate that partitioned Palestine, defining Israel's borders. Before entering politics, Begin had been the preeminent terrorist in the Middle East, wantonly murdering British, Jewish and Arab civilians. His most notorious act was blowing up the King David Hotel in 1946. The explosion killed 91 people and wounded 46 others, most of them hotel staff and other civilians. (This remains the single most deadly act of terrorism in Israel/Palestine to this day.) It was not just peace-loving intellectuals who compared Begin to European fascists like Hitler, because David Ben-Gurion, Israel's George Washington and first prime minister, who was no shrinking violet, said similar things. But by the mid-1960s Israel's voters were swinging hard to the extreme right. A 1964 government resolution calling for the reinternment of Zeev Jabotinsky’s remains in Israel signaled Herut's and Begin's ascendency. (Jabotinsky was the creator of the fascist "Iron Wall" doctrine, which maintains that Jews must crush the spirit and will of Palestinians through superior firepower and sheer brutality, rather than seeking peace through diplomacy and compromise.) In 1977, the former über-terrorist Begin was elected prime minister in a landslide. In his book Palestine: Peace, not Apartheid, former U.S. president Jimmy Carter mentioned the sea change that took place in Israel's policies after Begin came to power. His administration promoted the construction of illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza, in effect expanding Israel's borders by allowing robber barons to steal land from defenseless Palestinian farmers and their families. Begin also authorized the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, which became Israel's Vietnam. As Israeli military involvement in Lebanon deepened, and the Sabra and Shatila massacre shocked the world, Begin grew increasingly isolated. He resigned from politics in 1983, but his racist, fascist spirit lives on in disciples of his and Jabotinsky’s, such as Israel's current prime minister, Benyamin "Bibi" Netanyahu.]

Before irreparable damage is done by way of financial contributions, public manifestations in Begin’s behalf, and the creation in Palestine of the impression that a large segment of America supports Fascist elements in Israel, the American public must be informed as to the record and objectives of Mr. Begin and his movement.

[Unfortunately, the American pubic, through their government, have supplied Israel with hundreds of billions of dollars in financial aid and advanced weapons. That "aid" has been used by Israel to practice large-scale ethnic cleansing in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. This ethnic cleansing begins with home demolitions (more than 24,000 according to the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions), which are followed by Israel's euphemistic "settlement expansions." Funding this wildly unjust system, which has been compared to a new Holocaust, has created the impression in Palestine and throughout the Muslim world that Americans are raging hypocrites when they talk about "equal rights," "justice" and "democracy." Muslims have correctly concluded that the U.S. will always support Israel, no matter how cruelly, brutally and offensively it treats Palestinians, Bedouins and other non-Jews in its quest for free land and ever-expanding borders. The results have included 9-11, two horrific wars, multitudes of lives lost on both sides, and trillions of dollars in unpaid war debt that threatens not only the solvency of the U.S., but also that of the free world. If the dollar plummets in value, or if the U.S. can no longer borrow money, what will happen to the economies of Germany, Japan, and other countries that rely on exports to Americans?]

The public avowals of Begin’s party are no guide whatever to its actual character. Today they speak of freedom, democracy and anti-imperialism, whereas until recently they openly preached the doctrine of the Fascist state. It is in its actions that the terrorist party betrays its real character; from its past actions we can judge what it may be expected to do in the future.

[If we heed Einstein's wisdom, and judge Israel by its actions—apartheid, ethnic cleansing, strafing its victims in Gaza—rather than by oceans of self-serving propaganda, the racist/fascist nature of its government quickly becomes apparent. Or we can simply read what prime ministers of Israel and other prominent Zionists have said themselves. Please keep in mind that when the terms "transfer," "eviction" and "removal" are used, the Zionists are talking about ethnic cleansing: a crime against humanity. When the right of return is denied to Palestinians, this means the victims of ethnic cleansing are being collectively sentenced to remain stateless, rightless refugees forever. When the term "expropriation" is used, it means the theft of Palestinian land via superior firepower, which is armed robbery. Here now are the leading Zionists in their own words; you can judge for yourself whether Einstein was correct, or not ...

"Spirit [ethnically cleanse] the penniless [Arab] population across the border by denying them employment.”—Theodore Herzl, the founder of Zionism
“This REMOVAL [ethnic cleansing] of the poor [Arabs] must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly.”—Herzl (who obviously knew it was wrong)
“It is our right to TRANSFER [ethnically cleanse] the Palestinians!”—Transfer Committee Director Yossef Weitz, who oversaw Israel’s pogroms
“We [Zionists] all applaud, day and night, the IRON WALL.”—Ze’ev Jabotinsky, spiritual father of the Likud and disciples like Menachem Begin
“This IRON WALL is our policy towards the Arabs. To formulate it any other way would be hypocrisy.”—Jabotinsky
“Zionist colonization … must either be terminated, or carried out in defiance of the will of the native population.”—Jabotinsky
“Zionism is a colonizing adventure and, therefore, it stands or falls on the question of armed forces.”—Jabotinsky
“The Arab is culturally backward … his instinctive patriotism … cannot be bought, it can only be curbed by major force.”—Jabotinsky
“There is no justice, no law, no God in heaven; only a single law which decides and supersedes all: [Jewish] settlement.”—Jabotinsky
“I devote my life to the rebirth of the Jewish State, with a Jewish majority, on both sides of the Jordan.”—Jabotinsky
“The Islamic soul must be broomed [swept, ethnically cleansed] out of Eretz-Yisrael.”Jabotinsky
“Hitler—as odious as he is to us—has given this idea [ethnic cleansing] a good name in the world.”—Jabotinsky
“Zionism is a TRANSFER of the Jews.”—David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, defining Zionism as ethnic cleansing/replacement
“The compulsory TRANSFER of the Arabs … could give us something we never had [even in Biblical times].”—Ben-Gurion
“Jewish power, which grows steadily, will also increase our possibilities to carry out the TRANSFER on a large scale.”—Ben-Gurion
“With compulsory TRANSFER we can have a vast area … I don’t see anything immoral in it.”—Ben-Gurion
“It is impossible to imagine general EVACUATION without compulsion, and brutal compulsion.Ben-Gurion
“There are two issues here: sovereignty and the REMOVAL of a certain number of Arabs; we must insist on both.Ben-Gurion
“Before [statehood] our main interest was self-defense … But now the issue at hand is CONQUEST, not self-defense.”Ben-Gurion
“We should prepare to go over to the offensive. Our aim is to smash Lebanon, Trans-Jordan, and Syria.”Ben-Gurion
“We must do everything to ensure they [ethnically cleansed Palestinian refugees] never return.”—Ben-Gurion
“The interests of security demand that we get rid of them.”—Israel’s second Prime Minister, Moshe Sharett
TRANSFER [ethnic cleansing] could be the crowning achievement, the final stage in the development of [Zionist] policy …”—Sharett
“We are equally determined to explore all possibilities of getting rid, once and for all, of the huge Arab minority.”—Sharett
“There is no such thing as a Palestinian.”—Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir (later parroted by Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum)
“They [the Palestinians] are as grasshoppers in our sight.”—Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir
“The Palestinians are like crocodiles …”—Prime Minister Ehud Barak
“We shall reduce the Palestinians to a community of woodcutters and waiters.”—Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
“[The Palestinians] are beasts walking on two legs.”—Prime Minister Menachem Begin
“There is no Zionism, colonization, or Jewish state without the EVICTION of the Arabs and the expropriation [theft] of their lands.”—Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
“I believed and to this day still believe, in our people’s eternal and historic right to this entire land.”—Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
“The killing [of Palestinians] is a good deed, and Jews should have no compunction about it.”—Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg
“[Land is acquired] by force—that is, by CONQUEST in war, or in other words, by ROBBING land from its owner.”—Menachem Ussishkin
“This the land problem … the [Palestinian] Arabs do not want us because we want to be the rulers.”—Ussishkin (who can blame them?)
“Eventually we will have to thin out the number of Palestinians living in the territories.”—General Eitan Ben Elyahu
“There are no two peoples here. There is a Jewish people and an Arab population.”Benzion Netanyahu
“We should CONQUER any disputed territory in the Land of Israel. CONQUER and hold it, even if it brings us years of war.Netanyahu
“[Zionism] will include withholding food from Arab cities, preventing education, terminating electrical power and more.”Netanyahu, predicting Gaza’s fate

Do we need any more evidence than what the prime movers of Zionism said themselves, and the terrible things they did, which confirm their self-incriminating words?]
Attack on Arab Village

A shocking example was their behavior in the Arab village of Deir Yassin. This village, off the main roads and surrounded by Jewish lands, had taken no part in the war, and had even fought off Arab bands who wanted to use the village as their base. On April 9 (THE NEW YORK TIMES), terrorist bands attacked this peaceful village, which was not a military objective in the fighting, killed most of its inhabitants ” 240 men, women, and children ” and kept a few of them alive to parade as captives through the streets of Jerusalem. Most of the Jewish community was horrified at the deed, and the Jewish Agency sent a telegram of apology to King Abdullah of Trans-Jordan. But the terrorists, far from being ashamed of their act, were proud of this massacre, publicized it widely, and invited all the foreign correspondents present in the country to view the heaped corpses and the general havoc at Deir Yassin.

The Deir Yassin incident exemplifies the character and actions of the Freedom Party.

Within the Jewish community they have preached an admixture of ultranationalism, religious mysticism, and racial superiority. Like other Fascist parties they have been used to break strikes, and have themselves pressed for the destruction of free trade unions. In their stead they have proposed corporate unions on the Italian Fascist model.

During the last years of sporadic anti-British violence, the IZL and Stern groups inaugurated a reign of terror in the Palestine Jewish community. Teachers were beaten up for speaking against them, adults were shot for not letting their children join them. By gangster methods, beatings, window-smashing, and wide-spread robberies, the terrorists intimidated the population and exacted a heavy tribute.

The people of the Freedom Party have had no part in the constructive achievements in Palestine. They have reclaimed no land, built no settlements, and only detracted from the Jewish defense activity. Their much-publicized immigration endeavors were minute, and devoted mainly to bringing in Fascist compatriots.

Discrepancies Seen

The discrepancies between the bold claims now being made by Begin and his party, and their record of past performance in Palestine bear the imprint of no ordinary political party. This is the unmistakable stamp of a Fascist party for whom terrorism (against Jews, Arabs, and British alike), and misrepresentation are means, and a “Leader State” is the goal.

In the light of the foregoing considerations, it is imperative that the truth about Mr. Begin and his movement be made known in this country. It is all the more tragic that the top leadership of American Zionism has refused to campaign against Begin’s efforts, or even to expose to its own constituents the dangers to Israel from support to Begin.

The undersigned therefore take this means of publicly presenting a few salient facts concerning Begin and his party; and of urging all concerned not to support this latest manifestation of fascism.

(signed)

ISIDORE ABRAMOWITZ, HANNAH ARENDT, ABRAHAM BRICK, RABBI JESSURUN CARDOZO, ALBERT EINSTEIN, HERMAN EISEN, M.D., HAYIM FINEMAN, M. GALLEN, M.D., H.H. HARRIS, ZELIG S. HARRIS, SIDNEY HOOK, FRED KARUSH, BRURIA KAUFMAN, IRMA L. LINDHEIM, NACHMAN MAISEL, SYMOUR MELMAN, MYER D. MENDELSON, M.D., HARRY M. ORLINSKY, SAMUEL PITLICK, FRITZ ROHRLICH, LOUIS P. ROCKER, RUTH SAGER, ITZHAK SANKOWSKY, I.J. SCHOENBERG, SAMUEL SHUMAN, M. ZNGER, IRMA WOLPE, STEFAN WOLPE

New York, Dec. 2, 1948

Further reading:

Einstein on Palestine asks why Einstein turned down the presidency of Israel, and examines what the great Jewish intellectual, peace activist, pacifist and humanitarian had to say about the conflict between Jews and Palestinians.

Mattityahu “Matti” Peled was called Abu Salaam, the “Father of Peace,” by the Palestinians who knew him. Peled was an Israeli war hero and Aluf (Major General) who became a strong advocate for a Palestinian state and a stern critic of Israel’s brutal occupation of the Palestinian territories, which he called “corrupting” and a violation of the Geneva Conventions. He also called American aid to Israel a “plague” that was “damaging” to Israel and far in excess of Israel’s actual defense needs.

The Shministim are idealistic, principled young Israeli Jews who refuse to serve in a brutal army of occupation after they graduate from high school.

You may also want to read and consider Israeli Prime Ministers who were Terrorists and Does Israel Really Want Peace?

See featured article here

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Health Impact News Editor Comments

Around the world legal problems regarding the HPV vaccine continue to multiply for Merck, yet this news is mostly censored out of the mainstream media. With multiple lawsuits pending in France over injuries due to the Gardasil HPV vaccine, one former Merck doctor in France even came out and stated that Gardasil will become “the greatest medical scandal of all time.” (See: Merck’s Former Doctor Predicts that Gardasil will Become the Greatest Medical Scandal of All Time)

In contrast, here in the U.S. any mainstream journalist that dares to suggest there are problems with the Gardasil vaccine puts their career on the line. Just ask Katie Couric, who dared to interview the mother of a young woman who died from the Gardasil vaccine. She was forced to issue an apology and have the assistant Surgeon General appear on her show to assure everyone the vaccine was safe. What is not revealed in the mainstream media, however, is that the U.S. government holds patents on Gardasil and also earns royalties from the sale of the vaccine.

In the meantime, countries around the world are taking action to stop the carnage resulting from the HPV vaccine. Perhaps the most high-profile case you will never read about in the U.S. mainstream media is an upcoming Supreme Court hearing in India with a ruling due next month (August 2014). Merck has been charged with fraud and causing the death of young girls in India with vaccine trials due to the development of the HPV vaccine, sponsored by the U.S. organization PATH, with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Last year (2013), we published a report from Christina England on a 43-page document produced by the Indian Parliament accusing the U.S. group, PATH, of committing illegal and improper activities in support of commercial interests in the development of the HPV vaccine in India, which led to the deaths of several young Indian girls. (See: Bill Gates Funded Group Accused of Breaking Law in HPV Vaccine Trials in India Resulting in Fatalities)

A few weeks later, Anita Jain, the India Editor of the British Medical Journal, published her own comments on the ethical violations conducted in India in the development of Gardasil, and questioned the wisdom of rolling out the Gardasil vaccine to the entire country, citing safety and efficacy concerns. (See: India Questions Efficacy and Safety of HPV Vaccine Amid Allegations of Ethical Violations)

Now, the India Supreme Court will decide on the case. But will the U.S. mainstream media even cover this story? So far, they have not.

HPV Vaccine Trials in India: Is Merck above the law?

By Norma Erickson
Sanevax.org

As a result of continued investigations regarding clinical trials involving HPV vaccines in India, more allegations of unethical conduct have been lodged against Merck. These allegations pertain to Merck’s recent trials of the new V503 HPV vaccine, a proposed nine valent HPV vaccine. A complete report of the investigation results written by Dr. Anand Rai, Kelly O’Connor, Amoli Tuli, and Anisha Bhattacharya is now a matter of public record. (Link to report)

The additional allegations of multiple ethics violations were added to a currently ongoing Supreme Court Case via an affidavit added as an addendum to the brief previously prepared regarding the ’demonstration projects’ conducted by a U.S NGO PATH in India beginning in 2009. The deaths of subjects during the ’demonstration projects’ resulted in a government-ordered enquiry and  suspension of all HPV vaccine trials in India pending further investigation. This suspension was effective as of April 2010 and is still in effect.

Ultimately, the suspension and subsequent investigations allowed advocates in India to take their case all the way to the Supreme Court. The petition for the case was formally admitted by the judges on January 7, 2013. By September 2013, the court had issued notices to all participants involved while the Indian Parliament issued a scathing comment condemning all organizations involved in the so-called ’demonstration projects’ calling them a case of child abuse expressly carried out to create a market for the two companies – Merck and GlaxoSmithKline.

According to new allegations, Merck ignored the suspension of HPV-related clinical trials and continued with a phase III trial of the yet-to-be-approved investigational HPV vaccine called V503, which theoretically adds protection against 5 types of HPV to the ones already included in their current HPV vaccine, Gardasil.

Allegations of Merck’s Misconduct

The supplemental affidavit submitted to the Supreme Court of India states that Merck and/or their representatives committed the following violations of basic human rights:

1. Respondent No. 8, MSD Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd.  and its affiliate companies in respect of pre-licensure trials with investigational HPV vaccine V-503.

2. Pre-licensure Phase III trials were carried out at many centres in India. One of these centres was Indore. In Indore this vaccine was administered to 44 children, boys and girls. A field study with the participants was carried out by Dr. Anand Rai and others and is detailed in the Annexure.

3. The timing of this trial was such that vaccination was carried out during the same period when Respondent no. 1, The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, had asked all HPV related studies to suspend vaccination. As such then this was a violation of the government orders.

4. The Annexure also lists in detail all the problems with this trial on a case by case basis, some of them are summarized below:

a) This clinical trial was not preceded by any trial among adults thereby violating the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. This trial had the approval of the Respondent No. 2, The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI), who violated the law that his job specifically asked him to uphold. The petitioners have complained to the court that is the second time regarding HPV vaccines the DCGI bestowed this favour on Merck and its associates.

b) The trial used middle men and women acting as agents of the investigator who went around residential areas recruiting subjects in complete violation of all national and international guidelines.

c) The trial was carried out at a government hospital using government stationery and seal even though this was a privately sponsored trial of the company thereby misusing the trust parents place in the governmental vaccination programmes.

d) The parents and children were told that they were getting a successful vaccine from abroad free which would otherwise cost Rs 10,000. This was a blatant lie as this vaccine was not approved for marketing anywhere in the world. Also this constituted undue inducement to recruit children to this trial.

e) None of the participants were informed that they were participating in a clinical trial.

f) Economically vulnerable sections and those from scheduled castes and minorities were recruited for the trial, those who would not be able to afford the vaccine if and when it is marketed; thereby the trial further violated all laws and guidelines in this regard.

g) Merck listed history of allergic reaction that required medical intervention, currently enrolled in another clinical trial, subject is pregnant, subject is immunocompromised or has taken immunosuppressants in the last year, subject has received a marketed HPV vaccine or participated in an HPV vaccine clinical trial and subject has history of positive test for HPV as exclusion criteria for this clinical trial. No examinations of the children who were selected for participation were undertaken prior to administration of the V503 vaccine.

h) There was no placebo involved in this trial, simply three different lots of V503, despite the fact that one purpose of the trials was to detect potential safety issues.

i) From the beginning to end, there was no examination of the children for their health status, and even though the trial was supposedly carried out to determine the safety of the vaccine not even fever post vaccination was recorded.

j) No medical care was provided for the health problems of the children nor were they provided any compensation. The study found many children who continue to suffer new medical problems even as late as 2013. Out of the 12 individuals interviewed, 4 have experienced health problems after the vaccine, such as mood swings, persistent stomach aches, dizziness, late onset of periods and severe anaemia. One boy whose family was interviewed has suffered extreme weight loss.

k) Though the investigation covered only the trial centre at Indore the entire list of trial centres is placed in the supplemental affidavit for information. In all hundreds of children have been affected in India.

One would think all of the complaints filed against PATH and Merck during the ’demonstration projects’ for Gardasil would have caused them to be on their best behavior. But apparently, when the government officials in India called a halt to any trials relating to HPV, Merck thought the decree did not apply to them. Either that, or they believed themselves powerful enough to be above the law.

Whatever the motivation, it appears hundreds more economically disadvantaged children and their families were put at risk by their participation in a clinical trial they were not told they were taking part in.

Compound this disregard for informed consent with participants being told they were priviledged to receive a successful and very expensive vaccine from overseas. Nevermind the fact that this ’successful vaccine’ had not been approved for use in any country in the world.

The people of India are not the only ones who may suffer the effects of this particular set of clinical trials. What ’results’ will Merck report to the rest of the world on this set of trials where the exclusion criteria was apparently ignored?

What ’results’ will Merck report to the rest of the world when no adverse events were recorded? One can certainly assume the adverse events which apparently were not recorded will no longer exist.

Will pretending these new medical conditions did not happen allow Merck to report their new V503 HPV vaccine is safe?

Is Merck above the law?

Will Merck be allowed to ignore the international laws protecting the basic right of informed consent prior to participation in clinical trials? Will Merck be allowed to continue to exploit economically disadvantaged people then extrapolate the resulting ’conclusions’ to the entire population of the world?

One can only hope the Supreme Court in India decides to protect the health and well-being of their young people by responding to the complaints of the organizations who put forth the allegations in a manner which will stop these types of abuses from ever happening in their country again.

By doing so, India’s Supreme Court Judges could help protect all of the world’s young people.

The Supreme Court of India has scheduled the final hearing of this case for August 12, 2014. The Court’s decision should be rendered on that date.

Whatever the ultimate outcome, advocates around the world will be watching.

Read more here …

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TLB Preface: Let us start by saying “We at The Liberty Beacon project are NOT Pro or Anti Palestinian, Pro or Anti Israeli … We are Pro freedom and liberty regardless of the nation, race or creed PERIOD!” But every once in a while a story presents itself to us that must be shared. As Americans, to be so arrogant as to believe we have the only government on this planet who would perpetrate false events (false flag) to garner public support as a mechanism to achieve specific goals is a mistake, and this has been going on across this globe for centuries.

Some governments are better at this than others, having the national wealth, military and intelligence assets to provide a more realistic programed scenario. Yet even some of this caliber are so poorly veiled behind a curtain of propaganda that seeing right through them requires no real effort or special skills except to be aware on some level of global politics as they exist today in the REAL world. Here is one such story. TLB will not try to influence you in any way on the merits of this article … we feel it is more than capable of standing on its own merit. But once having read it, and knowing what our own government has perpetrated on We The People … well again please draw your own conclusions. TLB merely offers you this information so that you have both sides of a tragic issue allowing you to facilitate informed conclusions …

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Gaza City 2002. the p.a. clearing the rumble after a huge bombing took out an intended Hamas leader, as well as an entire city block. not to mention all of it’s inhabitants.

By Fadi Zanayed

It has not been proven to me that members of Hamas or any other Palestinian committed the alleged murder of the allegedly missing Israeli teenagers. The scenario put out by the Israelis just does not make sense. Given the diplomatic failures or setbacks that Israel has suffered in the past several months leads many to believe that this kidnapping was an Israeli fabrication that was conjured up to achieve Israel’s real aim without bringing on the wrath of the world leaders.

Israel is vehemently upset at the Palestinian unification government that ended the 7 year rift between Fatah and Hamas, the two leading political rivals in Palestine. This is no secret. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call to world leaders not to recognize the new Palestinian unity government was rebuffed, including U.S. and Western European leaders.

It is also no secret that Israel wanted to punish the Palestinian Authority for bringing Hamas into the Palestinian government. Israel, as the collector of duty fees on products imported to the Palestinian Authority, is withholding those fees as one form of punishment. But Israel wanted to do more.

The concoction of having 3 Israeli teenagers go missing was pre-told by non-other than the head of the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad, one week before the alleged kidnapping. This “terrorist” kidnapping plot against 3 Israeli teenagers would elicit the support not only with Israelis but with foreign governments—a much needed element in order for Netanyahu to carry on his plan to punish the Palestinians for its unity government with Hamas. He needed to punish the Palestinians without engaging the wrath of the US and Western powers. Thus the Netanyahu government was presented with a story about 3 missing “innocent” Israeli teenagers—what a wonderful Shakespearean plot.

So Israel carried on with this Machiavellian scenario. A news blackout was imposed during the initial hours or days of the search. The plot was developing. The sympathy from around the world was pouring in as the Israeli media broadcast the names and images of the teenagers. Their mothers were crying.

The mothers even went to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland to plea for help. They left behind 198 Palestinian mothers whose children innocence was wasted in Israeli Military jails and over 1500 Palestinian mothers whose children were killed since 2000. Motherly instincts are not exclusive to Israeli mothers and thus I wonder if they spoke on behalf of all mothers.

This Shakespearean plot was such a masterful plan aimed at achieving two results. It would elicit the sympathy Israel needed after months of diplomatic setbacks and it would allow Israel, under the cover of “rescuing” its children, to punish the Palestinian Authority and Hamas for the unification government that Israel opposed.

Israel was suffering in public opinion. In April, 2014, Israel was blamed by U.S. officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, for the collapse of the “peace” talks; settlement start announcements by Israel was hurting its image; the Palestinians united; and Palestine applied to 15 international agencies for membership. Divestment victories at U.S. campuses were gaining steam for the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel. The Presbyterian Church voted to divest from 3 U.S. corporations that are profiting from the Israeli occupation. Western European countries called upon their businesses to refrain from any business with corporations that profit from the Israeli occupation.

Israel could not accept any more condemnation and needed a sympathetic ploy to do what it wanted. Thus the plot to punish the Palestinians for the reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah needed a cover. The scenario of having 3 Israelis being kidnapped by Hamas proved to be the cover Israel needed to carry on with its plot.

Under the cover of the alleged kidnapping and after gaining the needed sympathy of world leaders, Israel launched its media campaign and its Operation Brother’s Keeper, eloquently named to elicit maximum sympathy. It called up an army brigade which consists of 5,000 soldiers. Israel was going to war against the Palestinian Authority.

Israeli soldiers, in the past several weeks since the alleged kidnapping, freely and indiscriminately entered into over 1,000 Palestinian homes without any search warrants; killed 8 Palestinian children; arrested hundreds of Palestinian men; and ransacked homes—many times just in search of a TV which carried the World Cup games. Thousands of pictures where posted on social media sites showing Israeli soldiers blindfolding and dragging Palestinian children, as young as 7 years old off to prison. Israeli has bombarded an already devastated Gaza relentless for over the past week. The collective punishment against the Palestinian people was being carried out relentlessly and not a word was heard from world leaders.

When news broke that the 3 missing Israeli teens were found dead, Israel’s bombardment of Gaza escalated and the indiscriminate collective punishment against the Palestinian people went unabated and again without any condemnation by world leaders. Israel had achieved its objectives: gaining sympathy and punishing the Palestinians.

In analyzing the events of the past several weeks, the Shakespearean plot put out by Israel seems unrealistic. Killing the teenagers would not have served Hamas’ interests as the value of abducting Israelis is in the prisoner exchange. Murdering the teenagers has no value to Hamas, as the merciless bombing of Gaza has proven. Israelis did not like the prisoner exchange that was made to entice the Palestinians to renew the peace talks last year. In fact, Knesset members introduced legislation this year to prevent the Israeli government from agreeing to prisoner exchanges. Thus the chance of knowing that the teenagers were alive and held as a bargaining chip to exchange prisoners was not in Israel’s self-interest. Israel would have been in a real dilemma had the children been alive and it could not bargain for their release.

Thus the allegedly kidnapped teenagers were found dead. But Hamas never claimed responsibility. Again, it was not in Hamas’ interest to kill the teenagers.

Israel, a mastermind of staging media events, did not provide a picture of the bodies of the teenagers. They did not offer any evidence that members of Hamas committed the alleged kidnapping other than the preordained accusations by Netanyahu and his war hawk ministers.

The question is really not: Where is the proof that members of Hamas committed the alleged kidnapping and murder of these Israeli teenagers? The question should be: Who has the motive to present a scenario to the world that would gain sympathy for the preordained Israeli desire to punish the Palestinians for uniting? Shakespeare could not have written a better plot.

 

See featured article here: http://thearabdailynews.com/2014/07/03/israels-shakespearean-plot-punish-palestinians/

Fadi Zanayed

fadizanayedFadi Zanayed is an attorney based in Chicago, a poet and author of several poetry books, and a recognized Palestinian American Writer and American-Arab Community Leader. He has served with many organizations including as President of the Chicago Chapter of the Palestinian American Congress and also with the Ramallah American Federation in Chicago and Nationally.

Fadi blogs at http://fadizanayed.blogspot.com. His poetry is at http://poetrybyfadizanayed.blogspot.com He can be reached at fadiz4u@yahoo.com

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By TLB Contributor:

In the depths of cyberspace lurks a press release written by the CDC, confirming that the OPV, or oral polio vaccination, given to millions of children throughout the developing world, is causing them to develop vaccine-induced polio. Instead of banning the vaccination, as one would expect, the CDC has decided in its wisdom that the best way to tackle the problem is to maintain a high rate of vaccination in all countries! Yes, that is correct. The CDC recommends maintaining a high rate of vaccination, vaccinating as many children as possible with a vaccine that causes polio.

The CDC Spills The Beans

In 2012, the CDC wrote a press release titled Update on Vaccine-Derived Polioviruses — Worldwide, April 2011–June 2012. They wrote:

“In 1988, the World Health Assembly resolved to eradicate poliomyelitis worldwide. One of the main tools used in polio eradication efforts has been the live, attenuated oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV). This inexpensive vaccine is administered easily by mouth, makes recent recipients resistant to infection by wild polioviruses (WPVs), and provides long-term protection against paralytic disease through durable humoral immunity. Nonetheless, rare cases of vaccine-associated paralytic poliomyelitis can occur both among immunologically normal OPV recipients and their contacts and among persons who are immunodeficient. In addition, vaccine-derived polioviruses (VDPVs) can emerge to cause polio outbreaks in areas with low OPV coverage and can replicate for years in persons who are immunodeficient.” (emphasis added)

They continued:

“VDPVs can cause paralytic polio in humans and have the potential for sustained circulation. VDPVs resemble WPVs biologically and differ from most vaccine-related poliovirus (VRPV) isolates by having genetic properties consistent with prolonged replication or transmission. VDPVs were first identified by sequence analyses of poliovirus isolates.” (emphasis added)

The CDC recommended that the best way to deal with this problem is mass vaccination. They stated:

“To prevent VDPV emergence and spread, all countries should maintain high vaccination coverage against all three poliovirus serotypes.” [1]

Immunodeficiency disorders occur when the body’s immune response is reduced or absent. In other words, governments worldwide are actively promoting a vaccine that they know will cause millions of vulnerable, sick and immunodeficient children to develop vaccine-induced polio. [2]

Billy Goes To Bollywood

In order for governments to mass vaccinate more efficiently, they are fully backing the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a group that has made it very clear that their aim is to wipe out wild polio from the planet. The Gates Foundation appears to be ignorant of the fact that they are causing tens of thousands of children to suffer from vaccine-induced polio. While a large majority of us look on in sheer horror at the number of children who now suffer life-threatening disabilities caused by the vaccine itself, vaccine-crazed Bill Gates has decided to step up his polio campaign by hiring an array of Bollywood stars such as the notorious Bollywood mega-star Amitabh Bachchan to help him dish out the vaccination. In this short video clip, Bachchan can be seen giving these deadly drops to the children of India during a recent advertising campaign promoting the vaccination. [3]

It appears that Bachchan is not the only Bollywood star helping Gates to promote vaccination. According to reports, Bill Gates also met up with Bollywood superstar Khan Aamir. Commenting on their discussion, Gates posted the following comment on his blog:

“Talking toilets with Bollywood star Aamir Khan, discussing how satellites help fight disease. We were filming a question-and-answer segment in front of a studio audience for his show on New Delhi Television, one of India’s largest news networks. Prannoy was asking me and Bollywood star Aamir Khan about philanthropy, health, and India’s development …” [4]

This is an excellent piece of PR work by Bill Gates, as the people of India are totally in love with Bollywood and believe that if stars such as these are recommending their children to be vaccinated, then the vaccine must be safe! In the meantime, the rates of vaccine-induced polio go through the roof.

The Rates Of Vaccine-Induced Polio Soar

In 2010, the Polio Global Eradication Initiative, founded in 1988 by the World Health Organization, Rotary International, UNICEF, and the US CDC stated that there were only 42 cases of wild polio reported in India. This all sounds extremely impressive, until we learn that public health experts estimate that between 100 and 180 children in India develop vaccine-associated polio paralysis (VAPP) every year. The Activist Post stated that:

“According to the Polio Global Eradication Initiative’s own statistics there were 42 cases of wild-type polio (WPV) reported in India in 2010, indicating that vaccine-induced cases of polio paralysis (100-180 annually) outnumber wild-type cases by a factor of 3-4. Even if we put aside the important question of whether or not the PGEI is accurately differentiating between wild and vaccine-associated polio cases in their statistics, we still must ask ourselves: should not the real-world effects of immunization, both good and bad, be included in PGEI’s measurement of success? For the dozens of Indian children who develop vaccine-induced paralysis every year, the PGEI’s recent declaration of India as nearing “polio free” status, is not only disingenuous, but could be considered an attempt to minimize their obvious liability in having transformed polio from a natural disease vector into a man-made (iatrogenic) one.” [5]

The Activist Post has a point, however; the public health ‘experts’ are way off target regarding the numbers of children suffering from vaccine-associated polio paralysis. According to the Oxford Journal – Clinical Infectious Diseases, there have been many more cases than those being reported. They reported that:

“In 2005, it was reported that children in a small village in the United States had contracted vaccine-derived polio. In Nigeria, >70 cases have been reported. In 2006, 1600 cases of vaccine-induced polio occurred in India, according to the Indian Medical Association Sub-Committee on Immunisation’s report on the Polio Eradication Initiative. The point to be noted is that these cases were reported during repeated mass-immunization campaigns in which repeated doses of OPV were administered. In 2008, many cases of polio were reported in all provinces of Pakistan, where OPV is used for repeated mass-immunization campaigns.” (emphasis added) [6]

Over the years, the figures have continued to increase and a recent paper has reported that the number of children now suffering from vaccine-induced polio has reached epic proportions. A paper written by Neetu Vashishi and Jacob Puliyel published in the Medical Journal of Medical Ethics recently stated that:

“… while India has been polio-free for a year, there has been a huge increase in non-polio acute flaccid paralysis (NPAFP). In 2011, there were an extra 47,500 new cases of NPAFP. Clinically indistinguishable from polio paralysis but twice as deadly, the incidence of NPAFP was directly proportional to doses of oral polio received. Though this data was collected within the polio surveillance system, it was not investigated. The principle of primum-non-nocere was violated.” [7]

Conclusion

With numbers of this size being reported about vaccine-induced polio, you would think that someone, somewhere, would have tried to stop the devastation. However, instead of stopping the vaccination program and trying to rein in Bill Gates, it appears that governments worldwide have given Gates the green light to do exactly what he wants. Many of the children affected with vaccine-induced polio will die as a result of their illness. This is not eradication of polio; this is eradication of the children of India, plain and simple. For eradication of a disease to be effective, you do not replace one disease for another; you must have disease-free, healthy children. In my opinion this is nothing more than another elaborate vaccination hoax and it needs to be stopped.

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By TLB Contributor: Ceylan Ozbudak

On August 10, 2014, for the first time in modern Turkey’s history, the president will be elected by the public instead of by the parliament. This will bring a new dynamic to politics and significantly alter decision-making processes in the executive bodies. This will not be the only major change in the Turkish political scene; as the three- term Prime Minister Erdogan officially announced his candidacy for the presidential elections, both the ruling AK Party and the role of the presidency in Turkish political life is likely to undergo a shift.

Opposition is polarized

Even though some Turkey-watchers like to dream Erdogan may not drum up enough public support to step up in Çankaya (the Presidential residence), it is best to see and comment on the real picture rather than a fantasy.

After the presidential elections and the possible election of Erdogan as the Turkish president, we will not step into a world of a deeply polarized Turkey.

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We have heard the voices chanting “Erdogan will be crushed” when he was first elected by his party as Prime Minister, then again both during and after the Gezi protests and yet again in the most recent municipal elections as well as several times in between. With the subsiding tensions and decreasing polarization in society, Erdogan – being the strongest candidate in the elections – will probably be elected as the 12th President of Turkey. This has brought about a deeply polarized opposition in Turkey; while the majority of the main opposition party supports their leader’s idea of going into the presidential elections with a joint candidate along with the nationalist right wing party, voting for a right wing candidate seems like death for many old-school Leftists. The ultra-secularist wing inside the CHP sounds ready to oust their own leader for making concessions from the party’s traditional ideology; but who can blame Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu for trying to bring the party at least one electoral victory even if this means crippling the Turkish left forever.

The realistic Turkey of Erdogan’s era

When Erdogan first became the Prime Minister and Abdullah Gül rose to Çankaya as President, the screams in the international community were making us Turks wake up every morning to check whether or not the military or NATO had intervened and toppled the “POTENTIAL totalitarian government, which will bury Turkey in the darkness of Middle Ages” as many ultra- secularists and European journalists said at the time.

However, the AK Party’s domestic and foreign policy over the last 12 years proved to have planned a vision to the contrary. Still today, many international observers and foreign journalists like to draw attention to Erdogan’s “one minute” in Davos, the harsh criticism of Western policies towards Turkey or standing in solidarity with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt after Sisi’s coup, it was the same Erdogan who was shunned and criticized by the very same Muslim Brotherhood because he promoted and insisted on a secular-democratic constitution for Egypt, who advised them to start wearing suits and ties if they want to be taken seriously as politicians and who sent a democratization package to Bashar Assad right before the U.S. denounced him as an illegitimate leader.

It has been Erdogan’s era, when Turkey drew closest to the EU. Erdogan personally paid 125 official visits to Europe, 14 visits to the U.S. and increased the trade volume of Turkey and the countries he visited by 354%. Turkey worked hard to strengthen ties with Europe but also for the first time in modern Turkish history, learned to treat the geography it lives as a faraway land. Before Erdogan, for ‘White Turks’, the Middle East consisted of Israel. Arabs had been deleted from Turkey’s reality, pushed away. In Turkish schools, many Western languages were thought to students but despite our long borders with the Arab neighbors, Turkey had few Arabic speakers. It was a cliché to call Turkey a bridge between East and West but Turkish feet would almost never touch Arab lands. Erdogan did not totally pivot to East but placed Turkey’s reality in where it is located, in the middle.

England’s Thatcher, Turkey’s Erdogan

Erdogan came to power in a very complex and difficult political environment for Turkey. For my Western readers to get a better feeling, I can compare the pre-Erdogan economy of Turkey to pre-Thatcher England. While pre-Thatcher London is often remembered for its industrial strikes, piled- up garbage on the streets and unburied dead, pre-Erdogan Istanbul (as a Mayor) can also be remembered as a weary, dirty and grey city along with constant water and power outages. Just as how Thatcher restored the British economy and gave ordinary people a stake in it, the AK Party also restored the exhausted Turkish economy and created thousands of small businesses, while opening up Turkish industries to emerging markets in the vicinity.

The privatization program of Margret Thatcher allowed the deregulation of the British economy and created an atmosphere of free market entrepreneurship; similarly, Erdogan’s privatization program helped a free market economy to settle in Turkey and made Turkey the industrial center of the Middle East. Also in foreign policy matters, we can compare and find similarities between the two eras. When Thatcher came to power, the world was reforming outside England: The Iranian regime as we know it today emerged in her time and Ayatollah Khomeini came to power after the deposition of the Shah. Erdogan also came to power in a very turbulent Middle East after decades of relative quiet. There are however, stark differences between Thatcher and Erdogan’s ideas among the publics of the two countries. While Thatcher remains a controversial and polarizing figure for the majority of the Britons and British politicians, both the Turkish public and the political scene seems to have reconciled with Erdogan after a rocky year in 2013 and his period in the Prime Minister’s office is already set to be remembered as one which transformed, uplifted and renovated Turkey.

The system shift to semi-presidential democracy

The members of the AK Party have already stated very clearly that they will remain loyal to Erdogan. Therefore, whoever becomes the leader of the AK Party after the elections, that name would cooperate and collaborate with Erdogan and there will not be a crack in the party soon. By the election of Erdogan, as many speculate, Turkey’s political system is expected to slowly come to resemble a semi-presidential system; I am not saying a presidential system because the existing constitutional system is not prepared for such a shift at the moment. Moreover, the existing system already gives the president some executive powers; none of the presidents have been much interested in using them so far, thus it doesn’t need to change.

According to the 1982 constitution of Turkey, the president is equipped with much authority, enough for Erdogan to influence politics from the outside but leave the executive powers to the Prime Minister and the cabinet. The semi-presidential system option on the other hand is not desired by the public but is voiced by governmental authorities probably due to an erroneous thinking that Turkey is as stable as EU countries. Such systems exist in Europe, and France in particular has been an example of a practical semi-presidential system since Charles De Gaulle. De Gaulle, due to his character and style, was very much a hands -on politician – if not more so – than Erdogan today is. In the 1960s, the French electoral system allowed the public to elect the French President and De Gaulle enhanced his rights in office piece by piece and transformed the French political system in to what we see today. I have to remind one more time, the parliamentarian system is the appropriate form of governance for countries like Turkey.

After the presidential elections and the possible election of Erdogan as the Turkish president, we will not step into a world of a deeply polarized Turkey. On the contrary, we will see the conservative Turkish politicians making peace with the Turks, working towards a reality rather than trying to apply the former official ideology, which alienates us from the geography we actually live in and a political left, which more resembles center right. Turkey will be making peace with its past and its future with various religious groups, non-religious communities, ultr- secular elites and Middle Eastern neighbors.
CeylanCeylan Ozbudak is a Turkish political analyst, television presenter, Executive Director of Building Bridges, an Istanbul-based NGO and a The Liberty Beacon project contributor. As a representative of Harun Yahya organization, she frequently cites quotations from the author in her writings. She can be followed on Twitter via @ceylanozbudak

See featured article here: http://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/world/2014/07/05/Towards-a-Turkey-with-President-Erdogan.html

 


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