Films can be a powerful catalyst for awakening change. Remember Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth“? I suspect many Americans were launched off their sofas to make a difference on climate change as a result.
Lora and Maurice in northern New Mexico
I came to appreciate the hard work that goes into filmmaking when I spent several weeks this summer in a cabin in a remote part of northern New Mexico with filmmaker Maurice Jacobsen who was editing a new documentary about Gaza. A lot of work, patience and love go into every minute of a new film. Watch for Maurice’s new documentary to be released very shortly. Here’s a snippet. Then I received an invitation to attend and speak at the Freedom Film Fest in Malaysia. This is the 16th year of the annual fest, which showcases award-winning social justice and human rights films. Appropriately, the theme this…
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Friends and I made a large human peace sign at UNM on Friday (9/21/18). I reflected on the forces that have marched us towards many more wars since the signing of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights 70 years ago. Perhaps we are less safe, less secure and less peaceful than the human community was in 1948.
The next day I joined the #Gaza5k run/walk in DC virtually by walking 5k in Albuquerque around the UNM Golf Course. I measured my distance with my Steps App and felt a sense of accomplishment, although I wish I could have been with my friends in DC. Action together is more fulfilling than solitary action.
During my personal #Gaza5k I meditated about the extreme hardships occurring in Gaza today which are preventable, fixable and avoidable if only the U.S. government had the political will to stand up for the oppressed, rather than…
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Source: Andrew Gordonbennett Pink
Israel running campaign against Jeremy Corbyn
An app operated as part of an Israeli government propaganda campaign issued a “mission” for social media users to make comments against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, accusing him of anti-Semitism.
This is the latest evidence of an Israeli campaign of psychological warfare against the UK’s main opposition party.
The “mission” was documented in this Tweet by Michael Bueckert, a Canadian researcher who has been monitoring the app since last year.
The reality is very different from the app’s claims.
As my colleague Adri Nieuwhof explains, Corbyn hosted a meeting titled “Never Again – For Anyone” with Hajo Meyer, a survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp and an anti-Zionist who spoke out strongly for Palestinian rights.
Meyer passed away in 2014.
The Act.IL app asks users to comment on Facebook in response to a Huffington Post UK story about Corbyn’s alleged “anti-Israel remarks,” which it claims are “often a way to hide anti-Semitism.”
The “mission” directs users to click “like” on a comment by Facebook user “Nancy Saada,” and write their own comments echoing her criticisms of Labour.
“Nancy” has posted elsewhere on her Facebook profile a photo of herself in an Israeli army uniform posing on an armored vehicle draped with an Israeli flag.
Its top civil servant is a former army intelligence officer and the ministry is staffed by veterans of various spy agencies whose names are classified.
The Act.IL “mission” is another piece of evidence of the Israeli campaign of psychological warfare against Labour.
It is part of a long-running influence operation by Israel and its lobby groups to smear Corbyn, a veteran Palestine solidarity activist, and to label the party he leads “institutionally anti-Semitic.”
The operation also aims to push Labour, where there is strong support for Palestinian rights among the grassroots, in a more pro-Israel direction.
A covert element of the effort revealed last year by the undercover Al Jazeera documentary The Lobby involved attempts by the Israeli embassy to set up a grassroots pro-Israel organization for Labour youth.
The campaign has found support among the declining Labour right, including many of the party’s lawmakers, some of them involved with pro-Israel groups.
The Jewish Labour Movement, an anti-Palestinian group deeply linked to the Israeli government, has been at the forefront of the effort.
Rose has privately admitted that as JLM director, she maintained close links to Shai Masot, the Israeli embassy spy forced to leave the country last year after the Al Jazeera investigation exposed him plotting to “take down” a senior UK government minister.
Masot was also spearheading the effort to manufacture a grassroots pro-Israel organization within the party, a tactic known as astroturfing.
The Israel lobby group is also demanding that Labour drop Chris Williamson – a leading leftist – as a lawmaker.
Instead of shutting down these claims as the bad faith attacks that they clearly are, Corbyn has continued a strategy of concession after concession that has only fueled the attacks.
He has rolled back his position on important matters of principle, like BDS – the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for Palestinian rights.
In a Guardian opinion piece on Friday, Corbyn offered “dialogue with community organizations, including the Jewish Labour Movement” to discuss their demand that the IHRA document be adopted in full, even as he acknowledged that some of its provisions have “been used by those wanting to restrict criticism of Israel that is not anti-Semitic.”
It is unclear what Corbyn hopes to achieve in “dialogue” with a group that has close ties to a hostile foreign power committed to manipulating his party from within.
Not surprisingly, the JLM immediately dismissed Corbyn’s opinion piece as “another article bemoaning a situation.”
In his list of demands, the JLM’s Langleben admits that any concession Corbyn makes will not be enough.
“These measures would have been welcomed, and maybe even celebrated, two years ago,” he writes of his demands.
But now Langleben claims that matters have “reached the point of no return.”
“Decisive and significant actions, not words, are the only thing that can bring us back from the brink,” Langleben states.
He doesn’t say who must take this action, or what the action is.
This is certainly open to the interpretation that the Jewish Labour Movement expects the party to take the action of ousting its leader.
As for that “brink,” I warned in a widely shared Twitter thread last month that the Labour right and the Israel lobby may be planning a damaging split from the party.
The most common response to my prediction on social media was to welcome their departure.
But be warned: Mainstream media which have fueled sensational and often baseless smears will falsely portray any combined exit of right-wing lawmakers and anti-Palestinian activists as an “exodus of Jews” from the Labour Party. And yes, columnists supporting them will probably even use the same hackneyed biblical allusion.
YET EVEN WITH ALL THEIR EFFORTS TO DISCREDIT JEREMY HIS POPULARITY INCREASES.
Donald Trump Thinks the Jews Aren’t Grateful Enough
‘But I gave them Jerusalem!’ A recent report warned of a ‘growing frustration’ in the White House for U.S. Jews’ lack of appreciation for his policies toward Israel. Perhaps because they’re too grown up, and informed, to supply such unfounded adulation.
I hate to say this (well i do not)but I told you so .put your faith and trust in a white supremacist, racist , fascist KKK lover.This is what you get . Zionist Jews of Israel your days could very well be numbered as regards the billions of dollars that you get, take that away and your apartheid state will start to wither and crumble.
Israeli terror in Gaza and Palestine is barbaric , women and children are murdered for all the world to see and our politicians in the west or gulf states are all silent, shame on them.
UN urges Israel and Gaza to ‘step back from the brink’ of war
By Judith Vonberg CNN
(CNN) — The United Nations has issued an urgent appeal for Israel and Gaza “to step back from the brink” of war and revive the reconciliation process, calling for Palestinians to keep protests peaceful and for Israel to show restraint in its response.
Nickolay Mladenov, UN special coordinator for the Middle East, was speaking just hours after an escalation in violence that saw 200 projectiles fired towards Israel from Gaza and dozens of airstrikes launched in response, according to Israel Defense Forces.
“Yesterday we were on the brink of war,” Mladenov told a press conference in Gaza on Sunday. “And it has taken the concerted efforts of everyone to make sure that we step back from confrontation. A confrontation that nobody wants, nobody needs, and a confrontation from which everybody will lose.”
Mladenov highlighted the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza and the deteriorating political and security situation in the region.
“People’s life (in Gaza) has become more difficult as people have limited money, the economy has collapsed, electricity and water are scarce,” he said. “We cannot stand idle when we see two million Palestinians in Gaza living in such terrible conditions as they do now.”
‘One child being killed is too much’
He appealed to Palestinians “to keep the protests peaceful,” and urged Palestinian factions to stop firing rockets, mortars and incendiary kites and “to give peace a chance.”
Addressing Israel, he called for the state to be “restrained in its responses to the situation in Gaza,” adding: “I appeal to snipers not to shoot children.”
“Even one child being killed is too much. Too many children have been killed in the past few weeks.”
Israel has been criticized for the use of live fire on Palestinians at the Gaza border fence as tensions have risen since the start of the “Great March of Return” protests in April.
Eight children were among 60 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces on May 14, when demonstrators gathered at the fence to protest the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem.
Israel denies using excessive force against protesters and accuses Hamas, the group that runs Gaza, of orchestrating the protests.
‘One step away from another confrontation’
The weeks since May have seen several further bouts of violence, both at the border fence and in the form of incendiary kites and air strikes.
Speaking early Sunday, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made it clear that Israel now regarded arson attacks in the same way it regarded rockets and mortars, meaning there could be no ceasefire with militants in Gaza if they kept launching incendiary kites and balloons over the fence.
In his comments, Netanyahu singled out Hamas: “Whoever hurts us, we will hit them with great strength. This is what we did yesterday. I hope that they got the message; if not, they will get it later.”
Two Palestinian teenagers were killed in Israeli airstrikes Saturday, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry, in what the IDF called its single largest bombing campaign in Gaza since the 2014 war.
Israeli medical service spokesman Zaki Heller said that four Israelis were injured in rocket fire.
“We are one step away from another confrontation,” Mladenov. “Everybody needs to take a step back.”
Need to ‘get back to the reconciliation process’
The UN coordinator also called on the international community “not to forget the people of Gaza, not to forget the Palestinians who have lived for generations without a state” and to work with the UN to chart “a political way forward.”
“The only realistic perspective today is this: avoid war, fix the humanitarian problems of Gaza, and get back to the reconciliation process.”
Mladenov also assured Palestinians that the UN will not leave Gaza, despite the “significant financial problems” faced by the UN Relief Works Agency (UNRWA), which provides humanitarian aid, education, social services and medical care to Palestinian refugees in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.
In January this year, the US announced that it would hold back more than half its scheduled $125 million from UNRWA, a move that sparked outrage from humanitarian organizations. The US called for reforms at UNRWA and higher contributions from other countries.
The announcement came two weeks after US President Donald Trump had complained about the lack of “appreciation or respect” from Palestinians who receiving aid.
HIRED assassin has attempted to murder two senior drug cartel members outside one of the Costa del Sol’s most popular luxury nightclubs, it can be revealed.
A Dutchman and his Belgian associate were shot at as they got into their car following a night of partying at Olivia Valere nightclub, in Marbella.
The Olive Press can reveal the victims were alleged top dogs in organised crime in Europe.
One victim, known as B.A, is a high-level player from Antwerp and the other, referred to as M.H, was visiting from Rotterdam.
According to a well-placed source in Belgium, B.A is a ‘high-level player’ in the import of cocaine into Europe, while M.H is described as ‘a big deal in Rotterdam’.
According to Spanish police, a hired assassin had been waiting for the pair in the shadows of the car park next to the club on August 4.
LUXURY CLUB: Olivia Valeres
As soon as they got into their car, they both received shots to the shoulder and chest.
Police believe the attack was a settling of scores and that the intention was to kill them, given that they were shot in the upper body.
They were taken to hospital but their injuries were not serious and they avoided surgery.
Detectives from UDYCO, the National Police crack Drugs and Organized Crime unit has taken over the investigation.
They do not believe the shooting is linked to two other shootings this month in Mijas and Estepona.
This year has seen a spate of drug-related assassinations as the import of narcotics via the Costa del Sol and Cadiz continues to soar.
One man was murdered in front of his family by suspected Colombians outside a church in San Pedro earlier this year.
EVEN LITTLE RUSSIA,(TORREVIEJA) ON THE COSTA BLANCA DOES NOT GET THIS LEVEL OF SHOOTINGS.