Israeli soldiers shoot blindfolded, handcuffed Palestinian teen fleeing arrest for stone-throwing

Israeli soldiers shoot blindfolded, handcuffed Palestinian teen fleeing arrest for stone-throwing
Israeli soldiers shot a handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinian teenager who was attempting to flee after being detained for suspected stone-throwing in the West Bank on Thursday.

The minor was detained by the Israeli forces after he had been shot, but was later evacuated by Palestinians to receive medical treatment at Beit Jala near Bethlehem. He appears to have been shot in the groin area.

A witness told Haaretz news agency that the boy is 15 years old.

Video taken at the scene shows Israeli soldiers clashing with a group of Palestinians as they attempted to help the wounded teen.

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Julian Assange exposed the crimes of powerful actors, including Israel

By Alison Weir

April 22, 2019 “Information Clearing House” –  Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange has finally been imprisoned, an objective long sought by powerful parties he helped to expose over the past dozen years.

Assange’s “crime” was revealing deep, embarrassing, sometimes deadly, malfeasance by numerous actors, including the U.S. government, the media, the Democratic Party-Clinton machine, and Israel.

Wikileaks revealed the U.S. government’s cover up of torture, cruelty, the killing of civilians, spying on its own citizens and others. It exposed Democratic Party cheating and manipulation, the fraudulence of “Russiagate.” It unmasked Israeli plans to keep Gaza on the brink of collapse, to use violence against Palestinian nonviolence, to make war upon civilians. All of this will be detailed below.

Without Wikileaks’ exposés, many of these actions would quite likely have remained hidden from the general public, as the perpetrators hoped.

The actual charge against Assange is allegedly conspiring with Chelsea Manning “to commit computer intrusion,” violating a somewhatproblematic law with what one expert terms “overly expansive wording.”

The government seems to have resorted to this charge after the Justice Department had concluded in 2013 that it could not charge Assange for publishing the Iraq and Afghanistan war logs (which revealed various U.S war crimes detailed below), because government lawyers said this would also require charging various U.S. news organizations and journalists.

The Washington Post reported that Justice officials “realized that they have what they described as a ‘New York Times problem.’ If the Justice Department indicted Assange, it would also have to prosecute the New York Times and other news organizations and writers who published classified material, including The Washington Post and Britain’s Guardian newspaper.”

Even the current charge, when examined closely, turns out to be problematic on free press grounds. As Glenn Greenwald notes: “Assange is charged with helping a source preserve anonymity, a common practice by investigative reporters.”

Assange is being held in a maximum-security prison in London that has been called the UK’s Guantanamo. It has been used to detain alleged terrorists, sometimes indefinitely.

Assange’s recent dramatic arrest in Britain has elicited excellent articles by a number of writers – including Chris HedgesJonathan TurleyPepe EscobarRay McGovern (also here), John PilgerJonathan CookDavid Swanson, and Paul Craig Roberts. Many of these were published by Consortium News, which, unlike mainstream media and journalism organizations, has been regularly covering the escalating persecution of Assange for his Wikileaks revelations.

This article will quote from these valuable articles and others, and will also present additional information about Wikileaks’ exposés on Israel, which have largely gone unmentioned.

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The arrest  

Journalist Pepe Escobar writes that April 11th, the date of Assange’s arrest, “will live in infamy in the annals of Western ‘values’ and ‘freedom of expression.’ The image is stark. A handcuffed journalist and publisher dragged out by force from the inside of an embassy…”

“The U.S. magically erases Ecuador’s financial troubles, ordering the IMF to release a providential $4.2-billion loan. Immediately after, Ecuadorian diplomats ‘invite’ the London Metropolitan Police to come inside their embassy to arrest their long-term guest.

“Let’s cut to the chase. Julian Assange is not a U.S. citizen, he’s an Australian. WikiLeaks is not a U.S.-based media organization. If the US government gets Assange extradited, prosecuted and incarcerated, it will legitimize its right to go after anyone, anyhow, anywhere, anytime.

“Call it The Killing of Journalism.”

Media attacks and government black propaganda campaign against Wikileaks

Many others in addition to Escobar have noted that the persecution of Assange threatens all journalists. Yet, the media have a history of largely opposing or ignoring Assange.

Chris Hedges reports: “Once the documents and videos provided by Manning to Assange and WikiLeaks were published and disseminated by news organizations such as The New York Times and The Guardian, the press callously, and foolishly, turned on Assange. News organizations that had run WikiLeaks material over several days soon served as conduits in a black propaganda campaign to discredit Assange and WikiLeaks.”

John Pilger describes this campaign: “In 2008, a plan to destroy both WikiLeaks and Assange was laid out in a top secret document dated 8 March, 2008. The authors were the Cyber Counter-intelligence Assessments Branch of the US Defence Department. They described in detail how important it was to destroy the “feeling of trust” that is WikiLeaks’ “centre of gravity”.

“This would be achieved, they wrote, with threats of ‘exposure [and] criminal prosecution’ and a unrelenting assault on reputation. The aim was to silence and criminalise WikiLeaks and its editor and publisher. It was as if they planned a war on a single human being and on the very principle of freedom of speech.

“Their main weapon would be personal smear. Their shock troops would be enlisted in the media — those who are meant to keep the record straight and tell us the truth.”

Pilger writes in a more recent article: “Assange’s principal media tormentor, The Guardian, a collaborator with the secret state, displayed its nervousness this week with an editorial that scaled new weasel heights. The Guardian has exploited the work of Assange and WikiLeaks in what its previous editor called ‘the greatest scoop of the last 30 years.’ The paper creamed off WikiLeaks’ revelations and claimed the accolades and riches that came with them.

“With not a penny going to Julian Assange or to WikiLeaks, a hyped Guardian book led to a lucrative Hollywood movie. The book’s authors, Luke Harding and David Leigh, turned on their source, abused him and disclosed the secret password Assange had given the paper in confidence, which was designed to protect a digital file containing leaked US embassy cables.

“When Assange was still trapped in the Ecuadorian embassy, Harding joined police outside and gloated on his blog that “Scotland Yard may get the last laugh.”

Media watchdog FAIR reports that virtually all the mainstream media, from left to right, have cheered Assange’s recent incarceration, concluding: “It seems clear he shares virtually nothing in common with those in positions of influence in big media outlets, who have been only too happy to watch his demise.”

The Onion, which satirizes the tone and format of typical news outlets, summarizes Assange’s real “crime” in an article entitled Media Condemns Julian Assange For Reckless Exposure Of How They Could Be Spending Their Time. The piece includes an imaginary quote from Fred HiattWashington Post editorial page editor:

“It’s abundantly clear that Mr. Assange was focused on exposing documented evidence of U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan without so much as a thought for the journalists who faithfully parroted the U.S. military’s talking points when we could have been investigating information that ran contrary to that narrative—does he realize how that makes us look?”

Media half-truths

British journalist Jonathan Cook lays out the media’s sins of omission and commission.

“For seven years, we have had to listen to a chorus of journalists, politicians and ‘experts’ telling us that Assange was nothing more than a fugitive from justice, and that the British and Swedish legal systems could be relied on to handle his case in full accordance with the law. Barely a ‘mainstream’ voice was raised in his defense in all that time.

“From the moment he sought asylum, Assange was cast as an outlaw. His work as the founder of Wikileaks – a digital platform that for the first time in history gave ordinary people a glimpse into the darkest recesses of the most secure vaults in the deepest of Deep States – was erased from the record.

“Assange was reduced from one of the few towering figures of our time – a man who will have a central place in history books, if we as a species live long enough to write those books – to nothing more than a sex pest, and a scruffy bail-skipper.

“The political and media class crafted a narrative of half-truths about the sex charges Assange was under investigation for in Sweden. They overlooked the fact that Assange had been allowed to leave Sweden by the original investigator, who dropped the charges, only for them to be revived by another investigator with a well-documented political agenda.

“They failed to mention that Assange was always willing to be questioned by Swedish prosecutors in London, as had occurred in dozens of other cases involving extradition proceedings to Sweden….”

Cook concludes: “This was never about Sweden or bail violations, or even about the discredited Russia-gate narrative, as anyone who was paying the vaguest attention should have been able to work out. It was about the U.S. Deep State doing everything in its power to crush WikiLeaks and make an example of its founder.”

What caused the US government and others to desire Assange and Wikileaks’ destruction? Let’s look at what they revealed.

Some of the topics Assange’s Wikileaks exposed:

Wikileaks published a number of diplomatic cables and emails that exposed Israeli plans and actions, and U.S. collusion, that Israel and its partisans wished to keep hidden. Below are some of them.

  • Israel planned to keep Gaza on “brink of collapse”

In 2008 Wikileaks published a cable from the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to Washington, that Israel had designated Gaza as a “hostile entity.”

The cable said: “As part of their overall embargo plan against Gaza, Israeli officials have confirmed [to U.S. officials] on multiple occasions that they intend to keep the Gazan economy on the brink of collapse without quite pushing it over the edge.”

The U.S. cable, classified “secret,” recommended that the U.S. try to persuade Israel to abandon this policy.The cable said that the U.S. should encourage Israel to “review its present policies (as  requested by the Office of the Quartet Representative and the PA) while pressing the Israelis to approve as much funding each month as possible under security constraints…”

  • Israel used control over Palestinian money to control Gaza

The leaked cable also described how Israel used its control over Palestinian currency to control Gaza. The cable said Israel’s “monetary policy towards Gaza is consistent with its declaration that Gaza is a ‘hostile entity.’

The cable reported that Israel “believes that maintaining the shekel as the currency of the Palestinian Territories is in Israel’s interests.”It reported that Israel “treats decisions regarding the amount of shekels in circulation in Gaza as a security matter.” Requests by Palestinian banks to transfer shekels into Gaza are approved or denied by the National Security Council (NSC), an organ of the Israeli security establishment, not by the Bank of Israel.

The cable reported that Israel’s NSC “has the final say in permitting new liquidity into Gaza” and used this power to suppress Gaza’s economy.The cable reported that Israel had decided “that Gaza should receive just enough money for the basic needs of the population but it is not interested in returning the Gazan economy to a state of normal commerce and business.”

  • Israel colluded with PA and Fatah

2007 U.S. diplomatic cable, also marked secret, revealed the way in which Israel was using the Palestinian Authority and Fatah, the party of President Mahmoud Abbas.

The cable, from the U.S. embassy, reported information given the by Israeli Security Agency (ISA) Head Yuval Diskin to U.S. officials.

Diskin was concerned that Fatah’s weakness compared to Hamas “bodes ill for Israel,” especially since Israel had “established a very good working relationship” with the Palestinian Authority. He said that PA security agencies were sharing almost all the intelligence they collected with Israel. Diskin said: “They understand that Israel’s security is central to their survival in the struggle with Hamas in the West Bank.”

  • Israel planned violence against Palestinian nonviolence

A 2010 U.S. cable published by Wikileaks was entitled: “IDF PLANS HARSHER METHODS WITH WEST BANK DEMONSTRATIONS.”

The cable, again from the U.S. embassy, reported that Israel was greatly concerned by Palestinian nonviolence.

A diplomat wrote: “Less violent [Palestinian] demonstrations [were] likely to stymie the IDF.  As MOD Pol-Mil chief Amos Gilad told USG interlocutors recently, “we don’t do Gandhi very well.”

The cable reported that an official “expressed frustration with ongoing demonstrations in the West Bank.” He said that the IDF would start to be “more assertive in how it deals with these demonstrations, even demonstrations that appear peaceful.”

The cable reported that the official said Israel would “start sending trucks with ‘dirty water’ to break up these protests, even if they are not violent… (NOTE: dirty water is a reference to the IDF’s chemically treated water that duplicates the effects of skunk spray.  End note.)”

The cable reported that Israeli officials had ordered the Palestinian security force commanders “that they must stop these demonstrations or the IDF will.”

  • Israel’s nuclear monopoly, helping Israel by opposing Assad

Wikileaks posted an email memo to Hillary Clinton saying:  “What Israeli military leaders really worry about — but cannot not talk about — is losing their nuclear monopoly.

”The memo recommended: “The best way to help Israel deal with Iran’s growing nuclear capability [sic] is to help the people of Syria overthrow the regime of Bashar Assad.” It reported: “Israel’s leadership understands well why defeating Assad is now in its interests.”

The 2012 memo was apparently by James P. Rubin, assistant secretary of state during the Bill Clinton administration (and husband of CNN’s Christiane Amanpour). Rubin emailed it to Hillary Clinton, who then forwarded it to her aide to print out for her.

  • Susan Rice worked to protect Israel at the UN

Foreign Policy’s Colum Lynch reported on diplomatic cables published by Wikileaks from U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice. They showed Rice working to stymie a UN investigation into Israel’s 2008-2009 invasion of Gaza, an investigation that led to the Goldstone report.

“In one pointed cable,” Lynch wrote, “Rice repeatedly prodded U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to block a recommendation of the board of inquiry to carry out a sweeping inquiry into alleged war crimes by Israeli soldiers and Palestinian militants.

“In another cable, Rice issued a veiled warning to the president of the International Criminal Court, Sang-Hyun Song, that an investigation into alleged Israeli crimes could damage its standing with the United States at a time when the new administration was moving closer to the tribunal. ‘How the ICC handles issues concerning the Goldstone Report will be perceived by many in the US as a test for the ICC, as this is a very sensitive matter,’ she told him, according to a Nov. 3, 2009, cable from the U.S. mission to the United Nations.”

Another cable reveals that “Rice assured Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman during an Oct. 21, 2009, meeting in Tel Aviv that the United States had done its utmost to ‘blunt the effects of the Goldstone Report’ and that she was confident she could ‘build a blocking coalition’ to prevent any push for a probe by the Security Council, according to an Oct. 27, 2009 cable.”

Lynch wrote that the diplomatic cables published by Wikileaks “provide a rare glimpse behind the scenes at the U.N. as American diplomats sought to shield Israel’s military from outside scrutiny of its conduct during Operation Cast Lead.”

They “also demonstrate how the United States and Israel were granted privileged access to highly sensitive internal U.N. deliberations on an ‘independent’ U.N. board of inquiry into the Gaza war, raising questions about the independence of the process.”

  • Eizenstat worked to influence Hillary on Israel

2015 Wikileak consisted of an email from former U.S. Ambassador to the EU Stuart Eizenstat to top Clinton foreign policy advisor Jake Sullivan that was also sent to Hillary Clinton. The email revealed Eizenstat’s close ties to Israel and is another example of how advisors like Eizenstat and Rubin work to influence Clinton’s positions.

Eizenstat had held numerous influential positions in both Israel and the U.S., including Chief Domestic Policy Adviser under President Jimmy Carter and Executive Director of the White House Domestic Policy Staff and Deputy Secretary of the Treasury under Bill Clinton.

His bio states that Eizenstat “served as the presidents’ special representative on Holocaust-related issues and negotiated major Holocaust restitution agreements with a number of European countries, and at the time of his ambassadorial nomination, he sat on the following boards: the Weizmann Institute of Science, The Jerusalem Foundation, Brandeis University, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Council for Excellence in Government Center for National Policy, the Overseas Development Council, the International Management and Development Institute, the American Jewish Committee and the UJA Federation of Greater Washington. He was chairman of the Feinberg Graduate School of the Weizmann Institute and served on the board of directors of Hercules Incorporated; PSI Energy, Inc.; and the Israel Discount Bank of New York.”

For his work, the Government of Israel presented Eizenstat with the Courage and Conscience Award.

Eizenstat noted in his email that the widely known Obama-Netanyahu animosity placed “Hillary in an extremely difficult position, caught between the President she served and the organized parts of the Jewish community.” He advised her on how to maneuver this.

Eizenstat wrote: “Permit me to suggest some points she might make. By way of background, I have very deep connections to the State of Israel and to its elected officials and leading academics. I go to Israel two to three times a year, perhaps 50 times since my first visit in 1965. My grandfather and great-grandfather are buried in Israel, and I have scores of relatives and friends there.”

Eizenstat explained his central role in US. Israel policies:

“During the Clinton Administration, I was responsible for the economic dimension of the peace process, working with Yasir Arafat, the Jordanians and the Israeli government…” He said that he co-chaired with Dennis Ross the Jewish People’s Policy Institute of Jerusalem (JPPI), a think tank funded by the Jewish Agency and major American Jewish federations and foundations, “focusing on strategic challenges facing Israel and the Diaspora around the world.”

Eizenstat recommended that Hillary “should stress the enduring commitment of the United States to Israel’s security interests, not only direct military threats, but attacks against Israel in the form of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign, on campuses in the U.S. and Europe. She should express grave concern for the increase in anti-Semitism in Europe and violent attacks by radical Islamic terrorists (Obama refuses to use this term; she will need to decide what language to use and then stick with it)…

“Third, and critically, she should express a strong feeling that Israel MUST remain a bipartisan issue, as it has been since its formation. She should sharply criticize those in the U.S. and in Israel who are injecting Israel into a partisan context…”

  • Hillary’s campaign team advised that she only talk about Israel at private fundraisers

Wikileaks published emails showing that in 2015 Hillary Clinton’s campaign team was concerned that mentioning Israel during election speeches would alienate Democratic party activists.

Campaign manager Robby Mook emailed that they “shouldn’t have Israel at public events.” He was especially concerned about  “activists.”

After some debate about strategy, speechwriter Dan Schwerin suggested a basic text for her to use that omitted Israel. He said, “Then she can drop in Israel when she’s with donors.”

  • Israeli general admits that US and Israeli security interests “often clash”

2009 diplomatic cable describing a meeting Assistant Secretary of Defense  Ambassador Alexander Vershbow with senior Israeli defense officials in Israel reported that an Israeli general “acknowledged the sometimes difficult position the U.S. finds itself in given its global interests, and conceded that Israel’s security focus is so narrow that its QME concerns often clash with broader American security interests in the region.”

The cable also showed Israeli officials promoting the belief that Iran was about to acquire nuclear weapons. The cable shows that US diplomats were skeptical, the report including the parenthetical comment: “It is unclear if the Israelis firmly believe this or are using worst-case estimates to raise greater urgency from the United States.”)

  • Israeli Chief of Staff reveals Israel is preparing for a war against civilians

Wikileaks posted a Dec. 23, 2009 secret diplomatic cable from the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv that described a briefing by IDF Chief of General Staff Lt General Gabi Ashkenazi of a U.S. Congressional delegation consisting of House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D, MO), Representative Steve Israel (D-NY), and Representative Tim Murphy (R, PA).

The cable reported: “Ashkenazi began the meeting by expressing his appreciation for the Committee’s support for Israel over the years.”

Ashkenazi “said he is preparing the IDF for a big war” and said that the next battle would be conducted in Gaza and southern Lebanon.

The cable also quoted Ashkenazi as telling the US representatives “the IDF cannot allow a situation in which it is restricted from operating in urban areas,” suggesting that the Israeli military would be even more violent than its invasion of Gaza a year before, in which Israeli forces killed about 1,400 Palestinians, including more than 900 civilians, many of them children. Middle East expert Juan Cole writes: “Planning to bomb civilian areas with foreknowledge that you will thereby kill large numbers of civilians is a war crime.

Ashkenazi admitted that “there were mistakes made.” The report said: “He noted that Israeli soldiers were also hit by mistake.  The same tank battalion that hit the house of Dr. Abul Eish and killed his two daughters also hit an IDF infantry unit.”

Cole reports that Ashkenazi had told a delegation “that Israeli unmanned drones had had great success in identifying rocket emplacements in southern Lebanon, and that it had been aided in this endeavor by the US National Security Agency, which spies on communications.”

According to Cole, “Israel could have a peace treaty with Syria and Lebanon tomorrow by giving back the Golan Heights and the Shebaa Farms, and by accepting a two-state solution. Instead, its Dr. Strangeloves are planning out massive bombings of areas thick with innocent civilians and willing to subject Tel Aviv to two months worth of rocket fire.”

The impact of Israel’s actions on the U.S.

Cole discussed what this could mean for the United States:

“Nor will the United States be held harmless from the blowback in the region caused by another Israeli war of aggression. Before September 11, Israel hawks used to make fun of Americans who warned that eventually there would be hell to pay for the Israeli strangulation of the Palestinians (for the argument, see this posting). And, imagine what a war would do to gasoline prices and to the world economy.”

Cole concluded: “My deepest fear is that US support for Israeli militarism, and the terrorism that support inevitably engenders, will be what finally finishes off the civil liberties enshrined in the American Constitution.”

Former US Treasury Undersecretary and journalist Paul Craig Roberts worries that this is already in process: “As the grand jury [for Assange] was secret because of ‘national security,’ will the trial also be secret and the evidence secret? Is what we have here a Star Chamber proceeding in which a person is indicted in secret and convicted in secret on secret evidence? This is the procedure used by tyrannical governments who have no case against the person they intend to destroy.”

  • Israel misled public about Hamas; Israel opposes a lasting ceasefire

Another secret US diplomatic cable published by Wikileaks reported on a trip to Israel by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (R-NY). Gillibrand’s group was briefed on “the Gaza security situation” by the IDF Southern Command and the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) on September 2nd and 3rd, 2009.

(At the time, Gillibrand was facing an upcoming fight to retain her position in the Senate in what was expected to be a close election in 2010 – she had been appointed by the governor to the seat after Hillary became Secretary of State).

The cable reported: “Israel Major General Yoav Gallant told the CODEL [Congressional Delegation] that the Southern Command’s role is to manage the threat from Gaza.”

While Israel publicly portrays Gaza as filled with extremists who hate Israel because of Islamic extremism, the Wikileaks disclosure shows that privately its officials tell a different story.

Gallant was quoted as telling Gillibrand: “Sixty percent of Gaza’s population is under the age of twenty and the average income is one-twenty-fifth of the average income of Israelis in Sderot (a relatively poor Israeli town).  Gaza has no natural resources except for fishing.  Those factors would be reason enough for Gazans to fight, even without religious extremism.”

Gallant admitted that Israel opposed a lasting ceasefire with Hamas, since “a lasting ceasefire is likely to lead to a stronger Hamas.”

An Israeli official said that one of the reasons that Fatah couldn’t make concessions to reconcile with Hamas was “because of the U.S. position,” suggesting that the US has played a role in the continuing division between Hamas and Fatah.

The briefing disclosed that Israeli officials were displeased that Egypt didn’t always do what Israel government told it to do. An Israeli official complained “that Shin Bet and the Mossad gave Egyptian intelligence the names of the top 300 smugglers in the Sinai, but Egypt did not act against any of them.”

While Israel always blames Hamas for any and all violence against Israel, the cable revealed that privately Israeli officials are aware that other, newer groups are often responsible.

Israeli Officials said that these groups “oppose the rule of Hamas,” which has tried to suppress them.

  • Israel & US decide to hide delivery of US bunker busting bombs to Israel (for targeting Iran)

secret 2009 diplomatic cable reported on the “Executive Session of the 40th Joint Political Military Group (JPMG)”. The US group was led by Andrew Shapiro, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. They met with top Israeli officials.

The cable reported that the combined group decided that the upcoming delivery of GBU-28 bunker busting bombs to Israel “should be handled quietly to avoid any allegations that the USG [United States Government] is helping Israel prepare for a strike against Iran.”

The cable also reported: “The GOI [Government of Israel] made the case for “crippling sanctions” against Iran.

  • Israeli was concerned about Russia & Turkey

The same 2009 secret cable reported that Israel was extremely concerned about Russia, reporting:

“The GOI [Government of Israel] was not confident that Moscow will be helpful in any Iranian sanctions effort — GOI participants opined that Russia is considered a ‘mystery’ with respect to their views on Iran.  The GOI raised the Russian S-300 sale to Iran, noting that the transfer is still pending.  GOI participants argued that Moscow seeks a return to superpower status.” (This suggests that Israel’s continual concern about Russia could be a factor in the promotion of the widespread – and dangerous – anti-Russia discourse in the US.)

Israel was also worried that Turkey wasn’t toeing the Israeli line:

“The GOI raised the current direction the Government of Turkey has taken toward Syria and Iran — and away from Israel.  Israeli participants argued that Turkey has been supportive of Hamas in Gaza while pursuing a more ‘Islamic’ direction with the goal of becoming a regional superpower. The GOI argued that the Turkish military is losing its ability to influence government decisions and strategic direction.  After this past year, GOI participants said they have a ‘bad feeling’ about Turkey.”

  • Efforts “at the highest levels” of the US government to remove restrictions for Israelis concerning dual citizenship  

The same 2009 secret cable discussed above also revealed that there were efforts at the top levels of the US government to allow dual Israel citizens in the US to have access to sensitive technology:

“The GOI raised the issue of dual citizenship within the context of access to sensitive technology.  U.S. participants acknowledged Israeli concerns, noting that the issue is being worked at the highest levels of the USG to reach consensus on how to proceed.”

(Dual citizenship used to be prohibited in the United States, until this was overturned in 1967 on behalf of Israel; Abe Fortas was the swing vote.)

Wikileaks revelations about the U.S.

[This graphic published in Twitter series on Wikileaks Top Ten.].Since 2006 Wikileaks has exposed a multitude of misdeeds of governments throughout the world (e.g. exposing corruption in Kenya.) Below are some of the exposés about the U.S.

  • U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan

Chris Hedges reports: “The half a million internal documents leaked by Manning from the Pentagon and the State Department, along with the 2007 video of U.S. helicopter pilots nonchalantly gunning down Iraqi civilians, including children, and two Reuters journalists, provided copious evidence of the hypocrisy, indiscriminate violence, and routine use of torture, lies, bribery and crude tactics of intimidation by the U.S. government in its foreign relations and wars in the Middle East. Assange and WikiLeaks allowed us to see the inner workings of empire—the most important role of a press—and for this they became empire’s prey.”

Jonathan Turley writes: “The key to prosecuting Assange has always been to punish him without again embarrassing the powerful figures made mockeries by his disclosures. That means to keep him from discussing how the U.S. government concealed attacks and huge civilian losses, the type of disclosures that were made in the famous Pentagon Papers case. He cannot discuss how Democratic and Republican members either were complicit or incompetent in their oversight. He cannot discuss how the public was lied to about the program.

Below are some of the Wikileaks revelations about U.S. war crimes, as reported by BBC:

One of the Wikileaks documents shows the US military was given a video apparently showing Iraqi Army (IA) officers executing a prisoner in the northern town of Talafar.

“The footage shows the IA soldiers moving the detainee into the street, pushing him to the ground, punching him and shooting him,” states the log, which also names at least one of the perpetrators.

“In another case, US soldiers suspected army officers of cutting off a detainee’s fingers and burning him with acid…..

“In one incident in July 2007, as many as 26 Iraqis were killed by a helicopter, about half of them civilians, according to the log.

Another record shows an Apache helicopter gunship fired on two men believed to have fired mortars at a military base in Baghdad in February 2007, even though they were attempting to surrender. The crew asked a lawyer whether they could accept the surrender, but were told they could not, “and are still valid targets”. So they shot them.”

The Guardian also summarized some of the Wikileaks’ revelations:

* US authorities failed to investigate hundreds of reports of abuse, torture, rape and even murder by Iraqi police and soldiers whose conduct appears to be systematic and normally unpunished.

* A US helicopter gunship involved in a notorious Baghdad incident had previously killed Iraqi insurgents after they tried to surrender.

* US and UK officials insisted that no official record of civilian casualties exists but the logs record 66,081 non-combatant deaths out of a total of 109,000 fatalities.

“The numerous reports of detainee abuse, often supported by medical evidence, describe prisoners shackled, blindfolded and hung by wrists or ankles, and subjected to whipping, punching, kicking or electric shocks. Six reports end with a detainee’s apparent death.

“As recently as December the Americans were passed a video apparently showing Iraqi army officers executing a prisoner in Tal Afar, northern Iraq. The log states: “The footage shows approximately 12 Iraqi army soldiers. Ten IA soldiers were talking to one another while two soldiers held the detainee. The detainee had his hands bound … The footage shows the IA soldiers moving the detainee into the street, pushing him to the ground, punching him and shooting him.”

“The report named at least one perpetrator and was passed to coalition forces. But the logs reveal that the coalition has a formal policy of ignoring such allegations. They record “no investigation is necessary” and simply pass reports to the same Iraqi units implicated in the violence. By contrast all allegations involving coalition forces are subject to formal inquiries. Some cases of alleged abuse by UK and US troops are also detailed in the logs.

“In two Iraqi cases postmortems revealed evidence of death by torture. On 27 August 2009 a US medical officer found “bruises and burns as well as visible injuries to the head, arm, torso, legs and neck” on the body of one man claimed by police to have killed himself. On 3 December 2008 another detainee, said by police to have died of “bad kidneys”, was found to have ‘evidence of some type of unknown surgical procedure on [his] abdomen’.

“A Pentagon spokesman told the New York Times this week that under its procedure, when reports of Iraqi abuse were received the US military ‘notifies the responsible government of Iraq agency or ministry for investigation and follow-up’.

“The logs also illustrate the readiness of US forces to unleash lethal force. In one chilling incident they detail how an Apache helicopter gunship gunned down two men in February 2007.

“The suspected insurgents had been trying to surrender but a lawyer back at base told the pilots: ‘You cannot surrender to an aircraft.’ The Apache, callsign Crazyhorse 18, was the same unit and helicopter based at Camp Taji outside Baghdad that later that year, in July, mistakenly killed two Reuters employees and wounded two children in the streets of Baghdad.”

(In reading about the actions in Iraq, it’s important to recall that pro-Israel neocons were a major factor in the US invasion.)

  • The Democratic Party/Clinton machineriggedthe Democratic primaries to prevent the nomination of Bernie Sanders.

Wikileaks stated that it had “exposed how those at the top of the US Democratic Party had worked tirelessly to tilt the scales in favour of Hillary Clinton as she faced off against Bernie Sanders in the race to be the Democrat presidential candidate.

”These revelations eventually prompted the resignation of five of the most senior members of the Democratic Party in the aftermath of the Democratic Convention, including DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Hedges reports: “Assange, who with the Manning leaks had exposed the war crimes, lies and criminal manipulations of the George W. Bush administration, soon earned the ire of the Democratic Party establishment by publishing 70,000 hacked emails belonging to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and senior Democratic officials. The emails were copied from the accounts of John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman.

“The Podesta emails exposed the donation of millions of dollars from Saudi Arabia and Qatar, two of the major funders of Islamic State, to the Clinton Foundation.

“It exposed the $657,000 that Goldman Sachs paid to Hillary Clinton to give talks, a sum so large it can only be considered a bribe. It exposed Clinton’s repeated mendacity. She was caught in the emails, for example, telling the financial elites that she wanted “open trade and open borders” and believed Wall Street executives were best positioned to manage the economy, a statement that contradicted her campaign statements.

“It exposed the Clinton campaign’s efforts to influence the Republican primaries to ensure that Trump was the Republican nominee.

“It exposed Clinton’s advance knowledge of questions in a primary debate.

[These were given to Hillary by prominent Democratic activist and former CNN commentator, now Fox News pundit Donna Brazile. The scandal quickly blew over. Salon reported in 2016 that Brazile was “far-from-contrite” and “recycled her discredited claims that the hacked emails that exposed her perfidy against presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders were somehow altered by Russian intelligence agents.” Turley points out that Brazile is “now back on television, but Assange, however, could well do time.”]

“It exposed Clinton as the primary architect of the war in Libya, a war she believed would burnish her credentials as a presidential candidate.”

  • CIA hacked and spied on American citizens & friendly nations 

Hedges reports:“WikiLeaks has done more to expose the abuses of power and crimes of the American Empire than any other news organization. In addition to the war logs and the Podesta emails, it made public the hacking tools used by the CIA and the National Security Agency and their interference in foreign elections, including in the French elections.”

“[Wikileaks] intervened to save Edward Snowden, who made public the wholesale surveillance of the American public by our intelligence agencies, from extradition to the United States by helping him flee from Hong Kong to Moscow. The Snowden leaks also revealed that Assange was on a U.S. ‘manhunt target list.’”  (More on Snowden here.)

Wikileaks’ publication of Vault 7: CIA Hacking Tools Revealed, “the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency,” revealed that the CIA “had produced more than a thousand hacking systems, trojans, viruses, and other ‘weaponized’ malware.”

The documents revealed that the CIA’s “exploits against a wide range of U.S. and European company products, include Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows and even Samsung TVs, which are turned into covert microphones.”

  • Inaccurate claims about “Russiagate”

Hedges notes: “The Democratic leadership, intent on blaming Russia for its election loss, charges that the Podesta emails were obtained by Russian government hackers, although James Comey, the former FBI director, has conceded that the emails were probably delivered to WikiLeaks by an intermediary. Assange has said the emails were not provided by ‘state actors.’”

Pilger reports: “The Guardian published a series of falsehoods about Assange, not least a discredited claim that a group of Russians and Trump’s man, Paul Manafort, had visited Assange in the embassy. The meetings never happened; it was fake.”

The Vault 7 documents revealed that some of the CIA’s tools enabled it to make hacking, emails, etc. appear to come from a different source, calling into question claims about alleged Russian hacking.

Former top CIA analyst Ray McGovern and former NSA Technical Director William Binney, in a detailed article disputing Russiagate contentions, wrote that Wikileaks’ Vault 7 documents revealed that the CIA had the ability to “break into computers and servers and make it look like others did it by leaving telltale signs (like Cyrillic markings, for example).”

(For more on Russiagate see thisthis and this.)

  • U.S. plans for regime change in Syria and Venezuela

John Pilger writes that Wikileaks documents provided the detailed description of American ambassadors of how the governments in Syria and Venezuela might be overthrown. It is all available on the WikiLeaks site.”

  • British military’s secret document calling investigative journalists “a major threat”

Pilger reports: “A decade ago, the Ministry of Defense in London produced a secret document which described the ‘principal threats’ to public order as threefold: terrorists, Russian spies and investigative journalists. The latter was designated the major threat.”Assange’s Wikileaks revealed all this to us, and more.

Extradition to the US could place Assange’s life in danger

And now Assange is in “Britain’s Guantanamo,” awaiting possible, perhaps probable, extradition to the U.S. If this happens, his lawyers say, “he may risk torture and his life would be in danger.”

UN Special Rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer has issued a statement warning that extradition “could expose him to a real risk of serious violations of his human rights, including his freedom of expression, his right to a fair trial and the prohibition of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”

Melzer urged the British Government “to refrain from expelling, returning or extraditing Mr. Assange to the United States or any other jurisdiction, until his right to asylum under refugee law or subsidiary protection under international human rights law has been determined in a transparent and impartial proceeding granting all due process and fair trial guarantees, including the right to appeal.”

Numerous organizations, as reported by journalist Elizabeth Vos, have opposed his prosecution, including the ACLU, The Freedom of the Press Foundation, the Center for Investigative Journalism, Amnesty Ireland, Committee To Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders, Human Rights Watch, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the National Union of Journalists, the The Knight First Amendment Institute and Digital Rights Watch.

A few days ago Assange was honored with the 2019 “Award for Journalists, Whistleblowers & Defenders of the Right to Information,” sponsored by European parliamentarians. Nobel laureate Mairead Maguire, who has nominated him for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, collected the award on his behalf.

Yet, he remains in prison, while the mainstream media and others applaud this.

The bottom line

Consortium News asks: “If Your Country Were Committing War Crimes Would You Want to Know?

One thing is clear. The perpetrators don’t want Americans to know, and are trying to shoot the messenger.

But to prevent countless lives from being destroyed abroad, and eventually, at home, it’s essential that Americans learn the profoundly disturbing actions that Wikileaks revealed.

And then for everyone, across the political spectrum, to demand that these actions stop.


French Ambassador Says Trump “Deal of the Century” Is DOA, Calls Israel ‘Apartheid State’

“[Kushner] is so rational, and he is so pro-Israeli also, that he may neglect the point that if you offer the Palestinians the choice between surrendering and committing suicide, they may decide the latter. Somebody like Kushner doesn’t understand that.” — French Ambassador Gerard Araud

By Whitney Webb

April 22, 2019 “Information Clearing House” – In an interview with the Atlantic last Friday, outgoing French Ambassador to the United States Gerard Araud made headlines after emphatically stating that Israel is already “an apartheid state” and that the Trump administration’s so-called “Deal of the Century” aimed at resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict is “99 percent doomed.”

Araud — whose first government post was in France’s Tel Aviv embassy, and who was the French ambassador to Israel from 2003 to 2006 — made the claim after being asked about his views on the Israel-Palestine “peace process.” After stating that he enjoys a “close” relationship with Jared Kushner — Trump’s son-in-law who has spent the last two years drafting a “peace plan” for the Trump administration — Araud noted that Kushner’s “proposal is very close to what the Israelis want.”

This outcome has long been noted by many media outlets based on Kushner’s close ties to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; his family’s role in funding illegal West Bank settlements; and, more recently, statements made by those familiar with the negotiations and the fact that the Palestinians have refused to negotiate with Kushner’s team since the Trump administration decreed Jerusalem to be Israel’s capital in December 2017.

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Araud, who first became France’s ambassador to the U.S. in 2014, later described Kushner as “extremely smart, but he has no guts. He doesn’t know the history.” While Araud posited that there may be an advantage to not knowing the history of the conflict, he also noted that it was a double-edged sword, stating:

[Kushner] is so rational, and he is so pro-Israeli also, that he may neglect the point that if you offer the Palestinians the choice between surrendering and committing suicide, they may decide the latter. Somebody like Kushner doesn’t understand that.”

Like other politicians who have recently spoken about the “peace plan,” Araud has not seen the plan but was told that it was around 50 pages and very “precise.” Yet, drawing on his closeness to Kushner, Araud stated thatthe plan had been created based on three assumptions or “bets” made by Kushner, the first of which was that Trump would be “uniquely able to push the Israelis, because he is so popular in Israel.” The second bet, according  to Araud, was that “the Palestinians may consider it’s their last chance to get limited sovereignty,” while the third element of the plan is “Kushner is going to pour money on the Palestinians.”

Despite the fact that Araud clearly likes Kushner and parts of his approach, he said that the plan was almost guaranteed to fail: “Is it doomed to fail? I should say 99 percent yes, but 1 percent, you never forget the 1 percent.”

Araud also raised the point that Israel’s government, despite all the concessions it has received from the Trump administration, would be uninterested in making any concessions, no matter how minor, as part of Kushner’s “peace plan:”

The problem is that the disproportion of power is such between the two sides that the strongest may conclude that they have no interest to make concessions… The status quo is extremely comfortable for Israel. Because they [can] have the cake and eat it.”

Arau summarized the status quo as follows:

They [Israel] have the West Bank, but at the same time they don’t have to make the painful decision about the Palestinians, really making them really, totally stateless or making them citizens of Israel.”

With Israel’s annexation of the West Bank looming following Netanyahu’s recent re-election, Araud further noted:

They [Israel] won’t make them [Palestinians] citizens of Israel. So they will have to make it official, which is we know the situation, which is an apartheid [sic]. There will be officially an apartheid state. They are in fact already.”


Israeli apartheid: recognition brings resistance

Araud’s statement that Israel is “in fact already” an apartheid state is not surprising, in the sense that Israeli apartheid has long been a reality on the ground in occupied Palestine. However, it is remarkable, in the sense that Araud’s statements show that the reality is now near impossible to cover up or ignore and also that the reality of the situation is receiving more recognition than ever from the mainstream.

Indeed, if Araud — a former French ambassador to Israel who is close to Kushner and a well-entrenched figure of the Western political elite — is able to make such statements without being accused of “anti-Semitism,” it definitively shows that Israel’s status as an apartheid state is quickly becoming an accepted truth in mainstream, Western political discourse.

While Araud has been characterized for his “bluntness” in the past and as “direct to the point of discomfort,” his status as a member of the Western political elite that has long shielded Israeli apartheid and decades-long ethnic cleansing of Palestine from scrutiny highlights the dramatic yet unambiguous nature of the situation.

As mainstream recognition of Israeli apartheid accelerates, so too will efforts to resist it, particularly among countries and political groups that have opposed apartheid in other places around the world, like South Africa. Such pushback for those who reject apartheid systems wherever they may occur appears to be a “bet” that Jared Kushner failed to consider when drafting his “peace plan.”



Rash of articles last few days claiming Corbyn and Labour are the only force that can ‘stop Farage’ – and must back a new referendum to do so. But what’s their motivation – and are they right?

There has been a spate of articles in the media over the last few days that loudly proclaim that, in spite of the slew of centrists pushing themselves forward as candidates, only Jeremy Corbyn can ‘stop Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party’ – and that he and Labour must back a new referendum to do so:

Reality bites

But Labour already has backed a new referendum. Parliament has held four votes on a new referendum:

  • 29th Jan (tabled by Corbyn)
  • 14th Mar (tabled by TIG)
  • 27th Mar (indicative vote #1)
  • 1st Apr (indicative vote #2)

Acting in line with the party’s conference policy, Labour has backed those motions with a three-line whip – the strictest form of party discipline – on three of those occasions.

And on all four occasions, the motions were decisively defeated.

Labour has fulfilled its conference commitment – and saw a seven percent fall in its ‘Westminster voting intention’ share. As informed commentators and Labour insiders have long predicted, backing a new referendum damaged Labour electorally – even as the Tories collapsed further.

Weather vanes

Most of the articles written this week saying only Corbyn can ‘stop Farage’ and telling him what he ‘must’ do to achieve it have something in common – they are written by people who told us equally emphatically not too long ago that Jeremy Corbyn was too weak to win elections or change the UK’s political landscape – and that he must stand aside to do it.

Andrew Grice, for example, wrote this not long after the 2016 referendum result:

Tom Watson, as virtually all SKWAWKBOX readers will be aware, tried to persuade Corbyn to stand down after the referendum and gave a speech six months later about the urgent need for Labour to take on board concerns about freedom of movement – and to recognise the “many gains” offered by Brexit.

Suddenly both, at the same time, are all about Corbyn being the one to stop Farage – and telling him he must do it by backing a new referendum, conveniently forgetting Labour already tried it.

Setting up for a fall

The tactic of talking up Labour’s prospects to make the party look a failure is not exactly new. After the 2017 general election showed that rubbishing Corbyn’s electability was a non-starter, his opponents and the Establishment media set about telling everyone that Labour would and should romp home in the 2018 local elections.

In the end, Labour’s performance was strong and would have made Labour the biggest party in Parliament if replicated in a general election – and the Tories were clinging to any crumb of comfort they could – but the false set-up allowed Establishment commentators to paint Labour’s performance as disappointing. It couldn’t have been more transparent as a first step in trying to lessen the ‘Corbyn surge’ in the public mind.

Something similar is underway now.

SKWAWKBOX comment:

The about-faces on Corbyn’s power and influence are embarrassing to those who wrote off Corbyn when the independent media were predicting correctly that Corbyn’s Labour is a force to be reckoned with.

Those who distrusted the doom-mongering of those right-wing politicians and commentators then were proven absolutely right to do so. Distrusting them again now, when they’re claiming the European Parliament elections are all about Corbyn, is absolutely logical.

Especially when the Establishment is, again, desperate to divert attention from Theresa May’s Brexit incompetence and from the intellectual and political bankruptcy of the so-called ‘centre’.

Corbyn’s job is to change the UK – not just ‘stop Farage’ a


I’m beginning to fear Jeremy Corbyn will be targeted for assassination

Just over two weeks ago I started writing butimmediately felt a heavy heart. Something wasn’t right & the more I thought about it, the more my trepidation grew. The UK army using an image of Jeremy Corbyn for target practice? Ever since it’s been a struggle to finish the piece. No simple task convincing folk there was a distinct possibility Jeremy Corbyn was going to be killed. I so hope I’m wrong. It’s the last thing I want & I’ll go mad if it happens but this incident with the army, along with the bile spouted by Alan Sugar, Rachel Riley & the media’s reaction to all of this, no. This is hardly paranoia. There’s more to this than meets the eye.

The similarities with Bobby Kennedy are striking. He was about to become President & bang! Some spaced out loony killed this great man & in doing so changed the course of history. Lo & behold, those who had all the motive, NWO warmongers, naturally, through their control of the MSM, were never placed in the frame. Could it have been any more obvious they were also behind the assassination of Bobby’s brother five years earlier? Mankind was heading in a positive direction in the 60’s. Suddenly, it was as if Pandora’s box opened for the Zionist warlords & all they needed was the contemptible media to ride shotgun & a couple of patsies to take the dairy off themselves.

I believe the same scenario is unfolding today. Corbyn could spell disaster for the NWO brigade so a climate is being created where uninitiated folk will not think too hard if JC just happens to get ironed out. There will be the initial shock & then the media will swing into gear promoting the bullshit notion, which they themselves nurtured, that JC apparently had enemies. It was just one of those unfortunate things! Gone & three days later, forgotten, just like John Smith!

But hang on a minute – don’t all politicians have enemies? Of course they do, so this argument falls flat on it’s face. Considering too how so many more people would love to see Blair, Cameron & May suffer a similar fate yet we all feel we could never be so lucky. With Blair I’d bet millions would actually celebrate his demise. I would! The problem is the public is never made aware of such anomalies. As a result people don’t realise there aren’t so many options when it comes to snuffing out leaders that can’t be bought. The one often utilised is not great by any stretch of the imagination but enough for the perpetrators to succeed & 
evade capture. Fact is, they’d rather not have to kill prominent officials but the harsh reality is we live in an evil world where good folk who can make a difference are the ones regularly targeted. What an obstacle Nature has presented us. Ideally we’d far prefer to live in a world where evil folk were the ones who had to watch their back. The dilemma for mankind is good people don’t commit heinous crimes!

Like I said the media is creating a fake backdrop. JC is slowly but surely being set up. Put it all together – the egg throwing incident; Alan Sugar openly declaring he’d leave the UK if JC became our Prime Minister; then the target practice in Afghanistan capping it all with a two-bit celebrity Rachel Riley making herself busy perpetuating all the lies about anti-Semitim & Corbyn being racist. There is no way someone with her intelligence can be that daft to believe these allegations of anti-Semitism in the Labour party are genuine. Of course Corbyn supporters are going to unload on her. We’ve had enough media bias & lies. Now she’s crying wolf? And to think I used to adore her. To hell with her now.

But here’s the huge eye-opener – look what happened to Jeremy Clarkson, one of UK’s biggest celebrities when he slagged off Gordon Brown? Even though his show Top Gear was the greatest money spinner the BBC has ever had, HE WAS MADE TO APOLOGISE! Bear in mind Brown at the time was the Prime Minister & deserved some stick whereas Jeremy Corbyn hasn’t yet held office. He hasn’t had the chance to do anything for people to roundly admonish him. So there has to be a hidden agenda & it all points in one direction.

For me though, the target practice clinched it. Here was something infinitely worse than the jibe Clarkson aimed at Gordon Brown yet the media made nothing of it. Now imagine if our soldiers were shooting at an image of Benjamin Netanyahu. Tell me if you think I’m wrong in saying the media would have gone ballistic; apologies would have been sprayed around like confetti; the soldiers involved would immediately be facing disciplinary action & Theresa May would have ordered an inquiry. Am I wrong? No. THAT’S WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED! All this for a foreign leader who’s a pathological liar, a mass-murderer, the most dangerous man on the planet! Yet for one of our own leaders, look at the reaction. The media hasn’t uttered a word in condemnation. So what else could I do but think?

So I asked a perfectly normal question, one the media should not have just asked but demanded from day one – WHAT POSSESSED UK MILITARY PERSONNEL DO SUCH A THING & WHY JEREMY CORBYN? This shows the media up for the scum they are. What’s crucial is understanding how they’d have reacted had this been a crazy one-off prank. I’m sure if they were taken by surprise they’d have asked a few questions, discovered who the soldiers were & applied some pressure on the top brass to discipline those involved & in the process sell a few papers. But what if this ‘target practice’ had all been arranged, which incidentally is a classic Zionist Modus Operandi? For sure the media would have been told – ‘play it down. Treat it as some sort of joke & then let the matter die’ because the last thing they wanted was anyone to dig further. Well, ISN’T THIS EXACTLY WHAT’S OCCURRED? The issue looks like it’s being swept under the carpet.

We know the establishment is desperate to stop JC becoming Prime Minister. The manner in which the media has relentlessly attacked him is testament to this. It smacks of desperation. They’re literally making it up as they go along & so no surprise it all but appears they’ve shot their bolt. So now it’s a question of can they get to him like they did with Trump & Obama or do they not want to take the risk? As much as they want to rid themselves of JC & we know who they are, it counts for nothing in a court of law. Wanting someone dead doesn’t mean you’re going to kill them. So in order to give the conspirators an out, they have to have a patsy so the media can place the blame squarely at the feet of a lunatic who acted alone. The best way to sell this is to have the public believing JC has enemies & that this was yet another random act of madness, just like Bobby Kennedy. Anything else & it would be too obvious.

When Jeremy Corbyn became leader of the Labour party something else happened that day. He’d inadvertently placed his name on what can only be described as a hit list. Most folk realise this. However, I now believe his life hangs in the balance. I feel the nearer he gets to No.10, the greater the chance of his assassination. I say this because I have an awkward feeling there’s an ulterior motive for the actions of people like Rachel Riley & Alan Sugar. Even the egg throwing incident was spun by the media but my worst fears were confirmed when I saw the media’s reaction to the incident in Afghanistan. They treated this abomination as if it was nothing.

What’s so sickening is those who used JC’s face for target practice know him as a man of peace.He actually cares more for their lives than any other UK politician. Blair, Cameron & May couldn’t give a damn however many military personnel were killed or maimed. And the media – why all this hatred for a man who genuinely wants to serve his people; he wants to save the NHS, Nationalise the Railways & the Water; he wants to close tax loop-holes; he supports the Palestinians, he’s anti-war & opposed to billionaire banksters? There is only one explanation – he’s viewed as a serious threat to the ambitions of those who are hell bent on establishing a New World Order.
Perhaps by highlighting these fears, should enough folk be made aware of the scenarios involved, who knows the powers that be may think twice. 


  • Auntie Semite

    If anyone assassinated Jeremy Corbin, everyone would know the mossad/APARTHEID israel jew was responsible and I bet high profile jew politicians and banksters and businessmen would be executed soon thereafter. #BDS

    • I’m not so sure you’re right there Auntie. As obvious as it would be there are so many brain dead out there. That why I wrote this piece.

      • Auntie Semite

        Well I for one will join with Russia and Iran when the jew get their amerikkkan and nato mercenary slaves to start WW3 so that APARTHEID israel can bring their antichrist dajjal to rule that God forsaken country that used to be PALESTINE, and will be again after millions of people like me send the satanic/zionist jew to their lord, the devil.

  • Ron Wright

    I’m not doubting your thoughts have merit the same thought has been with me for years now. JC must surely be on a hit list. However your theory that the soldiers using his image as target practice is the clinger as a prelude to such action fails to convince me.

    The UK armed forces despise the man for what they see as his defence of the IRA. The IRA killed UK soldiers and so that makes him the enemy. Don’t forget the army is predominantly made up of individuals who failed to excel at school, they didn’t make the mark in order to obtain good jobs. They are of a lower than average IQ. They do what they are told because they cannot think for themselves. They don’t have the mental capacity to see that JC is a peace loving man, that he didn’t support the IRA. The media play on their ignorance and tell them how to view the great man, they are the ones that make Jeremy a target for the uninitiated.

    Remember too the high level of mental illness within the armed forces and how many ex squaddies are left to rot on Britains streets once they leave the bosom of her majesty’s service. I’m not suggesting you are wrong that JC is a target nor that an ex squaddie will be the patsy, but they don’t have the capability to be a lone assassin and plan such an operation alone.

    • Auntie Semite

      Almost all western media is owned by the satanic/zionist APARTHEID israel first jew. So of course they hate any person who doesn’t bow to the jew banksters and APARTHEID israel.

      Sure every nato mercenary army is full of half retards that are unemployabke outside the army, so an operation like the assassination of JFK, Jeremy Corbin and 9/11 would need to be carried out by mossad as they are trained/satanic psychopaths. #BDS

    • I have to say you’ve made some excellent points there Ron. Yes I didn’t consider the IRA scenario, though the IQ one goes without saying. I will back myself up with the call I made because it’s not so much what the army did as opposed to the media’s reaction. I didn’t say this sort of thing cannot happen. In fact I spelled out both scenarios – whether this was done off the cuff or pre-arranged. Perhaps I should have made it clearer that it was the media’s reaction to this incident that was the clincher for me.

  • Anne Tanner

    Too many unnecessary Antisemitic tropes in than post!

    It’s enough to point out that JC represents a threat to Theresa May and her vile Tory government!!

    • You’re wrong Anne. What you construe as anti-Semitism I feel is merely the truth. I also believe your comment smacks of someone who’s been compromised by the media’s subliminal brainwashing. When are people going to understand anti-Semitism is a term equated to Jews & if my memory serves me correct I never once mentioned Jews. My gripe is not with them. It’s with the Zionist warmongers & lobbies. I suggest you conduct some research on the subject & certainly stop believing anything the media says.

    • Auntie Semite

      I’m sure your ilk still expects us humans to think that some guy in a cave imploded THREE skyscrapers with TWO planes and that God is a racist that loves the jew that tortured Jesus to death and hates the Native Palestinians that worship Him. #BDS

      • Right again AS. We have a media that’s Zionist controlled. Google FB & U-tube – Zionist controlled. The banking industry – Zionist controlled. We have nearly every Tory MP belonging to the group Conservative Friends of Israel. We have almost half the Labour MPs belonging to Labour Friends of Israel.
        Then when you mention this inordinate level of Zionist influence where bear in mind they represents only 1.5% of our population, idiot after idiot construes the fact your merely telling the truth as anti-Semitic. I’m sick to the back teeth of morons who still believe what the media says.

        • Auntie Semite

          Well when satanic/zionist war criminal mass murderers like net&,yahoo get reelected again and again, I think it’s time to realize that the problem is the jew as a race in general. I usually treat people as decent and as my friend until they give me a reason not to, with the jew, I treat them as my enemy and satanic/zionist scum until they give me a reason not to.

          So yes, I’m an “anti-Semite” because I can count DECENT jew on the fingers of one hand – Miko Peled, Norm Finkelstein, Max Blumenthal, Jeffrey Sachs, and the late great Rachel Corrie. There may be others, but I take their silence as complicity with APARTHEID israel. #BDS

  • Another superb article Michael Aydinian and as ever you provide your readers with food for thought on a critical matter. Whilst I take on board your arguments and see great merit in much of what you say, perhaps there is a simpler reason for British troops making Jeremy C a target in their shooting practice. Could it be that those British soldiers, no doubt being mostly proud and loyal ‘Brits’ do not like Mr Corbyn’s rather extreme opinions on immigration? Might they be angry that he has stated at every opportunity that he supports a policy of UNLIMITED numbers being permitted entry into the UK. Black, white, yellow, Muslim, Christian and any other religious movement being granted a place on the rather small island you and I call home. This is one policy of Jovial Jeremy that has had me searching for my dust covered air rifle and long unused targets.

    • I refer my right honourable friend to the answer I gave in the Truth Journal about half an hour ago. Thanks Tim. By the way, have you changed your phone number………. again?

    • Direct Delivereries (Ryedale) Limited

      JC will always be a target for soldier descent, after all they are worried for their job security. JC is a pacifist he has been campaigning against nuclear weapons for three decades. He is a principled man that does not simply say what the Zionist masters want him to.

      Just look at how the press twisted his words when he very sensibly said “it would be ‘wonderful’ if every country in the world stood down its arms.” Common sense to all but those still wearing the MSM blinkers, but perhaps the military and the military industrial complex would not want to envisage such a peaceful scenario.

      • Thank you DD – excellent comment.

        • Direct Delivereries (Ryedale) Limited

          I have no idea how this came up as my business profile as opposed to my private one

          • Ron Wright

            This is weird. How can my profile change that isn’t even how you spell my business name!!

          • Oh it’s you Ron. Well the lady who runs my website said she’s never seen one under such constant attack. There are always crazy things happening – people can’t subscribe; people can’t donate; subscribers never receive an email notification etc etc. It’s one thing after another.

          • Ron Wright

            The strange thing is my business name is spelt incorrectly the avatar for my business is different to the one shown here which is from my personal account.

    • Auntie Semite

      Strange how racist scum and Islamophobes never complain about the endless wars for the jew banksters and APARTHEID israel that CAUSE all the refugees they hate so much.

      And I notice how you complained about the poor Muslims and Christians coming to the UK to seek refuge from places the APARTHEID israel jew had their nato mercenary slaves destroy, like Libya, Syria, iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine…but never mention the satanic/zionist jew that are the cause, own the politicians and media that the reason for your whining racist psychotic rant. #BDS

  • Fredi Hazeem

    Great job. Really appreciate the short bio when you cite names. Helps people like me that have a simple picture of UK politics.

    Also, great meme by George Carlin. One of my few heroes.

    As for Jeremy Corbyn, the fact that the zios, military, and the media seem to hate him, makes him a great leader in my eyes.

    Shared on VK, still blocked on FB.

Easter & Passover Travel

لماذا غزة؟ Why Gaza?

Ghetto Jewish store Store window in the Venice Ghetto

Movement is on my mind.  Or the lack thereof.

A middle-aged American woman, married to a Palestinian from Bethlehem, was stopped at Israel’s Ben Gurion airport last week, interrogated for hours, and then put on a plane back to the United States. (The news is here.) The Israeli authorities denied her permission to enter Israel to reunite with her family in Bethlehem where she has lived and raised a family for over 30 years. Why this treatment?  She was told “because she married a Palestinian.”

A young Palestinian-American woman, originally from Gaza but now living in the United States with her husband and baby, was stopped at Istanbul’s new airport from boarding her connecting flight to Cairo where she planned to travel by bus to the Rafah crossing into Gaza. She and her young son were looking forward to spending Ramadan with her…

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WitchHunt: The new film exposing the terrifying threat confronting our democracy


If my life was on the line I’d have no hesitation – JEREMY CORBYN!

Thanks so much to Jan Holbrook for sending me this amazing new film which features the much maligned Black, Jewish anti-racist activist Jackie Walker. I think she’s just great but what this lady has had to endure is nothing short of criminal. I’d flog every politician & media whore who’s been involved in slandering her good name. We can ill-afford to lose people like this.

Now I don’t say this often because I hate pushing people into doing anything but bloody well share this post or at least keep this video link & post the damn thing everywhere you can. Needless to say, every dirty trick is being utilised in order to hinder its release & stop people seeing it. No surprise because it highlights the crux of our problem.

So on the one hand I’d bet my life he’s the least racist MP in parliament. On the other we have a media hell bent on convincing it’s readers & listeners he’s the No.1 racist! So what we have here is a ginormous paradoxical conflict – either I have a death wish or the brains of a rocking horse, or the media is lying through every orifice. Let’s analyze this –

  1. In a career spanning 36 years, try & name an MP, either side of the House, just one who even gets close to JC as a campaigner for justice, equality & human rights. I’m afraid to say, this is nigh on impossible BECAUSE THERE HASN’T BEEN ONE!
  2. But just to get the record straight in case any bozo out there wants to mix it by saying I’m bound to say that because I’m a stalwart Labour supporter….. here, stick this one in your pipe – I’VE NEVER VOTED LABOUR IN MY LIFE!
  3. Right, so what’s the media got to say on the credibility front? Well, one can actually go on forever here but for now…..

i: Covered up the JFK assassination.

ii: Kept schtum about the bogus Gulf of Tonkin incident which led to the Vietnam war resulting in 4 million deaths.

iii: Kept schtum about the Israeli attack on the USS liberty which killed 34 US sailors.

iv: Lied about the 6 day Arab/Israeli war. No. Israel wasn’t attacked from all sides. It in fact STARTED THE WAR!

v: Lied about 9/11 & Bin Laden. Never mentioned how 9/11 was a Mossad/dual national Zionist act of terror.

vi: Lied about Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria – at least another 2 million deaths, not to mention the incalculable level of pain & suffering.

vii: Never applied pressure on Israel for all their land theft & mass-murder, incarceration of children without due process.

viii: Protected serial pedophiles in Westminster.

ix: Covered up the blatant fraud of the banksters.

x: Continually lied about the fictitious war on terror & all the false flag events.


Note all these are major historical events & on each every one we were lied to to the max. I would also like to point out one more thing. Even though nearly everyone today accepts Saddam did not possess WMDs, the fact media lies led to the destruction of an entire nation & the death of nearly 2 million innocent folk, nevertheless……. THE MEDIA HAS YET TO OFFER AN APOLOGY!

What kind of vermin are we dealing with here? This is why I will never refrain from saying the media is the most contemptible institution in the history of mankind. It has so much to answer for but going back to the original question, honestly, I wouldn’t even break sweat. The last thing JC is is a racist. It’s all bullshit. However, now I’m going to stick the boot in because boy, JC has made one horrendous miscalculation. Allow me –

I don’t know if many of you remember but just after JC became Labour leader I wrote a piece in Jan 6 2016. The title should tell you everything.

Much to my disappointment it was clear JC intended to adopt a softly, softly approach. In normal circumstances this would have been understandable but I believed this was a grave error because of the nature of the beast he faced. So I wrote to his HQ outlining the tactical approach he should adopt. My main theme was that he should take the attack to the media & not stand for any nonsense. Here was the huge miscalculation –


Why you may ask? One reason only – because these people cannot be appeased WHATEVER YOU DO! JC should have known this. Zionists never compromise. JFK even once said of them –

What’s so sickening too is the fact everyone who is being suspended IS TELLING THE TRUTH! Ken Livingstone told the truth. In August 1933 Hitler DID sign the Haavara Agreement which effectively allowed Jews safe access from Germany to Palestine. Even more incredible, the last person in the world who’d come to Livingstone’s rescue inadvertently confirmed him to be correct. Speaking before the World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem on Oct 21, 2015 Benjamin Netanyahu said – “Hitler Didn’t Want to Exterminate the Jews.” Here’s the article if you don’t believe me –

What saddens me so is the way the media has managed to keep the public oblivious of the fact JC has strong Jewish support. I really do feel JC & his supporters should have done more to make this common knowledge. Attack them where it hurts god-damn-it!

The other thing JC should have done is tell his party ‘it’s my way or the highway.’ Get rid of these traitors who belong to the group Labour Friends of Israel. This is an illegal pressure group whose allegiance is to a foreign entity & THEY’RE THE ONES CAUSING HIM ALL THE GRIEF! Why pander to such liars in the media? JC should have let them spout their bile & in the end people would have got sick of it. Instruct local constituencies to rid themselves of these traitors! By caving in to this pressure JC was only inviting more distress. Here’s the piece I wrote which included my letter to Corbyn HQ over two years ago.

Make no mistake – it’s the same story for every major media outlet…..


  • Jan Holbrook

    Your in depth analysis of the dreadful and undemocratic way Jackie Walker has been treated is spot on. Thank you, Michael.

  • Fredi Hazeem

    Very informative for someone like me who is ignorant on UK politics. The media must be stopped. I am inclined to say the the media is the most destructive force out their. Certainly in the top ten – a one of the most damaging when it comes to the needed resistance.

    I do not see why so many people still believe liars. Even admitted liars. People refuse to listen to reason. People who experience pain, and physical break down when their false core beliefs are challenged.

    Keep spreading the word brother. My friend and activist Trish just got blocked again on facistbook for calling zios terrorists. Ugh

    PS: ginormous paradoxical conflict (good one, you sent me to the dictionary, and taught me a new word)!

2004, 2011 and today

لماذا غزة؟ Why Gaza?

I first traveled to Gaza in 2004, and met an old Palestinian man in Rafah who changed the direction of my life.  I recalled that visit on this blog post.

rafah-sign My next trip to Gaza was in August 2011 when I had an invitation from officials in Gaza to visit.  Despite the official-looking invitation from the Islamic University of Gaza, the Egyptian border guards would not permit me to cross the Rafah border to Gaza.  I wrote about it here.

A freelance journalist sitting in the front seat of the taxi from Al-Arish to Rafah snorted when he heard that I didn’t have any security clearance from Egypt for entering Gaza.  I watched him sail right through the checkpoint, while I stood dumb-founded in front of the gate. I HAD NEVER BEEN DENIED ACCESS ANYWHERE!  HOW DARE THEY STOP ME!  On a personal level, that was my first…

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Retired US Colonel: Israel is dragging the US into WW III

I feel this is what people especially in America need to hear. Not that I’m unaware of the extraordinary bias of the US media but a few days ago I watched a segment of news by a wretch named Ben Shapiro. In another piece I wrote, ‘is this guy actually trying to impersonate Mark Regev?’ You see telling lies is one thing but when that lie is 100% contrary to the truth & the person spewing out the garbage has no problem keeping a straight face, it becomes abundantly clear why the world is in such a state. So many Americans remain oblivious to the fact their greatest enemy does all the talking.

‘By way of deception, thou shalt do war.’ Annoying to say the least how Zionists so readily show their hand yet manage to fool so many. Thankfully the truth is slowly but surely eking its way out. This is precisely why today we’re seeing an assault on freedom of speech. It’s the only way they can stop the hemorrhaging. The other day I was treated to some genuine data on CNN’s viewing figures & like I said, it was a treat! It’s safe to say the only people left believing anything this Zionist propaganda outlet says are brainwashed Jews, deluded Zionists & those with the brains of a rocking horse.

This clip is only 19.31 long but just listen to what this retired US Army Colonel & former chief of staff to US Secretary of State Colin Powell says.

Lawrence Wilkerson, a retired army colonel who now teaches at Washington-area universities, didn’t hold back in his critique of where the status quo is leading the United States via its client state, Israel.

by Darius Shahtahmasebi


  • Patrick McEneaney

    Mumbo Jumbo, the biggest news today!! collusion and obstruction by the western warmongering media, this is to keep us distracted from the horrendous international war crimes by the western warmongers under the guise of NATO. America the head of NATO and Israel wanted Iraq, Libya and Syria reduced to rubble!!. Iraq a huge part of the cradle of civilization destroyed. The Bush , Cheney Administration contrived to make this happen ( WMD) and it is them who should be investigated for war crimes and crimes against Humanity. Collusion and obstruction is a joke and a decoy that has no bearing on what ails the world!!

  • Fredi Hazeem

    I am a poor navigator. The only two liks I can find on this page are
    1. Darius Shahtahmasebi
    2. Mint Press

    is there a link for the video here?

    I do feel that awareness is rising. Donald Chump is helping the world see the Ugly Yank for what the gov is. But over half the US states now have laws against even speaking about Zio crimes, and BDS. Not sure Americans will ever admit the truth, they are too far gone, and will clutch the lies and blame the victims till the bitter end. They will soon be Palestinians when their money collapses


Rabbi Alissa Wise <>
To:Andrew G Pink
18 Apr at 16:32


We are now entering the season of our liberation: Passover.

As you prepare your seder, we are happy to share with you a new ritual in our 5779 haggadah supplement for the portion of the seder called yachatz, the breaking of the middle matzah in the stack of three traditionally placed on the seder table.

We put one half back, in between the top and bottom matzot on the table, while the second half is hidden to be found later as the afikomen, the last thing we eat that night.

Yachatz represents the brokenness and wholeness that are always present, together, in our lives.

The themes of Passover are devastatingly relevant for our political moment: domination, control, restriction. And also the Passover story contains within it reminders for our work: resistance to injustice, persistence, and courage.

May the devastation break open our hearts, and may we learn from our ancestors how to transform that breaking into action toward freedom for us all.

Check out our Passover resources including a complete haggadah and recordings of webinars to help you plan your seder.

May those who celebrate have a meaningful, joyous, liberatory time!


Rabbi Alissa Wise
Deputy Director