Saturday, 21 May 2016
by Jonathan Azaziah
Massive, fiery protests for democratically elected, criminally ousted Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff?! What?! You ain’t gon’ see this in the Zionist media! And why would you? The Zionist media, and the entire Jewish-Zionist-‘Israeli’ globe-holding cabal, have been the key driving force in implementing the coup against Dilma, but yet, as usual, NOBODY is delving into these connections and bringing them to light.
The first Brazilian woman to head the state was overthrown in a totally illegal “regime change” operation and not even DAYS after, an ‘Israeli’ financial terrorist and squatter from occupied Haifa, Ilan Goldfein, took over Brazil’s central bank. The parasitic Zionist usurper welcomed the coup and said that it will have a “stabilizing effect” on the economy, despite the fact that spending cuts, an increased retirement age and other punishing neoliberal hellishness are about to wreak havoc on the poor. In fact, Brazil’s economic situation is in shambles to start with largely because of the scheme Judaic gazillionaire monster George Soros launched when he deliberately tanked Petrobas with his stake-reduction last year. Not content with the mere smashing of the Brazilian economy however, Soros, in all his “color revolution” deviousness, had his Open Society Institute pump all kinds of dough into Vem Pra Rua (To The Street) and the Free Brazil Movement, the two biggest groups that led the protests against Dilma. And let us not forget the Zionist-dominated putschist organizations known as the NED and USAID, which worked alongside these Sorosites as they always do.
But it gets deeper and even more disturbing. An ‘Israeli’ start-up company–a euphemism for a Mossad-Shabak-Aman intelligence-gathering operation–called StoreSmarts, utilizing technology known as SmartLok, has been at the forefront of generating the count of anti-Dilma, anti-PT, anti-Bolivarian demonstrators on the streets and has been promoted heavily by the Zionist-Brazilian media for its “innovative” methods. In other words, these ‘Israeli’ spies manipulated data for their cancerous entity’s geopolitical interests and repackaged a few thousand oppositionist demonstrators into a “MILLIONS-STRONG, revolutionary, anti-corruption people’s uprising” and the devilish mainstream press ate it up like a side of beef with a baked potato. Beyond this damning revelation, there has been extensive involvement in the anti-PT protests from the Brazilian Jewish community at large, who are all part of the upper-middle-class and upper-class of the country and thus tied to its financial, social and political “elites”, going back three years ago.Jewish-Zionist groups like Hillel, Habonim Dror and Chazit Hanoar, whose members invoke their Judaism as a motivating factor in their attack on PT and quote the Talmud to prove it, have been out to depose Dilma from day one and are indeed leaders in this ‘soft power’ US-‘Israeli’ aggression.
And then of course there is the media itself, led by Brazil’s premier mainstream television platform, Globo, which Dilma’s supporters have exclusively lashed out against for being primarily responsible for the putsch. Globo hasn’t just exaggerated the numbers of the anti-PT demonstrators based on ‘Israeli’ StoreSmarts’ false data, but propagandized that there were ZERO pro-PT protests countering the “regime change” plot at all, therefore manipulating Brazilians first and foremost as well as other media outlets worldwide. Who owns Globo you ask? The Marinho family, a gang of crypto-Jewish billionaires with a longstanding Zionist-Imperialist agenda going back to the coup against João Goulart in 1964. Whichever direction the Marinho clan sends the coverage on a certain event, Brazil’s other press outlets, also owned by Jews as well as crypto-Jewish moneymenwith likely ties to the Zionist entity, ultimately follow.
One could speculate if Dilma’s government didn’t reject an ‘Israeli’ settler leader as the artificial ‘Tel Aviv’ regime’s ambassador, or if it had made itself more bendable before the Anglo-Zionist project for Latin America, maybe this coup wouldn’t have occurred. But such thoughts would be exercises in futility. What happened, happened, and now it’s time to call it what it is, A ZIONIST COUP, like Ukraine before it, and do whatever is necessary to counter the hasbara in the alternative media sphere to present it as anything but. Globo, Soros, Hillel, Habonim Dror, Chazit Hanoar, StoreSmarts, the NED, USAID, Ilan Goldfein, these are the hateful Talmudic heads and hands behind the downfall of Dilma Rousseff, the evisceration of Brazilian democracy and the impending destruction of Brazil as a functioning state.
The Brazilian people should dig deep into their past for answers, to the 1600s, 1700s, and 1800s, when Dutch and Portuguese Yahoud, ‘kings’ of the Jewish-dominated Transatlantic Slave Trade, came as colonizers to their land and brought with them African-Muslim slaves whom they tortured and dehumanized on their sugar plantations. The colonization and the slavery is happening all over again, only in this instance it’s in the form of Zionist neoliberalism. Will Brazilians go quietly into the night? Or will they rise up like the heroes of the Malê Revolt and take back their dignity? We certainly pray for the latter. And we also pray for the swift overturning of this Zionist coup before things in Brazil become too far gone, and too far Judaized to counteract.
River to Sea Uprooted Palestinian
by Jonathan Azaziah
Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, who was at his most fiery, eloquent, analytical and explosive today as he eulogized martyred Hizbullah Commander Hajj Moustafa “Sayyed Zulfiqar” Badreddine (R.A.), never fails to remind us why his words are truth at its purest and Mouqawamah at its essence.
Never does Abou Hadi fail to drive daggers into the eyes of the Saudi tyrants and all their regional marionettes. Never does the Hizbullah Secretary-General, who is as defiant in every moment of his blessed life as his ancestor Imam Hussein (A.S.) was in Karbala on Ashoura, fail to make the Takfiri terrorist filth quiver wherever they lurk in the shadows. Never does the Arab-Islamic world’s most saintly, most remarkable revolutionary fail to drive the spear of “Hayhat Minna Zilla! (Us, humiliated?! Never, ever!)” further into the heart of the American ZOG which has long sought the Lebanese Islamic Resistance’s end and long come up miserably short in its quest. And never does the Sayyed, OUR Sayyed, fail to drive the sword of Eternal Resistance deeper into that rotting, putrefying, cancerous tumor we call ‘Israel’, filling its devilish usurper leaders and occupation army chiefs with a perpetual fear that will only end when we remove the artificial, genocidal entity from the pages of time.
I personally felt that Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah invoked the history of the Jews of Khaybar who Imam Ali (A.S.) righteously crushed and the Khawarij who would murder Amir al-Mou’mineen (A.S.) in the Kufa masjid as a means of establishing a continuum between them and the Zionists occupying Palestine as well as the Takfiri terrorists and their Khaleeji backers today.
Nasrallah was doing so not only to obliterate those who were attempting to denigrate Sayyed Zulfiqar’s martyrdom because he fell at the hands of Takfiris and not ‘Israel’ directly, but also to remind us that just as the fitnah which led to Imam Ali’s (A.S.) martyrdom ultimately benefited nobody but the enemies of Islam, i.e. the remnants of the Khaybar Jews and their pagan Arab allies, the Takfiri fitnah of our current time, which is actually fueled by the Khaybar Jews’ successors and their Khaleeji-Wahhabi allies, benefits nobody but those who wage war on Islam and seek to re-colonize our region in the name of Anglo-Zionist hegemony. It wasn’t just marvelous or brilliant but utterly genius and should hit close to home for all of us who defend the Syrian Arab Republic day in and day out, doing all we can to end this hysterical disinformation campaign and the Zionist-Saudi-US-Takfiri destabilization plot behind it.
The struggle to maintain Syria is a “historic defense of the Ummah”, to borrow Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s words, and with a virtuoso leader such as he at the helm, we will most certainly be victorious in totality. Today’s speech was a fitting tribute to Hajj Moustafa Badreddine, one of Hizbullah’s first members, one of its first wounded and its most premier architect apart from Hajj Imad Mughniyeh himself, and it was another beautiful reminder that Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, may ALLAH (SWT) protect and preserve him ‘till Judgment Day, isn’t just above the clouds when compared to the likes of Al-Saud, Al-Thani and the other godless “Arab” tyrants; he’s in the Heavens, his achievements and glory already etched into history’s fabric, too far from the despots’ corrupted vision to even comprehend.
Research into "Jewish" history confirms that they are not "semitic" and that they originate from an area around Turkey
A group of Ashkenazic Jews in Jerusalem, circa 1885 Getty Images
New research suggests that the majority of the world’s modern Jewish population is descended mainly from people from ancient Turkey, rather than predominantly from elsewhere in the Middle East.
The new research suggests that most of the Jewish population of northern and eastern Europe – normally known as Ashkenazic Jews – are the descendants of Greeks, Iranians and others who colonized what is now northern Turkey more than 2000 years ago and were then converted to Judaism, probably in the first few centuries AD by Jews from Persia. At that stage, the Persian Empire was home to the world’s largest Jewish communities.
According to research carried out by the geneticist, Dr Eran Elhaik of the University of Sheffield, over 90 per cent of Ashkenazic ancestors come from that converted partially Greek-originating ancient community in north-east Turkey
His research is based on genetic, historical and place-name evidence. For his geographic genetic research, Dr Elhaik used a Geographic Population Structure computer modelling system to convert Ashkenazic Jewish DNA data into geographical information.
Dr Elhaik, an Israeli-born geneticist who gained his doctorate in molecular evolution from the University of Houston, believes that three still-surviving Turkish villages – Iskenaz, Eskenaz and Ashanaz – on the western part of an ancient Silk Road route were part of the original Ashkenazic homeland. He believes that the word Ashkenaz originally comes from Ashguza – the ancient Assyrian and Babylonian name for the Iron Age Eurasian steppeland people, the Scythians.
Referring to the names of the three Turkish villages, Dr Elhaik points out that “north-east Turkey is the only place in the world where these place-names exist”.
From the 690s AD onwards, anti-Jewish persecution by the Christian Byzantine Empire seems to have played a part in forcing large numbers of Jews to flee across the Black Sea to a more friendly state – the Turkic-ruled Khazar Empire with its large Slav and other populations.
Some analyses of Yiddish suggests that it was originally a Slavic language, and Dr Elhaik and others believe that it was developed, probably in the 8th and 9th centuries AD, by Jewish merchants trading along some of the more northerly Silk Roads linking China and Europe.
By the 730s, the Khazar Empire had begun to convert to Judaism – and more people converted to the faith
But when the Khazar Empire declined in or around the 11th century, some of the Jewish population almost certainly migrated west into Central Europe. There, as Yiddish-speaking Jewish merchants came into contact with central European, often German-speaking, peoples, they began to replace the Slav words in Yiddish with large numbers of German and German-derived words, while retaining some of its Slav-originating grammar. Many Hebrew words also appear to have been added by that stage
The genetic modelling used in the research was based on DNA data from 367 Jews of northern and eastern European origin and more than 600 non-Jewish people mainly from Europe and western Asia.
Dr Elhaik says it is the largest genomic study ever carried out on Ashkenazic Jews. His research will be published in the UK-based scientific journal, Genome Biology and Evolution.
Further research is planned to try to measure the precise size of the Semitic genetic input into Jewish and non-Jewish genomes
(FNA) ~ Head of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Public Relations Department General Ramezan Sharif announced on Wednesday that a growing number of Iranians have volunteered to be dispatched to Syria for war against terrorism.
“Today, we are facing a growing wave of demands for being sent to Syria and Iraq and many young people from different parts of Iran and different ethnicities have volunteered,” Ramezan Sharif said on Wednesday.
He also warned of the enemies’ plots to hit Iran through terrorist groups, including the ISIL and al-Qaeda, but underlined, “The Iranian Armed Forces have grown so powerful that the enemy doesn’t dare to make the slightest aggression against the country.”
“This is not a slogan; rather it is an undeniable reality,” Ramezan Sharif stressed.
Iran has pioneered in helping the regional states’ fight against terrorism, specially Iraq and Syria, and has demanded the regional and world states to partner in the war on against terrorist groups.
In relevant remarks in April, Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Army Brigadier General Abdolrahim Moussavi announced that the country will continue dispatching volunteer military advisors to Syria.
“Since the start of the conflict in Syria, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Armed Forces voiced readiness for (overseas) deployment and pressured their commanders to be dispatched to the region,” General Moussavi said.
He said Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution and Commander-in-Chief Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei was then informed of the Iranian military men’s preparedness and interest, and the Leader agreed with dispatching a number of advisors.
General Moussavi underlined that dispatch of military advisors to Syria is done fully voluntarily, and said, “This will continue as long as necessary.”
Also last month, Iranian Army Commander Major General Ataollah Salehi dismissed his forces’ organized presence in Syria, saying that only some army men have been dispatched to the country among other volunteer military advisors.
“The Army has no responsibility to render advisory services to Syria and there is an organization in Iran which adopts the related measures,” General Salehi told reporters in Tehran.“We, in the Army, are facing a large number of forces who love to be sent to this front (in Syria) but have never claimed that Brigade 65 of Nohed (Special Airborne Forces) is present there,” he said“A number of volunteer forces have been dispatched to Syria which may consist of some members of the Brigade 65,” General Salehi added.
He, meantime, underlined that Iran helps those Muslim states which have been attacked by enemies.
SOURCES: Fars News Agency Submitted by Cem Ertür War Press Info Network at : https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/iranian-syria-iraq/ ~
Moscow and Tehran have an advantage over the West in the Syrian negotiation process, John Sawers, former chief of MI6, said.
“In any political process the facts on the ground dictate who has the leverage of the negotiation table. And the fact that the Russians have intervened and the Iranians have intervened and the West has not done so means inevitably that in any political negotiation the Russians and the Iranians are going to be in a pretty strong position, more so than Europe and the United States,” Sawers told CNN.
The ISSG was formed in November 2015 as an international format to resolve the Syrian crisis. Russia and the United States co-chair the ISSG, which includes Iran and 15 other countries, as well as the United Nations, the Arab League and the European Union.
The Syrian peace talks in Geneva involve representatives of the Syrian government as well as delegations of Syrian opposition forces, including some radical groups like Jaysh al-Islam.
Jaysh al-Islam militants are accused of using human shields, mass killing, abductions, and using chemical weapons. At the same time, representatives of the group are still involved in the talks.
On May 11, the US along with Britain and France vetoed Russia’s proposal to the UN Security Council on adding Jaysh al-Islam to the list of terrorist organizations.
By not recognizing the Jaysh al-Islam extremist group as terrorists the West risks derailing the Syrian peace process, former CIA contractor Stephen Kelley told RT.
The “West’s unwillingness to label Jaysh al-Islam a terrorist organization poses a threat to the peaceful settlement. This group is not moderate because they kill civilians,” Kelley pointed out.
According to him, representatives of Jaysh al-Islam must be excluded from the talks.
“They are murderers. They are militants and they cannot represent the Syrian people. They are carrying out genocide,” Kelley added.
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Hizbullah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered a speech in which he threatened the apartheid “Israeli” entity that any aggression against any Resistance fighter will make Hizbullah respond outside Shebaa farms.
Addressing a large crowd of people at the ceremony held in honor of the Resistance Leader Great Martyr Sayyed Mustafa Badreddine, Sayyed Nasrallah condoled the family of the Martyr, his honorable mother, wife, children and siblings.
In parallel, His Eminence thanked all people who showed their solidarity with the Resistance over Sayyed Mustafa’s martyrdom.
Talking about the martyr’s personality, Sayyed Nasrallah mentioned: “During the lives of martyrs, we use their codenames. But after their martyrdom, we use their real names. So let me introduce you to Sayyed Mustafa Badreddine, this great Jihadi commander.”
“Sayyed Mustafa was one of the first members of this Resistance, from its beginning hours. He was at the forefront of confronting the “Israeli” enemy with a group of mujahideen who formed the first brigades of the Islamic Resistance,” he mentioned.
Moreover, Sayyed Nasrallah highlighted that “the martyr fought during the battle of Khalde and fought with the Palestinian Resistance. He was also wounded during his Jihadi activities, and this injury affected his legs and the way he walked until his martyrdom. In fact, he was one of the first Islamic Resistance mujahideen ever wounded. His injuries traced all his life until martyrdom.”
“Sayyed Mustafa took in 1995 the leadership of the Resistance military’s Central Command until mid-1996. He worked on the development of the Resistance’s military.”
According to His Eminence, “one of the major points in martyr Bareddine’s leadership is the one that related to the “Israeli” aggression, “the Grapes of Wrath”, and the massacre of Qana in 1996.”
“The resistance remained steadfast and it succeeded in failing the “Israeli” targets. The war ended with the so-called April Understanding, which laid the foundations of a new stage in the Resistance work,” he added.In addition, Sayyed Nasrallah emphasized that Sayyed Badreddine played a key role alongside Sayyed Imad Mughniyeh in the Ansariya ambush and in the 2006 war against “Israel” before assuming several responsibilities.
“One of the achievements that have occurred during his leadership is developing the media war and psychological war. After that, he continued his work in Hizbullah. Our martyr confronted the terrorist networks in Lebanon and contributed to their dismantling.” he said.
Moving on to discuss the Martyr’s role in Syria, he stressed that “when Hizbullah decided to enter Syria, our martyr was tasked with overseeing Hizbullah’s security and military units in the Syrian territories.”
“Sayyed Mustafa was also the commander of our operations in Syria and worked side by side with the Syrian Arab Army and the popular forces in defeating the takfiri groups,” he explained.
The Resistance Leader went on to say: “Sayyed Mustafa was in fact a main pillar of preventing Syria from falling into Takfiri hands and the hands of their American-Zionist masters.”
“At the beginning, he ran our Syria operations from Beirut and told me he wanted to go to the battlefield and be with his brothers on the ground. I told him no, as I wanted to preserve his life, because this fight was very dangerous. But I could not keep him from what he loved to do; he loved the Resistance, he loved the confrontation with the enemy and he loved martyrdom.”
On this level, Sayyed Nasrallah unveiled that “martyr Baddredine insisted on going personally to Syria. When he strongly insisted on going into Syria, I told him that he is different than the other jihadi leaders and that if he gets martyred in Syria, major controversy would arise from that due to the fact that foreign media has turned him into a controversial figure.”
“The battle for Syria is the most important battle he told me, and he was martyred as he lived, upholding the dignity of the Islamic Resistance and fighting for the freedom of our people.”
Asserting the importance of Syria battle and the value of ‘s blood in it, he affirmed that “The martyrs of the Resistance are the martyrs of the Resistance, whether they’re martyred in South Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq or Syria or any other place. They’re all our martyrs. Because the enemy is the same and the battle is one.”
On this level, he confirmed: “The status of the martyrs is related to those who die in the name of God, confronting occupation and aggression. They died defending the oppressed, the homelands, the sanctities, their religion and our cause.”
“Our Resistance had the honor of contributing to the achievements of the Syrian army and all the allies, topped by preventing the fall of Syria into the hands of the Takfiris and their American masters and the spies in the region.”
He further asserted that “the Resistance fighters are confronting American-“Israeli” hegemony. Whether they’re killed directly by “Israel” and America or their Takfiri proxies.”
On the comments and fabrications that emerged after Sayyed Mustafa’s martyrdom, Sayyed Nasrallah viewed that the vindictive “Israeli” enemy was fair with us.
However, the so-called Arabs from American- “Israeli” agents claimed that Hizbullah didn’t accuse “Israel” because it is afraid of “Israel” and unable to face the repercussions of the response.
“Unfortunately, our malicious “Israeli” enemy was fair towards us but some Arabs were the ones who circulated rumors when they said that Hizbullah did not accuse “Israel” of killing Mustafa out of cowardice because that would have obliged it to retaliate.”
Slamming some Arabs, who are the biggest liars and hypocrites, and did not believe anything we said, he viewed that the “Israeli” enemy acknowledged the Resistance’s honesty
“History shows we don’t back down in the face of the Zionist enemy. We are not afraid and never were. Today, on the occasion of Sayyed Mustafa Badreddine, I tell you once more o’ Zionists – If you kill any of our mujahideen, not just our commanders, I tell you “Israel” and all the traitorous, collaborationist, godless Arabs, we will hit you back and respond to you even beyond the Shebaa Farms!”
Sayyed Nasrallah further recalled the fact that Hizbullah always responds to any “Israeli” attack: “I want to repeat the same stance within the framework I’ve spoken of previously. When we have evidence, we accuse the Zionist enemy. Whether it’s circumstantial like the martyrdom of Hajj Imad Mughniyeh or directly like the Quneitra martyrs. And we have this evidence, we retaliate.”
“Our history is a testament to us keeping our promises. When we pledge to respond, we always respond. We tell you very clear that we are always ready for war with “Israel”. After the response for the Quneitra Martyrs, we evacuated our military posts and our command centers where there were thousands of trainees still learning, because we felt we were on the brink of war. When Samir al-Quntar was martyred, despite all ‘Israeli’ threats that if we did something, they’d do something bigger, our men went deep into the Shebaa Farms and planted a huge bomb. We were prepared for the repercussions and are prepared no matter what.”
On this level, His Eminence highlighted that the Resistance’s investigations found no indications that lead to “Israel” in the probe into the Great Leader’s martyrdom.
However, he insisted that although we don’t acquit “Israel”, we are also not accusing it.
Separately, he dismissed all media reports concerning the Special Tribunal for Lebanon [STL].
“To us, the file of the STL does not exist and we’re not concerned with anything it may request,” he said.
In a message of assurance to the Resistance people and a threat to the enemy, Sayyed Nasrallah said: “he Islamic Resistance is not made up of one commander, five or ten. Our Resistance has a generation of commanders. If one is martyred in this holy struggle against “Israel” and its tools, another takes his place, for Hizbullah is a complete organization that cannot be broken with the martyrdom of a single personality, even it was as special as Sayyed Mustafa.”
“I say to you with all confidence, throughout our 34 years, we have witnessed worse circumstances than what we’re dealing with today. And with our loyalty, steadfastness and commitment to the ongoing march on our path of Resistance, we shall overcome this new phase as well. In this battle, we are advancing and achieving victories. The Americans, the Zionists and al-Saud said they’d gobble up Syria five years ago, but yet Syria still stands today! This is because of the sacrifices of our martyrs.”
He also reiterated that “Due to its direct failure and the failure of the “Israeli” army in the region, the US resorted to using the takfiri groups in the fight against the Resistance.”
In this context, he denounced al-Saud’s actions in the region, particularly in Syria.
“According to all indications and even statements by US Vice President Biden, Saudi Arabia is intervening in Syria through sending arms and money. The Saudi remarks about freedoms, constitutions, elections, reforms and the multi-party system are the worst form of hypocrisy.”
Meanwhile, he wondered: “Saudi Arabia seeks a new constitution in Syria. Does they have one? They seek early Parliamentary and Presidential elections in Syria, do they ever have one?”
“War on Syria is not about freedom or democracy or elections or constitutions. This is about the Syrian government not kneeling. This is about Syria refusing to be a tool of American-Zionist hegemony. This is because Syria holds on to Resistance, refuses to betray Iran, defends Palestine, demands the return of the Golan Heights and maintains its sovereignty. This is because Syria is still a bastion of Arabism. Mark my words, if Bashar al-Assad was to say right now that he’d become a slave of the US-“Israel” scheme, the war against Syria would be over tomorrow.”
Back to the event, Sayyed Nasrallah stated that the martyrdom of any of the leaders has not pushed us to leave any battlefield and Badreddine’s blood will push us to a bigger presence in Syria. “Our decision about continuing this fight is a simple one. I say to all of you who propagandized we’d leave Syria because of Sayyed Mustafa’s martyrdom – The martyrdom of any of our commanders has never made us leave any battle. Quite to the contrary, their martyrdoms will only make us increase our presence in Syria. We will be in Syria in greater numbers and different forms until victory. This is how we honor our martyrs and bring defeat to the US-Zionist-Takfiri-Saudi scheme. We will continue the battle and we are confident that our efforts, blood and modest contributions, alongside all the other efforts, will lead to defeating the US-“Israeli”-takfiri-Saudi scheme. This project will fall; this project will be destroyed. I vow to you once more, Syria will never become the tool of our enemies and they will never get control of our region.”
His Eminence concluded with a vow to continue the battle in Sayyed Mustafa’s honor: “The latest military achievements in Syria, namely the rapid advance through Eastern Ghouta, bear the fingerprints of Sayyed Mustafa. It was our great Jihadi commander who worked towards making the areas of Damascus International Airport and the Sayyeda Zeinab Shrine safe, and this is exactly what our men and the Syrian Arab Army have accomplished in the past several days. It was this area where Sayyed Mustafa was martyred by the Zionists’ Takfiri tools. On this day, I say that Hizbullah’s vengeance for Sayyed Mustafa will be holding on to our role in Syria, defeating the Takfiri terrorist scourge and preserving the Resistance which Sayyed Mustafa was martyred for.”
Source: al-Ahed news
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Part I – A Flaw in the Ideological Outlook
May 20, 2016 “Information Clearing House” – Ideological movements, be they religious or secular, are demanding and Procrustean movements. By ideological movements I mean those that demand of their adherents resolute belief in some “deep set of truths” posited by a deity, by supposed immutable historical laws, or by some other equally unchallengeable source. Their followers, once initiated, or even just born into the fold, are expected to stay there and, as the saying goes, “keep the faith.”
However, in cultural, political and religious terms there are no eternal deep truths. History has an abrasive quality that erodes our beliefs in this god and that law. Though the process might take a longer or shorter time to manifest itself, yesterday’s faith will at some point start to ring less true. At some point followers start to fall away.
What happens when ideologically driven leaders start to lose their following? Well, they get very upset because those who are supposed to affirm everything the movement stands for are now having doubts. Such doubters are dangerous to the supposed true faith and so are usually dealt with in one of two ways: (1) the ideologues in charge attempt to marginalize the disaffected by denigrating them and then casting them out of the fold or (2) if we are dealing with totalitarian types, they send the dissenters off to a gulag, or worse.
Part II – Zionism Unravelling
This sort of unraveling – the loss of growing numbers of traditional followers of an ideological movement – seems to be going on within the Zionist community, particularly among American Jews. Zionism is an ideological movement that preaches the God-given Jewish right to control and settle all of historical Palestine. Since the founding of Israel in 1948 the Zionists have also claimed that the “Jewish State” represents all of world Jewry, thus self-aware Jews owe allegiance to both Israel and its prevailing Zionist philosophy. However, in the last ten or so years that allegiance has been breaking down. In the U.S. a growing “disconnect” has been noted between the outlook and actions of the ideologically rigid leaders of major U.S. Jewish organizations (who remain uncritically supportive of Israel) and the increasingly alienated Jewish American rank and file whom, at least up until recently, the leaders claimed to represent. This gap has been repeatedly documented by several sources ranging from, Pew Research Center surveys, to the Jewish Forward newspaper, and the organization of Reform Judaism.
As characterized by the Jewish Forward the situation is that ordinary American Jews are “far more critical of Israel than the Jewish establishment.” Almost half of the American Jews surveyed by a Pew study in 2013 did not think the Israeli government was making a “sincere effort” to achieve peace with the Palestinians. Almost as many saw Israel’s expanding colonization of the West Bank as counterproductive. Thus, this disconnect is not a sudden or new situation. The numbers of questioning American Jews have continued to grow, and things have only gotten worse for the Zionist leadership. Indeed, just as many young American Jews may be joining pro-peace activist groups as are cheering on AIPAC at its conventions.
Part III – Leadership Reactions in the U.S.
Following the two-option scheme described above, the main reaction of the leadership of American Jewish organizations is to try to marginalize these questioning Jews – to dismiss them as “uninformed, unengaged, or wrong.” To that end American Jewish officials are now conveniently asking if they really need to represent “the disorganized, unaffiliated Jewish community … the 50% of Jews who, in a calendar year, do not step into a synagogue, do not belong to a JCC [Jewish Community Center], and are Jews in name only.”
This sort of marginalizing of all but the true believers was articulated by Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League. He told the Jewish Forward, “you know who the Jewish establishment represents? Those who care.” Here Foxman was engaging in a bit of circular thinking: the important constituency are those represented by the establishment. How do we know? They are the ones who still “care” about Israel. How do we define caring? Caring means continuing to believe what the Jewish establishment and the Israeli government tell them. Eventually Foxman goes even further, concluding that Jewish leaders aren’t beholden to the opinions of any aspect of the Jewish public. “I don’t sit and poll my constituency,” Foxman said. “Part of Jewish leadership is leadership. We lead.” It would appear that, over time, he is leading diminishing numbers.
Part IV – Leadership Reactions in Israel
Reaction out of Israel to reports of the growing alienation of American Jews has been aggressively negative. After all, Israel is the centerpiece of Zionist ideology – its grand achievement. Being the subject of criticism by growing numbers of Jews, in the U.S. or elsewhere, is utterly unacceptable to those now in charge of Israel’s ruling institutions.
These leaders, both secular and religious, have begun to write off critical and skeptical Jews as apostates, even to the point of denying that they are Jews at all. Seymour Reich, who is a former chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (such folks always wait till they retire to speak out critically), has recently described Israel’s current leadership as alarmingly anti-democratic. He writes of “the Israeli government’s assault on democratic values” and its use of “legislation and incitement to strike down dissent,” be it expressed through “speech, press, religion [or] academic freedoms.” He goes on to quote the Israeli Minister of Religious Affairs, David Azoulay. “Speaking about Reform and Conservative Jews,” who happen to make up the majority of Jews in the U.S., are often of liberal persuasion, and increasingly alienated by the ultraorthodox policies of Israel’s religious establishment, Azoulay said, “I cannot allow myself to call such a person a Jew,” and, “We cannot allow these groups to get near the Torah of Israel.” Things appear potentially even worse when we hear Israel’s Intelligence Minister Israel Katz calling for the “targeted killing” of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) leaders. In the U.S. many of these leaders are Jewish.
Such official Israeli attitudes make a mockery of the claims of American politicians, such as Hillary Clinton, that Israel “is built on principles of equality, tolerance and pluralism. … And we marvel that such a bastion of liberty exists in a region so plagued by intolerance.” It should be noted that in January 2016 the Israeli Knesset rejected a bill that would have secured in law equality for all the country’s citizens.
Part V – Conclusion
In truth, Zionism and the state it created have always been ideologically rigid. Every effort at modifying the movement’s basic demand for a state exclusive to one people, from early concepts of “cultural Zionism” to more recent notions of “liberal Zionism,” has failed. The occasional bit of propagandistic dissimulation notwithstanding, Zionist leaders from Ben Gurion to Netanyahu have been dedicated to (a) territorial expansion based on the principle of Eretz Israel (greater Israel) and (b) the principle of inequality – none of them have ever seriously considered equal social and economic, much less political, treatment for non-Jews. That means that the present, obnoxiously rigid hardliners both in the U.S. and Israel are pushing persistent racist and colonialist themes.
It is the persistence of these Zionist themes that has led to increasing skepticism among U.S. Jews, most of whom take the ideals of democracy seriously. And it is the ideologically rigid refusal to reach a just peace with the Palestinians, who 67 years after the triumph of Zionism are still being ethnically cleansed, that has pushed many otherwise passive Jews into open opposition.
It has taken us several generations to get to this point, but our arrival has been predictable all along. That is because the ideology of Zionism brooks no compromises and admits to no sins – even as Israeli behavior grows evermore barbaric. Thus, the number of dissenters and critics grow and the ideologues start to become anxious and vengeful – a display of aggression that only alienates more Jews. Thus it is that Zionism has begun to unravel.
Lawrence Davidson is a retired professor of history from West Chester University in West Chester PA.
Dr. Kashif Chaudhry: Portrayal of ISIL as Devout Muslims Leads to the Rapid Rise of Islamophobia in the USA
Dr. Kashif Chaudhry: Portrayal of ISIL as Devout Muslims Leads to the Rapid Rise of Islamophobia in the US
The death squad ISIL has been ramping up its terror operations recently, and finding a solution to eliminate this hazard from the Middle East is high on the agenda of the world powers, international organizations and the regional nations.
Russians started airstrikes against the ISIL in mid 2015 in an effort to rid Syria of these terrorists, even though the United States and its NATO allies voiced their objection.
Aside from the economic and infrastructural damage sustained by Syria and Iraq during these past 4 years since ISIL inflated and gained vast territories, the terrorist cult, which professes to be a representative of Muslims worldwide and boasts of its quest for an Islamic Caliphate, has inflicted serious damage on the reputation of millions of peaceful Muslims living across the world – who have never harmed anyone, including their neighbors, and abided by the peaceful teachings of their religion requiring them to observe the rules of proper conduct and peaceful coexistence.
Now, whenever there’s a terrorist operation by the ISIL militants, or as soon as a video footage is released showing the beheading of American and European citizens by the ISIL killers, the entire Muslim population across the world is obligated to come about and speak out in condemnation; otherwise, they’d be outright accused of sympathizing with the ISIL and their ideology. This practice of holding all the Muslims responsible for the crimes of ISIL terrorists – an infinitesimal minority within the 1.5-billion-strong populace of the global Muslims and a deviant current slammed by most of the Islamic world leaders and scholars – seems to be rather unfair, suggesting the presence of a tendency to stigmatize the Muslims and make them outcast in their societies, especially where they are in minority.
A Muslim physician and writer says the depiction of ISIL as pious Muslims leads to the rise of Islamophobia in the United States, a trend fueled by certain media, public speakers and political players who run a massive propaganda campaign.
Commenting on the public perception of the American public of the associations being made between ISIL and Islam, Dr. Kashif Chaudhry said, “most Americans on the left – the liberals – …. understand this difference between extremists on the fringe and Islam itself. However, because of the Islamophobia network … the far right chooses to remain in its own echo chamber of ignorance. They get their news from outlets such as Fox, read blogs such as that of anti-Islam hate preacher Robert Spencer and refuse to interact with Muslims to know them on a personal level.”
Kashif Chaudhry is a physician, writer and human rights activist. He has served as the Chairman of the Muslim Writers Guild of America, and has been published articles in various American newspapers and foreign publications. He currently blogs at the Huffington Post.
Fars News Agency had the opportunity to talk to Dr. Chaudhry on the rise of Islamophobia in the United States, the dilemma of ISIL and the anti-Muslim comments made by the Republican hopefuls of US presidential elections in the recent weeks.
Q: There’ve been alarming reports of hate crimes and arson attacks against American Muslims, their mosques, homes and community centers in the recent months, coupled with a media campaign seemingly aimed at holding the Muslim population accountable for the felonies of the terrorist group ISIL. In February, you wrote about the flyers being distributed around an MBTA station close to Revere, Massachusetts in which Muslims were threatened with mass murder if ISIL did not surrender within three days. Who are the groups or individuals behind these threats and attacks? Has the US government’s responded firmly to deter such incidents in the future?
A: These incidents of anti-Muslim animus are not random occurrences happening in isolation. Anti-Muslim bigotry has been systematically nurtured in America for quite some time. There is a huge and influential network comprising of funders, organizations, media outlets, propagandists, activists and political players, that has been busy creating a climate of fear, hate and suspicion of Muslims in America. This network can broadly be divided into two main groups: the American far right and the new atheist movement.
Different as the two groups are, they have found a romantic connection in their common anti-Islam agenda. They continuously, and erroneously, portray extremism in parts of the Muslim world as representative of the Islamic faith, which results in rise in suspicion and fear of common Muslims.
The authorities do take action to protect the Muslims when hate crimes occur. However, this is akin to treating the symptoms of the actual disease, which is the one-sided propaganda against Muslims and Islam that continued unchecked.
Q: Is the Western world coming to this understanding that ISIL is not a representative of Muslims and that Islam doesn’t endorse the abduction, enslavement and forced marriage of women, as the terrorists of this death squad are doing? On October 14, 2014, the US Secretary of State John Kerry released a statement in condemnation of the abuse of Ezadi girls and women by the ISIL terrorists, affirming that “ISIL does not represent Islam and Islam does not condone or honor such depravity.” Is this statement the pure, unanimous conviction of the US government at large? What about the US public?
A: I believe the Obama administration understands that ISIL and their likes do not represent Islam. This is why the government is usually careful not to confuse the anti-Islam acts of ISIL with the religion and its peaceful adherents. When it comes to the US public, Americans, like any other nation, cannot be generalized into one large homogenous group. Most Americans on the left – the liberals – also understand this difference between extremists on the fringe and Islam itself. However, because of the Islamophobia network I described earlier, the far right chooses to remain in its own echo chamber of ignorance. They get their news from outlets such as Fox, read blogs such as that of anti-Islam hate preacher Robert Spencer and refuse to interact with Muslims to know them on a personal level.
New atheists like Sam Harris and Hirsi Ali also promote the fear of Muslims by flaunting ISIL as the real face of Islam. This is not surprising because it serves their anti-theist agenda very well.
Q: Why do you think the ISIL figureheads insist on claiming that they’re representing an Islamic Caliphate and that they adhere to Islamic philosophy? The vast majority of Muslims worldwide abhor their cruel actions, and as you noted in one of your Huffington Post articles, a thorough study of Quran would reveal that ISIL acts in complete defiance of the most essential injunctions and edicts of Islam. Why does this group, unpopular across the Islamic world, call itself an “Islamic State”?
A: ISIL badly craves credibility. It wants Muslim youth to join its ranks and help it in its struggle for power and its greed for political authority. The best way to do so is to give a religious cover to its operations and attempt to recruit those Muslims who are already prone to extremism or are influenced by extremist Mullaism.
It is true that there are religious clerics across parts of the Muslim world that preach the coming of a bloody caliph in the end of times who will wage war and take over the world. ISIL exploits this fact and calls itself the representative of Islam to attract the Muslims who are influenced by such teachings.
Q: How do you see the US media coverage of ISIL and their analysis of the atrocities they’re committing, including the destruction of ancient sites in Palmyra, beheading of the American journalists, mass execution of Christians and raping the women? What concerns people in the Muslim world is that ISIL is being erroneously conflated with Islam by the mass media. Even in the Muslim-majority countries which have some secular laws, including Malaysia and Indonesia, there are people in the media who tend to cover the ISIL stories from a “you-Muslims-are-responsible-for-ISIL-crimes” point of view. What’s your take on that?
A: Overall, I think the US media has played a negative role in reinforcing this wrong notion, by not giving moderate Muslim voices enough platforms to educate America on what Islam really stands for. Whenever ISIL commits an act of terror, Muslims are expected to condemn these acts. But at the same time, they aren’t allowed enough airtime to explain their point of view.
This is irresponsible and extremely dangerous. It is this portrayal of ISIL as devout Muslims that is leading to the rapid rise of Islamophobia in the USA.
Because the word “Islam” is deliberately linked to evil, anyone claiming affiliation with Islam is looked upon with suspicion and hate. You see, if indeed ISIL defined the face of Islam, I would fear it too.
The media must be more responsible and give more time to Muslims to clarify their own point of view against that of the extremists.
Q: What do you make of the anti-Muslim comments made during the presidential race in the United States, especially the statement by Ben Carson who said that he would “not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation”? Some scholars suggest that this rise of Islamophobic sentiments, particularly during the presidential campaign, is a consequence of years of propaganda pinned on the belief that Islam is un-American and the Muslims are traitors who don’t feel any loyalty to the United States. Do you agree with this analysis?
A: Yes, many Americans are taught to believe that the Muslim faith is not compatible with the American life. There is huge fear-mongering of Muslims going on in the name of Sharia law and Jihad when not a single Muslim has demanded such a law for America. In fact, many like me, have ironically come to America to escape the “Sharia” of some of the Muslim countries.
Contrast this to right-wing Christian groups who regularly demand that the country be declared a Christian nation and the Bible made the law.
Ben Carson and Trump are just pandering to the ignorance of people who have grown up on a high dose of Fox News and have had no interaction with Muslims in real life.
Muslims have demonstrated time and again that we are as loyal as any other American group. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, for instance, recently launched a “Muslim for Loyalty” campaign that sought to educate fellow Americans on how Muslim Americans honor their country of residence. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), for instance, had said: “Loyalty to one’s homeland is part of faith.” Muslims have donated blood in honor of 9/11 victims, have fed the hungry in America through thousands of soup kitchens across the country, and continue to serve in public service and in the military. It is unfortunate therefore that they are seen as disloyal by a sizeable bunch because of the acts of a minority on another continent. Here again, the Islamophobia network I alluded to, is to blame.
Q: There have been many cases of terrorist attacks taking place either in Europe or the United States, which were automatically blamed on the “Muslim terrorists”, before any investigation was opened into the incident. One instance is the 19 April 1995 bombing at the Federal Building in Oklahoma City in which 168 people were killed. The US media immediately blamed the “Islamic extremists” and “Arab radicals” for the attack, but it turned out shortly that Timothy McVeigh, a white, Christian man had been the perpetrator. Why do you think there’s such a tendency to offhandedly condemn Muslims for terrorist operations in the West?
A: The media sells what is most profitable. What better story than an “outsider” attacking America? The media and the military–industrial complex both benefit from this narrative.
I find it very strange that despite the fact that only 313 Americans have died at the hands of terrorists since 2004, as opposed to a staggering 316,545 by domestic gun violence, there is great reluctance in the American media and culture to speak of this elephant in the room.
Consider this. The American military has committed great excesses in Iraq and Afghanistan and elsewhere. Only in Iraq, over 600,000 innocent civilians were killed. Yet, when a deranged Muslim group seeks to score a geo-political point, the Islamophobia complex demonizes a whole faith.
Q: Muslims in America have kept saying in the years following the September 11, 2001 attacks that their civil liberties have been restricted and their communities and mosques were subject to “excessive” scrutiny and surveillance by the security bodies, FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. Is it really the case? Have the Muslim population of the United States been under unusual pressure in the post-9/11 era?
A: Yes, that is sadly true. Authorities here at home not only spied on mosques and Muslim community centers, they also taught, in official FBI courses, an extreme narrative on Islam. They taught that the more devout a Muslim, the more violent they are likely to be. How embarrassing and shameful! The result of this mindset was a wrongful profiling of Muslims that still continues. The Islamophobia network, especially new atheists like Sam Harris, support this profiling based on ethnicity and faith. Harris said, “We should profile Muslims, or anyone who looks like he or she could conceivably be Muslim.” Another prominent new atheist, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, also advocated for Muslim day schools to be closed down. Imagine saying these same things for Jews or atheists. The repercussions will be strong. But bigotry against the Muslims is sadly tolerated, even promoted, as normal