Archive for July, 2009

Israel – World’s 3rd least peaceful state

July 31, 2009

Israel ranked one of world’s least peaceful states.

 

Korea (131), and Iran (99). …http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1248277933856&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull 

 

Global Peace Index Rankings.


http://www.visionofhumanity.org/gpi/results/rankings.php 

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UN: Gaza war crimes probe to go ahead without Israeli approval.

Former international prosecutor Richard Goldstone says he will go ahead with his investigation into possible war crimes committed by both sides during Israel’s three-week-long offensive in Gaza. ….

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1086873.html 

 

Ehud Barak warns Iran of possible Israeli strike on nuclear facilities.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article6729276.ece 

 

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Israel on Iran: Anything it takes to stop nukes.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090727/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/ml_israel_usJERUSALEM – Israel hardened its insistence Monday that it would do anything it felt necessary to stop Iran from getting a nuclear bomb, just the ultimatum the United States hoped not to hear as it tried to nudge Iran to the bargaining table. ….

 

 

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Ancient Israeli Myths Deter Peace.

http://www.consortiumnews.com/Print/2009/070809.html 

http://www.hypercrites.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=16947&st=0 

 

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Israel’s Obama Problem.

http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/ 

http://www.israpundit.com/2008/ 

 

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Norway examines the ethics of its Israel investments.

… the Norwegian investment in Israeli companies totaled some 2.67 billion kroner, about $428 million, with another 627 million kroner in bonds, about $100 million. …

the fund may not invest in companies that “constitute an unacceptable risk of the Fund contributing to serious or systematic human rights violations, such as murder, torture, deprivation of liberty, forced labor, the worst forms of child labor and other forms of child exploitation, serious violations of individuals’ rights in situations of war or conflict, severe environmental damages, gross corruption or other particularly serious violations of fundamental ethical norms.” …

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1103417.html 

 

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The United Church of Canada is expected to offer a resolution at its general council in August calling for a “comprehensive boycott of Israeli academic and cultural institutions at the national and international levels.”

Israel, the proposal states, was “built mainly on land ethnically cleansed of its Palestinian owners.” …

http://jta.org/news/article/2009/07/29/1006898/canadian-protestant-proposal-called-anti-semitic 

 

Israel fared very poorly in the Global Peace Index, being placed just 141 out of 144 countries, and ranked more peaceful than only Iraq, Afghanistan, and Somalia. …

Countries which were considered more peaceful than Israel in 2009 included Sudan (140), Pakistan (137), Lebanon (132), North

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Obama – Pummeled by the Israel Lobby?

July 24, 2009

On Settlements, Obama blinked – Pummeled by the Israel Lobby. – Could not take the heat.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3751547,00.html 

 http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1102567.html 

 

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U.S. tells Israel to halt East Jerusalem building’

… Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told ministers at the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday that Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem was not a matter up for discussion, no matter the U.S. requests. …

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1101155.html 

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1101353.html 

 

 

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New Hope for Peace: What America Must Do to End the Israel-Palestine Conflict. – Video

Jimmy Carter, James Baker, Zbigniew Brzezinski and Brent Scowcroft on Israel-Palestine Conflict

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMbBYCM4SWA 

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1101542.html

US not considering sanctions against Israel.

Top State Department spokesman rebuffs speculations that President Obama contemplating imposing economic sanctions, international pressure on Israel if it fails to comply with demands to halt settlement construction.

Israeli Lawyer opposes Apartheid

July 23, 2009

 

A report by the

Israeli Violations of Human Rights in the Occupied Arab Territories. World Peace Council Presented by Felicia Langer. 

http://www.geocities.com/alabasters_archive/israeli_violations_2.html#contents 

 

Germany honors anti-Zionist Israeli Felicia Langer

Felicia Langer was born in a Jewish family in 1930 in the Polish city of Tarnow and moved to Israel with her family in 1950.

From early on, she found the Zionism-inspired discrimination against the native Arabs of what used to be the British Mandate of Palestine, deeply offensive and unjust.

Having trained as a lawyer, she dedicated her life to helping the oppressed and dispossessed Arabs in Israeli courts, especially in cases of land confiscation, house demolition, deportation, tortures, denial of documents and other injustices.

.. Langer has repeatedly described Israel as “the apartheid of the present” and the officials in the government as “war criminals” for their countless attacks against Palestinians.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=101189&sectionid=351020604 

Give Netanyahu the Boot …….. !!!!!

July 21, 2009

Russia, France up pressure to halt East-Jerusalem construction.

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1246443870665&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

One day after the United States demanded that Israel stop building projects in east Jerusalem, Russia joined the call, urging the Jewish state to immediately halt construction in the area, and saying that a failure to do so would be a violation of the road map peace agreement. ….

 >>> Time to give Netanyahu the boot …. !!!!!!!!!!!!!

US Pension Funds to Israel – Guaranteed by US Govt

July 15, 2009

US Pension Funds invested in Israel – Guaranteed by US Government.

http://www.wrmea.com/backissues/0993/9309017.html 

 

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California pension fund reveals vital info on Israeli VCs

… The California state employees pension fund CalPERS issued an investment report over the weekend after repeated demands from members and the press, and the report offered a first look at the usually secret investment reports of private Israeli venture capital funds in which CalPERS is invested.

The report is based on fund managers’ reports through September 30, 2002. Fund managers guard the confidentiality of the figures zealously, some, apparently for good reason. …

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=289744&contrassID=2&subContrassID=2&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y 

http://www.calpers.ca.gov/index.jsp?bc=/investments/reports/home.xml 

 

American pension funds look to Israel for investment.

… Among the participants in the delegation were: Alan Hevesi, Comptroller for New York state; Massacussetts State Treasurer Tim Cahill, Daniel Kurtzer, former US ambassador to Israel; as well as heads of CalPers, (California Public Employees Retirement System) CalSTRS, (California State Teachers? Retirement System), Pennsylvania Public Employees, Virginia Retirement System, and Stanford Management Co.

The visit was initiated by the World Pension Forum (WPF), which provides a forum for discussion and educational opportunities for the senior members of US pension funds.

“The WPF is sort of a governing body of state pension funds – they hold conference four times a year and provide educational tools for the state pension funds,” explained Applbaum, who has extensive business dealings in Israel. …

http://www.israel21c.org/bin/en.jsp?enDispWho=Articles^l1353&enPage=BlankPage&enDisplay=view&enDispWhat=object&enVersion=0&enZone=Culture& 

 

>>> Note: Most of these funds appear to be managed by persons loyal to Israel.

… At Berkeley, the hot topic was a bill in the California state legislature to permit state employees’ and state teachers’ pension funds to invest in Israeli bonds guaranteed by the U.S. government. At that point the bill had been passed by the California State Assembly, and the Senate was expected to take up the issue sometime in September. It is only one part of an effort by the government of Israel’s lobby in the United States to move some of the ever-increasing aid to Israel out of the federal budget, where it is becoming a real issue, into investments in Israel bonds by the huge state government pension funds. By turning such funds, from many different U.S. states and cities, into a major source of aid to Israel, its U. S. Lobby hopes to defuse a potentially explosive issue. …

Whether or not this effort will succeed will depend on the amount the American public learns about the purchase of Israeli bonds by the widely scattered pension funds. Already, some 12 states have authorized this new means of financing Israeli deficits, which are mounting and are no more likely to be repaid than Israel’s direct debts to the U.S. government. (Israel has never repaid a loan from the U.S. government. All, eventually, have been forgiven by the U.S. Congress.)

Since in the end these bonds issued by Israel will be the responsibility of the American government if Israel is unable to repay them, it makes little difference whether the aid to Israel is voted by Congress or authorized by the state legislatures, which control state pension funds. Either way, U.S. taxpayers ultimately will foot the bill. …

No other country has such access to U.S. pension funds, and Israel is hardly the best risk.

Japanese, German or other bonds from industrialized nations have had far better in vestment ratings. But the key to Israeli access to the funds has been that these formerly extremely risky Israeli bonds now are guaranteed by the U.S. government. No U.S. state or municipal bonds carry such U.S. government guarantees, of course.

The Israel Project Handbook

July 13, 2009

The Israel Project’s Secret Hasbara Handbook Exposed

http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/tag/2009-global-language-directory/ 

 

Defending the indefensible settlements.

Barack Obama sees the settlements in this light, which is why he has made a full freeze a centerpiece of his policy. Generally, congressional Democrats, even those known to side with the Israel lobby in the past, have adopted the administration’s position on the issue. …http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2009/jul/13/israel-west-bank-settlements-obamaAmericans for Peace Now’s Ori Nir places the issue in a broader context, also contradicting the TIP claim. “American Jews increasingly realize that settlements undermine Israel’s ability to survive, long term, as a democratic Jewish state and that they undermine America’s national security interest in a stable, peaceful Middle East,” he told Bloomfield.

 

 

 

http://www.philipweiss.org/mondoweiss/2009/07/no-it-isnt-the-pentagon-papers-but-heres-a-small-sign-that-the-msm-is-finally-going-to-take-on-the-b.htmlThe Israel Project‘s ‘2009 global language directory’

 

To counter US opposition to Israel’s settlements, Israel’s American supporters are adopting a new, defensive strategy …

$48.8 billion Foreign Aid – Most to Israel

July 10, 2009

House passes foreign aid package, July 10, 2009. (HR3081 – Costing $48.8 Billion) 

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. House of Representatives approved foreign funding that included aid packages for Israel and the Palestinians.

Israel won $2.775 billion when the funds approved in the bill 2010 appropriations bill passed Thursday are added to those approved in an earlier supplemental funding bill, consistent with the memorandum of understanding signed two years ago that guarantees Israel $30 billion in defense assistance over 10 years. Israel also was allotted $25 million in refugee settlement assistance, the only remnant of U.S. assistance to Israel’s domestic economy.

Also approved was over $500 million in assistance for the Palestinians, including up to $150 million that may be transferred directly to the Palestinian Authority and $100 million that will go to training P.A. security forces.

Egyptian and Jordanian funding also remained consistent: $1.3 billion in Egyptian defense assistance and $250 million in assistance for the Egyptian economy; and $300 million in defense assistance for Jordan as well as $363 million in economic assistance.

The bill also would keep the U.S. Import-Expert bank from guaranteeing companies that have significant stakes in Iran’s energy sector. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee praised the bill’s passage. …

The overall $48.8 billion bill passed 318-106

The U.S. Senate is considering a similar bill; subsequent to its passage, both bills must be reconciled, subject to new votes and then sent to President Obama for his approval.

 

 http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d111:27:./temp/~bdEeQP:@@@L&summ2=m&http://www.washingtonwatch.com/bills/show/111_HR_3081.html 

http://nmisrael.org/uncategorized/urge-your-members-of-congress-to-support-aid-to-israel 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://jta.org/news/article/2009/07/10/1006450/house-passes-foreign-aid-package ; of the 106 voting against, 97 were Republicans. 

US Pensioners scammed by Israelis

July 5, 2009

9 Israelis suspected of scamming millions from U.S. Pensioners.

The Tel Aviv police fraud squad arrested on Sunday nine Israelis on suspicion of netting millions of dollars from U.S. pensioners in a so-called Nigerian scam. …

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1097901.html

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… the People of the Book have the highest proportion of hackers per Internet user in the world.

… Israel boasts the most malicious mischief per surfer in the world.

In a recent report on Internet security threats around the world during the first half of 2007, virus buster Symantec claimed that 11 percent of the computers used by Israeli surfers are directly responsible for online attacks and other hacker mischief. …

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=906933&contrassID=2&subContrassID=2

http://www.symantec.com/about/news/release/article.jsp?prid=20090413_01

Israel preparing War on Iran?

July 5, 2009

Israel and US preparing for war with Iran?

Israel appears to be preparing for the greatest military exercise in the history of the Jewish state, with Iran being a potential target.

The exercise is expected to take place on June 2 and will involve testing the US-Israeli developed missile defense system ‘Arrow’, intended to deter missile attacks.

An Israeli strike on approximately one dozen targets in Iran could come within hours of receiving orders, according to an Israeli defense official quoted in the Times.

According to the paper’s source the Israeli military is awaiting the final go-ahead by the country’s new government headed by Benjamin Netanyahu.

http://www.russiatoday.com/Top_News/2009-04-20/Israel_and_US_preparing_for_war_with_Iran.html 

 

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Biden: U.S. won’t stop Israeli strike on Iran.

 


U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Sunday that the Obama administration would not stand in Israel’s way should the latter chooses to take military action to eliminate Iran’s nuclear threat.

Israel has the right to determine its own course of action with regard to the Iranian nuclear threat regardless of what the Obama administration chooses to do, Biden told ABC reporter George Stephanopoulos. …http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1097911.html 

 

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On Friday, defense sources reported that an Israeli submarine had sailed the Suez Canal to the Red Sea last month, describing the unusual maneuver as a show of strategic reach in the face of Iran.
Israel has long kept its three Dolphin-class submarines, which are widely assumed to carry nuclear missiles, away from Suez so as not to expose them to the gaze of Egyptian harbormasters.

The Egyptian official said Saturday that Cairo did not, nor will it in the future, offer Israel logistic assistance in its efforts to attack Iran …

Each German-made Dolphin has 10 torpedo tubes, four of them widened at Israel’s request – to accommodate, some independent analysts believe, nuclear-tipped cruise missiles. But there have been questions about whether these would have the 1,500-km (1,000-mile) range needed to hit Iran from the Mediterranean.

Israel plans to acquire two more Dolphins early next decade. Naval analysts say this could allow it to set up a rotation whereby some of the submarines patrol distant shores while others secure the Israeli coast or dock to undergo maintenance. …

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1097643.html 

 

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Israel denies Saudis plan to let IDF use airspace for Iran strike.

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1097882.htmlSaudi Arabia has indicated to Israel that it would not protest use of its airspace by Israeli fighter jets in the event the government resolves to launch a military assault against Iran, according to a report which appeared in the British newspaper The Sunday Times.

The Prime Minister’s office issued a statement in response Sunday morning, saying that “the Sunday Times report is fundamentally false and completely baseless.”

According to The Sunday Times, Mossad chief Meir Dagan held secret meetings with Saudi officials, who gave their tacit approval to Israel’s use of the kingdom’s airspace.

 

 

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Incoming IAEA chief: No evidence Iran seeking nuclear weapons.

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1097655.html 

 

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Israel’s ‘angel of destruction’ is gambling on Iran.

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1097430.html 

 

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100 U.S. activists arrive in Egypt in bid to deliver aid to Gaza.

 


About 100 U.S. activists arrived in Egypt Sunday with the intention of traveling to Gaza to try to deliver medical aid despite a blockade on the territory. …http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1097917.html 

 

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 Israel committed war crimes and carried out reckless attacks and acts of wanton destruction in its Gaza offensive, an independent human rights report says.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8128210.stm 

Goldman Sachs – Market Manipulators

July 3, 2009

How Goldman Sachs has engineered every major market manipulation since the Great Depression.

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/28816321/the_great_american_bubble_machine 

http://www.rollingstone.com/videos/player/28915225 

 

Big Pay Packages Return to Wall Street

…. Based on analysts’ earnings forecasts for 2009, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is on track to pay out as much as $20 billion this year, or about $700,000 per employee. That would be nearly double the firm’s $363,000 average last year, and slightly higher than the $661,000 for the average Goldman employee in fiscal 2007, according to analyst estimates reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. …

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124649352055183157.html#mod=rss_whats_news_us 

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/FunMoney/story?id=2723990 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldman_Sachs 

 

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Zero money down, not subprime loans, led to the mortgage meltdown.

 

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124657539489189043.html

…”Goldman has its alumni pushing its views from the pulpit of the U.S. Treasury, the NYSE, the World Bank, and numerous other important posts; it also has former players fronting major TV shows. They have the ear of the president if they want it.” …