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Jerusalem as the Zionists See It's Future

by Oui Wed May 23rd, 2018 at 06:44:27 PM EST

The US has abandoned International convention and the UN Security Council Resolutions about Israel as a state and the illegal occupation of Palestinian land. To place a hardliner like Thomas Friedman in the US Embassy in Jerusalem ... 'nuf said!

Israel: US ambassador handed doctored image of east Jerusalem | DW |

The Al-Aqsa Mosque is one of Islam's holiest sites; Muslims believe the Prophet Mohammed ascended to heaven from the structure. Known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif ("Noble Sanctuary") and as Temple Mount to Jews, the larger compound surrouding the mosque sits on land sacred to both religions. It is considered the holiest site in Judaism.

The site in Israel-annexed east Jerusalem has been a frequent flashpoint for violence between Israelis and Palestinians and a major source of tension in the decades-old conflict.

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US envoy poses with photo showing Temple in place of Al-Aqsa | Ynet News |

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman posed with a photoshopped picture of Jerusalem with the Third Temple replacing the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The photoshopped picture was published on the Kikar HaShabbat website, sparking outrage.

The US Embassy's Spokesperson had to issue a statement saying the American diplomatic mission to Israel had nothing to do with the controversial photo.

"Ambassador Friedman was not aware of what was shown on the photo given to him. He was disappointed when realizing somebody took advantage of his visit to Bnei Brak to create controversy," according to the statement.

"The US policy is absolutely clear--we support the status quo regarding the Temple Mount."

Yehudah Glick takes son to Temple Mount before his wedding | Times of Israel |

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a special dispensation to Likud lawmaker Yehudah Glick to visit the Temple Mount in Jerusalem with his son Shlomo ahead of the latter's wedding.

In a Twitter post with photos of the visit, Glick wrote, "Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister," and called the approval "a wonderful gift for a son's wedding, a meaningful human gesture for me."

Glick is a well-known advocate for Jewish prayer at the site, which houses the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque. It is revered by Jews as the location of the ancient Jewish temples and is considered Islam's third-holiest site.

What's behind the Temple Mount Riots in Jerusalem

    Israelis who seek to take over al-Aqsa see the 14 July attack and subsequent violence as an opportunity to advance this agenda. Immediately after the incident, the Temple movement's official body released a statement calling to expel Palestinians from the compound: "We must liberate the Temple Mount from the murderous Islam and return it to the people of Israel."

"Looking forward to building the Temple this year and hope that you will soon see the face of our righteous Messiah," Baruch Marzel one of the most extreme leaders among Israel's West Bank settlers, wrote last week in an open letter to the mufti of Jerusalem - the top Muslim official in the city.

Third Temple to be rebuilt after destruction of Al Asqa mosque - Yehudah Glick

Israeli Al Aqsa "Compromise:" Force Muslim Worshippers Through Cattle Pen-Like Shutes | Tikun Olam |

After the miserable failure of the security measures implemented unilaterally at the Haram al Sharif by Israeli police and the police minister, including metal detectors and surveillance cameras, which incited a Days of Rage and the killing of five Palestinians in the past two days, Israel is proposing a compromise of sorts.  The substance of the compromise is really no compromise at all.  According to the proposal, Israel would remove the metal detectors it installed after two police officers were killed by three Palestinian attackers last week.  In their place it would install chutes through which all worshippers would pass on their way to the holy site:

    Jerusalem city workers, directed by police, would set up fenced-off "sleeves" at the entrances to the Temple Mount. Muslim worshipers would be required to file through these channels. Anyone seen as suspicious, on cameras...installed at the entrances, would be checked with a hand-held metal detector.

Jehudah Glick and a call to rebuild the Temple

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Israel's motto: "If at first You don't succeed, persevere and try again until successful ... election 2016."

Israeli media love parodies about politics Ö throughout the years Iíve watched many of them. The Israelís delegate to the Euro Songfestival won this year Ö a parody on her win and Israelís subjugation of Palestinians on Dutch TV failed to make Israelis smile. Of course the criticism was coined as anti-semitism. Fascism! Americaís best ally in the Middle East Ö

Israel formally complains over Dutch comedian's parody of Eurovision song

Friedman;s Follies | Tikun Olam |

U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman, who earned his position due to saving Donald Trump's ass from bankruptcy a number of times, is Trump's envoy to Settler Israel.  The poor soul has gotten himself into hot water recently for visiting a settler NGO and posing with a picture of the city of Jerusalem in which the Haram al Sharif had been obliterated and replaced, via photoshop, with a rebuilt Third Temple.  In the image, which has raced across the Israeli and world media, Friedman beams as one of the NGO's staff regales him with the blown-up image of Jerusalem.  Everyone is clearly having a fine old time.

Abbas adviser slams 'racist' US envoy over doctored photo of Jerusalem | Ynet News |

Mahmoud Al-Habash, a senior adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, slammed US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman on Wednesday after the latter was photographed holding up a doctored image of Jerusalem showing the Third Temple instead of the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

"The end result these criminals seek--and among them the terrorist settler David Friedman--is the erasure of the Palestinians from Jerusalem and their banishment from it," al-Habash said.

 He called on Arab and Muslim governments, organizations and peoples to respond to Friedman's insult to the Islamic idea.  

Provocative Picture Of Third Temple Lands Ambassador Friedman In Hot Seat | The Forward |

Critics immediately seized on the image as evidence that Friedman supports the extreme right wing Jewish groups, which hope to build a Third Temple on the Temple Mount. The Second Temple was destroyed in 70 C.E., and the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque have been on the site of the former Temple since around the year 700 C.E.

Friedman has been seen as an ally of the Israeli religious right. He has helped raise millions of dollars for a West Bank settlement that is considered a center of support for the settler movement.

David Friedman Raised Millions for Radical West Bank Jewish Settlers

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu May 24th, 2018 at 09:57:49 PM EST
Israeli ambassador lodges anti-Semitism complaint against Dutch song mocking Israel's human right record | Mondoweiss |

The Israeli song "Toy", sung by Netta Barzilai, won the Eurovision song contest on the 12th of May. Israel was euphoric. Benjamin Netanyahu called Barzilai "Israel's greatest ambassador" and said "next year in Jerusalem," a reference to the contest venue in 2019.

Barzilai herself was very aware of her political role, and said in an interview that "we have done something crazy [fantastic] for Israeli Hasbara" (Hebrew, Kan Israeli news). Isabel Kershner of The New York Times noted how "many Israelis hailed it as a diplomatic victory and national vindication."

But all that occurred just a couple of days before one of the bloodiest single massacres in Israeli history, the killing of 62 Palestinian Gazan protesters, injuring over 3,000, with over 1,360 shot by Israeli soldiers using live ammunition -  and that massacre was occurring simultaneously with Israel's celebration of the US Embassy inauguration in Jerusalem, in a split-screen reality.

But how long can the split-screen reality last? On Saturday, Dutch comedian Martine Sandifort appeared with a satirical version of the Israeli song, using a backdrop of footage involving Palestinian protests against Israeli forces, the separation wall etc. This appeared on the prime time Sanne Wallis de Vries's satirical show.

The scathing text points to these realities (some mainstream media has provided partial translations, like BBC and Haaretz - I provide a full one here, and thanks to Ronnie Barkan for the full subtitled video) ...  

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'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 29th, 2018 at 07:44:03 AM EST
There must be some underlying fundamentals why this is true ...

Argentinian soccer team boycotts Israel -- and `NY Times' whitewash fails to quote a single player | Mondoweiss |

Gonzalo Higuaín is a striker on Argentina's national soccer team that is headed for the World Cup in Russia next week. After Argentina canceled a scheduled warm up "friendly" match against Israel set for June 9, reporters approached Higuaín for comment. "They've finally done the right thing" he said, and The Guardian report put his comment in the second paragraph.

The BBC did exactly the same. Higuaín's quote is also paragraph 2. "They've finally done the right thing."

The New York Times faced a dilemma. How to downplay this stinging defeat for Israel in world opinion? The Times has a correspondent in Buenos Aires, Daniel Politi, and here's what he did in today's sports pages; he did not quote Higuaín or any other player for Argentina. Instead, he spent 22 paragraphs partly peddling an alternate conspiracy theory: that Argentina canceled not for political reasons, but because the team feared "violence" from Palestinians. (Some pro-Palestinian activists had been waving bloody shirts at a peaceful demonstration in Barcelona, where the Argentine team is fine-tuning before Russia.) .

The article at least pointed out that Israel's sports minister, the notorious Miri Regev, had moved the scheduled match from Haifa to Jerusalem, a propaganda ploy meant to imply a stronger endorsement of Israel.

Palestinians hail Argentina and Messi for calling off Jerusalem match | The Jordan Times |

"The Israelis tried to use Messi and those stars from Argentina, and I would like to thank them and appreciate their decision, which I think was on the right track," Palestinian Football Association President Jibril Rajoub told a news conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

At the entrance to the news conference was a placard saying "From Palestine, thank you Messi" with Argentinian and Palestinian flags, under a big photo of Rajoub posing with the Barcelona ace.

It was a change of tone from Rajoub, who on Sunday had called for Palestinians to burn replica Messi shirts and photos if the Argentinian played in Jerusalem.

The cultural terrorism of Miri Regev | 972+ Magazine |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 10th, 2018 at 04:14:55 PM EST
Bernie Sanders' Criticism Of Israel Is Radical. And He's Taking It Mainstream | The Forward |

Not many in the media are noticing, which is understandable given the burden of keeping up with Donald Trump, but in the shadow of Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu, Bernie Sanders is dramatically challenging Beltway discourse on Israel.

In 2020, when Sanders likely runs for president, and journalists begin paying attention, they're going to be shocked. The Israeli government and the American Jewish establishment will be scared out of their minds.

Last month, Sanders crossed one of the red lines demarcating politically acceptable Washington discourse about Israel. He organized the first letter written by multiple senators criticizing Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip. Then, last week, he raced past that line again with a video that is unlike anything I've ever seen from an American senator.

To understand how radical Sanders' video is, it's worth remembering how liberal Democrats like Barack Obama, John Kerry and Hillary Clinton talked about Israel and the Palestinians as recently as two years ago.

Jewish State of Israel Run by Islamophobes

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'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 11th, 2018 at 06:20:26 PM EST

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