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Ahmadinejaunt to the Israeli Border

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Posted on Oct 6, 2010
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Lebanese officials are expected to approve Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s trip to the country’s border with Israel. Once there, Ahmadinejad may, as reported, throw some stones over the fence. Or he may skip the whole thing, if security concerns prevail.

The Guardian:

The US has been leading diplomatic efforts to persuade the Beirut government that Ahmadinejad’s presence in strongholds of the Shia movement Hezbollah in south Lebanon will pose a security risk that could provoke serious violence. But the signs are that the trip will go ahead, diplomats said today.

According to some reports Ahmadinejad will symbolically throw stones across the border fence into Israel, which he regularly attacks as an illegitimate entity, as well as questioning the truth of the Nazi Holocaust. Israel is also concerned by Iran’s nuclear energy programme, which it claims is intended to produce nuclear weapons which would challenge its own undeclared atomic arsenal.

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By Lyle Courtsal, October 7, 2010 at 3:25 pm Link to this comment
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israels subatantial nuclear arsenal and bioweapons capability remains the single most destabilizing factor in mideast politics. The settlement building and land/water stealing is also most discouraging as well since they have persisted in that crime for the last 30 years+. Remember the bombing of the king david hotel 1948; well executed but a whole lot of human collateral damage. Didn’t matter to the rightwing rabbis though; the non jew, the goyim died. Supremacist delusions are found in every people, not just germans and the israelis have become the people they most hated. There were another 5 million dead in the holocaust. All you have to remember is the only people that were murdered weren’t nazis, just like those in the US military being systematically harassed, who are not right wing evangelicals. Money laundered through switzerland funded Issachar Frontier Mission Strategies, probable CIA front pushing rightwing pseudothelogies during the murdering 80’s. That church booed a woman lay missioner from Brazil out of the place; disgusting. Talking about poverty again? how dare you in my unholy place!

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By omop, October 7, 2010 at 3:13 pm Link to this comment

Question for discussion. If proposal becomes law in Israel what effects if any
would it have on the “issue of American taxpayers subsidyzng a religious
state”?


      Israeli Cabinet Set for ‘Loyalty Oath’ Proposal
 
      Non-Jewish Citizens Would Have to Pledge Loyalty to Israel as ‘Jewish
State’ by Jason Ditz, October 06, 2010


Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party is moving
closer to fulfilling one of its campaign promises, as Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu has promised to bring part of the controversial “loyalty oath”
proposal before the cabinet on Sunday.

The proposal, which is widely expected to pass, would demand any prospective
non-Jewish citizen swear an oath not just to the Israeli government as such, but
to the notion of the Israeli state as a “Jewish state.” The demand would not
apply to people under the “Law of Return,” so new Jewish immigrants would not
be affected by the requirement.

This is only a small part of what Foreign Minister Lieberman envisioned, which
was to require all non-Jewish citizens to take such an oath or have their
citizenship stripped from them. The current proposal would only apply to new
citizens and not to those already in Israel.

Still the matter is controversial, if only for the precedent it sets toward the
demand for similar oaths of other citizens further down the road. Roughly 20%
of Israel’s population is not Jewish, and a number of opposition parties catering
to them have sought to guarantee equality for all citizens. Yisrael Beiteinu and
other more hawkish parties have attempted to ban such parties for “disloyalty.”
Last 5 posts by Jason

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By vajoiner, October 7, 2010 at 10:12 am Link to this comment

“which he regularly attacks as an illegitimate entity”

ahem..

to all the jewish people living in my neighborhood.. a bunch of my non-white/non-european friends got together and voted on whether or not the houses you live in are a satisfactory place for me to use as warehouses for my junk and toilets for my crap. the vote was in my favor. you need to move the hell out immediately.

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By Robert, October 7, 2010 at 6:43 am Link to this comment

Israel Is Now Punishing Palestinians
Shamelessly

What is delaying treatment of a 47-year-old
Palestinian woman, if not punishment of someone who
opposes her foreign rulers?

By Amira Hass

“October 06, 2010 “Haaretz”—Behind a modest
desk with a view of Beit Jala sits a nameless Shin
Bet security service officer who is very pleased with
himself. He has just saved the Jewish people in
Israel from yet another grave security risk
by
preventing a 47-year-old woman, for five weeks now,
from going abroad for urgent medical tests.

Or perhaps this isn’t a story about just one
officer,
but rather about a committee of
three.
What matters is that Khalida Jarrar, a
resident of Al-Bireh, has not gone to Amman for
diagnostic brain tests that cannot be done in the
West Bank due to lack of the necessary medical
equipment.

I first wrote about Jarrar’s case a month ago. On
July 19, a doctor in Ramallah informed her she could
obtain the necessary tests in either Israel or Amman.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health told her it would
not pay for the tests to be done in Israel.

Jarrar, a member of the Palestinian Legislative
Council on behalf of the Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine, was refused permission to
leave in 2008, when she was supposed to participate
in the intra-Palestinian reconciliation talks in
Cairo. But until getting that note from her doctor,
she had never fought for her right to freedom of
movement.

This time, officials in the Palestinian Authority
promised they would arrange her exit permit for
medical tests with their acquaintances in Israel.
They promised, and then they disappeared.

After about three weeks, some of her lawyer friends
applied directly to the Civil Administration and
tried to discover how her exit permit could be
arranged. Two weeks later, the answer arrived in
writing: Jarrar, it said, does not have a notation by
her name barring her exit.

The Civil Administration officer had relied on
computer input from the Shin Bet.
So on August
30, Jarrar set out for the Allenby Bridge. But there,
the Israeli border control computers had different
data: She was not allowed to exit. What had been true
a few hours earlier stopped being true when she
arrived at the border.

At the time, the Shin Bet told Haaretz that Jarrar
had to apply for an exit permit via the Civil
Administration’s health coordinator. So the lawyers
resent all the documents to the coordinator.

At first, there was some delay: The Civil
Administration said the documents and the application
had not reached their destination. Then work began on
the application. But our anonymous man from the Shin
Bet is evidently in no hurry.

This is a mere footnote in the chronicle of the
Palestinians’ life under foreign rule.
But
this footnote is a typical chapter in the history of
Israeli society: a democratic society that gives
those wonderful fellows from the Shin Bet a blank
check to act like the last of the great dictators and
juggle with their subjects’ lives - without
elections, without oversight, without supervision.
Their word is sacrosanct. And if they say, as they
did in reply to Haaretz, “Relevant information exists
indicating that [Jarrar’s] exit from the area poses a
risk to our security,” we all salute.”

~~~~~~~~~~~

Click on link for the rest…Israel has NO sense
of shame!

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26525.htm

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By PatrickHenry, October 7, 2010 at 3:11 am Link to this comment

Why does the U.S. have to ‘lead’ in matters that don’t concern us and alienate the rest of the world?

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By Arabian Sinbad, October 6, 2010 at 7:07 pm Link to this comment

Well, well, well!

Ahmadinajad, with his courage and outspoken style against colonialism, injustice and hypocrisy will remain a painful thorn in the asses of US, Israeli and European hypocrite leaders.

It’s sad that there aren’t few other leaders like him in this world; a situation that would tip the balance of power in favor of justice.

I am looking forward to seeing him throwing a few pebbles across the border in the direction of apartheid and colonialist Israel and see the overreaction of Israel towards this symbolic act of scorn towards what Israel stands for!

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