Tag Archives: Palestine

Israel Argues It Can Annex Any Land, Defy Any International Law

Indeed, it is an open secret that Israel is set to completely annex the occupied West Bank. In July, UN official Michael Lynk warned:

After years of creeping Israeli de facto annexation of large swathes of the West Bank through settlement expansion, the creation of closed military zones and other measures, Israel appears to be getting closer to enacting legislation that will formally annex parts of the West Bank.”

Since Lynk’s warning, several bills seeking to essentially annex the West Bank have been introduced in the Israeli Knesset, such as a controversial bill that would allow Israeli Jewish citizens to purchase Palestinian land in “Area C” of the occupied West Bank, paving the way for its eventual incorporation into Israeli territory. Area C accounts for more than 60 percent of the West Bank’s total territory.

Source: Israel Argues It Can Annex Any Land, Defy Any International Law

Michael Bennett pulls out of planned trip by NFL players to Israel

Bennett wrote via Twitter and Instagram Friday night that “I was excited to see this remarkable and historic part of the world with my own eyes. I was not aware until reading this article about the trip in the Times of Israel that my itinerary was being constructed by the Israeli government for the purposes of making me, in the words of a government official, an ‘influencer and opinion-former’ who would then be ‘an ambassador of good will.’ I will not be used in such a manner. When I do go to Israel — and I do plan to go — it will be to see not only Israel but also the West Bank and Gaza so I can see how the Palestinians, who have called this land home for thousands of years, live their lives.’’

Bennett further cited boxing legend Muhammad Ali and that Ali “stood strongly with the Palestinian people’’ and wrote “I cannot do that by going on this kind of trip to Israel” and that he was making the decision “to be in accord with my own values and my own conscience.”

Bennett’s brother Martellus has also reportedly pulled out of the trip.

Source: Michael Bennett pulls out of planned trip by NFL players to Israel

Children of the occupation

The brigade commander did not know, when he aimed and fired, that Mohammed would be the third child of Sami Kasbeh killed by Israeli soldiers after stone-throwing incidents. Two of Mohammed’s brothers had preceded him: Tamer, 14, and Yasser, 10, killed within 40 days of one another in 2002, a very bloody year.

Now, on 3 July, the Israeli officer had made Mohammed’s a bereaved family for the third time.

A video tells the world how a 12-year-old child incredibly escapes the clutch of an Israeli soldier. Hundreds more are far less fortunate, to the point of death

Source: Children of the occupation

Zimbabwe: President Raps U.S – allAfrica.com

The typically highly-charged address, much-appreciated by delegates, saw President Mugabe — who is the Chairman of the African Union, challenging the US leader a few hours after Mr Obama had addressed the same gathering and made it clear that Washington would not hesitate to deploy military force anywhere in the world.

Source:  http://allafrica.com/stories/201509300064.html?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=560c5ee904d30131da000001&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

‘We are not gay’ in Africa – Mugabe tells UN [VIDEO] – citifmonline

Zimbabwe president, Robert Mugabe, took a very bold position during his address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) by deviating from his prepared speech to tell world leaders that the people of Africa ‘are not gay.’
The long-serving pan-African leader attacked the countries in the West on a campaign to impose gay rights in African countries where the practice is largely criminalised.
Mugabe said this was against the United Nations charter as it does not stipulate the recognition of homosexuality.

Source:   http://citifmonline.com/2015/09/29/we-are-not-gay-in-africa-mugabe-tells-un-videowe-are-not-gay-in-africa-mugabe-tells-un/

White Supremacists Are Just Nasty Like That

This mess has been going on for way too long. The system of white supremacy/racism must be replaced with a system of justice.

I said: it’s sad they thought that kid had a bomb.
She said: they didn’t think he had a bomb.I said: yes, they thought he made a bomb and even called the police.
She said: They just wanted to humiliate a little Muslim, African boy. They didn’t think he had a bomb.
I said: Don’t be a conspiracist. They might be a little prejudiced, but I’m sure they thought he had a bomb.
She said: Ok.
But they didn’t evacuate the school, like you do when there is a bomb.
They didn’t call a bomb squad – like you do when there’s a bomb.
They didn’t get as far away from him as possible – like you do when there’s a bomb.
Then they put him and the clock in an office – not like you do when there is a bomb.
Then they waited with him  for the police to arrive.
Then they put the clock in the same car as the police.
Then they took pictures of it.
I said: Damn

They never thought he had a bomb.


‘West crying for refugees with one eye, aiming gun with the other’ – Assad

In a rare interview with Russian media outlets, RT among them, Syrian leader Bashar Assad spoke about global and domestic terrorism threats, the need for a united front against jihadism, Western propaganda about the refugee crisis and ways to bring peace to his war-torn nation.

Read the Interview:   http://www.rt.com/news/315482-assad-terrorism-refugees-interview/

Yemen government shuns talks, begins major military push

Yemen’s exiled government backed out of UN-brokered peace talks as loyalist forces supported by a Saudi-led coalition launched a major offensive against Houthi militia on Sunday.

A military official said the offensive aimed to push the militiamen out of the oil-rich Marib province east of Sanaa and eventually move on the capital, which the rebels seized a year ago.

President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi’s government, which has fled to Saudi Arabia, had said on Friday it would join UN-mediated talks this week in Oman.

Read More at:   http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/yemen-government-shuns-talks-begins-major-military-push-117049016

Children of the Occupation

Israeli soldiers or police often arrest Palestinian children younger than the legal age of responsibility (12). Thus, for example, in July 2013 in Hebron they arrested Wadi’ Maswadeh on suspicion of throwing stones at soldiers. Maswadeh was five years old.

Maswadeh was not the only such child arrested illegally, prior to having attained the legal minimum age under Israeli law.

Young detainees are sometimes beaten. Typically their parents are not present at their interrogation as required by law; sometimes their lawyers are not present, either. Sometimes they are incarcerated with adults, another illegal practice. Sometimes they are brought to prisons within Israel, in contravention of international law, which forbids the transfer of prisoners out of occupied territory.

– See more at:  http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/children-occupation-754496377

Conservative dissent is brewing inside the Vatican

You knew this was coming. A Pope who seems to be on the side of the masses. Someone who is telling his flock it is not such a good thing to be rich and sticking it to the people.
You can expect even rougher treatment for the Pope once he comes to America bringing his word of hope and love right into the belly of the beast. (KKK)

Dissent From The Belly of the Beast

VATICAN CITY — On a sunny morning earlier this year, a camera crew entered a well-appointed apartment just outside the 9th-century gates of Vatican City. Pristinely dressed in the black robes and scarlet sash of the princes of the Roman Catholic Church, the Wisconsin-born Cardinal Raymond Burke sat in his elaborately upholstered armchair and appeared to issue a warning to Pope Francis.

A staunch conservative and Vatican bureaucrat, Burke had been demoted by the pope a few months earlier, but it did not take the fight out of him. Francis had been backing a more inclusive era, giving space to progressive voices on divorced Catholics as well as gays and lesbians. In front of the camera, Burke said he would “resist” liberal changes — and seemed to caution Francis about the limits of his authority. “One must be very attentive regarding the power of the pope,” Burke told the French news crew.

[What has Pope Francis actually accomplished? Here’s a look at 7 of his most notable statements.]

Papal power, Burke warned, “is not absolute.” He added, “The pope does not have the power to change teaching [or] doctrine.”

Burke’s words belied a growing sense of alarm among strict conservatives, exposing what is fast emerging as a culture war over Francis’s papacy and the powerful hierarchy that governs the Roman Catholic Church.

This month, Francis makes his first trip to the United States at a time when his progressive allies are heralding him as a revolutionary, a man who only last week broadened the power of priests to forgive women who commit what Catholic teachings call the “mortal sin” of abortion during his newly declared “year of mercy” starting in December. On Sunday, he called for “every” Catholic parish in Europe to offer shelter to one refugee family from the thousands of asylum-seekers risking all to escape war-torn Syria and other pockets of conflict and poverty.

Yet as he upends church convention, Francis also is grappling with a conservative backlash to the liberal momentum building inside the church. In more than a dozen interviews, including with seven senior church officials, insiders say the change has left the hierarchy more polarized over the direction of the church than at any point since the great papal reformers of the 1960s.

The conservative rebellion is taking on many guises, in public comments, yes, but also in the rising popularity of conservative Catholic Web sites promoting Francis dissenters; books and promotional materials backed by conservative clerics seeking to counter the liberal trend; and leaks to the news media, aimed at Vatican reformers.

In his recent comments, Burke was also merely stating fact. Despite the vast powers of the pope, church doctrine serves as a kind of constitution. And for liberal reformers, the bruising theological pushback by conservatives is complicating efforts to translate the pope’s transformative style into tangible changes.

“At least we aren’t poisoning each other’s chalices anymore,” said the Rev. Timothy Radcliffe, a liberal British priest and Francis ally appointed to an influential Vatican post in May. Radcliffe said he welcomed open debate, even critical dissent within the church. But he professed himself as being “afraid” of “some of what we’re seeing”

Testing newfound freedom

Rather than stake out clear stances, the pope is more subtly, often implicitly, backing liberal church leaders who are pressing for radical change, while dramatically opening the parameters of the debate over how far reforms can go. For instance, during the opening of a major synod, or meeting, of senior bishops on the family last year, Francis told those gathered, “Let no one say, ‘This you cannot say.’ ”

Since then, liberals have tested the boundaries of their new freedom, with one Belgian bishop going as far as openly calling for the Catholic Church to formally recognize same-sex couples.

Conservatives counter that in the current climate of rising liberal thought, they have been thrust unfairly into a position in which “defending the real teachings of the church makes you look like an enemy of the pope,” a conservative and senior Vatican official said on the condition of anonymity in order to speak freely.

“We have a serious issue right now, a very alarming situation where Catholic priests and bishops are saying and doing things that are against what the church teaches, talking about same-sex unions, about Communion for those who are living in adultery,” the official said. “And yet the pope does nothing to silence them. So the inference is that this is what the pope wants.”

The contention within

A measure of the church’s long history of intrigue has spilled into the Francis papacy, particularly as the pope has ordered radical overhauls of murky Vatican finances. Under Francis, the top leadership of the Vatican Bank was ousted, as was the all-Italian board of its financial watchdog agency.

One method of pushback has been to give damaging leaks to the Italian news media. Vatican officials are now convinced that the biggest leak to date — of the papal encyclical on the environment in June — was driven by greed (it was sold to the media) rather than vengeance. But other disclosures have targeted key figures in the papal cleanup — including the conservative chosen to lead the pope’s financial reforms, the Australian Cardinal George Pell, who in March was the subject of a leak about his allegedly lavish personal tastes.

More often, dissent unfolds on ideological grounds. Criticism of a sitting pope is hardly unusual — liberal bishops on occasion challenged Benedict. But in an institution cloaked in traditional fealty to the pope, what shocks many is just how public the criticism of Francis has become.

In an open letter to his diocese, Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, R.I., wrote: “In trying to accommodate the needs of the age, as Pope Francis suggests, the Church risks the danger of losing its courageous, countercultural, prophetic voice, one that the world needs to hear.” For his part, Burke, the cardinal from Wisconsin, has called the church under Francis “a ship without a rudder.”

Even Pell appeared to undermine him on theological grounds. Commenting on the pope’s call for dramatic action on climate change, Pell told the Financial Times in July, “The church has got no mandate from the Lord to pronounce on scientific matters.”

In conservative circles, the word “confusion” also has become a euphemism for censuring the papacy without mentioning the pope. In one instance, 500 Catholic priests in Britain drafted an open letter this year that cited “much confusion” in “Catholic moral teaching” following the bishops’ conference on the family last year in which Francis threw open the floodgates of debate, resulting in proposed language offering an embraceable, new stance for divorced or gay Catholics.

That language ultimately was watered down in a vote that showed the still-ample power of conservatives. It set up another showdown for next month, when senior church leaders will meet in a follow-up conference that observers predict will turn into another theological slugfest. The pope himself will have the final word on any changes next year.

Conservatives have launched a campaign against a possible policy change that would grant divorced and remarried Catholics the right to take Communion at Mass. Last year, five senior leaders including Burke and the conservative Cardinal Carlo Caffarra of Bologna, Italy, drafted what has become known as “the manifesto” against such a change. In July, a DVD distributed to hundreds of dioceses in Europe and Australia, and backed by conservative Catholic clergy members, made the same point. In it, Burke, who has made similar arguments at a string of Catholic conferences, issued dire warnings of a world in which traditional teachings are ignored.

But this is still the Catholic Church, where hierarchical respect is as much tradition as anything else. Rather than targeting the pope, conservative bishops and cardinals more often take aim at their liberal peers. They include the German Cardinal Walter Kasper, who has suggested that he has become a proxy for clergy members who are not brave enough to criticize the pope directly.

Yet conservatives counter that liberals are overstepping their bounds, putting their own spin on the pronouncements of a pope who has been more ambiguous than Kasper and his allies are willing to admit.

“I was born a papist, I have lived as a papist, and I will die a papist,” Caffarra said. “The pope has never said that divorced and remarried Catholics should be able to take Holy Communion, and yet, his words are being twisted to give them false meaning.”

Some of the pope’s allies insist that debate is precisely what Francis wants.

“I think that people are speaking their mind because they feel very strongly and passionately in their position, and I don’t think the Holy Father sees it as a personal attack on him,” said Chicago Archbishop Blase J. Cupich, considered a close ally of the pope. “The Holy Father has opened the possibility for these matters to be discussed openly; he has not predetermined where this is going.”

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Stefano Pitrelli contributed to this report.