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Israel discriminates against its Arab citizens.Israel discriminates against Israeli Arabs by barring them from buying land.Israeli Arabs are discriminated against in employment.Arabs held in Israeli jails are tortured, beaten and killed.Israel uses administrative detention to imprison peaceful Arabs without trial.Israel has long sought to deny residents of the West Bank and Gaza their political rights.Israel is stealing water from Arabs in the territories. Israel allows Jews to drill wells, but prevents Arabs from doing so.Israel’s use of deportations violates the Fourth Geneva Convention.Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is similar to the treatment of blacks in apartheid South Africa.Black African nations cut relations with Israel because of its racist policies toward Palestinians.Israel is pursuing a policy of genocide toward the Palestinians that is comparable to the Nazis’ treatment of the Jews.Israels policies in the territories have caused a humanitarian crisis for the Palestinians.Israels complaints about Palestinian terrorists hiding among civilians are just an effort to justify their murder of innocent people.Israel demolishes homes in the Rafah refugee camp as part of its campaign to oppress the Palestinians.Yasser Arafat is directing the Palestinian Authoritys resources to the health and welfare of the Palestinian people.Israel is a theocracy and should not be a Jewish State.Israeli textbooks are just as bad as those in the Palestinian Authority, filled with stereotypes, historical inaccuracies, and a failure to acknowledge alternative political views.Israel poisoned Yasser Arafat.Israel is persecuting Christians.Israel is killing Palestinians with radiation spy machines.Palestinians living under occupation have the lowest standard of living in the Middle East.Israeli checkpoints are unnecessarily preventing Palestinians from receiving medical attention.The Palestinian Authority protects Jewish holy sites.

MYTH

“Israel discriminates against its Arab citizens.”

FACT

Israel is one of the most open societies in the world. Out of a population of 6.7 million, about 1.3 million ? 20 percent of the population ? are non-Jews (approximately 1.1 million Muslims, 130,000 Christians and 100,000 Druze).1

Arabs in Israel have equal voting rights; in fact, it is one of the few places in the Middle East where Arab women may vote. Arabs currently hold 8 seats in the 120-seat Knesset. Israeli Arabs have also held various government posts, including one who served as Israel’s ambassador to Finland and the current deputy mayor of Tel Aviv. Oscar Abu Razaq was appointed Director General of the Ministry of Interior, the first Arab citizen to become chief executive of a key government ministry. Ariel Sharon’s original cabinet included the first Arab minister, Salah Tarif, a Druze who served as a minister without portfolio. An Arab is also a Supreme Court justice.

Arabic, like Hebrew, is an official language in Israel. More than 300,000 Arab children attend Israeli schools. At the time of Israel’s founding, there was one Arab high school in the country. Today, there are hundreds of Arab schools.2

In 2002, the Israeli Supreme Court also ruled that the government cannot allocate land based on religion or ethnicity, and may not prevent Arab citizens from living wherever they choose.2a

The sole legal distinction between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel is that the latter are not required to serve in the Israeli army. This is to spare Arab citizens the need to take up arms against their brethren. Nevertheless, Bedouins have served in paratroop units and other Arabs have volunteered for military duty. Compulsory military service is applied to the Druze and Circassian communities at their own request.

Some economic and social gaps between Israeli Jews and Arabs result from the latter not serving in the military. Veterans qualify for many benefits not available to non-veterans. Moreover, the army aids in the socialization process.

On the other hand, Arabs do have an advantage in obtaining some jobs during the years Israelis are in the military. In addition, industries like construction and trucking have come to be dominated by Israeli Arabs.

Although Israeli Arabs have occasionally been involved in terrorist activities, they have generally behaved as loyal citizens. During the 1967, 1973 and 1982 wars, none engaged in any acts of sabotage or disloyalty. Sometimes, in fact, Arabs volunteered to take over civilian functions for reservists. During the outbreak of violence in the territories that began in September 2000, Israeli Arabs for the first time engaged in widespread protests with some violence.

The United States has been independent for almost 230 years and still has not integrated all of its diverse communities. Even today, 60 years after civil rights legislation was adopted, discrimination has not been eradicated. It should not be surprising that Israel has not solved all of its social problems in only 57 years.

MYTH

“Israel discriminates against Israeli Arabs by barring them from buying land.”

FACT

In the early part of the century, the Jewish National Fund was established by the World Zionist Congress to purchase land in Palestine for Jewish settlement. This land, and that acquired after Israel’s War of Independence, was taken over by the government. Of the total area of Israel, 92 percent belongs to the State and is managed by the Land Management Authority. It is not for sale to anyone, Jew or Arab. The remaining 8 percent of the territory is privately owned. The Arab Waqf (the Muslim charitable endowment), for example, owns land that is for the express use and benefit of Muslim Arabs. Government land can be leased by anyone, regardless of race, religion or sex. All Arab citizens of Israel are eligible to lease government land.

MYTH

“Israeli Arabs are discriminated against in employment.”

FACT

Israeli law prohibits discrimination in employment. According to the State Department, all Israeli workers “may join and establish labor organizations freely.” Most unions are part of the Histadrut or the smaller Histadrut Haovdim Haleumit (National Federation of Labor), both of which are independent of the Government.

MYTH

“Arabs held in Israeli jails are tortured, beaten and killed.”

FACT

Prison is not a pleasant place for anyone and complaints about the treatment of prisoners in American institutions abound. Israel’s prisons are probably among the most closely scrutinized in the world. One reason is the government has allowed representatives of the Red Cross and other groups to inspect them regularly.

Israeli law prohibits arbitrary arrest of citizens, defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty and have the right to writs of habeas corpus and other procedural safeguards. Israel holds no political prisoners and maintains an independent judiciary.

Some prisoners, particularly Arabs suspected of involvement in terrorism, were interrogated using severe methods that have been criticized as excessive. Israel’s Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling in 1999 prohibiting the use of a variety of abusive practices.

The death penalty has been applied just once, in the case of Adolf Eichmann, the man largely responsible for the “Final Solution.” No Arab has ever been given the death penalty, even after the most heinous acts of terrorism.

MYTH

“Israel uses administrative detention to imprison peaceful Arabs without trial.”

FACT

Israel inherited and continued certain laws adopted by the British. One is the use of administrative detention, which is permitted under certain circumstances in security cases. The detainee is entitled to be represented by counsel, and may appeal to the Israeli Supreme Court. The burden is on the prosecution to justify holding closed proceedings. Often, officials believe presenting evidence in open court would compromise its methods of gathering intelligence and endanger the lives of individuals who have provided information about planned terrorist activities.

Administrative detention is not necessary in much of the Arab world because the authorities frequently arrest people and throw them in jail without due process. No lawyers, human rights organizations or independent media can protest. Even in the United States, with its exceptionally liberal bail policy, people may be held for extended periods awaiting trial, and special legal standards have .been applied to allow the prolonged incarceration of Taliban and al-Qaida members captured in Afghanistan.

One does not judge a democracy by the way its soldiers immediately react, young men and women under tremendous provocation. One judges a democracy by the way its courts react, in the dispassionate cool of judicial chambers. And the Israeli Supreme Court and other courts have reacted magnificently. For the first time in Mideast history, there is an independent judiciary willing to listen to grievances of Arabs that judiciary is called the Israeli Supreme Court.

? Alan Dershowitz3

MYTH

“Israel has long sought to deny residents of the West Bank and Gaza Strip their political rights.”

FACT

While defending its existence against hostile Arab forces, Israel took control of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Facing a violent insurrection, Israel has been forced to restrict some activities of Palestinians. Israel cannot concede to Palestinians all the rights Americans take for granted in a nation that is not at war, while Arab states maintain a state of belligerency with Israel, and Palestinians engage in terrorism against Israelis.

Given the constraints of Israel’s security requirements, efforts were made from the outset to allow Palestinians the greatest possible freedom. After the Six-Day War, the traditional pro-Jordanian leadership continued to hold many civil service positions and was paid by Jordan. Municipal elections were held in 1972 and 1976. For the first time, women and non-landowners were allowed to vote.

The 1976 election brought Arab mayors to power who represented various PLO factions. Muhammad Milhem of Halhoul, Fahd Kawasmeh of Hebron, and Bassam Shaka of Nablus were affiliated with Fatah. Karim Khalaf of Ramallah represented the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and Ibrahim Tawil of El-Bireh was associated with the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine.4

In 1978, these mayors and other radicals formed the National Guidance Committee, which vigorously opposed any accommodation with Israel, attempted to stir up broad allegiance to the PLO on the West Bank and incited rejection of the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty. In 1981, Israel expelled Milhem and Kawasmeh. They were allowed to return to appeal the expulsion order, but it was upheld by the Israeli Supreme Court.

Two weeks after his expulsion, Milhem said: “There is no room for the existence of the Zionists under a situation of true peace. They are only capable of existing in a situation of tension and war…and that goes for all the parties…[they are] neither doves nor hawks, only pigs.”5

Kawasmeh was appointed to the PLO Executive Committee in 1984. Later that year, he was assassinated by Palestinian radicals in Amman.

As part of the Camp David negotiations, Israel proposed an autonomy plan to grant the Palestinians greater control over their affairs. The Palestinians rejected autonomy as an option, however, holding out hope for the creation of a Palestinian state.

For the rest of the decade, Israel, nevertheless, attempted to shift increasing responsibilities from the military to civilian administrators and to Palestinians. Efforts to give Palestinians greater responsibility for their affairs were undermined by the intifada. During the uprising, Palestinian Arabs who wished to cooperate with Israel came under attack and were silenced either through intimidation or murder. Israeli government officials sought to maintain a dialogue with many Palestinians, but those whose identities were discovered became targets.

In secret negotiations in Oslo, Norway, in 1993, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators agreed to a plan that would give the latter limited self-government. Subsequent negotiations have resulted in Israeli withdrawal from nearly half the West Bank and most of the Gaza Strip, and increasing Palestinian control over their own affairs. The Palestinian Authority now governs virtually all civil affairs for approximately 98 percent of the Palestinians in the territories. The expectation is that a final political settlement will result in the creation of a Palestinian state in most of the areas once controlled by Israel.

MYTH

“Israel is stealing water from Arabs in the territories. Israel allows Jews to drill wells, but prevents Arabs from doing so.”

FACT

In the years immediately following the 1967 war, water resources for the West Bank improved considerably. The water system in the southern Hebron region, for instance, was expanded. New wells were drilled near Jenin, Nablus and Tulkarm. More than 60 towns in the West Bank were given new water supply systems, or had antiquated ones upgraded by the Israeli administration in the territories.

In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, however, the Middle East suffered from one of the worst droughts in modern history. Water in the Jordan River and Sea of Galilee dropped to critical levels. The situation deteriorated further at the beginning of the 1990’s and has continued to be a problem in the new millennium.

Under these conditions, the Israeli government restricted the drilling of new wells on the West Bank. It had little choice because the West Bank and Israel share the same water table, and the drawing off of fresh water resources could promote saline water seepage.

Arab farmers on the West Bank are served by approximately 100 springs and 300 wells ? many dug decades ago and now overutilized. Restrictions on over-exploitation of shallow wells were meant to prevent seepage or total depletion of saline water. Some wells were dug so that Jewish villages could tap new, deep aquifers never before used. These water pools as a rule do not draw from the shallower Arab sources.

At the end of 1991, a conference was scheduled in Turkey to discuss regional water problems. The meeting was torpedoed by Syria. The Syrians, Jordanians and Palestinians all boycotted the multilateral talks in Moscow in January 1992, which included a working group on water issues.

Following the Oslo agreements, Palestinians were more interested in cooperating on water issues. At the meeting of the multilateral working group in Oman in April 1994, an Israeli proposal to rehabilitate and make more efficient water systems in medium-sized communities (in the West Bank/Gaza, Israel and elsewhere in the region) was endorsed. About the same time, a Palestinian Water Authority was created as called for in the Israeli-Palestinian Declaration of Principles.

In November 1994, the working group met in Greece and the Israelis, Jordanians, and Palestinians agreed to begin discussion on principles or guidelines for cooperation on water issues. Further progress was made on a variety of issues during the 1995 meeting in Amman and the 1996 meeting in Tunisia. The working groups have not met since.

Israel has not cut the amount of water allocated to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and is planning to examine the possibility of increasing it despite the cut in water allocations within Israel and the requirement of supplying considerable amounts of water to Jordan as mandated by the peace treaty.

In contrast to claims by the Palestinian side, Israel did not even determine the amount of water to be supplied to the territories. The amount was specified in negotiations between the two sides, with the Americans participating. By the consent of both parties, the amount of water was increased relative to the situation prior to the Interim Agreement. Similarly, a formula was decided upon for increasing the water allocation gradually over the interim period.

The negotiations also led to agreements defining the number of wells that Israel is obligated to dig, and the number the PA and international bodies are obligated to dig. Cooperation on issues of sewage and environment were also defined. It was further decided that jurisdiction over water would be transferred to the Palestinians in the framework of the transfer of civil powers, and that the water situation would be supervised by joint monitoring teams

Israel has fulfilled all of her obligations under the Interim Agreement. The water quota agreed upon, and more, is being supplied. Jurisdiction over water was transferred completely and on time, and Israel approved the additional digging of wells. Israel and the PA carry out joint patrols to locate cases of water theft and other water-related problems.

The water issue for the Palestinians actually has little to do with Israel. According to the U.S. Agency for International Development, The West Bank and Gaza suffer from a chronic water shortage, preventing sustained economic growth and negatively impacting the environment and health of Palestinians. The little water available is inefficiently used. The analysis adds that Palestinian ground water supplies have increasingly become polluted as a result of inadequate sewage treatment and over-pumping of wells. Untreated sewage is dumped in valleys and the Mediterranean Sea, decreasing the quality of the already inadequate groundwater supply, and polluting the soil, sea, and coastline.5a

MYTH

“Israel’s use of deportations violates the Fourth Geneva Convention.”

FACT

The purpose of the Geneva Convention, approved in 1949, was to prevent a repetition of the Nazis’ policy of mass deportations of innocent civilians to slave labor and concentration camps. Israel, of course, does no such thing. What it does, on occasion, is expel a select few individuals who are instigating violence against Jew and Arab alike.

The Geneva Convention itself allows an occupying power to “undertake total or partial evacuation of a given area if the security of the population or imperative military reasons so demand.” The Israeli Supreme Court has interpreted this to mean that Israel may expel instigators of violence if necessary to maintain public order or to protect the population from future violence. All deportees have the right to appeal expulsion orders to the Israeli courts, but many Palestinians prefer not to do so.

The Israeli regime is not apartheid. It is a unique case of democracy.

? South African Interior Minister Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi5b

MYTH

“Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is similar to the treatment of blacks in apartheid South Africa.”

FACT

Even before the State of Israel was established, Jewish leaders consciously sought to avoid the situation that prevailed in South Africa. As David Ben-Gurion told Palestinian nationalist Musa Alami in 1934:

We do not want to create a situation like that which exists in South Africa, where the whites are the owners and rulers, and the blacks are the workers. If we do not do all kinds of work, easy and hard, skilled and unskilled, if we become merely landlords, then this will not be our homeland.6

Today, within Israel, Jews are a majority, but the Arab minority are full citizens who enjoy equal rights. Arabs are represented in the Knesset, and have served in the Cabinet, high-level foreign ministry posts (e.g., Ambassador to Finland) and on the Supreme Court. Under apartheid, black South Africans could not vote and were not citizens of the country in which they formed the overwhelming majority of the population. Laws dictated where they could live, work and travel. And, in South Africa, the government killed blacks who protested against its policies. By contrast, Israel allows freedom of movement, assembly and speech. Some of the government’s harshest critics are Israeli Arabs who are members of the Knesset.

The situation of Palestinians in the territories is different. The security requirements of the nation, and a violent insurrection in the territories, forced Israel to impose restrictions on Arab residents of the West Bank and Gaza Strip that are not necessary inside Israel’s pre-1967 borders. The Palestinians in the territories, typically, dispute Israel’s right to exist whereas blacks did not seek the destruction of South Africa, only the apartheid regime.

If Israel were to give Palestinians full citizenship, it would mean the territories had been annexed. No Israeli government has been prepared to take that step. Instead, through negotiations, Israel agreed to give the Palestinians increasing authority over their own affairs. It is likely that a final settlement will allow most Palestinians to become citizens of their own state. The principal impediment to Palestinian independence is not Israeli policy, it is the unwillingness of the Palestinian leadership to give up terrorism and agree to live in peace beside the State of Israel.

Despite all their criticism, when asked what governments they admire most, more than 80 percent of Palestinians consistently choose Israel because they can see up close the thriving democracy in Israel, and the rights the Arab citizens enjoy there. By contrast, Palstinians place Arab regimes far down the list, and their own Palestinian Authority at the bottom with only 20 percent saying they admire the corrupt Arafat regime in 2003.6a

There is still one other question arising out of the disaster of nations which remains unsolved to this day, and whose profound tragedy, only a Jew can comprehend. This is the African question. Just call to mind all those terrible episodes of the slave trade, of human beings who, merely because they were black, were stolen like cattle, taken prisoner, captured and sold. Their children grew up in strange lands, the objects of contempt and hostility because their complexions were different. I am not ashamed to say, though I may expose myself to ridicule for saying so, that once I have witnessed the redemption of the Jews, my people, I wish also to assist in the redemption of the Africans.

? Theodor Herzl7

MYTH

“Black African nations cut relations with Israel because of its racist policies toward Palestinians.”

FACT

Black African nations did not break relations with Israel because of any concerns about racism; most severed ties with the Jewish State in 1973 because of pressure from the Arab oil-producing nations. Full diplomatic ties were continued only by Malawi, Lesotho and Swaziland, while a few other countries maintained their links through Israeli interest offices at foreign embassies. Commercial ties were also not entirely disrupted, many black African students continued to train in Israel and Israeli experts remained active in Africa.

Israel has had a long history of friendly relations with black African countries. From 1957 to 1973, Israel trained thousands of Africans in all aspects of life including agriculture, health care and economics. Thousands of Africans went to Israel for training, while similar numbers of Israelis were sent to Africa to teach.8

Golda Meir, the architect of Israel’s Africa policy, believed the lessons learned by Israelis could be passed on to Africans who, particularly during the 1950s, were engaged in the same process of nation building. Like them, she said, we had shaken off foreign rule; like them, we had to learn for ourselves how to reclaim the land, how to increase the yields of our crops, how to irrigate, how to raise poultry, how to live together, and how to defend ourselves. Israel could provide a better model for the newly independent African states, Meir believed, because Israelis had been forced to find solutions to the kinds of problems that large, wealthy, powerful states had never encountered.9

Once the coercive power of the Arab oil-producers eroded, African countries began to reestablish relations with Israel and to seek new cooperative projects. This trend gained momentum with the ongoing peace negotiations between Israel and its Arab neighbors. Today, 40 African countries maintain diplomatic ties with Israel, and reciprocal visits by heads of state and government ministers take place frequently. In May 1994, Israel’s President Ezer Weizman attended the historic inauguration of Nelson Mandela as the first black African president of South Africa.

MYTH

“Israel is pursuing a policy of genocide toward the Palestinians that is comparable to the Nazis’ treatment of the Jews.”

FACT

This is perhaps the most odious claim made by Israel’s detractors. The Nazis’ objective was the systematic extermination of every Jew in Europe. Israel is seeking peace with its Palestinian neighbors. More than one million Arabs live as free and equal citizens in Israel. Of the Palestinians in the territories, 98 percent live under the civil administration of the Palestinian Authority. While Israel sometimes employs harsh measures against Palestinians in the territories to protect Israeli citizens Jews and non-Jews from the incessant campaign of terror waged by the PA and Islamic radicals, there is no plan to persecute, exterminate, or expel the Palestinian people.

In response to one such comparison, by a poet who referred to the “Zionist SS,” The New Republic’s literary editor Leon Wieseltier observed:

The view that Zionism is Nazism there is no other way to understand the phrase Zionist SS is not different in kind from the view that the moon is cheese. It is not only spectacularly wrong, it is also spectacularly unintelligent. I will not offend myself (that would be self-hate speech!) by patiently explaining why the State of Israel is unlike the Third Reich, except to say that nothing that has befallen the Palestinians under Israel’s control may responsibly be compared to what befell the Jews under Germany’s control, and that a considerable number of the people who have toiled diligently to find peace and justice for the Palestinians, and a solution to this savage conflict, have been Israeli, some of them even Israeli prime ministers. There is no support for the Palestinian cause this side of decency that can justify the locution Zionist SS.10

The absurdity of the charge is also clear from the demography of the disputed territories. While detractors make outrageous claims about Israel committing genocide or ethnic cleansing, the Palestinian population has continued to explode. In Gaza, for example, the population increased from 731,000 in July 1994 to 1,324,991 in 2004, an increase of 81 percent. The growth rate was 3.8 percent, one of the highest in the world. According to the UN, the total Palestinian population in all the disputed territories (they include Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem) was 1,006,000 in 1950, and rose to 1,094,000 in 1970, and exploded to 2,152,000 in 1990. Anthony Cordesman notes the increase was the result of improvements in income and health services made by Israel. The Palestinian population has continued to grow exponentially and was estimated in 2004 at more than 3.6 million.11

MYTH

Israels policies in the territories have caused a humanitarian crisis for the Palestinians.

FACT

It is important to remember that Israel offered to withdraw from 97 percent of the West Bank and 100 percent of Gaza, and it is the rejection of that proposal, coupled with incessant Palestinian terrorism, that has forced Israeli troops to carry out operations in the territories. Though these actions have caused hardship for the Palestinian population, the IDF has continued to ensure that humanitarian assistance is provided to Palestinians in need. For example, during just one 48-hour period (January 5-6, 2003), the IDF:

Even at the height of military action, such as the operation to clean out the terrorist nest in the Jenin refugee camp, Israeli forces have gone out of their way to assist Palestinian non-combatants. In the case of the Jenin operation, for example, the hospital there was kept running with a generator delivered under fire by an Israeli officer.12

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Israel and South Africa: The Many Faces of Apartheid: Ilan …

“It is clear from this finely crafted collection of essays that Israel has much in common with white-ruled South Africa. Indeed, The Different Faces of Apartheid provides abundant evidence that Israel is worse than South Africa was, and that Israeli apartheid will be more enduring than the South African variant. This smart and informative book should be read by every person who cares about Israel and its victims.”

“A key book for deepening the discussion of Israel as an apartheid state of a special kind, and for exploring a different future for Palestinians. The essays give no easy answers, but much food for thought, and for hope. This book’s insights and analysis will be widely debatedit should be a best-seller.”

Israel and South Africa could well become essential reading for anyone interested in the intrinsic nature of the Israeli states colonial and segregationist system, as well as the lessons to be drawn from a comparison of the Israeli and South African contexts. The authors argue for the need to explicitly call Israel an apartheid state, and demonstrate how much there is to learn from the successful fight against apartheid in South Africa. In such a heated political and academic debate, this book is a welcome contribution: one which will surely bring about important animated discussions, including with regards to the possibilities of a single-state solution.

The collection provides some excellent moments of reflection on apartheid in South Africa that are given new perspective through exciting comparative scholarship and can also aid in deciphering the post-apartheid trajectory of the country.

This book explores the similarities and dissimilarities between Israel today and South Africa during its apartheid era. . . . A rich accumulation of material.

For Israel and its allies, any talk of apartheid remains anathema. . . . The essays in this book are evidence of how insightful, and fruitful, such a comparison and analysis can be.

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Food is hot and delicious. I have lots of questions and they have no problem answering them. I think the food is a great value. You get an entre, side, salad, and a drink for less than 8 dollars.I’ve only had their chicken suqaar and chicken steak meals. I haven’t tried their burgers or sandwiches.

A lot of my friends are Somali and they introduced me to this restaurant. Located 1 street away form the Carlson School of Management, West Bank Diner is a restaurant where the food is prepared with love. The portions are every generous and I don’t think I’ve even been charged for a drink there, which also have unlimited refills. Their meat is cooked very well and I had my food out extremely quickly. Highly recommend trying this place and supporting the local food.

Do not order the Kay Kay sandwich. It’s basically chicken dripping with mayo in a hoagie bun. Took 20 minutes to make that and it was cold. Awful service. Guy at the counter is not friendly. Latte and sambusas were good though.

Great conversation with true soccer fans about the election of Infantino to the FIFA presidency as I enjoyed an authentic Somali breakfast. I love the West Bank.

This place was fantastic! No pork on the menu as it’s run by some very wonderful Somalis(I think). Not just a greasy spoon, the ingredients are quality and their slightly different take on the dishes is awesome. Go here for breakfast! The only thing you might be disappointed with is that you might be the only people in the place when you go. They’re a new business so hopefully people will realize this gem is here shortly.Fresh squeezed OJ and very well made Peace coffee are enough to get me to come back.

My good friend Sara S. has been talking up a storm about West Bank Diner so I had to check it out. We went on a weeknight around 8 pm, unfortunately not the greatest area to find parking in, $3 in the lot behind the building and a bit sketchy at night. This place doesn’t have set hours and only a Facebook page and their Yelp page right now for details. I had the Red Curry Chicken and Belgian Waffle. I split the Waffle with Sara. It was large, crispy, and light but super filling. The Red Curry Chicken was great, not overly curry or saucy, a good sauce to rice, veggies, and chicken ratio. The veggies were crunchy and the portion was large. Atmosphere could use a lot of work. It’s a large space and doesn’t seem homely and could use some more light. The staff, a Somalian couple, is friendly and does their best to welcome students, there’s event a 10% discount with a student ID. Otherwise, I will be back to try the french toast and eggs benedict as I’ve heard great things about them.

Was over at Mayday Books and as I was leaving I caught the smell of some good cooking. Walked by this place and as I’d never had Somali style food before I decided to give it a shot. The decor isn’t anything to write home about but places like this rarely spend a lot on fixing a place up, it mostly functionable that way less money is spent. The place was full of regulars so I had a seat with my stack of books and was promptly greeted by the young man working there. Ordered some chicken which came with some rice and a banana. Other than the obvious Med spices the dish could have passed for Mexican food. The chicken had bite but wasn’t too hot. It came with what could be called a nice salsa verde. The drink I ordered was basically a sandia jugo. Next time I go back I will be sure to try some other things. Very reasonably priced. The people inside are nice so if you have a problem with Africans or Muslims do the rest of us a favor and go somewhere else, otherwise stop in and enjoy some good cooking.

After discovering that the Noodles & Company nearby had moved to a different location, the large group of people I was with was without a place to eat. And then we noticed West Bank Diner. We decided to check it out since it was apparently a new restaurant and it would be nice to try something new.We were the only customers there on a Saturday night at dinnertime, but that was alright with us. The TV up front was displaying CNN and later sports, but there was a noticeable lack of music like most restaurants have to liven up the place. Anyway, a man who knew English as his 5th (wow!) language took our order from a menu with a variety of staple restaurant foods including burgers, sandwhiches, pastas, and all-day breakfast items (which is always a plus). After we all ordered, it was almost a 30 minute wait until we got our food. Normally, this would be unacceptable, but since there were about a dozen of us who showed up at once, and there was probably limited room on the grills/friers/etc., it would easily explain the wait.Now, maybe it was the wait that did it, but there was just something about the food when we got it. The waffle fries had this great crunch to them. The wings had a spice, but were not so hot that you couldn’t enjoy them. The chicken sandwich had nice juicy meat, great bread, and just thinking about it makes me want to have it again. Seriously, the food was an amazing change of pace for a group of college students who normally are stuck with dining hall food. The next time we go out to eat, this will definitely be up there on our list of where to go.

Not that I’m trying to do a meta-review here, but comparing my own experience at WBD, I tend to think everyone is right.The decor (if you could describe the mostly barren place as having decor) is not notable. On my visit, the place was empty (with the exception of one guy reading the paper, not that I found anything creepy about him).Service was a little off. I was hoping to get in and out fairly quick, but the waiter seemed to think we wanted to linger. When I think diner, I think quick and efficient. Not so much.The chicken breakfast burrito was excellent. The chicken was perfectly moist and tender, the eggs cooked perfectly, the potatoes salty and perfect. A real crowd-pleaser. The waffle, less so. The waiter preemptively apologized for it, saying they were having some trouble with them, and comped it. Coffee was good (it was Peace Coffee).So, overall impression? Place is nothing special. It’s cheap, some of the food is good. Nothing to go out of the way for. I’d be interested in trying a few more of the items before definitively weighing in, but I’m not sure if I’m motivated to. Maybe when one of the more reliable breakfast places is too crowded.

After reading the Yelp reviews for this place, I thought it would be worth it to give it a try. So, I convinced the BF to try it out for lunch one Saturday when we were craving greasy diner food. It was 1:30pm when we walked in to a completely EMPTY diner. I take that back…there was one sinister-looking fellow at a table drinking coffee and reading the newspaper. Honestly, it felt like I’d stepped into a creepy horror movie and the man behind the newspaper was going to turn around with a decayed face and suck my blood or something. Seriously, it was weird…We seated ourselves at a table near the counter, and a waitress handed us menus. We looked them over, and although the all-day breakfast was somewhat appealing, we really came for burgers and waffle fries (which I’d heard are quite good). So, we ordered our drinks, and we waited and waited for them. The waitress actually came by to take our food order before we had our drinks. We ordered our burger & fry combos, but a few minutes later (still no drinks), she returned to tell us they had no burgers! What?! Seriously? It’s lunchtime and you have zero ground beef/beef patties…and you had to wait nearly 5 minutes to determine that and inform your customers? The BF glanced over the menu before finally deciding we should’ve gone to a nearby place we are familiar with instead. Since we didn’t even get our drinks in the 10 minutes we’d been at WBD, we opted to leave. So much for trying someplace new. I was really disappointed. I have a restaurant.com gift certificate that is good for dinner only–I will give this place one more try (if for no other reason than to use the GC). Maybe they’re just too new, aren’t busy enough and haven’t worked out the kinks yet. I sure hope so; otherwise I don’t see them lasting very long.

My wife and I visited West Bank Diner last Tuesday evening around 7:30. We were one of the only guests in the diner at that time. I was tempted by several items on the Breakfast menu, but I ended up getting the Cedar Burger because of a special they were running (including fries and a drink). My wife went for the same special, but asked for mushrooms on her burger. I found the food to be average overall. The burger was not especially tasty, more like a seared slab of ground beef. My wife said she enjoyed her breakfast. The fries were a little better.As I think about my experience, my observation is that the breakfast menu seems to be somewhat more inaginative than the lunch/dinner menu. I intend to visit again at some point in the future so I can try a breakfast item.

I want to like west bank diner, but I am afraid they are off on a rocky start.The atmosphere is kind of weird. The walls are nice and bright, the tables are very diner like, the lamps are darkish and totally at odds with the rest of the decor.The menu is typical diner and they serve breakfast all day. They have more than a couple of interesting dishes on the menu and breakfast all day is always a favorite. However, what we got was rather under seasoned, even if I have to say that the hash browns were crisped to perfection.The service was slow. It took us almost one hour for lunch. One of the waiters clearly didn’t speak English well enough to understand us and the manager seemed to be a bit lost running between the kitchen, the tables and the waiters. He also got our check wrong, but promptly corrected it when we told him.I think I will give them a couple of months to improve on their service and food and give them another try, but I think they need to get a firmer grip on their business.

Only been once for dinner. Got the Red Curry Chicken. Was quite good, chicken was nice and juicy, the curry had a little bit of kick without being “hot” spicy (although your average Midwesterner might disagree). Rice was at the perfect consistency and everything kind of came together very nicely. Kind of an unusual dish given the rest of the menu (sandwiches, burgers, chicken wings, and breakfast), but I’m not complaining.Service was a little slow considering it was not very crowded, but not unbearably so and probably magnified because I was very hungry. The waitress and the manager were both very friendly and accommodating. No complaints.Prices are reasonable and they also have a 10% student discount.Edit 12/8:Been here a couple more times more in the past few days. I had the beef hash (very good) and the California Burger (meh but the fries were phenomenal). My buddy got a mushroom omelet (meh but the hash browns were great) and we shared an order of french toast, which was fantastic. On the whole, a little hit or miss, but their hits are VERY solid and the misses are just mediocre with some saving graces.I agree with another review that says the lighting could use work. I get the aesthetic they’re going for but it feels like a cave. When you walk in during lunch hour it suddenly feels like it’s late evening.

This place is great! We were the only ones there during a weekday lunch, but I predict that business will pick up very soon. This is a no-frills diner with a surprisingly varied menu (and they serve breakfast all day!). Offerings include your basic burgers, french toast with your choice of berries, and popcorn shrimp with aioli. I had a chicken sandwich with waffle fries. I’d go so far as to say the waffle fries were perfect. Our server was as sweet as can be, too. Prices are very very reasonable to begin with, but students get a discount. Check this place out!

Very friendly and easy to get a seat here. Breakfast menu items are exceptional. I enjoy the french toast and order it every time I’m in town. It’s just starting up so there are occasionally a few quirks to the experience, but in time I think it will be a fine addition to the diner scene on the West Bank.

My wife loved her breakfast burrito. I ordered the Belgian waffle and curry chicken. My waffle was okay, but dry and my curry chicken was super flavorful, but unfortunately was heavy handed on the salt and ruined the dish. The fresh squeezed OJ I ordered was fantastic. The service was really good even with the language barrier and the chef came out and chatted with us a bit which I thought was a nice touch. I just wish the food was a little more consistent.. (Oh, my wife wanted to mention their restrooms were very clean.)

this place is awful. the food is bad, bland and poorly made. they seem to run through servers constantly, or the ones they have don’t know whats going on. they are often missing items and are really slow. i live in this neighborhood, this place is really not worth the time. their breakfast burrito is a joke. cold, bland, fatty cheese, wilted vegetables. the eggs were hard in several of the dishes? the soda from the machine was flat. I ordered waffle fries only to have her tell me a moment before my meal came out that they didnt have them and were substituting hashbrowns. i dont like hashbrowns, which is why i had ordered waffle fries. thanks.honestly there are dozens of other good restaurants in this neighborhood that deserve your business. hard times, afro deli, the weinery, the acadia and the triple rock are all superior. don’t waste your time or money.

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by Kourosh Ziabari

Jonathan Azaziah is an Iraqi-American Muslim poet, activist, analyst, writer and journalist from Brooklyn, New York, currently residing in Florida. His articles, poems and music predominantly deal with international Zionism and the cruel effect that it has on the worlds oppressed people. He is also a staff writer for Pakistan’s premier alternative media outlet, Opinion Maker, and a frequent guest and co-host of the Crescent and Cross Solidarity Movement’s Ugly Truth radio broadcast.

Jonathan took part in an enlightening, explosiveinterview with me and expressed his viewpoints regarding the renewed war threats of Israel against Iran, Tehran’s nuclear program, the new allegations of the White House against Iran, the true nature of Israel as a state and what he feels is the greatest threat facing our world today. An excerpt of this interview appeared in the Tehran Times, Iran’s leading international daily.

Ziabari: Israel possesses up to 200 nuclear warheads, but it has constantly threatened Iran with a military strike over its nuclear program, warning that Iran should be prevented from acquiring nuclear technology. How is it possible to justify this stance?

Azaziah: The nucleus of the Zionist mindset, the energy source that drives those who think in this manner to behave like the inhuman monsters that they are, is Jewish supremacism; the need to destroy all that it is not Jewish, the goyim, in order for “the Jewish people” to survive. The developer of the neutron bomb, Samuel T. Cohen, was a Zionist with a strong Talmudic-Jewish upbringing, as was J. Robert Oppenheimer, the creator of the atom bomb. The supremacist-need to destroy all non-Jewish peoples and cultures was close to the blackened hearts of the early leaders of the usurping Zionist entity, hence why Ben-Gurion, Dayan, Eshkol and Peres collectively came up with the “Samson Option,” the military plan to unleash ‘Israeli’ nukes upon the world if any nation or every nation attempted to confront Zionist power. The polar opposite of this thuggish outlook on existence, is the Islamic Revolutionary Republic of Iran, a nation whose Persian history is rooted in the very essence of creation. The finest poets, artists, mathematicians, scientists and theologians that the world has ever known originate from this great land.

The Zionist entity, in its twisted collective mind, must destroy Iran because the Islamic Republic represents everything that it is not: tolerant, beautiful, non-destructive, non-aggressive and most importantly, Godwary. Iran does not bow down to the feet of the Zionists and their rabbinical overlords, it only bows before Almighty God and for this, it has drawn the ire of the Zionists and their imperial conduit puppets. From the geopolitical perspective, the Zionist entity must not allow any Islamic nation to acquire nuclear weapons because that would neutralize its domination of the region; the annihilation of Iraq, the demolition of Libya and constant assault on nuclear-armed Pakistan are prime examples of this.

Azaziah: The term “apartheid” is an attempt to make international Zionism seem like it is moreinnocuous than it actually isor closely related with previous colonial endeavors when in reality, it is something far worse and far uglier. Apartheid is simply one facet of the Zionist regime that it is criminally and disgustingly occupying holy al-Quds and the rest of historic Palestine, as is colonization, and most importantly, they are only temporary; they represent symptoms, they do not represent the disease itself. The true goal of Zionism is to wipe out all non-Jewish peoples in vast parts of Egypt, including most of its north, all of Sinai and Cairo, all of Jordan, all of Kuwait, a gargantuan portion of Saudi Arabia, all of Lebanon, all of Syria, all of Cyprus, an elephantine part of Turkey up to Lake Van and finally, part of Iraq south of the Euphrates River. The expulsion and/or mass murder of these peoples would lead to the creation of the Zionist dream known as Greater Israel. So branding this usurping dragon of an entity simply as an “apartheid state” is not only incomplete, it is deceptive. And this disingenuous injection of language into the vocabularies of Palestine’s supporters is also meant to deflect the attention from the root cause of this 63-year occupation: the age-old Talmudic ideology that gave birth to Zionism, which is an amalgamation of terrorism, racism, barbarism, supremacism, expansionism and imperialism. After all of the massacres committed against our brothers and sisters, all of the babies murdered, women raped, trees uprooted, mosques and churches destroyed, resources confiscated and land usurped, the least we can do is label this extremist enclave what it actually is: a fabricated entity that has no right to exist.

Finally, all persons who represent this entity, all of its occupiers and squatters, must be thrown out immediately so the 8 million Palestinian refugees worldwide can finally return to their homes. Its sayanim across the Western worldmust be prosecutedfor treason.We will not make peace with this usurping Jewish supremacist beast. We will never recognize this filthy entity. We will not share our lands with thieves and thugs, killers and degenerates. There will not be ‘equal rights’ for oppressor and oppressed. There will only be equal rights for Palestinians, the true owners of the land, and whoever that they decide will live with them, chiefly those who respect their dignity and who have fought alongside them from Nakba to Naksa to now, not those who killed them and maimed them; they will be delivered into the clutches of justice for a century of inhumanity and malevolence.

It must also be noted that Apartheid South Africa did not own and control global mass media; Zionism does. Apartheid South Africa did not control global commerce; international Jewry does. Apartheid South Africa didnt have a worldwide Afrikaner lobby network that dominated governments into submission; the Zionist entity does. And Apartheid South Africa didnt have a foreign intelligence directorate committing false flag attacks all over the world in order to further its geopolitical objectives; Israel does, with its Mossad. International Zionism is strangling the world because its agents think that their chosen-ness gives them a free pass to do so. Al-haqq (the truth) is our best weapon against these persons; an awakened globe, armed with information exposing the beast, is what will take the beast down. The past fight against the apartheid of South Africa and the current fight against international Jewish supremacism are two different creatures; just as a matter of intellectual honesty, the two should not, and must not be confused.

Azaziah: Unfortunately, while the peoples of the Islamic world will indeed stand with the Islamic Revolution if the Zionist regime and its puppets attempt to assault it, the leaders of the Islamic world will not because let us be honest, they represent Islam as much as the idols destroyed by the Holy Prophet (SAWW) during the beginning days of his advent represented Islam. The monarchies of the Arab world are the worst kinds of hypocrites and the GCC, led by the morally-bankrupt and Zionist House of Saud and Al-Thani family, are now serving as the willing and able agents of the Zionist entity and its Anglo allies in America and Europe and if they are ordered to do so, they will participate in the planned onslaught against Iran. The true face of the House of Saud and Qatar can be seen in their participation in the ravaging of Libya and ongoing shadow operations inside Syria. What must be said though is that the Zionists and their marionettes are not ready for a full-brunt military confrontation with the Islamic Revolution, hence why they have chosen to use underhanded methods of subversion, through Mossad, CIA and Israeli-funded terror proxies like the MEK and Jundallah, to conduct a covert war against Iran for three decades. And as multiple authentic ahadith confirm, if the forces of Dajjal enter the lands of Persia, it is there, where they will be buried by the righteous. Insha’ALLAH.

Azaziah: The ludicrous, ridiculous “Saudi assassination plot” has already been debunked as another Mossad false flag and I must say, it was one of the most pathetic that the Zionist regime had concocted in quite some time. The allegations of “human rights violations” in the Islamic Republic are nothing but atrocious attempts by the Zionist-occupied United States government to generate international sympathy for the “poor, suffering Iranian people” so subsequently, there will be a global outcry and support for regime change. We know this to be massively farcical. The people of the Islamic Revolution wholeheartedly and overwhelmingly support the government of President Ahmadinejad and would sacrifice their lives for Ayatollah Sayyed Khamenei. Additionally, there is no larger violator and destroyer of human rights than the United States, which under Zionist direction, has initiated one war after another in the last 100 years and murdered tens of millions of innocents in the process.

How dare these hooligans and monsters criticize Iran for “human rights abuses” after their fire bombing of Tokyo, their nuking of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, their decimation of Dresden, Frankfurt and Hamburg, their concentration camps set up after WW2 that murdered over 1 million innocent Germans, their strafing of Korea, their rape of Vietnam and Cambodia for the expansion of Jewish mob boss Meyer Lansky’s criminal narcotics syndicate, their eradication of Iraq over the last 20 years, their crushing of Afghanistan, their ruining of Libya and their incessant drone bombing of Pakistan, Yemen and occupied Somalia, along with their assistance in the ongoing six-decade-long brutalizations of Palestine and Hindutvadi-Zionist-occupied Kashmir. Their hypocrisy is legendary and sickening. And the IAEA report is such a joke, such a steaming mound of rubbish that it is not even worth analyzing. It is clear that the reason for this ‘trilateral attack’ that you speak of is desperation. The Iranian leadership is cool, calculated and undeterred. They have not taken the Zionist bait in responding to the multiple transgressions that the occupier of Palestine has committed against them and this display of sabr (patience) has infuriated the monsters greatly.

Azaziah: I do not believe for a second that the sanctions will bring the Islamic Revolution to its knees; not even a single second. The Persian people, first and foremost, kneel only before ALLAH (SWT) and this was proven by their triumph over the Shah and the CIA-Mossad-run counter-revolution in 1979. The would-be-invaders and ‘arrogant powers’ that Ayatollah Sayyed Khamenei constantly refers to know that the only way Iran will break is through all-out aggression and as described already, they are not ready for this kind of war at this juncture. This is why we see increased cooperation between the GCC countries, America and the Zionist entity, mainly the excessively large weapons deals between the House of Saud, America and Germany as well as the increased ‘defense’ relations between the House of Khalifa in Bahrain and the Zionist-occupied US government. International Zionism loves nothing more than Muslims killing Muslims and nothing would satisfy its bloodlust quite like a ‘Sunni-Shi’a, Persian-Arab’ war, in which its Israeli occupation forces would not have to lift a single weapon; thegoyim would do all the work for them, eliminating the usurping Jewish supremacist state’s greatest enemy.

The Zionists and the real power behind them, their racist genocidal rabbis, according to their satanic Talmud, view the Arab and Persian peoples as “Ishmaelites” and “Amalekites” who must be destroyed in order to erect a “Jewish Utopia” on earth, in which Jews rule over non-Jews in a sort of supremacist paradise. It is a religious duty for Zionists to murder us, steal our lands and desecrate what it is holy to us and they have the authority in their Talmud to use any and all means to do it, including using our own people against us. Therefore, the sanctions are only a precursor to what the globe holders really have in store for Iran. I think it is an undeniable fact that unfortunately, the sanctions have indeed had a negative effect on the Iranian economy and more importantly, the Iranian people, specifically in the Aero sector, which as you have revealed in some of your previous works brother, has seen thousands of innocents die in airplane crashes since 1996.

Azaziah: There is no doubt that the United States, the ‘golem’ of the international Zionist Power Configuration and Jewish banking interests, is the world leader in terrorism. The US is in no moral position to condemn any government or group in the world until it fesses up to its own blood-soaked history. 100 million Native Americans exterminated. 150 million Africans, many of them Muslims, murdered in the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, which was dominated by Spanish Jews, as well as Portugese Jews like Aaron Lopez who had an entire fleet of slaveships, with many of them receiving financing from the Rothschild family; these Jews, who were of the extremist and now dominant Talmudic-Kabbalistic school of thought, also introduced the Curse of Ham to their Gentile slave-trading brothers, a horrific, racist story concocted and developed by the rabbis in their Talmud which lowered the rank of our brothers and sisters of beautiful black skin to animals. This Talmudic drivel was used to justify the dehumanization of millions of others and in the greater geopolitical sense, it is now being exercised to justify more Zionist aggression on the African continent.

These two historical atrocities alone show the true face of America, and its support of brutish dictators and monarchical maniacs across the globe is well-known. And while Iran’s millennial history is one of peace and diplomacy with its neighbors, the US has launched hundreds of wars, covert and overt over its short two-century history. There is an old Kufan saying that my uncle once shared with me, which has been around since Al-Mukhtar (RA) launched his rebellion against the Umayyads to defend the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS) more than 1,300 years ago, that perfectly sums up the United States’ glorious fraudulence. Loosely translated from Arabic, it goes, “He who spills the most blood, talks of the most peace.” I cannot think of truer words that have been spoken.

Azaziah: First and foremost, the IAEA is not an independent outfit like its public relations stooges would like the world to believe. The IAEA reports directly to the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council and coordinates all of its actions with these two institutions of Zionist power. Therefore, without question, it can be said that the IAEA is nothing but a tool of the UN. The same UN that hasn’t done a damn thing to stop Zionist tyranny in Palestine, scripting hundreds of resolutions against this racist usurping entity but enforcing none of them. The same UN that has done nothing to stop Hindutvadi tyranny in Kashmir, which is intimately aided by the Zionist entity with arms and intelligence, scripting dozens of other resolutions and enforcing none of them. The same UN that introduced Resolution 661 to Iraq, the treacherous ‘sanctions resolution,’ which crippled Iraq, prepared it for the Zionist invasion of 2003 and murdered over 2 million people by starvation including 800,000 Iraqi children. The same UN that paved the way for the mutilation of Libya, in which at least 100,000 have been mass murdered by NATO and its Israeli-advised rebel thugs. The same UN that now seeks to turn Syria into another Iraq or Libya 2.0.

And besides, what is the UN really? As is the case with all matters of history and the revisionism that follows, we must return to the beginning; the origins. The origins of the UN can be found in the financing of the same Zionist banking families, the Rothschilds, Schiffs, Warbugs, Lazards and Oppenheimers, who have financed strife on this earth for centuries. The UN was created to justify the existence of the Zionist entity as a legitimate nation-state, to put a shroud on its hideous supremacist character; this rings true with the fact that the Security Council never even ratified the resolution which proposed the legitimacy of a Jewish state in Palestine. Despite this, and despite the illegal Jewish colonization of Palestine financed by the Rothschild family since the 1880s and the horrible Zionist atrocities of the Nakba in 1948, still the UN recognized this fabricated regime, still gave it a name and a seat. Why? Because its godfathers, the Zionist bankers, wanted it that way. The UN is a tool of international Zionist power and by extension, so is the IAEA.

And if the evidence isn’t clear enough, one simply needs to look at the previous IAEA head, Mohamed ElBaradei, who is hailed as a great humanitarian and even a hero, when he is nothing more than a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a snake in the grass, a two-faced Zionist hypocrite who has condemned the Islamic Resistance of illegally besieged Gaza, who supports the insane ‘right to exist’ of the Zionist entity and who shakes hands with Israeli war criminals. While ElBaradei ran the IAEA, he sat on the board of the International Crisis Group, a highly-influential international Zionist think tank, right next to none other than Shimon Peres, George Soros and Morton Abramowitz, three of the most powerful Zionists on this planet. While ElBaradei ran the IAEA, he did nothing to stop the American-British invasion of Iraq, which was launched under a false “WMDs” pretext engineered byJewish-Zionistextremists in the Bush administration’s Office of Special Plans. He knew the “intelligence” against Iraq wassheer Zionist falsehood but he watched asIraq was skewered.There is your ‘IAEA independence,’ yet another Zionist fraud.

Azaziah: For 22 years, South Lebanon was savagely occupied by the monstrous Zionist entity. The righteous Islamic Resistance of Lebanon, Hezbollah, liberated its land, conquering the fourth (some say third) mightiest military in the world and rightfully humiliating it. In 2006, the Zionist entity launched a criminal war against Lebanon to avenge its defeat 6 years earlier. Unleashing cluster bombs, white phosphorus and depleted uranium on the dignified and innocent Lebanese people, the usurping regime murdered nearly 1,500 Lebaneseand the unexploded cluster bombs continue killing to this very moment.

Defiantly, and inspired by the steadfastness of the Lebanese people, Hezbollah defeated the Jewish supremacist entity again, crushing its plots to reoccupy Lebanon and upholding their Resistance to global Zionism. How was this small fighting force able to best such a monolithic military power? Because the faith of a people cannot be pierced with bullets or devastated by bombs. Because the dignity of a people cannot be occupied or colonized. The Zionists have no faith; they are godless, satanic supremacists. The Zionists have no dignity, they are the swindlers of humanity.

Comparatively, the Palestinian people have been occupied for 63 years. Still, the Zionists have not been able to expel them to exalt their ‘Greater Israel’ dream. The Kashmiri people have been occupied for 64 years. Still, the Hindutvadis have not been able to crush them to initiate their first phase of ‘Greater Hindutva.’ Why? Because like Hezbollah and the exceptional Lebanese people, the Palestinians’ and Kashmiris’ faith and dignity are weapons that cannot be defeated by their occupiers. And the revolutionary Islamic Republic of Iran, is like Hezbollah, the Palestinians and Kashmiris on a greater scale, with more weaponry at its disposal. It will not give up its nuclear program nor will it bow before hollow military threats because it doesn’t take orders from Zionism; Iran does not recognize Zionism or the Jewish supremacists that govern it as legitimate authorities. Iran only takes orders from Al-Hakam (SWT), the supreme Judge of this universe. For us, Allah (SWT) is Al-Mu’izz, because He has honored us with Resistance and martyrdom if we die in our path of Resistance, giving hope to our brothers and sisters still struggling because as the Holy Qur’an says, we are alive though we are not seen. For the monsters, the enemies and the ‘arrogant powers’ though, Allah (SWT) is Al-Moumit, and the day of the Zionists’ doom at His hands is much nearer than they think. Iran and all those who support it will be victorious.

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Former President Jimmy Carter, author of a new book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASI…is interviewed from his home in Plains, Georgia. He responds to a caller who asks questions concerning pressure put on the US political system and the resulting support of Israel. The caller refers to author James Bamford’s book “A Pretext For War”http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASI…and he asks President Carter about AIPAC and other pressure groups within the US.

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While Israelis were celebrating Netta Barzilais win in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest early Sunday, many social media users were decrying the cultural appropriation of East Asian culture in her performance, while others criticized Israel for its policies and Europeans for voting for the Jewish states entry.

How can Eurovision celebrate diversity and inclusion when steps away Palestinians are getting shot in the head? Eurovision is about to get very ugly, one user tweeted.

Meanwhile, there was criticism in Israel over reported orders to the Eurovision hosts not to mention Jerusalem during the voting process.

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A reporter for Kan, Israels public broadcaster, published a document detailing the capital of all countries along with the name, gender and profession of the person presenting that countrys votes. But for Israel, the document said only Israel to be mentioned but not its capital city, according to Kan.

Several protesters carried pro-Palestinian banners outside the contest venue in Lisbon, Portugal, but said that attempts to raise them were thwarted.

Meanwhile, aFacebook pageaffiliatedwith the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) and dedicated to promoting a boycott of the song of Israeli apartheid, vowed to hold a big campaign against the Jewish state in the year leading up to the 2019 contest in Jerusalem.

Thanks to everyone for raising awareness of the occupation and apartheid practiced by our country, Israel! the page wrote after Israels win. We now have a year to show the true face of Israeli apartheid, and Jerusalem is a prime example. Stay tuned for a big campaign!

But that was not the only criticism of Israels win. Some pointed to racism in the performance and cultural appropriation of Japanese and Chinese culture.

That performance was super racist, she has literally styled her makeup to make herself look Asian, said one user, while British actor Jassa Ahluwalia dubbed it yellowface.

A Syrian user also charged that Israel had culturally appropriated Palestinian drumbeats, adding that the performance highlighted the fact they have no culture of their own.

But Israeli users hit back, as did Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who recently slammed anti-Semitism on her Twitter page.

Well done Israel, she wrote. Worthy winner.

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Israel-Apartheid Week kicks off across S. African campuses …

A bloodied Israeli flag hangs on the main building at the University of Cape Town on Monday at the start of Israel-Apartheid Week.. (photo credit: SAUJS/FACEBOOK)

A massive Israeli flag covered in red stood on the steps of the main university building with the words Apartheid State, blood is on your hands written on it.

This is just one of several intimidation tactics Jewish students at several university campuses in South Africa have had to deal with, as Israel-Apartheid Week kicked off across the country on Monday.

The flag has since been taken down from the building at the University of Cape Town, but the effect remained. However, Jewish students at the campus refused to back down from their Israel Awareness campaign, which has so far been a success.

Meanwhile, antisemitic and anti-Israel graffiti, inspired by BDS and its followers, littered the Wits University campus in Johannesburg, with slogans such as F*** Zionism, F*** Israel, Israel is anti-Black and Zionism is Racism spray-painted in several main areas of the campus.

To counter Israel-Apartheid Week, the South African Union of Jewish Students launched a Dialogue Not Division campaign in an effort to encourage discussion as opposed to hate and intimidation. SAUJS hosted several speakers during its campaign, including Miss Israel 2013, Titi Aynaw, who is an Ethiopian Jew, and StandWithUss Yahya Mahamid, an Israeli Arab.

Where the student union had placed some of its posters around Wits, BDS supporters had torn them down and spray-painted anti-Israel slurs on the walls where the posters had been.

Several small wars of words broke out between the two sides over the last few days, but there has been no physical violence as was the case last year.

There is also a large presence of university security on the campus, and the SAUJS contingent requested that the two sides and their displays be separated by 100 meters.

A contingent of BDS supporters and Wits Palestinian Solidarity Committee members also covered their faces with keffiyehs, wore black and held signs written in red the color of blood calling on students to come and see the truth.

In response to the graffiti, SAUJS said that it had reported all the instances of defacement on the main campus and have been in close contact with the universitys executive in dealing with this issue.

We are happy to report that most of the graffiti has been removed by the university, and by tomorrow, everything should be cleaned up, it said. The university does not condone vandalism nor prejudicial statements against any student, staff or external stakeholder. They have thus informed us that investigations into this malicious case have begun. As soon as they are informed of the culprits, they will then refer the matter to the legal office, to institute disciplinary actions against those that are found guilty of acting outside the rules of discipline.

Last week at the University of Cape Town, during a separate campaign hosted by SAUJS to create awareness and tolerance of minority groups, an installation that made up the hashtag #RESPECT in large plastic letters and posters describing different forms of discrimination was defaced by pro-BDS students.

They changed the plastic words to spell #SPECTRE and the letters and posters were vandalized with anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian slogans despite the campaign having nothing to do with Israel-Apartheid Week.

According to SAUJS in the Western Cape, the main posters vandalized were those that explained antisemitism.

Vandalism of this kind does not only amount to discrimination on the grounds of religion, but also impinges on the right to freedom of expression, it said.

SAUJS called on the University of Cape Towns administration to respond appropriately.

In a statement released earlier this week, the SA Jewish Board of Deputies made it clear that any antisemitic behavior on the part of IAW supporters, as well as attempts to unlawfully prevent SAUJS from running its campaign, will be raised with the necessary authorities.

The countrys ruling party, the African National Congress, threw its support behind Israel-Apartheid Week and said it was actively participating… as part of our ongoing commitment to the heroic people of Palestine.

The ANC said that the continued imprisonment of 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi is an example of the extreme and unacceptable abuse of child rights, human rights and international law by the Israeli government.

Israel-Apartheid Week is perhaps one of the best examples of South Africas unity in diversity and the vibrancy of our civil society, it added.

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Myths & Facts – Human Rights in Israel and the Territories

Israel discriminates against its Arab citizens.Israel discriminates against Israeli Arabs by barring them from buying land.Israeli Arabs are discriminated against in employment.Arabs held in Israeli jails are tortured, beaten and killed.Israel uses administrative detention to imprison peaceful Arabs without trial.Israel has long sought to deny residents of the West Bank and Gaza their political rights.Israel is stealing water from Arabs in the territories. Israel allows Jews to drill wells, but prevents Arabs from doing so.Israel’s use of deportations violates the Fourth Geneva Convention.Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is similar to the treatment of blacks in apartheid South Africa.Black African nations cut relations with Israel because of its racist policies toward Palestinians.Israel is pursuing a policy of genocide toward the Palestinians that is comparable to the Nazis’ treatment of the Jews.Israels policies in the territories have caused a humanitarian crisis for the Palestinians.Israels complaints about Palestinian terrorists hiding among civilians are just an effort to justify their murder of innocent people.Israel demolishes homes in the Rafah refugee camp as part of its campaign to oppress the Palestinians.Yasser Arafat is directing the Palestinian Authoritys resources to the health and welfare of the Palestinian people.Israel is a theocracy and should not be a Jewish State.Israeli textbooks are just as bad as those in the Palestinian Authority, filled with stereotypes, historical inaccuracies, and a failure to acknowledge alternative political views.Israel poisoned Yasser Arafat.Israel is persecuting Christians.Israel is killing Palestinians with radiation spy machines.Palestinians living under occupation have the lowest standard of living in the Middle East.Israeli checkpoints are unnecessarily preventing Palestinians from receiving medical attention.The Palestinian Authority protects Jewish holy sites. MYTH “Israel discriminates against its Arab citizens.” FACT Israel is one of the most open societies in the world. Out of a population of 6.7 million, about 1.3 million ? 20 percent of the population ? are non-Jews (approximately 1.1 million Muslims, 130,000 Christians and 100,000 Druze).1 Arabs in Israel have equal voting rights; in fact, it is one of the few places in the Middle East where Arab women may vote. Arabs currently hold 8 seats in the 120-seat Knesset. Israeli Arabs have also held various government posts, including one who served as Israel’s ambassador to Finland and the current deputy mayor of Tel Aviv. Oscar Abu Razaq was appointed Director General of the Ministry of Interior, the first Arab citizen to become chief executive of a key government ministry. Ariel Sharon’s original cabinet included the first Arab minister, Salah Tarif, a Druze who served as a minister without portfolio. An Arab is also a Supreme Court justice. Arabic, like Hebrew, is an official language in Israel. More than 300,000 Arab children attend Israeli schools. At the time of Israel’s founding, there was one Arab high school in the country. Today, there are hundreds of Arab schools.2 In 2002, the Israeli Supreme Court also ruled that the government cannot allocate land based on religion or ethnicity, and may not prevent Arab citizens from living wherever they choose.2a The sole legal distinction between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel is that the latter are not required to serve in the Israeli army. This is to spare Arab citizens the need to take up arms against their brethren. Nevertheless, Bedouins have served in paratroop units and other Arabs have volunteered for military duty. Compulsory military service is applied to the Druze and Circassian communities at their own request. Some economic and social gaps between Israeli Jews and Arabs result from the latter not serving in the military. Veterans qualify for many benefits not available to non-veterans. Moreover, the army aids in the socialization process. On the other hand, Arabs do have an advantage in obtaining some jobs during the years Israelis are in the military. In addition, industries like construction and trucking have come to be dominated by Israeli Arabs. Although Israeli Arabs have occasionally been involved in terrorist activities, they have generally behaved as loyal citizens. During the 1967, 1973 and 1982 wars, none engaged in any acts of sabotage or disloyalty. Sometimes, in fact, Arabs volunteered to take over civilian functions for reservists. During the outbreak of violence in the territories that began in September 2000, Israeli Arabs for the first time engaged in widespread protests with some violence. The United States has been independent for almost 230 years and still has not integrated all of its diverse communities. Even today, 60 years after civil rights legislation was adopted, discrimination has not been eradicated. It should not be surprising that Israel has not solved all of its social problems in only 57 years. MYTH “Israel discriminates against Israeli Arabs by barring them from buying land.” FACT In the early part of the century, the Jewish National Fund was established by the World Zionist Congress to purchase land in Palestine for Jewish settlement. This land, and that acquired after Israel’s War of Independence, was taken over by the government. Of the total area of Israel, 92 percent belongs to the State and is managed by the Land Management Authority. It is not for sale to anyone, Jew or Arab. The remaining 8 percent of the territory is privately owned. The Arab Waqf (the Muslim charitable endowment), for example, owns land that is for the express use and benefit of Muslim Arabs. Government land can be leased by anyone, regardless of race, religion or sex. All Arab citizens of Israel are eligible to lease government land. MYTH “Israeli Arabs are discriminated against in employment.” FACT Israeli law prohibits discrimination in employment. According to the State Department, all Israeli workers “may join and establish labor organizations freely.” Most unions are part of the Histadrut or the smaller Histadrut Haovdim Haleumit (National Federation of Labor), both of which are independent of the Government. MYTH “Arabs held in Israeli jails are tortured, beaten and killed.” FACT Prison is not a pleasant place for anyone and complaints about the treatment of prisoners in American institutions abound. Israel’s prisons are probably among the most closely scrutinized in the world. One reason is the government has allowed representatives of the Red Cross and other groups to inspect them regularly. Israeli law prohibits arbitrary arrest of citizens, defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty and have the right to writs of habeas corpus and other procedural safeguards. Israel holds no political prisoners and maintains an independent judiciary. Some prisoners, particularly Arabs suspected of involvement in terrorism, were interrogated using severe methods that have been criticized as excessive. Israel’s Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling in 1999 prohibiting the use of a variety of abusive practices. The death penalty has been applied just once, in the case of Adolf Eichmann, the man largely responsible for the “Final Solution.” No Arab has ever been given the death penalty, even after the most heinous acts of terrorism. MYTH “Israel uses administrative detention to imprison peaceful Arabs without trial.” FACT Israel inherited and continued certain laws adopted by the British. One is the use of administrative detention, which is permitted under certain circumstances in security cases. The detainee is entitled to be represented by counsel, and may appeal to the Israeli Supreme Court. The burden is on the prosecution to justify holding closed proceedings. Often, officials believe presenting evidence in open court would compromise its methods of gathering intelligence and endanger the lives of individuals who have provided information about planned terrorist activities. Administrative detention is not necessary in much of the Arab world because the authorities frequently arrest people and throw them in jail without due process. No lawyers, human rights organizations or independent media can protest. Even in the United States, with its exceptionally liberal bail policy, people may be held for extended periods awaiting trial, and special legal standards have .been applied to allow the prolonged incarceration of Taliban and al-Qaida members captured in Afghanistan. One does not judge a democracy by the way its soldiers immediately react, young men and women under tremendous provocation. One judges a democracy by the way its courts react, in the dispassionate cool of judicial chambers. And the Israeli Supreme Court and other courts have reacted magnificently. For the first time in Mideast history, there is an independent judiciary willing to listen to grievances of Arabs that judiciary is called the Israeli Supreme Court. ? Alan Dershowitz3 MYTH “Israel has long sought to deny residents of the West Bank and Gaza Strip their political rights.” FACT While defending its existence against hostile Arab forces, Israel took control of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Facing a violent insurrection, Israel has been forced to restrict some activities of Palestinians. Israel cannot concede to Palestinians all the rights Americans take for granted in a nation that is not at war, while Arab states maintain a state of belligerency with Israel, and Palestinians engage in terrorism against Israelis. Given the constraints of Israel’s security requirements, efforts were made from the outset to allow Palestinians the greatest possible freedom. After the Six-Day War, the traditional pro-Jordanian leadership continued to hold many civil service positions and was paid by Jordan. Municipal elections were held in 1972 and 1976. For the first time, women and non-landowners were allowed to vote. The 1976 election brought Arab mayors to power who represented various PLO factions. Muhammad Milhem of Halhoul, Fahd Kawasmeh of Hebron, and Bassam Shaka of Nablus were affiliated with Fatah. Karim Khalaf of Ramallah represented the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and Ibrahim Tawil of El-Bireh was associated with the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine.4 In 1978, these mayors and other radicals formed the National Guidance Committee, which vigorously opposed any accommodation with Israel, attempted to stir up broad allegiance to the PLO on the West Bank and incited rejection of the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty. In 1981, Israel expelled Milhem and Kawasmeh. They were allowed to return to appeal the expulsion order, but it was upheld by the Israeli Supreme Court. Two weeks after his expulsion, Milhem said: “There is no room for the existence of the Zionists under a situation of true peace. They are only capable of existing in a situation of tension and war…and that goes for all the parties…[they are] neither doves nor hawks, only pigs.”5 Kawasmeh was appointed to the PLO Executive Committee in 1984. Later that year, he was assassinated by Palestinian radicals in Amman. As part of the Camp David negotiations, Israel proposed an autonomy plan to grant the Palestinians greater control over their affairs. The Palestinians rejected autonomy as an option, however, holding out hope for the creation of a Palestinian state. For the rest of the decade, Israel, nevertheless, attempted to shift increasing responsibilities from the military to civilian administrators and to Palestinians. Efforts to give Palestinians greater responsibility for their affairs were undermined by the intifada. During the uprising, Palestinian Arabs who wished to cooperate with Israel came under attack and were silenced either through intimidation or murder. Israeli government officials sought to maintain a dialogue with many Palestinians, but those whose identities were discovered became targets. In secret negotiations in Oslo, Norway, in 1993, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators agreed to a plan that would give the latter limited self-government. Subsequent negotiations have resulted in Israeli withdrawal from nearly half the West Bank and most of the Gaza Strip, and increasing Palestinian control over their own affairs. The Palestinian Authority now governs virtually all civil affairs for approximately 98 percent of the Palestinians in the territories. The expectation is that a final political settlement will result in the creation of a Palestinian state in most of the areas once controlled by Israel. MYTH “Israel is stealing water from Arabs in the territories. Israel allows Jews to drill wells, but prevents Arabs from doing so.” FACT In the years immediately following the 1967 war, water resources for the West Bank improved considerably. The water system in the southern Hebron region, for instance, was expanded. New wells were drilled near Jenin, Nablus and Tulkarm. More than 60 towns in the West Bank were given new water supply systems, or had antiquated ones upgraded by the Israeli administration in the territories. In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, however, the Middle East suffered from one of the worst droughts in modern history. Water in the Jordan River and Sea of Galilee dropped to critical levels. The situation deteriorated further at the beginning of the 1990’s and has continued to be a problem in the new millennium. Under these conditions, the Israeli government restricted the drilling of new wells on the West Bank. It had little choice because the West Bank and Israel share the same water table, and the drawing off of fresh water resources could promote saline water seepage. Arab farmers on the West Bank are served by approximately 100 springs and 300 wells ? many dug decades ago and now overutilized. Restrictions on over-exploitation of shallow wells were meant to prevent seepage or total depletion of saline water. Some wells were dug so that Jewish villages could tap new, deep aquifers never before used. These water pools as a rule do not draw from the shallower Arab sources. At the end of 1991, a conference was scheduled in Turkey to discuss regional water problems. The meeting was torpedoed by Syria. The Syrians, Jordanians and Palestinians all boycotted the multilateral talks in Moscow in January 1992, which included a working group on water issues. Following the Oslo agreements, Palestinians were more interested in cooperating on water issues. At the meeting of the multilateral working group in Oman in April 1994, an Israeli proposal to rehabilitate and make more efficient water systems in medium-sized communities (in the West Bank/Gaza, Israel and elsewhere in the region) was endorsed. About the same time, a Palestinian Water Authority was created as called for in the Israeli-Palestinian Declaration of Principles. In November 1994, the working group met in Greece and the Israelis, Jordanians, and Palestinians agreed to begin discussion on principles or guidelines for cooperation on water issues. Further progress was made on a variety of issues during the 1995 meeting in Amman and the 1996 meeting in Tunisia. The working groups have not met since. Israel has not cut the amount of water allocated to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and is planning to examine the possibility of increasing it despite the cut in water allocations within Israel and the requirement of supplying considerable amounts of water to Jordan as mandated by the peace treaty. In contrast to claims by the Palestinian side, Israel did not even determine the amount of water to be supplied to the territories. The amount was specified in negotiations between the two sides, with the Americans participating. By the consent of both parties, the amount of water was increased relative to the situation prior to the Interim Agreement. Similarly, a formula was decided upon for increasing the water allocation gradually over the interim period. The negotiations also led to agreements defining the number of wells that Israel is obligated to dig, and the number the PA and international bodies are obligated to dig. Cooperation on issues of sewage and environment were also defined. It was further decided that jurisdiction over water would be transferred to the Palestinians in the framework of the transfer of civil powers, and that the water situation would be supervised by joint monitoring teams Israel has fulfilled all of her obligations under the Interim Agreement. The water quota agreed upon, and more, is being supplied. Jurisdiction over water was transferred completely and on time, and Israel approved the additional digging of wells. Israel and the PA carry out joint patrols to locate cases of water theft and other water-related problems. The water issue for the Palestinians actually has little to do with Israel. According to the U.S. Agency for International Development, The West Bank and Gaza suffer from a chronic water shortage, preventing sustained economic growth and negatively impacting the environment and health of Palestinians. The little water available is inefficiently used. The analysis adds that Palestinian ground water supplies have increasingly become polluted as a result of inadequate sewage treatment and over-pumping of wells. Untreated sewage is dumped in valleys and the Mediterranean Sea, decreasing the quality of the already inadequate groundwater supply, and polluting the soil, sea, and coastline.5a MYTH “Israel’s use of deportations violates the Fourth Geneva Convention.” FACT The purpose of the Geneva Convention, approved in 1949, was to prevent a repetition of the Nazis’ policy of mass deportations of innocent civilians to slave labor and concentration camps. Israel, of course, does no such thing. What it does, on occasion, is expel a select few individuals who are instigating violence against Jew and Arab alike. The Geneva Convention itself allows an occupying power to “undertake total or partial evacuation of a given area if the security of the population or imperative military reasons so demand.” The Israeli Supreme Court has interpreted this to mean that Israel may expel instigators of violence if necessary to maintain public order or to protect the population from future violence. All deportees have the right to appeal expulsion orders to the Israeli courts, but many Palestinians prefer not to do so. The Israeli regime is not apartheid. It is a unique case of democracy. ? South African Interior Minister Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi5b MYTH “Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is similar to the treatment of blacks in apartheid South Africa.” FACT Even before the State of Israel was established, Jewish leaders consciously sought to avoid the situation that prevailed in South Africa. As David Ben-Gurion told Palestinian nationalist Musa Alami in 1934: We do not want to create a situation like that which exists in South Africa, where the whites are the owners and rulers, and the blacks are the workers. If we do not do all kinds of work, easy and hard, skilled and unskilled, if we become merely landlords, then this will not be our homeland.6 Today, within Israel, Jews are a majority, but the Arab minority are full citizens who enjoy equal rights. Arabs are represented in the Knesset, and have served in the Cabinet, high-level foreign ministry posts (e.g., Ambassador to Finland) and on the Supreme Court. Under apartheid, black South Africans could not vote and were not citizens of the country in which they formed the overwhelming majority of the population. Laws dictated where they could live, work and travel. And, in South Africa, the government killed blacks who protested against its policies. By contrast, Israel allows freedom of movement, assembly and speech. Some of the government’s harshest critics are Israeli Arabs who are members of the Knesset. The situation of Palestinians in the territories is different. The security requirements of the nation, and a violent insurrection in the territories, forced Israel to impose restrictions on Arab residents of the West Bank and Gaza Strip that are not necessary inside Israel’s pre-1967 borders. The Palestinians in the territories, typically, dispute Israel’s right to exist whereas blacks did not seek the destruction of South Africa, only the apartheid regime. If Israel were to give Palestinians full citizenship, it would mean the territories had been annexed. No Israeli government has been prepared to take that step. Instead, through negotiations, Israel agreed to give the Palestinians increasing authority over their own affairs. It is likely that a final settlement will allow most Palestinians to become citizens of their own state. The principal impediment to Palestinian independence is not Israeli policy, it is the unwillingness of the Palestinian leadership to give up terrorism and agree to live in peace beside the State of Israel. Despite all their criticism, when asked what governments they admire most, more than 80 percent of Palestinians consistently choose Israel because they can see up close the thriving democracy in Israel, and the rights the Arab citizens enjoy there. By contrast, Palstinians place Arab regimes far down the list, and their own Palestinian Authority at the bottom with only 20 percent saying they admire the corrupt Arafat regime in 2003.6a There is still one other question arising out of the disaster of nations which remains unsolved to this day, and whose profound tragedy, only a Jew can comprehend. This is the African question. Just call to mind all those terrible episodes of the slave trade, of human beings who, merely because they were black, were stolen like cattle, taken prisoner, captured and sold. Their children grew up in strange lands, the objects of contempt and hostility because their complexions were different. I am not ashamed to say, though I may expose myself to ridicule for saying so, that once I have witnessed the redemption of the Jews, my people, I wish also to assist in the redemption of the Africans. ? Theodor Herzl7 MYTH “Black African nations cut relations with Israel because of its racist policies toward Palestinians.” FACT Black African nations did not break relations with Israel because of any concerns about racism; most severed ties with the Jewish State in 1973 because of pressure from the Arab oil-producing nations. Full diplomatic ties were continued only by Malawi, Lesotho and Swaziland, while a few other countries maintained their links through Israeli interest offices at foreign embassies. Commercial ties were also not entirely disrupted, many black African students continued to train in Israel and Israeli experts remained active in Africa. Israel has had a long history of friendly relations with black African countries. From 1957 to 1973, Israel trained thousands of Africans in all aspects of life including agriculture, health care and economics. Thousands of Africans went to Israel for training, while similar numbers of Israelis were sent to Africa to teach.8 Golda Meir, the architect of Israel’s Africa policy, believed the lessons learned by Israelis could be passed on to Africans who, particularly during the 1950s, were engaged in the same process of nation building. Like them, she said, we had shaken off foreign rule; like them, we had to learn for ourselves how to reclaim the land, how to increase the yields of our crops, how to irrigate, how to raise poultry, how to live together, and how to defend ourselves. Israel could provide a better model for the newly independent African states, Meir believed, because Israelis had been forced to find solutions to the kinds of problems that large, wealthy, powerful states had never encountered.9 Once the coercive power of the Arab oil-producers eroded, African countries began to reestablish relations with Israel and to seek new cooperative projects. This trend gained momentum with the ongoing peace negotiations between Israel and its Arab neighbors. Today, 40 African countries maintain diplomatic ties with Israel, and reciprocal visits by heads of state and government ministers take place frequently. In May 1994, Israel’s President Ezer Weizman attended the historic inauguration of Nelson Mandela as the first black African president of South Africa. MYTH “Israel is pursuing a policy of genocide toward the Palestinians that is comparable to the Nazis’ treatment of the Jews.” FACT This is perhaps the most odious claim made by Israel’s detractors. The Nazis’ objective was the systematic extermination of every Jew in Europe. Israel is seeking peace with its Palestinian neighbors. More than one million Arabs live as free and equal citizens in Israel. Of the Palestinians in the territories, 98 percent live under the civil administration of the Palestinian Authority. While Israel sometimes employs harsh measures against Palestinians in the territories to protect Israeli citizens Jews and non-Jews from the incessant campaign of terror waged by the PA and Islamic radicals, there is no plan to persecute, exterminate, or expel the Palestinian people. In response to one such comparison, by a poet who referred to the “Zionist SS,” The New Republic’s literary editor Leon Wieseltier observed: The view that Zionism is Nazism there is no other way to understand the phrase Zionist SS is not different in kind from the view that the moon is cheese. It is not only spectacularly wrong, it is also spectacularly unintelligent. I will not offend myself (that would be self-hate speech!) by patiently explaining why the State of Israel is unlike the Third Reich, except to say that nothing that has befallen the Palestinians under Israel’s control may responsibly be compared to what befell the Jews under Germany’s control, and that a considerable number of the people who have toiled diligently to find peace and justice for the Palestinians, and a solution to this savage conflict, have been Israeli, some of them even Israeli prime ministers. There is no support for the Palestinian cause this side of decency that can justify the locution Zionist SS.10 The absurdity of the charge is also clear from the demography of the disputed territories. While detractors make outrageous claims about Israel committing genocide or ethnic cleansing, the Palestinian population has continued to explode. In Gaza, for example, the population increased from 731,000 in July 1994 to 1,324,991 in 2004, an increase of 81 percent. The growth rate was 3.8 percent, one of the highest in the world. According to the UN, the total Palestinian population in all the disputed territories (they include Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem) was 1,006,000 in 1950, and rose to 1,094,000 in 1970, and exploded to 2,152,000 in 1990. Anthony Cordesman notes the increase was the result of improvements in income and health services made by Israel. The Palestinian population has continued to grow exponentially and was estimated in 2004 at more than 3.6 million.11 MYTH Israels policies in the territories have caused a humanitarian crisis for the Palestinians. FACT It is important to remember that Israel offered to withdraw from 97 percent of the West Bank and 100 percent of Gaza, and it is the rejection of that proposal, coupled with incessant Palestinian terrorism, that has forced Israeli troops to carry out operations in the territories. Though these actions have caused hardship for the Palestinian population, the IDF has continued to ensure that humanitarian assistance is provided to Palestinians in need. For example, during just one 48-hour period (January 5-6, 2003), the IDF: Even at the height of military action, such as the operation to clean out the terrorist nest in the Jenin refugee camp, Israeli forces have gone out of their way to assist Palestinian non-combatants. In the case of the Jenin operation, for example, the hospital there was kept running with a generator delivered under fire by an Israeli officer.12

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Israel and South Africa: The Many Faces of Apartheid: Ilan …

“It is clear from this finely crafted collection of essays that Israel has much in common with white-ruled South Africa. Indeed, The Different Faces of Apartheid provides abundant evidence that Israel is worse than South Africa was, and that Israeli apartheid will be more enduring than the South African variant. This smart and informative book should be read by every person who cares about Israel and its victims.” “A key book for deepening the discussion of Israel as an apartheid state of a special kind, and for exploring a different future for Palestinians. The essays give no easy answers, but much food for thought, and for hope. This book’s insights and analysis will be widely debatedit should be a best-seller.” Israel and South Africa could well become essential reading for anyone interested in the intrinsic nature of the Israeli states colonial and segregationist system, as well as the lessons to be drawn from a comparison of the Israeli and South African contexts. The authors argue for the need to explicitly call Israel an apartheid state, and demonstrate how much there is to learn from the successful fight against apartheid in South Africa. In such a heated political and academic debate, this book is a welcome contribution: one which will surely bring about important animated discussions, including with regards to the possibilities of a single-state solution. The collection provides some excellent moments of reflection on apartheid in South Africa that are given new perspective through exciting comparative scholarship and can also aid in deciphering the post-apartheid trajectory of the country. This book explores the similarities and dissimilarities between Israel today and South Africa during its apartheid era. . . . A rich accumulation of material. For Israel and its allies, any talk of apartheid remains anathema. . . . The essays in this book are evidence of how insightful, and fruitful, such a comparison and analysis can be.

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West Bank Diner – West Bank – Minneapolis, MN – Yelp

17 Food is hot and delicious. I have lots of questions and they have no problem answering them. I think the food is a great value. You get an entre, side, salad, and a drink for less than 8 dollars.I’ve only had their chicken suqaar and chicken steak meals. I haven’t tried their burgers or sandwiches. A lot of my friends are Somali and they introduced me to this restaurant. Located 1 street away form the Carlson School of Management, West Bank Diner is a restaurant where the food is prepared with love. The portions are every generous and I don’t think I’ve even been charged for a drink there, which also have unlimited refills. Their meat is cooked very well and I had my food out extremely quickly. Highly recommend trying this place and supporting the local food. Do not order the Kay Kay sandwich. It’s basically chicken dripping with mayo in a hoagie bun. Took 20 minutes to make that and it was cold. Awful service. Guy at the counter is not friendly. Latte and sambusas were good though. Great conversation with true soccer fans about the election of Infantino to the FIFA presidency as I enjoyed an authentic Somali breakfast. I love the West Bank. This place was fantastic! No pork on the menu as it’s run by some very wonderful Somalis(I think). Not just a greasy spoon, the ingredients are quality and their slightly different take on the dishes is awesome. Go here for breakfast! The only thing you might be disappointed with is that you might be the only people in the place when you go. They’re a new business so hopefully people will realize this gem is here shortly.Fresh squeezed OJ and very well made Peace coffee are enough to get me to come back. My good friend Sara S. has been talking up a storm about West Bank Diner so I had to check it out. We went on a weeknight around 8 pm, unfortunately not the greatest area to find parking in, $3 in the lot behind the building and a bit sketchy at night. This place doesn’t have set hours and only a Facebook page and their Yelp page right now for details. I had the Red Curry Chicken and Belgian Waffle. I split the Waffle with Sara. It was large, crispy, and light but super filling. The Red Curry Chicken was great, not overly curry or saucy, a good sauce to rice, veggies, and chicken ratio. The veggies were crunchy and the portion was large. Atmosphere could use a lot of work. It’s a large space and doesn’t seem homely and could use some more light. The staff, a Somalian couple, is friendly and does their best to welcome students, there’s event a 10% discount with a student ID. Otherwise, I will be back to try the french toast and eggs benedict as I’ve heard great things about them. Was over at Mayday Books and as I was leaving I caught the smell of some good cooking. Walked by this place and as I’d never had Somali style food before I decided to give it a shot. The decor isn’t anything to write home about but places like this rarely spend a lot on fixing a place up, it mostly functionable that way less money is spent. The place was full of regulars so I had a seat with my stack of books and was promptly greeted by the young man working there. Ordered some chicken which came with some rice and a banana. Other than the obvious Med spices the dish could have passed for Mexican food. The chicken had bite but wasn’t too hot. It came with what could be called a nice salsa verde. The drink I ordered was basically a sandia jugo. Next time I go back I will be sure to try some other things. Very reasonably priced. The people inside are nice so if you have a problem with Africans or Muslims do the rest of us a favor and go somewhere else, otherwise stop in and enjoy some good cooking. After discovering that the Noodles & Company nearby had moved to a different location, the large group of people I was with was without a place to eat. And then we noticed West Bank Diner. We decided to check it out since it was apparently a new restaurant and it would be nice to try something new.We were the only customers there on a Saturday night at dinnertime, but that was alright with us. The TV up front was displaying CNN and later sports, but there was a noticeable lack of music like most restaurants have to liven up the place. Anyway, a man who knew English as his 5th (wow!) language took our order from a menu with a variety of staple restaurant foods including burgers, sandwhiches, pastas, and all-day breakfast items (which is always a plus). After we all ordered, it was almost a 30 minute wait until we got our food. Normally, this would be unacceptable, but since there were about a dozen of us who showed up at once, and there was probably limited room on the grills/friers/etc., it would easily explain the wait.Now, maybe it was the wait that did it, but there was just something about the food when we got it. The waffle fries had this great crunch to them. The wings had a spice, but were not so hot that you couldn’t enjoy them. The chicken sandwich had nice juicy meat, great bread, and just thinking about it makes me want to have it again. Seriously, the food was an amazing change of pace for a group of college students who normally are stuck with dining hall food. The next time we go out to eat, this will definitely be up there on our list of where to go. Not that I’m trying to do a meta-review here, but comparing my own experience at WBD, I tend to think everyone is right.The decor (if you could describe the mostly barren place as having decor) is not notable. On my visit, the place was empty (with the exception of one guy reading the paper, not that I found anything creepy about him).Service was a little off. I was hoping to get in and out fairly quick, but the waiter seemed to think we wanted to linger. When I think diner, I think quick and efficient. Not so much.The chicken breakfast burrito was excellent. The chicken was perfectly moist and tender, the eggs cooked perfectly, the potatoes salty and perfect. A real crowd-pleaser. The waffle, less so. The waiter preemptively apologized for it, saying they were having some trouble with them, and comped it. Coffee was good (it was Peace Coffee).So, overall impression? Place is nothing special. It’s cheap, some of the food is good. Nothing to go out of the way for. I’d be interested in trying a few more of the items before definitively weighing in, but I’m not sure if I’m motivated to. Maybe when one of the more reliable breakfast places is too crowded. After reading the Yelp reviews for this place, I thought it would be worth it to give it a try. So, I convinced the BF to try it out for lunch one Saturday when we were craving greasy diner food. It was 1:30pm when we walked in to a completely EMPTY diner. I take that back…there was one sinister-looking fellow at a table drinking coffee and reading the newspaper. Honestly, it felt like I’d stepped into a creepy horror movie and the man behind the newspaper was going to turn around with a decayed face and suck my blood or something. Seriously, it was weird…We seated ourselves at a table near the counter, and a waitress handed us menus. We looked them over, and although the all-day breakfast was somewhat appealing, we really came for burgers and waffle fries (which I’d heard are quite good). So, we ordered our drinks, and we waited and waited for them. The waitress actually came by to take our food order before we had our drinks. We ordered our burger & fry combos, but a few minutes later (still no drinks), she returned to tell us they had no burgers! What?! Seriously? It’s lunchtime and you have zero ground beef/beef patties…and you had to wait nearly 5 minutes to determine that and inform your customers? The BF glanced over the menu before finally deciding we should’ve gone to a nearby place we are familiar with instead. Since we didn’t even get our drinks in the 10 minutes we’d been at WBD, we opted to leave. So much for trying someplace new. I was really disappointed. I have a restaurant.com gift certificate that is good for dinner only–I will give this place one more try (if for no other reason than to use the GC). Maybe they’re just too new, aren’t busy enough and haven’t worked out the kinks yet. I sure hope so; otherwise I don’t see them lasting very long. My wife and I visited West Bank Diner last Tuesday evening around 7:30. We were one of the only guests in the diner at that time. I was tempted by several items on the Breakfast menu, but I ended up getting the Cedar Burger because of a special they were running (including fries and a drink). My wife went for the same special, but asked for mushrooms on her burger. I found the food to be average overall. The burger was not especially tasty, more like a seared slab of ground beef. My wife said she enjoyed her breakfast. The fries were a little better.As I think about my experience, my observation is that the breakfast menu seems to be somewhat more inaginative than the lunch/dinner menu. I intend to visit again at some point in the future so I can try a breakfast item. I want to like west bank diner, but I am afraid they are off on a rocky start.The atmosphere is kind of weird. The walls are nice and bright, the tables are very diner like, the lamps are darkish and totally at odds with the rest of the decor.The menu is typical diner and they serve breakfast all day. They have more than a couple of interesting dishes on the menu and breakfast all day is always a favorite. However, what we got was rather under seasoned, even if I have to say that the hash browns were crisped to perfection.The service was slow. It took us almost one hour for lunch. One of the waiters clearly didn’t speak English well enough to understand us and the manager seemed to be a bit lost running between the kitchen, the tables and the waiters. He also got our check wrong, but promptly corrected it when we told him.I think I will give them a couple of months to improve on their service and food and give them another try, but I think they need to get a firmer grip on their business. Only been once for dinner. Got the Red Curry Chicken. Was quite good, chicken was nice and juicy, the curry had a little bit of kick without being “hot” spicy (although your average Midwesterner might disagree). Rice was at the perfect consistency and everything kind of came together very nicely. Kind of an unusual dish given the rest of the menu (sandwiches, burgers, chicken wings, and breakfast), but I’m not complaining.Service was a little slow considering it was not very crowded, but not unbearably so and probably magnified because I was very hungry. The waitress and the manager were both very friendly and accommodating. No complaints.Prices are reasonable and they also have a 10% student discount.Edit 12/8:Been here a couple more times more in the past few days. I had the beef hash (very good) and the California Burger (meh but the fries were phenomenal). My buddy got a mushroom omelet (meh but the hash browns were great) and we shared an order of french toast, which was fantastic. On the whole, a little hit or miss, but their hits are VERY solid and the misses are just mediocre with some saving graces.I agree with another review that says the lighting could use work. I get the aesthetic they’re going for but it feels like a cave. When you walk in during lunch hour it suddenly feels like it’s late evening. This place is great! We were the only ones there during a weekday lunch, but I predict that business will pick up very soon. This is a no-frills diner with a surprisingly varied menu (and they serve breakfast all day!). Offerings include your basic burgers, french toast with your choice of berries, and popcorn shrimp with aioli. I had a chicken sandwich with waffle fries. I’d go so far as to say the waffle fries were perfect. Our server was as sweet as can be, too. Prices are very very reasonable to begin with, but students get a discount. Check this place out! Very friendly and easy to get a seat here. Breakfast menu items are exceptional. I enjoy the french toast and order it every time I’m in town. It’s just starting up so there are occasionally a few quirks to the experience, but in time I think it will be a fine addition to the diner scene on the West Bank. My wife loved her breakfast burrito. I ordered the Belgian waffle and curry chicken. My waffle was okay, but dry and my curry chicken was super flavorful, but unfortunately was heavy handed on the salt and ruined the dish. The fresh squeezed OJ I ordered was fantastic. The service was really good even with the language barrier and the chef came out and chatted with us a bit which I thought was a nice touch. I just wish the food was a little more consistent.. (Oh, my wife wanted to mention their restrooms were very clean.) this place is awful. the food is bad, bland and poorly made. they seem to run through servers constantly, or the ones they have don’t know whats going on. they are often missing items and are really slow. i live in this neighborhood, this place is really not worth the time. their breakfast burrito is a joke. cold, bland, fatty cheese, wilted vegetables. the eggs were hard in several of the dishes? the soda from the machine was flat. I ordered waffle fries only to have her tell me a moment before my meal came out that they didnt have them and were substituting hashbrowns. i dont like hashbrowns, which is why i had ordered waffle fries. thanks.honestly there are dozens of other good restaurants in this neighborhood that deserve your business. hard times, afro deli, the weinery, the acadia and the triple rock are all superior. don’t waste your time or money.

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Mask of Zion: International Zionism Is Strangling The …

by Kourosh Ziabari Jonathan Azaziah is an Iraqi-American Muslim poet, activist, analyst, writer and journalist from Brooklyn, New York, currently residing in Florida. His articles, poems and music predominantly deal with international Zionism and the cruel effect that it has on the worlds oppressed people. He is also a staff writer for Pakistan’s premier alternative media outlet, Opinion Maker, and a frequent guest and co-host of the Crescent and Cross Solidarity Movement’s Ugly Truth radio broadcast. Jonathan took part in an enlightening, explosiveinterview with me and expressed his viewpoints regarding the renewed war threats of Israel against Iran, Tehran’s nuclear program, the new allegations of the White House against Iran, the true nature of Israel as a state and what he feels is the greatest threat facing our world today. An excerpt of this interview appeared in the Tehran Times, Iran’s leading international daily. Ziabari: Israel possesses up to 200 nuclear warheads, but it has constantly threatened Iran with a military strike over its nuclear program, warning that Iran should be prevented from acquiring nuclear technology. How is it possible to justify this stance? Azaziah: The nucleus of the Zionist mindset, the energy source that drives those who think in this manner to behave like the inhuman monsters that they are, is Jewish supremacism; the need to destroy all that it is not Jewish, the goyim, in order for “the Jewish people” to survive. The developer of the neutron bomb, Samuel T. Cohen, was a Zionist with a strong Talmudic-Jewish upbringing, as was J. Robert Oppenheimer, the creator of the atom bomb. The supremacist-need to destroy all non-Jewish peoples and cultures was close to the blackened hearts of the early leaders of the usurping Zionist entity, hence why Ben-Gurion, Dayan, Eshkol and Peres collectively came up with the “Samson Option,” the military plan to unleash ‘Israeli’ nukes upon the world if any nation or every nation attempted to confront Zionist power. The polar opposite of this thuggish outlook on existence, is the Islamic Revolutionary Republic of Iran, a nation whose Persian history is rooted in the very essence of creation. The finest poets, artists, mathematicians, scientists and theologians that the world has ever known originate from this great land. The Zionist entity, in its twisted collective mind, must destroy Iran because the Islamic Republic represents everything that it is not: tolerant, beautiful, non-destructive, non-aggressive and most importantly, Godwary. Iran does not bow down to the feet of the Zionists and their rabbinical overlords, it only bows before Almighty God and for this, it has drawn the ire of the Zionists and their imperial conduit puppets. From the geopolitical perspective, the Zionist entity must not allow any Islamic nation to acquire nuclear weapons because that would neutralize its domination of the region; the annihilation of Iraq, the demolition of Libya and constant assault on nuclear-armed Pakistan are prime examples of this. Azaziah: The term “apartheid” is an attempt to make international Zionism seem like it is moreinnocuous than it actually isor closely related with previous colonial endeavors when in reality, it is something far worse and far uglier. Apartheid is simply one facet of the Zionist regime that it is criminally and disgustingly occupying holy al-Quds and the rest of historic Palestine, as is colonization, and most importantly, they are only temporary; they represent symptoms, they do not represent the disease itself. The true goal of Zionism is to wipe out all non-Jewish peoples in vast parts of Egypt, including most of its north, all of Sinai and Cairo, all of Jordan, all of Kuwait, a gargantuan portion of Saudi Arabia, all of Lebanon, all of Syria, all of Cyprus, an elephantine part of Turkey up to Lake Van and finally, part of Iraq south of the Euphrates River. The expulsion and/or mass murder of these peoples would lead to the creation of the Zionist dream known as Greater Israel. So branding this usurping dragon of an entity simply as an “apartheid state” is not only incomplete, it is deceptive. And this disingenuous injection of language into the vocabularies of Palestine’s supporters is also meant to deflect the attention from the root cause of this 63-year occupation: the age-old Talmudic ideology that gave birth to Zionism, which is an amalgamation of terrorism, racism, barbarism, supremacism, expansionism and imperialism. After all of the massacres committed against our brothers and sisters, all of the babies murdered, women raped, trees uprooted, mosques and churches destroyed, resources confiscated and land usurped, the least we can do is label this extremist enclave what it actually is: a fabricated entity that has no right to exist. Finally, all persons who represent this entity, all of its occupiers and squatters, must be thrown out immediately so the 8 million Palestinian refugees worldwide can finally return to their homes. Its sayanim across the Western worldmust be prosecutedfor treason.We will not make peace with this usurping Jewish supremacist beast. We will never recognize this filthy entity. We will not share our lands with thieves and thugs, killers and degenerates. There will not be ‘equal rights’ for oppressor and oppressed. There will only be equal rights for Palestinians, the true owners of the land, and whoever that they decide will live with them, chiefly those who respect their dignity and who have fought alongside them from Nakba to Naksa to now, not those who killed them and maimed them; they will be delivered into the clutches of justice for a century of inhumanity and malevolence. It must also be noted that Apartheid South Africa did not own and control global mass media; Zionism does. Apartheid South Africa did not control global commerce; international Jewry does. Apartheid South Africa didnt have a worldwide Afrikaner lobby network that dominated governments into submission; the Zionist entity does. And Apartheid South Africa didnt have a foreign intelligence directorate committing false flag attacks all over the world in order to further its geopolitical objectives; Israel does, with its Mossad. International Zionism is strangling the world because its agents think that their chosen-ness gives them a free pass to do so. Al-haqq (the truth) is our best weapon against these persons; an awakened globe, armed with information exposing the beast, is what will take the beast down. The past fight against the apartheid of South Africa and the current fight against international Jewish supremacism are two different creatures; just as a matter of intellectual honesty, the two should not, and must not be confused. Azaziah: Unfortunately, while the peoples of the Islamic world will indeed stand with the Islamic Revolution if the Zionist regime and its puppets attempt to assault it, the leaders of the Islamic world will not because let us be honest, they represent Islam as much as the idols destroyed by the Holy Prophet (SAWW) during the beginning days of his advent represented Islam. The monarchies of the Arab world are the worst kinds of hypocrites and the GCC, led by the morally-bankrupt and Zionist House of Saud and Al-Thani family, are now serving as the willing and able agents of the Zionist entity and its Anglo allies in America and Europe and if they are ordered to do so, they will participate in the planned onslaught against Iran. The true face of the House of Saud and Qatar can be seen in their participation in the ravaging of Libya and ongoing shadow operations inside Syria. What must be said though is that the Zionists and their marionettes are not ready for a full-brunt military confrontation with the Islamic Revolution, hence why they have chosen to use underhanded methods of subversion, through Mossad, CIA and Israeli-funded terror proxies like the MEK and Jundallah, to conduct a covert war against Iran for three decades. And as multiple authentic ahadith confirm, if the forces of Dajjal enter the lands of Persia, it is there, where they will be buried by the righteous. Insha’ALLAH. Azaziah: The ludicrous, ridiculous “Saudi assassination plot” has already been debunked as another Mossad false flag and I must say, it was one of the most pathetic that the Zionist regime had concocted in quite some time. The allegations of “human rights violations” in the Islamic Republic are nothing but atrocious attempts by the Zionist-occupied United States government to generate international sympathy for the “poor, suffering Iranian people” so subsequently, there will be a global outcry and support for regime change. We know this to be massively farcical. The people of the Islamic Revolution wholeheartedly and overwhelmingly support the government of President Ahmadinejad and would sacrifice their lives for Ayatollah Sayyed Khamenei. Additionally, there is no larger violator and destroyer of human rights than the United States, which under Zionist direction, has initiated one war after another in the last 100 years and murdered tens of millions of innocents in the process. How dare these hooligans and monsters criticize Iran for “human rights abuses” after their fire bombing of Tokyo, their nuking of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, their decimation of Dresden, Frankfurt and Hamburg, their concentration camps set up after WW2 that murdered over 1 million innocent Germans, their strafing of Korea, their rape of Vietnam and Cambodia for the expansion of Jewish mob boss Meyer Lansky’s criminal narcotics syndicate, their eradication of Iraq over the last 20 years, their crushing of Afghanistan, their ruining of Libya and their incessant drone bombing of Pakistan, Yemen and occupied Somalia, along with their assistance in the ongoing six-decade-long brutalizations of Palestine and Hindutvadi-Zionist-occupied Kashmir. Their hypocrisy is legendary and sickening. And the IAEA report is such a joke, such a steaming mound of rubbish that it is not even worth analyzing. It is clear that the reason for this ‘trilateral attack’ that you speak of is desperation. The Iranian leadership is cool, calculated and undeterred. They have not taken the Zionist bait in responding to the multiple transgressions that the occupier of Palestine has committed against them and this display of sabr (patience) has infuriated the monsters greatly. Azaziah: I do not believe for a second that the sanctions will bring the Islamic Revolution to its knees; not even a single second. The Persian people, first and foremost, kneel only before ALLAH (SWT) and this was proven by their triumph over the Shah and the CIA-Mossad-run counter-revolution in 1979. The would-be-invaders and ‘arrogant powers’ that Ayatollah Sayyed Khamenei constantly refers to know that the only way Iran will break is through all-out aggression and as described already, they are not ready for this kind of war at this juncture. This is why we see increased cooperation between the GCC countries, America and the Zionist entity, mainly the excessively large weapons deals between the House of Saud, America and Germany as well as the increased ‘defense’ relations between the House of Khalifa in Bahrain and the Zionist-occupied US government. International Zionism loves nothing more than Muslims killing Muslims and nothing would satisfy its bloodlust quite like a ‘Sunni-Shi’a, Persian-Arab’ war, in which its Israeli occupation forces would not have to lift a single weapon; thegoyim would do all the work for them, eliminating the usurping Jewish supremacist state’s greatest enemy. The Zionists and the real power behind them, their racist genocidal rabbis, according to their satanic Talmud, view the Arab and Persian peoples as “Ishmaelites” and “Amalekites” who must be destroyed in order to erect a “Jewish Utopia” on earth, in which Jews rule over non-Jews in a sort of supremacist paradise. It is a religious duty for Zionists to murder us, steal our lands and desecrate what it is holy to us and they have the authority in their Talmud to use any and all means to do it, including using our own people against us. Therefore, the sanctions are only a precursor to what the globe holders really have in store for Iran. I think it is an undeniable fact that unfortunately, the sanctions have indeed had a negative effect on the Iranian economy and more importantly, the Iranian people, specifically in the Aero sector, which as you have revealed in some of your previous works brother, has seen thousands of innocents die in airplane crashes since 1996. Azaziah: There is no doubt that the United States, the ‘golem’ of the international Zionist Power Configuration and Jewish banking interests, is the world leader in terrorism. The US is in no moral position to condemn any government or group in the world until it fesses up to its own blood-soaked history. 100 million Native Americans exterminated. 150 million Africans, many of them Muslims, murdered in the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, which was dominated by Spanish Jews, as well as Portugese Jews like Aaron Lopez who had an entire fleet of slaveships, with many of them receiving financing from the Rothschild family; these Jews, who were of the extremist and now dominant Talmudic-Kabbalistic school of thought, also introduced the Curse of Ham to their Gentile slave-trading brothers, a horrific, racist story concocted and developed by the rabbis in their Talmud which lowered the rank of our brothers and sisters of beautiful black skin to animals. This Talmudic drivel was used to justify the dehumanization of millions of others and in the greater geopolitical sense, it is now being exercised to justify more Zionist aggression on the African continent. These two historical atrocities alone show the true face of America, and its support of brutish dictators and monarchical maniacs across the globe is well-known. And while Iran’s millennial history is one of peace and diplomacy with its neighbors, the US has launched hundreds of wars, covert and overt over its short two-century history. There is an old Kufan saying that my uncle once shared with me, which has been around since Al-Mukhtar (RA) launched his rebellion against the Umayyads to defend the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS) more than 1,300 years ago, that perfectly sums up the United States’ glorious fraudulence. Loosely translated from Arabic, it goes, “He who spills the most blood, talks of the most peace.” I cannot think of truer words that have been spoken. Azaziah: First and foremost, the IAEA is not an independent outfit like its public relations stooges would like the world to believe. The IAEA reports directly to the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council and coordinates all of its actions with these two institutions of Zionist power. Therefore, without question, it can be said that the IAEA is nothing but a tool of the UN. The same UN that hasn’t done a damn thing to stop Zionist tyranny in Palestine, scripting hundreds of resolutions against this racist usurping entity but enforcing none of them. The same UN that has done nothing to stop Hindutvadi tyranny in Kashmir, which is intimately aided by the Zionist entity with arms and intelligence, scripting dozens of other resolutions and enforcing none of them. The same UN that introduced Resolution 661 to Iraq, the treacherous ‘sanctions resolution,’ which crippled Iraq, prepared it for the Zionist invasion of 2003 and murdered over 2 million people by starvation including 800,000 Iraqi children. The same UN that paved the way for the mutilation of Libya, in which at least 100,000 have been mass murdered by NATO and its Israeli-advised rebel thugs. The same UN that now seeks to turn Syria into another Iraq or Libya 2.0. And besides, what is the UN really? As is the case with all matters of history and the revisionism that follows, we must return to the beginning; the origins. The origins of the UN can be found in the financing of the same Zionist banking families, the Rothschilds, Schiffs, Warbugs, Lazards and Oppenheimers, who have financed strife on this earth for centuries. The UN was created to justify the existence of the Zionist entity as a legitimate nation-state, to put a shroud on its hideous supremacist character; this rings true with the fact that the Security Council never even ratified the resolution which proposed the legitimacy of a Jewish state in Palestine. Despite this, and despite the illegal Jewish colonization of Palestine financed by the Rothschild family since the 1880s and the horrible Zionist atrocities of the Nakba in 1948, still the UN recognized this fabricated regime, still gave it a name and a seat. Why? Because its godfathers, the Zionist bankers, wanted it that way. The UN is a tool of international Zionist power and by extension, so is the IAEA. And if the evidence isn’t clear enough, one simply needs to look at the previous IAEA head, Mohamed ElBaradei, who is hailed as a great humanitarian and even a hero, when he is nothing more than a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a snake in the grass, a two-faced Zionist hypocrite who has condemned the Islamic Resistance of illegally besieged Gaza, who supports the insane ‘right to exist’ of the Zionist entity and who shakes hands with Israeli war criminals. While ElBaradei ran the IAEA, he sat on the board of the International Crisis Group, a highly-influential international Zionist think tank, right next to none other than Shimon Peres, George Soros and Morton Abramowitz, three of the most powerful Zionists on this planet. While ElBaradei ran the IAEA, he did nothing to stop the American-British invasion of Iraq, which was launched under a false “WMDs” pretext engineered byJewish-Zionistextremists in the Bush administration’s Office of Special Plans. He knew the “intelligence” against Iraq wassheer Zionist falsehood but he watched asIraq was skewered.There is your ‘IAEA independence,’ yet another Zionist fraud. Azaziah: For 22 years, South Lebanon was savagely occupied by the monstrous Zionist entity. The righteous Islamic Resistance of Lebanon, Hezbollah, liberated its land, conquering the fourth (some say third) mightiest military in the world and rightfully humiliating it. In 2006, the Zionist entity launched a criminal war against Lebanon to avenge its defeat 6 years earlier. Unleashing cluster bombs, white phosphorus and depleted uranium on the dignified and innocent Lebanese people, the usurping regime murdered nearly 1,500 Lebaneseand the unexploded cluster bombs continue killing to this very moment. Defiantly, and inspired by the steadfastness of the Lebanese people, Hezbollah defeated the Jewish supremacist entity again, crushing its plots to reoccupy Lebanon and upholding their Resistance to global Zionism. How was this small fighting force able to best such a monolithic military power? Because the faith of a people cannot be pierced with bullets or devastated by bombs. Because the dignity of a people cannot be occupied or colonized. The Zionists have no faith; they are godless, satanic supremacists. The Zionists have no dignity, they are the swindlers of humanity. Comparatively, the Palestinian people have been occupied for 63 years. Still, the Zionists have not been able to expel them to exalt their ‘Greater Israel’ dream. The Kashmiri people have been occupied for 64 years. Still, the Hindutvadis have not been able to crush them to initiate their first phase of ‘Greater Hindutva.’ Why? Because like Hezbollah and the exceptional Lebanese people, the Palestinians’ and Kashmiris’ faith and dignity are weapons that cannot be defeated by their occupiers. And the revolutionary Islamic Republic of Iran, is like Hezbollah, the Palestinians and Kashmiris on a greater scale, with more weaponry at its disposal. It will not give up its nuclear program nor will it bow before hollow military threats because it doesn’t take orders from Zionism; Iran does not recognize Zionism or the Jewish supremacists that govern it as legitimate authorities. Iran only takes orders from Al-Hakam (SWT), the supreme Judge of this universe. For us, Allah (SWT) is Al-Mu’izz, because He has honored us with Resistance and martyrdom if we die in our path of Resistance, giving hope to our brothers and sisters still struggling because as the Holy Qur’an says, we are alive though we are not seen. For the monsters, the enemies and the ‘arrogant powers’ though, Allah (SWT) is Al-Moumit, and the day of the Zionists’ doom at His hands is much nearer than they think. Iran and all those who support it will be victorious. ~ The End ~

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Jimmy Carter: Israel’s Apartheid – YouTube

Former President Jimmy Carter, author of a new book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASI…is interviewed from his home in Plains, Georgia. He responds to a caller who asks questions concerning pressure put on the US political system and the resulting support of Israel. The caller refers to author James Bamford’s book “A Pretext For War”http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASI…and he asks President Carter about AIPAC and other pressure groups within the US.

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Activists censure Netta’s ‘cultural appropriation,’ cover …

While Israelis were celebrating Netta Barzilais win in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest early Sunday, many social media users were decrying the cultural appropriation of East Asian culture in her performance, while others criticized Israel for its policies and Europeans for voting for the Jewish states entry. How can Eurovision celebrate diversity and inclusion when steps away Palestinians are getting shot in the head? Eurovision is about to get very ugly, one user tweeted. Meanwhile, there was criticism in Israel over reported orders to the Eurovision hosts not to mention Jerusalem during the voting process. Get The Times of Israel’s Daily Edition by email and never miss our top storiesFree Sign Up A reporter for Kan, Israels public broadcaster, published a document detailing the capital of all countries along with the name, gender and profession of the person presenting that countrys votes. But for Israel, the document said only Israel to be mentioned but not its capital city, according to Kan. Several protesters carried pro-Palestinian banners outside the contest venue in Lisbon, Portugal, but said that attempts to raise them were thwarted. Meanwhile, aFacebook pageaffiliatedwith the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) and dedicated to promoting a boycott of the song of Israeli apartheid, vowed to hold a big campaign against the Jewish state in the year leading up to the 2019 contest in Jerusalem. Thanks to everyone for raising awareness of the occupation and apartheid practiced by our country, Israel! the page wrote after Israels win. We now have a year to show the true face of Israeli apartheid, and Jerusalem is a prime example. Stay tuned for a big campaign! But that was not the only criticism of Israels win. Some pointed to racism in the performance and cultural appropriation of Japanese and Chinese culture. That performance was super racist, she has literally styled her makeup to make herself look Asian, said one user, while British actor Jassa Ahluwalia dubbed it yellowface. A Syrian user also charged that Israel had culturally appropriated Palestinian drumbeats, adding that the performance highlighted the fact they have no culture of their own. But Israeli users hit back, as did Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who recently slammed anti-Semitism on her Twitter page. Well done Israel, she wrote. Worthy winner. Need I say more? Posted by FE King onSaturday, 12 May 2018

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Israel-Apartheid Week kicks off across S. African campuses …

A bloodied Israeli flag hangs on the main building at the University of Cape Town on Monday at the start of Israel-Apartheid Week.. (photo credit: SAUJS/FACEBOOK) A massive Israeli flag covered in red stood on the steps of the main university building with the words Apartheid State, blood is on your hands written on it. This is just one of several intimidation tactics Jewish students at several university campuses in South Africa have had to deal with, as Israel-Apartheid Week kicked off across the country on Monday. The flag has since been taken down from the building at the University of Cape Town, but the effect remained. However, Jewish students at the campus refused to back down from their Israel Awareness campaign, which has so far been a success. Meanwhile, antisemitic and anti-Israel graffiti, inspired by BDS and its followers, littered the Wits University campus in Johannesburg, with slogans such as F*** Zionism, F*** Israel, Israel is anti-Black and Zionism is Racism spray-painted in several main areas of the campus. To counter Israel-Apartheid Week, the South African Union of Jewish Students launched a Dialogue Not Division campaign in an effort to encourage discussion as opposed to hate and intimidation. SAUJS hosted several speakers during its campaign, including Miss Israel 2013, Titi Aynaw, who is an Ethiopian Jew, and StandWithUss Yahya Mahamid, an Israeli Arab. Where the student union had placed some of its posters around Wits, BDS supporters had torn them down and spray-painted anti-Israel slurs on the walls where the posters had been. Several small wars of words broke out between the two sides over the last few days, but there has been no physical violence as was the case last year. There is also a large presence of university security on the campus, and the SAUJS contingent requested that the two sides and their displays be separated by 100 meters. A contingent of BDS supporters and Wits Palestinian Solidarity Committee members also covered their faces with keffiyehs, wore black and held signs written in red the color of blood calling on students to come and see the truth. In response to the graffiti, SAUJS said that it had reported all the instances of defacement on the main campus and have been in close contact with the universitys executive in dealing with this issue. We are happy to report that most of the graffiti has been removed by the university, and by tomorrow, everything should be cleaned up, it said. The university does not condone vandalism nor prejudicial statements against any student, staff or external stakeholder. They have thus informed us that investigations into this malicious case have begun. As soon as they are informed of the culprits, they will then refer the matter to the legal office, to institute disciplinary actions against those that are found guilty of acting outside the rules of discipline. Last week at the University of Cape Town, during a separate campaign hosted by SAUJS to create awareness and tolerance of minority groups, an installation that made up the hashtag #RESPECT in large plastic letters and posters describing different forms of discrimination was defaced by pro-BDS students. They changed the plastic words to spell #SPECTRE and the letters and posters were vandalized with anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian slogans despite the campaign having nothing to do with Israel-Apartheid Week. According to SAUJS in the Western Cape, the main posters vandalized were those that explained antisemitism. Vandalism of this kind does not only amount to discrimination on the grounds of religion, but also impinges on the right to freedom of expression, it said. SAUJS called on the University of Cape Towns administration to respond appropriately. In a statement released earlier this week, the SA Jewish Board of Deputies made it clear that any antisemitic behavior on the part of IAW supporters, as well as attempts to unlawfully prevent SAUJS from running its campaign, will be raised with the necessary authorities. The countrys ruling party, the African National Congress, threw its support behind Israel-Apartheid Week and said it was actively participating… as part of our ongoing commitment to the heroic people of Palestine. The ANC said that the continued imprisonment of 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi is an example of the extreme and unacceptable abuse of child rights, human rights and international law by the Israeli government. Israel-Apartheid Week is perhaps one of the best examples of South Africas unity in diversity and the vibrancy of our civil society, it added. Share on facebook

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