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Note:   The following information will give us cause for concern.  Every time Israel’s governments feel pressure to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli crisis, the Israel lobby in the US shifts into overdrive.   Ileana Ros-Lehtinen would have the US de-fund the United Nations.  Members of the US Congress are creating a diversion by beating the drums of war about Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program.  Please watch the videos from the joint sub-committee hearings in the third article pasted below.  It seems that our Congress is occupied by AIPAC.   Peace, Roy

In a message dated 10/29/2011 2:01:02 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, sajoseph2005@yahoo.com… writes: (Thanks, Sami, R)

Engineering Consent For Attack On Iran
Iran is Massive Threat That Must be Dealt With

By Yoav Zitun

Netanyahu, Barak seemingly pushing for military action against Iran, policy and political-military affairs director stresses importance of prioritizing Iran threat.

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US Congress Hears Calls For Black Ops Against Iran

By Ismail Salami

Retired Army Gen. John Keane told a hearing, “We’ve got to put our hand around their throat now. Why don’t we kill them?
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US Congress Engineering Consent
For Attacks On Iran And Venezuela

Must Watch – Joint Subcommittee Hearing:

“Iran is engaged in recruiting young Venezuelans of Arab origin for use in intelligence operations as militants. Some go to Iran for training. Some sources say that Hezbollah is involved in this operation,” said the chairman of the subcommittee on Oversight and Homeland Security, Republican Michael McCaul.
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The N.E.M.

Peers,

A number of you have written to suggest that my cartoons need visuals.  Thank you for the suggestion.  Since I’m unable to draw I’ve been depending on visuals appearing in the imaginations of my readers.  Allow me to illustrate.

Michelle: Oh, Hon I don’t know whether Dante has written a joke or a meditation.   President: I don’t understand what you mean.   Michelle: Well, take a quick look at his letterhead.   President: I don’t always know what to think about Dante’s letterheads.  What is he writing about today?   Michelle: He suggests that the next time Benjamin Netanyahu makes another emotional public appeal for you to release Jonathan Pollard that you respond with a surprise.  Tell him that you’re open to a possible “exchange of prisoners”.   President: Oh, oh.  He comes a doozie.   Michelle: Make a serious proposal.  Propose that you will “consider” releasing Pollard in exchange for AIPAC releasing from political captivity the men and women who have been democratically elected by Americans to represent us in Washington.  You will need to GO PUBLIC with the proposal.  Or, if you prefer, you can propose it to Bibi over the telephone and let it leak to the media.  Whichever, the decision will be up to you.

President:  Dante’s jokes get annoying at times.  Michelle: Hon, I don’t think he’s joking this time.  Check out the videos on this page: Information Clearing House.   And read the short paper trail pasted below.

Peace,

Roy

 

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Peace, Roy

Article from bbc.co.uk, posted on October 31, 2011.

The UN cultural organisation has voted strongly in favour of membership for the Palestinians – a move opposed by Israel and the United States.

Of 173 countries voting, 107 were in favour, 14 opposed and 52 abstained.

In response, Washington announced it is cutting funding to Unesco. Its membership dues provide around a fifth of the organisation’s budget.

The UN Security Council will vote next month on whether to grant the Palestinians full UN membership.

Membership of Unesco – perhaps best known for its World Heritage Sites – may seem a strange step towards statehood, says the BBC’s Jon Donnison, in Ramallah, but Palestinian leaders see it as part of a broader push to get international recognition and put pressure on Israel.

This is the first UN agency the Palestinians have sought to join since submitting their bid for recognition to the Security Council in September.

“This vote will erase a tiny part of the injustice done to the Palestinian people,” Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki told the meeting of the UN educational, scientific and cultural organisation in Paris, after the result was announced.

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Note: UNESCO grants Palestinians full membership – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel Also: Lieberman: Israel must weigh cutting ties with Palestinian Authority – Haaretz.    Peace, R

The N.E.M.

Peers,

Michelle opens Dante’s post, claps her hands, and laughs out loud.   Michelle: Hon, all your problems are solved.  Dante writes that….. President: (interrupts)  I’m not sure I’m in the mood for Dante’s suggestions this morning.   Michelle: He says he and his Allies on AOL have figured out a way for you to get the Republican side of the aisle to support your Mideast peacemaking efforts … Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and her colleagues to the contrary notwithstanding.  President: Is that so?  This better be good.   Michelle: It is.   President: Then let’s hear it.

Michelle: All you have to do is invite former President George W. Bush, your predecessor, to a high-profile lunch at the White House.  When the two of you speak with reporters in the Rose Garden, you can thank Bush profusely for his Holy Land peacemaking efforts.  You can remind the American people that it was during Bush’s first administration that Colin Powell organized the Quartet which drafted the Roadmap (over Israel’s objections) which turned the conflict in the Holy Land over to the International Community where it belongs.  It was while Bush was President that Condi got the Saudi Peace Initiative of 2002 re-activated which evolved into the Arab Peace Initiative which was endorsed by the US, the UN, the EU and all 22 Arab League nations.  It was Bush who convened the Annapolis Conference in November of 2007, and the American people need reminding.  The conference failed miserably, but everybody could see that it wasn’t Bush’s fault.  You can seize the opportunity to explain to reporters the extent to which you’ve learned from Bush’s mistakes and how you’ve been building on his successes, on the groundwork Bush laid, ever since.   President: Wow.  (pause)  Of all Dante’s suggestions, this may be the best one yet.   Michelle: Wait, Hon, there’s more.   President:  More?

Michelle: When Bush greets the reporters, he may seize the opportunity to explain to the American people the truth behind the Exchange of letters Sharon-Bush 14-Apr-2004.  Folks need to know what the agreement about the settlements was before Sharon added his spin.   President: Good point.  But like the fiasco at Jenin, it was an embarrassing time for George.  He may choose not to bring it up.   Michelle: True.  So why don’t you to invite former President George Herbert Walker Bush to lunch on the same day.  G.H.W. Bush may seize the opportunity to tell the truth about his unsuccessful encounters with Israel’s Prime Ministers over the settlements issue:  Bush, Shamir On Collision Course Over Settlements, Loan Guarantees. Which was the cause of G.H.W. B’s inevitable confrontation with AIPAC:  Bush OKs Israel Loan Guarantees: President eases terms for Rabin.   President: I think I’ll invite the two President Bushes at separate times. It would be a tactical mistake for me to weigh the American people down with too much truth in one day.  I’ll think about it, tho.  I’ll figure something out.

Peace,

Roy

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Note:   Franklin Lamb is a strong supporter of Amnesty International.  He expresses his support at length in the essay pasted below.  But Lamb insists that the situation in Syria is not being reported accurately.  See:  U.N., Arab League condemn violence in Syria.  Perhaps there’s a media bias because Israel occupies the Golan Heights, and the Golan (according to International Law) belongs to Syria.   Peace, Roy.

Article by Franklin Lamb for uprootedpalestinians.blogspot.com…, posted on the November 1, 2011.

This observer counts himself among Amnesty International’s more than 3 million supporters and members in more than 150 countries and territories who also strongly endorse AI’s campaigns to end grave abuses of human rights. I share AI’s vision for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.

In Beirut, I attend their events and was honored to play a small part in assisting with last spring’s AI research on the subject of disappeared Palestinians and Lebanese which resulted in AI’s excellent April, 2011 publication:Never Forgotten: Lebanon’s Missing People. This report documents one of the bitter legacies of the 1975-1990 civil war which is the thousands of people whose fates remain unknown. 

 I have crossed paths with AI researchers in the Middle East and recently during three months in Libya I followed their work which included the human rights problems of black Libyans, particularly from the Tawagha region but also in eastern and western Libya where blacks were often taken from hospitals never to be seen again. AI rightly condemned the number of massacres and extra-judicial killings perpetrated by both pro-Gadhafi and NTC partisans, many of which, like the 53 recently executed Gadhafi supporters found at the Mahari Hotel in Sirte involved the kidnapping and murder of patients in hospitals. These grisly scenes have shocked the world’s conscience and all people of goodwill condemn them. They weaken substantially the moral authority of the group currently claiming power in Libya.

Despite its generally exemplary work, Amnesty International, like the rest of us, in not infallible. This is evident in its 10/25/11 released 39 page report: Health Crisis: Syrian Government Targets the Wounded and Health Workers.

AI’s conclusion from its “research” in Syria, which consisted significantly of collecting Al Jazeera and Al Arabia type mediaaccounts including the dubious reports on the same subject by CNN’s Arwa Damon and sundry anonymous U-tube clips is, interestingly, virtually identical to what it concluded from its investigation in Libya on the same subject.
However, there is a great distinction between Syria and Libya, their medical professions and their current challenges.
AI claims this week, without convincing material, probative or relevant evidence that Syrian authorities, including Hospital administrators and staff, have since March 2011 turned Syrian hospital into instruments of repression in order to crush protests and demonstrations. AI’s j report claims that Syrians wounded in protests or incidents related to the current unrest “have been physically assaulted in state-run hospitals by medical staff, and in some cases denied medical care, while others taken to hospital have been detained or have simply disappeared.” AI offers as its proof of these claims the weakest and seemingly most competition-driven support of any Amnesty International report I have read. It reeks of yet another orientalist double standard and ignores similar claims from citizens in western countries of similar actions by their governments.
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