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      Michelle isn’t laughing this morning as she reads Dante’s e-mail.   Michelle:  Hon?   President:  Yes, my dear?   Michelle:  Dante writes that Jews settling on land that belongs to Palestinians has been at the core of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict all along, from the very beginning until now, and the situation is growing worse.  Israel’s occupation is the cause of the fighting.   President:  Tell me something I didn’t already know.   Michelle:  Dante says the American people need to be informed about the details.  Why don’t you tell them?   President:  The American people have heard me say time and time again that the US finds Israel’s settlements building policy altogether unacceptable, and that includes the expansion of existing settlements.  Hillary and I have made that clear over the months.  I wish more people had been listening.   Michelle:  Yet when a resolution came before the UNSC to condemn the settlements building, you (alone) vetoed the resolution.  The International Community doesn’t understand why you did it.   President:  Please let’s not go thru all that again.  You’ve no idea how much pressure I was under to veto the resolution.  You’ve no idea where the pressures were coming from.  You would go crazy if you knew.   Michelle:  Dante and I know, Hon.  The American people ought to know, too.   President:  What else does Dante have to say this morning?


      Michelle:  Dante respectfully invites your attention to the post pasted below.  He and his Allies are giving it the widest possible circulation on the Internet.  Because attitudes influenced in Cyberspace influence facts on the ground.  President:  All right.


      Michelle:  Dante and his Allies are also putting this video into circulation again:  Is Peace Out Of Reach? (13:10).   President:  It’s an excellent video, but it’s a repeat.  Why do they keep circulating the same videos over and over?   Michelle:  Well, Hon, it’s quite comprehensive.  It bears repeating.  It’s not the least bit out of date.   It was filmed while Netanyahu was running for Prime Minister, but the problem remains intact.  The video reminds people of Tzipi Livni’s position on the issue while she was campaigning for PM:  “Israel is a nation with laws.  The settlements will have to be removed.  It’s as simple as that.”   President:  Tzipi heads the party that actually won the election, but she wasn’t able to form a government.  So, according to Israeli law, second-place Bibi was given a chance to form a government, and he did.   Michelle:  I remember.  There’s a postscript.





P.S.   Here’s another video that’s comprehensive.  It was filmed in June of 2007, and it’s not the least bit out of date:  YouTube – Uri Avnery (03:29).    



Note:  Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories are illegal under International Law.  An outpost is the beginnings of a new settlement.  Outposts in the oPt are illegal even under Israeli law.  Today Jewish settlers are angry about “rumors” that Israel’s government plans to dismantle them.  Dismantling outposts is one of the few “concessions” the Quartet has been able to persuade Benjamin Netanyahu to make.  The settlers find ways to return.  Settlers are now attacking Israeli soldiers.  Netanyahu fears civil war.  To add to his worries: Israeli settlers raid Jordan border and Hundreds of settlers attack Nablus village.   Peace, Roy

Click here: BBC News – West Bank settlers attack Israeli soldiers  (<—- activated link.  R)

Last updated at 07:04 ET

West Bank settlers attack Israeli soldiers

A woman and her child walk through the illegal settlement outpost of Ramat Gilad (2009) Settlement outposts are illegal under Israeli law, and Israel has agreed to remove them

Jewish settlers and activists angry with rumours of plans to dismante illegal settler outposts in the West Bank have clashed with Israeli troops.

About 50 people broke into the Ephraim Brigade’s base near Qalqilya, setting tyres alight, throwing stones and damaging vehicles, the military said. (To continue reading, go to BBC’s website.  Activated link above.  R)

Note:  The following post arrived yesterday from Doug Willbanks in Oregon.  It’s self-explanatory.  I urge everybody in Cyberspace to watch the video he shared recently with the leaders of his Church.  Doug and I met in Jerusalem in April of 2004.  We were attending Sabeel’s Fifth International Conference at the time:….   Here’s a picture of Doug on the Internet (scroll down).   Peace, Roy

Hi Roy, I hope I didn’t send this to you earlier.

I recently sent this message and this URL showing a military group of about 15 soldiers and two large pieces of equipment destroying a Palestinian home. The family and helpful neighbors are there watching it too. At the end, a 2-3 year old child was shown crying.

This was a break-through for me to send them something like this to see for themselves.

This was sent to my church’s 10 Elders, and 6 full-time Pastors, as well as my home bible study group of about 10 very mature adults…. 




—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Doug Willbanks <…>
To: Doug Willbanks <…>
Sent: Saturday, December 10, 2011 9:42 AM
Subject: I hope you are ready to see this.

Dear BCC friends and spiritual leaders,   

     Perhaps it is time to show you how Israel uses the power we grant it by not
stopping their on-going, slow, unilateral displacing of the Palestinian people.
It is bad enough when this happens to secular or Muslim Palestinians, but
Israel makes no distinction even when Christian Palestinian homes are to
be destroyed by them.

The Rev. Roy Hayes
Priest-at-Large in Cyberspace
 Mideast Peace = Peace of Jerusalem = World Peace



      Jeff Halper is a Jew, an Israeli citizen who was born in the USA, who’s an anthropologist, author, lecturer, political activist, and co-founder and Coordinator of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD).  Jeff and I met in Jerusalem in April of 2004.  Jeff teaches:  “The Palestinian-Israeli conflict needs to be “re-framed.”


      Peers, Jeff is absolutely right.  The public has been brainwashed (neuro-linguistically programmed) so throughly over the years that the average American doesn’t have an accurate picture of what’s happening in the land of the Holy One.  And we find our selves in a crisis.

Peers, let’s take a close look at the situation.  Let’s see what’s happening for ourselves.  Click here: Israeli military base attacked by Jewish extremists in West Bank | World news |  The attack is the latest in a wave of violent retributions exacted by Jewish settler groups against Palestinians and the Israeli “Defense” Forces in response to government policy to evacuate illegal outposts (the beginnings of settlements) in the West Bank.  A spokesperson for the Israeli military said it was the most serious assault on its forces by Jewish activists to date.  Israel’s Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, described the incident as “homegrown terror”.  He warned that it would not be tolerated:  “We will capture those responsible and they will stand trial.  They endangered lives and their actions threaten to damage the delicate relations Israel has with its neighbors.”  Hours after the attack, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called an emergency meeting to address the mounting threat. “The situation is intolerable,” he told assembled ministers. “We must take care of these rioters with a firm hand.”  There’s a postscript.





P.S.   If you read the article on the Internet, you’ll find a video on the same page.

Note:   The headline of this article sums up the report:  “The Quartet continues to talk.”  Not to worry.  The Quartet is well-informed about the facts of the matter, and folks around the world are finally hearing about it.   I’ve done some highlighting in the article.  Contact The White House.  Internationals can write, too.  Peace, Roy

Click here: Record number of Palestinians displaced by demolitions as Quartet continues to talk | Occupied Palestine | ??????

Record number of Palestinians displaced by demolitions as Quartet continues to talk

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There has been a sharp rise in demolitions of Palestinian homes in 2011 © Amnesty International

Israeli authorities have stepped up unlawful demolitions in the West Bank including East Jerusalem over the past year, displacing a record number of Palestinian families from their homes, an international coalition of 20 leading aid agencies and human rights groups said today.

The statement comes as the Middle East Quartet meets in Jerusalem in its latest effort to revive peace talks.

The sharp rise in demolitions in 2011 has been accompanied by accelerated expansion of Israeli settlements and an escalation of violence perpetrated by settlers, the groups said.

The humanitarian and human rights groups, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and Oxfam International, are calling for the Quartet to hold all parties to the conflict to their international law obligations. The Quartet must, therefore, press the Israeli government to immediately reverse its settlement policies and freeze all demolitions that violate international law.

“The increasing rate of settlement expansion and house demolitions is pushing Palestinians to the brink, destroying their livelihoods and prospects for a just and durable peace. There is a growing disconnect between the Quartet talks and the situation on the ground. The Quartet needs to radically revise its approach and show that it can make a real difference to the lives of Palestinians and Israelis.” said Jeremy Hobbs, Executive Director, Oxfam International.

The evidence of rapidly deteriorating situation on the ground includes:

Doubling the number of people displaced by demolitions: Since the beginning of the year more than 500 Palestinian homes, wells, rainwater harvesting cisterns, and other essential structures have been destroyed in the West Bank including East Jerusalem, displacing more than 1,000 Palestinians, UN figures show. This is more than double the number of people displaced over the same period in 2010, and the highest figure since at least 2005. More than half of those displaced have been children for whom the loss of their home is particularly devastating.

  • Accelerating settlement expansion: Plans for around 4,000 new settler housing units have been approved in East Jerusalem over the past 12 months – the highest number since at least 2006, according to Peace Now. In November, moreover, Israel announced plans to speed up construction of 2,000 new units in the West Bank including East Jerusalem.
  • Sharp increase in settler violence: violent attacks by settlers against Palestinians have escalated by over 50% in 2011 compared to 2010, and by over 160% compared to 2009, the UN reports. 2011 has seen by far the most settler violence since at least 2005. Settlers have also destroyed or damaged nearly 10,000 Palestinian olive and other trees during this year, undermining the livelihoods of hundreds of families. The perpetrators act with virtual impunity, with over 90% of complaints of settler violence closed by the Israeli police without indictment in 2005-2010.
  • Impending threat of forced displacement of Bedouin: Up to 2,300 Bedouin living in the Jerusalem periphery could be forcibly and unlawfully relocated if Israeli authorities follow through with their reported plans in 2012, which would destroy their livelihoods and threaten their traditional way of life. Rural communities in the Jordan Valley are also facing the prospect of further demolitions as settlements continue to expand.

    “The Quartet should call ongoing settlement expansion and house demolitions what they are: violations of international humanitarian law that Israel should stop,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.

    “Israel’s escalating violations show the fundamental failure of the Quartet’s approach. It’s time for the Quartet to understand that they cannot contribute to achieving a just and durable solution to the conflict without first ensuring respect for international law,” said Phillip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Interim Programme Director, Amnesty International.

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    The N.E.M.




          Plato taught that we cannot expect to see improvements in society until men learn to regard a fallacy  as a personal insult.  If Plato were alive today, he probably would include women in that teaching.  In any case, let’s get a bit of exercise.  Please watch this short video:  Netanyahu’s Christmas Greetings 2011 – (01:11). 


          Peers, I submit to you that one is wise to question Bibi’s veracity.  See: Archbishop of Canterbury launches an appeal for Christians in the Holy Land.  Read a report from the The University of Nottingham.  Glance at an essay from Bethlehem University.  Read today’s news:  Settlers torch Ramallah mosque.  And never forget Israel’s WALL around Bethlehhem (02:48).  Let us ask ourselves:  “Am I the only man/woman who smells a fallacy?”  If not, take a deep breath and prepare for what follows.


          Pasted below is today’s mailing from CUFI.   You will notice that Bibi has powerful allies in this country.




    Sent: 12/15/2011 6:06:00 A.M. Pacific Standard Time
    Subj: Special Christmas Greeting from Prime Minister Netanyahu

    Dear Roy,

    We are thrilled to share with you a special Christmas video greeting that Prime Minister Netanyahu created for Christians throughout the world. We are touched and inspired by the Prime Minister’s words and we pray that you will be too.

    As the challenges to Israel have mounted, we in CUFI have responded with unprecedented efforts and activity.  But we need your help to keep up this fight! 

    Now through the end of the year your donation to CUFI will be matched   dollar-for-dollar — up to $500,000, thanks to a special matching gift grant. 

    The fact is that we need these funds now more than ever, because Israel needs our support now more than ever!

      This generous opportunity to double your gift through our matching grant expires 12/31/11. Won’t you join us and stand for Israel now?

      Blessings to you and those you love,

      Pastor John Hagee           David Brog
      National Chairman            Executive Director
      CUFI                                CUFI


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