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S The following is excerpted from Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong (HarperCollins), which is available now on Amazon. The $10 million estate of Lance Armstrong’s dreams is hidden behind a tall, creamcolored wall of Texas limestone and a solid steel gate
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By: Anna First
(By Ben White)
This week has seen the promotion of yet more anti-democratic legislation in Israel. A new law that received final approval by the Knesset gives, for the first time, separate representation to Muslim and Christian Palestinian citizens on a national employment commission. The bills sponsor, Likud MK Yariv Levin, was clear about his motivation: [the Christians are] our natural allies, a counterweight to the Muslims who want to destroy the country from within. An editorial in Israeli newspaper Haaretz described it as racist legislation by nationalist zealots.
Meanwhile, an amendment has been proposed to the NGO Bill again, by a member of Netanyahus ruling party which seeks to ban certain groups from registering with the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits. Activities targeted by lawmakers include advocating the boycott, divestment, or sanctioning of Israel or its citizens and denying Israels existence as a Jewish and democratic state. In the words of MK Miri Regev: Israel is not a regular country that can allow itself to lose its identity.
These developments take place as the annual Israeli Apartheid Week is marked with dozens of events around the world. The response by the Israeli government and various lobby groups to the accusation of apartheid is a mix of tokenism, whatabouttery, and smears. But theres one report Israel particularly hopes people dont read.
The document in question comes from the UNs Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), and contains the concluding observations following Israels periodic review in 2012. It should be read in its entirety, but I will highlight some of its findings. It blows out of water the excuses, obfuscations, and outright denial of international law typically used by Israel and its apologists.
To which Israel responds with But, but, we have an Arab in the Supreme Court!
The reason why the Israeli government sees talk of apartheid as so problematic is because it shifts the discussion from a security paradigm to a framework of institutionalised racism. When Netanyahu or AIPAC speak of delegitimizaiton, what they really mean is that Israels pursuit of policies most of the world considers illegitimate segregation, collective punishment and ethnic cleansing is being subjected to unprecedented scrutiny and opposition.
Ben White is a writer and researcher for Middle East Monitor and Journal of Palestine Studies. A second edition of his book Israeli Apartheid: A Beginners Guide has just been published. He is also the author of Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy. www.benwhite.org.uk
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Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman spoke at Rice on Nov. 12 about the recent presidential election; the elimination of the high-wage, middle-skilled job due to globalization and the information technology revolution; and topics concerning foreign policy and international relations.
For the Baker Institute Student Forum event, Friedman participated in a dialogue with Baker Institute Founding Director Edward Djerejian, followed by a question-and-answer session.
In light of the recent presidential election, Djerejian first asked Friedman whether he believes bipartisanship will be possible as the nation moves toward tackling critical national and international issues.
Friedman said he believes the Republican Party’s loss will force it to transition from the far right to the center right, much as the Democratic Party shifted toward the center after it lost four out of five presidential elections during the 1970s and ’80s.
“On all these key issues, [such as immigration, climate change and tax increases,] the Republican Party was no longer a conservative party; it was a radical party,” Friedman, who identifies as a conservative Democrat, said. “Now, we see the full absorption of that reality. It’s incredibly healthy. Democrats have gone through it. Republicans are going through it.”
Friedman said he believes President Barack Obama was re-elected because Americans believe he is genuinely trying to solve the nation’s issues. In contrast, Friedman cited Sen. Mitch McConnell’s statement four years ago that the GOP’s top political priority was to deny Obama a second term.
Regarding today’s rapidly changing job market, Friedman said the merger of globalization and the IT revolution has made the world hyperconnected. This crucial inflection point has been overshadowed by the post-9/11 period and the subprime mortgage crisis, the set of events which led to the late-2000s financial crisis, he said.
Friedman said he argues in his 2004 book The World is Flat that globalization and the IT revolution merged in a way that flattened the world so humans can compete, connect and collaborate. He said that at the time the book was released, Facebook did not yet exist.
“So when I was running around the world saying, ‘The world is flat! We’re all connected,’ Facebook didn’t exist, Twitter was still a sound, the cloud was still in the sky, 4G was a parking place, LinkedIn was a prison, applications were what you sent to college and, for most people, Skype was a typo,” Friedman said.
Friedman said this phenomenon of hyperconnectivity has led to what he believes is the most important socioeconomic fact of this time: “Average” is officially over.
Go to the wives, widows and children to get the story, says an author and activist.
Going nowhere: Palestinians make a shelter from the salvaged remains of an encampment at Makhul, in the Jordan Valley, which was razed by the Israeli army in September last year.(AFP)
Half-jokingly, international author Victoria Brittain is told that some in her audience hope to recruit her to the “second struggle we call it the class struggle”. The authors “first struggle”, her credentials related to her fight against apartheid, as a journalist and activist, are well known in South Africa.
Politely, but knowingly, she laughs at the suggestion.
About 40 activists, scholars and Brittain fans are crammed into a small cottage at the University of Johannesburgs Bunting Road Research Village on a warm Monday night.
Brittain speaks with authority; her tone is measured. She has covered wars from Vietnam to Angola and is a patron of the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign in the United Kingdom.
Brittain is here to talk about her book, The Shadow Lives: The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror. Former minister for intelligence services Ronnie Kasrils leads the conversation. Brittain is a veteran writer of war stories and Kasrils leads her straight to Palestine.
She says the way to write about war isnt to talk to the generals; its to talk to the women, and the refugees.
“If you want to convey texture, the true horror of Palestine, tell the story of the women and children.”
In the Jordan Valley, she visited families living in tents.
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Cory Bernardi reckons traditional families are best and should be restored to their prime position in society. Crikey reveals the Liberal MPs who dont fit Bernardis gold standard.
Maverick Liberal Cory Bernardi thinks traditional nuclear families are best for childrenso why are his Coalition colleagues from non-traditional backgrounds doing better than he is?
Bernardi, who has a new book out, is on a crusade to defend his gold standard for families: a biological mother and father who are married. He says anything differentstep-families, single parents, same-sex parentsis not equal. The South Australian Liberal Senator, a favourite of columnist Andrew Bolt (who penned the tag-line for The Conservative Revolution, retailing on Amazon for $26.96),has warned single-parent families can lead children into crime and promiscuity.
He might want to be careful with that theory. Crikey has applied the Bernardi test to federal Parliament and found quite a list of politicians who have what he dismisses as non-traditional families.
Coalition MP Sharman Stone told Crikey that Bernardis book contains angry and hurtful views, and talking down non-traditional families is just nonsense. Stone, a Victorian Liberal MP, was particularly annoyed at Bernardis description of those who advocate for abortion rights as pro-death and his claim that some women use abortion as an abhorrent form of birth control.
I find that deeply offensive its a hate-filled statement, she said.Stone called on her author-colleague to donate the proceeds from his book to a womens refuge. I certainly dont think we should have people trying to make profit out of books which are deliberately provocative and anti-women and children.
As to Bernardis views on families, Stone said: Well, certainly in stereotyping a particular group or individual, its just thatits not looking at the reality. Blended families have been the nature of Western cultures for generations. After each war theres been single mother-reared families what matters is if the child has stability and love.
Liberal Senator Sue Boyce also criticised Bernardis views on the family, telling Crikey that life happens. People make the best efforts they can to be loving parents in vast numbers of different situations. No one has the right to judge them.
Crikeyapplied the Bernardi test to the man himself, and to some of his colleagues. Yes, Bernardi was raised by his biological parents who were married. He is married himself and has two sons. He meets his own gold standardbut this has not helped him into cabinet. He has twice held a ministerial role and twice lost his job (Malcolm Turnbull sacked him, and the second time Bernardi resigned under Tony Abbott for those bestiality comments). Hes now a backbencher.
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It is difficult to find a single word to describe this work: concise, precise, comprehensive, unequivocal, intense, relentless ..
By Jim Miles
(Why Israel? The Anatomy of Zionist Apartheid A South African Perspective. Suraya Dadoo and Firoz Osman. Porcupine Press, Melville, South Africa. 2013.)
Why Israel? is a large work of enormous value for the study of events within Israel and the Middle east. The title question is answered relatively easy, as it is one of the many counters that Israeli supporters use to try and divert attention away from their transgressions. Yes, there are many other states in the world where racism is evident, where oppression and some form of apartheid are applied.
The reason of why Israel is simply a matter at looking at where one can place their time and resources, for what one believes is more important relative to another situation, and for where that time and effort will produce the most effect. While it is possible to be aware of all the other global situations, there is only so much time within which to focus ones interest and energy.
Just inside the cover of the book is another powerful message. Three maps are drawn: the first showing Palestine before the Nakba, with a few areas of gray showing Zionist settlements; the second map is the green line map, the areas conquered by Israel in the 1948 war; the third map shows the current situation. The latter is alarming for anyone who retains the naive belief that a two state solution is in the works.
The third map shows small squiggles of territory that are still supposedly under Palestinian control (albeit under the quisling power of Abbas supporting Israeli suppression of dissent) plus the narrow Gaza strip. It would be impossible from these small areas to create a contiguous and sovereign state of Palestine. These non-contiguous areas, along with the open air concentration camp known as Gaza, are the separate little Bantustans that are being created in the racist apartheid state of Israel.
It is difficult to find a single word to describe this work. As I read it, many descriptors came to mind: concise, precise, comprehensive, unequivocal, intense, relentless, encyclopedic, powerful, accurate, authoritative (the latter two from the well referenced information and the extensive bibliography). At times the work is clinically analytical and at other times creates a reaction of chilling disgust. It is a work that along with many recent works, has reached beyond just creating awareness of Israels false historical narrative into the realm of analyzing it as a racist and apartheid state.
Being as comprehensive as it is, Why Israel? begins with a short historical section and a short section on current events within Israel essentially from the 1980s onward. Throughout the rest of the work, historical perspective is presented as required by the focus of a particular occurrence or line of argument.
When I went into the Jewish religious book emporium, Pomeranz, in central Jerusalem to inquire about the availability of a book called Torat HaMelech, or the Kings Torah, a commotion immediately ensued. Are you sure you want it? the owner, M. Pomeranz, asked me half-jokingly. The Shabak [Israel's internal security service] is going to want a word with you if you do. As customers stopped browsing and began to stare in my direction, Pomeranz pointed to a security camera affixed to a wall. See that? he told me. It goes straight to the Shabak!
As soon as it was published late last year,Torat HaMelech sparked a national uproar. The controversy began when an Israeli tabloid panned the books contents as 230 pages on the laws concerning the killing of non-Jews, a kind of guidebook for anyone who ponders the question of if and when it is permissible to take the life of a non-Jew. According to the books author, Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, Non-Jews are uncompassionate by nature and should be killed in order to curb their evil inclinations. If we kill a gentile who has has violated one of the seven commandments there is nothing wrong with the murder, Shapira insisted. Citing Jewish law as his source (or at least a very selective interpretation of it) he declared: There is justification for killing babies if it is clear that they will grow up to harm us, and in such a situation they may be harmed deliberately, and not only during combat with adults.
In January, Shapira was briefly detained by the Israeli police, while two leading rabbis who endorsed the book, Dov Lior and Yaakov Yosef, were summoned to interrogations by the Shabak. However, the rabbis refused to appear at the interrogations, essentially thumbing their noses at the state and its laws. And the government did nothing. The episode raised grave questions about the willingness of the Israeli government to confront the ferociously racist swathe of the countrys rabbinate. Something like this has never happened before, even though it seems as if everything possible has already happened, Israeli commentator Yossi Sarid remarked with astonishment. Two rabbis [were] summoned to a police investigation, and announc[ed] that they will not go. Even settlers are kind enough to turn up.
In response to the rabbis public rebuke of the states legal system, the Israeli Attorney General and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu kept silent. Indeed, since the publication of Torat HaMelech, Netanyahu has strenuously avoided criticizing its contents or the authors leading supporters. Like so many prime ministers before him, he has been cowed into submission by Israels religious nationalist community. But Netanyahu appears to be particularly impotent. His weakness stems from the fact that the religious nationalist right figures prominently in his governing coalition and comprises a substantial portion of his political base. For Netanyahu, a confrontation with the rabid rabbis could amount to political suicide, or could force him into an alliance with centrist forces who do not share his commitment to the settlement enterprise in the West Bank.
On August 18, a pantheon of Israels top fundamentalist rabbis flaunted their political power during an ad hoc congress they convened at Jerusalems Ramada Renaissance hotel. Before an audience of 250 supporters including the far-right Israeli Knesset member Michael Ben-Ari, the rabbis declared in the name of the Holy Torah that would not submit to any attempt by the government to regulate their political activities even and especially if those activities included inciting terrorist attacks against non-Jews. As one wizened rabbi after another rose up to inveigh against the governments investigation of Torat HaMelech until his voice grew hoarse, the gathering degenerated into calls for murdering not just non-Jews, but secular Jews as well.
The obligation to sacrifice your life is above all others when fighting those who wish to destroy the authority of the Torah, bellowed Rabbi Yehoshua Shapira, head of the yeshiva in the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Gan. It is not only true against non-Jews who are trying to destroy it but against Jewish people from any side.
The government-funded terror academy
The disturbing philosophy expressed in Torat HaMelech emerged from the fevered atmosphere of a settlement called Yitzhar located in the northern West Bank near the Palestinian city of Nablus. Shapira leads the settlements Od Yosef Chai yeshiva, holding sway over a small army of fanatics who are eager to lash out at the Palestinians tending to their crops and livestock in the valleys below them. One of Shapiras followers, an American immigrant named Jack Teitel, has confessed to murdering two innocent Palestinians and attempting to the kill the liberal Israeli historian Zeev Sternhell with a mail bomb. Teitel is suspected of many more murders, including an attack on a Tel Aviv gay community center.
Despite its apparent role as a terror training institute, Od Yosef Chai has raked in nearly fifty thousand dollars from the Israeli Ministry of Social Affairs since 2007, while the Ministry of Education has pumped over 250 thousand dollars into the yeshivas coffers between 2006 and 2007. The yeshiva has also benefited handsomely from donations from a tax-exempt American non-profit called the Central Fund of Israel. Located inside the Marcus Brothers Textiles store in midtown Manhattan, the Central Fund transferred at least thirty thousand to Od Yosef Chai between 2007 and 2008.
Though he does not name the enemy in the pages of his book, Shapiras longstanding connection to terrorist attacks against Palestinian civilians exposes the true identity of his targets. In 2006, Shapira was briefly held by Israeli police for urging his supporters to murder all Palestinians over the age of 13. Two years later, according to the Israeli daily Haaretz, he signed a rabbinical letter in support of Israeli Jews who had brutally assaulted two Arab youths on the countrys Holocaust Remembrance Day. That same year, Shapira was arrested under suspicion that he helped orchestrate a rocket attack against a Palestinian village near Nablus. Though he was released, Shapiras name arose in connection with another act of terror, when in January, the Israeli police raided his settlement seeking the vandals who set fire to a nearby mosque. After arresting ten settlers, the Shabak held five of Shapiras confederates under suspicion of arson.
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