Move Over AIPAC Flashmob (D.C. Union Station)

Tell Obama to get out of bed with AIPAC!

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Lyrics:
Hava nagila,
Hava nagila
Hava nagila
Va nisma cha

Hava nagila,
Hava nagila
Hava nagila
Va nisma cha

“Hey! AIPAC is meeting”

AIPAC is meeting
We have a greeting
Cuz they’re not speaking
For any of us

Justice is dying
AIPAC is lying
Lies we’re not buying
No No No!

AIPAC doesn’t speak for me
Apartheid’s not my cup of tea
Palestine to Tripoli
We want democracy

Buying Congress with their cash
All opposing views they bash
Can’t have them talking trash
No No No!

Move! Move!
Move over AIPAC!

Move over your weapon hawking
Move over your racist talking
Move over we’re freedom seeking
Move over cuz we are speaking
Move over move over
For a free Palestine

Stars make history with Palestine song

One World Freedom for Palestine

One World Freedom for Palestine

One World Freedom for Palestine

31 May 2011, Oneworld, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Leading international musicians today announced plans to make history with the first popular song to support Palestinians’ struggle for justice.

The song, ‘Freedom for Palestine’, is performed by musicians calling themselves OneWorld. Faithless/Slovo star Dave Randall was inspired to write and produce the single after a trip to the West Bank.

OneWorld includes Randall, Jamie Catto (1 Giant Leap), Maxi Jazz (Faithless), LSK, Harry Collier (Kubb), Andrea Britton, Sudha (Faithless), Andy Treacy (Faithless/Moby/Groove Armada), Attab Haddad and Joelle Barker.

The track brings together leading members of seminal dance act Faithless for the first time since the band officially split up in April.

Dave Randall said,

“As a child growing up in Britain, the struggle against apartheid in South Africa seemed a long way away until I heard the song ‘Free Nelson Mandela’ by The Special AKA. Now, apartheid in South Africa has fallen, but something very similar remains in Palestine – as I discovered when I visited Gaza and the West Bank recently.  What I saw convinced me that it is time for a new generation of musicians from around the world to stand up for Freedom for Palestine.”

Many commentators – including Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former US President Jimmy Carter – have drawn a parallel between Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land with South African apartheid.

The song also features the Durban Gospel Choir and members of the London Community Gospel Choir.

During the last year Faithless, Massive Attack, Elvis Costello, Gil Scott-Heron, the Tindersticks, the Klaxons and the Gorillaz Sound System have all cancelled gigs in Israel over increased repression of Palestinians.

The news comes as British foreign secretary William Hague today backed US president Barack Obama’s call for an independent Palestinian state.

It also emerges only days after Israeli troops shot dead at least 13 Palestinians in protests over the occupation.

The single will be available for pre-order from 31 May, one year on since Israeli commandos killed and injured many activists in a raid on a flotilla of ships delivering aid to besieged Gaza.

The music video – which features the artists recording the single, as well as comedian Mark Thomas, rapper Lowkey and poet Michael Rosen, the former children’s laureate – will be made publicly available on YouTube on the same day.

Chart release will be on 3 July.

The track is being remixed by notable dance producers including Phil Jones from Specimen A.

It is backed by the anti-poverty charity War on Want and proceeds from sales of the song will go to support its projects in Palestine.

MORE INFORMATION:

Contact Paul Collins: 07983 550 728

Pictures of musicians recording the song are available.

Dave Randall is available for interview.

See also www.freedomoneworld.com

UNFORGETTABLE WORDS FROM AN ISRAELI GENERAL’S SON

The General’s Son
The General’s Son

The General’s Son

Miko Peled is a peace activist who dares to say in public what others still choose to deny. Born in Jerusalem in 1961 into a well known Zionist family, his grandfather, Dr. Avraham Katsnelson was a Zionist leader and signer of the Israeli Declaration of Independence. His Father, Matti Peled, was a young officer in the war of 1948 and a general in the war of 1967 when Israel conquered the West Bank, Gaza, Golan Heights and Sinai.

Miko’s unlikely opinions reflect his father’s legacy. General Peled was a war hero turned peacemaker.
Miko grew up in Jerusalem, a multi-ethnic city, but had to leave Israel before he made his first Palestinian friend, the result of his participation in a dialogue group in California. He was 39.

On September 4, 1997 the beloved Smadar, 13, the daughter of Miko’s sister Nurit and her husband Rami Elhanan was killed in a suicide attack.

Peled insists that Israel/Palestine is one state—the separation wall notwithstanding, massive investment in infrastructure, towns and highways that bisect and connect settlements on the West Bank, have destroyed the possibility for a viable Palestinian state. The result, Peled says is that Israelis and Palestinians are governed by the same government but live under different sets of laws.

At the heart of Peled’s conclusion lies the realization that Israelis and Palestinians can live in peace as equals in their shared homeland.

Press TV: Ó Cathail names pro-Israelis backing MENA dissidents

Press TV interview with Maidhc Ó Cathail, investigative journalist and Middle East analyst, from Osaka.

An analyst exposes the parasitic links between Western organizations and pro-Israeli groups with dissidents who cause interwoven upheavals in Middle Eastern countries.

Maidhc Ó Cathail unravels some links between pro-Israeli groups and dissidents in the Middle East.

Press TV: It’s very good to have you with us. Tell me how you understand the situation going on in Sana’a, Yemen, today?

Ó Cathail: Thank you very much. I think it was as expected — this scenario that’s been playing out for the last couple of months. It’s inevitable that Saleh would be forced to step down.

I think we need to look at the bigger picture here, and look at the forces that have decided it’s time for Saleh to go. Of course, the Yemeni people are looking for democracy and they are naturally tired of his autocratic rule.

But at the same time, we have to look at who’s going to benefit from this, and who has been supporting the protesters? Not just in the past couple of months, but for the past couple of years.

We’ve seen reports in The Washington Post and The New York Times about groups like the National Endowment for Democracy and their affiliates, the National Democratic Institute, the International Republican Institute and Freedom House and so on that have been giving all kinds of support, training and funding dissidents throughout the Arab world.

Press TV: You were just speaking about someone profiting from this whole situation. Tell me who you have in mind.

Ó Cathail: I think if we look at the people involved, for example the longtime president of the National Endowment for Democracy is Carl Gershman; Carl Gershman, back in the 1960’s, was working in the research department of the Anti-Defamation League. As most people know, the Anti-Defamation League defends Israel and attacks critics of Israel, and its research often amounts to espionage on critics of Israel.

If you look at who’s the president of the National Democratic Institute, it’s Kenneth Wollack. Kenneth Wollack was a legislative director for AIPAC (American-Israel Public Affairs Committee) in the 1970’s.

Everywhere you look, for example, there are groups online such as cyberdissidents.org which supports pro-democracy activists in the Arab world and in Iran. It sounds very good but look at who founded this group.

This was set up by the Adelson Institute which was located at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. It is backed by people like Sheldon Adelson and Ronald Lauder. These are close friends of Benjamin Netanyahu.

It was chaired by Natan Sharansky. Natan Sharansky, who poses as a human rights activist, resigned from Ariel Sharon’s government over the withdrawal from Gaza. He chaired a group called onejerusalem.org which rejects Palestinian sovereignty over any part of Jerusalem (al-Quds).

These are the kinds of people that are supporting the dissidents in the Arab world and in Iran.

 

 

Maidhc Ó Cathail

Maidhc Ó Cathail

Maidhc Ó Cathail is a widely published writer living in Japan. In addition to writing a monthly column for a popular Irish language magazine, his work has been published in Antiwar.com, Arab News, Foreign Policy Journal, Forward Magazine, Information Clearing House, Journal of Turkish Weekly, Khaleej Times, Middle East Monitor, Pakistan Observer, Palestine Chronicle, Tehran Times, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs and many more. He is a regular contributor to RamallahOnline.com.

To read more of his writing, go to Maidhc Ó Cathail: Writing and Analysis.

Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh – Al-Walaja

Hundreds of Al-Walaja villagers joined with internationals and Israelis marched peacefully toward the old Al-Walaja (area cleansed of Palestinians by Israel in 1948) to commemorate the Nakba and to demand their right of return to their original home and lands. Israeli soldiers reacted violently and arrested human rights activist and professor Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh as he vocally protested Israeli soldiers’ violence against peaceful protesters.

Hamas rallies for unity in Ramallah

Palestine Monitor, May 6, 2011: Al Manara Square, West Bank

For the first time since the bloody fratricide following the 2006 Palestinian elections, Hamas supporters were allowed to publicly protest in the West Bank. More than two hundred supporters celebrated the recently announced Palestinian National Unity under green headbands and flags.

Obama announces Osama Bin Laden is dead.

Marian Houk, UN-Truth, 2 May 2011

Is the “War on Terror” now over?

Can we go back to life the way it was before?

Because, for sure, there’s no way to ask any questions about this.

[Though, there are probably videos that will be shown later…]

U.S. President Obama said it was a “targetted operation”… which “took care to avoid civilian casualties”.

 

After 9/11, our time of grief, Americans came together, Obama said. “We were also united in our resolve to protect our nation and to bring those who committed this vicious attack to justice. We quickly learned that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al-Qaeda, an organization headed by Osama Bin Laden, which had openly declared war on the United States and committed to killing innocents in our country and around the globe. So, we went to war against Al-Qaeda to protect our citizens, our friends and our allies … In Afghanistan, we removed the Taliban government which had given Bin Ladan and Al-Qaeda safe haven and support, and around the globe, we worked to capture or kill scores of Al-Qaeda terrorists, including several who were a part of the 9/11 plot”, he said. “Shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the Director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of Osama Bin Laden the top priority in our war against al-Qaeda, even as we continued our broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle or defeat his network”…

Obama never once said the word “terrorist” or “terror” [this was one of the significant style changes in his administration]. No, this is a war against Al-Qaeda, Obama said, several times.

“There is no doubt that Al-Qaeda will continue to pursue attacks against us”, Obama added, so the U.S. “must be vigilant, at home and abroad”…

The U.S. then issued a worldwide travel alert and advisory to all U.S. citizens.

A warden message received on Monday afternoon from the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem says: “Given the uncertainty and volatility of the current situation, U.S. citizens in areas where recent events could cause anti-American violence are strongly urged to limit their travel outside of their homes and hotels and avoid mass gatherings and demonstrations”…

In his annoucement, Obama also said that Bin Laden’s “demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity … justice has been done”.

Osama Bin Laden has been killed, somehow, in a “showdown with U.S. forces” in a luxurious villa in a heavily-fortified compountd in Pakistan — a country which insisted he was not there, and where U.S. forces have been operating for years, while supposedly searching for Osama Bin Laden and his amorphous Al-Qaeda Organization, which any misfit or rebel who wanted to antagonize could claim to be part of  (whether true or  not, claims will be accepted if convenient).

The villa was reportedly in, or on the outskirts of, Abbotabad, about two hours north of Islamabad. [And, the villa was reportedly about 800 yards from the Pakistan Military Academy.]

According to a report in The Guardian, here, the villa was identified last August, the U.S. was certain in February that Bin Laden and family were there, and Obama gave the order to get him on 29 April.

The same report added that “It was a surgical operation, he said, carried out by a small team and lasted only 40 minutes … The US force ran into a problem with one of their helicopters which had to be abandoned, but only after being destroyed by explosives set by the American troops”.

Some Pakistani forces reportedly accompanied the U.S. soldiers.  Now, they say they’re not sure who fired the shot that actually killed Osama Bin Laden.  But, there can never be another autopsy, a forensic examination, because, the U.S. says, his body has been “buried at sea” — according to Muslim tradition (which is NOT to bury a dead person at sea, but in the earth).

This happened within a very few hours — at 0200 in Washington DC time — and that would be according to Muslim (and Jewish) tradition which prefers burial (in earth) within 24 hours. The military operation apparently started just after 8pm…

The U.S. took charge of the body, and then said no country was willing to take the body for burial…

That’ll make it easy, they must have thought.

Others died, too, including one of his sons, and “a woman being used as a hostage shield”…

But, in the best post-Second-World-War American tradition, the U.S. is leader of “the free world”, and no questions can be asked.  Just trust the leaders. Or, what’s wrong with you — get the hell out! Go… to Gaza!

There will be no trial.  Osama will not be water-boarded in Camp Guantanamo to extract “the facts” in a full investigation.  We will never know what really happened, and we will believe what suits us.

There is no body to show = no need to know:  just accept our word, we’re the “good guys”?

On Twitter, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.S., Husain Haqqani, tweeted (@husainhaqqani) just after 1:15 in the afternoon, Jerusalem time:
**”Official Pakistan statement being released in Islamabad on our US bringing Osama bin Laden to justice 14 minutes ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®”
**”Pak statement: In intelligence driven op, Osama Bin Ladin was killed in the surroundings of Abbotabad in the early hours of Mon morning”
**”Operation was conducted by US forces in accordance with declared US policy”
**”Earlier 2day, President Obama telephoned President Zardari on the successful US operation which resulted in killing of OBL”
**”Al-Qaeda had declared war on Pakistan. Scores of Al-Qaeda sponsored terrorist attacks resulted in deaths of 1000s of innocent Pakistanis”

Marian Houk PASSIA 2004

In the photo below, taken at a roundtable discussion in Jerusalem in July 2004, Marian Houk is the woman wearing the sort-of-orange-colored eyeglasses. Photo courtesy of PASSIA:

Marian Houk, a writer, reporter, journalist and analyst with long experience at the United Nations — in New York and in Geneva and more — as well as with the Middle East. She has reported on, and for a time also worked for, the United Nations. She is a former President of the United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) at UNHQ/NY (1986), and is currently based in Jerusalem.

Marian Houk is the Editor of UN-Truth news site.