Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Lowkey's 'Tears To Laughter' launch party

Download the track on iTunes or on Juno

Political pro-Palestinian hip-hop MC Lowkey is launching his single 'Tears To Laughter' at the Vibe Bar, Brick Lane.

The night will feature live performances from Lowkey, Peoples Army, Faith SFX, Shadia Mansour & Reveal plus DJ's The Last Skeptik & Steaz.

Plus the exclusive premier of the Tears To Laughter (Long Live Palestine) Video.

Tickets are only £5 and all proceeds go to the Stop the War Coalition.

This event is expected to be a sell out so get there early!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009
8:00pm - 11:00pm
Vibe Bar
91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL

Phone: 02068012768

Human Rights Watch slams Israel's white phosphorus crimes

US-based Human Rights Watch is calling for the US to investigate the IDF's use of white phosphorus shells, all of which are supplied by the US. The group says Israel's widespread use of the shells in built-up areas was in 'violation of the laws of war'.

From Haaretz
The Israeli army unlawfully fired white phosphorus shells over densely populated areas of the Gaza Strip during its recent military offensive, needlessly killing and injuring civilians, U.S.-based rights group Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

Citing Israel's use of white phosphorus as evidence of war crimes, the group said the army knew the munitions threatened the civilian population but "deliberately or recklessly" continued to use them until the final days of the Dec. 27 - Jan. 18 operation "in violation of the laws of war."

It called on senior Israeli military commanders to be held to account, and urged the United States, which supplied the shells, to conduct its own investigation.

Israel expansion plan behind election deal

Netanyahu and Lieberman in secret deal to cut off East Jerusalem from Ramallah, according to Israel Army Radio:
Construction in the area is particularly sensitive because it would create contiguity between the settlement and the capital, which in turn would prevent Palestinian construction between East Jerusalem and Ramallah.

This would also make it difficult to reach agreement between Israel and the Palestinians on the question of permanent borders.
From Haaretz

Israel claims Iran can make nuclear weapons

Haaretz reports today that Israel is working on the assumption that the only thing holding back the Iran from achieving military nuclear capacity is the making of the political decision to proceed. Presumably this is what they told the Americans last week when the chiefs of staff of he two countries' armed forces met in Washington. The US chief of staff said in early March he thought Iran had enough fissile material to make a bomb, but it would not be with 'weapon-grade' uranium.
Military Intelligence head Amos Yadlin warned on Wednesday that Iran had "crossed the technological threshold" for making a nuclear weapon.

He also said that the Islamic Republic had finished developing surface-to-surface missiles that can carry nuclear warheads.

Maj. Gen. Yadlin made the comments during a briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Yadlin said achieving a military nuclear capacity "was mainly dependent on a political decision by Iran.

The crimes behind those sick Israeli T-shirts

Lawrence of Cyberia goes through those hideous Israeli army T-shirts and matches them to the war crime behind them:

Lawrence of Cyberia: “The Smaller They Are - The Harder It Is!” [3]: It’s Not Just A Slogan On A T-Shirt

Lawrence of Cyberia: “The Smaller They Are - The Harder It Is!” [4]: It’s Not Just A Slogan On A T-Shirt

Lawrence of Cyberia: “If You Believe It Can Be Fixed, Then Believe It Can Be Destroyed!”: It’s Not Just A Slogan On A T-Shirt

Lawrence of Cyberia: “You’ve Got To Run Fast, Run Fast, Run Fast, Before It’s All Over!”: It’s Not Just A Slogan On A T-Shirt

Lawrence of Cyberia: “One Shot - Two Kills”: It’s Not Just A Slogan On A T-Shirt

Lawrence of Cyberia: “Better Use Durex”: It’s Not Just A Slogan On A T-Shirt

Lawrence of Cyberia: “We Won’t Chill Till We Confirm The Kill” [2]: It’s Not Just A Slogan On A T-Shirt

Sheffield Uni management call police to occupation

Last night the police were called to the occupation but left again soon after when they found that no crime was being, or had been, committed. Seems like the uni management is in no mood to negotiate and didn't take kindly to the occupation of their pride and joy - the Jessops West Exhibition Centre, which the occupiers have been quick to point out has no teaching rooms or wider academic function.

Students at Sheffield University are rallying for Gaza this afternoon at 3pm.

Negotitations with the university are still stalled and the student union leadership seems to be sitting on the fence.

The rally starts at the Union concourse at 3pm and students and suppoerters will march to the occupied Jessops Centre to hear speakers.

Israel breaks international conventions and worsens women prisoners' conditions

The Ahrar center for prisoner rights said that a letter it received from representative of Hamas-affiliated women prisoners Ahlam Al-Tamimi, serving 16 life sentences since 2001, asserted that the prison administration has decided to deprive them of family visits, reduce the visits of their lawyer to one visit a month and bar them from watching Al-Jazeera satellite channel, in addition to other punitive steps that would be implemented in the coming days.

The move follows a statement from a special cabinet committee indicating that Israel intended to worsen the regime for Hamas prisoners in response to breakdown of prisoner exchange talks. The Israeli move is against international law.

Lewisham, Skokie, Um al-Fahm and the fight against Israel's racists

Following the racist march through the Arab town of Umm al-Fahm yesterday we reproduce this article by Khalid Amayreh pointing to the similarities between an intimidatory march through Skokie in the US by avowed Nazis in 1977 and the march by the National Union party in Israel. And 1977 is the same year that witnessed great anti-Nazis victory which saw the police lines broken and the Nazis National Front driven back into their sewers.

To further emphasise Khalid's point about the support the racist marchers receive from across the political spectrum, as well as officially from the state in the way of police protection, the Labour Party in Israel has joined the Netanyahu government, including as it does Israel's largest racist party, Yisrael Beiteinu. Thanks to the Palestine Information Center.

Note to readers:

To my dear readers: Greeting to each and every one of you:
I am re-posting this article, which I wrote seven months ago, on the occasion of the provocative Judeo-Nazi march by Jewish extremists at the Arab town of Um el Fahm across the green line in what is known as Israel.

The march, which took place today (24 March, 2009) was protected by as many as 2500 Israeli soldiers and paramilitary policemen. As expected, the people of Um el Fahm rose up to defend their city against the Jewish disciples of Hitler who wanted to communicate the same message the “Hitler Youth” and other Nazi groups communicated to Jews at Kristallnacht, long before Auschwitz, Treblinka, and Bergen Belsen.

The marchers, mostly Jewish settlers from the West Bank, said they only wanted to exercise their freedom of speech. This is the same argument that members of the American Nazi party made in justifying their march through the small Jewish town of Skoke near Chicago in 1977.

I was studying in the United States in 1977 and I remember I took part in a protest against the Nazi provocation.

Now, it seems, the Israeli state, and security forces, as well as the vast bulk of Israeli Jews, are saying nothing and doing nothing as they watch these despicable thugs shout “death to the Arabs” and “Arabs to the Gas chambers.”

Interestingly, the march at Um el Fahm, comes only three months after the genocidal Israeli blitzkrieg against the people of the Gaza Strip which destroyed the bulk of the coastal enclave’s civilian infrastructure and killed and maimed more than 6000 people, the vast majority of them children and innocent civilians. It also coincides with the pornographic confessions being made by Israeli soldiers that they were ordered by their superiors to murder civilians in cold blood.

This is Israel of 2008-2009. It is very much like Germany in 1938-39.

Exposing Israel

When members of the National Socialist Party of America (the Nazi Party) declared their intention to march through the predominantly-Jewish Chicago suburb of Skokie in 1977, Jewish groups vociferously denounced the “attempted re-enactment of the Nazi nightmare.”

And while the American Nazis claimed the right to free speech in accordance with the First Amendment, the Jews and their supporters' claim that their right to live without intimidation and harassment overrides the Nazis’ right to freedom of speech and expression.

Eventually, after exhaustive legal actions by both sides, the Nazis were allowed to parade in Skokie.

Ironically, the American Nazi group never did march in Skokie as its leader, Frank Collin, himself the son of a Jewish Holocaust survivor, decided at the last moment that the court verdict was a big victory for freedom of speech and that this was good enough for the group.

The reason I am invoking this story, which took place 35 years ago, is because the government of Israel is finding itself today in the shoes of the American Nazi group, while the Arabs of Israel are forced to play the role of the people of Skokie.

Last week, the Israeli High Court decided to allow the followers of the infamous racist Rabbi Meir Kahana, to march through the Arab town of Um-el-Fahm in northern Israel.

The Kahana disciples argued through their lawyer that they were only exercising their freedom of speech and expression.

The truth, however, is that freedom of speech and expression is the last thing these people would value, especially when their political opponents, Arab or Jewish, are involved.

Indeed, these Judeo-Nazi thugs openly teach that basic human rights, including the right to life, don’t apply to non-Jews in general and Arabs in particular.

Kahana himself back in the mid 1970s wrote a book entitled “They Must Go” in which he urged the Israeli state to ethnically cleanse all non-Jews from Israel-Palestine.

To be sure, the racists will not be marching in Um-el-Fahm in order to assert their right to freedom of expression. It would be more than naïve to think that this is their real purpose.

The main goal behind their planned provocative parade is to assert their genocidal ideology and shout “Mawet le Arabim” (death to the Arabs) and “Arabs out of Israel.”

This is very much similar to the anti-Jewish behavior by the Nazi youth groups in Germany throughout the 1930s. We all know the rest of the story.

The Kahana group may look small in terms of sheer numbers and political representation. However, it is very clear that the group enjoys a lot of backing by powerful political parties such as the Likud, National Union, MIFDAL, Shas as well as the powerful Jewish settler lobby. Moreover, there is conspicuous flaccidity displayed by the Israeli occupation army toward this terrorist group.

Furthermore, it is also well known that the group, which had produced Baruch Goldstein, the American-Jewish physician who in 1994 murdered 29 Muslim worshipers while praying at the Ibrahimi Mosque in downtown Hebron, is backed by powerful rabbinic circles, especially from the Merkaz Harav Talmudic college in West Jerusalem which teaches the doctrine that non-Jews living under Halacha or the Jewish law must be enslaved as water carriers or wood-hewers, or expelled or exterminated.

The Israeli court decision to allow these racist thugs to march through Um-el-Fahm coincided with the screening in Israel last week of a blatantly anti-Islam film produced by a notorious Dutch Islamophobe who had called for banning Islam from the Netherlands.

On Wednesday, 3 September, the Nazi-minded Israeli parliamentarian Aryeh Eldad, who sponsored the screening of the hateful film, said he would seek to form an international parliamentary front with European colleagues against Muslims and Arabs.

This is the same Jewish lawmaker who a few years ago referred to Jews as “human beings” and to non-Jews as “non-human beings.” According to the Israeli press, when the Israeli army and border police forcibly vacated Jewish settlers from the small settler outpost of Ammona in the West Bank a few years ago, Eldad castigated the police for treating “human beings” (the settlers) the way Arabs were being treated.

I am not really presenting these facts in order to incite hatred against Jews or Judaism. I know true Judaism is not like this. I also know that probably most Jews are reasonable people who reject racism.

After all, Jews had been premier victims of the most virulent form of racism, and it is only logical that they should adopt an uncompromising stand against it.

However, it is also important to expose these hypocritical and morally duplicitous Jews who would react vociferously to racism when the victims are Jews but remain silent, or even be enthusiastically supportive, when the perpetrators happen to be Jews or Israelis.

A few years ago, when a Russian court decided to ban Shulhan Aruch, a summarized Talmudic text, Jews around the world cried out against the ugly face of Russian anti-Semitism. Eventually, the Russian court reconsidered its verdict.

However, today in Israel, we see that the entire Israeli state, including the government, the intelligentsia, the media as well as the religious establishment, is totally silent as Islam, the religion of nearly one fourth of Israel’s citizens, is openly vilified by a member of the Israeli parliament, in cooperation with a later-day European disciple of Adolph Hitler.

Moreover, one is really prompted to ask where are the voices that are being raised in Israel and among Jews worldwide against allowing the thugs of Kahana to march through Um-el-Fahm? Have you all forgotten Skokie?

We know and you know that this is not an issue of freedom of speech. This is an issue of a manifestly fascist group inciting against and trying to de-legitimize the very existence of 1.5 million Israeli citizens and another 3.5 million Palestinians living under a nefarious military occupation across the Green Line.

In short, Jews, like the rest of humanity, are expected to be morally consistent.
This means they must speak up against racism, not only when Jews are victims, but also when Jews happen to be perpetrators as well.