Thursday, 5 April 2012

Gunter Grass says Israeli nuclear program is threatening world peace

Gunter Grass has written a poem in which he argues that a nuclear-armed Israel is a threat to world peace. Translation is by Norbert Jost for Mondoweiss.

Why am I silent, conceal already too long a time,

What is apparent and has been simulated

in exercises, at the end of which we the survivors

may at best be footnotes.

It is the alleged entitlement for a first strike,

which could extinguish the Iranian people,

- subjugated by a big mouth and

directed to organized jubilations-

because one assumes

the making of a nuclear bomb.

Alas, why do i restrain myself

to name the name of the other country,

where since years - although kept secret -

a growing nuclear potential (is) available,

albeit beyond control, because inaccessible

for any examination?

The general silence of this fact,

which my silence has subordinated itself to,

i feel to be a burdensome lie

and as coercion, which promises punishment,

soon as it is not complied with;

the verdict "antisemitism" is ready at hand.

However, now, that my country,

which is confronted with its very own crimes

which are unique without comparison,

again and again and made to answer for,

is about to deliver, routinely and businesslike,

even though with a nimble tongue declared as reparation,

is to supply Israel another submarine, the speciality of which

is to deliver all-destructive warheads

to where the existence

of a single nuclear bomb is unproven,

only "proven" by the strength of fear,

I say, what must be said.

But why did i remain silent so far?

Because I was of the opinion, that where i am from,

which is stained with a never removable stain,

forbids me, to dare confronting Israel,

the country I am attached to and want to remain so,

with this fact as an outright spoken truth.

Why do I speak now only,

aged and with the last ink:

The nuclear power Israel endangers

the world's peace, ever so delicate anyhow ?

Because it must be said,

what already tomorrow could be too late;

also because we - as Germans burdened enough -

could become suppliers of a crime,

which can be foreseen, and why our complicity

could not be made undone by any of the usual evasions.

And admitted: i do not remain silent anymore,

because i am weary of the hypocrisy of the West;

moreover, it is hoped,

may many free themselves of the bondage of silence,

demand from the originators of the discernible danger

the renunciation of all violence and

simultaneously insist,

that an unhindered and permanent control

of Israeli nuclear potential

and of Iranian nuclear facilities

through an international entity

will be permitted by the governments of both countries.

Only this way, everybody, Israelis and Palestinians,

even more, all human beings, who live as enemies

next to each other in this region, occupied by madness,

can be helped - ultimately us, too.


Israeli forces attempt to arrest 2-year-old Palestinian child

by Linah Alsaafin (The Electronic Intifada)

Mo’men Shtayeh represents a threat to the security of the Israeli racist occupying state. Apparently, it is well known that due to his savvy nature, Mo’men has been involved in drawing up specialized blueprints to attack enemy bases.

So it all makes perfect sense that the most moral army in the world, the Israeli Defense Forces, the fourth strongest army, the upholders of the beacon of democracy and godly light, tried to arrest Mo’men on Monday, 2 April.

The thing is, Mo’men is two-and-a-half years old.

Murad Shtayeh, the coordinator of the popular resistance committeee in Kufr Qaddoum and the father of little Mo’men, told The Electronic Intifada that heavily armed Israeli soldiers raided his house on Monday at 5:30pm. Two soldiers remained outside, two others went in the house, shouting they were going to arrest Mo’men.

“Mo’men was going inside the house,” Murad said, “when the soldiers suddenly took off from where they had been standing. They came running to the house like they were in a marathon, very fast and urgent, like a bunch of crazies.”

The soldiers claimed that Mo’men had not a nuclear warhead, or a submachine gun, but the most dangerous item in the world — a slingshot.

“Of course Mo’men didn’t have a slingshot in his hands!” scoffed Murad. “And even if he did, so what? He’s a kid.” For crying out loud. more

Parents reunited with Hana Shalabi after crossing into Gaza on Wednesday night

GAZA, (PIC)-- The parents and uncle of deported ex-detainee Hana’s Shalabi arrived in Gaza Strip on Wednesday evening and were received by government officials and Islamic Jihad leaders.

The family members crossed into Gaza through the Rafah border terminal after leaving their Jenin village to Jordan then to Egypt. more

Reporters Without Borders shocked by Israeli raid on al-Quds University media network

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Reporters Without Borders said Wednesday it was shocked by Monday's raid by Israeli security forces on a Palestinian media network set up by Al-Quds University in East Jerusalem.

“With this illegal intrusion into the premises of media organizations in illegally occupied and annexed Palestinian territory, Israeli forces have once again flouted international law with impunity,” Reporters Without Borders said.

“They are doing all they can to prevent the establishment of a free and independent Palestinian media in occupied Palestinian territory, in East Jerusalem in particular.”

The group demanded that the network be allowed to reopen. more