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Health Care & Environment
11.16 How pesticide bans can prevent tens of thousands of suicides a year [how many thousands more die early from eating pesticide-laced food?]
11.15 The long read: The plastic backlash: what's behind our sudden rage – and will it make a difference? [the world wants to throw-up...]
11.15 Claws out: crab fishermen sue 30 oil firms over climate change [workers are waking-up...]
11.12 This Land is Your Land: The Zinke effect: how the US interior department became a tool of industry [behaving ignorantly again...]
11.11 Trump responds to worst fires in California’s history by threatening to withhold federal aid [behaving ignorantly again...]
11.11 Interior department sued for ‘secretive process’ in at-risk species assessment [behaving ignorantly again...]
11.11 Keystone XL pipeline: judge rules government 'jumped the gun' and orders halt [behaving ignorantly again...]
News Media Matters
US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'
11.17 As Energy for Medicare for All Explodes, Steny Hoyer's Plan Includes Waiting for Trump to Help Make Obamacare Better [Another who is unfit to be Democrat leader]
11.17 'A Staggeringly Bad Idea': Outrage as Pelosi Pushes Tax Rule That Would 'Kneecap the Progressive Agenda' [Unfit to be Democrat leader]
11.16 As 'Green New Deal' Demand Grows, Democrats Have Choice: Confront and Defeat Fossil Fuel Industry or Take Credit for 'Doomed' Planet [Two choices: Save life-on-Earth or help Republicans let it die?]
11.15 Democrats Won Big. Can They Go Bold, Too? [it's about suppressing the influence and leadership by Republican-like Democrats who counsel 'íncremental' (no) change, such as Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Shumer and Joe Biden]
11.15 Pentagon Officials Forced to Make Fewer Public Appearances to Avoid Provoking Trump [...by revealing Trump's huuuge ignorance]
11.15 REPUBLICANS USED A BILL ABOUT WOLVES TO AVOID A VOTE ON YEMEN WAR [if there are 'defense industry' profits to be made—including congress-critter insider-trading—and political 'donations' to be had, we mustn't stop killing innocent civilians!]
11.14 The Guardian view on Yemen’s misery: the west is complicit [WAR CRIMES]
Economics, Crony Capitalism
11.16 Amazon’s HQ2 Will Get a Tax Break Designed to Help the Poor [a Republican program that directly helps participating wealthy companies—but only helps workers if and when 'trickle-down' occurs.]
11.16 Trump doesn’t want to punish Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi. His new sanctions prove it. [George W. Bush made a similar immoral decision for the same oily reasons after 9-11, protecting Saudi defense contracts while facilitating the slaughter of poorer Arab "terrorists" in the region.]
11.15 The Earth is in a death spiral. It will take radical action to save us [fossil fuel burning, un-recyclable plastic production/use and methane gas release must cease ASAP.]
International & Futurism
11.17 Thousands gather to block London bridges in climate rebellion [We're losing WWIII because the enemy is invisible while we're like frogs slowly cooking. We aren't informed enough to be alarmed, but must get organized and motivated to fight back. We need a War Plan to ruthlessly pursue the fight of our lives!]
11.17 Policies of China, Russia and Canada threaten 5C climate change, study finds [Climate catastrophe is increasingly likely without worldwide organization, funding and commitment to winning THE WAR AGAINST GLOBAL WARMING.]
11.15 Cuba to pull doctors out of Brazil after President-elect Bolsonaro comments [terms must be negotiated for fairness to Cuba's health professionals without disruption of healthcare for Brazil's poor]
11.14 'Appalling' Khashoggi audio shocked Saudi intelligence – Erdogan [Exposing a psychopath?]
Viciously Attacking Israeli Arabs
Sunday, 31 October 2010
Falsely accused and given a choice of life in prison or less, Ameer Makhoul signed a plea bargain, "approved by the highest ranking levels of prosecution, including the state prosecutor."
Reminiscent of Kristallnacht violence, Israeli Arabs in Haifa District's Umm al-Fahm community were attacked, Haaretz writers Fadi Eyadat, Jack Khoury, and Chaim Levinson headlining, "Police clash with Arab protesters as rightists rally in Umm al-Fahm," saying:
Clashes followed, pitting Arab residents against 1,500 police, including special paramilitary and undercover forces, aiding hooliganism, "fir(ing) tear gas and stun grenades" to scatter crowds. Nine Arab residents were arrested, portrayed as instigators when they responded in self-defense.
Haaretz said about "30 right-wing demonstrators traveled in buses from Jerusalem to Umm al-Fahm on (October 27), led by far-right activists Baruch Marzel and Itamar Ben-Gvir." Their purpose - in league with police, to hold a provocative demonstration march to incite violence, calling on Israel to outlaw the Islamic Movement (headquartered in Umm al-Fahm), as well as condemn Sheikh Raed Salah's (its leader) Gaza Freedom Flotilla participation.
Head of the religious Jewish National Front party, Marzel is a notorious bigot, a man saying he was Rabbi Meir Kahana's "right hand man" - Kahana, the extreme racist former Kach party head until Israel banned it in 1988, calling it a "threat to security." Gviv is a Knesset aide to MK Michael Ben-Ari (a protest march participant), and spokesman for Marzel's Jewish National Front party. Both men are fascists.
Their actions, and others like them, defile core Judaic tenets. Exhibit A - holding a provocative/racist/violent rally in an Arab community where they're not wanted and don't belong. It was held close the 20th November 5 anniversary of Kahana's assassination, a man who lived and died by the sword, a rabbi in name only.
On October 27, Al-Jazeerah covered the incident headlining, "Israeli Occupation Forces Attack Palestinians in Um Al-Fahm, During a Provocative March by Fascist Israeli Settlers," saying:
Besides assaulting residents with tear gas and stun grenades, police "physically attacked them which led to injuries and suffocation cases." MK Haneen Zoubi was harmed, struck in the back and neck by rubber bullets when police opened fire. She believes snipers deliberately targeted her for her Gaza Freedom Flotilla participation, after which she received death threats and calls to expel her from parliament.
Angrily, she denounced police violence, saying: They "proved that they are a far more dangerous threat to me and other Arab citizens than the fascist group that came to Umm al-Fahm," though for sure former Kahanists and others like them pose a serious threat. Unaccountable, they're lawless, menacing, and rampage freely in the West Bank.
Umm al-Fahm is Israel's largest Arab community, its population exceeding 43,000. Before settlers arrived, police and paramilitary goons deployed within and around the city, ready to initiate assaults when they came. Arab residents, of course, reacted defensively.
MK Afu Agbaria was also injured, telling Al Jazeerah that right-wing settlers and police "attack(ed) the legitimacy of the Arab presence in the country in coordination with the right-wing extremists in the government."
Umm al-Fahm's Deputy Mayor Mustafa Ghalin told Haaretz that the city "will never be open to those extreme right-wingers," arriving to incite violence.
On October 28, Muslims.net said "Palestinian leaders called for (a) city-wide strike....in protest (against) premeditated Israeli police brutality and violence." The Higher Arab Monitoring Committee wants it. It also demands that Israel investigate the violence, committee chairman Mohammed Zeidan saying:
The committee plans to circulate a message to human rights groups and global figures, highlighting the growing danger. It's reminiscent indeed of 1930s Germany that escalated from racist laws to widespread violence to death camps and mass extermination. Afterward, worldwide Jewry said "never again," a hollow slogan given Israel's decades long slow-motion genocide against Palestinian and Israeli Arabs, former victims now world-class hatemonger/persecutors, committing horrendous daily crimes.
Umm al-Fahm residents understand. So do West Bank and East Jerusalem Palestinians as well as 1.5 million besieged Gazans. Suffocating under imposed harshness, their very existence is threatened. Yet they endure despite little outside aid, knowing it's up to themselves to survive, what they've done heroically for over six decades and have no intention now of quitting, a lesson Israelis haven't learned or that what they're doing is self-destructive.
A Final Comment
On October 27, Haaretz writer Jack Khoury headlined, "Israeli Arab activist confesses to spying for Hezbollah." Well not exactly. Falsely accused and given a choice of life in prison or less, Ameer Makhoul signed a plea bargain, "approved by the highest ranking levels of prosecution, including the state prosecutor."
According to Haaretz, he admitted to espionage, contact with a foreign agent, and abetting an enemy, Makhoul saying in court that the story "is not yet finished." He claims many charges were irrelevant, but took the lesser of two choices. His lawyer said he passed no classified documents or materials to anyone, let alone an enemy agent. All cited information was well known and publicly available. On December 5, he'll be sentenced. Prosecutors want 10 years. His counsel seeks seven.
Makhoul is an Israeli citizen, human rights activist, and head of the internationally recognized Ittijah organization for Palestinian empowerment. He also chairs the Public Committee for the Defence of Political Prisoners within the Arab Higher Monitoring Committee in Israel. Moreover, he supports the global BDS movement. Like many others, he was targeted for his activism and faith. In his case, for his prominence as well.
He committed no crime, yet was arrested in May on spurious charges of spying for Hezbollah. In fact, his outspokenness and legal discussions, within and outside Israel, were called communicating with a "state enemy," outrageous by any standard.
According to Ittijah's founder, Dr. Hatim Kanaaneh, "there is no doubt" that he was targeted for his political views. His wife, Janan, said "The story is not finished, it will be told later." Accepting a plea "was a choice between bad (or) worse" in a nation where Arabs get no justice. It bears testimony to Israel's lawlessness, its mockery of democratic principles, ones even eroding for Jews.
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