GOD cursed the Jews out of Jerusalem for life, for practising Satanism. Jesus Christ tried to preach the word of God, but the antichrist crucified him for it.

ST. JUSTIN, martyr stated in 116 A. D. The Jews were behind all the persecutions of the Christians. They wandered through the country everywhere hating, killing, thieving, kidnapping children, poisoning wells, and undermining the Christian faith.

ONCE WE UNITE We can stand up against those that keep seeking to divide us, with false news, and staged terrorist attacks. Together we can stop working for them, stop paying taxes, bills, fees, fraudulent debt etc. The end of the fiat currency that is used to enslave us begins. No more slavery, debt poverty terrorism illness evil and control e.t.c.

REAL MUSLIMS are never ever shown on TV News networks.  The Muslims you see on TV are the Jews dressed as Muslims, defaming them, to spread racism and hate among us. Wake up and stop hating false enemies that the Jews invent for us to focus on.

OUR NATURE IS SOVEREIGN (we are born free) and so, obviously, God wants us to be liberated from earthly rulers.

Jews were behind the Crucades, Ku Klux Klan, Spanish Inquisition, killing millions of real Christians, in the name of God, hiding behind the Roman Catholic Church (Vatican) spreading Terror... just like they are now doing to the Islamic religion.

JUDAISM = ZIONISM today, started way back in 740bc when the Amalek Edomite Khazarian Turks (now called JEWS), converted to Judaism for political reasons. A stolen identity and history, now needs a name to become complete, so the term "Jew" was invented in 1770. All history and so called "holy books" were re-written to accomodate the lies, to create the Satanic Jew... which has nothing to do with Israelite Hebrews.

HATE CRIMES. Today, the whole world already knows that U.S.A, England and Israel (Rothschild & Co.) plans attacks and wars, using proxy regimes in every country, (so no one blames the Jews) tying them to the dates of Jewish holidays. It’s been noticed that not only terrorist attacks and military operations are planned on Jewish holidays, but also carrying out those terrorist attacks is planned so that the funerals from the attacks would fall on the feasts of the Jews

THE AGENDA: To destroy Christianity, just as they have destroyed empires, nations, heterosexual identities and nuclear families. The agenda is to strip people of power, control, unity, identity and health, leaving us defenceless in the face of a Jewish One-World Tyranny.

JUDAISM = SATANISM is the only religion that have sex (thrusting their pelvis) when they pray to Sex Goddess Shekinah. Jews today continue to murder Christian and non-Jewish children to use their blood in Jewish rituals and holidays

The invention of the Muslim Terrorist is the latest invention by the Jews, to spread fear and dismantle governments that are not yet puppets of the Jews...or have decided to stop serving the Jews.. justifying raping the World, and slaughtering billions of innocent genuine semite and gentile families in every country for power and control annually... under the illusion of Freedom, Democracy, War on Terror, or anything else that can justify their invasions and mass murders for their 2 horned God.

Jewish Rabbi claims Islam is Israel's broom
"We control Islam, and we'll use it to destroy the west."


The Elite Jews create the illness, then sell the Cure. They create Chaos & Terrorism, then sell the solution.

Problem, Reaction, Solution, is a Jew conjuring trick within their forever wandering diaspora in order to play the victim, and influence global changes in laws to protect all their historic and contemporary lies ……Who still falls for this old Yiddish trick manipulating policy changes to hide and protect Jewish crimes, acting out Trotsky’s theory of permanent revolution against the gentile, changes which gives (((them))) immunity when hiding the truth.

Jews killing Christian Arabs again for their 2 horned God

Everyone was talking about Jesus! But when it came time to speak up for him in public, no one said a word. All were afraid of the Jews. Fear can stifle our witness. Although many people talk about Christ in church, when it comes to making a public statement about their faith, they are often embarrassed. Jesus says that he will acknowledge us before God if we acknowledge Him before others.

All 'Jews' today are the Khazars (converts) and Edomites, some call them the Khazarian Mafia (KM) hellbent on a World Government, as was the ruling Jewish class in the times of Jesus. Herod was an Edomite, after Esau ( Malachi 1: 3 ; Romans 9:13 ), not Jacob Israel. These Jew Fraudsters believe themelves to be Israelites (Hebrews) or from the royal tribe of Judah, claim the Bible Consignor gives themselves mandate to rule the whole world ( Psalm 2: 6-9 , Psalm 2: 10-11 , Deuteronomy 20: 10-14 , Deuteronomy 20 : 12-17 , Isaiah 60: 5 , 60: 10-11 , 60:12 , 60: 14-16 ,Psalm 2: 8 ; ), and a Judahite or descendent of the Tribe of Judah, most of the apostles were Israelites, only one of them was Jewish; Judas. The first time Jews are Mentioned in the Bible, is in II Kings 16: 6105: 44 ; 111: 6 ). Jesus was a Galilean or resident of Galilee ( Matthew 26:69 ; John 7:41 (and then only in translations revised in the eighteenth century) where we find Israel was at war with the Jews and drave the Jews from elathane. The 'Jews' in 'Jesus' time were Edomites/Turkic Mongols/Khazars/Amalak/Gog/Magog. Edom or Edomite had BEEN translated by Greek and Latin into Ioudaios and Iudaeus meaning a Judean or person living in Judea. The original King James version of the Bible, 1611, translated IDUMAEANS-Judean into Iewes. The first "Jews" were Canaanite-Edomite-Hittite.Source

At Shamgar farewell, PM says amending role of Supreme Court is part of democracy

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday said adjusting the role of the Supreme Court is an inherent part of democracy and not a problem as long as the court maintains its independence.

Netanyahu made the remarks at a ceremony in Jerusalem as top government and state dignitaries paid their final respects to retired Supreme Court chief justice Meir Shamgar, who died over the weekend at 94.

Shamgar’s coffin lay in state at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem, a building whose construction he championed. Among those paying their respects were Supreme Court Chief Justice Ester Hayut, President Reuven Rivlin, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, and Blue and White party chief Benny Gantz.

Netanyahu, who has sought to curb the power of the court through legislation, including a proposed bill to override its rulings, spoke of tensions that exist between the executive, legislative and judicial branches of democracy.

“There is built-in tension between them. That tension is not a fault in democracy; it is the essence of democracy,” Netanyahu said. “As long as a simple principle, which I am careful of, is preserved: that the court must remain an independent authority.”

The prime minister and right-wing allies have backed legislation to nullify the High Court of Justice’s oversight of Knesset decisions, though they have had difficulty passing it in parliament. Critics say the legislation would unbalance Israel’s democracy and accuse Netanyahu of seeking the changes as part of a strategy to protect himself against prosecution in three corruption cases he is facing. Supporters say it is needed to stop what they claim is the court’s left-leaning stymieing of government action, even on matters of state security.

One of Shamgar’s career milestones was a 1995 ruling that anchored the court’s right to conduct judicial reviews of Knesset legislation and review whether laws conform with the quasi-constitutional Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty.

“Meir’s unique contribution to shaping the legal system is priceless,” Netanyahu said. “His firm and consistent belief in freedom of speech, individual liberties and tolerance is reflected in every judgment he made, as is his recognition of the supreme importance of state security.”

Rivlin and Hayut also spoke, with Rivlin recalling how Shamgar stood against excessive governmental power and Hayut saying his statesmanlike approach was an example of how public servants — including politicians — should do the right thing “even if it conflicts with one’s personal good.”

Rivlin said Shamgar spoke out “against public corruption” and “strengthened the protection of tolerance and freedom of expression.

“You were committed and devoted to human rights and the rule of law. You stood up for the importance of checks and balances between the branches [of government]. Balances whose purpose is to prevent the creation of excessive governmental power.”

Dan Shamgar, eulogized his father, saying “Dad fulfilled the Zionist vision that was so deeply ingrained in him throughout his life, out of a sense of mission and commitment to the nation, the land, society and the fundamental values he carried with him.”

Shamgar joined Israel’s top court in 1975 and eight years later took over as chief justice, a position he held for 12 years until 1995. He was to be buried later Tuesday afternoon at Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem.

Source Article from https://www.timesofisrael.com/at-shamgar-farewell-pm-says-amending-role-of-supreme-court-is-part-of-democracy/

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Lebanon’s Hezbollah under rare pressure as street protesters dig in

BEIRUT, Lebanon — When mass anti-government protests engulfed Lebanon, a taboo was broken as strongholds of the Shiite Hezbollah group saw rare demonstrations criticizing the party and revered leader Hassan Nasrallah.

On live TV and in protest sites, citizens accused Hezbollah — a terrorist organization turned influential political party — of providing cover for a corrupt government that they say has robbed people of their livelihoods.

This shattered the myth of absolute acquiescence among Hezbollah’s popular base, baffling even those who hail from the movement’s bastions.

“No one ever expected that in any of these areas in south Lebanon we would hear a single word against Nasrallah,” or Amal Movement leader Nabih Berri, said Sara, a 32-year-old activist who participated in protests in the southern city of Nabatiyeh.

“It’s unbelievable,” the activist added, asking to use a pseudonym due to security concerns.

The popular Iran-backed movement is a major political player that took 13 of 128 seats in the country’s May 2018 parliamentary elections and secured three cabinet posts.

It helped its Christian ally Michel Aoun assume the presidency in 2016 and has since backed his government despite popular dissatisfaction that peaked last week following protests over taxes, corruption and dire economic conditions.

South Lebanon — a bastion of the powerful Shiite movement since Israel withdrew from the region in 2000 — was not spared.

Protests have been reported in the cities of Nabatiyeh, Bint Jbeil, and Tyre, where Hezbollah and its political affiliate the Amal Movement hold sway.

With the exception of Tyre, they were not as big as other parts of the country.

But “the novelty here is that some of these protesters are party loyalists,” said Sara. “They support Hezbollah, but they are suffocating.”

Among his supporters, Nasrallah is revered as an icon, with his pictures inundating highways, shops and homes.

In the past, his followers have mobilized against anyone who tried to criticize him, often ostracizing opponents as supporters of rival Israel.

‘The resistance’

But anti-government protests that started in Beirut on October 17 and quickly spread across the country left no politician unscathed, not even the Hezbollah leader.

“All of them means all of them, Nasrallah is one of them,” protesters chanted in Beirut.

Criticism of Nasrallah even aired on the Hezbollah-run Al-Manar TV, in a scene that was previously unfathomable for watchers of the movement’s propaganda arm.

In a live interview from central Beirut, one protester urged Nasrallah to “look after his people in Lebanon” instead of focusing on regional enterprises like Syria, where he has deployed fighters to defend President Bashar Assad’s regime.

Nasrallah acknowledged the mounting criticism against him in a speech on Saturday: “Curse me, I don’t mind.”

Speaking on the protesters demands, he warned against calling for the resignation of the government — saying it could take a long time to form a new one and solve the crisis.

Hatem Gharbeel, a protester in Nabatiyeh, said Hezbollah loyalists felt let down.

“The messages being addressed to Nasrallah by his own supporters in Nabatiyeh is that the resistance is not just about fighting Israel or terrorism,” he said. “It should also be about supporting people’s livelihoods.”

Other party heads have come in for even greater criticism.

Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Foreign Minster Gebran Bassil and Speaker Nabih Berri have been the targets of strong insults and slurs by demonstrators, even in areas where they are popular.

‘Nothing to lose’

But the relatively toned-down criticism of Nasrallah has broken taboos, said Gharbeel.

“The barrier of fear has been broken, ” he said. “It shows that people are not blindly following their political or sectarian leaders anymore.”

Lokman Slim, an independent political activist and an outspoken critic of Hezbollah, said that resentment among Lebanon’s Shiite community “is not born out of a single event or a single moment.”

“Frustration has been fermenting over the past few years over an economic crisis hampering not just the Lebanese state but also Hezbollah’s statelet.”

Hezbollah has filled in for the weak central government in areas where it has influence, creating social welfare institutions and provided an array of public services, including education and health services.

But the group has come under financial strain due to tightening US sanctions since President Donald Trump assumed office, forcing Nasrallah to appeal to his popular base for donations earlier this year.

“The Shiites have nothing to lose anymore,” said Slim. “This is why they are out on the streets.”

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

Source Article from https://www.timesofisrael.com/lebanons-hezbollah-under-rare-pressure-as-street-protesters-dig-in/

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How ‘Israel Hayom’ became Trump’s mouthpiece in the Middle East

Sheldon and Miriam Adelson are major donors to the Republican party and to Donald Trump’s presidency. In Israel, their free daily newspaper Israel Hayom promotes Trump relentlessly, with fawning editorials and selective reporting, which minimizes the scandals that have plagued his presidency.

By Refael Afriat

Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in Fountain Hills, Arizona, before the March 22 primary. (Gage Skidmore/CC BY-SA 2.0)

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When Israel Hayom, now the most widely-read newspaper in Israel, was launched in 2007, it was promptly nicknamed the Bibiton (a portmanteau of Bibi, Benjamin Netanyahu’s nickname, and “iton,” the Hebrew word for newspaper). Over the ensuing 12 years, the editors developed several tools for promoting the prime minister: when Netanyahu wants to send a message, the newspaper’s staff is put to the task of communicating it for him; when Netanyahu wants to attack a political rival, the politician is attacked on the pages of the newspaper; and when Netanyahu is in trouble —  for example, when the news cycle is saturated with reports about investigations into allegations of his criminal corruption, or about a scandal involving his family — Israel Hayom knows how to minimize the embarrassment and channel the discourse in other, more comfortable, directions.

The casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who founded and finances the newspaper at a significant loss, is known in Israel as Netanyahu’s patron. In the United States, he has become one of the biggest donors to the Republican party, and to its representative in the White House — Donald Trump. During Trump’s campaign for the presidency, the Las Vegas Journal-Review, owned by the Adelsons, was the first major newspaper to endorse him for president. Israel Hayom, however, deployed its journalist troops even before its American sister publication.

Israel Hayom covered Trump’s campaign with ingratiating interviews, fawning articles, and analysis that minimized the impact of negative reporting about him in foreign media outlets. They did this using almost the same tactics as those they employ to protect Netanyahu: when possible, ignore; when it’s not possible to ignore or minimize reports, give prominence to the politician’s denials and counter attacks, with the bare minimum of space allotted to explaining what he is denying.

The Seventh Eye has published several analyses of the media tactics employed by Israel Hayom. Recently it undertook a project to study this phenomenon, in partnership with the Open University.

The project is based on case studies, examining three major scandals that dogged Trump’s campaign and which were covered prominently in both American and Israeli media. We compared the coverage in Israel Hayom to that of two other major Israeli newspapers — Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel Hayom’s major competitor; and Haaretz, the country’s most acclaimed broadsheet. The results of the investigation are presented in this article.

ONE: The Trump-Russia dossier  

At the end of 2016, American media outlets reported extensively on a rumor about a private intelligence report called the Steele Dossier, which contained information about Russian intelligence having compromising material — kompromat — on Trump, which they could use to blackmail the future leader of the free world.

On Jan. 10, 2017, just 10 days before Trump’s inauguration date, BuzzFeed published the entire dossier. In the accompanying article, the editors acknowledged that they had been unable to confirm all its claims; they emphasized that it had been commissioned by Trump’s political rivals, that Trump denied the claims, and that it contained several factual errors. But the train had left the station. The media amplified the most embarrassing claims in the document, bestowing upon Trump a rather dubious inauguration gift.

The Israeli media reported on the dossier shortly after BuzzFeed published it. On Jan. 12, Yedioth Ahronoth made it the main story on the front page of its print edition, while Haaretz gave the story prominent coverage (although it reserved its front page headline for Case 2000, one of several police investigations into corruption allegations against Netanyahu). Israel Hayom, on the other hand, gave its front page headline to a quote from Rex Tillerson, then Trump’s secretary of state: “Israel — America’s most important ally in the Middle East.” The only reference to the Trump story was in the last item on the list of that day’s stories, and it was a report that Trump had denied the allegations: “The report that Russia collected dirt on me is a sick lie.”

This framing was duplicated in various articles published on inside pages. The report by Yoni Hersch, Israel Hayom’s correspondent in the United States, was headlined “A lie invented by sick people,” which was quoted from one of Trump’s tweets. The bulk of the article was devoted to Trump’s denials and his attacks on the media outlets that had published or reported on the dossier. But what exactly was in the dossier? Israel Hayom did not go into any details, limiting its reporting to vague references to contacts between Russian agents and Trump’s people, and “sexual encounters at the Moscow Ritz Carlton Hotel” — a description that was buried in the body of the article.

Yedioth Ahronoth and Haaretz, on the other hand, reported all the details. “Donald Trump, while in the company of prostitutes at the Moscow Ritz Carlton, has been recorded asking them to urinate on the bed that was once used by the Obamas,” summarized Yedioth’s editors. They illustrated the report with a photograph of the bed in question and headlined it: “In bed with Trump.”

Haaretz put Trump’s denial in the headline — but the claim that the president-elect had been recorded having sex with prostitutes was printed on the front page. In the daily cartoon drawn by Amos Biderman, Haaretz’s political caricaturist, we see Trump walking into a luxury hotel with his arms around three scantily-dressed young women. In the background are the iconic onion domes of Saint Basil’s Cathedral, indicating that the location is Moscow; behind them is Valdimir Putin, wearing a trench coat with the collar raised as though to hide his face.

U.S. President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation, July 16, 2018. (Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead)

U.S. President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation, July 16, 2018. (Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead)

Over the next few days Haaretz and Yedioth continued to report the story, providing readers with background and in-depth analysis on the political storm in the United States. Israel Hayom did no such thing. Instead, they devoted most of their weekend edition to a special feature about Donald Trump, to mark his inauguration. The content included a bleak description of Barack Obama’s presidency, and expressed the hope that Trump’s election heralded a bright new era, with a rehabilitation of both America’s international reputation and its relationship with Israel.

“Trump plans to bring America into a new era over the coming four years. He has no intention of following the rules of the old establishment,” predicted Israel Hayom’s editor, Boaz Bismuth. “This is what the people expect of him, and this is what they will get.” The magazine marked the event with the publication of an excerpt from one of Trump’s books. The headline read: “How I succeeded.” Yedioth Ahronoth, in contrast, noted in its weekend magazine that the Russians were “holding Trump in sensitive places.” The headline: “He was drained when he got out of bed.” The word “drained” can mean exhausted, but it also means “juiced,” which is a slang word for conned or blackmailed.

TWO: The hush money affair

In January 2018, toward the end of Trump’s first year in office, the Wall Street Journal reported that during his campaign for the presidency he had paid $130,000 to Stephanie Clifford, an adult film actress known as Stormy Daniels. The payment was described as hush money, meant to prevent Daniels from revealing that she had had sexual relations with Trump.

Neither Haaretz nor Yedioth Ahronoth published the story on their front pages, but both covered it in detail. The headlines were about the claims against Trump, while the denials were worked into the body of the report. Yedioth Ahronoth included two photos of Stormy Daniels in its report — one that showed her wearing a dress with a plunging neckline, and the other in which she posed with Trump. The caption: “Donald and Stormy. The extra-marital affair that cost him $130,000.”

Israel Hayom used the same strategy as it had when reporting the Moscow Ritz Carlton story. Trump’s denial was in the headline, and the new claims against him were mentioned in anodyne words that were tacked on to the list of stories covered in the paper that day. On Jan. 14, the paper published a small item on the Stormy Daniels scandal, with the headline, “The White House pushes back: ‘Trump did not pay hush money to a porn actress.’” In contrast with what one would generally expect from a tabloid, Israel Hayom refrained from publishing any photos of Daniels — with or without the president.

The following day, Haaretz and Yedioth reported that another adult film actress — Alana Evans — claimed that Trump had invited her to a private party with Stormy Daniels. Israel Hayom did not report the story.

An "Israel Hayom" employee hands out the free daily newspaper on a street in Jerusalem on March 07, 2012. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

An “Israel Hayom” employee hands out the free daily newspaper on a street in Jerusalem on March 07, 2012. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

THREE: The Michael Cohen affair

Israel Hayom pulled out the same tactics when another embarrassing story emerged in August 2018, and the Stormy Daniels affair morphed into the Michael Cohen affair. After the revelation that Trump had cheated on his wife with a porn actress to whom he had paid hush money, it became apparent that this was not just a matter of morals but also one that had legal implications. Trump did not pay the money directly from his own pocket, but through his campaign, which violated campaign finance laws.

Soon it became clear that this was not an isolated incident: a Playboy model named Karen McDougal had also received hush money to prevent her from speaking publicly about having had sex with Trump. In this case, David Pecker, a friend of Trump’s who was the publisher of the National Enquirer, paid the woman.

Michael Cohen’s conviction was one of the more difficult moments of Trump’s presidency. The plea deal was covered extensively by the international media, with most analysts positing that it was a stepping stone toward Trump’s impeachment.

Haaretz and Yedioth, as expected, covered this story in depth. Haaretz’s Aug. 23 headline was: “Plea deal with Trump’s lawyer: connects him with campaign finance law violations.” Political analyst Chemi Shalev wrote, in analysis that was published on the front page: “The sky still hasn’t fallen on Donald Trump, but the ground under his feet has begun to shake: Michael Cohen reveals that he is not only a liar, but also an active partner in violations of the law.” Orly Azoulay, Yedioth Ahronoth’s political analyst, wrote an article that earned the headline, “The president’s black day.”

Israel Hayom had nothing about Cohen on its front page that day. In fact, there was nothing about Cohen in the entire edition. And this was not because the correspondents in the United States or on the foreign news desk were on vacation: the paper devoted extensive space to a press conference called by John Bolton, Trump’s national security advisor (“We won’t demand anything in return for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital”). It also published Palestinian reactions to the announcement of the U.S. embassy move (“Trump’s statements on Jerusalem are meaningless”), as well as an analysis by political commentator Ariel Kahana, which was published under the headline, “The American president is Israel’s greatest supporter and will not betray us.”

The following day, Aug. 24, the Cohen affair was the main story in Yedioth Ahronoth’s weekend magazine. Against the background of a large photograph of Trump wearing a scowling expression, the main headline read: “In trouble.” The explanation in the subhead read: “After his lawyer agreed to testify against him, even his publisher friend David Pecker gave evidence about Trump paying hush money to his lovers.”

Israel Hayom, again, did not report the story on its front page. Instead, it was buried on page 29; and again, the headline reflected Trump’s reaction — and not the incident to which he was responding. “Trump: ‘If I’m impeached the markets will crash and everyone will be poor,’” read the headline. Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was also quoted: “If Trump is impeached from office, the people will revolt.” Most of the text in the report, under Yoni Hersch’s byline, is dedicated to Trump’s version. The related developments, including the one that received the main headline in Yedioth Ahronoth, was shoehorned into two dry paragraphs toward the end of the article.

Professor Abraham Ben-Zvi, an expert on Israel-American relations who is a frequent contributor to Israel Hayom’s op-ed page, wrote an analysis that dealt primarily with the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but included some discussion of the chances for Trump’s impeachment. “The path toward the opening of impeachment proceedings against the president based on Michael Cohen’s involvement in criminal matters appears to be completely blocked — and that has nothing to do with the current or future makeup of Congress,” he wrote. “In effect, this is a lot of noise about nothing.”

The extent to which Israel Hayom has been mobilized to promote Trump’s narrative is also reflected in the paper’s coverage of Paul Manafort’s conviction, as a consequence of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Manafort was convicted of a string of crimes around the time that Michael Cohen completed his plea bargain. Like Cohen, Manafort was one of the people closest to Trump. But unlike Cohen, Manafort did not agree to cooperate with the investigation.

While Trump was tweeting insults about Cohen (“Looking for a good lawyer? Don’t hire Michael Cohen”), he made sure to praise Manafort and call him a “brave man.” Israel Hayom covered Cohen’s confession from Trump’s perspective. Manafort’s conviction, on the other hand, was not covered at all — except for a very short item suggesting that Trump might grant him amnesty. One month later, when Manafort signed a plea deal agreeing to help Special Prosecutor Mueller, Israel Hayom reported the event in a tiny item that was only 66 words long.

U.S. President Donald Trump presents the Medal of Freedom to Miriam Adelson, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in the East Room of the White House.(Official White House Photo by Amy Rossetti)

U.S. President Donald Trump presents the Medal of Freedom to Miriam Adelson, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in the East Room of the White House.(Official White House photo by Amy Rossetti)

The three case studies we chose for this project show a common pattern: when Trump faces an embarrassing affair, Israel Hayom makes a concerted effort to minimize the details and promote the president’s version of events. These are precisely the tactics that Israel Hayom uses when the rest of Israeli media is reporting on a new development in the police investigations into allegations of Netanyahu’s corruption, or revelations about the prime minister’s family.

This also happened in April 2019, when the Mueller Report was finally released. After months of diligent and thorough work, the special prosecutor that had been appointed to investigate Russian interference in the elections — and the American citizens who had helped them — handed down 37 indictments, some of them against people who were close to Trump. Just before the report was published, Trump and his White House spokesperson pushed the message that it contained no evidence of the president’s involvement in any Russian conspiracy. Israel Hayom followed their lead, giving prominent placement to the White House’s narrative and selling it to the Israeli public. “Trump celebrates: the game is over,” announced the headline of the paper’s April 19 edition.

The headlines in Haaretz and Yedioth Ahronoth were about the findings in the report. For example, the harrowing assertion that Russian officials interfered directly in the 2016 elections, by hacking into the DNC’s computers and giving the information they stole to WikiLeaks. Another detail that was given prominent coverage in Israeli media was Trump’s attempts to undermine the investigation — attempts that failed only because the White House Legal Counsel, Don McGahn, ignored the instructions he received from the president. Trump had asked him to fire Mueller, but McGahn refused.

Trump might have announced that the “game was over,” but he had a few more obstacles to overcome: on Sept. 24, Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, announced that Congress would initiate a formal impeachment inquiry against the president, charging him with betraying his oath of office and the nation’s security.

Israel Hayom’s pattern of mobilizing for Trump can teach us about the financial model for the newspaper, which is distributed for free. All over the world, free newspapers base their revenue model on maximum distribution, which allows them to charge high fees from advertisers — thus compensating for the lack of subscription revenue.

In order to achieve maximum distribution, it’s not enough to print many copies and hand them out; the newspaper must also conform to the readers’ worldview, so that it will appeal to them and they will read it. And so, the classic free newspaper is directed at the broadest common denominator, and works to attract their attention at all costs. But Israel Hayom is not a typical free newspaper: despite operating at an enormous loss, the paper continues to charge advertising prices so low that they do not even cover their overhead.

And so the newspaper’s editors prefer to avoid reporting sensational stories that build readership whenever they might be embarrassing to the principal actors that the newspaper promotes — meaning Netanyahu and, in recent years, Trump. Porn actors, hush money, shady Russian involvement in the affairs of the leader of the free world — for tabloid editors, these stories are enormously valuable. And yet, Israel Hayom consistently chooses to ignore them, or to limit the paper’s reporting to short, anodyne items with the tacit, killjoy message: there’s nothing to see here, let’s move along please.

Trump does not, of course, need Israel Hayom’s help. American voters learn about their president from their own media outlets and coverage of the president in the Adelson family’s free Middle Eastern newspaper won’t affect his popularity among his own voters. So why does the paper do it? A possible answer is that the editors simply do not know how to do it any other way.

Refael Afriat is studying for his degree in political science and communications at the Open University. This article was originally published in Hebrew by the Seventh Eye, Israel’s media watchdog, as part of its joint internship program with the university. Read the original here.

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It’s their JOB! MPs shouldn’t complain about having no time to read Brexit bill

The latest delaying tactic in the Brexit saga is MPs complaining that they don’t have enough time to read the 115-page Withdrawal Agreement Bill. I’ve seen people jumping on the bandwagon, suggesting that we want MPs to be ‘ordinary people’, but then we expect them to scrutinize complex legislation in a short period of time, working overnight.

Anyone saying that is probably a little out of touch with everyday life. As a former teacher, I’m acutely aware of the stress felt by teachers when they know there’s an Ofsted inspection coming the next day. Our police have had leave cancelled to deal with Extinction Rebellion protestors, having to work very long hours. At short notice, medical professionals will often have to work incredibly long hours at a high level of concentration. Students putting together dissertations for a degree, small business owners getting their tax returns sorted, salespeople meeting targets – we all have times when something goes wrong.

MPs could – and should – be expected to know the tools of their trade. We don’t expect an MP to be able to fit a new boiler, but we would hope that a plumber would do so. It is reasonable to require of an MP to be able to read a legally-binding document at short notice, in unusual circumstances.

Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t an easy task to read and study such a document. I should know: I’ve done this, or similar, many times before. If anything, the volume of legislation going through the European Parliament was far worse. I’d often have 30, 40 or even 50 lengthy reports or pieces of legislation to scrutinize in that period, some as long as this Bill – and many of them would have dozens of lengthy and technical amendments.

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MPs don’t even have to do this task on their own, either. They have staff whose sole job is to help them deal with precisely such matters. They have certainly needed to work on this at short notice, but it’s been known for six months already that the UK is due to leave the EU on October 31st. What else did they expect?

Of course, those MPs complaining the loudest that everything is being done last-minute and in a hurry are generally the ones that have done everything possible to frustrate Brexit. They are the authors of this situation; they can’t have it both ways. Likewise, the same MPs who ripped up Parliamentary procedure to ramrod the Benn Act through in a single day cannot now reasonably complain that the government intends to push the Withdrawal Agreement through the Commons in three.

Their final argument is the lack of economic impact assessments. Given the abject failure of previous assessments, it’s difficult to see how they would help any progress to be made. Such projections have consistently used faulty logic, the wrong criteria (GDP rather than GDP per capita) to assess prosperity, circular reliance on previous studies, failed to consider any positives of Brexit, and – as researchers at Sweden’s Central Bank recently found – are generally subject to a pro-EU ‘propaganda bias’. No economic assessment now could possibly assist with the task of Brexit, even if that assessment were absolutely fair and unbiased.

Normally I would have every sympathy for a desire for greater democratic scrutiny, but we have already had three and a half years for that. When one side of the debate seeks incessant and interminable delay, sooner or later the time comes when patience must surely run out.

By Jonathan Arnott, a former independent Member of the European Parliament

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Facebook bends the knee to outrage grifters in push to ‘protect our democracy’ – but who will protect it from them?

On Monday, Facebook announced“new measures to help protect the democratic process,” including “fact-checking” posts on both Facebook and Instagram; protecting the accounts of elected officials, candidates and campaigns; labeling “state media”; and spending billions on “media literacy” training.

Facebook also announced it had shut down four “inauthentic networks” on Instagram, one “Russian” and three “Iranian” – supposedly not based on content they posted, but their behavior.

As news coverage of the measures admits, all of this is based on the assertion – accepted as fact without evidence – that “Russian trolls” used the social media platform to meddle in the 2016 presidential election. Pointing out that this remains an unproven allegation, and itself a fallback position from the “Russian collusion with Trump” conspiracy theory, gets one labeled a “Russian agent” of course.

“I can’t say exactly what their goal was,” Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, told Reuters about the banned accounts. It turns out the person responsible for making the determination was none other than Ben Nimmo, formerly – or still? – of the Atlantic Council think-tank, now at the “social media analysis company” Graphika.

In case that sounds familiar, Graphika was one of the companies commissioned by the US Senate Intelligence Committee to validate their assumptions about “Russian meddling,” alongside the actual social media meddlers New Knowledge. 

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Nimmo himself was exposed last year as a hatchetman of the Integrity Initiative, a shady outfit funded and operated by the British government with the task of shaping public opinion against Russia. As for his “expertise” in social media research, the best example of it is the argument that imperfect English makes one a sure Russian spy, troll, bot – or all three.

Nor is he alone in this. The inability of Hillary Clinton and the Democrats to accept the outcome of the 2016 election has spawned a veritable bubble of “cyber experts” and “troll hunters,” cashing in by accusing social media platforms of enabling “Russian” and other foreign meddling, and demanding to be paid to prevent it. The same dynamic has driven the explosive growth of the “fact-checking” industry, which mainly serves to target non-establishment politicians and non-mainstream media outlets.

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Determining who qualifies as “state-owned media” is a perfect example. Facebook says it has consulted 40 experts across a variety of organizations, naming some of them: Reporters Without Borders, Center for International Media Assistance, European Journalism Center, Oxford Internet Institute’s Project on Computational Propaganda, Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) at the Central European University, the Council of Europe, UNESCO…

In what is surely a remarkable coincidence, this list overlaps entirely with organizations mentioned by Twitter back in August as its arbiters of what qualifies as “state ownership.” 

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To the surprise of precisely no one, the verbiage these “experts” came up with was at the same time broad and flexible, to the point of being arbitrary. So while Russian, Chinese or Iranian media are by definition evil “state owned” outlets, those funded by the US, British or NATO governments are good “public broadcasters,” because of their supposed editorial independence. 

What any of this has to do with actual democracy or elections integrity is anybody’s guess, since social media companies essentially end up bending the knee to partisan grifters and give them control of the process they tell us is so very vulnerable.

If you thought that would get Facebook in their good graces, however, think again. A number of mainstream media reporters and Democrats huffed and puffed on Monday afternoon, declaring Facebook “right-wing” because conservative sources accounted for most of the content shared on the platform. 

It doesn’t matter that Zuckerberg is reportedly giving advice to the presidential campaign of Democrat Pete Butigieg – per Bloomberg – either. The clear message here is that Facebook will be “right wing” until its content is 100 percent from Occupy Democrats, and anyone however mildly critical of the DNC is banned as a “Russian asset.” If you think this is hyperbole, you must have missed Hillary Clinton’s latest smears of Tulsi Gabbard.

Nebojsa Malic, senior writer at RT

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Israeli siege causes vital medicines to run out in Gaza

Stocks of medicines are dangerously low at al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City. Mohammed AsadAPA images

A new report by the World Health Organization indicates Israel’s siege – imposed since 2007 – has disastrously affected Gaza’s healthcare system.

By Yousef M. Aljamal, reposted from The Electronic Intifada

Shaaban is a 10-year-old child with autism.

He requires assistance with his education, as well as medical treatment that costs up to $900 per month. Without his medicine, he can begin to scream, has difficulty sleeping at night and sometimes even loses consciousness.

Shaaban’s father Ibrahim works as a janitor at a local school. Amid a general economic slowdown caused by Israel’s siege of Gaza, Ibrahim has seen his monthly wages fall from approximately $450 to $350 in recent years.

He has four children to care for, including Shaaban. And almost half of Ibrahim’s wages go toward paying a bank loan that was issued to build the family’s home.

An additional problem is that most of the medicines Shaaban has been prescribed are not available in Gaza.

“I feel powerless,” said Ibrahim. “I can neither afford nor find the medicine Shaaban needs. It is too hard. I do all that I can for my son; I don’t know what more I can do.”

The Geneva-based Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor published the findings of its research on Palestinian children with autism in August. The organization stated that most parents of children with autism it interviewed complained that treatment was too expensive for them given that no financial support is provided by the authorities.

Disturbing picture

Israel’s siege – imposed since 2007 – has affected Gaza’s healthcare system enormously. A new report by the World Health Organization states that of the 516 items on Gaza’s essential medicines list, nearly half had less than a month’s stock remaining in 2018. The depletion of stocks had worsened by 15 percent since the previous year, the report adds.

Data from 2019 paint a similarly disturbing picture. During August, stocks of 225 essential medicines held in the central store of Gaza’s health ministry had run out by at least 90 percent.

Rana Hussein, a nurse at al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City, says that more than 60 cancer drugs are unavailable in Gaza. Treatments for diabetes and some kidney complaints are hard to find, too.

“There are 250 patients with thalassemia [a blood disorder] who lack medication,” Hussein said.


Israel’s frequent attacks on Palestinians taking part in protests has also placed considerable burdens on Gaza’s hospitals.

More than 1,000 people who have been injured are awaiting limb reconstruction treatment in Gaza, Nickolay Mladenov, the United Nations’ Middle East envoy, stated last month. Unless such treatment is provided, many limbs could be lost because of infection.

Mladenov has claimed that “some improvements were felt” in Gaza’s economy over the past few months. Unemployment has dropped from 47 percent to 46.7 percent, he said.

The improvements have not been felt by many ordinary people. And human rights monitors have drawn attention to how a new method for calculating unemployment data has been introduced in Palestine.

Gisha, a group campaigning against movement restrictions, has estimated that the real level of unemployment in Gaza has risen since last year.

Mahmoud is a 30-year-old unemployed man. Two of his children – Wissam, 8, and Lina, 7 – have epilepsy.

Wissam can have as many as five seizures per day. He has broken teeth and injured his hands while falling down.

“Impossible to afford”

A dose of levetiracetam – the main drug used to treat epilepsy – costs $150 each for Lina and Wissam per month – when it can be found. “This treatment is often not available in Gaza’s hospitals and pharmacies,” said Mahmoud, who does not have the money to buy the medicines, in any event.

The children’s mother Ghada is trying against the odds to remain optimistic. “After black clouds comes sunshine,” she said.

“I wish it was me [who had epilepsy], not you,” she added, looking at her children.

Imam Abdulrahman, now aged 23, was diagnosed with a heart condition in 2016. Since then he has had an aortic valve replacement operation.

It is vital that he takes regular medication to reduce the risk of a heart attack or a stroke. Like many others in Gaza, he and his family do not have the means to pay his medical bills.

Lacking a fixed job, Abdulrahman does occasional work in construction or as a cleaner.

He mainly relies on welfare payments paid to his father by the Palestinian Authority, headquartered in the occupied West Bank. The payments come to $400 and are only issued every three months.

“This is not enough money,” Abdulrahman said. “It is impossible for me to afford medicine to help me overcome my illness.”

Yousef M. Aljamal is a writer based in Gaza. Twitter: @YousefAljamal.

Additional reporting by Mustapha Aljamal.

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95% of Congress is ok with Israel’s torture of Palestinian children

No Way To Treat a Child is a bill before the House with the simple objective of protecting Palestinian children from being tortured in Israeli prisons and detention centers.

Palestinian children are regularly beaten, tortured, and imprisoned by Israel. Congress member Betty McCollum has introduced a bill to stop U.S. tax dollars from funding this, but so far only 22 Congress members have co-sponsored it. (None of the Democratic presidential candidates currently in Congress have introduced or signed onto the legislation.)

People who believe in protecting children need to make their wishes known – go here to contact your member of Congress.

by Kathryn Shihadah

From No Way To Treat a Child, report by Defense for Children International:

Each year the Israeli military detains and prosecutes around 700 Palestinian children.

From the moment of arrest, Palestinian children encounter ill-treatment and torture at the hands of Israeli forces.

Three out of four experience physical violence during arrest or interrogation.

Israel is the only country in the world to prosecute children in military courts that lack basic safeguards for a fair trial.

The Israeli government detains about 700 Palestinian children each year. This is an established fact.

The Israeli government prosecutes about 700 Palestinian children in a military court system that is “in violation of international standards,” as verified by multiple human rights organizations.

Our own US State Department confirms that these Palestinian children routinely face “abuse, and in some cases torture.”

Yet somehow, because the perpetrator of these atrocities is Israel, and the victims are Palestinian, American legislators are turning their backs.

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Betty McCollum (D-MN-x) introduced H.R.2407 in April 2019. She had introduced a similar bill (H.R.4391) during the previous Congressional session.

A bill before the House of Representatives, H.R.2407, promotes “human rights for Palestinian children living under Israeli military occupation and require(s) that United States funds do not support military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment of Palestinian children.”

Only 5% of Congress members have been willing to cosponsor it, just 22 out of 435.

Meanwhile, bills that promote Israel, the perpetrator of atrocities against Palestinian children, have received wide support.

For example, H.R.1837, the US-Israel Cooperation Enhancement and Regional Security Act, garnered 292 cosponsors (67%) – this for a bill that creates cybersecurity sharing (even though Israel spies on the US) and unlimited assistance in the event of “imminent threat of military attack” at the President’s discretion.

Another bill, H.Res.246, Opposing Efforts to Delegitimize the State of Israel and the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement targeting Israel, got 351 (80%) – although it is widely considered unconstitutional.

What’s going on here, when our legislators rush to give aid to a country that spies on us, when they line up to jeopardize free speech, but they can’t stand up against the torture of children?

And what’s going on when two legislators do stand up against the torture of children – and then change their minds?

Jumping ship

Rep. Rosa DeLauro [D-CT-3] and Rep. Debbie Dingell [D-MI-12] both cosponsored H.R.2407, but then withdrew their names – for two seemingly different reasons.

Rep. DeLauro – a supposed champion of the well-being of children – rescinded her sponsorship in June, claiming that her name had been added by mistake, and explaining that she opposed the bill because it “seeks to single out Israel for criticism, and seeks to appropriate money to investigate, document, and report only on Israeli abuses.”

Rep. Dingell withdrew her name last month. Why? She explained, “After talking with many in my community about this bill. … I felt H.R.2407 was ultimately counterproductive to a peaceful, two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

If the phrases “seeks to single out Israel” and “counterproductive to a two-state solution” sound familiar, they should.

Let’s talk about “singling out”

The fact is that Congressional bills on foreign policy frequently focus on the practices of one country (for example, H.R.4695, H.R.4754, and H.R.4644). This is standard operating procedure and basic common sense.

Several dozen pieces of legislation are in Congress right now that promote Israel – through aid ($38 billion over the next ten years), silencing free speech critical of Israel, applauding Middle Eastern countries that have normalized relations with Israel, and affirming support of Israel’s illegal annexation of part of Syria, to name just a few.

It is particularly ironic to find a Congress member complaining of ‘singling Israel out,’ given that Congress so frequently singles out Israel for special treatment and inordinate aid. Apparently, singling Israel out to receive on average 7,000 times more aid per capita than others around the world is ok, but a law that protects Palestinian children from abuse is somehow not permissible.

Let’s also remember that human rights defenders frequently focus on a specific issue to remediate. This is called focus. Most activists across the political spectrum have a particular cause they are working to address – the environment, LGBTQ rights, asylum seekers, taxpayers’ rights. That is how people work to bring changes they feel are necessary.

The United Nations has also faced accusations of “singling out Israel.” However, the fact is that the acceptance of Israel as a member state was a singling-out event: the UN trusted a state that had not fulfilled the requirements for membership. The Jewish State made promises regarding Palestinian refugees, borders, Jerusalem, and compliance with all UN resolutions.

This trust was misplaced. Israel’s submissive and humble demeanor quickly turned into obstinacy – toward the UN and the world. Perhaps that is why the UN has been relentless in its pursuit of justice for Palestinians. This is the context of the United Nations’ relentless pursuit of justice for Palestinians.

Another way to look at it, as described by the Guardian in earlier days of the “singling out” phenomenon:

But who’s actually doing the singling out? Israel’s advocates argue that its security situation and its role as a Jewish state are unique, and imply that it is therefore permitted to do things that are clearly prohibited to other states (land seizures, house demolitions, assassinations, mass detentions). Those who demand that Israel conform to international law and standards of human decency are challenging this kind of singling out, calling for an end to Israel’s special exemption.

The US singles out Israel for military and diplomatic support. Over the last 30 years it has been by far the largest recipient of US foreign aid. The US also regularly uses its security council veto to shield Israel from condemnation. And Israel is the only country in the region permitted by the US to possess nuclear weapons.

PEP: the flip side of “singling out”

A very real quirk in the political community (and just about every other community as well) is something called “PEP” – Progressive Except Palestine. It is a singling out of the Palestinian issue as somehow undeserving of a just solution.

When otherwise enlightened, compassionate people refuse to address the suffering of Palestinians, they relegate this group – who have endured 70+ years of dispossession, 50+ years of illegal occupation, and 12+ years of illegal blockade – to more of the same.

Bottom line: refusal to “single out Israel” for criticism is in essence singling out Palestinians for injustice and oppression.

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Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-3)

Rep. DeLauro: “H.R.2407 singles out Israel”

The wording of the legislation that would protect Palestinian children does indeed mention Israel, and no other country, by name.

Again, context matters. The US gives $10 million every day in aid to Israel – that’s one third of the total American foreign-aid budget. Americans have a duty to see that it is used prudently – that’s just responsible philanthropy. The country receiving the most aid should come under the closest scrutiny. The Leahy Laws were created to safeguard aid money, but have not been applied to Israel.

(As an aside, Israel comprises just .001% of the world’s population, and ranks high in per capita income. One might well wonder whether $3.8 billion a year is a bit extravagant.)

So, is it reasonable to withdraw cosponsorship of H.R.2407 because it singles out Israel? Something to think about, Rep. DeLauro: rather than condemning people who call out injustice, consider calling out the country that is perpetrating the injustice (Israel) and the one that is complicit (US).

(Consider stopping right now for a moment and contacting Rep. DeLauro. Her DC phone number is (202) 225-3661, her district number is (203) 562-3718. If you are not one of her constituents, you may not be able to leave a comment, so also consider reaching out via Twitter (@rosadelauro) or Facebook.)

Let’s talk about “counterproductive to the two-state solution”

This accusation is a frequent pro-Israel talking point. For example:

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), an Israel advocacy organization that fiercely promotes a two-state solution, has labelled both the BDS Movement and the internationally recognized right of Palestinians to return to their land “counterproductive.”

Even UNRWA, the UN agency that assists Palestinian refugees, has been called “counterproductive.” (Under international law and UN resolution, refugees should be allowed to return home; occupiers have an obligation to care for occupied peoples. UNRWA exists because Israel has done neither.)

(A side note on the two-state solution: most fully informed, committed supporters of Palestine recognize that the two-state solution is no longer a viable option, if it ever was. Because Israel has 650,000 settlers entrenched in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, the possibility of dividing the land into two states is unlikely – if it were to happen, such a solution would cement the 1948 ethnic cleansing and merely prolong injustice in a different form. Israel has already indicated that any Palestinian state would have to be demilitarized, noncontiguous, and likely with much of its land, sea, and air under Israeli control. Palestinians would be at the mercy of their heavily armed neighbor.

While Palestinians themselves must ultimately decide what they want, advocates generally favor a single democratic state with equal rights for all. Read books by Mazin Qumsiyeh, Virginia Tilley, and Ali Abunimah  for more on the one-state solution. 

Whatever the proposal, using the “counterproductive” argument to withhold justice from Palestinians is disingenuous.)

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Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI-12)

Rep. Dingell: “H.R.2407 is counterproductive”

And now Rep. Debbie Dingell is repeating this talking point as an excuse to abandon children: “After talking with many in my community about this bill. … I felt H.R.2407 was ultimately counterproductive to a peaceful, two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” adding the dubious statement, “My heart has always been with the children of Palestine and I would never take action that would harm them. I believe we must act to protect them and that we must do better than this bill. I am working hard on a solution.”

It is not hard to guess where in her “community” Rep. Dingell this idea came from – certainly not from her district’s large Palestinian and Arab American population.

What is hard to guess is what the protection of children from torture has to do with a two-state solution (or any other solution). The same can be said of recognition of sovereignty, or BDS, or the right of return or UNRWA: what do these really have to do with a solution? Why are these concepts “counterproductive”? (The objection to Palestinian membership in the ICC is easy to understand: Israel does not want to be tried for war crimes.)

Executive director of the Arab American Institute Maya Berry explains that the idea of H.R.2407 as somehow counterproductive to achieving a two-state solution “is simply illogical.”

“This bill is about cutting US tax dollars funding brutality. U.S. taxpayers don’t want their money used this way,” Berry said. “We should reject the idea that pro-Israel means supporting the detainment of Palestinian children by the Israeli military.”

(Consider stopping right now for a moment and contacting Rep. Dingell. Her DC phone number is  (202) 225-4071, her district numbers are  (313) 278-2936 and (734) 481-1100. If you are not one of her constituents, you may not be able to leave a comment, so also consider reaching out via Twitter (@RepDebDingell) or Facebook.)

A page from the Global Language Dictionary

There is a reason for the uniformity of the pro-Israel message: it was created in a laboratory. The Israel Project (find out about some of its work in this video on the Israel lobby) created a secret – later, leaked – booklet for those “who are on the front lines of fighting the media war for Israel.” The result, the Global Language Dictionary, was based on detailed polling about which words and word combinations work best with American audiences “In the name of gaining credibility.”

The handbook recommends for example:

Identify the goal, and be authentic. Given the overwhelming American support for a two-state solution, it will make support much easier and faster if you if set the tone for all discussions by articulating Israel’s shared vision for the ultimate goal of two peoples, living side by side in a lasting and secure peace.

In the name of gaining credibility for why you might later say that a two-state solution isn’t achievable overnight, you should start with language…to signal how your goals align with the public’s. It conveys authenticity and will keep the listener tuned in to what else you have to say…

No matter what you are asked, bridge to a productive pro-Israel message. When asked a direct question, you don’t have to answer it directly. You are in control of what you say and how you say it. Remember, your goal in doing interviews is not only to answer questions—it is to bring persuadable members of the audience to Israel’s side in the conflict…

Persuadables won’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Show Empathy for BOTH sides!

On page 77, the handbook reveals that the best accusation to make against Palestinians (and presumably, their allies)  is that they are “undermining the peace process”: “Americans believe no demand is so important that it should be allowed to derail the effort to achieve peace.”

Another word for “undermining” is “counterproductive.”

The book also recommends that, after convincing an audience that the two-state solution is best, “It is essential to lower expectations and reduce the pressure on Israel.” Partisans are instructed to explain “why a two-state solution isn’t realistic right now. First the rockets and the war need to stop.” This “sets up the perfect dynamic” for the speaker: “’Peace before political boundaries’ elevates the need to stop the rockets, stop the bombings, and create a ceasefire, while subtly downplaying the importance of a two-state solution.”

With low expectations on Israel and all of the pressure on the Palestinians, any move the Palestinians make toward statehood before they “stop the rockets,” looks like an attempt to sneak around the roadblocks to statehood. It undermines, or is counterproductive to the Holy Grail, the ever-elusive two-state solution.

With the blame squarely on the Palestinians, the handbook reiterates the need for Americans to believe that “‘Israel is working to find a solution that is acceptable to everyone involved.’ This suggests positive intent. This suggests progress. This suggests hope. And all three are important components of a successful communication effort.”

It’s all about perception

The Global Language Dictionary is required reading for Israel advocates, not because it teaches facts that they need to know, but because it teaches the strategies they need to overcome the opponent. Speakers are not trying to inform the public, but to gain “the public relations advantage.” It all boils down to messaging: “The side that appears to be advocating peace more strongly is the side that will win.”

It is a fair bet that Reps. DeLauro and Dingell had a conversation with well-trained Israel partisans – the fingerprints are clear. The Global Language Dictionary rhetoric worked in these cases (perhaps combined with campaign finance considerations, given the electoral influence of the numerous pro-Israel political action committees and pro-Israel billionaire campaign donors such as Haim Saban.)

Chances are that Israel partisans are visiting all of our Congress members. It is imperative that those who believe in human rights for all educate Congress about Israel’s contravention of international law, human rights violations against Palestinians, and misappropriation of our tax dollars.

22 said “Yes” to Palestinian children’s safety

As of today, the following Representatives (in alphabetical order) have cosponsored H.R.2407. Over 400 would rather pander to the pro-Israel establishment. There is literally no other explanation for failure to back this bill. Below this list is a link that you can use to contact your Congress member.

  • Rep. Bass, Karen [D-CA-37]
  • Rep. Beyer, Donald S., Jr. [D-VA-8]
  • Rep. Carson, Andre [D-IN-7]
  • Rep. Clarke, Yvette D. [D-NY-9]
  • Rep. Davis, Danny K. [D-IL-7]
  • Rep. DeSaulnier, Mark [D-CA-11]
  • Rep. Evans, Dwight [D-PA-3]
  • Rep. Garcia, Jesus G. “Chuy” [D-IL-4]
  • Rep. Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-3]
  • Rep. Jayapal, Pramila [D-WA-7]
  • Rep. Johnson, Eddie Bernice [D-TX-30]
  • Rep. Johnson, Henry C. “Hank,” Jr. [D-GA-4]
  • Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13]
  • Rep. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large]
  • Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Alexandria [D-NY-14]
  • Rep. Omar, Ilhan [D-MN-5]
  • Rep. Pingree, Chellie [D-ME-1]
  • Rep. Pocan, Mark [D-WI-2]
  • Rep. Pressley, Ayanna [D-MA-7]
  • Rep. Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1]
  • Rep. Tlaib, Rashida [D-MI-13]
  • Rep. Watson Coleman, Bonnie [D-NJ-12]
Go here to contact your Congress person and instruct her/him to cosponsor H.R.2407. (When you add your address, you will be directed to a “please cosponsor” or “thank you for cosponsoring” message.)
Make it clear that this bill protects children – and don’t let them get away with weak excuses like “counterproductive” and “singles out Israel.” Children deserve a childhood free from fear and torture. Full stop.

Kathryn Shihadah is staff writer for If Americans Knew. She blogs at Palestine Home


Israel has arrested over 50 thousand children since 1967

Testimonies from some of the 8,000 Palestinian children Israel has imprisoned since 2000 

WATCH: Yes, Israel does arrest children

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Michael Collins Piper – The Grey Ones

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Michael Collins Piper on JFK

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Michael Collins Piper: FINAL JUDGEMENT lecture [Mossad connection to JFK Conspiracy]

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President Trump Offers Subtle Clues that Democrats and the Deep State Are About to Face Justice

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Dollar Liquidity Turmoil Returns With First Oversubscribed Term Repo In A Month

This was not supposed to happen.

After the Fed rolled out the big artillery in response to the sharp, sudden mid-September funding squeeze (which we now know had virtually nothing to do with last month’s tax payments or other one-time events such as the Treasury’s cash rebuild), including the return of both overnight and term repo operations, and culminated with the Fed’s relaunching of QE which would be used to permanently increase the balance sheet with $60BN in T-Bills every month in order to replenish reserves (because we live in a bizarro world where $1.4 trillion in bank cash is not enough for the smooth functioning of bank plumbing), moments ago we got the latest indication that the dollar funding shortage is again getting worse – despite the market having priced in the Fed’s rollout of the “kitchen sink” to ease funding conditions – when the Fed announced that it had its first oversubscribed Term Repo operation since the funding crisis erupted in September.

Specifically, while the Fed’s 2-week term repo operation was capped at $35 billion as has been the case for the past week, dealers submitted $52.2BN worth of securities ($39.9BN in TSYs, $12.3BN in MBS)…

making today’s term operation 1.5x oversubscribed, which was the first overallotted operation since the second term repo at the start of the funding crisis on Sept 26.

Needless to say, if the funding shortage was getting better, this operation would not be oversubscribed. The only possible explanation, is someone really needed to lock in cash for Halloween (the maturity of the op is on Nov 5) which is when a “No Deal” Brexit may go live, and as a result one or more banks are bracing for the worst.

Meanwhile, tensions weren’t evident only in term repo, because today’s overnight G/C repo operation which concluded minutes after the term operation, also showed an increased uptake, with $64.9BN in securities submitted, up from $58.15BN yesterday, if still just over $10BN shy from hitting the operation’s $75BN ceiling.

At the current rate of market tightening, we expect an overnight repo to be oversubscribed in the next few days.

And now we await today’s T-Bill Pomo result for the final proof of funding deterioration, as we expect today’s operation will be the most oversubscribed yet confirming that dealers are scrambling to convert their “safe” assets into dollars as fast as possible.

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Under Armour CEO Plank Steps Down One Year After #MeToo Crisis 

Under Armor’s stock is up several percent in pre-market trading after Kevin Plank, founder/CEO of the apparel company, is stepping down after more than two decades. Chief Operating Officer Patrik Frisk will replace Plank, effective Jan. 01, reported CNBC

Plank will take a more passive role in daily operations in 2020, will transition to executive chairman and brand chief.

“Patrik is the right person to serve as Under Armour’s next CEO,” Plank said in a statement. “As my partner during the most transformative chapter in our history, he has been exceptional in his ability to translate our brand’s vision into world-class execution by focusing on our long-term strategy and re-engineering our ecosystem through a strategic operational and cultural transformation.”

Under Armour’s stock initially dipped on the news then rallied in pre-market trading.

Plank has disappointed investors with a failed turnaround since the stock crashed -70% from late 2015 into 1Q18.

Frisk joined the company in July 2017 as CFO. He has since implemented a three-year transformation plan that will ensure the apparel company will make a rebound. 

But revitalizing North America, one of Frisk’s top objects, has been short of success. The latest sales figures for North America show a -3% decline for 2Q19. The company expects a “slight decline” in North American sales for 2019.

“The opportunity that lies ahead of us is incredible,” Frisk said in a statement. “As our entire global team continues to lean hard into our transformation, I am honored to lead this great brand toward the realization of its full potential.”

Under Armour’s performance has been nothing short of a disappointment for nearly 17 quarters. During that time, Plank and top executives were exposed by The Wall Street Journal for using company funds at strip clubs in Baltimore

What the Journal missed, which was an even bigger story, is that Plank and top executives hosted the wildest parties at his 18 million dollar farm in Baltimore County. All of the partying has been suspected to be on the company’s dime. 

Plank and his brother, Scott Plank, sold company stock over the years to expand their real estate empire, called Sagamore Development Company. They built an exotic hotel, and a whiskey distillery, as the shares in the company were more than halved in the last three-plus years.

After the #MeToo movement hit Under Armour in 2018, mainly because lower-level staff, women staff to be exact, complained about a highly toxic male environment in management, it now seems that one year later, maybe for obvious reasons — Plank has stepped down. 


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Saudi’s Aramco IPO Is Mission Impossible

Once again reports are out that Saudi Aramco is said to be pushing its mammoth IPO top completed by the end of this year (reportedly relying more on Saudi and MidEast regional investors).

The kickoff, originally scheduled for Oct. 20, was delayed after Aramco got mixed feedback from international investors. Bloomberg reports that Aramco now plans to press on with the listing plans by relying more on investors from Saudi Arabia and other parts of the Middle East to buy its shares, the people said, asking not to be identified because the information is private.

But, as S&P Global Platts Insight blog notes, Saudi Aramco’s IPO looks doomed to failure as it targets a $2 trillion flotation. Tepid oil prices, the fraught politics of the Middle East and the demonization of fossil fuel producers in response to climate change fears have all made the initial public offering (IPO) a mission impossible.

The kingdom had looked poised to list up to 2% of its shares on its domestic market within weeks. But the long-delayed partial privatization of the world’s largest state-owned oil company now faces another indefinite postponement after the devastating attacks last month on some of its most important facilities at Abqaiq and Khurais in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.

Overnight, the attacks shut down 5.7 million barrels per day of Saudi Arabia’s oil production, roughly equivalent to 6% of global supply. A catastrophic spike in oil prices was only narrowly avoided because of the kingdom’s own emergency stockpiles, and its swift response in patching up the damage and restoring output in record time. But this has come at a high price to Aramco, which potential investors will want to see accounted for before paying any kind of premium for its shares in an IPO.

It is a level of detail which the normally secretive Aramco is probably uncomfortable to reveal. In August, Aramco for the first time gave potential investors a glimpse of its first-half earnings. Net income of almost $50 billion made it comfortably the world’s most profitable company. However, the cost of repairs at Abqaiq and the inconvenience caused by the attacks will be an ugly blemish on its otherwise pristine balance sheet.

Despite US President Donald Trump’s decision to beef up the American military presence in Saudi Arabia to help protect its oil, the idea of investing in Aramco has become a much risker proposition following the attacks. The Abqaiq episode is the latest in a spate of violent incidents that have targeted oil tankers, refineries and export pipelines in the region. Blamed on either rebels from Yemen or, more worryingly, Iran, the attacks have highlighted Aramco’s vulnerability to the combustible Middle East and concerns that investors will be left paying the bill for any repairs in the future.

Oil price adds to problems

Oil prices are also making it harder for Aramco’s bankers to deliver the target $2 trillion valuation set by the kingdom’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al-Saud. The heir to the Saudi throne wants to raise at least $100 billion from the sale of up to a 5% stake in the company to fund his Vision 2030 economic development plans, which include building a giant robotic city called NEOM on the kingdom’s Red Sea coast. Few experts believe this lofty valuation is possible with crude trading at around $60 per barrel.

Three years after he first announced the idea of listing shares in Aramco, and growing impatient because of repeated delays, the crown prince replaced the country’s oil minister last month with his brother, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman. However, negative events have again overtaken the IPOs prospects.

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Oil markets aren’t helping. Last month, the influential US Energy Information Administration (EIA) cut its outlook for oil demand growth to 890,000 barrels per day for 2019. It’s the first time oil market growth will have fallen below 1 million barrels per day since 2011. The EIA has cut its initial forecast of 1.5 million barrels per day of demand growth this year for seven months in a row as trade disputes and a slowdown in global trade weigh on sentiment.

Some international fund managers who have recently visited Aramco doubt the company would choose the current economic climate to list shares and would rather delay the offering until oil prices rebound, even though this may take years to happen.

However, this strategy would also carry risks as international investors come under increasing pressure to either divest existing holdings in fossil fuel producers like Aramco, or avoid the sector altogether.

Bank of England governor Mark Carney is among a growing list of policymakers pushing for financial institutions to make mandatory disclosures of climate change risk and carbon emissions. More forecasters are also predicting a peak in global oil demand being reached over the next decade by 2030, which makes Aramco a less attractive proposition.

In response, Aramco may have to offer investors even bigger returns. Last month, the company revealed it would pay $75 billion in dividends next year and prioritize the interests of private investors going forward should its performance fall short. However, this still may not be enough to lure investors away from the sector’s bellwether international oil companies such as BP, Exxon Mobil and Shell.

A highly-paid army of bankers, financial advisers, consultants and public relations flacks drafted into the kingdom have once again failed to deliver the Aramco IPO on schedule. Investors are losing patience and interest.

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