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Breaking the Glass Ceiling in Palestine

Some good news from Palestine today, Women are moving up the ladder.

Businesswoman challenges traditions in Palestine

A successful company in Palestine has set a precedent in becoming the first firm to be headed by a female in the Muslim country.

The stock market is a land heavily dominated by men. Women are a rare sight on the trading floor, even in Western countries, not to mention the even more conservative Arab world.

successful company in Palestine has set a precedent in becoming the first firm to be headed by a female in the Muslim country.

Her story has inspired women trying to break away from the austere rules of religious society. She now employs several women in her company, and men it seems are slowly coming to grips with the new reality.

“You could often see women in various managerial positions. My boss is also a woman, and we are getting on quite well,” Salam Zohod, manager of a bank, said.

Regardless of the boardroom sessions and client meetings the chief executive is still very much a woman in a man’s world.

“Once I get home, I become mother and wife. I still have enough strength for household chores and for my husband,” Ruba Masrouji said.

So what do Palestinian men think about the example that makes their wives more confident and financially independent?

“It’s great that a woman can succeed in running a business as well as a family. It’s becoming a trend in our society, which is a positive sign,” broker Mohamad Elbarq said.

One thing Ruba Masrouji knows for sure is that it will only be through equal rights and opportunities that will keep her company and her nation united.

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Israeli Army Racism and Targeting Civilians REDUX

IDF CAUGHT RED HANDED

Yeah, the Israeli Army (IDF) are professional and would never target children, or target civilians, or use them for shields, or wear racist T-shirts that call on murdering pregnant Palestinian women. Now if you believe that I have some swamp land to sell you…. Read more…

Israeli soldiers’ T-shirts show pregnant woman about to be shot

T-SHIRTS showing a pregnant Muslim in rifle crosshairs above the slogan “1 shot 2 kills” have been worn by Israeli soldiers to mark graduation.

Another shirt showed a child carrying a gun with the words: “The smaller they are, the harder it is”.

The soldiers wore the shirts at the end of basic training and other courses, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported.

The Israeli military sought to dismiss the shirts as “tasteless humour” and condemned the soldiers involved as “not in accordance with IDF (Israeli Defence Force) values,” according to the Assoociated Press.

Israeli Forces Attack Tristan Anderson’s Parents Conference~Injure Journalists

Double post on this subject today. Firstly, the parents of American peace activist Tristan Anderson are in Israel calling for the Israeli government to take full responsibility for what happened to Tristan. Tristan, who many not survive, is currently in hospital after having had three operations and part of his skull removed. He has already lost the sight in his right eye and may never wake up from the coma.

If this is not bad enough, Mr. and Mrs. Anderson were to give a press conference and speak at a protest today. However, the Israeli forces attacked the gatherers, injuring two journalists and shutting down the press conference before the Andersons could speak. E.g. censoring it by attacking people and closing down the press conference. Israel just seems to have such an aversion to allow the truth to be spoken. Read the two reports below:

Parents of critically injured US peace activist demand justice from Israel

Peace campaigner was struck in head with teargas grenade during demo in occupied West Bank

The parents of an American peace activist who was severely injured by Israeli forces at a demonstration in the occupied West Bank called on the Israeli government today to take “full responsibility” for the shooting.

Tristan Anderson, 38, was hit in the forehead by a high-velocity teargas canister fired by an Israeli border policeman in the village of Nilin earlier this month.
Anderson was rushed to the Tel Hashomer hospital in Israel, where he has already had three operations. He lost the sight in his right eye and doctors had to remove portions of his frontal lobe. It is not clear if he will survive, or how much brain damage he may have suffered.

His parents, Nancy and Michael, who flew out from their home near Sacramento in California to be at his bedside, said he remained in a “very critical condition” in a medically induced coma.

“We are horrified and overwhelmed,” said Nancy Anderson. “We are scared and really still in shock. To shoot peaceful demonstrators is really horrifying to us. What we want to ask is that the Israeli government publicly take full responsibility for the shooting of our son.”

She said no Israeli official, from either the government or the military, had contacted the couple since their son was hurt. “I don’t carry any negative feelings towards the soldier who shot our son,” she said. “All I feel is love for Tristan and fear for his recovery.”

“Tristan has always been interested in how societies that go through conflict are able to resolve their issues,” said his father. “He came to understand for himself what the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was about. It is ironic that the country in which he was shot is a democracy where it is supposed to be a duty for everyone to follow their conscience. We want to know the truth of what happened and we want justice for our son.”

“For hours before he was shot, Tristan was nowhere near the wall,” he said. It is thought he was hit by a high-velocity teargas grenade, a weapon newly being used against West Bank demonstrators. It comes in a black canister labelled in Hebrew “40mm bullet special/long range”, and is silent when fired, according to demonstrators. Tristan was hit from a distance of about 60 metres, they said.

Michael Sfard, an Israeli human rights lawyer acting for the Anderson family, said he had filed an official complaint demanding an independent investigation. He said that evidence from Israeli human rights researchers showed neither the border police nor the barrier itself were under any threat at the time of the shooting.

“The incident took place in the village of Nilin when the protesters came back to the village after a peaceful demonstration,” Sfard said. “The policemen involved, both the guy who shot and the officers who gave orders, must take the full might of criminal justice.”

More below regarding the violent Israeli attacks on the Anderson’s press conference gathering, this is just such a disgrace. Shame on Israel…………

Israeli troops shut down press conference with injured American’s parents; beat activists

Jerusalem – Ma’an – A woman and journalist were among those beaten by Israeli troops during a press conference held by the parents of critically wounded American peace activist Tristan Anderson Monday afternoon.

Israeli troops detained 11, including Sheikh Raed Salah, the head of the Islamic Movement in Israel, and Khaled Zabaka, in addition to three foreign activists.

Several journalists reported being prevented from reaching the area, known as the protest tent, in Sheikh Jarrah where the Al-Kurd Family has taken up residence after being evicted from their home.

Israeli forces demanded that the event be shut down, and dozens refused the order, including Sheikh Raed Salah the head of the Islamic party in Israel and Sheikh Ekremah Sabry the religious leader at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Israeli troops then descended on the activists, officials and media personnel and beat PalMedia journalist Hamza Na’agi, activist Abir Abu Khdeir, head of the Jerusalem center for social and economic rights Ziyad Al-Hamury and Salah Thyab a resident of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. The latter two were also detained.

The raid, ordered by Israeli Minister of Internal Security Avi Ditchter, came early in the event and prevented Anderson’s parents from addressing the crowd.

And this just in, Tristan’s mother asking US to force Israeli investigation:

Mother Of Injured Protester Wants U.S. To Press Israel

(Jerusalem) — The mother of an American hit in the head when Israeli police fired a teargas canister wants Israel’s government to investigate the incident.

Tristan’s mother, Nancy Anderson, told reporters in Jerusalem Monday she wants U.S. diplomats to put pressure on Israeli officials to launch a probe into what happened.

She says she has heard nothing from the Israeli government since her son was critically injured.

Shot by Israel~American “Hanging by a Thread”

Tristan Anderson “Hanging by a Thread”

ATTEMPTED MURDER BY ISRAEL

ATTEMPTED MURDER BY ISRAEL


Here is the latest update on peaceful protester Tristan Anderson who was shot by Israeli Soldiers in the head. Rhetorical question here; “Why are Americans not outraged that Israel has attempted to murder yet another American?” I mean seriously, let us not forget the USS Liberty and all those men who have never seen justice. And what about Rachel Corrie? Her family will never see justice either. Why? Because Israel is America’s “friend.” Makes no sense does it……..With friends like these, who needs enemies I say.

U.S. activist Tristan Anderson ‘hanging by a thread’ after being injured in protest on Israel border

An American activist critically wounded by an Israeli gas canister in the West Bank is “hanging from a thread” after brain surgery Saturday, friends said.

Tristan Anderson, 38, a “tree-sitter” from Oakland, Calif., was hit in the forehead when troops shot tear gas during a protest of the separation barrier between Israel and the West Bank village of Naalin.

“He’s really touch and go. He’s hanging from a thread,” friend Paul Larudee told the San Francisco Chronicle

They traveled to the West Bank to rally against the Israeli-erected barrier that could cut off Palestinian villages from valuable farmland.

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ISRAELI ARMY SHOOTS AMERICAN

Israel is now shooting Americans.

American demonstrator critically wounded by IDF in Israel. But never mind, any American who has sympathy for Palestine is an enemy of Israel and a supporter of “terrorism”, well, according to Israel that is!! Remember Rachel Corrie????????

American badly hurt in clash with Israeli military
JERUSALEM (AP) — An American demonstrator was critically wounded Friday in a clash between protesters and Israeli troops over Israel’s West Bank separation barrier.
Peace activists with the International Solidarity Movement said Tristan Anderson, of the Oakland, Calif., area, was struck in the head with a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops. The military and the Tel Aviv hospital where Anderson was taken had no details on how he was hurt.
“He’s in critical condition, anesthetized and on a ventilator and undergoing imaging tests,” said Orly Levi, a spokeswoman at the Tel Hashomer hospital. She described Anderson’s condition as “life-threatening.”

Wake up America, these people are your enemy, they want to kill anyone who criticizes Israel, just like they murdered Rachel Corrie by running her over with an army bull dozer, now they are using bullets.

HAMAS WINS BIG VICTORY AGAINST ISRAEL

ISRAEL FAIL

ISRAEL FAIL

Bwahahaha!! Two days ago I wrote about how Israel had been negotiating with HAMAS over the release of their long held Israel Defense Force soldier Gilad Shalit. Yesterday Israel had offered to trade 226 of the 450 Palestinian prisoners it has held for ages. Israel’s first offer had already been rejected by Hamas, so yesterday Israel upped the number to 226, hoping Hamas would agree and Israel was awaiting an answer from Hamas. Evidently Hamas said “no way jose” because today Israel is now handing over ALL 450 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Shalit. I say again Bwahahaha!!

See below
Haaretz:

Sources: Israel agrees to free all 450 Hamas prisoners for Shalit

Israel has agreed to free all 450 of the prisoners demanded by Hamas in exchange for kidnapped Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit, and the dispute now revolves around Israel’s demand that some of these prisoners be deported rather than returned home.

According to the sources, Israel is insisting that several dozen of the released prisoners be exiled abroad and that others be released to Gaza rather than the West Bank. However, Hamas has thus far agreed to the deportation of only a handful of prisoners, and has conditioned even this on the consent of the prisoners to be deported. It also opposes releasing prisoners to Gaza rather than the West Bank

This is yet another clear victory for Hamas. I say “another” because Operation Cast Lead is a huge failure, not only did Israel not succeed in stopping Hamas, but today there exists far more support for them then before Israel’s genocide in Gaza. Additionally, Israel has become a Pariah in the world. With many countries looking into war crime charges using International Jurisdiction. The world now hates Israel and offers all its sympathy for Palestine. If that’s not enough, today Israel is forced to give over all 450 prisoners for Shalit. Yeah, Israel did real good, I say again, Bwahahah!!

But, (there is always a “but”) I wondered why would this be so important for Irsael to trade all 450 prisoners for Shalit? One wonders, one really wonders. I mean could it possibly be that Israel’s forced draft into the IDF may just run into some resistance?? And that young people won’t want to join up??? Hmmm let’s see:

Again from Haaretz

A group of Israeli teenagers have sent Prime Minister Ehud Olmert a letter warning that his government’s failure to secure the release of abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has made enlisting for military service more difficult for them.

“We find our enlisting in the IDF much more difficult knowing that Gilad Shalit has been forsaken in captivity and not returned to his parents,”

“When he was abducted, he was a kid, like us,” they added. “Most of us are high school students, and we look forward to joining the army and serving our country. As future soldiers, we would like to be certain that if one of us is taken captive, the government will do whatever it takes to bring him back.”

Well, Well, Well………….
Me thinks we have the wee answer above.
Again, I say BwaHaHaHa!

New Jewish Lobby Group Challenges Zionist AIPAC

J STREET THE ALTERNATIVE TO AIPAC

J STREET THE ALTERNATIVE TO AIPAC

In today’s entry I want to write a bit about the Jewish Lobby in America. For a great many years it has been controlled by a right wing Neocon Zionist organization called AIPAC. Extremely powerful, it is quite rare for any congressman, Senator, or most importantly, any President to get elected without being in the pocket of AIPAC. In today’s entry I will not be going into great depth about AIPAC, which will be another entry. However, after some reflection I want to tell people about an alternative to AIPAC that is starting up the the USA.

On a personal note, Whilst I would prefer that no lobby group representing another country hold great power over American politicians, because to do so means they influence American Foreign Policy in the world. Basically this takes away the politician’s ability to decide the best course for America, without undue influence from Israel. But, American politics being what it is, this will never happen sadly. So, I am being a “realist.” and today I want to introduce people to this new American Israeli Lobby group called “J Street.” As they are a FAR better alternative to AIPAC and appear to have the ability to be reasoned with, I say cautiously.

VIEW THIS VERY SHORT VIDEO FIRST PLEASE:

Next let’s look at AIPAC taken from The Washington Independent :

AIPAC, which calls itself “America’s Pro-Israel Lobby,” is considered among the most powerful lobbies in America. It raises money to promote a conservative definition of American “support” for Israel, one in which Israeli interests and Arab interests are defined in opposition, particularly pressing its case to members of Congress and successive administrations. It is close to many influential donors and organizations who raise and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars each election cycle to fund candidates with the same view. It also possesses an intimidating number of members — more than 100,000 — whom it has cultivated over its 30-year history. Against J Street’s $1.5 million budget for 2008 — for which it has only raised half so far, according to Ben-Ami, from mostly wealthy donors — is AIPAC’s operating budget of nearly $100 million.

More substantially, AIPAC and its occasional allies, like the Zionist Organization of America, are not above intimating that its political opponents are anti-Semetic — as with the campaign against John Mearshimer and Stephen Walt’s critical book “The Israel Lobby” — something that causes politicians to hew to a circumscribed discussion of Israel policy for fear of being labeled as prejudiced or offending the lobby.

Right-leaning Jewish political action committees raised and spent at least $5 million in every federal election cycle since 1990, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, with 35 distinct entities and many more individuals spending $10 million in the 2006 cycle alone. That has contributed to an ugly cycle of debate, where some who question the lobby’s influence suggest that Jews play an out-sized and nefarious role in U.S. politics; and the lobby’s allies in the media — a right-leaning group that includes Fox News, The Wall Street Journal editorial page, the New York Post, the Weekly Standard, Commentary and New Republic magazines, as well as a bevy of commentators — often counter-suggest that criticism of Israel is prima facie anti-Semetic.

Jews are not immune to the charge of anti-Semitism emanating from AIPAC or its allies. Last month, the Zionist Organization of America denounced the director of Hillel at Harvard University, Bernie Steinberg, for “violating the Jewish law of not bearing false witness, and playing into the hands of Israel’s enemies.” Steinberg had allowed Hillel to display an exhibit on human-rights violations committed by the Israeli military.

AIPAC’s allies have already suggested that J Street may not achieve much. “Let a thousand flowers bloom,” its former executive director, Morris Amitay, told the leading Jewish newspaper, The Forward, for today’s edition. “The question is, will they have any effect on pro-Israel initiatives in Congress? I’m guessing they won’t.”

Others go further than that. Asked on the phone if J Street would add any value to the debate about Israel, Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America — which some consider more hard-line than AIPAC — responded simply, “No.”

Klein said. “All they’re telling me is that they want a Hamas-like state in Judea and Samaria like the one in Gaza. My eyes are open. Their eyes are closed.” Judea and Samaria are the Jewish biblical names for the West Bank of the Jordan River.

AIPAC and other right-wing Jewish groups opened their wallets (and gave to US Politicians), yet liberal Jewish groups did not. As a result, Rosenberg continued, the majority of members of Congress are “inflexibly hawkish on Israel, because it’s the safe position. But that can change. Take the fear away of those there — the fear that the lobby is gonna get them.”

The two founders are expecting their actions to attract a backlash from right-wing Jewish groups and the media outlets who present a conservative line on Israel. Already, The New Republic is reportedly preparing an article attacking J Street.

As stated, you can see how powerful AIPAC is and J Street is an alternative to the powerful AIPAC for American politics. They support talking to Iran; they are against the recent Israeli aggression into Gaza. They believe that the Middle East situation can and should be resolved by talking and Politics, not war. This is a good start to getting somewhere and a huge change in the mindset of Israeli American lobby groups.

J Street has had some success so far despite AIPAC’s attempt to destroy it; however, it continually comes under attack from AIPAC and Zionist groups, pro-Zionist media and Pro Zionist politicians. The two men who are behind the creation of J Street are leading liberal Jews. Firstly, Jeremy Ben-Ami the former Clinton administration domestic policy adviser who also was a former policy director for Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign The second man is Daniel Levy the former Israeli peace negotiator.

Below is an excerpt from an article where Ben-Ami was interviewed after creating J Street. This from a great editorial at Salon by Gary Kamiya and I would encourage people to read the entire article at Salon:

Apr. 29, 2008 For years, liberal American Jews who have chafed under the taboo against criticizing Israel have dreamed of starting a political organization that would speak for them. Now, with the launch of J Street, that dream has become a reality.

Jeremy Ben-Ami, the group’s founder, says that the incident that drove him over the edge took place when he was working as policy director for Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign. Dean said the U.S. should take an “evenhanded” approach to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, Ben-Ami recalled. He was immediately, and predictably, savaged as anti-Israeli and a coddler of terrorists. “All hell broke loose,” Ben-Ami said. “And this from a man who’s married to a Jewish woman, who’s raising kids in the Jewish faith, and is extremely pro-Israel in everything he’d ever said and done. But to use that one word, and then to have that cascade into a torrent, was just amazing to me. And it’s certainly been repeated and magnified with the attacks on Obama and some of his aides, some of them crossing any line that any of us should have about civil discourse.”

The taboo isn’t only enforced by such personal matters, of course. It’s also aggressively enforced by powerful Jewish lobbies like AIPAC, mainstream Jewish groups and leaders like Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, who claim to speak on behalf of all Jews. Congress, intimidated by the moral authority (or moral blackmail) and political clout wielded by these organizations and afraid of offending Jewish donors who are a major force in Democratic fundraising, invariably falls into line. The fact that Congress has staked out a position on Israel to the right of the Bush administration’s pretty much says it all.

That debate has been skewed, Ben-Ami said, because most liberal American Jews have a broad range of interests and are not obsessed with Israel, whereas their hard-line counterparts tend to be focused on that single issue. This means that although the loudest voices on Israel come from the right, large numbers of American Jews hold much more moderate positions.

So just where does Ben-Ami see J Street going? Again from The Washington Independent :

Ben-Ami sees J Street as an extension of the new liberal mood of decentralized, bottom-up political action — a development in which the Jewish community, in his view, has lagged behind. And that’s a wave of change that has yet to hit the Jewish community.” Ben-Ami envisions a move away from “a small number of large donors essentially holding the community hostage” to its right-wing political views and instead moving toward “an online, netroots feel to endorsements and activism.”

So, what exactly is J Street all about then? To give you an idea, here is part of the statement they issued during the attack on Gaza, on January 4th this was released:

Statement in response to Israeli Ground Invasion of Gaza
January 4th, 2009

J Street reiterates its call for strong and immediate American diplomatic leadership to bring an end to the violence through an immediate ceasefire.

as Americans and as friends and supporters of Israel, we do not believe the continuation of the present military operation is in the best interests of either the United States or Israel. Rallies and protests in Iraq and Afghanistan in opposition to the Gaza now bring the conflict squarely into arenas where American troops are actively deployed. Demonstrations throughout the Middle East and the Muslim world indicate that this week’s events are only further damaging America’s image, interests and relationships around the world.

It is time for a new direction for American foreign policy in the Middle East, and J Street calls on President-elect Obama and the new Congress convening this week to work actively and immediately – with international support – to reach a ceasefire that stops the violence, ends the rockets and lifts the blockade of Gaza.

The United States must understand that this week’s events did not occur in a vacuum of just Hamas’ rocket fire and Israel’s military response. The situation is also influenced by the ongoing blockade of Gaza and its impact on the one and a half million residents of Gaza as well as the larger political conflict between Israel and the Palestinian people which, unresolved, continues to fuel deepening anger, violence and death.

Without an immediate end to the present violence, hundreds more will die and be injured in the coming days and weeks, including innocent civilians on both sides. Anger against Israel, the United States and moderate Arab regimes will continue to rise –

While armed conflict may inflict serious – though temporary – damage and loss on Hamas, it will likely enhance the movement’s political strength, not only in Gaza but on the West Bank and regionally.

The most important question we asked last Saturday remains: what is the end game? If the goal is a negotiated end to the rocket fire – then let negotiations begin now.

So as we can see, a more rational approach from J Street as opposed to Zionist AIPAC. A starting point to begin from, a new direction in American politics based on reasoning, rather than Nazi style force with AIPAC. I say again, there is NO getting away from Jewish lobby groups in American politics, the best that American’s can do is to help the left leaning groups like J Street to break the strangle hold of the Neocon Zionist groups like AIPAC who now control American politics and politicians at the most highest levels.

So, for this reason alone, I am placing a J Street graphic on this blog, and I would encourage others to do the same. It’s not the best situation, but it’s the best alternative to AIPAC and the only viable way to neuter the Neocon Zionist stranglehold on American Politicians. If you are Jewish and reading this then you should sign up to J Street for their news letters and donate to support them. I have included a video by Ben-Ami telling his story and why he felt the need to creat J Street, also some links below the video for those interested in learning more:

Here is Ben-Ami’s own personal story as to why he created J Street:

Attack on J Street from Rabid Zionist Rabbi:
http://www.jstreet.org/blog/?p=69

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http://www.jstreet.org/newsroom/press_form

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http://jstreet.org/page/for-bloggers

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http://www.jstreet.org/

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http://www.jstreet.org/blog/

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