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Special Palestine Cry Blog articles: The Catholic Creed: The meaning of the Pasch of Christians.


For as it was not possible that the man who had once for all been conquered, and who had been destroyed through disobedience, could reform himself, and obtain the prize of victory; and as it was also impossible that he could attain to salvation who had fallen under the power of sin,-the Son effected both these things, being the Word of God, descending from the Father, becoming incarnate, stooping low, even to death, and consummating the arranged plan of our salvation, upon whom [Paul], exhorting us unhesitatingly to believe, again says, "Who shall ascend into heaven? that is, to bring down Christ; or who shall descend into the deep? that is, to liberate Christ again from the dead." Then he continues, "If thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shall be saved." And he renders the reason why the Son of God did these things, saying, "For to this end Christ both lived, and died, and revived, that He might rule over the living and the dead." And again, writing to the Corinthians, he declares, "But we preach Christ Jesus crucified; "and adds, "The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? " - St. Irenaeus, Against Heresies, Book III, Chapter XVIII, Section 2.

The Crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ, Mary and John and the women at the foot of the Cross

Matthew 27:45 Now from the sixth hour, there was darkness over all the earth, until the ninth hour.

Origen tell us this darkness was only in Palestine, and the neighbouring countries: for as to the words, over the whole earth, or over the whole land, we find one kingdom or empire, by a common way of speaking, called the whole earth, or the whole world. As to the cause of the obscuration of the sun; and secondly, as to the extent of its darkness. Origen tells us that the darkness was partial, and confined to Judea and the neighbouring countries, as the darkness of Egypt was only perceived in that country, and not in Gessen, where the children of Israel were. Saint Jerome tells us that the obscurity was caused by the rays of the sun being suddenly withdrawn by divine power, as was the case in Egypt. The darkness in Egypt during the Passover of Moses was due to God's protection withdrawn from that land at that time. The darkness when Christ was Crucified for us is the judgement of God upon His Son Jesus Christ, in our place. For Jesus Christ knew NO sin. He never sinned, nor could He ever.

The meaning of the Pasch of Christians.

The Book of Wisdom, Chapter 17, describes the devils and demons thrown back upon the Egyptians when the Israelites under Moses were brought out of Egypt by God for God’s purposes (to prepare a place for the Crucifixion of Our Lord for the Redemption of the whole world of those who are saved). In the same way the same false gods and goddesses that the Egyptians served and which in so doing were the reason the Egyptians sacrificed their sons and daughters to the devils and demons behind the false gods/goddesses were the spirits that killed the Egyptian children that perished when the Israelites were brought out of Egypt. God does not murder children, period. The angel of death which destroyed in Egypt was one of the fallen spirits. God did not cause any of the fallen spirits to hurt anyone. God allowed the fallen spirits to do what it is their nature do to when He brought the Israelites out of the gates of hell which was Egypt. The children below the age of reason that died went to be with God for eternity, they will be resurrected with the just at the Second Coming of Christ. This principle of God allowing the innocent to be afflicted along with guilty finds its ultimate fulfillment in Christ’s singular and only salvific Kenosis. Jesus Christ committed no sin, not ever nor could He, and was and is and only could be utterly and absolutely and completely innocent of any and all wrongdoing and sin by His very nature as the Holy and True God. The guiltless sacrificed by His own will for the guilty. Even when the innocent are afflicted by the actions and evils instigated by the fallen spirits in the world, the innocent are not possessed by those fallen spirits. The principle of all being afflicted by the evil set loose upon the world for its unrepentant sin will occur when the universal plagues are let loose upon the world. See Apocalypse 16

The principle of our always, for our part, protecting children is given us by Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 18

1 At *that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying: Who, thinkest thou, is the greater in the kingdom of heaven?

2 *And Jesus calling unto him a little child, set him in the midst of them,

3 And said: Amen I say unto you, *unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, he is the greater in the kingdom of heaven.

5 And he that shall receive one such little child in my name, receiveth me.

10 Take heed that you despise not one of these little ones: for I say to you, *that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.

The principle of our ONLY worshipping the True God, the Father and the Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit is given first in the historical truth of the Garden of Eden when Christ, who is the Tree of Life commands the first man and his wife, Adam and Eve to not have anything to do with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil which is Satan, the first fallen angel, nor with any of the fallen angels with Satan. Assisi of Babylon/Vatican/Rome is absolute and complete violation of that principle and is the Great Apostasy in full blown Satanic evil. Have nothing to do with the Vatican or suffer its eternal damnation in hell with it. The devil and demon worshipping pagans and the perfidious deicidal Jews are not ever any part of the Salvific action of Christ upon Golgotha/Calvary. Individual pagans and Jews if they repent of their not confessing Jesus Christ as the Immortal Son of God become flesh for our sake and sacrificed for our salvation and who confess publicly their sin of devil and demon worshipping and perfidy and deicide and who beg the Lord of all, the Lord God, the Father and the Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit for forgiveness of their horrid and abominable sins, can and will be forgiven if they do so now in this life and will enter into the only path of salvation there is as dictated by God Himself. The Church, all the faithful – there is no other meaning acceptable to God for the word Church, is commanded by God to not have anything to do with the Apostasy.

Book of Wisdom, Chapter 17

1 For thy judgments, O Lord, are great, and thy words cannot be expressed: therefore undisciplined souls have erred.

2 For while the wicked thought to be able to have dominion over the holy nation, they themselves being fettered with the bonds of darkness, and a long night, shut up in their houses, lay there exiled from the eternal providence.

3 And while they thought to lie hid in their obscure sins, they were scattered under a dark veil of forgetfulness, being horribly afraid and troubled with exceeding great astonishment.

4 For neither did the den that held them, keep them from fear: for noises coming down troubled them, and sad visions appearing to them, affrighted them.

5 And no power of fire could give them light, neither could the bright flames of the stars enlighten that horrible night.

6 But there appeared to them a sudden fire, very dreadful: and being struck with the fear of that face, which was not seen, they thought the things which they saw to be worse:

7 And the delusions of their magic art were put down, and their boasting of wisdom was reproachfully rebuked.

8 For they who promised to drive away fears and troubles from a sick soul, were sick themselves of a fear worthy to be laughed at.

9 For though no terrible thing disturbed them: yet being scared with the passing by of beasts, and hissing of serpents, they died for fear: and denying that they saw the air, which could by no means be avoided.

10 For whereas wickedness is fearful, it beareth witness of its condemnation: for a troubled conscience always forecasteth grievous things.

11 For fear is nothing else but a yielding up of the succours from thought.

12 And while there is less expectation from within, the greater doth it count the ignorance of that cause which bringeth the torment.

13 But they that during that night, in which nothing could be done, and which came upon them from the lowest and deepest hell, slept the same sleep.

14 Were sometimes molested with the fear of monsters, sometimes fainted away, their soul failing them: for a sudden and unlooked for fear was come upon them.

15 Moreover if any of them had fallen down, he was kept shut up in prison without irons.

16 For if any one were a husbandman, or a shepherd, or a labourer in the field, and was suddenly overtaken, he endured a necessity from which he could not fly.

17 For they were all bound together with one chain of darkness. Whether it were a whistling wind, or the melodious voice of birds, among the spreading branches of trees, or a fall of water running down with violence,

18 Or the mighty noise of stones tumbling down, or the running that could not be seen of beasts playing together, or the roaring voice of wild beasts, or a rebounding echo from the highest mountains: these things made them to swoon for fear.

19 For the whole world was enlightened with a clear light, and none were hindered in their labours.

20 But over them only was spread a heavy night, an image of that darkness which was to come upon them. But they were to themselves more grievous than the darkness.

The Catholic Creed: The Final Trial: Traditional Catholic Prayers: Baptism

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Chemtrails in the Skies Over Vienna

The photos which I show in my report are not the photos of real clouds. On 6 March 2009, the sky over Vienna was blue and clear. How beautiful it was when I opened the window at quarter past 9 000_0083that morning. This beauty was scratched some minutes later, after some airplanes passed in sky, leaving behind them thick trails of smoke. There were many airplanes flying at the same moment. They all left behind them strong smoke trails, which spread and converted into strange clouds. After a while, the color of the sky changed. Now it was not blue anymore, but the trails first expanded into strange clouds, then covered the sky with a dirty haze. This happens often, since years, and I have seen it almost everywhere I have been during the last years. I had never before given them importance.

000_01399While I was photographing the airplanes and the strange smoke which turned into strange clouds in the sky, a Niki airplane flew over me, but did not leave any smoke behind it. This was very clear, and I took some photos of the Niki airplane too.

After I realized the trails which changed the color of the sky, I went to the 000_0078central cemetery, where I could sit and watch the movement of the airplanes to and from the airport. There I sat for some hours, watching the movement of the airplanes. I saw many airplanes flying high in the sky leaving trails behind them, but these trails was disappeared after a while without leaving any mark or converting into clouds, and the planes coming and going to the airport would also leave no thick trails.

Some weeks ago I met some other people. One of them called our attention to these airplanes leaving strong smoke trails behind them. The smoke also 000_01511changed into strange clouds. This person asked me if I had my camera with me. He said that the smoke, which turns into clouds are “Chemtrails”, which are against the health of human beings. He said that these Chemtrails in the sky are sprayed on purpose by military airplanes. He told me that some people who he knows have had health problems as a result of the Chemtrails – bleeding from the nose, breathing difficulties, and some problems with their eyes. He mentioned that they all know that military airplanes are doing this since years. This person also mentioned that he knew somebody who had complained in writing to the Austrian government against the Chemtrails, but the answer he got was that he should not interfere or talk about the issue any more. Because it was not his business.

DSC_00022Recently, the person who told me this had also written the Austrian green party about the issue of the Chemtrails, asking them for their opinion and an explanation. He never received an answer to his request.

Are there really Chemtrails in the skies over Vienna? Are there military secret agreements which are part of the the US Global World? Is there a connection between the Chemtrails and the strange weather?

See more photos here.

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Tirol and South Tirol Greet Vienna

Tirol and South Tirol greet Vienna was a successful weekend events held on June 13 and 14 2009, before the municipality of Vienna on the Rathausplatz. Thousands of Austrians joined the 000_9079activities organized by Tirol and South Tirol. During the event, the Tyroleans sent a special thanks to Dr. Michael Häupl, the mayor of Vienna. The events presented the history, future, and the tradition of the Tirolean people in a beautiful and cultural and historic exhibition with shows, music, traditional clothes and food, … which present the traditions of Tirol as a part of the Austrian society and culture.

On 14 June 2009 I also visited the Tirolean events, I listened to their music, and 000_9258I photographed the singers at the Rathausplatz. The air and the sun, together with the beautiful Tirolean music, touched my soul and feelings. I joined in and danced in the middle of thousands of happy people, and I felt that I had missed other events of the Tirolean people, which had taken place earlier, before my arrival. See more photos about the event “Tirol and South Tirol greet Vienna”.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Marcel Khalife Concert

On 30 June 2009 the well known Lebanese composer, musician, Oud player and singer Marcel Khalife will revive a night of concert in the beautiful city of love, peace, music, art, culture and democracy, Untitled-4Vienna. Over 1500 Austrians, Arabs, and people of many other nationalities will be waiting to hear the songs of artist for peace Marcel Khalife in the courtyard (Arkadenhof) of the municipality on Ring street.

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For further informations, please call,

Fritz Edlinger
Generalsekretär/Secretary General
Gesellschaft für Österreichisch-Arabische Beziehungen/Society for Austro-Arab Relations. (SAAR)
A-1150 Wien, Anschuetzgasse 1
Tel.: +43 1 5267810, Fax: +43 1 5267795

Friday, June 12, 2009

Marcel Khalife the Artist for Peace in Vienna

On 30 June 2009 the well known Lebanese composer, musician, Oud  player and singer Marcel Khalife will revive a night of concert in the beautiful city of love, peace, music, art, culture and democracy, Vienna.

Over 1500 Austrians, Arabs, and people of many other khal-linationalities will be waiting to hear the songs of artist for peace Marcel Khalife in the courtyard (Arkadenhof) of the municipality (Rathaus) on Ring street. For the first time in a big concert event, Khalife will transport the voice of the middle-east to the Austrian audience and all those who love peace, music, arts, freedom and liberty. Among the audience is expected Karl Blecha, former minister of interior and the president of SAA, Erwin Lanc, former minister of foreign affairs, and Willibald Pahr, also a former minister of foreign affairs of Austria. The names of the official representatives of the Austrian government to be present at the concert have not yet been published.

heinz_fischer1The concert will be held under the auspicies of Dr. Heinz Fischer, the Austrian President, and Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General. A honor committee consisting of Werner Faymman, the Austrian Prime Minister,  Michael Spindelegger, current Austrian foreign Minister, Dr. Benita Ferrero Waldner, EU commissioner for foreign relations, Dr. Michael Häupl, the Major of Vienna, Karen Koning Abu-Zayed, Commissioner-General of the UNRWA, and Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish, director general of the Opec Fund for International Development, underlines the importance of the event. The day after the concert, on 1 July 2009, President Dr. Heinz Fischer will receive the Lebanese composer in his office for a private audience.

The concert is organized by the Society for Austro-Arab Relations (Saar)  in coordination with other organizations. Fritz Edlinger, the Secretary General of Saar, stated that they organized the Khalife concert in Vienna in cooperation 2009_02_20-1081with the OPEC-Fund (OFID) and additional support given by the municipality of Vienna and the Federal Ministry of Education and Culture. Edlinger said that the most important financial support came from OFID, who support the event with EUR 75.000,- !! and that without this contribution, the concert would not have been possible in Vienna. He clarified that the main intention of OFID is to support the scholarship funds of UNRWA. The concert will also be used by the UNRWA to launch a special scholarship fund. The Dr. Al-Herbish of OFID will announce the pledge of an important contribution to the fund, which according to Edlinger could be about (USD 55 Mio).

About the objective of organizing Khalife’s concert in Vienna, Fritz Edlinger said that for him and SAAR, the event has two main meanings:

First: to celebrate the 60. anniversary of UNRWA, and also to launch a special scholarship fund for especially talented Palestinian students. Presenting UNRWA in this concert event means to remind the public about the still existing and unsolved fate of the Palestinian refugees!!

Second: to present one of the most important Arab singers to the 2009_02_20 024Austrian public. Abut 1.500 attendees are expected to come, what would make this event the biggest Arabic cultural event in Vienna ever!! According to Edlinger, “If you look at the Al-Mayadine ensemble, you will easily recognize that this is a real international and multicultural project. This is also a third message, taking into consideration the rising xenophobia in Europe (and unfortunately also in Austria)”.

Marcel Khalife Artist for Peace

Khalife has in the past held concerts all over the world and he was named Artist for Peace in 2005 by UNESCO. He supports the commitment to the musical heritage of Arab and Lebanese chorals. In 2009 he was named the musical director of the Orchestra of Qatar. In Arab nations Khalife is considered a cultural icon who represents their musical culture around the world.

Musician Marcel Khalife has suffered the oppression of the many Arab regimes. Khalife_Flyer_DE_ENG.inddWhen he added a revelation of Quran to one of his songs, radical Muslims fought and incited against him, and he was declared as an infidel in the mosques . For some years Khalife was banned in Tunisia because he sung a poem of the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish; Khalife was also denounced by Bahraini parliamentarians for “encouraging debauchery”. His problems with the Tunisian government were finally solved, but Khalife still faces the hatred of Israel, as the zionists and the pro-Israel gangs everywhere who works obstruct his concerts around the world.

Marcel Khalife loves the Palestinians, and he sang and still sings for our national rights. He sings the poems of the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. The poems of Darwish have become popular songs all around the world through Khalife’s songs. According of Khalife, he feels himself and his own presence in Darwish’s poems, he feels that Darwish wrote his words and poems for him.

Marcel Khalife and Al Mayadeen Ensemble

Marcel Khalife was born 1950 in Amchit, Lebanon. He studied the Oud at the musicalBeirut National Conservatory of Music. From 1971 to 1975 he taught at the conservatory in Beirut. He created the Al Mayadeen Ensemble in 1976 and became very famous around the world for songs like Ummi (My Mother), Jawaz al-Safr (The Passport), and Rita w’al-Bundaqiya (Rita and the Rifle), based are on the poems from Mahmoud Darwish.

Marcel Khalife was granted the Palestinian Award for Music in 1999. In turn, he kalicontributed the financial part of the award to the National Conservatory of Music at the Birzeit University in Palestine. He currently lives in Paris, and his sons, Bashar and Rami Khalife, are also accomplished Oud players and percussionists in the Al Mayadeen ensemble.

In the coming concert at the municipality, Khalife will sing the following songs, and Magda Assem will translate his songs from the stage, and they will also be translated and for the public.

  • 1 Arabic Coffeepot – Raqwet Arabe
  • 2 Pigeons Fly – Yateer Al Hamam
  • 3 Love You More – Ouhibouka Atkthar
  • 4 Walking Tall- Mountasiba al Qamati Amshi
  • 5 A Song On My Mind- Fil Bal Oughniaton
  • 6 Rita
  • 7 Night Traveller- Ya Sari
  • 8 Palestinian Mawwal- Mawwal Filastini
  • 9 Tango (instrumental)
  • 10 Sparrow- Asfour
  • 11 Houriyyeh’s Teachings- Ta’alim Houriyyeh
  • 12  Mother- Oummi
  • 13 Passport- Jawaz el Safar
  • 14 The Sailors – Ya Bahriyyeh

The artists in the ensemble are:

  • Marcel Khalife: composer, oud & vocals
  • Oumaima Khalil: vocals
  • Yolla Keryakos: vocals
  • Rami Khalife: piano
  • Peter Herbert: double bass
  • Mark Helias: double bass
  • Anthony Millet: Accordion
  • Ismail Lumanovski: clarinet
  • Kinan Azmeh: clarinet
  • Moslem Rahal: ney
  • Feras Charestan: qanoun
  • Kinan Adnawi: oud
  • Mohamad Osman: bozouq
  • Joanna Lewis: violin
  • Anne Harvey-Nagl: violin
  • Petra Ackermann: viola
  • Melissa Zielasko: cello
  • Bachar Khalife: percusión
  • Alexandar Petrov: percussion 

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Victims of Incest and Abuse in Palestine

Today 11 June 2009 a Palestinian woman of age 32 and mother of two children, was killed by her family in the southern district of Hebron. The body was found while the murderers were trying to hide their crime. According to the sources, the background of the murder was a so-called killing to “protect the honor of her family”.
In the Gaza Strip, 10 June 2009, a girl from Deir el-Balah was murdered by her father. The background of this murder was a so-called killing to “protect the honor of her family”.

The so-called “honor killings” are a crime which has increased in Palestine under palestinian-criminalsthe studious ignorance of the Palestinian Authority, which is busy of implementing the criminal plans of CIA the and the real government of criminal Keith Dayton which based on jailing Palestinian political activists and destroying their homes to protect Vichy Regime which is the PA. Also, the honor killings have increased in Gaza under the control of the religious radical Hamas, who justifies the honor killings with their religious believe.

In the West Bank and Gaza there are no laws which forbid the women from being murdered and prosecuted. The Egyptian laws which are implemented in Gaza and the Jordanian Laws implemented in the West Bank discriminate between men and women, and protect the murderers of women. “Honor” has become a justification for murdering women and protecting the murderers as well keeping the power in the hand of the men who lead the society, and impeding women from reaching power. This is a clear threat for all women who seek equality in their rights with men.

In many cases women have been killed as a cover for incest inside their families, to cover up sexual abuse and rape committed by their brothers, fathers, uncles …, or simply because they met with a colleague from the university to drink a cup of coffee, because of a visit to the doctor not done in company of the husband or the mother, because they went shopping without permission from the husband, because of incitement from relatives of the husband, because of taking off their head cover against the will of the family, because of writing an e-mail to a friend, for exchanging photos, because of any kind of suspicions, because of asking the family for their inheritance, because of falling in love with somebody, because of opening the window and looking at the street, because of refusing marriage …. many small and awful reasons have caused women to lose their life in Palestine. Seldom had those women been killed because of guilt or a real sexual relationship.

Only a liar can say that in Palestine there is a woman who has never been harassed physically, insulted verbally, or abused sexually inside the family. A liar who says that the women are not harassed sexually at the offices of the Palestinian Authority. Sexual abuses are common at work, and insults, offenses, degradations, scorn are common inside the family. These issues are hidden, and no woman dares to talk about them. In many cases the father and the brother are abusing the daughter and sister sexually, and then they murder the victim in a so-called “honor killing”, because of which they are not punished, but which helps to maintain the undeserved “honor” of the murderers. More than 50 percent of the victims who were examined and found to be not virgin could only have lost their virginity because of sexual abuse by their own relatives, who then murdered them to cover up their shameful deeds. The local media has never exposed these crimes and the problems caused by the hidden epidemic of incest. This issue is always forbidden and censored by the criminals, who are always men heading the influential organizations. Even the police, in the few cases which reach them, tell the murderers that they did “a great thing, something honorable”.

Since my childhood I remember the murder of girls. I will never forget the murder of Haifa’a from my class, who was 9 years old when her parents murdered her. Another friend, Wafa, was forced to marry at age 12, and was murdered by her husband because she refused to sleep with him. A girl from school, Najah, was murdered by her brother while I was in the third class of secondary school. Two twins of age 13 years were murdered by the father and the mother in our neighborhood. Another girl was murdered in 2002 by her father, just some months before I became a refugee. And there are many more cases of murder which I will never be able to forget. Once in Jerusalem a woman was murdered by her brother before me. The story which I found out was that she had a fight with her husband and went to the brother until things calmed down; the husband came to mend fences, so she went home with him, but because she had forgotten to ask the brother for permission to leave, he followed and killed her on the street.

The PA is keeping week laws in the books, laws which protect the criminals who murder and harass women. They keep these laws which discriminate between the man and women simply because all men, or at least most of them, are involved in these crimes and they protect themselves from punishment. Even Hanan Ashrawi, who passes herself off as some sort of female hope in Palestinian politics, is silent and studiously avoids the issue of incest and honor killings in Palestine, as she too is well-paid by the cliques who condone and protect these unconscionable crimes. As a christian with an israeli ID she would lose too much if she was to mention these issues, and I know of one instance in which she declined to speak about a case in which a christian woman was murdered by relatives.

Zionist Jewish

Zionist Jewish

When I look at the string of hate-blinded, unthinking nincompoops who have written to me over the years from Israel or taking sides for Israel, I can only ask: is this all what Israel has to offer? Is this the high art of debate and intellectuality of which the Jews are so proud? Is this the “jewish essence of being” which Jews hold so high? If this is all what they have, then nobody should wonder that their only argument is violence, because people such as these have neither culture, customs, morals, ethics, religion, history, truth nor law on their side: they are forced to resort to violence and hatred.

This “light upon humanity” writes from the USA, but hides behind an israeli server known for its racist contents.

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From: zionist jewish
To: kawther_salam [at] yahoo [dot] com
Sent: Thursday, June 11, 2009 6:12:54 PM
Subject: the truth about you

To kawther Salam,

I took the liberty of going over your website and I cant help but notice that you are a compulsive lying raciest. You use many lies to make your false propaganda work, I’ll explain; I noticed that you commented under a photo of two babies that they were murdered by Israeli troops however one clearly sees that they are alive, so maybe the terrible Palestinian doctors killed them. You say you are I refugee but in 1948 when the UN declared an Israeli state they also declared a Palestinian state, and it was even bigger then the Israeli one, but the greedy Palestinians wanted it all and started a war which they lost. I am surprised that you as a women are so pro arab/palestinien because you do not even have the right to vote, also I see you do not wear a head veil and you do show your legs with high heals so I guess you were persecuted by your family to leave your home.

So what will happen if you get a country, I will tell you, the fatah and hamas will kill each other because they want to rule, and you will have a civil war and then you will blame the Israelis for this. What you said about the golany unit is very wrong, infact is a lie, yes every unit has its wrote apples but the majority of idf chiefs of staff were from golany there for they cannot be dumb and poor like you lie and claim a paratrooper to say. You say that they are also homosexuals, well that is a better faith then being a homosexual in the Palestinian authority-death penalty. Inconclution, I think you are a traitor to your people and you feel bad about it because you decided to live in Vienna, and you are persecuted because you are not a modest Muslim women. If you are a women of your word, then I would like to see this “hate mail” an your web site

Monday, June 8, 2009

A Bride and Groom in the Box of a Fire Engine

Last Saturday, 6 June 2009 at noon time, I traveled from Wien to Baden, about 26 kilometers south of Vienna. The weather was warm, pleasant and cloudy. I was walking in the streets with my camera, looking at everything around me, but 000_8569without a specific objective. The face of my mother and the memories of my homeland occupied my thoughts and feelings. For six years and 10 months I have not seen my mother, my brothers and my sisters, or practiced my work as a journalist in my homeland Palestine. The government of Israel has divided between me and my peaceful life, family, journalistic work, homeland, hopes, peace and even love. It’s very difficult to express my feelings when these memories move through my thoughts and my mind.

“Hello Kawther, What are you doing?”, a voice interrupted my thoughts in Baden. 000_7974Somebody greeted me, and politely invited me to drink something in his coffee house. A few minutes later, a troop of men wearing black pants, brown jackets and hats passed before me. “They are not the Israeli Golani psychopaths, they are not carrying machine guns, or destroying the shops and harassing and provoking the people, or …” I told myself, and stood up.

Traditional Marriage  of the Austrian  Firefighter

They were the people from the Austrian volunteer Fire Brigade of Baden, headed 000_7953by the Chef Mag. Gerald Peter walking before a fire engine in the middle of the crowded shopping street in the center of Baden. They were celebrating a colleague’s wedding in a beautiful and traditional way. The bride Michaela was dressed a beautiful white marriage gown, standing proudly next to the groom, Markus Prendinger, the vice-leader of the fire brigade youth, inside the box of the fire engine; they stood tall and proud like a queen and her prince.  Behind the fire engine and on both sides were the families and friends of the couple, and some people who had decided to join this cultured celebration of wedding and happiness.

This was the first time that I saw the wedding of Austrian firefighters. In Vienna, 000_79621the traditional marriages of the Firefighter seem to have ben lost, or at least I have never seen one. But in countryside, the Austrians protect their beautiful culture, of which  they are proud. I fixed my finger on the button of my camera and started making photos. The fire engine stopped and the couple raised hands to welcome me with very big smiles, they had noticed me shooting pictures. Their warm and friendly smiles encouraged me to forget the memories to my exile. I too join their wedding procession. I continued making pictures and, I saw another two photographers making photos too.

000_8026At the fire fighters building of Baden, the fire-engine dropped the couple from the box. The ceremony of dropping them scared me. I saw the box where the couple stood raised highly in the air over the building of the fire brigade, and slowly the Telescopic Ladder of the fire engine turned into a stair, and the box came to the ground.
The difficult part of ceremony of the wedding was after the couple stood on the ground. The groom put goggles covered with paper on his eyes. He carried two glasses filled with water on a tablet, following 000_8081the instructions of fire brigade Chief, Mag. Gerald Peter, who told him that he should make a tour around an obstacle course while carrying the water and relying on instructions from his bride to safely complete it, a symbolic exercise rooted in tradition.

On the floor were laid metal stairs and an obstacle of wood, which Markus should 000_8065pass safely. Michaela, the bride, guided him through the obstacles with commands. In the folklore this is meant as a symbolic test of the ability of the bride to guide her future husband through life. She held her white dress in her hands, fixed her eyes on Markus feet, and gave him the right commands until he passed through the metal stairs and the wood safely, then she celebrated her win with a big laugh and a beautiful smile, and prepared herself for the second exam.

000_8117She stood before Chef Mag. Gerald Peter, who told her that she should choose the right answers to his questions. Thirteen questions which were about the work of the fire brigade. Michaela answered all of them, she won bag of coins for each correct answer, which was given to her husband, and she lost four bags after she gave the wrong answers to two questions: “two bags she did not win, and two were taken from the already awarded prizes”.

The couple, Michaela and Markus, were very happy and ready to pass the 000_8190third exam of their marriage ceremony. The couple carried rolled water hoses normally used by the fire fighters, hanged on two connected metal pipes, and made a tour around the ground. The instructions of brigade Chef Mag. Gerald Peter were that the couple should not the connection between the two pieces of metal during their tour. The couple passed the final test peacefully, and they celebrated their win with a romantic kiss. Then Michaela drank a half glass of champagne, and gave the other half to Markus, and afterwards they stood, receiving greetings and presents from their families and friends.

Everybody present was happy because of the wedding of 000_8259Michaela and Markus. I wish to congratulate the couple and say thanks to their families and friends, who did not interrupt my photographing, but instead invited me to have a drink with them and continue taking pictures. Thanks to Markus, who allowed me to the publish about his wedding ceremony photos, thanks to Chef Mag. Gerald Peter for his friendliness.  A special thank to the couple and all the guests of the wedding, who made me forget my dark memories for a while. Best wishes to all of you.


Not: copying the photos of this marriage is not allowed without permission of Mr. Markus Prendinger.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

KISSING the Criminal Zionists

Sharp criticism from the Palestinian political leaders was sent to the negotiators who KISSED the Israeli Zionist negotiators, these war criminal, during the meetings held under the so-called “dialogue and peace negotiations”. Those 000_7591meetings, which all Palestinian political leaders describe as useless, unsuccessful and absurd, and which lead to further concessions and theft of what is left of Palestinian land. The criticism was very clear during the speech of the vice-President of thePalestinian National Council, Tayseer Quba’a, who attended the First General Conference of the Palestinian Federation in the Diaspora which took place in Vienna on May 30 2009.

Quba’a said that it would be better if the Palestinians exchange the kisses between themselves rather than exchanging kisses with the Israeli criminals. He meant in his stinging, comical and symbolic criticism the Palestinian negotiators who KISSED the Israeli Zionists and ignore the feelings of Palestinian prisoners and the families of the Zionists victims who were murdered by these same people, and at the same time have failed to achieve National reconciliation with other Palestinian parties, such as Hamas. At the same time Quba’a mentioned in his stinging criticism the continued estrangement between the Palestinian National Authority and Hamas, and he believes that exchanging KISSES with Hamas leaders by the Palestinian negotiators and the PA would be much better than KISSING the Zionist war criminals of Israel.

Tayseer Quba’a wondered: “If our (meaning the PA) difference with Hamas is 000_7658ideological, then I can’t understand how we can go beyond the ideological difference with the Israeli Zionists and KISS them?”. He emphasized the urgent need to restore unity between the Palestinian National Authority and Hamas. He called upon the Palestinian National unity, saying “we need unity between all the Palestinians whether Fatah, Hamas, Jihad, Popular Front, Democratic Front … We need Unity far away from our political loyalties”. He also called upon the unity between the Palestinians in the Diaspora, saying that we have to learn how to reach and to win the European public opinion with all it’s sectors: politicians, artists, journalists, singers, students … and that we also need to build a new Palestinian generation in Europe.

Tayseer Quba’a promised at the end of his speech to work for the reform of the Palestinian National Council in order to have a new Council which on the basis of election which represent the different Palestinian parties.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Who Wants Power, He Should Go to Hell

“We Live to Return” was the First General Conference of the Palestinian Communities in the Diaspora, held in Vienna last week on 30 - 31 May 2009. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas financed the conference with copy-of-000_7375US$30,000 and sent Tayseer Khalid, a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the head of the expatriates, the Palestinian in the Diaspora in the PLO, to represent him in the conference.

Farouq Qaddumi, known as “Abu Al-Lotof”, the President of the Political Department of the PLO, the Palestinian Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Diaspora, and the Secretary of the Central Committee of the Fatah Movement, attended the conference to state the opposition of Fatah to both the Palestinian-Israeli-American negotiations, and the new government of Salam Fayyad.

Farouq Qaddumi: “Who Wants Power, He Should Go to Hell

The President of the Political Department of the PLO, who 000_7639was talking on behalf of Fatah in the conference, asked all Palestinians for forgiveness, saying that forgiveness is a character attribute of the human and wise commander. He added “We said that there is advantage in power, but the struggle, the Jihad, is in the interest of the people, and who wants the public benefit should come to the conference, and he who wants power, he should go to hell”, (applause).

Qaddumi talked about the importance of unity among the Palestinians. He 30_may-53mentioned that the segregation between the Palestinians due to attaining power will never lead to the national unity. “Never in our national history was it better than when there was unity, but if we continue fighting for power and authority, then we would not get national unity”. He described what happens now  between the Palestinians as a dialogue about power, and not about unity or anything else, and this he described as a disaster.

Qaddumi also said that: “the Palestinian revolution is passing through a new, strange development nowadays. There are lots of slips and mistakes. These slips and these mistakes must be fixed, repaired, it’s a shame to continue being divided, but it’s not shame to have differences, that’s something healthy”.

He criticized the continuous support of the Palestinian 000_7395government for the demands of the USA. He said that since the former American Presidents Bush the father and Bush the son, and until Obama now, the USA only supports Israel. “They are all swindler and liars who help Israel to promote the legitimacy of the illegitimate, illegal and criminal occupation and the Jewish settlements in Palestine, and the Palestinian negotiation with Israel is useless: we have no land any more to negotiate about, however, we hear that they are negotiating. I wonder about what they are negotiating? Is there anything left in Palestine for negotiating?” (applause).

Qaddumi: Iran is better than those who made “Normalization” Relations with Israel.

Qaddumi spoke about Iran and pointed out that in the past there was a “Shah” of Iran, and now there is a revolution in Iran, and those who say Iran, and Iran, … we tell them that honestly we needs all the Muslims weapon, and as long as Iran is against Israel, it is better than those who make “normalization” of relations with Israel. “We do not bribe any Arab or Islamic country, but at the same time we know that we have some friends and some enemies, and we want our friends to blockade Israel”.

Qaddumi also congratulated and thanked Turkey. He said: “we thank and 000_7674applaud the ruling party of Turkey, who was able to say to Israel ‘go to hell’. Thanks to Turkish President Erdogan, the Arab Muslim hero who strongly criticized Israel’s Gaza criminal offensive, and said no to the Israeli president, Shimon Peres during a panel discussion on Gaza at the World Economic Forum in Davos”. Erdogan left in protest against the President of the Zionist Occupation State, Shimon Peres. It would have been appropriate if the others who were there had followed him out of the room at that time” (applause). This statement of Qaddumi was an indirect criticism of the PA representatives, who stayed in the room.

Qaddumi said that the Arab regimes fear that the Palestinians could change their 000_7485existing governmental system. They are scared to provoke Israel into a war with them. He pointed out that there are fifty Arab-Muslim States who have “normalized” their relations with Israel: “These countries say to us that we will not find any kind of assistance tomorrow, but we tell them that we do not need your help, but do not push us to do something which we don’t want, our nation says that anyone who accepts to be a leader he should say the truth” (applause).

Qaddumi also thanked Syria saying “we thank Syria for its steadfast support for the resistance”, and he described Europe as unfriendly countries who gives honey promises and soothing phrases but do nothing. He asked who occupied the Iraq: “It’s the devil Britain and USA who want all the oil”.

He praised Hezbollah by indirect way and without mentioning them by name. He wondered: “Is what happened in Lebanon a victory?”, he answered, Lebanon was attacked by Israel several times, and now we find the Lebanese defeating and destroying Israel in this longest of Arab wars of 33 day. We should be proud of Lebanon and the Lebanese , proud that they destroyed Israel in 33 days (applause).

PA would not return to political negotiations with Israel before …

On the other hand, Tayseer Khalid, the member of Executive Committee of 000_73781the Palestine Liberation Organization, spoke about the memorial of 61 years of Palestinian Catastrophe, “Nakba”. Khalid spoke on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas. He focused in his speech on the outcome of the Palestinian situation after the catastrophe, until today. He condemned the Israeli policy aimed on the continued building of settlements and the “judaization” of the Palestinian land in the occupied Jerusalem and West Bank, demolishing the Palestinian homes, blockading and the dismantling of the connection between the Palestinian towns and cities. He pointed to the continued building of the apartheid wall and the establishment of more and more of military checkpoints at the entrances of the city of Jerusalem city and around the Palestinian cities and villages in the West Bank, the inhuman restrictions which reflect negatively on the life of the Palestinian people.

Tayseer Khalid mentioned something about the political 000_7673agenda of the Palestinian Authority in his speech, saying that the PA would not return to political negotiations with Israel before the government in Tel Aviv declares it’s policy about the increased building of Israeli settlements, stops the construction of the Apartheid Wall, accepts the two-state solution within the borders of 1967 and accepts the return of Palestinian refugees in accordance with UN resolution 194.

Khalid said that the Palestinian nation and the Palestinian issue are facing great challenges on all levels. He said that a national unity is the only solution for facing these challenges, and he pointed to the need for fundamental reforms of the PLO in all its bodies and institutions to include all parties and organizations .

Round Table About Gaza With Dr. Finkelstein

“When the Journalism deviates from it’s professionalism and turn into a messenger of lies misleading, attributing truth to ignorance, 000_6951aand when Journalism deviate from it’s ethics, rules and principles, when the journalists are bribed, scared and devolve into note-takers and employees of the Zionists and the governments, when credibility, objectivity and substance is avoided in the journalistic work, when the editors are turned into military censors, into jugglers and clowns of the powerful, then the street peddlers become better professionals than journalists  … Kawther

The Austrian Media: One-Sided, Self-Censored Note-Takers

The scandalous attitude of the Austrian media which a comply determined, without retreating, and the continuous misleading of the Austrian public opinion in the favor of the Jewish community and the criminality of Israel could be seen as a clear threat to the Journalism Ethics and Principles and to the holiness of the freedom of speech.

At 12pm of May 26 2009, Dr. Norman Finkelstein, an American-Jewish 000_7251aprofessor, held a press conference at the Hotel Modul. On May 27, 2009, he gave an excellent speech about the same issue. Some hundreds, most of them Austrian intellectuals, listened to his speech, which continued until about 11pm. The Austrian media, radio, TV and newspapers, journalists and photographers had boycotted the conference in a clear demonstration of ignorance in breach of principles and ethics of neutral Journalism.

The organizers of the speech of Dr. Prof. Finkelstein said that they had sent invitations to the members of the Austrian media. They expressed their astonishment at the absence of the media, at their boycott of the event. I personally see the Austrian media covering in full the boring details every big and small event and pseudo-news related to the Zionist Jews, the pro-Israelis. I 000_7331asee them spreading distorted and unverifiable statements, and generally lacking in credibility and objectivity. They cover the Israeli genocide, crimes against humanity and their violation of the human rights by essentially passing the communiqués of the IDF press office as news, and whoever does not conform to their twisted and crooked standards they defame as “antisemitic”, a silly and stupid smear, which is used to cover up the horrible Israeli terror and which threatens the serious journalism.

It was not clear to me until two days ago how clearly the Austrian media is headed, lead, controlled, and censored by Zionists, who avoid inconvenient truths about the horrible crimes which Israel committed and commits against Palestine in such a blatant way . Hiding their real affiliations is to continue misleading the public opinion in the favor of covering the Israeli crimes in a totally one-sided fashion.

It was very clear that the Austrian media boycotted the press conference of Dr. Norman Finkelstein as well as his speech under the pressure of the pro-zionist elements in Vienna. This is a scandalous and shameful event in history of Journalism and for the Austrian journalists. The great number of educated and very interested attendants to the lecture clearly shows the great gap 000_7235abetween how the Austrian media treats freedom of speech, and what the Austrian public thinks. The worldwide reports in sinking revenues of commercial media seem to have a common cause, and that would a media which simply avoids the truths which are inconvenient to a minority which is as weak as it is loud and obstreperous.

What the Austrian media fears to cover, to write or to report to the public opinion, we will post twice. This first report, about the roundtable which Dr. Finkelstein graciously held with the few attendants to his press conference, and in a second report we will post the complete video of his speech, which shows the large attendance of which the Austrian media ignored, as soon as the organizers of the event facilitate it to us.

An Old-Fashioned, European-Style Massacre in Gaza.

Q: What was Israel’s goal with the massacre of Gaza?

It’s announced purpose was to prevent the Hamas rocket attacks. (unclear) 000_7148abecause  if Israel wanted to prevent the rocket attacks, they wouldn’t have broken the cease fire, what caused the rocket attacks, so that was obviously not its goal. Also Israel had opportunities until it began the massacre, to renew the cease-fire, which it chose to ignore. Israel announced that its goal was to destroy the centers of terrorism in Gaza, but most of its destruction was aimed at civilian sites in Gaza, so that seems to illustrate that its goal was not Hamas, or to destroy Hamas, so the question is, what was the purpose of the massacre in Gaza?

And my thinking is, there were two main reasons why Israel caused so much death and destruction in Gaza. The first reason was Israel craved restoring its deterrence capacity - that’s just a fancy term for Israel being wary that the Arab 000_7288aworld was not sufficiently fearing it. Israel suffered a couple of major defeats at the hands of the Hezbollah: the first major defeat was in May 2000 and after a 17 year long guerrilla war, Israel was forced to withdraw from Lebanon. For Israel that was a humiliation, and it was clear that they intended to go another round with the Hezbollah in order to defeat it and show the Arab world that Israel is still the major military power there. Well, they tried again in July or August 2006, and they suffered another big defeat at the hands of the Hezbollah, probably even a bigger defeat than in May 2000. Israel’s deterrence capacity was failing even more, and let us remember that deterrence capacity just means the capacity to make the Arab world fear Israel.

Then, in 2008, Israel was hoping to recruit the USA to attack Iran, and that too proved unsuccessful.  The US did want to go in with conventional weapons, Israel would go in with unconventional weapons, nuclear weapons. But the US said no, so Israel was humiliated again, and so it needed somewhere in the Arab world to prove its military capacity. And even in Gaza the Hamas was defying Israel, occasionally firing rockets into Israel, so Israel decided they would attack Gaza in order to restore its deterrence capacity.

But there was one obvious problem, and the problem was, Hamas is 77not a military power. It was obvious that all they had was some home-made rockets which amounted basically to fire-crackers. They weren’t serious. So how do you prove your military power to the Arab world by attacking a place which is not a military power? What Israel decided to do was, it would go in and it would cause as much death and destruction as it could in order to show the Arab world that we, and we meaning Israel, we can behave in a lunatic and crazy fashion and we will destroy everything in our path, regardless of what world opinion Amputationsays. And that was their way of trying to restore their deterrence capacity, the Arabs fear of Israel, by demonstrating that if they want to, they are capable of acting like lunatics.

That was their goal: to behave in such a completely barbaric and lunatic fashion, that the Arab world would fear the consequences of defying Israel, not military consequences against their armies, but the civilian consequences.

This was actually the first Israeli attack, a major attack, which had no military gaza1component. There was no war there, you could say that ‘67 was a war, you could say that ‘56 was a war, you could say that 82 was a war, you could say that ‘93, operation accountability, ‘96, operation grapes of wrath, you could say they had military components. But there was no military component like that in Gaza. Israel flew about 3000 combat missions, about 2770. 2770 combat missions. All planes came back. None were damaged, none were down, because Hamas had no anti-aircraft defenses. And when the ground invasion began, there were no battles either. There was not one battle in Gaza because Israel had special night vision equipment to be able to fire at night. Hamas didn’t have any.

So there were no battles, there was no war in Gaza, it was just a pretty old-fashioned, European-style massacre in Africa, what was basically what happened in Gaza.

Q: What strategy does Israel have, what concepts is Israel following, what do you think Israel wants, what is their solution for the conflict? Don’t they want any solution to exist?

Well, I don’t think that right now they are thinking in terms of solutions because 000_7260athere is no solution now for them on the immediate horizon. They don’t want to withdraw from the West Bank, that’s clear, they want to keep it, control it, so they will never accept the solution which the whole international community supports, namely a full withdrawal and a resolution of the refugee question. They are never going to accept it, and right now there is no clear alternative for them, so they are simply going to keep brutalizing the Palestinians to keep them in line, to pacify them, until an opportunity or an occasion arises where they can see a solution, but there is none now, so now it is just brutal military force to pacify the Palestinians. Not just military brutality, but economic deprivations as well.

Israeli Incitement Against the Neighboring Countries

Q: You know that Israel continues inciting against the neighboring countries, for example against Syria, against Iran, against Hezbollah, against Palestinians, against everybody. I don’t understand. Do you think that there is a justification for the Israeli fear, because they talk against Iran while Israel itself has nuclear weapons, and nobody talks about this? All the time talking that the neighboring countries threaten Israeli security. From where did this fear come? Do you think that there is a justification for this fear, or is it paranoia?

One aspect is that it is useful to claim that whatever you do, you do in the name of security, every state does that, so it should not surprise us that Israel would play the same game. Even when the US invaded Grenada under Ronald Reagan 000_7280athey said that it was for security, or when they attacked Nicaragua, they said that it was for security. So every state says that when it carries on its aggressions and it desires to control those around it. But there is also an element where what the Israelis are saying is true, because they do recognize that they will never be accepted in the region so long as they act as a surrogate, as a replacement for American power there. There is a fundamental conflict between how Israel conceives itself in the region, and the people in the region, in that part of the middle east. It wants to join the EU, it doesn’t see itself as part of the middle east, it is simply an agent of the US, to help the US control the region. And to that extent there is a basic conflict with the people there. And there is no point in denying it, because of the role Israel has starred, has played and has chosen to play in the region.

Gaza is Again Under Siege

Q: But why does the international community continue supporting Israel? Israel violates most of the UN resolutions, most of the international laws, the human rights. What Israel did in Gaza is crimes against humanity, it is clear genocide, it is against all the European penal codes, which are ignored when it comes to Israel. And you see, they justify what happened in Gaza, and Gaza is again under siege. Everybody is closing his mouth. For what are they waiting?

Well, the clash in the middle east, most Europeans just do what the Americans 000_7290atell them, they don’t really care that much. The people care. If you look at public opinion everywhere in Europe, it is very hostile towards Israel even in places like Germany. When you look at the polls, they are not very supportive of Israel, they are very critical of Israel. There are basically two factors: one is the factor that they basically do whatever the Americans tell them to do on the question of the middle east. And the second factor is, there is a certain sympathy in Europe for Israel, not because of the Nazi holocaust, but it’s not really more. Most Europeans know that the Israelis exploit the Nazi holocaust for political reasons. But there is some sympathy for Israel because there is a lot of anti-Muslim sentiment in Europe, and so they see themselves as in the same position as Israel: not liking, not wanting these Muslims and Arabs in their societies. So, I think that is the bigger factor, I don’t think that its the Nazi holocaust. It’s the fact that there is a significant increase in anti-Muslim sentiment in Europe.

Q: Israel, or the zionists, are chasing anybody who opens their mouth and speaks the truth. For example, I am not a terrorist, I am a journalist thrown out of my homeland for no reason, because I was writing my honest words. I also see the zionists fighting with you. What is the background about the zionists fighting with you and the truth? You see, no journalists came today to the conference. Who controls them,why didn’t the come? I have to ask this question: who told them not to come, who gives orders to Standard, who gives orders to the ORF, who gives orders to these people ? What they are doing is not justified. Do they scare of the people who think? There is all the time fear, fear, fear. If you look at the psychology of Israel and the Israelis, they are scared of everything. What do you think about that?

They are are well organized, we should be organized too. And we shouldn’t scare people but we should get organized.

Q: Why are they fighting against you?

That’s politics. And they are better organized, but they do not have public 000_7326asupport on their side. It’s one of those issues in Europe where there is a very big gap between governmental opinion and public opinion. If you look in Germany for example, the most recent polls show that about 60% of people say “we have no special responsibility towards Israel”, about young Germans it’s about 70%. About 60% of Germans say that Israel is ruthless, is reckless, is brutal in its foreign policy, but then you look at the leader, Angela Merkel. Merkel still thinks that she is fighting World War 2 and next she is going to get Hitler in his bunker. Somebody should tell her that it’s too late, that he is dead. And that is pretty much true throughout Europe: there is a very big gap between public opinion and official government opinion, and so our job is to try to organize public opinion, but we are very weak …

Q: I would like to ask the question I asked before, about the international importance of this conflict, it is not bigger than other conflicts in other regions but it has a large impact on difficult regions of the world.

It’s hard to explain why the Palestine question has become so big in the moral 000_7236aconscience of the world. But that is true always: why was South Africa such a big issue? The south Africans used to say its more oppressive in Eastern Europe, so why are you picking on us? Exactly why at a particular point a conflict catches the human imagination is sometimes hard to say. But the Palestine issue is long lasting, that is one aspect of it. You could say that at a bare minimum it goes back to the 1930s with the first revolts in Palestine, so it is nearly a century old. Secondly, they are particularly defenseless, I think. Not that anywhere else it is much better, but there is an aspect of the defenselessness of the Palestinians and the relentless, the relentless brutality against them, that starts to move people. It’s one of those “David against Goliath” stories. How much it has to do with Israel being Jewish and the Nazi holocaust is hard for me to say, its hard for me to say.

Israel does not like to be the object of so much attention, they (unclear) … should withdraw already. And then we’ll find another cause (unclear).

Q: You spoke about a difference between the popular opinion and the governmental opinion in Europe. Is there a similar situation in the US?

It is getting there, it lags much behind Europe, you know. Europeans almost 000_7344aevery year rank Israel as one of the major threats to world peace, who are between Israel and Iran, and this year also Pakistan. The major point is, if you compare the press coverage of Iran and Israel, judging by press coverage, of course you would expect the Europeans to think Iran is a major threat to world peace, but you would never guess it, that Israel would also be it because of press coverage. It means that people are getting their info from sources other than mainstream media when it gets to Israel. In the US you could say that the last two Israeli military adventures, the Lebanon war in 2006, and then the Gaza massacre in 2009, were supported by Americans with about 40%. That is not very high. 40% support of war is hardly legitimate, and that was before everything came out what Israel did in Gaza .

Q: Is there also a gap in the Jewish community?

It’s growing. The main gap is an age gap. The younger generation, 40 years old 000_7239aand younger, was not really raised on the zionist propaganda. That is a lot of the truth. The two characteristics of Jews which are relevant for our purposes are, No. 1, they are very highly educated, 97% have college, and they are also very liberal. 79% of Jews voted for Barack Oobama, which was higher than the number of Latinos who voted for Barack Obama. And that is very indicative because the Jews are economically the wealthiest group in the US, Latinos are among the 2 or 3 poorest groups. So you would expect poor people to vote for Barack Obama, but in fact more Jews voted for him than Latinos, so the two main characteristics of Jews is, they are very well educated and very liberal.

Now, if you study in college the Israel-Palestine conflict, it is no longer the old propaganda. In college you get a reasonable picture of what happens, and so younger Jews more or less, more or less, they know the truth about what Israel is doing. And Jews tend to be liberal. So if you know the truth about what is happening and you’re liberal, it’s very hard to be supportive of Israel. So you see among the younger generation a substantial, you could even say drastic reduction in support for Israel.

Q: As an American citizen, and let us come to Barak Obama, do you think that Barack Obama has something in his pocket for the Middle East, for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? And do you think that he will end the Israeli occupation?

No. And no, I think this is just … its complete silliness to look for solutions from Barack Obama. That’s one of the real negative points about how we try to 000_7274aachieve justice. If you look at any other conflict in the world, serious conflicts, diplomacy is the least significant aspect of trying to achieve a resolution. Did the Vietnamese stop to look whether or not Nixon was better than Johnson or Johnson was better than Nixon? They focused on organizing their people and organizing an international movement of support. And then when you have sufficient power, then the other side may begin to think about negotiating with you. Did South Africa look to see who was the leader or whether there was (unclear) or De-Klerk? No.

You have to organize your people, and you have to organize support. If you look at the history of the British in India, Ghandi, Nehru, they focused on organizing Indians, not on who is in power in Britain. And then, once you have power, once you have organized, then you may be in a position to start negotiating. But the idea that diplomacy and negotiation comes first, or that Barack Obama has a solution in his pocket … why would he care about Palestinians? He doesn’t care about anything except when it comes and it has to do with power. If you have power, you are on the radar screen, and if you have no power, then you are either underneath the radar screen or it is just a circus. With the Palestinians, it is just a circus, it is not serious. No one even cares about what Barack Obama thinks about these issues. Perfectly obvious, you won’t get anything from him, unless you have power, and then you force them to notice that you exist.

Q: How will the Palestinians reach power? You see the many years of negotiation but they get nothing …

This has nothing to do with negotiations, nothing at all to do with negotiations. People have to organize, and they have to make their presence known. Palestinians are not in such a weak position, that is not true. They have a huge amount of international support. They have not done anything with it, but they have it. Same thing in Palestine. There is a lot of things they could do, but there is no leadership now, just quislings, collaborators with the US and Israel. You can’t keep on complaining you have no power. The Palestinian position, they have a lot of potential, I think the struggle can be won, but there is nothing done, there is nothing done. I think it can be won.

Q: But in the 70s and 80s with much more support for the Palestinians …

no, there was no support.

Q: But the solidarity movement was much bigger …

… no, that is not true.

In the 70s and 80s there was the left, the radical left, and the Palestinian cause 000_7276awas one of the radical chic causes, it was glamorous, but mostly in Europe, for sure, there was no support. In 1982 Israel invaded Lebanon, I was quite involved at that point. You went to Washington and the maximum number of people you could get was 1500, that was for demonstrations. During the Gaza massacre, the demonstrations in support of Gaza were at least 10 times the size of the demonstrations which supported Israel. The things have radically changed. The only ones who support Israel now in demonstrations are Jews, and only a fraction of the Jewish community. But when it comes to Palestinians, it is a very wide segment of American society: Arabs, Muslims, Christians, Jews … it would be quite representative.

(unclear) there was the non-aligned movement, so obviously they had more support there, and there was the Soviet Block, so they had more support there, but in terms of public opinion no, no. The only one was actually Kreisky, the only head of state in Europe.

Q: If we look at situation in Palestine now, the US is interfering in all the internal affairs of Palestine. You see Keith Dayton is controlling them, heading the Palestinian security … during the last session which  Jack Walles held with Abbas, said “no Fatah elections, no parliamentary elections, no reconciliation with Hamas, no, no, no” … These elections are against the interest of the  Americans. What is the interest of the Americans to tell Abu Mazen that he should not hold elections, that he should not do this or that? What do they want from us? And how do you describe the behavior of the PA when they deal with all the demands from the US ?

They are called quislings, they are called collaborators. That’s a problem.

Q: What do they want to give us? A state with no power? I don’t need a state with no power, after 60 years of Nakba and 42 years of occupation, to have a weak state, that I don’t like …

No, no. You know, I think that the problem is the language we use, “does barack obama have something in his pocket for us” and “what do they want to give us”, you get nothing unless you fight for it, and there is nothing in the pockets for you, that is just the way the world works. I wish it didn’t work that way, but god helps those who help themselves.

Q: How? Tell me how? I am not with violence, I am not for throwing rockets, I am not with Intifada. How will I fight this zionism, how will I fight the state of Israel to get back my homeland and to live like a human being? I want my children to live as human beings. I can’t live with people who build walls between me and them, and then continue building settlements between us. They are scared of me, but they continue occupying my land. How will I manage? It is too much for us.

I think there are ways, I mean it is a matter of opinion and judgement. I think 000_7354athat there are ways in which you could defeat Israel, but people will disagree with me. I think that the tactics that Ghandi and the congress body used in India can work in Palestine, but that requires a lot of organization. People don’t understand Ghandis approach. They thought that his approach was just go out and act non-violently. That was not his approach. The congress party had what was called a “constructive program”, that was the term, and it had like 14 points. The most well-known of the points was making (unintelligible), the spinning wheel. That was about education, advancing the rights of women. It had many aspects to it because you had to create a cohesive body of people who represented a physical force for the bridge. It requires organization. Ghandi was all about organizing, and you cannot defeat them with weapons.

Even Hezbollah, and they are a formidable military power, but that is not from 000_7206awhere their real power comes. Their real power came from the dedication, the organization, the intelligence - I don’t mean secret services, I mean using your brain. They managed to stay one step ahead of the Israelis. They cracked … first of all they were able to protect their internal communications. Israel was never able to break into their communications network, but they were able to break into the Israeli communications network during the war. It was intelligence, dedication, it was organization. They are a formidable organization, and I don’t see how you can possibly win if you are completely fragmented. In the case of Palestine , in my opinion, the worst thing that happened to them is when these Europeans came in, these NGOs, and essentially purchased anyone who had talent, and in order to be on the payroll of the NGOs you would have to be with the Europeans, but not what’s good for you. And because Palestine is so small and so poor it was very easy to buy you up, to purchase anyone who had talent, and they ended up working not for the people, but for the NGOs.

Q: You mentioned that the opinion against Islam is getting stronger in Europe, and this is a forgotten topic in Europe, perhaps you could explain this?

I think that there are two aspects to it. Number one, it is so that the Europeans 000_7299adon’t have children anymore, so their culture is changing, there are quite a few countries in Europe where they are not reproducing themselves enough. So they needed people to work, and the Turks, Muslims, came to work. Number two, there is the economic problem that always produces xenophobia everywhere, “the foreigners are taking our jobs”, and, I think that there is always that fear, wondering who is going to assimilate who.

Q: In America there are discussions where people make comparisons between antisemitism in Europe and the new phenomenon of islamophobia in Europe today. Do you see parallels between these phenomena?

Between old anti-semitism and islamophobia now?

(unclear) similar in that a lot of the anti-semitism which arose in the 20th century Europe was not against the internal Jewish population, but it was against the “Ost-Juden”, the eastern Jews, who were seen as backward, primitive, poor. So in terms of the problem being “created” by foreign invaders, the “Ost-Juden” then and the Muslims here, there is some case for comparison.

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