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Jewish Voice for Peace: Open Letter

Years ago, leading Jewish and human rights groups like the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center played critical roles in promoting the idea of universal rights. But tragically, this legacy has been crumbling for some time. Today, it is in danger of disappearing altogether. Israel is becoming more and more like a police state each day, while these leaders say nothing.

Ask American Jewish leaders to denounce Israel’s increasing violations of human rights, dignity, and democratic values such as midnight raids on activists, media gag orders, crushing nonviolent protest, and silencing NGO’s.

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An Open Letter to the leaders of the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Congress, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Dear Abe Foxman, David Harris, and Rabbi Marvin Hier:

As leaders of major Jewish organizations that defend human rights, democratic values and civil rights for all, you have rightly and vigorously condemned repression where it occurs around the world.

That’s why your silence as Israel becomes more and more repressive each day deeply concerns us.

As Israel uses anti-democratic tactics against Palestinians and increasingly, its own citizens, what will you do to stop it?

Will you remain quiet while Israel rounds up its own citizens like Dr. Omar Said and Ameer Makhoul(1), who was arrested in the middle of the night in front of his children, held without charges, denied a lawyer for 12 days, tortured, and then disappeared under a strict media gag order which was partially lifted after widespread protest?

Will you say nothing about the arrests of Palestinian nonviolent leaders like Omar Alaaeddin(2) and Abdallah Abu Rahmah(3); the lethal shooting with tear gas canisters of people like Bassem Abu Rahmah(4); the incarceration of Israeli Jewish nonviolent leaders like Ezra Nawi(5); and harassment of the members of Israeli peace groups like New Profile(6)?

Will you stand by and allow legislation(7) to criminalize the human rights organizations that are the best representatives of Israeli democracy?

We call on you to speak out against the repression of the civil and democratic rights of Palestinians and Israelis. We ask you to call for an end to the crackdown on nonviolent human rights activists and organizations, both in Israel and in the Occupied Territories.

We are Jews and Muslims, Americans and Israelis, Christians and atheists, parents and grandparents. We are united by our belief that all people deserve equality and freedom. And like you, we each have a personal stake in a peaceful future for Israelis and Palestinians.

We ask you to heed the words of Elie Wiesel who said, “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

We are waiting.

(1) Ameer Makhoul is the director of “Ittijah,” the network of Arab NGOs in Israel, and a human rights activist. Were a civil society leader representing a minority group in a democratic state to be arrested and tortured by his own government in any other state, we would count on our Jewish organizations to protest.
http://www.adalah.org/eng/pressreleases/pr.php?file=27_05_10
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israeli-arab-activist-spied-on-idf-bases-for-hezbollah-1.292517

(2) Omar Alaaedine’s arrest and torture. http://theonlydemocracy.org/2010/03/torture-man-for-organizing-demos/

(3) Abdallah Abu Rahmah’s Letter From Ofer Jail. http://theonlydemocracy.org/2010/02/abdallah-abu-rahmahs-letter-from-ofer-jail/

(4) Bassem Abu Rahmah’s shooting. http://theonlydemocracy.org/2010/04/remembering-bassem-pheel-abu-rahma/

(5) Ezra Nawi’s Website. http://freezra.org

(6) New Profile’s letter about their harrassment. http://theonlydemocracy.org/2010/02/letter-from-new-profile/

(7) Adalah on the proposed legislation to restrict NGO’s. http://www.adalah.org/eng/pressreleases/pr.php?file=29_04_10_2

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Problems with Skynetblogs

Are our problems with our Skynetblogs connected with the Israeli government (which we constantly criticize) and the Israeli telecommunication multinationals?

There are many problems with our Skynet blogs. Photos seem to disappear or are made invisible for a while. There is a complaint with the direction of Belgacom-Skynet. Belgacom is the government-owned telecom service provider of Belgium and belongs to a special class of Belgian state-owned utility companies (it had a state monopoly). The company act as a commercial concern and pointed out, its strengths in international communications helped Brussels to attract companies like Hewlett-Packard and British Petroleum, to set up their international headquarters there (next the headquarters for NATO and the EEC). The company is working with Israeli phone and Internet tapping instruments but that’s so expensive that the budget of Belgian Justice for this year is already exhausted.

Interesting information: the majority of the firewalls on US corporate and government computer systems are provided by just one company, Checkpoint Systems, which like Amdocs, Comverse Infosys, and Odigo, is headquartered in Israel.


THE PROBLEMS WITH THE BELGACOM-SKYNET BLOGS:

11 נובמבר 2006 … AMDOCS-ISRAEL-LTD-LAN. Hakirya. NDS Israel Technologies Ltd. Tnuva Computers. PELEPHONE-LAN … Belgacom Skynet. Israel Inter-University Computation Center. Amit Overseas … AMS Advenced Maintenace System. Romania Data Systems. YOEL- GEVA-SCHOOL-ADSL … Checkpoint Software Technologies …
Info: http://www.kabala-oria.net/…/network%20location%20-%20kabala-oria.htm

Organization Name

ADSL-CUSTOMER-CONNECTION Bezeq International-Ltd Golden Lines Cable Barak I.T.C BB-HFA (not set) CABLES-CUSTOMERS-CONNECTION Broadband-PT NetVision Golden Lines International Communication Services Euronet Digital Communications BB-PT ADSL-FIXIP-CUST IG ADSL Costumers Omega Building America Online Israeli Government Network Hebrew University of Jerusalem firewall segment Verizon Internet Services IG Cables Costumers Optimum Online (Cablevision Systems) Clal Insurance Elron Technologies MOTOROLA Israel Local Authorities Data Processing Center Lt tel aviv municipality GOLDENLINES-NET-WAN Dynamic pool for broadband users Actcom – Active Communications Ltd. Motorola General Systems Group Savvis MALAM-SYSTEMS-LTD-LAN PPTP2 IG ADSL Costumers (Tony12) SBC Internet Services Safelines Ltd. Road Runner IG ADSL Costumers (Tony14) Keter Plastics Ltd. CLEAN PPTP3 Comtek Tel Aviv University Network Computer reseller Comcast Cable Relational Technology Systems MOFET IG ADSL Costumers (Tony09) Actcom – Active Communication Ltd. IG ADSL Costumers (Tony13) IG ADSL Costumers (Tony10) PPTP1 Ben Gurion University Network IG ADSL Costumers (Tony06) Kupat Holim Mehuchedet Ministry Of science – Libraries Department ROADRUNNER-NYC IG ADSL Costumers (Tony01) IG Cables Costumers (Genie10) IG ADSL Costumers (Tony02) Bezek Chello Broadband GmbH DSL Extreme IG Cables Costumers (Genie06) Bar-Ilan University Network RAS range Reshut Hadoar InfoWeb(Fujitsu Ltd.) TELMA-LTD-LAN KIBBUTZ-BEIT-HASHITA-LAN IG Cables Costumers (Genie03) Bar-Ilan University Network Aridor Assets PPTP tel-aviv EarthLink Hidenet Education Ministry Cellcom Rogers Cable France Telecom Telran Communications BellSouth.net Bezeq International Inter Disciplinary Center BTL Eyal Naor Exodus IDC – NJ/NY1 Tel Aviv University – Hospital Network Deutsche Telekom AG Optibase WAN GL connections Technion Network Aplica Tek Haifa University Network Barak I.T.C. BEZEQ-CALL-LAN Teva Telewest Broadband KIBBUTZ-MAGEN-PLASTIC-LAN Health Ministry Cable & Wireless Panama Google Kineret Group Eilat Inter Ltd HTC – DSL Modem Pool INDIGO IG ADSL Costumers (Tony07) BEST-CARTON-LTD-LAN bezeq-international The Academic College Of Judea And Samaria RICERCAR Barak WAN Connection Pentagon Systems Ltd. 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Photo: American warships – Suez

SHAKSHOUKA: NOT FORBIDDEN BY SHIN BET AND ISRAELI GOVERNMENT

ShakshoukaShakshouka (also shakshuka, shaqshuqa, chakchouka; Arabic: شكشوكة‎; Hebrew: שקשוקה‎) is a North African dish consisting of poached or fried eggs cooked in a sauce of tomatoes, peppers, onions, and spices (often including cumin, turmeric, and chillies), and usually served with white bread.

Originally enjoyed by rulers of the Ottoman Empire, this dish later amassed its greatest popularity among the North African countries. Shakshouka was then taken to Israel largely by Tunisian Jews after the Jewish exodus from Arab lands. This dish is now a staple of Yemeni, Israeli, Tunisian, Algerian, Somali and Moroccan cuisine.

It is similar to the Turkish dish Menemen, and the Latin American breakfast dish Huevos rancheros.

The Yemeni, Tunisian, Algerian, Somali and Moroccan elements are not deported from the Shakshouka and the dish is so good that even the members of the Israeli government and their children like to eat it.

The Skakshouka is very popular in the multi-cultural Israeli prisons.
It is Jewish and thus certainly democratic, not expensive, tasty, quickly prepared and nutritious.

This dish is not yet on the blacklist of Israeli Security Services.
People who eat it, can not be accused of infiltration, spying or terrorism. They can not be threatened, arrested and tortured by Secret Services to force confessions.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakshouka

“attack” and “sabotage” global peace and human rights groups

Think tank tells Israeli government to declare war on peace groups

February 19 2010 by Cecilie Surasky

They’re baaaaack – Israel’s “most influential” think tank tells Israeli government to “attack” and “sabotage” global peace and human rights groups (as opposed to domestic groups which are already under attack.)

I wrote last month about the Reut (pronounced Ray-OOT) Institute’s report on what they see as the new existential threat to Israel. No longer military, the report said, the primary threat to Israel is political. Israel must fight a “delegitimization network” of peace and human rights groups based largely in four international “hubs”: Toronto, Madrid, London and the San Francisco Bay Area (where Jewish Voice for Peace is located.)

(Now, more of the report is available on-line, including a cool animated PowerPoint! Read terrific in-depth pieces on the new material by Ali Abunimah and Richard Silverstein.)

There are many astonishing elements of the report. One is the blame it places on others including the global left for the increasing political viability of a one-state solution. In fact it is Israel’s never-ending expansion of settlements that has made a two-state solution seem more and more unlikely by the day, not the global human rights movement. What groups like Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) seek to delegitimize is the occupation and massive inequality and human rights violations committed against Palestinians, not Israel itself. Even most Palestinians, polls show, want their own viable state over a one-state solution. (JVP is neutral on the issue of one state or two or three for that matter, supporting any resolution consistent with international law which is largely supported by both parties.)

If the Israelis really wanted the Palestinians to have a state of their own, they could have made it happen years ago and the entire world would have cheered, and since 2002, they would have had full relations with all their Arab neighbors. But instead, the Israeli government has used endless peace negotiations as a way to expand settlements while keeping the international community at bay. If the one-state solution marks the greatest existential threat to Israel, as the Reut report suggests, the Israeli government has no one to blame
but itself. The global peace and justice movement is the symptom, not the cause.

Secondly, the report actually dares to suggest “sabotage” of groups like Jewish Voice for Peace who are part of an international peace and justice human rights network and who actively support Israeli and Palestinian activists on the ground (our sites include: http://www.December18th.org, http://www.FreeEzra.org, http://www.TheOnlyDemocracy.org etc..). We take this very seriously. Perhaps this is the way NGOs are
increasingly handled in Israel, especially under Netanyahu. But it’s certainly not how the government, and especially a foreign government, is expected to respond to law- abiding NGOs here in the United States (Ahem, Cointelpro and other efforts notwithstanding). And frankly, we won’t stand for it.

They’re baaaaack – Israel’s “most influential” think tank tells Israeli government to “attack” and “sabotage” global peace and human rights groups (as opposed to domestic groups which are already under attack.)

I wrote last month about the Reut (pronounced Ray-OOT) Institute’s report on what they see as the new existential threat to Israel. No longer military, the report said, the primary threat to Israel is political. Israel must fight a “delegitimization network” of peace and human rights groups based largely in four international “hubs”: Toronto, Madrid, London and the San Francisco Bay Area (where Jewish Voice for Peace is located.)

(Now, more of the report is available on-line, including a cool animated PowerPoint! Read terrific in-depth pieces on the new material by Ali Abunimah and Richard Silverstein.)

There are many astonishing elements of the report. One is the blame it places on others including the global left for the increasing political viability of a one-state solution. In fact it is Israel’s never-ending expansion of settlements that has made a two-state solution seem more and more unlikely by the day, not the global human rights movement. What groups like Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) seek to delegitimize is the occupation and massive inequality and human rights violations committed against Palestinians, not Israel itself. Even most Palestinians, polls show, want their own viable state over a one-state solution. (JVP is neutral on the issue of one state or two or three for that matter, supporting any resolution consistent with international law which is largely supported by both parties.)

If the Israelis really wanted the Palestinians to have a state of their own, they could have made it happen years ago and the entire world would have cheered, and since 2002, they would have had full relations with all their Arab neighbors. But instead, the Israeli government has used endless peace negotiations as a way to expand settlements while keeping the international community at bay. If the one-state solution marks the greatest existential threat to Israel, as the Reut report suggests, the Israeli government has no one to blame
but itself. The global peace and justice movement is the symptom, not the cause.

Secondly, the report actually dares to suggest “sabotage” of groups like Jewish Voice for Peace who are part of an international peace and justice human rights network and who actively support Israeli and Palestinian activists on the ground (our sites include: http://www.December18th.org, http://www.FreeEzra.org, http://www.TheOnlyDemocracy.org etc..). We take this very seriously. Perhaps this is the way NGOs are
increasingly handled in Israel, especially under Netanyahu. But it’s certainly not how the government, and especially a foreign government, is expected to respond to law- abiding NGOs here in the United States (Ahem, Cointelpro and other efforts notwithstanding). And frankly, we won’t stand for it.

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