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UPDATE DEC 8, 2017 – MORE REACTIONS…
RUSSIA ALSO CONDEMNS TRUMP’S DECISION ON JERUSALEM
“Jerusalem is ours” – Muslims protest around the world
Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov joined an international chorus of criticism over the move by the Trump administration. “The fact is that the statement [of recognition] goes against all the previous agreements,” he said, adding that it divided global communities into two “very, very unequal parts.” Israel is the only nation openly endorsing the move, but some US allies like Canada have refrained from criticizing it too loudly.
Lavrov, who was speaking to journalists in Vienna, said the Trump administration has shot itself in the foot with the decision, undermining their own Middle East strategy. “They previously said, let’s normalize the relations between Washington and the Arab world, and once it is done, the Palestinian issue can be resolved,” he said. “By taking the decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem the Trump administration have undermined their effort to normalize the relations with the Arabs.”
Meanwhile, a wave of protests has swept the Muslim World after Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital. A man was killed and hundreds injured in clashes in the West Bank, while US flags were burned at mass rallies in Iran, Pakistan and elsewhere.
Over 200 people were injured on Friday as violent protests in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza went into a second day, according to Palestinian officials. Israeli security forces employed tear gas, rubber bullets and even live ammunition to disperse the demonstrators.
Scuffles were reported outside the Old City gates in Jerusalem as worshippers, who were leaving the Al Aqsa Mosque, chanted “Jerusalem is ours, Jerusalem is our capital,” and “We don’t need empty words, we need stones and Kalashnikovs.”
More than 3,000 Palestinians took part in protests in at least 30 locations in the region, the Israeli military said. The unrest began after Friday prayers, when Palestinians began throwing stones at IDF troops.
Elsewhere, the US troops in Afghanistan are on a special ‘Notice to Move’ alert following the US’ Jerusalem decision, according to the Military Times. Donald Trump’s announcement has been met with anger across the Middle East, stoking fears of US troops being targeted.
For more, see… https://on.rt.com/8uab
UPDATE DEC 8, 2017 – REACTIONS…
TAKING SIDES FUELS CONTINUOUS CONFLICT
Isn’t 69 years of bloodshed proof enough?
ALTZAR: Thought you may find this correspondence of interest as it provides a historical background to the conflict in Palestine.
“Okay let me get this straight Jerusalem which in the Old Testament was the capital of Israel, long before there were Muslims of any kind, and all these people are violently disagreeing with the decision to Simply recognize a pre-existing condition, and that somehow invalidates Trump’s decision but validates their own by the use of said violence.
Okay this is just beyond stupid.”
Bob Altzar Djurdjevic: Yes, you do know your history. But selectively, it seems. At that, you are following a treacherous historical path back to about 1,000 BC.
Before that, however, Israel was not Jewish. It was a Canaanites’ land (in 2nd millennium BC). And before that who knows… maybe refugees from the Atlantis disaster?
If you use this kind of logic going back 4,000 years or more, you would have to remap the entire world. Which would lead to chaos and global warfare.
More relevant is the fact that over 700,000 Palestinians were “ethnically cleansed”, to use a modern term, after Israel declared independence in May 1948, under the protection of the US government. That’s around 80 percent of the Arab inhabitants of what became the state of Israel.
It is that kind of injustice that has fueled all subsequent wars.
So you see, there is no right or wrong in a protracted conflict such as this. Both sides have committed atrocities and acted as terrorists depending how far back you wind the clock of history.
Which is why the only sensible policy is NOT TO TAKE SIDES (i.e., the opposite of what the US has been doing in the last seven decades). Because supporting one ethnic group against another will provide fuel fo continuous conflicts. Isn’t 69 years of bloodshed proof enough?
UPDATE DEC 10, 2017 – REACTIONS…
VIOLENCE CONTINUES IN JERUSALEM, OCCUPIED TERRITORIES
Watch “Israeli Cavalry” in action against civilians
PHOTO: Mounted Israeli police disperse Palestinian protesters in East Jerusalem, December 9, 2017
Also see the dramatic videos in this news report: https://on.rt.com/8ucq
In East Jerusalem, mounted police cleared Palestinians who attempted to block traffic. Trash cans were set alight in the city and stun grenade explosions were frequently heard.
RT’s Charlotte Dubenskij was reporting from Salah ad Din street Saturday, the main thoroughfare of East Jerusalem, when several stun grenades landed meters from her, forcing the RT crew to take shelter behind a parked car.
RT’s team filmed at least one injured elderly man taken away by medics. Palestinian news agency WAFA said mounted police knocked people over in Jerusalem, including journalists. 32 people were injured in Jerusalem, according to Red Crescent. Police were knocking phones from the hands of the reporters while dispersing the crowd, a RIA Novosti journalist reported from the scene.
Women react as an Israeli mounted policeman disperses Palestinian protesters on December 9, 2017, in East Jerusalem © Ahmad Gharabli / AFP
Dozens of people were injured during riots in Bethlehem Saturday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said as cited by WAFA. Security forces fired tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets when the crowd approached an Israeli military base in the city. The protests occurred at around 20 other locations in the West Bank, including in Ramallah and Tulkarm, the IDF said.
A wave of anti-American and anti-Israeli protests swept through numerous countries. Thousands of people took to the streets to denounce the declaration and burn US flags and portraits of Trump in Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Afghanistan and elsewhere.
For more, see… https://on.rt.com/8ue6 (Bethlehem) and https://on.rt.com/8ucq (East Jerusalem) reports
BETHLEHEM THEN AND NOW
As we approach Christmas 2017, maybe we should contemplate these images of Jesus’ birthplace.
LAMESTREAM MEDIA MUM ABOUT WORLDWIDE PROTESTS AGAINST TRUMP’S DECISION
ALTZAR: You want to know what the editor and founder of the Truth in Media finds the most disgraceful about the reactions in the US to Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israeli capital?
The lamestream media silence.
Take a look at the photo of this morning’s headlines on Bing, for example. Not one story or one picture of the protests and demonstrations against Trump’s decision.
Thank God for the internet and the foreign media. Otherwise we would be also blinded by such news censorship.
JERUSALEM – UPDATE DEC 11, 2017
Memorial Day 2002 Truth in Media editorial – Revisited
HOW TO WIN THE PEACE IN TWO SIMPLE STEPS
Dump treacherous “ally” (Israel), diversify away from Arab oil
“The only way for America to win the ‘war on terrorism’ in the long run is to disengage from Israel AND from the Middle East oil – both the root causes of anti-American terrorism” (an excerpt from Truth in Media, May 26, 2002
Recent turmoil in the Middle East and elsewhere, caused by Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, reminded me of this Truth in Media editorial I wrote over 15 years ago. It provided a simple solution to the seemingly intractable Middle East problems. Yet even as I wrote that piece, I never expected the US government to implement it. Because war is much more profitable, especially to the “death merchants.”
And so the endless cycles of violence continue, from one generation to another. We cannot think of a better example than that of “PERPETUAL WAR FOR PERPETUAL COMMERCE” – the real New World Order motto which we first discerned in 1993.
An excerpt from Truth in Media, May 26, 2002:
HOW TO WIN THE PEACE IN TWO SIMPLE STEPS
Dump treacherous “ally” (Israel), diversify away from Arab oil
There are a couple of editorial observations we wish to share with you on this Memorial Day weekend in the U.S.
First, a very simple and PEACEFUL ending to both America’s “war on terrorism,” and to our continued involvement in the never-ending Middle Eastern wars, is staring us in the face. If the Bush administration were really an American government acting in OUR country’s best interests, it could end the senseless fight with one-two geopolitical punches:
- Punch One… an uppercut to Israel. Dump this treacherous “ally;” the only “ally” that has ever attacked us, killing 34 American soldiers and injuring 172 others (USS Liberty, 1967); the only “ally” that has sapped the U.S. Treasure to the tune of nearly one hundred billion dollars, while using our money and arms to wage state terrorism against its Arab neighbors; the only “ally” that has brazenly spied on us, and then had the audacity to demand a pardon for its spy (Jonathan Pollard); the only “ally” that continues to spy on us (see Fox TV News series on Israeli “students”, Dec. 2001 – Ashcroft: Tough on American Liberties, Soft on Israeli Spies, Mar. 2002).
- Punch Two… a plexus to Arab oil. Reduce our dependence on Arab oil. Which ultimately means also cease cozying up to the embarrassing totalitarian regimes that have allowed acts of terrorism against Americans to be committed on their soil (see partial list of bombings in the Middle East). The warming up of the Russo-American relations is a welcome step in that direction, as Russia is a major global energy supplier and an OPEC competitor (see Russia vs. OPEC, Sep. 2000).
But given that at present we import 70% of our oil from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait vs. next to nothing from Russia; and that Russia accounts for 10% of the global oil output versus OPEC’s 40%; it will take a long time before such a policy change gets traction. But “a thousand mile journey begins with the first step,” as Confucius noted.
The Punch One would remove a major cause of anti-Americanism around the world, especially in Muslim countries. The Punch Two would take the (economic) punch out of the countries that hate us. The only way for America to win the “war on terrorism” in the long run is to disengage from Israel AND from the Middle East oil – both the root causes of anti-American terrorism.
That’s no great wisdom. That’s just common sense.
What are the chances of common sense prevailing in Washington’s foreign policy? The same as that of true American patriotism… slim to none. As long as the Bush administration is acting as a proxy of both the Israeli lobby and of the multinational oil companies, the American people will be the victims of both and the designated targets for international terrorism.
For more, see… http://www.truthinmedia.org/Bulletins2002/5-1.html, May 26, 2002
Also see, “U.S. Prestige: Bushwhacked and DisemPowelled (by American Poodles – Bush and Powell)” – http://www.truthinmedia.org/Bulletins2002/4-4.html – [all above images were also part of those Truth in Media editorials]
Also see, PERPETUAL WAR FOR PERPETUAL COMMERCE, The Chronicles magazine, Aug 1998 – https://www.truthinmedia.org/Columns/chronicles-aug-98.html and
JERUSALEM – UPDATE DEC 11, 2017
WHAT IS PUTIN UP TO?
His shuttle diplomacy: Met with 3 presidents in 3 countries in 1 day
There is a good chance that Putin is cooking up something in the Middle East with his shuttle diplomacy today. He met with Assad in Syria, with Al Sisi in Egypt, and finished the day with a meeting with Erdogan in Turkey.
All three countries are Israel’s neighbors and important players in the Middle East. All three are opposed to Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. As is virtually the entire world.
Russia also has good relations with Iran, and of late, even with Saudi Arabia. If Putin manages to bridge the chasm between the Sunny and the Shia Muslims, he just might be able to assemble a formidable opposition to the US-Israeli Jerusalem declaration.
If that’s what this shuttle diplomacy was about, it will be worth watching what follows over the next days and weeks.
PS: On a lighter note, notice the same tie Putin is wearing on all three occasions? 🙂
UPDATE DEC 16, 2017
PATHETIC SUMMIT IN ISTANBUL EXPOSES WEAKNESS OF TOOTHLESS LEADERS OF 57 MUSLIM COUNTRIES
These Muslim leaders are no longer relevant, writes Robert Fisk, a longtime Middle East correspondent for the London Independent newspaper – https://goo.gl/4fns4R
“They represent failed states with neither morality nor courage to show for their presence at the Istanbul summit,” he writes.
“It was just more claptrap from an organization (that’s already changed its name twice) which offers no hope, no initiative, no justice and no future to the people of its collective autocracies.”
DISMAL FAILURE OF MUSLIM LEADERS TO STAND UP AND SUPPORT THE PALESTINIANS OVER JERUSALEM
If there was anything to beat in mediocrity the childish and delinquent declaration by Donald Trump that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, it was the pathetic response from Muslim states. For there in Istanbul this week were all the tired old men to whom we have listened for so many years, none sadder or more woebegone than the ageing and useless “President” of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas.
There were supposed to be 57 heads of state of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in the Turkish capital, but some were simply too old and senile – the comatose Bouteflika of Algeria, for example – or too busy shouting abuse at other Arabs states or bombing Yemen.
Oh yes, of course, they demanded that the “international community” accept east Jerusalem as Palestine’s “capital” – a capital for a state that doesn’t exist and, at this rate, never will.
It was just more claptrap from an organization (that’s already changed its name twice) which offers no hope, no initiative, no justice and no future to the people of its collective autocracies.
The “world” – an interesting concept in Middle East terms – and America will only become worried if these tired men have courage. Or what we used to call the courage of their convictions.
If America has hurled itself out of peace-making – which it supposedly has, although I wouldn’t count on Abbas keeping his phone off the hook if the White House calls – then these potentates should be considering a diplomatic boycott of the United States, or the breaking off of relations or even a mild but increasingly severe oil boycott. There was a time when they did this sort of thing.
But that’s not going to happen.
It might have been wise if (the Palestinian leader) Abbas had contested the Trump decision at the international court, but the Palestinian leadership is so uninspiring (and corrupt) that I doubt if it even dreamed of such a move.
And that’s the problem. If you have a delinquent American president, you need serious young people – international lawyers, negotiators, experienced diplomats – to defend the peoples of the Middle East. There are UN resolutions enough to apply to Jerusalem and the occupied territories. But no, not a word did we hear of these. It was as if apathy and hopelessness guide these figures. For more, see THE INDEPENDENT – https://goo.gl/4fns4R
APATHY GALORE: PLUTOCRATS ARE WINNING… FOR NOW
And so it goes… like America, like Middle East. Apathy at home, apathy overseas.
Nobody dares challenge the oligarchs. So the plutocrats are winning sowing fear, uncertainty and doubt. The slave mentality is engulfing the world.
Because those who can, are doing nothing. And those who do, are just pissing in the wind.
The world is desperately in the need of a messiah of some kind, a person who would INSPIRE and uplift the spirit of humanity.
Is Putin that guy? Time will tell.
Meanwhile, we’d better not wait that long. We must start to “trust only yourself and you own nag” (a Serbian proverb: “Uzdaj se samo u se i u svoje kljuse”).
UPDATE DEC 18, 2017
US VETOES UN RESOLUTION ON JERUSALEM
All other Security Council members vote for it
US AND ISRAEL: ROGUE STATES
As expected, the US vetoed today the UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution on Jerusalem, which had demanded the American decision recognizing the city as the Israeli capital be withdrawn. All other UNSC members voted in favor of the document.
The French envoy to the UN said in his speech that the US still “should explain compatibility of its decision [on Jerusalem] with the international consensus.” He also added that France “regrets” the outcome of the vote that has become a symbol of 14 UNSC members’ willingness to “confirm their attachment to international law.”
By this action, the United States has effectively taken itself and Israel out of the world community. “What’s good for the goose is not good for the gander,” when it comes to Trump and Netanyahu.
These two governments have now set themselves as international outcasts, leaders of pariah states which do not respect international laws and norms.
Of course, for Israel, that’s nothing knew. That country had already violated over 80 UN Security Council resolutions, and many others passed by the UN General Assembly over the last seven decades (see “Rogue State: Israeli Violations of U.N. Security Council Resolutions” – Foreign Policy – https://goo.gl/hYZAtz).
And the US has backed Israel’s intransigence for the most part. But not always.
Defying extraordinary pressure from President-elect Donald Trump and furious lobbying by Israel, the Obama administration on Dec 23, 2016 allowed the United Nations Security Council to adopt a resolution that condemned Israeli settlement construction.
So never before have the US and Israel been so utterly isolated in the world community as today’s UN Security Council vote has shown.
And the protests around the world, not just in Palestine, are continuing. In Indonesia, for example, some 80,000 people demonstrated today against Trump’s Jerusalem recognition – see the video… https://on.rt.com/8v1k.
UN SECURITY COUNCIL TO VOTE OUTLAWING TRUMP’S JERUSALEM DECISION – Dec 17, 2017 – https://www.facebook.com/bob.djurdjevic/posts/10212448428580665