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Jerusalem: The Basic Facts

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The intrepid Pepe Escobar took to Facebook to explain the background concerning the city of Jerusalem in the wake of the Drumpf’s announcement regarding the city and its status in U.S. foreign policy: “JERUSALEM – THE BASIC FACTS: According to international law Jerusalem is NOT the capital of Israel. Few may be aware that Sykes-Picot, a century ago, awarded Jerusalem to . . . RUSSIA. But then Lenin rejected the deal. So the Brits ended up getting Jerusalem under the Class A Mandate of Palestine. We all know what happened afterwards. In 1947, the UN General Assembly came up with an absurd division of Palestine; Jews owned only 6% of Palestinian land at the time, but they were granted enormous tracts of territory. The UN plan was only a PROPOSAL. It was NEVER endorsed by the UN Security Council – which holds executive authority. Palestinians and the whole Arab world vehemently rejected the proposed terms of the partition. The point is already in 1947, and even in terms of the proposal, Jerusalem was NOT recognized as Israel’s capital. In 1967 Israel conquered virtually the whole of Jerusalem and the hinterland. Then almost everything was annexed – which is totally ILLEGAL. The UN Charter, the Geneva conventions, and the Rome Statute that created the International Criminal Court expressly forbid annexations by military conquest and/or occupation. Israeli leadership would be in serious trouble if they were ever brought to the International Criminal Court. The status of Jerusalem can only be decided in final negotiations – if they ever happen – between Israel and Palestine”.1

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1 Pepe Escobar. “JERUSALEM – THE BASIC FACTS” Facebook (06 Dec 2017). https://www.facebook.com/pepe.escobar.77377.

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Holocaust Denial: Ursula Haverbeck

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‘In 2015, Ursula Haverbeck made history in a defiant interview in which she threw down the gauntlet to the biggest taboo of our times. Revisionism . . . on German TV! A seismic event. Published on May 14, 2015’.

Last November, Allan Hall wrote that a “German grandmother aged 87 has been sentenced to ten months in jail for denying the Holocaust and saying Auschwitz was ‘just a labour camp’. Ursula Haverbeck, who is a friend of Gudrun Burwitz – elderly daughter of Nazi S.S. chief Heinrich Himmler – was sentenced in a court in Hamburg for sedition over an interview she gave to a TV station denying that Jews were murdered in extermination camps. In the interview with the ARD network she claimed the death camp of Auschwitz in Nazi occupied Poland, where at least 1.1 million people were murdered, was ‘nothing more than a labour camp'”.[1]

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[1] Allan Hall, “German grandmother, 87, is sentenced to ten months in jail for denying the Holocaust and saying Auschwitz was ‘just a labour camp'” The Daily Mail (November 2015). http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3317083/German-grandmother-87-sentenced-ten-months-jail-denying-Holocaust-saying-Auschwitz-just-labour-camp.html#ixzz3zDF3My4u .

The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel

‘Talk by Alison Weir, Executive Director of If Americans Knew, President of the Council for the National Interest, and author of the book Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel recorded July 30, 2014 at the Common Good Cafe at University Temple United Methodist Church in Seattle, WA. Published on Aug 1, 2014′.

TED: Militant Atheism by Dawkins

In February 2002 ‘Richard Dawkins urges all atheists to openly state their position — and to fight the incursion of the church into politics and science. A fiery, funny, powerful talk held in Monterey (Published on 15 June 2012)’.

Bibi’s Money: Over 90% of Netanyahus’ Campaign Contributions Come from the United States

‘Shir Hever, of the Alternative Information Center, says many dubious fundraising strategies are used, some are illegal and under investigation (9 Feb 2015)’.

Al-Monitor’s Israel Pulse columnist Akiva Eldar declares that an “investigative report of [compiled by Channel 10 News analyst Raviv Drucker and] based on documents that allegedly proved Netanyahu and his family members enjoyed travel, expensive hotel stays and prestigious dining at the expense of foreign businessmen during the period he served as finance minister (2003-2005). In September [2014], Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein announced that he was shutting down the investigation after no evidence was found of criminal wrongdoing. At the same time, it seems that an annual report compiled by State Comptroller Joseph Shapira concerning the expenditure of the prime minister’s residence has been gathering dust on the desk of the comptroller since August 2014. A source familiar with the case told Al-Monitor this week that such inquiries could be completed at most within three months. At the end of the week, after a series of critical articles about the delay in publication of the report, the comptroller denied that he had promised Netanyahu’s attorneys to postpone publication until the election was over”.[1]

Whereas, the billionaire casino mogul and conservative donor Sheldon Adelson’s “free daily tabloid called Israel Hayom (Israel Today) [, which was] started . . . in 2007 and [has today] the largest circulation in the country”, supporting and propagating Bibi’s cause. And, as indicated on the Real News, “Adelson is an avid supporter and long-time friend of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu”, aka Bibi.[2]  The Washington Post‘s Jerusalem correspondent Ruth Eglash insightfully adds that “Adelson has [always] played a big role in GOP politics and is vocal about his support for Israel. In 2012, he spent millions backing the presidential candidacy of Mitt Romney, not only in a bid to beat President Obama but also to ensure strengthened support for Israel in domestic U.S. politics. And, more recently, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) apologized to Adelson after referring to the West Bank as ‘occupied territories’ in a speech at the spring leadership meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition, an event Adelson hosted at his Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas”.[3]

[1] Akiva Eldar, “Netanyahu’s household expenses become campaign issue” Al-Monitor (02 Feb 2015). http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/02/corruption-israel-netanyahu-sara-scandal-likud-peace-process.html#ixzz3RG2bbtG6.

[2] Ruth Eglash, “How U.S. billionaire Sheldon Adelson is buying up Israel’s media” The Washington Post (01 May 2014). http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/05/01/how-u-s-billionaire-sheldon-adelson-is-buying-up-israels-media/.

[3] Ruth Eglash, “How U.S. billionaire Sheldon Adelson is buying up Israel’s media”.

Turkey’s Davutoğlu equates Israel’s Netanyahu to Paris attackers

‘Turkey’s PM Davutoglu has compared Israeli counterpart Netanyahu to the Islamist militants who killed 17 people in Paris last week, saying both had committed crimes against humanity. Jillian Kitchener reports (15 Jan 2015)’.

Gaza and Operation Protective Edge: Ceasefire at Long Last???

(26 August 2014)