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Land of Palestine

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Ben-Gurion told Nahum Goldman (one of the prominent Zionists leaders) before he died:
"I don't understand your optimism.," Ben-Gurion declared. "Why should the Arabs make peace? If I was an Arab leader I would never make terms with Israel. That is natural: we have taken their country. Sure, God promised it to us, but what does that matter to them? Our God is not theirs. We come from Israel, it's true, but two thousand years ago, and what is that to them? There has been anti-Semitism the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They only see one thing: we have come here and stolen their country. Why should they accept that? They may perhaps forget in one or two generations' time, but for the moment there is no chance. So it's simple: we have to stay strong and maintain a powerful army. Our whole policy is there. Otherwise the Arabs will wipes us out".
Ben Gurion was stupid enough to think that the Palestinains would "forget" their country in one or two generations - they will NEVER FORGET and will continue to fight APARTHEID until Israel goes the way of South Africa.

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The Elephant In The Living Room !!
Annexation Wall: 10 Years Too Long
Israel orders demolition of 8 Palestinian villages for IDF training sites!!

4th July in East Jerusalem

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Tariq Abukhdeir

4th July in East Jerusalem

The Palestinian child Tariq Abukhdeir (15 years old ) -
Israeli undercover forces... brutally beaten in Shuafat, he is in intensive care at the hospital now, he suffer form a broken nose, busted lip and also has internal bleeding, the police are waiting for him to get out of the hospital to put him in jail.

Palestinian young man (Tariq Abukhdeir) brutally beaten in Shuafat !!

Eye On Palestine

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shuafat
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US aid to Israel: 115 billion dollars
The Value of Foreign Military Financing (FMF) Orders by State
How much military aid do you provide?
Zionist Jew Octopus in Control of America
Stop the blank check - Stop $8.5 million a day to Israel
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
A Comprehensive History of Zionist Crimes

DO YOU REMEMBER THESE CHILDREN????

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Palestinian Teen Abducted and Killed on Wed 2nd July 2014

THIS IMAGE IS NOT MINE !

JUST now, I read this horrible news online. My heart cries for this poor Palestinian innocent 16 years old child (Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir) who were murdered by Nazi Israeli people.

"A Palestinian teenager from occupied East Jerusalem was kidnapped and killed early Wednesday in a suspected act of revenge for the killing of three Israeli youths, Israeli army radio reported.
Locals identified the victim as 16-year-old Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir from the Shufat neighborhood.
Witnesses told Ma'an that footage from surveillance cameras shows Israelis stepping out of a Hyundai in front of Abu Khdeir's house and forcing the teen inside before speeding off."

Palestinian teen abducted, killed in suspected revenge attack
Some translated comments from Israelis on the murder of a Palestinian teen @ dawn on social media !

One Palestinian child has been killed by Israel every 3 days for the past 13 years

The Impact of the Conflict on Children

DO YOU REMEMBER THESE CHILDREN????

VIDEO: Nazi Israeli are arresting 11 years old children !!

We Palestinians are garbage: no one cares about us, say cousins of murdered boy

Palestinian young man brutally beaten in Shuafat
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WHICH CORPORATIONS are profiting from the occupation?

Who Profits from the Occupation is a research center dedicated to exposing the commercial involvement of Israeli and international companies in the continued Israeli control over Palestinian and Syrian land. Currently, we focus on three main areas of corporate involvement in the occupation: the settlement industry, economic exploitation and control over population.

Online Database and Information Center

On this website, Who Profits publishes information concerning companies that are commercially complicit in the occupation. Our online database constitutes part of an ongoing investigation. Who Profits also serves as an information center for queries regarding corporate involvement in the occupation – from individuals and civil society organizations working to end the Israeli occupation and to promote international law, corporate social responsibility, social justice and labor rights, both in Israel and internationally.

In-Depth Reports and Case Studies

Who Profits publishes in-depth reports and flash reports about industries, projects and specific companies. Our recent publications include:
•Use of the Hewlett-Packard (HP) Basel System in checkpoints.
•The direct involvement of Israeli banks in financing the Israeli occupation.
•The new Tel Aviv-Jerusalem high-speed railway, which cuts through occupied Palestinian areas.
•The dependance of the Israeli wine industry on vineyards in occupied territories.
•The exploitation of a captive Palestinian market by the Israeli pharmaceutical Industry.

Other recently published reports review, in depth, the occupation-related activity of specific companies, including:
•Ahava – Exploitation of occupied resources.
•Sodastream – Production in settlements.
•G4S (Hashmira) – The involvement of private security companies in the occupation.

The Powerful Impact of Strategic Research

The verified and reliable information presented by Who Profits helps civil society organizations and policymakers to stimulate a candid public debate concerning the economic effects of the occupation and the global and local economic interests that play a significant role in sustaining Israeli control over the occupied Palestinian territories.

History

Who Profits was founded in 2007 as a research project of the Coalition of Women for Peace (CWP) – a feminist, Palestinian-Jewish organization devoted to the struggle against the occupation. The project’s character was shaped through the consistent and devoted work of many activists in CWP and the cutting-edge feminist agenda of this organization, which constituted an empowering habitat.

In 2013, in light of the expansion of Who Profits and its increasing professionalization as a research center, the project separated from CWP and became an independent organization. Who Profits and CWP continue to collaborate as sister organizations.

* Despite our great efforts to compile and present the most updated and reliable information, this website might still contain inaccuracies or errors. Please contact us with any corrections, comments or questions.

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US aid to Israel: Fact Sheet

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Total American aid to Israel since 1949 exceeds $118 billion (in non-inflation-adjusted dollars).

In the 2013 fiscal year, the U.S. gave Israel $3.1 billion in Foreign Military Financing funds (FMF).
“Foreign Military Financing refers to congressionally appropriated grants given to foreign governments to finance the purchase of American-made weapons, services and training. The vast majority of these funds goes to Israel and Egypt,” according to the Federation of American Scientists.
At the completion of this 10-year-plan in 2018, the U.S. will have given Israel $30 billion in unconditional military aid. The United States awards this grant in one lump sum, unlike other foreign recipients, which receive their payments in installments. Israel uses the interest it earns on this amount to pay down its debt to the United States, valued at $455 million in January 2013.
Under the terms of the agreement, Israel will be able to spend 26 percent of these U.S. funds on Israeli-manufactured military equipment. (This is known as Off-Shore Procurement.) This agreement, which is unique only to Israel, has allowed Israel to grow to be the world’s 7th largest exporter of military weaponry and equipment.
Israel also receives aid in other ways such as loan guarantees, refugee resettlement assistance, and reduced cost or free military equipment.


Here is a breakdown of some of US Aid to Israel:


Israel is the largest recipient of US Foreign Military Financing.
For FY2014, President Barack Obama’s funding request for Israel would account for more than half (52%) of FMF worldwide.
Annual FMF grants account for up to 25% of Israel’s defense budget.
Israel is allowed to use FMF to purchase weapons produced in Israel. No other country receives this benefit.
Israel will purchase 19 F-35s at a cost of $2.75 billion. Israel will pay for this entirely using FMF grants supplied by the United States.
Under negotiated agreements, Israel may purchase an additional squadron of F-35s, up to 75 aircraft, costing a total of $15.2 billion.
As part of the deal, the U.S. has pledged to spend $4 billion purchasing equipment from Israel’s defense industries.
From 2001 to the present, Israel has received free weaponry, called Excess Defense Articles, worth more than $330 million.
In FY2013, Congress authorized $211 million for Israel’s Iron Dome Missile Defense System, despite the budget sequestration that was in place.
The Secretary of Defense will request an additional nearly $500 million for Iron Dome in FY2014 and FY2015.
The Defense Department appropriations for all missile defense systems in Israel (Iron Dome, Arrow II, Arrow III, David’s Sling) for FY2014 is more than $315 million.
Additional grants and loan guarantees:
$25 million – The amount the United States gave Israel in 2010 to help Jewish immigrants move to Israel, settle there and learn Hebrew.
$460 million – The amount the U.S. State Department’s Migration and Refugee Assistance program gave Israel – through the private charity United Israel Appeal - to resettle Jews in Israel between 1973 and 1991.
$9.2 billion – Amount U.S. gave Israel to resettle Soviet Jews between 1972 and 1990.
$15 million — Amount allocated for refugee assistance for FY2014.
$3.8 billion — The amount Israel is authorized to issue in US-backed bonds (loan guarantees).

Israel, not an honest broker
Israel has not always been an honest foreign aid recipient, breaking both U.S. and international laws by the misuse of American weaponry, espionage and selling sensitive military equipment and knowledge to countries unfriendly to the United States.

Weapons use violations
Cluster munitions – In 1982 the Reagan administration found that Israel ‘may’ have violated its 1952 Mutual Defense Assistance Agreement with the U.S. by using U.S.-supplied cluster bombs against civilians in Lebanon.
Israel also may have violated several American laws by its use of American-made Apache helicopters, F-16 fighter jets and other U.S.-produced ammunition on the civilian population of Gaza during Operation Cast Lead in December 2008 and January 2009, according to a report by the National Lawyers Guild.
Questionable deals
In 2000, Israel sought to sell the Airborne Early Warning System to China, which could threaten “the forces of democratic Taiwan and the United States in the region surrounding the Taiwan Straights.”
In 2006, Israel froze a $100-million contract with Venezuela to upgrade its U.S. manufactured F-16 fighter jets due to U.S. pressure.
In 2009, an Israeli defense company partnering with Swedish manufacturer Saab backed out of a bidding competition to sell Swedish-designed fighter jets to India because U.S. officials worried U.S. technology would be integrated into the jets.

Espionage-related cases
Jonathan Pollard was indicted in November 1985 for selling classified documents to Israel. Four Israelis also were charged. Pollard was convicted and is serving a life sentence.
Lawrence Franklin, indicted June 13, 2005, for the unauthorized disclosure of classified information relating to al Qaeda, U.S. policy toward Iran and the Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia to a foreign diplomat.
Steven J. Rosen and Keith Weissman, of the AIPAC lobby, were indicted on Aug. 4, 2005, for their part in the Franklin’s espionage. On May 1, 2009, U.S. prosecutors filed a motion to dismiss the case because of the likelihood that classified information would be revealed at trial that would damage national security.

Ben-Ami Kadish, arrested on April 22, 2008, on suspicion of giving classified information on nuclear weapons to Israel. Kadish pleaded guilty on May 29, 2009, to one count of conspiracy to act as an unregistered agent of Israel and was fined $50,000.
Stewart Nozette, indicted on Oct. 15, 2009, for allegedly attempting to sell classified information about U.S. satellites, early-warning systems and other systems to the Mossad (Israel’s foreign intelligence and spy agency). Nozette pleaded guilty to a “seemingly unrelated two-count charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States and tax evasion.”

Source: http://www.ampalestine.org/index.php/newsroom/articles/542-us-aid-to-israel-fact-sheet

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Israeli forces killed two Palestinian teens during clashes near Ofer military prison in the West Bank city of Beitunia on May 15.

Nadeem Siam Nawara, 17, sustained a fatal gunshot wound to the chest. Mohammad Mahmoud Odeh, 16, sustained a fatal gunshot wound to the back. Both boys were transferred to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah where they were pronounced dead.

"The images captured on video show unlawful killings where neither child presented a direct and immediate threat to life at the time of their shooting," said Rifat Kassis, executive director of DCI-Palestine. "These acts by Israeli soldiers may amount to war crimes, and the Israeli authorities must conduct serious, impartial, and thorough investigations to hold the perpetrators accountable for their crimes."

The boys were participating in a demonstration near Ofer military prison to mark Nakba Day and express solidarity with hunger striking prisoners currently held in administrative detention by Israel. The demonstration reportedly began peacefully and then turned violent when Israeli forces clashed with Palestinian youth.

The deaths on Thursday raise the number of Palestinian children killed by Israeli forces in 2014 to four, according to data collected by DCI-Palestine. Over 1,400 Palestinian children have been killed as a result of Israeli military and settler presence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory since 2000.

The Israeli military's own regulations dictate that live ammunition must be used "only under circumstances of real mortal danger," but the regulations are not enforced and frequently ignored by Israeli soldiers, according to research by DCI-Palestine.

Read the news alert: http://www.dci-palestine.org/document....

Obama lists assets worth up to $7mn !!

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Obama lists assets worth up to $7,000,0000 !!


President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama listed assets valued at about $2 million to $7 million, according to a financial disclosure report released Thursday.
Vice President Biden also filed his annual financial disclosure statement and listed assets valued at $276,000 to $940,000, including a rental property owned jointly with his wife, Jill.

"The Ethics in Government Act of 1978 requires high-level federal officials to publicly disclose their personal financial interests," said a White House blog post by spokesman Jay Carney. "The public filing system serves to prevent financial conflicts of interest by providing for a systematic review of the finances of government officials."

Presidents and other officeholders are required to list assets, but the form provides wide ranges on the values of those assets.
In declaring "U.S. Treasury notes," Obama checked the box valuing them at $1,000,001 to $5 million.
In addition to various bank accounts, index funds and college savings plans, Obama declared royalties from his books Dreams From My Father, The Audacity of Hope and Of Thee I Sing: A Letter To My Daughters.
The asset ranges added up to $1.95 million to $7.15 million for the president.
The Obamas listed only one liability, the mortgage on their home in Chicago. USA Today

Source: PressTV

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Children describe torture in Israeli solitary confinement

A rising proportion of Palestinian children arrested by Israeli occupation forces are subjected to solitary confinement, harsh interrogations and ill-treatment amounting to torture, according to a report published today by Defence for Children International-Palestine Section (DCI-Palestine).
“In 21.4 percent of cases recorded by DCI-Palestine in 2013, children detained in the Israeli military detention system reported undergoing solitary confinement as part of the interrogation process. This represents an increase of two percent from 2012,” apress release accompanying the report states.
DCI-Palestine collected 98 sworn affidavits from Palestinian children aged 12 to 17 in 2013. The disturbing findings in the report are based on 40 solitary confinement cases documented in 2013.

Night arrests
In the vast majority of cases (34 out of 40), children are arrested from their beds. “Children report that heavily armed Israeli soldiers arrest them in violent circumstances during night raids on their family homes,” the report says.
The children “are often woken up by the sound of Israeli soldiers banging on the front door before a family member opens the door or the soldiers force their way in, storming the home.”

Then, the occupation soldiers “gather all the occupants of the house, regardless of their age, in one room or outside and then demand identification. Generally, the entire home will be searched during the raid. Once a child’s identity has been verified from his identification card, his family will be informed that he must accompany the soldiers.”

Blindfolded
Children or their parents are almost never informed of the accusations and, the report says, this moment “is most likely the last time the family will see their child until he appears in a military court following an unknown period of solitary confinement and interrogation.”

“Once the soldiers have identified the child, his hands will be tied with plastic cords, most likely behind his back, and he will be blindfolded and led to a military vehicle.”

More than half of the children reported some form of physical violence during the arrest and transfer to interrogation facilities, including Petah Tikva detention center, Kishon detention center (also known as al-Jalame) near Haifa, or Shikma prison near Ashkelon.
These facilities are under control of the Israel Prison Service and/or the Shin Bet secret police. Al-Jalame is among several Israeli facilities equipped by the international incarceration profiteering firm G4S.

“Foul smelling”
On average, children spent 10 days in solitary confinement, but children have been held for up to 29 days in isolation. Children held at Kishon described being locked in a small, windowless cell lit 24 hours a day by a dim bulb.
There they slept on a concrete bed, on the floor, or on a thin mattress they often described as “dirty” and “foul smelling.” Cell walls are grey “with sharp or rough protrusions that are painful to lean against.”

Forcing confessions
While being deprived of legal counsel, family contact and almost never being informed of their rights, including the right to remain silent, children are subjected to prolonged interrogations, abuse and violence amounting to torture.
Most children are accused of stone-throwing, “an offense that can potentially lead to a sentence of up to 20 years depending on a child’s age.” But the accusation may be a pretext to coerce children into providing information useful in Israel’s effort to suppress any form of resistance to occupation.

“The interrogation techniques are generally mentally and physically coercive, frequently incorporating a mix of intimidation, threats and physical violence with a clear purpose of obtaining a confession,” DCI-Palestine states. “Shouting and intimidation are regularly used to elicit confessions, incriminating statements, and information on neighbors or family members.”

During interrogations, “children report being forced to sit in a low metal chair secured to the floor with their hands and feet cuffed to the chair, often for several hours.” In 31 out of 40 cases, children reported being subjected to such “position abuse,” the most frequent form being that the child is shackled to a chair in a painful position for long periods of time.

Role of informants
After experiencing horrifying abuses and days of solitary confinement, children are psychologically vulnerable. Israeli interrogators take advantage of this by the use of informants. DCI-Palestine describes the technique Israel uses, based on the children’s accounts:
Following many days held in isolation and subject to prolonged interrogation sessions, a child will be informed that the interrogation is over and that they will be transferred to a prison cell.
Once the child arrives in a typical prison cell, an adult prisoner warmly welcomes him, often bringing warm food, a pack of cigarettes, or other items. The adult prisoner attempts to gain the child’s trust by sharing information about the child’s family or members of his community. Children report being warned not to talk to anyone but this specific individual regarding their interrogation. Often, the adult prisoner will either ask a child about the interrogation and what questions were asked, or offer to alert others on the outside if he shares information.
After a day or two, the child is ushered back to interrogation where he is often confronted with an audio recording or statements he made to the adult prisoner informant. During interrogation, the child realizes for the first time that the adult prisoner is an informant collaborating with Israeli intelligence officers, and the child’s interaction with this individual was part of the interrogation process.
After being confronted with this reality, children generally provide a confession without access to counsel to allegations made against them during the interrogation.

Impunity

DCI-Palestine’s report was submitted to a number of UN bodies and includes an analysis of how Israel’s mistreatment of children and increasing use of solitary confinement amount to grave violations of international law, including conventions on torture.

“The practice of using solitary confinement on children in Israeli detention facilities must be recognized as a form of torture and be stopped immediately,” the report states.

But it also notes the total impunity that has ensured that Israel’s abuses have continued unchecked.
During 2013, DCI-Palestine reports that it filed fifteen complaints with Israeli authorities concerning ill-treatment and torture of ten children while in Israeli military detention.
But, the report states, “not a single indictment has been issued against a perpetrator, and in many cases it is unclear if an investigation has been initiated.”

Mounting evidence
The latest report from DCI-Palestine adds to a mountain of evidence about Israel’s systematic abuse and killings of Palestinian children, including earlier reports from DCI-Palestine, B’Tselem, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.
Last December, the advocacy group the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) revealed that Israeli authorities had locked Palestinian children in outdoor cages during a severe winter storm.

Source: Electronic Intifada

A Question about Eurovision's Geography ?

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A Question about Eurovision's Geography ?

Eurovision


Tonite is the final competition of Eurovison Songs among European Countries.

The Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) or Eurovision, is an annual song competition held among the member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) since 1956.

Each member country submits a song to be performed on live television and radio and then casts votes for the other countries' songs to determine the most popular song in the competition. The contest has been broadcast every year since its inauguration in 1956 and is one of the longest-running television programmes in the world. It is also one of the most watched non-sporting events in the world, with audience figures having been quoted in recent years as anything between 100 million and 600 million internationally.

Eurovision Song Contest

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