Israel’s New Land Grab Master Plan. By Stephen Lendman

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The new plan updates older ones, going back to the first, what Israeli historian Ilan Pappe documented in his 2006 book, “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine,” on David Ben-Gurion’s Plan D (Dalet in Hebrew), his final master plan following Plans A, B and C, what Palestinians call the Nakba, the catastrophe, commemorated annually to never forget.

By bombarding and besieging villages and population centers, destroying communities, and expelling or killing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, it planned an exclusive Jewish state, excluding Arabs by any means, including mass-murder, dispossession, and persecution, ongoing to this day, what Palestinians heroically resist.

It took six months to complete, expelling or slaughtering about 800,000 people, and destroying 531 villages and 11 urban neighborhoods in Tel-Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem and other cities. It was barbarous ethnic cleansing, Palestinians shown no mercy, including women and children, yet it was just the beginning, much more yet to come, including new ethnic cleaning plans.

Old and New Master Plans

The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) is an Israeli policy research organization, its president Dore Gold, a notorious right-wing extremist, hostile to democratic principles and Palestinian rights.

It’s recent report is titled “Demography, Geopolitics, and the Future of Israel’s Capital: Jerusalem’s Proposed Master Plan,” explaining that on October 7, 2008, the District Planning and Construction Commission for the Jerusalem region proposed one, approved by Mayor Nir Barkat, then revised “to create and preserve a stable Jewish majority in the unified capital,” assure the city always stays unified, and follows Ben-Gurion’s idea:

to “bring Jews to eastern Jerusalem at any cost. We must settle tens of thousands of Jews in a brief time. Jews will agree to settle in eastern Jerusalem even in shacks. We cannot await the construction of orderly neighborhoods. The essential thing is that Jews will be there.”

In large numbers they’re displacing Palestinians, destroying their homes, seizing their land, and fulfilling Ben-Gurion’s dream to make Israel exclusively Jewish, Jerusalem its capital.

The city’s 1968 Master Plan recommended accelerated Jewish population growth. In 1973, Prime Minister Golda Meir planned to increase it by 3.7% by 1982. Various other plans followed. Continue reading

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Obama and Netanyahu Plan Conflict, not Resolution. By Stephen Lendman

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On July 6, Bibi and Obama met privately for 79 minutes, Atlanta Journal Constitution writer Jay Bookman calling it “empty theatre, actors going through the motions of pretending to pretend, (when, in fact, there’s) no willingness or political ability within Israel to withdraw from settlements (or) create a viable Palestinian state, (nor is there) stomach in Washington” to endorse an equitable agreement. “I can’t recall a time when I have been more cynical about peace prospects there, and the prettily staged theatrics in Washington” only harden that view.

Not for New York Times writers Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Mark Lander headlining, “US and Israel Shift Attention to Peace Process,” saying:

They “articulated a timetable for peace negotiations (reflecting) a palpable shift in the administration’s approach to a relationship that has been rife with tension” since Obama took office. In fact, for decades, Israeli-Washington relations have been rock-solid, including under Obama and the current Congress, the powerful Israeli Lobby assuring it stays that way.

Haaretz writers Barak Ravid and Natasha Mozgovaya were also upbeat, headlining “Obama-Netanyahu summit focuses on warm relations, avoids settlements,” saying:

They “radiate(d) a sense of friendship and the absence of any crisis in relations between the two leaders,” Obama calling “the bond between (the two nations) unbreakable,” Bibi “emerg(ing) from the White House meeting in high spirits.”

His sources said no pressure was exerted on settlement issues, both sides avoiding the topic, focusing instead on handshakes, photo-ops, and post-meeting comments – customary disingenuous boilerplate, Obama calling Netanyahu a “man of peace,” Bibi saying the president is “a great leader (and) a great friend of Israel….”

In contrast, hundreds of protestors demonstrated outside the White House, including members of CodePink, Neturei Kartam – NK (anti-Zionist orthodox Jews), Sabeel (a Jerusalem-based “ecumenical grassroots liberation theology movement among Palestinian Christians”), Atra Kadisha (an organization for safeguarding Jewish graves), and the Central Rabbinical Congress of the US and Canada (CRC), a consortium of anti-Zionist groups founded by the Satmar Hassidic ultra-orthodox community, including holocaust survivors and their descendants.

They displayed a banner for Obama to stop Israeli aid and end the Gaza siege, NK Rabbi Yisroel Dovis Weiss calling Netanyahu “a thief and criminal (who) doesn’t represent the Jews. We pray for peace and the end of the Zionist State. Our message today is not for Netanyahu. It’s for (Obama) not (to) meet with a thief who stole the Jewish star and (committed) crimes (in) the name of the Jews.”

Others called Israel an “infidel regime,” shouting “No more nickels, no more dimes, no more funding Israel’s crimes” – end the Gaza siege and expel Israel’s ambassador. Continue reading

Ahmad Sa’adat: A Palestinian Prisoner of Conscience. By Stephen Lendman

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Detailed information about him can be accessed through the following link:

http://www.freeahmadsaadat.org/bg.html

He’s the 1967-founded Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine’s (PFLP) General Secretary, one of thousands of Palestinian political prisoners, sentenced in 2002 to 30 years in prison “for a range of ‘security-related’ political offenses,’ ” including his prominence in a prohibited organization, a 1993 document stating that:

“The strategic aim of the PFLP’s struggle alongside the other forces of the Palestinian revolution is to liberate Palestine from Zionist colonial occupation. The PFLP aims for the establishment of a democratic state on the entire Palestinian land, with its capital in Jerusalem. This state would guarantee legal rights and equality of opportunity to all citizens, without discrimination on the grounds of religion, sex, belief or color. It would oppose Zionism and imperialism and be oriented towards democratic unity with other Arab countries.”

“Achieving this aim presupposes a radical solution for the Palestinian national cause and readiness to wage a prolonged, complicated and difficult struggle (against Zionism), a racist, aggressive, expansionist, settler-colonial entity which aims at elimination of our people.” Great sacrifices are needed to prevent it.

Sa’adat’s Background

Born in 1953 in Deir Tarif village near Ramallah in the West Bank, the son of dispossessed refugees, he became activist after the 1967 Six Day War. In 2001, he was elected PFLP General Secretary, replacing Abu Ali Mustafa, assassinated by Israel on August 27 that year.

In February 1969, Israel first arrested him for PFLP activities, detaining for three months – then for 28 months in 1970, 10 months in 1973, and 45 days in 1975. That year, he graduated from UNWRA’s Ramallah Teaching Training College, specializing in math. In 1976, he was arrested again and held four years. In April 1981, he was elected to PLFP’s Central Committee. In 1989, he was arrested and detained nine months, again in 1992 for 13 months, then released but declared a “wanted person,” subject to re-arrest without cause. Continue reading

Remembering Howard Zinn (1922 – 2010). By Stephen Lendman

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Distinguished scholar, author, political scientist, people’s historian, activist, and son of blue-collar immigrant parents, Zinn was born on August 24, 1922 in Brooklyn, New York and died in Santa Monica, CA of a reported heart attack while swimming on January 27. He’s survived by two children, Myla Kabat-Zinn and Jeff Zinn, and five grandchildren.

He was 87, and a valued guest several times on The Lendman News Hour and Progressive Radio News Hour. He’ll be sorely missed.

Writing in CounterPunch on January 28, journalist, author and activist Harvey Wasserman called him “above all a gentleman of unflagging grace, humility and compassion.”

Interviewed on Democracy Now, his former student, author Alice Walker, said “he had such a wonderful impact on my life and on the lives of the students of Spelman and of millions of people….he loved his students.”

On the same program, Noam Chomsky spoke about Zinn during the Vietnam war period saying:

His book, The Logic of Withdrawal “really broke through. He was the first person to say – loudly, publicly, very persuasively – that this simply has to stop; we should get out, period, no conditions; we have no right to be there; it’s an act of aggression; pull out.”

He “not only wrote about (it) eloquently, but he participated in” anti-war efforts to end the war, for civil and worker rights, and “any significant action for peace and justice. Howard was there. People saw him as a leader, but he was really a participant. His remarkable character made him a leader….” Continue reading