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Best Prescription for Wooing Voters in Israel: Spill More Palestinian Blood

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It is well-known in Israel that the popularity of any candidate for Prime Minister is measured in proportion to the number of Palestinians he has killed and the amount of blood he has shed.

Thus was the case with many big names in the history of the apartheid entity who reached the helm of power and became Prime Ministers. We all remember big names in Israel’s history, who had been genocidal murderers and child-killers, only to assume the leadership of the Zionist regime, people like Menachem Begin, Isaac Rabin, Ariel Sharon and Ehud Barak. Each of these celebrated and decorated figures actually had a huge amount of innocent blood on their hands and are likely to languish in hellfire for thousands or millions of years.

We all remember how Ehud Barak, for example,  sought to woo Jewish voters to vote for him by gasconading about killing three PLO leaders in Beirut and describing to them in graphic details the moment of murdering them. The “election advertisement” was very effective, leaving strong and instantaneous impressions on viewers who subsequently elected him Prime Minister.

  In short, the more Arab blood you shed in Israel, the more votes you will receive from  Jewish voters.  You shouldn’t expect to read this in the New York Times, Washington Post, or find it on CNN, ABC, CBS or even BBC. But it is a deniable fact.

 Election time is bloodshed season

Israel, a criminal state par excellence, murders and maims mostly innocent Palestinians 365 days per year. Murdering Palestinians has always been Israel’s modus operandi and ultimate policy.

Hence, it is safe to say that the bloody repression of Palestinians, including murdering children and demolishing Arab homes and businesses for a variety of concocted reasons, is the best and most effective method of gaining popularity and boosting an incumbent Prime Minister’s chances for getting re-elected. Otherwise, no “normal”  country would elect and re-elect a certified war criminal several times, as was the case with Netanyahu, Sharon and Barak.  Interestingly, this ghoulish and evil anomaly tells us much about the collective psychosis haunting most Zionist Jews.

Truman called as it was

Talking publicly about this particular matter, namely the sadistic propensity of Zionist Jews to murder Palestinians is a serious taboo in the West, especially in the media.

None the less, we must call the spade a spade, especially when we see the proverbial implement in the hands of our grave-diggers, and I am not speaking metaphorically.

The genocidal crimes of the Hagana, Irgun and other Zionist paramilitary gangs against Palestinian villagers in 1948, which forced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to flee their ancestral homeland, caught the attention of President Harry Truman. In a letter to Eleanor Roosevelt, Truman wrote that “Jews are like all underdogs. When they get on top they are just as intolerant and as cruel as the people were to them when they were underneath.” These are Truman’s words, not mine.  

Now, I have a question for honest people around the world. Can any politician or governmental official in the US, Britain or France echo Truman’s iconic words and get away with impunity? I think we all know the answer rather too well.

But the evil treatment meted out to the Palestinians has, more or less,   remained unchanged ever since the Truman era. Hence, his description of the Zionists should be as relevant today as it was when he wrote his famous letter to Eleanor Roosevelt.

Since murdering Palestinian journalist Sherine Abu Akleh, , apparently with malice aforethought a few weeks ago, the Israel occupation army stepped up its erstwhile shoot-to-kill policy against mainly unprotected Palestinian civilians

More bloodshed expected as Israeli elections near

 Observers in occupied Palestine expected the genocidal Israeli army to murder more Palestinians, especially children and youngsters. In fact, it seems the spate of murderous killings has already started in earnest. On Friday, Mohammed Hamad, 16, was shot and wounded near the town of Silwad, near Ramallah in the central  West Bank. Eyewitnesses described the crime as “cold-blooded murder.” The Israeli occupation refused to elaborate on the latest murder. The Israeli army normally doesn’t investigate its murderous crimes unless a given victim’s death raised an international outcry like  Sherin Abu Akleh, who was killed by Israeli occupation troops in Jenin several weeks ago.  So far, the Israeli army has refused to admit killing Akleh.

Last week, a murderous settler stabbed to death Hasan Harb, 28, in full view of Israeli army who were looking on passively, refusing to stop the settler or even arrest him. According to the Israeli media, the army has not opened an investigation into “the incident.”

Less than 24 hours later. Trigger-happy Israeli soldiers shot and killed another Palestinian youngster for allegedly hurling stones on them. I am sure that when this article is posted, more innocent Palestinians will have been killed by the Gestapo-like soldiers. 

Meanwhile, the Israeli military spokesman continues to twist the truth by referring the occupation army’s murderous episodes in the West Bank as “clashes,” giving the impression that Palestinian victims of Israel’s daily atrocities were using fire-arms against the heavily-armed crack soldiers.  Predictably, the usually unsuspecting western news agencies, especially AP, would take the twisted Zionist narrative at face value, swallowing it, hook, line and sinker, thus promoting Zionist mendacity and disinformation.

The three wise monkeys

As to the Palestinian Authority (PA), it is behaving very much like the three wise monkeys, not hearing,  seeing or speaking. The PA controlled media normally tersely announce the daily toll of Israel’s unrelenting crimes, but nothing else. Which suggests that the authoritarian Palestinian leadership, too, views the sanctity of Palestinian very lightly.

Despite the daily  Israeli atrocities of innocent Palestinians, the PA is maintaining a strong security coordination regime with the occupation army, which obliges the Palestinian security apparatus to collaborate with Israel in “combating terror,” a vague term interpreted by Israel “providing information that would commit the PA security apparatus, which would lead to the arrest, neutralization or liquidation” of anti-occupation activists.

According to security understandings between the PA and Israel, the main function and raison detre of the PA security agencies is to fight Palestinian resistance groups, particularly Hamas.

In this context, the PA has been waging an open war on pro-Hamas activism in the West Bank, including in universities, professional associations and the media.

PA leader, 86, has not held presidential and legislative elections since he was elected PLO president in 2005, following the death of Yasser Arafat a  few months earlier. (end)

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COP27 Climate Change Summit: Greenwashing Scam Imperilling Human Rights

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COP27 Faced Major Criticism

Morally, politically and economically COP27 climate change summit has been coined as a greenwashing scam imperilling human rights.

The world watched Egypt closely as it hosted the 27th United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh from the 8th-16th of November. More than 190 governments attended COP27 to attempt to solve some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.

Furthermore, Egypt hosting of COP27 sparked much controversy due to its abysmal human rights record. Additionally, COP27 faced heavy criticism due to some of the world’s top polluters, such as Coca-Cola sponsoring the event. Furthermore, attendees arrived in private jets; meat and dairy products remained on menus; dozens of domestic civil society organizations were excluded. Additionally, the summit was overshadowed by persistent calls to release up to 65,000 political prisoners in Egyptian prisons.

Worlds Top Polluter, Coca-Cola, Sponsored COP27

The UN climate conference announced a sponsorship deal with Coca-Cola, one of the “world’s top polluters”. Coca-Cola recently retained its title for the fourth year as the world’s top plastic polluter. The sponsorship deal is a greenwashing scam by campaigners, drawing intense criticism.

Coca-Cola produces 120 billion throwaway plastic bottles a year. 99% of plastics are made from fossil fuels, exacerbating the plastic and climate change crises.

Private Jets, Bottomless Cocktails and Beef Medallion Dishes

Surprisingly, attendees indulged in the very activities which got us into this mess in the first place. Moreover, world leaders flew to Egypt in private jets. Attendees enjoyed bottomless cocktails, one-hour unlimited wine and beer packages, $100 beef medallion dishes, and $50 seafood platters.

This begs the question: do these foods belong at a climate conference? We have missed the true purpose of the climate summit: to help save the planet.

Caption: Residents push a boat through a flooded street in Havana. Industrial nations are being asked to compensate those countries most affected by the climate crisis. Photograph: Ramón Espinosa/AP. Image obtained from the Guardian.

Meat and Dairy On the Menu – Not on the Agenda

In the three-decade history of the UN Climate Summit, COP27 was the first UN summit to discuss the meat and dairy industry’s contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions.

COP27 faced massive criticism this year from climate activists due to the unsustainable meat and dairy items on its menus. It seems unimaginable that globally we are trying to reduce our meat and dairy consumption to save our planet. However, our governments cannot stop eating these foods at the world’s largest climate summit.

Cutting meat and dairy output are not yet on the agenda for governments at COP27. Many governments attending the summit give billions to livestock farmers in subsidies. Instead of focusing on plant-based diets, they are advancing policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions using feed additives that make animals less gassy and technology that sucks up the methane wafting off manure heaps. Andy Reisinger, a farm emissions specialist and vice-chair of the UN’s IPCC climate panel, said feed additives could worsen emissions by promoting intensive farming.

Read more: Is Veganism the Solution to Eradicating Food Carbon Foot Print?

Dozens of Domestic Civil Society Groups Excluded

Hundreds of prominent human rights defenders, researchers and environmentalists were exiled from Egypt. They were unable to attend Cop27 due to the nature of their work. Many voices from Egypt were absent at the conference due to the government’s corrupt attempts to exclude dozens of domestic civil society groups.

“Arrests and detention, NGO asset freezes and dissolutions and travel restrictions against human rights defenders have created a climate of fear for Egyptian civil society organisations to engage visibly at the COP27” 

Additionally, COP27’s wifi blocked access to international human rights organizations such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and other news websites needed during information talks. These prominent human rights organizations hosted talks at COP27 but could not access their sites due to previous work criticizing the Egyptian government. Egypt used this strategy to hide the nation’s decades-long record of cracking down on human rights.

Read more: Pakistan’s Climate Crisis: A Peek Into The Apocalyptic Future That Awaits.

65,000 Political Prisoners in Egyptian Prisons

Currently, there are an estimated 65,000 political prisoners inside Egyptian prisons. COP27 was overshadowed by persistent calls to release political prisoners.

A British-Egyptian detainee, Alaa Abd el-Fattah, was a significant focus in the media. As a leader of Egypt’s 2011 revolution, he has been in prison for the past decade. He started a partial hunger strike in April 2022 to protest his detention conditions. He spent the last six months consuming just 100 calories a day. A week before COP27 started, he stopped eating altogether. Then, on the day the summit began, he stopped drinking water. He has since resumed drinking water but remains critically ill.

Greta Thunberg, who refused to attend COP27, signed a petition by a human rights coalition calling on Egyptian authorities to open up civic space and release political prisoners.

Read more: Accelerating Deforestation in the Amazon Severely Threatens Climate Change Crisis.

COP27 Cracks Down On “Greenwashing”

Companies, banks, cities and states worldwide have continuously made broken promises to achieve net-zero emissions. These corporate climate pledges amount to little more than a greenwashing scam. Evading net zero claims is a common greenwashing strategy. Companies claim to be carbon-free due to strategies such as buying carbon credits while simultaneously pursuing new fossil fuel projects emitting greenhouse gases.

Greenwashing is when an organization spends more time and money marketing itself as environmentally friendly than minimizing its environmental impact. It’s a shady marketing gimmick that misleads consumers who prefer to buy environmentally friendly goods and services.

At COP27, the UN cracked down on greenwashing, laying down recommendations for how companies, financial institutions and cities must calculate their net zero emissions status. The new UN report aims to eliminate loopholes by laying out ten steps to bring integrity, transparency and accountability to net zero claims.

“I have a message to fossil fuel companies and their financial enablers. So-called ‘net-zero pledges’ that exclude core products and activities are poisoning our planet. They must thoroughly review their pledges and align them with this new guidance”.

United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres.

Read more: Doomsday Glacier on the Brink of Collapse: Catastrophes of Climate Change.

The UN cracked down on companies stating that they can’t claim to be net zero if they are not in line with targets set out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). These targets include cutting global carbon emissions by 45% by 2030. The UN limited short-term carbon offsets and held that they could only be used sparingly in the long term.

Historic Deal: Governments Must Pay Poor Nations for Climate Damage

Governments at COP27 approved a historic deal to create a fund for compensating developing nations that are victims of extreme weather events worsened by rich countries’ greenhouse gas emissions. However, many remained uncertain as countries argued over emission reduction efforts.

COP27 Climate Change Summit -Greenwashing Scam Imperilling Human Rights.
Caption: A Fridays for Future protester at the Cop27 UN Climate Summit holds a sign calling for the “loss and damage” deal. Photograph: Peter Dejong/AP. Image obtained from the Guardian.

Moreover, this is a massive step for poorer countries bearing the brunt of climate change. These nations face extreme weather events such as floods, droughts, heat waves, and famines despite releasing the lowest greenhouse gas emissions. This historical “loss and damage” deal will provide financial assistance to developing nations stricken by climate disasters.

However, this loss and damage deal has several flaws. Some nations held that the pledges to limit global temperatures to below 1.5 degrees showed little progress compared to the COP26 conference in Glasgow in 2021. Furthermore, others criticized how the language and guidelines on phasing out fossil fuels were weak. Despite many different opinions between nations regarding the guidelines of this historic deal, it is still a vital step towards achieving climate justice.

Read more: Climate Refugees: Pain of Unseen Victims.

Concluding Thoughts

COP27 has faced significant criticism this year for many justifiable reasons. Many believe COP27 is a greenwashing scam failing humanity and the planet by not leading to significant changes. The UN climate summit is losing its credibility in being able to create meaningful change to save our planet.

World leaders and people in power continuously use high-profile gatherings like COP for attention and are greenwashing, lying and cheating their way through pledges and commitments. The UN Environment Programme released the Emissions Gap report stating that only an urgent system-wide transformation can deliver the enormous emissions cuts needed to stabilize global temperatures below 1.5 degrees by 2030.

World leaders consistently fail to fulfil their commitments and act on time. We cannot place trust in greenwashing scams like COP summits anymore. Instead, we need rapid, far-reaching, unprecedented changes in all aspects of society if we want to build a sustainable world for future generations.

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Qatar FIFA 2022, A Civilized Model Of Islam

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Qatar FIFA 2022

Qatar is the first country in the Middle East to host the FIFA World Cup 2022. This was after Qatar’s award hosting in December 2010. This is a tremendous opportunity for Qatar to represent Qatar FIFA 2022 as a civilized model of Islam. The country converted to Islam in the 7th century. Since winning the hosting, it has been constructing some of the most eco-friendly and architectural advanced sporting facilities ever seen. It is the kind of country that has the power to host the greatest show of FIFA ever on Earth.

First, Qatar has always drawn its strength from discovering oil, fishing, and pearl hunting. In addition, it is the world’s second-largest exporter of liquefied natural gas. Hosting the tournament presents tremendous opportunities for Qatar to prove itself as a powerful country. Significantly, Qatar has always been taking advantage of the tournament hosting to develop local Industries, expertise, and infrastructure. This was for Innovation and application of excellent standards and support of Qatar’s transition to a knowledge-based economy. This edition of the FIFA World Cup 2022 is being themed by Qatar on its culture, history, identity, and hospitability. As a result, efforts have made the event an unforgettable historical experience.

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The Lebanese file: neither a president nor a government

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Despite six presidential sessions, Lebanon still does not have a president.

The funny thing is, the government is also idle and the whole country is waiting for a miracle to get up again.

France is on the president line!

The head of the Free Patriotic Movement, Representative Gebran Bassil, is expected to visit Paris, which is expected to mark a remarkable development in the presidential file in Lebanon.

The meetings will aim to discuss the imminent presidential, governmental, and economic entitlements of all Lebanese stakeholders.

French president macron right) and free Patriotic movement leader gebran bassil (left)
French president macron and free Patriotic movement leader gebran bassil

Based on Basil’s excellent relationship with Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi and Hezbollah, the French hope to agree on a roadmap for the presidential elections.

Although the French side does not carry an integrated initiative, it sought to know the position of all parties regarding a list of candidates that includes about seven names.

Those connected to the French ambassador understand that her country still has the American mandate to manage the initiative about the presidential file and that Paris wants to reach an agreement with Saudi Arabia that facilitates the task because insisting on fighting harsh battles would prevent the election of a president soon.

President issue: Who does Hezbollah wants?

 Hezbollah is reconsidering the local reality from a different angle than the one that preceded the election of President Aoun, as evidenced by Aoun’s recent paradox of reopening half-closed doors.

In contrast to Aoun, the party does not find any justification for repeating the vacuum for more than two years and tightening its internal domestic rams to deliver its candidate.

They are fully aware that choosing to unilaterally elect a president of the republic, and consequently, a government of one color and the presidency of the House of Representatives, means putting the country in direct conflict with the outside world. Everything that surrounds the internal reality is different from the previous stage, as is the position of the concerned countries.

 While Hezbollah’s opponents are only mentioning Franjieh as president—or, at the very least, any candidate from the party’s second row—this does not imply that Hezbollah has abandoned its candidate or candidates.

The party assumes entering into early settlements, which means that the party receives its price both internally and externally.

This is because the party cannot bear the idea of losing its candidate and will not bear the idea of any settlement following a vacuum that results in challenges, conditions, and counter conditions.

An alternative situation is possible in addition to that. Except for the March 8 team, there is no president of the country.

Is the former minister Franjieh a serious candidate?

Former Minister Suleiman Franjieh was Hezbollah’s candidate.

Nasrallah’s remarks coincided with a fresh French attempt that started a few days ago to forge an agreement on choosing a new president before the year is up and included pledges to start aid programs for Lebanon, including the “Cedre” program.

Former minister Sleiman Franjieh
Former minister Sleiman Franjieh

The debate that the French began with the major parties in Lebanon is anticipated to be finished with Washington and Riyadh and is predicated on the premise that no one can impose a prime minister or president of the republic without a genuine agreement between the major forces.

Hezbollah claimed in 2016 that there was no Plan B for the nomination of General Michel Aoun, and it repeated that claim this time as well: the candidate is Franjieh, and there is a point on the line.

 If the two allies cannot agree on a second candidate, there are dangers that no one has the luxury of incurring.

What does The Free Patriotic Movement says?

 The Free Patriotic Movement was informed by Hezbollah that the results of naming places below the presidency of the Republic under the General Michel Aoun administration were not encouraging, as the residents of these sites turned against the people who named them to them.

There is a “term” that Hezbollah agreed to, though, which is that it will not attend the election session for the Marada Movement’s leader until he has Basil’s endorsement in his pocket.

The party’s desire to maintain and strengthen the agreement with the Free Patriotic Movement is the most crucial factor, and as a result, “the election of Suleiman will be with Gibran’s consent and not at his expense,” among other factors, including giving Franjieh Christian support that makes him a strong president.

So far, there has not been any serious president, and we are facing many sessions without a result.

Is Lebanon on a date with a long presidential debate, as happened before the election of former President Michel Aoun, or will we witness the election of a president before the New Year?

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