Are Reparations Due?

There have been many examples of country’s seeking reparations for wrongs done to them…the Armenians are looking to Turkey for reparations…..Blacks in the South are seeking them…..on and on……but the one that I find the most ludicrous is what Israel is looking to do……. Israel is trying to get reparations for wrongs done to them in the distant past…..reparations if you will……

Reparations?  Just what the Hell?

1. The act or process of making amends for a wrong.
2. Something done or money paid to make amends or compensate for a wrong.
3. reparations Compensation or remuneration, as for damage or economic loss, required from a nation defeated in war.

Israel is seeking hundreds of billions of dollars in compensation from Middle Eastern countries where Jewish people fled or were expelled from.

The Jewish state has hired an unnamed international accounting company to estimate the damages it should seek per an expected US peace plan, according to a Hahadashot TV report.

Claims for assets in Iraq, Morocco, Syria, Egypt, Iran and Yemen are expected to reach $200 billion.

 
How will they accomplish this?  They cannot use the international courts for they do not accept their jurisdiction…..then how will they hope to accomplish their goals….they have very little good will in the world…just what would make the nations bow to the Israeli demands?
 
If the world recognizes Israel’s claims then the world should recognize the claims made by Palestinians.
 
If the US plan goes into effect…then the Palestinians will have a argument worth hearing…..what plan?
 
Israel’s Channel 13 has leaked what it says are the contents of President Trump’s “deal of the century” peace plan for Israel and Palestine. The report would grant the Palestinians a state that encompasses 85%-90% of the occupied West Bank.

The plan would be for Israel to keep its settlements, though no longer expanding isolated outposts. Moreover, the plan would mandate Israel evacuate any outposts which are illegal under Israeli law. That’s a big deal, because Israel has recently changed its own laws to facilitate retroactively legalizing a lot of these outposts.

The Palestinian capital would be in East Jerusalem, and the Palestinians would be given “most of the Arab neighborhoods” there. Some areas would also be jointly run by Jordan and Palestine.

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Closing Thought–04Jan19

The Trump foreign policy has shown me just how disgusting and juvenile it actually has become.

We know that there is no love lost by Trump for the UN or education or culture or science (most of all)…….and now Israel making like the spoiled teenager they are have decided to quit UNESCO……

The US and Israel officially quit the UN’s educational, scientific, and cultural agency at the stroke of midnight, the culmination of a process triggered more than a year ago amid concerns that the organization fosters anti-Israel bias, the AP reports. The withdrawal is mainly procedural yet serves a new blow to UNESCO, co-founded by the US after World War II to foster peace. The Trump administration filed its notice to withdraw in October 2017 and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu followed suit. The Paris-based organization has been denounced by its critics as a crucible for anti-Israel bias: blasted for criticizing Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem, naming ancient Jewish sites as Palestinian heritage sites, and granting full membership to Palestine in 2011.

The US has demanded “fundamental reform” in the agency that is best known for its World Heritage program to protect cultural sites and traditions. UNESCO also works to improve education for girls, promote understanding of the Holocaust’s horrors, and to defend media freedom. The withdrawals will not greatly impact UNESCO financially, since it has been dealing with a funding slash ever since 2011 when both Israel and the US stopped paying dues after Palestine was voted in as a member state. Since then officials estimate that the US—which accounted for around 22% of the total budget—has accrued $600 million in unpaid dues, which was one of the reasons for President Trump’s decision to withdraw. Israel owes an estimated $10 million.

Why would the US want to promote education, culture and science?  (This a rhetorical question) ….we know why Trump does not……stupid is as stupid does……(a famous quote)….

Typical of Israel….they call anything that will not kiss their ass as antisemitic…..and the US did what it always does….what Israel tells it to do….like the good lap dog we are.

FYI……educational….not something Trump would promote…but I will…..the dislike of Israeli policies does NOT mean I hate Jews….to the contrary……

Closing Thought–29Oct18

It seems that there is always a movie or show or book or documentary or……about the Holocaust.  Before I get some well meaning d/bag….the Holocaust happened and the world should not forget it and should make sure that something like that NEVER happens again.

Really?  Never again?

The problem is that it is happening again and the country committing the crimes is the every country that does not want the world to forget what happened to them.

Israel has policies against the Palestinian people similar to those that they ran away from in Europe.

But beyond their policies “back home”….they are supporting a country that is doing all they can to eliminate a ethnic group from their country….the country is Myanmar (Burma) and its deadly policies directed to the Muslim minority, the Rohingyas…..

Israel does not owe its existence to the genocide of the Jews during the Second World War but, without a doubt, the Holocaust played a significant role in speeding up the creation of the Zionist State. If nothing else, that happened in order to salve the world’s conscience for, whether we like to admit it or not, the rest of the world had a rough idea of what Adolf Hitler had planned for the Jews of Europe when he rose to power in 1933. Admittedly, few imagined that he would actually exterminate six million people, although the fact that European Jews were fleeing from their homes throughout that decade was an indicator of their very real and justified fears.

The Central British Fund for German Jewry was established in the 1930s to try and help those Jews living in Germany and Austria. It was through the Fund’s network that around 10,000 Jewish children arrived safely in Britain via the Kindertransport programme and were saved from the Nazis, unlike the parents they left behind, most of whom did not survive the Holocaust.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20181016-israel-aids-genocidal-myanmar-while-urging-the-world-to-remember-the-holocaust/

I have said on numerous occasions that Israel is acting no better than the pigs that persecuted them in the 1930’s and 40’s.

Plus the West, US and its allies, are acting as enablers of the deadly policies of Israel……timed for that to end.  Israel needs to stand on its own….if it cannot then it is NO problem of the US or its Allies.

After word…..one of the victims in the Pittsburgh shooting was a 90+ year old woman who was a Holocaust survivor……that is just not right.

Plus stop saying “thoughts and prayers”…that is disingenuous and insulting!

Peace Out!

Trump’s Greater Middle East

Back in 2016 candidate Trump had a plan for the Middle East and once president Trump he turned it all over to the brain of Kushner…..a person that has NO experience beyond giving oral stuff to rich Arabs in turn for their infusion of cash…..

Then Our Dear Supreme Leader put a screaming war mongering Neocon in charge of foreign policy and things could get no worse…..Pompeo made a mindless statement that shows his arrogance as well as ignorance…..

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said yesterday that “Israel is everything we want the entire Middle East to look like going forward” and that US-Israel relations are “stronger than ever”.

Speaking at an award ceremony held by the Jewish Institute for National Security of America in Washington DC, Pompeo hailed Israel as “democratic and prosperous”, adding “it desires peace, it is a home to a free press and a thriving economy,” Arutz Sheva reported.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20181011-us-pompeo-we-want-the-whole-middle-east-to-look-like-israel/

Seriously?  He wants the whole Middle East under the thumb of an Apartheid State like Israel….a thoughtless comment…..

Then the idiot we elected president lets another foreign leader dictate policy……

Donald Trump recently reiterated his promise to introduce a Middle East peace plan in the next few months. That promise makes sense of a number of unusual and extreme events that have taken place recently.

On February 15, 2017, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and then newly inaugurated U.S. President Donald Trump held their first official meeting. At the press conference that preceded that meeting, they discussed Trump’s promise to strike “a bigger and better deal than people in this room even understand.” Over the course of the press conference, Trump and Netanyahu would go on to unpack that cryptic remark in a way that eventually revealed the strategy that would make sense of the recent unusual events.

https://mondoweiss.net/2018/10/outside-administrations-remake/

Again….nothing about any of this will secure a safe and peaceful Middle East…..so a waste of time and energy….but I am sure that the cash Israel pledges to the Trumps will make it all so much better.

Closing Thought–10Oct18

Today let’s talk about Americans in detention internationally.

When Our Dear Leader came to power he made it a point to lambast the countries that held US citizens….Iran, North Korea and most recently Turkey and some preacher being held.

But an American citizen is being held by a so-called ally and yet the US and most notably our leader just shrugs his shoulders and could care less….

Lara Alqasem, who had already been given a student visa and was accepted by Hebrew University, was detained upon arriving at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport last Tuesday. She was ordered deported for her alleged past membership in a student organization that advocates the boycott of Israel.

“Denying entry to foreign students based on political beliefs or ethnic heritage is an attack on academic freedom,” 58 mostly American professors and academics wrote in their petition, expressing dismay at the decision to deport Alqasem and calling on Israeli authorities to reverse their decision.

https://972mag.com/over-100-academics-jewish-leaders-demand-israel-release-u-s-student/138063/

Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan suggested that Alqasem could be released, and that he might even “consider” allowing her to visit Israel, if by Wednesday morning she publicly renouncing BDS in general as illegitimate and apologizes for “what she did.”

What she did?  It is not like she shot some Israeli walking on the street…..she chose to protest in a non-violent way…..something Israel CANNOT say in their dealings with Palestinians.

I would expect nothing less from this administration…..they care NOTHING about human rights or the rights of their citizens unless there is a political again from said care.

God forbid that anyone criticize Israel for they are the “Chosen people”……and to that I say BULLSHIT!

https://bdsmovement.net/

New Plan–News About Iran

Jeez…..it is that time of the year……the UN meetings where everyone gets to act out.

For years Israel would go to the annual UN meeting and bring their chart about the nukes that Iran were developing…..the same year after year……that is until 2018….apparently they have a new plan.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran on Thursday of keeping a “secret atomic warehouse” just outside its capital, despite the 2015 deal with world powers that was meant to keep it from obtaining nuclear weapons. Hours later, Iran dismissed the allegation. Holding up a poster-board map of an area near Tehran as he spoke at the United Nations General Assembly, Netanyahu told world leaders that Iranian officials have been keeping up to 300 tons of nuclear equipment and material in a walled, unremarkable-looking property near a rug-cleaning operation, the AP reports.

“You have to ask yourself a question: Why did Iran keep a secret atomic archive and a secret atomic warehouse?” Netanyahu asked. “What Iran hides, Israel will find.” Netanyahu didn’t specify what the material and equipment was, and it was not immediately clear whether it was a violation of the nuclear deal. The International Atomic Energy Agency, which has been monitoring Iran’s compliance with the agreement, had no immediate comment. In a tweet, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif derided the Israeli presentation as an “arts and craft show” by a country that he said needed to come clean about its own nuclear program. He said there was nothing to the Israeli allegation.

Every year their was a new prediction of when Iran would acquire those nukes….it ranged from months to 5 years just depending on the audience they were addressing.

Israel has been lying about Iran for 30 years and now they have helped the Neocons running game in the White House get the action against Iran they have been trying to achieve….

Of course Israel has not appreciated any form of nuke deal short of the total destruction of the state of Iran….but the major powers are trying hard to save the nuke deal……

In a statement after a meeting of Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and Iran, the group said they were determined to develop payment mechanisms to continue trade with Iran despite skepticism by many diplomats that this will be possible.

“Mindful of the urgency and the need for tangible results, the participants welcomed practical proposals to maintain and develop payment channels notably the initiative to establish a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to facilitate payments related to Iran’s exports, including oil,” the group said in a joint statement issued after the statement.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear/iran-major-powers-labor-to-keep-nuclear-deal-afloat-idUSKCN1M5011

Our Dear Leader wishes to cut a deal with Iran on the nuke thingy……

The United States is seeking to negotiate a treaty with Iran to include Tehran’s ballistic missile programme and regional activity, the US special envoy for Iran said on Wednesday, ahead of UN meetings in New York next week.

Iran has rejected US attempts to hold high-level talks since President Donald Trump tore up a nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers earlier this year.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listed a dozen demands in May that he said could make up a new agreement, although envoy Brian Hook’s reference to a treaty, which would have to be approved by the US Senate, appears to be a new focus.

The 2015 deal was an executive agreement that was not ratified by the US Senate and covered only Iran’s nuclear programme.

https://theantimedia.com/washington-new-nuclear-deal-iran/

There was nothing wrong with the original plan……these attempts by the Trumpian toads is a worthless waste of time……

The Neocons are revving up the rhetoric…..kinda reminds me of the days before the invasion of Iraq in 2003…..are we on that road again?

Camp David–40 Years On

Closing Thought–17Sep18

Forty years ago today, 17 September…..Pres, Carter, PM Begin and Egypt’s Sadat met for 2 weeks at Camp David and came away with a peace agreement signed by all sides…..

At the White House in Washington, D.C., Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin sign the Camp David Accords, laying the groundwork for a permanent peace agreement between Egypt and Israel after three decades of hostilities. The accords were negotiated during 12 days of intensive talks at President Jimmy Carter’s Camp David retreat in the Catoctin Mountains of Maryland. The final peace agreement–the first between Israel and one of its Arab neighbors–was signed in March 1979. Sadat and Begin were jointly awarded the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts.

A state of war had existed between Egypt and the State of Israel since the establishment of Israel in 1948. In the first three Arab-Israeli wars, Israel decisively defeated Egypt. As a result of the 1967 war, Israel occupied Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, the 23,500-square-mile peninsula that links Africa with Asia. When Anwar el-Sadat became Egyptian president in 1970, he found himself leader of an economically troubled nation that could ill afford to continue its endless crusade against Israel. He wanted to make peace and thereby achieve stability and recovery of the Sinai, but after Israel’s stunning victory in the 1967 war it was unlikely that Israel’s peace terms would be favorable to Egypt. So Sadat conceived of a daring plan to attack Israel again, which, even if unsuccessful, might convince the Israelis that peace with Egypt was necessary.

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/camp-david-accords-signed

This was the closest the Middle East had come to peace in many years and within a short period….Sadat had been assassinated and Begin also….Carter was replaced with Reagan and from that point on peace was never on the agenda.

The world missed the perfect opportunity to have a lasting peace….and history has shown just how bad events have gotten since those days 40 years ago.