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Re:  Egypt newspaper editor calls Brotherhood, Jews and Shia ‘trinity of evil’

Re: Egypt newspaper editor calls Brotherhood, Jews and Shia ‘trinity of evil’

Re: Egypt newspaper editor calls Brotherhood, Jews and Shia ‘trinity of evil’

Re: Egypt newspaper editor calls Brotherhood, Jews and Shia ‘trinity of evil’

Re: Egypt newspaper editor calls Brotherhood, Jews and Shia ‘trinity of evil’

Re: Egypt newspaper editor calls Brotherhood, Jews and Shia ‘trinity of evil’
Re: Egypt newspaper editor calls Brotherhood, Jews and Shia ‘trinity of evil’
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The editor of the Egyptian state-run has written an editorial calling the Brotherhood, the Jews and the Shia “the trinity of evil in the world”.

In the article Dandrawy Elhawary says:

There is no catastrophe in the world right now that isn’t related to one of these evils: the Jewish lobby, the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist group, and the Shia with their extremist and armed wings.

“Recall this when told regime promotes religious tolerance,” Timothy Kaldas wrote on Twitter in response to the article.

Despite the fact that President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi says he promotes peaceful coexistence between religious communities, Christians in Egypt have faced an unprecedented level of persecution since he rose to power in 2014.

Mob attacks are carried out against Christians particularly in the south of the country yet despite being prewarned, authorities are not doing enough to protect them. The absence of accountability has encouraged more attacks.

In August Egypt authorities enforced a presidential decree to demolish a Sufi mosque in Alexandria it alleged was built on state owned land without a license.

The president used religion to justify its destruction: “Prophet Mohammed would not accept the suspension of the project just because people see the demolition of the mosque as unacceptable.”

Shortly after his rise to power Al-Sisi designated the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organisation and subjected its members to a severe crackdown, including imprisoning and sentencing to death its members.

The majority of Egypt’s blasphemy charges have been issued against Christians, Shias and atheists.

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Re:  The Zionists seeking to silence Corbyn are focusing on the wrong target

Re: The Zionists seeking to silence Corbyn are focusing on the wrong target

Around the same time that Britain’s Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was pressed on his party’s record on anti-Semitism, an American pastor and supporter of Donald Trump unleashed an hour-long TV rant around what he believes is a “Jew coup” to impeach the US President. However, as far as the Western media was concerned, it was Corbyn’s grilling over alleged anti-Semitism by political heavyweight TV journalist Andrew Neil that was headline news for several days.

Voters of all faiths and none are now becoming fatigued by what Israeli columnist Gideon Levy has called a “contract” on Corbyn by the Jewish establishment in Britain and Tel Aviv’s slick propaganda machine. In their determination to silence the Labour leader and make sure that he never becomes Prime Minister, the pro-Israel/anti-Palestine lobby’s scattergun approach has now ratcheted up to a full blown carpet-bombing of Corbyn’s every move and utterance. However, as popular as Corbyn might be with left-leaning voters in Britain he has nowhere near the command, sway or influence of Pastor Rick Wiles who anti-Semitic and who does, I would say, present a very real threat to Jewish communities around the world.

Once a fringe figure, Wiles has now become mainstream, just as the far-right Fox News phenomenon has moved from the fringes into the Oval Office. Directly and indirectly, the eccentric behaviour of the US President has emboldened and pumped up the volume in the white-dominated evangelical subculture inhabited by the likes of Wiles and his organisation.

As a former marketing executive for and , Wiles spews out hatred from his cable, radio and online outletfrom where he reaches millions using various platforms, including social networks. Imagine the outcry if Wiles was allowed privileged access to the Labour leader’s press conferences, as has, apparently, at the White House.

However, now that the US President has recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in violation of international law and world opinion; stopped funding the UN agency which helps Palestinian refugees; and given the Syrian Golan Heights to the self-styled “Jewish state”, no one from the Zionist lobby is going to criticise Trump or the company he keeps. It seems that there are some forms of anti-Semitism which friends of Israel are prepared to overlook, no matter how outrageous or wicked the claims of the anti-Semites are.

As a result, Pastor Wiles is able to go largely unchallenged on his views, including his claim that “Jews” are behind the attempt to impeach Trump. He tried to justify his outrageous claims in the most recent of his hour-long shows: “That’s the way the Jews work. They are deceivers. They plot, they lie; they do whatever they have to do to accomplish their political agenda.”

Unsurprisingly, moved quickly and banned Wiles’ show which was filled with anti-Semitic tropes, conspiracy theories and various forms of incitement against the Jewish community and its supporters. Amazingly, the ban on the so-called “Godcast” only lasted for a week, though, and it is still available to view on the website because his vile channel broadcasts online.

The hate preacher went on to predict a civil war if Trump is impeached. “We have until Christmas to take a stand because of this Jew coup in the United States,” warned Wiles. “We have weeks to stop it. That’s why I’m speaking out. That’s why I’m putting everything on the line saying this is a coup led by Jews to overthrow the constitutionally elected president of the United States.” His threat sounds like a self-fulfilling prophecy-in-waiting. This is what real incitement looks like.

Neither Trump nor members of his administration seem to be concerned about — the US President called out to its correspondent by name at a press conference last year — despite its record of anti-Semitism, homophobia, Islamophobia and anti-migrant, anti-LGBTQ, racist rants. That particular press conference, in which asked about the Palestinian “peace deal” with Israel, was called on the same day that Trump rolled out the red carpet for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Several angry twitter accounts, including one calling itself @elderofziyon posed the question: “Why does the @WhiteHouse allow blatantly anti-Semitic organisation @TruNews to be part of its @whpresscorps?” One can only assume that the mainstream media and the Trump administration don’t care as long as continues to lambast and target Democrat members of Congress, including Adam Schiff, Tom Steyer, Elliot Engel, Elissa Slotkin, Nita Lowey, Brad Sherman, Elaine Luria and Steve Cohen, who are all Jews. Wiles has labelled them “seditious” and “domestic enemies”, and warns of “an American-style, Jewish-led Bolshevik revolution.”

attended one of Trump’s rallies in March at Grand Rapids, Michigan and boasted about an exclusive on the night when the US President’s eldest son and heir gave an interview to their correspondent Kerry Kinsey. As the interview drew to a close, Kinsey told Trump junior, “Would you tell your dad that loves him and we always give him a fair shake?”

Imagine if an anti-Semitic media outlet said that to Jeremy Corbyn’s eldest son Ben; we would be reading and hearing about it for the rest of the General Election campaign and beyond. Every time that Corbyn put his head above the parapet there would be shouts of, “Yes, but what about that anti-Semitic media group giving you its full support?” We would never hear the end of it.

There is, though, a major difference in all of this. Unlike pro-Israel, Zionist President Trump, Corbyn’s real sin, according to Gideon Levy, is his history of fighting against the world’s injustices, including Israel’s brutal military occupation of Palestine.

The Tel Aviv-born author and journalist writes hard-hitting opinion pieces for that often take an unflattering, no frills look at the human rights abuses meted out in the occupied Palestinian territories. It’s clear from the tone of his latest article that he is frustrated by the unrelenting onslaught and hounding of Jeremy Corbyn and the pro-Israel lobby’s allegations of anti-Semitism thrown at the Labour leader and his party.

Astonishingly, Levy accuses the Jewish establishment in Britain and the Israeli propaganda machine of taking out a “contract” on Corbyn: “The contract was taken out a long time ago, and it was clear that the closer Corbyn came to being elected prime minister, the harsher the conflict would get.” He wrote about the intervention of Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, who was given an article in the in which he claimed that Corbyn is not fit to be Prime Minister. Rabbi Mirvis grew up in Apartheid South Africa where, he has claimed, his father preached against apartheid, and yet he went on to study in Israel, including two years in an illegal settlement in the occupied West Bank where an Israeli apartheid regime is imposed on the Palestinians every day. That could explain, but not excuse, the Chief Rabbi’s blinkered approach.

Writing in a tone that very few non-Jewish journalists would dare to use, Levy says that Britain’s Jews “want a prime minister who supports Israel – that is, supports the occupation. A prime minister who is critical of Israel is to them an exemplar of the new anti-Semitism. Corbyn is not an anti-Semite. He never was. His real sin is his staunch position against injustice in the world, including the version Israel perpetrates.

“Today this is anti-Semitism. The Hungarian Viktor Orbán, the Austrian Freedom Party and the extreme right in Europe are not the danger to Jews. Corbyn is the enemy. The new and efficient strategy of Israel and the Zionist establishment brands every seeker of justice as an anti-Semite, and any criticism of Israel as hatred of Jews. Corbyn is a victim of this strategy, which threatens to paralyse and silence Europe with regard to Israel.”

No doubt Levy’s views will be discussed and critiqued by all manner of people but what sets him apart from Trump’s adoring fan Pastor Wiles is that Levy is Jewish, he’s a man of keen intellect and his articles stimulate debate not hate. In their drive to excoriate Jeremy Corbyn, Israel’s supporters and the government in Tel Aviv are overlooking the real threat to Jews and that is the far right and rabid evangelicals like Wiles. In their rush to silence Corbyn, the zealots are focused on the wrong target.

Anti-Semitism is indeed very real and should not be ignored, but I would humbly suggest that as the Labour Party is on course to rid itself of the curse of anti-Semitism within its ranks, the focus now needs to switch to the political right both in Europe and America. Jeremy Corbyn will probably never recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, or give his approval for stolen land to be handed to illegal occupiers, but neither would he lead or incite a pogrom against Jews or want anyone to suffer because of their religious beliefs, the colour of their skin, their sexual orientation or their politics. He is a very nice man into the bargain. I suggest in all seriousness that the same cannot be said of Pastor Rick Wiles.

If the Zionists are really interested in eradicating anti-Semitism, then they need to start challenging such vile right-wing propagandists. Their silence on Wiles, Orbán and — yes — Trump et al. does them no credit at all.

The views expressed in this article belong to the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Middle East Monitor.

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Re:  UK’s Labour Party pledges to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia if elected

Re: UK’s Labour Party pledges to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia if elected

Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn pledged on Sunday to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia if he wins in the upcoming parliamentary elections slated for 12 December, local media reported.

Speaking in the city of York, on the sidelines of his election campaign, Corbyn said if the party won the elections it would also work to end the war in Yemen and will not support it as the Conservative government has.

For the fifth year in a row, Yemen has been at rife with war between government forces and those of Houthi rebels who have taken control of the capital and numerous vital cities.

“Labour’s new internationalism means we will create a peace and conflict-prevention fund and invest an extra £400 million [$513 million] to expand our diplomatic capacity and increase oversight of arms exports to ensure we’re not fuelling conflicts, as in Yemen and in Israel and the Palestinian territories,” he said.

The latest opinion polls showed that the Conservative Party is leading with 359 seats out of 650 seats; giving the party, headed by incumbent Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 68 more seats than the party gained in the last election.

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Re:  The importance of Sheikh Raed Salah and the Palestinians in Israel

Re: The importance of Sheikh Raed Salah and the Palestinians in Israel

The latest unjust sentence imposed on Sheikh Raed Salah does not intend to punish the man personally. It is actually part of a series of successive measures taken against the Sheikh and the Islamic Movement in the Palestinian territories occupied in 1948, as well as against all of the Palestinians in those territories, because of the concerns that they raise amongst those behind the occupation.

The most recent judgement against the Sheikh came after multiple rulings against him so that he is barely released from prison before being imprisoned again. This judgement came years after Israel’s banning of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement, and also after several discriminatory laws were passed, the most recent of which was the Nation-State law, including the legislation banning any commemoration of the Nakba, passed eight years ago, and other instruments of Israeli Apartheid.

At the same time, the Israeli occupation is cracking down on the Palestinian people of occupied Jerusalem, targeting them exactly as harshly as it does the Palestinians in the territories occupied in 1948. This is despite the different legal status of the two groups (as if the occupation recognises or follows any laws). The occupation focuses on cracking-down on construction, entry to Al-Aqsa Mosque, education, freedom of movement and countless other matters and actions.

Perhaps the high frequency of these measures is driven by two factors. The first is the increased influence of the racist right wing amongst voters in Israel, which leads to government measures to please voters and gain better results in the elections. The second is the rising Palestinian population in Jerusalem and the territories occupied in 1948, which threatens the demographic “balance”, according to Israeli viewpoints, in the historical land of Palestine.

While these arbitrary measures show the true image of the occupation, they also show the importance of Sheikh Raed Salah, and all the activities and presence of the Palestinian people in the territories occupied in 1948, and in occupied Jerusalem as well. If they weren’t of any significance, such racist measures would not be taken against them, nor would Israel have devoted all of its racist, security and legal tools to persecute them and make their lives miserable.

The importance of the Palestinians in these areas stems first from their mere presence and steadfastness in their homes, because they are exposing the Zionist narrative that this land had no people and no history other than the “history of Jewish existence”. Hence, by remaining in their land they help to disprove this propaganda.

Historians, including the Jewish “New Historians”, have acknowledged that the Zionist terror gangs deliberately displaced Palestinians from their villages and cities during the war in 1947 and 1948 by committing massacres, intimidation and terrorism. No longer a left-winger and now with right-wing Zionist ideas, one of the New Historians, Benny Morris, has said that Ben-Gurion was wrong not complete the displacement of the 160,000 Palestinians who remained in their land in 1948.

Based on this, we can recognise clearly the importance of the Palestinians remaining in their land, despite all the challenges, and the importance of preserving their language and religion (whether Islam or Christianity) in the face of the overt Judaisation and “Hebraisation” efforts by the occupation state. We can also understand the cause of the racist Zionist campaign that targets them daily.

Sheikh Raed Salah, his movement and the High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel, are gaining added importance because they are revealing the true face of the occupation. While the latter tries to export its false narrative that it is a “democratic state”, the measures that the Palestinians in the 1948-occupied territory are subjected to because of their resistance to the occupation reveals the falsehoods and decline of Zionist propaganda.

Another aspect that illustrates the importance of Sheikh Raed Salah and the bodies that work with him in the territories occupied since 1948, is the permanent presence of the activists in Jerusalem to protect the Muslim and Christian holy sites, either individually or through initiatives like Al-Bayarik which encourage people to visit Al-Aqsa Mosque and stay there. We can judge the importance of this when we realise that their presence in Al-Aqsa effectively prevents the Israeli occupation authorities from their plan to divide the mosque between Muslim worshippers and Jewish settlers. We can only imagine how easy this would be without the efforts of the Palestinians from these areas to fill the mosque and cooperate with the Jordanian Ministry of Religious Endowments (Awqaf) to carry out this task.

Israel wants to implement as much of its Judaisation masterplan for Jerusalem as it can, as well as its racist measures to remove the indigenous people from the Palestinian territories, in light of regional Arab weakness and, at times, complicity. Herein lies the importance of those who continue to hold on to the history, identity and cause of the Palestinians. This is the sole reason why the occupation authorities fight them with all their might.

The Zionist colonial-settler state wants to turn the Palestinians into Native Americans in their own country, but they have been and will remain Palestinians. They alone can protect their existence and prevent Israel from controlling their history and the future of their children. Such is the importance of Sheikh Raed Salah and the Palestinians in Israel.

The views expressed in this article belong to the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Middle East Monitor.

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