July 30 2014

Anger over school prayer group ban



According to The Age, Lunchtime prayer and bible study groups run by teachers or volunteers have been banned at state schools in Victoria under a ministerial directive.

The new policy has angered Christian groups who say it could be in breach of human rights and religious freedom.

The ban, which has taken many by surprise, came into effect on July 14, as part of changes to the controversial special religious instruction requirements.

July 28 2014

Likud Explained

wb_frag_map_2007 BBSNews 2014-07-28 -- By Michael Hess. While much has been made out of the Hamas Charter 1, little to none has been written about the official Likud Platform. Americans as a whole simply do not know that, while they have been told that Israeli's intended a Two State Solution(tm), it was and has been a lie the entire time. Is it a lie if it is laying out there in the open? Yes, it is saying one thing and doing another, the lip service paid to the "peace process" has however given Israel lot's of time to create "facts on the ground" 2, a well known term that gained even more traction during the middle of the two terms of former President George W. Bush, who made a deal with Ariel Sharon, the architect for the illegal Apartheid Wall. Likud was created in 1973 but this is not a history about Likud 3, this analysis is focused on where Likud stands now and has stood for apparently since it was created in terms of the real goal of Israel under Likud control. Benyamin Netanyahu is Likud, and Likud is Benyamin Netanyahu - Likud is in charge of Israel, and has been for the better part of decades (with an even more hardline coalition government waiting in the wings when Bibi is toppled by them). Likud has made quite clear for almost all of the years it has existed that there has never been any intention of a "land for peace" deal, there was never any intention of a state of Palestine, and the chairman of the world Likud, the current Deputy Defense Minister of Israel Danny Danon, has admitted to a plan to steal the rest of the West Bank and Ethnically Cleanse the remaining Palestinians in an unspecified way. Chris McGreal writing for the Guardian 4 this year quoted from an interview he had with Danny Danon in 2013 where Danon said:
"In an interview late last year, Danon told me that there is not going to be a Palestinian state, and that Netanyahu shouldn't worry what the Americans think: 'I think that's why we have to do what is good for Israel and not to think about what sounds good in Washington...' ...After that, his aim might be drawn straight out of the South African playbook: Danon says bluntly that he wants to take the bulk of West Bank land – Judea and Samaria, as it's known in Israel – while ridding the Jewish state of responsibility for governing the mass of Palestinians. "Long-term, I am not talking about annexing the Palestinians. My goal is to annex – or 'apply sovereignty', as I prefer to call it – to the land in Judea and Samaria with the minimum amount of Palestinians," he told me. 'So, if I am doing the map, yes, I want the majority of the land with the minimum amount of Palestinians.' That was, essentially, South Africa's 1960s blueprint for the supposedly self-governing Bantustan homelands intended to rid white South Africa of millions of black people while taking the best of their land. I saw that plan in force in South Africa so I put it to Danon that not only is his policy similar but that the end result might look much the same: a patchwork of Arab towns and cities in the West Bank surrounded by Israel. He didn't deny it. 'As long as there is enough place to develop, then it doesn't have to look good," Danon said. "You want the well-being of Palestinians to be good, so I would look at the actual life of the people rather than how it will look on the map.'"
It's like Congressional redistricting in the United States except that US Congresscritters do not kill to get their way. Israel does, as a matter of official policy, in what they call "self-defense" when after spending decades from Israel's first creation in 1948 - the stealing from and killing innocent Palestinians results in resistance and pushback against the illegal occupier. Apartheid, Ethnic Cleansing, land theft, are all officially admitted to in broad daylight for the world to see. Israelis have all of the power and control with U.S. supplied weapons and an autoveto 5 in the U.N. Security Council. It is a source of amazement at how many American have been fooled by this regime that never intended peace, no, this rogue state wants all of the land and openly admits it as shown above and below from a wide array of sources. Read today's news across the globe about this latest war by Israel against Palestinians and then read the almost automagically vetoed U.N. resolutions over the decades noted just above in Israel's favor giving Israel virtual impunity 6 to do with it wants, under the rubric of the Likud Party that is currently and so often in power in Israel. While Likud (or worse to come) is in power there can be no peace with the Palestinians, and never has a Middle Eastern government been more of a candidate for regime change than this one. The World Likud, headed by none other than Danny Danon, besides giving him a place to hawk his book, says plainly on it's Web site, right now in 2014:
THE PLAN: The Immediate Phase: 1. Talks on the establishment of a Palestinian State will cease effective immediately. 2. Israel will declare its right to exist within its current borders, with no further surrender of territory. 3. Israel will annex a designated part of Judea and Samaria. 4. Israel and its neighbors will jointly bear the costs of relocation. 5. Arab self-ruled areas will be instated. 6. Equal citizenship, with equal national duties. 7. Any threat to Israel and its citizens will be dealt with accordingly.
Leaving aside the fact that you cannot "surrender" what is not yours in the first place, according to the Likud, from their Deputy Defense Minister and head of World Likud in short: There will be no Palestinian state. It's on record for decades that there never was any intention on the part of the Israelis that there ever be one. They are taking the land and all that goes with it, being totally dishonest in "peace talks", and they do not want the Palestinians who were there before them. More than 500,000+ illegal colonists and the United Nations West Bank Fragmentation Map included with this article proves this out beyond a shadow of a doubt. The Israelis are plainly saying one thing and doing another. Over at the Jewish Virtual Library, under the heading "Original Likud Party Platform 1977" 7, just four years after Likud was founded in 1973, and ten years before Hamas was founded 8 in 1983:
"A plan which relinquishes parts of western Eretz Israel, undermines our right to the country, unavoidably leads to the establishment of a "Palestinian State," jeopardizes the security of the Jewish population, endangers the existence of the State of Israel. and frustrates any prospect of peace."
How much more clear does it have to be made to Americans? From at least 1977 until now in 2014 there was never any intention by Israel to make peace in a Two State Solution(tm), there was never any intention for there to be Palestinian self-determination, they have openly admitted this all along; I am constantly amazed that some Americans deny this fact even as it is staring them in the face. A Hamas Army did not just spring up out of a vacuum. President Obama knows these facts as have other US Presidents relevant to this conflict and folks, so do the Palestinians. How do you gain trust of someone who tells you flatly that they are going to steal your land and resources, move your families, and if they don't move kill them, and continually over decades destroys through violence towards your innocent men, women and children, and any hopes of self-determination on your own land? Isn't it a given that any people would react by resistance with any means possible and a population with no hope from almost any quarter is not going to be influenced by the niceties of armed conflict... There have been discussions on the Web about various Likud Platforms for many years and some of them point out that there are different versions over time and this is true. Even during the various times of unrest like the one that has been dishonestly fueled here by Bibi 9, again Likud, that result in so many deaths of innocents on the side of the people who are captive, belligerently occupied, and who have no hope, the most common refrain from the beginning to the latest version of the Likud Platform they "flatly reject" a state of Palestine and even puts Apartheid standards down on paper that would govern any "peace" deal from the Israelis to date. In the much discussed 2006 version of the Israeli 15th Knesset's version of the Likud Platform10 says this:
a. The Jordan river will be the permanent eastern border of the State of Israel. b. Jerusalem is the eternal, united capital of the State of Israel and only of Israel. The government will flatly reject Palestinian proposals to divide Jerusalem. c. The Government of Israel flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river. d. The Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza are the realization of Zionist values. Settlement of the land is a clear expression of the unassailable right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel and constitutes an important asset in the defense of the vital interests of the State of Israel. The Likud will continue to strengthen and develop these communities and will prevent their uprooting.
That's pretty clear language. The short version is no state of Palestine and the intention to take the rest of the land all the way to the sea. From the Jordan river to the sea Israeli style. There can be no conversation in proper context of the Hamas Charter, where Hamas has evolved over the years into a much more pragmatic organization without discussing the unchanging view from Israel and its very actions prove this, that it the Israelis who intend to take all of the land but even with all of their might they cannot figure out how to do it without killing millions of Palestinians. The farce of "peace negotiations" cannot continue any more without a frank look at what Israel truly intends as outline above, compared to what their leaders such as Bibi lie about on American National TV. The violent Likud Party in charge puts Israel squarely on the map for regime change just as other despotic killing regimes have been before. Human rights and simple dignity and honesty demands this. 1 Zuhur, Sherifa. "Hamas and Israel: Conflicting Strategies of Group-Based Politics" Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College December 2008 http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pdffiles/pub894.pdf 2 Rashidi, Khalid. "Bad Faith in the Holy City" Foreign Affairs April 13th, 2010 http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/66198/rashid-khalidi/bad-faith-in-the-holy-city 3 Likud. "History of the Movement" Israeli Likud Party Accessed 2014-07-28 http://www.likud.org.il/en/about-the-likud/history-of-the-movement 4 McGreal, Chris. "Kerry wasn't wrong: Israel's future is beginning to look a lot like apartheid" The Guardian May 14th, 2014 http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/may/14/john-kerry-israel-apartheid-analysis 5 American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise. "U.N. Security Council: U.S. Vetoes of Resolutions Critical to Israel 1972 - 2011" Jewish Virtual Library Accessed 2014-07-28 http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/UN/usvetoes.html 6 The Editors. "The War on Gaza and the Cycle of Impunity" The Nation August 2014 http://www.thenation.com/article/180683/war-gaza-and-cycle-impunity# 7 American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise. "The Original Likud Party Platform" Jewish Virtual Library 1977 https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Politics/LikudPlat1977.html 8 Eldar, Schlomi. "Hamas: The First Palestinian Army" Al-Monitor July 23rd, 2014 http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/07/hamas-terror-organization-recruit-army-gaza-is-idf-tunnels.html 9 Goldberg, J.J.. "How Politics and Lies Triggered an Unintended War in Gaza" The Jewish Daily Forward July 10th, 2014 http://forward.com/articles/201764/how-politics-and-lies-triggered-an-unintended-war/?p=all 10 Democraticluntz. "The Likud Platform" Daily Kos January 8th, 2009 http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/01/08/681872/-The-Likud-Party-Platform