#UndueInfluence #Blair’s ex-private secretary now #UK’s ambassador to #Israel!

​Tony Blair’s ex-private secretary becomes Britain’s ambassador to Israel ~ RT, February 24, 2015.

Britain’s newly appointed ambassador to Israel, David Quarrey, served as Tony Blair’s private secretary from 2004 to 2006. His appointment has sparked controversy as critics consider his foreign policy legacy.

Quarry worked as a private assistant to Tony Blair during the ex-Labour chief’s decade-long premiership. He subsequently became head of the Foreign Office’s Middle East and North Africa department.

At one time, Tony Blair was one of Britain’s most popular prime ministers. But in the wake of damning allegations concerning Britain’s eight-year war in Iraq, the former PM and Middle East peace envoy – is reviled by many in Britain.

Opponents of Blair warn he is abusing his role as envoy, forging liaisons with dubious regimes and opening himself up to murky financial channels in the process.

The ex-PM, who works as a highly-paid consultant to various authoritarian governments in the Middle East, is also the subject of a public inquiry into the legality of the Iraq war.

Blair continues to defend his administration’s Middle East policies. His critics, however, maintain his administration blackened Britain’s foreign policy legacy, and hold him responsible for the current crisis in Iraq.

Currently Britain’s top advisor on Middle East policy, Quarrey is set to begin his role as UK ambassador to Israel in July. He will replace Matthew Gould.

Gould was the first British-Jewish diplomat to take on the position, based in Tel Aviv since 2010. Speaking at a fundraising dinner in central London on Monday, Gould said he will miss the role.

He stressed that Britain’s Jewish community has been a great support to Israel in difficult times, and is a pillar of UK-Israeli relations.

Quarrey has worked for the Foreign Office for more than two decades and has joined UK missions at the United Nations (UN) in New Delhi, New York, and Harare.

Following his appointment on Tuesday, he said he looks forward to deepening UK-Israeli economic relations, and working with Israel against common security threats.

In 2013, Britain’s Foreign Affairs Council decided to lift its arms embargo on Syria with Quarrey’s full backing.

The Council’s decision bred criticism from anti-war campaigners who warned the policy shift was dangerous given the volatile situation in Syria.

Tony Blair (Reuters / Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

Tony Blair (Reuters / Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

#SPACE Young #BlackHole Had Monstrous Growth Spurt!

Young Black Hole Had Monstrous Growth Spurt ~  Davide Castelvecchi, Scientific American, Nature magazine, February 26, 2015.

Super-massive object found in the early universe tests theories of cosmic evolution.

A black hole that grew to gargantuan size in the Universe’s first billion years is by far the largest yet spotted from such an early date, researchers have announced. The object, discovered by astronomers in 2013, is 12 billion times as massive as the Sun, and six times greater than its largest-known contemporaries. Its existence poses a challenge for theories of the evolution of black holes, stars and galaxies, astronomers say.

Light from the black hole took 12.9 billion years to reach Earth, so astronomers see the object as it was 900 million years after the Big Bang. That “is actually a very short time” for a black hole to have grown so large, says astronomer Xue-Bing Wu of Peking University in Beijing. He led an international collaboration that describes the discovery in Nature.

For its age, this black hole “is really much more massive than anything else we have seen so far”, says Christian Veillet, director of the Large Binocular Telescope Observatory in Tucson, Arizona.

Light sink
Wu and his colleagues spotted the black hole using the Lijiang Telescope in Yunnan, China. The object appeared as a bright, red, point-like source. The brightness and spectrum of its light revealed it to be an ancient quasar: a large black hole that occupies the centre of a galaxy and causes interstellar gas to overheat and shine brighter than any star as it spirals into the hole’s gravitational sink.

The team analysed the quasar’s spectrum in more detail—an effort that eventually involved four larger telescopes around the world—to estimate the velocity of the infalling gas. This revealed the strength of the object’s gravity, and hence its unusually large mass.

Supermassive black holes are thought to lurk at the centre of most galaxies, and some have been seen that are as many as 40 billion times the mass of the Sun. But reaching such sizes involves swallowing interstellar matter and merging with other large black holes, so it takes time. Until now, the most massive known black hole less than 1 billion years old was around 2 billion solar masses.

One possible explanation, says Chris Willott, an astronomer at the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre in Victoria, is that some black holes could begin their lives not with the gravitational collapse of a single star, but with the direct collapse of a very large gas cloud. “We are still very uncertain as to the modes of black-hole formation and growth in the early Universe,” he says, “so we do not have a leading model for this observation to pose problems to.” Wu’s team now plans to make follow-up observations, including some using the Hubble Space Telescope.

Zhaoyu Li/SHAO

An artist’s impression of a quasar with a supermassive black hole at its heart in the distant Universe.

Husband and wife die holding hands within hours of each other after 67 years of #marriage!

Husband and wife die holding hands within hours of each other after 67 years of marriage ~ LAMIAT SABIN, THE INDEPENDENT, Thursday 26 February 2015.

The two wished to die together after knowing they did not have long left to live.

A man and woman who were married for nearly seven decades have died at their home five hours apart while holding hands.

Floyd, 90, and Violet Hartwig, 89, were childhood sweethearts who remained inseparable right up until the last moments that they spent together.

The couple married in August 1947 while Floyd was on leave from the Navy after the Second World War. During his absence, they kept in touch by sending 131 letters in two years.

The couple spent most of their lives as ranch farmers 
Floyd had even written to Violet – who he called Vi – five times in one day, before he was discharged several months after getting married and settling down in Easton, California.

One of his letters, according to Fresno Bee, said: “I heard our song this evening and it sure did make me homesick for you. Honey, did you ever get a record of it? I certainly hope so as I want to listen to it and have you in my arms at the same time.”

The couple had three children and lived on a 20-acre ranch as farmers. Floyd had battled colon and bladder cancer while Violet had dementia and suffered a number of strokes, but their deteriorating conditions only strengthened their bond.
Their daughter Donna Scharton explains in an emotional video that even when her father was in bad health, he was only concerned for his wife. Up until January, a month before they died, they had been living together independently.

She said Floyd “would tell the doctor, ‘I’m OK but I want her fixed.’” At that time, he couldn’t walk more than 10 feet without being short of breath and was told he only had two weeks to live due to kidney failure.

Donna and her siblings – Kenneth and Carol – had planned the week before to admit their mother into a hospice as her condition had “gone downhill fast”. Upon hearing the doctor’s devastating news, they chose to admit them both.

Some of the 131 letters they sent to each other in two years
Two days later, Floyd and Violet were in a hospice. However, they were back soon home lying side by side on two hospital beds that had been pushed together.

On 11 February, Floyd passed away holding Violet’s hand and she died five hours later. Donna says that this was what they had wanted.

She said: “We felt blessed because we know that is what they wanted. When we went to the funeral home and saw the two caskets, it was meant to be and that was the only way it could end.”

#’JihadiJohn killer from #IslamicState beheading videos unmasked as #Londoner!

‘Jihadi John’ killer from Islamic State beheading videos unmasked as Londoner ~ MICHAEL HOLDEN AND MARK HOSENBALLLONDON/WASHINGTON, Reuters, Thu Feb 26, 2015. 

(Reuters) – The masked “Jihadi John” killer who fronted Islamic State beheading videos has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a British computer programming graduate from a well-to-do London family who was known to the security services.

The black-clad militant brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent was shown in videos released by Islamic State (IS) apparently decapitating hostages including Americans, Britons and Syrians.

The 26-year-old militant used the videos to threaten the West, admonish its Arab allies and taunt President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron before petrified hostages cowering in orange jump suits.

Emwazi’s name was first disclosed by the Washington Post. Two U.S. government sources who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed to Reuters that investigators believed Jihadi John was Emwazi.

Dressed entirely in black, a balaclava covering all but his eyes and the bridge of his nose and a holster under his left arm, Jihadi John became a menacing symbol of Islamic State brutality and one of the world’s most wanted men.

Hostages called him John as he and other Britons in Islamic State had been nicknamed the Beatles.

He was unmasked publicly for the first time on Friday by British media which published a photograph showing Emwazi as a schoolboy.

The Daily Mail newspaper published a picture showing Emwazi smiling and sitting cross-legged on the grass at the front of the photograph from the St Mary Magdalene Church of England primary school in Maida Vale, West London.

Emwazi was born in Kuwait but came to Britain aged 6 and graduated with a computer programming degree from the University of Westminster before coming to the attention of Britain’s main domestic intelligence service, MI5, according to an account given by Asim Qureshi, the research director of the Cage charity that campaigns for those detained on terrorism charges.

Emwazi, a fluent Arabic speaker, said MI5 had tried to recruit him and then prevented him from traveling abroad, forcing him to flee abroad without telling his family, Qureshi told a news conference in London.

Emwazi traveled to Syria around 2012, Qureshi said.

MI5 does not publicly comment on the identity of militants or their backgrounds while an investigation is still ongoing. The British government and police declined to confirm or deny Emwazi’s identity, citing an ongoing security investigation.


“We don’t confirm or deny matters relating to intelligence,” said a spokeswoman for Cameron, who has ordered spy agencies and soldiers to track down the killer.

“Jihadi John” rose to notoriety in August 2014 when a video appeared showing a masked man raging against the United States before apparently beheading U.S. citizen James Foley off camera.

Intelligence services in the United States and Britain used a variety of investigative techniques including voice and facial recognition as well as interviews with former hostages to identify the man, intelligence sources said.

But security officials made great efforts to avoid publicly naming Emwazi, fearing that would make him more difficult to catch. Two intelligence sources who spoke on condition of anonymity said they were uneasy that the name had been revealed.

There was no answer at two addresses in west London where Emwazi was listed to have lived. Neighbors described the family as “normal people” and “friendly”.

“This is the first time anything like this happens in this neighborhood,” said Fatima Al-Baqali. “We have to be careful now. I didn’t know this family and I usually know everyone here.”

Qureshi, of the Cage charity which describes itself as having campaigned against the ‘War on Terror’ for more than a decade, said that although he could not be certain Emwazi was John, there were some “striking similarities”. He declined to elaborate.

In a meeting with reporters in London, Qureshi painted a picture of a kind and thoughtful young man who faced harassment from MI5, which apparently suspected he wanted to join the Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab.

British authorities have linked Emwazi to another British militant killed in Somalia in a U.S. drone attack.

A British court ruling dated December 2011 reported that Elwazi was an associate of Bilal al Berjawi, a high-ranking leader of the Somali-based militant group al Shabaab, a person in possession of the court ruling said.

Reuters has not seen the original court ruling. Media reports said he helped supervise the recruitment and training of new Shabaab members.


Qureshi said British spies had tried to recruit Emwazi as a source but declined to provide specifics.

“There’s one character that I remember, one kind person that I remember and then I see that image and there doesn’t seem to be a correlation between the two,” Qureshi told reporters.

“I feel like a prisoner, only not in a cage, in London..,” Emwazi wrote in an email to Cage.

He felt like “a person imprisoned and controlled by security service men, (who) stopping me from living my new life in my birthplace and my country, Kuwait”.

Cage said Emwazi was detained in Tanzania, where he went for a safari holiday with two friends in August 2009.

He was deported to Amsterdam and interrogated by MI5 and a Dutch intelligence officer and then sent back to Britain, according to Qureshi.

Reuters was unable to immediately verify the version of events given by the charity, which provoked criticism for shifting the responsibility for Emwazi’s crimes.

“I think this is an attempt to deflect attention from Jihadi John,” said Shiraz Maher, Senior Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization, King’s College London.

“They’re trying to lay the blame for this at the feet of the British government,” he told Sky news.

The Cage charity, which also worked with the family of Michael Adebolajo, the Muslim covert who with an accomplice killed a British soldier in London in May 2013, said both men had been victims of undue pressure from the security services.

Britain’s MI5 security service was not immediately available for comment on those allegations. MI5 has argued to British lawmakers that it would be damaging to national security to comment on allegations that is sought to recruit Adebolajo.

The British Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee said last year that MI5 had investigated Adebolajo five times, twice as a high priority, but had found no evidence that any attack was being planned.

The Committee said it had found no evidence that Adebolajo was harassed by MI5.

After becoming frustrated following three failed attempts to return to Kuwait, and changing his name to Mohammed al-Ayan, Emwazi left his parents’ home and slipped out of Britain, according to Qureshi.

Four months later, police visited the family home to say they had information he had entered Syria. His family thought he was in Turkey doing aid work.

“Jihadi John” fronted gruesome Islamic State videos that showed either the killing or bodies of victims including U.S. citizens James Foley, Steven Sotloff and Peter Kassig, Britons David Haines and Alan Henning, Japanese Kenji Goto and over 20 Syrian soldiers.

(Editing by Peter Millership)


A masked, black-clad militant, who has been identified by the Washington Post newspaper as a Briton named Mohammed Emwazi, brandishes a knife in this still image from a 2014 video obtained from SITE Intel Group February 26, 2015.   REUTERS-SITE Intel Group-Handout via Reuters
A masked, black-clad militant, who has been identified by the Washington Post newspaper as a Briton named Mohammed Emwazi, stands next to a man purported to be Steven Sotloff in this still image from a video obtained from SITE Intel Group website February 26, 2015. REUTERS-SITE Intel Group via Reuters TV
Media stand outside a flat in London February 26, 2015. Local media reported that the flat is the former home of  Mohammed Emwazi.  REUTERS-Stefan Wermuth

1 OF 4. A masked, black-clad militant, who has been identified by the Washington Post newspaper as a Briton named Mohammed Emwazi, brandishes a knife in this still image from a 2014 video obtained from SITE Intel Group February 26, 2015.



‘Jihadi John’ identified as Londoner Mohammed Emwazi ~ CH4 NEWS, SNOWMAIL.
The Islamic State terrorist ‘Jihadi John’ has been named as Mohammed Emwazi – born in Kuwait, he was brought up in west London, studied computing at the University of Westminster and became radicalised. He came to the attention of the security services not once, but several times.We’ll be investigating who he is, his background, his journey to extreme radicalisation – and talking to those who knew him. And we’ll have all the reaction from the United States and the intelligence community here.
Read more: ‘Jihadi John’ and the security services – the background

#HYPOCRISY #SaudiArabia to allow #Israel use of its airspace to strike #Iran – report!

Saudi Arabia to allow Israel use of its airspace to strike Iran – report ~ RT, 27 February, 2015.

Saudi Arabia has reportedly agreed to let Israel use its airspace to attack Iran if necessary, in exchange for “some kind of progress” on the Palestinian issue, Israel’s Channel 2 TV station quoted an unnamed European official as saying.

“The Saudis have declared their readiness for the Israeli Air Force to overfly Saudi air space en route to attack Iran if an attack is necessary,” the report stated. In return for cooperation, Saudi Arabia wants to see some “progress” on the Palestinian issue.

The move will reportedly allow Israel to bomb targets in Iran by offering a shortcut, which will save fuel and time.

The Saudi position was confirmed during multiple diplomatic talks, according to the TV report. “The Saudi authorities are completely coordinated with Israel on all matters related to Iran,” the European official from Brussels was quoted as saying.

The report also revealed that the two states share intelligence when it comes Iran’s nuclear program.

There are no diplomatic ties between the two states, but there have been various reports in the past that Riyadh and Jerusalem have been cooperating when it comes to Iran and its uranium enrichment program.

For example, in November, Israel’s Mossad and Saudi officials were said to be working on contingency plans that could have included an attack on Iran if its nuclear program was not curbed enough, according to a report. It was also revealed that the Saudis were willing to assist an Israeli attack by cooperating with the use of drones, rescue helicopters, and tanker planes.

“It is not the first time this issue has been raised, of creating an air corridor from the Saudi Arabia side to Israel to arrive directly to Iran,” Tal Pavel from the International Institute for Counter Terrorism told RT. He noted, however, that “the possibility of an event like this happening is very low.”

If Israel accepts the demand of “restarting Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations,” it would “do a lot to ease the tensions in the Middle East,” Pavel added.

The Israeli report comes amid a rift between Israel and the US on the issue of Iran nuclear talks. The talks include P5+1 powers – China, France, Russia, the UK, and the US, plus Germany.

Last week, the White House and State Department stated that Israel has inaccurately provided information and twisted the official US position in nuclear talks with Iran, and accused Jerusalem of “selectively” leaking details of sensitive talks.

READ MORE: ‘Cherry-picked leaks’: US accuses Israel of distorting Iran nuclear talks details

The P5+1 talks, which are aimed at resolving the long-running dispute over Iran’s nuclear program, will continue until the end of June, after parties failed to reach a deal by the previous November 24 deadline.

At the beginning of February, Iran said it would resume the expansion of its uranium enrichment capacity if Washington introduced more sanctions against the country.

Israel Air Force (Reuters / Amir Cohen)

Israel Air Force (Reuters / Amir Cohen)

#PALESTINE #Banksy Goes Undercover To Make #Gaza Film!

Banksy in Gaza: Street artist goes undercover in the Strip ~ , The Telegraph, 26 Feb 2015.

The anonymous artist creates a mock travel advert to highlight the plight of the Gaza Strip in a slick video!

It bears the title: “Make this the year YOU discover a new destination.” But this is no ordinary travel advert.

Instead, in a new undercover documentary by Banksy filmed in Gaza, the anonymous street artist depicts real life for ordinary Palestinians.

Satirising the travel advert format, the video begins in the tunnels, telling the audience that their “visit” would be “well away from the tourist track”.

The artists adds: “(Access is via a network of illegal tunnels)”.

In the less than two-minute long video published on the artist’s website, Banksy refers to the “development opportunities” then adds that no cement has been allowed in to the area.

The destruction the artist depicts was a result of the 50-day conflict which left 539 Palestinian children dead and close to 3,000 injured.

In total, more than 2,000 Palestinians and 67 Israeli soldiers were killed, according to United Nations figures.

Six civilians in Israel were also killed.Israel argued that Hamas militants attacked the country with rockets.

Banksy gave a taste of his new work on Wednesday morning when he posted an image of the Greek goddess Niobe weeping on his official Instagram account, instagram.com/banksy.co.uk.

On the elusive artist’s official website, as the audience clicks through to the video, an image of a graffiti cat can be seen. Underneath, Banksy explained what the meaning of the cat was.

“A local man came up and said ‘Please – what does this mean?’ I explained I wanted to highlight the destruction in Gaza by posting photos on my website – but on the internet people only look at pictures of kittens.”

The viewer is also shown the full width picture of the weeping goddess with the caption: “Bomb damage, Gaza City.” In another image of children swinging from a watchtower, Banksy wrote: “Gaza is often described as ‘the world’s largest open air prison’ because no-one is allowed to enter or leave.

“But that seems a bit unfair to prisons – they don’t have their electricity and drinking water cut off randomly almost every day.”

The artist’s publicity officer also confirmed the video was really from Banksy on Twitter.

It is not the first time the artist had travelled to the region and produced work relating to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Banksy artwork on the Israeli West Bank Barrier in 2005 (PA)

In August 2005, he went to the West Bank and painted nine trompe-l’oeil scenes on to the Palestinian side of the Israeli wall.

A Palestinian boy walks past a drawing by British graffiti artist Banksy, along part of the controversial Israeli barrier near the Kalandia checkpoint (Reuters)

The Gaza conflict in the summer of 2014 happened after the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June, which Israel blamed on Hamas.

Israel retaliated with air strikes and killed several members of Hamas, and on July 7, Hamas launched rockets firing at Israel for the first time in nearly two years.

A mural of a playful-looking kitten, painted by British street artist Banksy, is seen on the remains of a house that witnesses said was destroyed by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war last summer, in Biet Hanoun town in the northern Gaza Strip.

A mural of a playful-looking kitten, painted by British street artist Banksy, is seen on the remains of a house that witnesses said was destroyed by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war last summer, in Biet Hanoun town in the northern Gaza Strip. Photo: REUTERS


Banksy Goes Undercover To Make Gaza Film ~ SKY NEWS, Thursday 26 February 2015.

The graffiti artist invites viewers to visit a new destination that the locals like so much “they never leave”.

Banksy has released a video of a satirical travel advert for Gaza after travelling to the area undercover.

The film, posted on the elusive artist’s website, appears to show him entering through one of the underground tunnels carrying cans of spray paint.

“Make this the year you discover a new destination,” it says before showing the extensive bomb damage in the region.

After footage from a drone strike is shown, the film goes on to say: “Development opportunities are everywhere.”

The graffiti artist used his anonymity to create pieces of art on some of the rubble, including a stencil of children swinging from a surveillance tower.

Its caption reads: “Gaza is often described as ‘the world’s largest open air prison’ because no-one is allowed to enter or leave.

“But that seems a bit unfair to prisons – they don’t have their electricity and drinking water cut off randomly almost every day.”

Alongside a photo of a mural of a kitten wearing a pink bow, Banksy writes: “A local man came up and said ‘Please – what does this mean?’

“I explained I wanted to highlight the destruction in Gaza by posting photos on my website – but on the internet people only look at pictures of kittens.”

The film ends with the message: “If we wash our hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless we side with the powerful – we don’t remain neutral.”

The UN states that 96,000 Palestinian refugee homes were destroyed during last summer’s conflict and more than $720m (£464m) is needed in aid.

The 50-day conflict left more than 2,000 Palestinians and 67 Israeli soldiers dead.

#BlackHole Discovered 12 Billion Times More Massive Than our Sun!

Astronomers find giant black hole in early universe ~ IRENE KLOTZ, CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla, Wed Feb 25, 2015.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) – – A black hole 12 billion times as massive as the sun has been found in a glowing quasar that existed when the universe was just a fraction of its current age, scientists said on Wednesday.

The discovery challenges currently held theories that black holes and their host galaxies grew in relative lockstep over the eons.

Found within the distant celestial bodies called quasars, black holes are regions of space so dense with matter that not even light can travel fast enough to escape their gravitational pits. Black holes are detected by effects they have on nearby galaxies, stars and dust.

The newly found black hole contains the equivalent of about 12 billion suns, more than twice the mass of previously found black holes of similar age, said researcher Bram Venemans with the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Germany.

By comparison, the black hole lurking at the center of the Milky Way galaxy has about 4 million to 5 million times the mass of the sun.

Scientists cannot explain how the newly found black hole grew so quickly. Theoretically, it could not have fed off surrounding gas as fast and as long as it would have needed to reach its massive size under currently understood laws of physics.

“Our discovery presents a serious challenge to theories about the black hole growth in the early universe,” lead researcher Xue-Bing Wu with Peking University in Beijing, wrote in an email.

“It may require either very special ways to grow the black hole within a very short time or the existence of a huge seed black hole when the first generation stars and galaxies formed. Both are difficult to be explained by the current theories.”

Another option is that two massive black holes in the early universe collided, forming an even larger black hole, Venemans said.

Clues may come from the quasar itself, which is glowing brightly enough to illuminate interstellar matter between itself and telescopes on and orbiting Earth. Ancient quasars may provide information about how stars formed in the early universe.

The research is published in this week’s issue of the journal Nature.

(Editing by Cynthia Osterman)



The black hole was discovered by a team of global scientists at Peking University, China, tasked with mapping the northern sky, and their findings were published in this week’s issue of the journal Nature.

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French president François Hollande has said his government will soon announce a raft of tough criminal laws to crack down on anti-Semitism, racism, homophobia and Holocaust denial.

That’s fine, but what about Islamophobia?

Except in France?Except in France?

France must treat online “anti-Semitism” like child pornography, president says

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Israeli Settlers Celebrate Massacre Anniversary By Setting Mosque on Fire


Raging squatter impunity provides value for US tax-dollars!

Originally posted on Fig Trees and Vineyards:

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Today is the 21st anniversary of the Hebron Massacre, and apparently some Israeli settlers got in a celebratory mood early this morning and went out and set a mosque on fire to mark the occasion.

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No Dams in the Negev? Anatomy of a Hasbara Swarm


Meticulously debunks the Israeli myth of “no Dams” which keep flooding Gaza also exposes the egregiousness of double-criminality for flooding a bereft people with sewage in the first instance and then shamelessly denying it and instead feigning innocence and whining to usurp victimhood from them – the genuinely aggrieved Palestinians.

Originally posted on Fig Trees and Vineyards:

niramres The Nir Am Reservoir lies near the town of Sderot, in southern Israel. This view of the reservoir shows the Gaza town of Beit Hanoun in the background.

“How can we return the occupied territories? There is no one to return them to.”
—Golda Meir

“There are no dams in the Negev.”
—Hasbara talking point

By Richard Edmondson

In the week before Christmas, the Zionist-hasbara crowd came out swinging in response to comments by Palestinian officials that Israel had opened dams east of Gaza and thereby further aggravated the flood disaster then engulfing the coastal territory.

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