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News :: Environment & Food : Globalization & Capitalism : Peace & War

Protesters are still waiting to talk to Lockheed

A fair article about the Santa Cruz Weapons Inspection Team that focuses on the Bonny Doon facility on Empire Grade Road.

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News :: Animal Rights

SHAC 7: Animal rights activists on trial

Trenton Times (NJ) account of the opening of the SHAC 7 trial (jury selection).
Animal rights activists on trial
Thursday, June 02, 2005
By LINDA STEIN
Staff Writer

TRENTON - Potential jurors coming to the federal courthouse yesterday were met with chants and signs depicting injured puppies and chimpanzees as groups protested a trial for six animal rights activists.

The activists, who are members or associates of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC), face charges based on an alleged campaign of harassment and intimidation against employees of Huntingdon Life Sciences, a British pharmaceutical company with a branch in East Millstone that does animal research.

The indictment alleges the SHAC Web site encouraged others to violate the law in order to run Huntingdon out of business. It showed a list of the top 20 terror tactics such as vandalism, theft, assault and conducting telephone and e-mail campaigns to shut down company computers.

But SHAC spokeswoman Andrea Lindsay, 26, who came from San Francisco to be part of the protest, said the members being prosecuted have never committed any illegal acts but were merely exercising their First Amendment right to free speech.

Members of the group chanted, "Free speech is under attack. What do we do? Fight back."

In addition to SHAC, protesters included members of Win Animal Rights, New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance and the labor union Industrial Workers of the World.

"I see it as a free speech case," said Tom Howard, 27, of Edison, an IWW delegate. He said the things SHAC defendants did "fell within the bounds of criticizing a company for its policies. If (the government) gets away with this it can affect union strikers. They can say strikers are terrorists."

Jake Samuelson, 19, of Cape May said he was protesting the trial because of a belief in free speech.

The defendants are on trial for reporting acts of animal cruelty, he said.

Grace Hagen, 49, of Manhattan, agreed that free speech is the issue.

"We are a peaceful group," she said. The government is trying to "chill freedom of speech using security and terrorism," Hagen said. "The only thing these people did was run a Web site."

"That is a specious minimization of what the Web site asked its supporters to do," said Mike Drewniak, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office. He cited the government's court filings.

Prosecutors have said that homes and property of Huntingdon employees and of employees of companies that do business with Huntingdon were vandalized after being listed on the SHAC Web site.

The group is facing various charges under the federal animal enterprises protection act.

Charged are Kevin Kjonass, Lauren Gazzola and Jason Conroy of California; Joshua Harper of Seattle, Darius Fullmer of New Jersey and Andrew Stepanian of New York.

Although John McGee of Edison also was charged in the indictment, his lawyer, Josh Markowitz, said he is no longer part of the case and that the charges against McGee are expected to be dismissed.

Jury selection will continue today. Opening arguments are expected before U.S. District Court Judge Mary Cooper next week.

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News :: Civil & Human Rights : Media Criticism : Peace & War

Top Israeli News Anchor Attacks Occupation

The revered anchor Haim Yavim of Israel's Channel One news program for more than three decades has caused controversy by making a personalized documentary in which he concludes that Jewish settlements are endangering the country and that the occupation of Palestinian land is a crime.

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News :: Alternative Media : Globalization & Capitalism : Government Resources : Peace & War

U.S. Special Forces to Create Private 'Media' Corps

The U.S. Special Operations Command will spend up to a half-billion dollars over the next five
years to develop pre-packaged media products for distribution to foreign news organizations and
audiences, according to government planning documents obtained by IMC-Binghamton.

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News :: Animal Rights

Vandalized nursery to reopen

Vandalized nursery to reopen

Cleanup continues at Richland Twp. property. FBI investigating.

By Warren Kagarise
Of The Morning Call

A Quakertown-area nursery that sustained thousands of dollars in damage Thursday night — possibly from vandals with ties to a radical animal rights group — will reopen Wednesday, one of its owners said Saturday.

The arduous cleanup continued Saturday at Peonyland in Richland Township, where plants were uprooted and possibly poisoned, and buildings and greenhouses were spray-painted.

An FBI spokeswoman said Saturday that there have been no developments in the case.

In graffiti, the vandals identify their organization as ALF, or the Animal Liberation Front, an animal rights group that has been linked to hundreds of cases of property damage and domestic terrorism in recent years.

Peonyland's owners, targeted because they are considering housing 500 medical research monkeys at the nursery at 475 Church Road, began cleaning up the graffiti and tending to uprooted plants Saturday.

''It doesn't make sense to me why animal lovers will destroy plants,'' said Michael Hsu, whose family owns the nursery. Hsu said he is uncertain if he will go ahead with the kennel plans.

The nursery opened briefly Saturday, but rain forced Hsu to close.

Jerri Williams, spokeswoman for the FBI's Philadelphia office, said the investigation continues, and that the damage at Peonyland is consistent with the tactics employed by ALF.

The bureau and other federal agencies are assisting Richland Township police. Local authorities were unavailable Saturday afternoon.

The kennel, which has not been approved by the township, would house up to 500 monkeys that would be shipped to medical research laboratories, where they would be used to test treatments for AIDS, Alzheimer's and other diseases.

Overnight Thursday vandals overturned and destroyed about 1,000 peonies, a shrub-like plant with large, brilliantly colored flowers. They also poured paint stripper on two vehicles.

Hsu estimated the cost of material and labor to raise the delicate plants at $20,000 to $30,000, the damage to the vehicles $10,000 and an additional $1,000 for the manpower and cleaning supplies needed to undo the vandals' handiwork.

''I don't know if I can put a price on the plants themselves,'' he said. Some of the peonies destroyed were rare breeds.

''We've been able to pot about 300 of them, but they don't look good,'' Hsu said.

In an anonymous e-mail forwarded to The Morning Call, ALF claimed responsibility for the vandalism and said the vandals poisoned more than 100 plants. Hsu said he will be able to tell within a week if any of his plants have been poisoned.

ALF members operate anonymously, but the group maintains a Web site that outlines its philosophy and tactics. According to the Web site, one of ALF's goals is ''to inflict economic damage to those who profit from the misery and exploitation of animals.''

The vandals, who ominously painted ''This will just be the start'' in red spray paint on one of the Peonyland buildings, have rattled Hsu but not discouraged him.

''We have to be watchful of what's going on,'' he said. ''We're taking a calm and methodical approach.''

warren.kagarise@mcall.com

610-820-6579

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News :: Education & Youth : Peace & War

Amid loud dissent, panels urge Los Alamos bid

An eye-opening summary of the recent action in San Francisco to try and stop the UC's involvement in nuclear weapons development. I didn't know that Diane Feinstein was married to an officer of a weapons company. That explains a lot. Read on....

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News :: Peace & War

The Plot to Stigmatize My Book on Nazi-Zionist Collaboration

The Plot to Stigmatize My Book on Nazi-Zionist Collaboration

Board of Deputies of British Jews: "Pragmatic" Nazi-Zionist Collaboration was OK

The Plot to Stigmatize "51 Documents" on Amazon.com

http://counterpunch.com/brenner05252005.html

May 25, 2005
By LENNI BRENNER

On May 4th, an article, "Board's Amazon Appeal," appeared on Jewish News, a Zionist website. It reported that the Board Of Deputies Of British Jews, pro-Zionist religious Jewry's central organization, had complained to Amazon re a book I edited, 51 Documents: Zionist Collaboration with the Nazis.

I wrote the Board. It responded. I answered their critique & challenged them to publicly debate the issue. Below is the Jewish News article and the correspondence between me & the Board.

The Holocaust is being heavily memorialized this year, the 60th anniversary of the end of WW ll. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan attended the opening of Israel's new museum at Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Institute. NYC's Mayor Michael Bloomberg, running for reelection, was Bush's official representative. Documentaries have appeared on TV re differing aspects of Nazism & the atrocity.

Altho historians have examined Nazism in detail in all its complexity, the present general public, world-wide, is interested in little more than the Holocaust, the Jews as victims. Few, Jew or gentile, know anything about the range of Jewish politics in the Hitler era.

What happened to the Jews is constantly utilized in Zionist propaganda as justification for the creation of the Israeli state, the silver lining around the dark cloud of desolation. That's the tip off that there is something missing: What did the Zionists do for the Jews? There is no 51 Documents: Zionist Resistance to the Nazis.

The Board's attempt to discredit my book with Amazon, and their response to me, permitted me to briefly document some of my charges. But this is no substitute for delving deeper into the controversy. For this, I recommend looking at my 1st book, Zionism in the Age of the Dictators, in conjunction with 51 Documents, which contains complete texts of much of the material cited in the earlier work. Zionism in the Age of the Dictators is out of print, but is on the internet at .

I must thank the Board. Its crude attempt to discredit the book with Amazon backfired. They have put some of their later-day rationalizations for such collaboration out there for the world to see. Now they will have to debate me, or demonstrate, once & for all & forever, that they don't dare defend Zionism's shameful politics during Jewry's desperate hour.



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"Board's Amazon Appeal"
by Daniella Peled

May 4 - The Board of Deputies has called on online booksellers Amazon to emphasise the controversial nature of a book sold on their website that claims to expose Zionist-Nazi cooperation. The current synopsis of "51 Documents: Zionist Collaboration with the Nazis" by American writer Lenni Brenner begins: "The Nazi era is the most discussed period in history, yet most Jews and others are unaware of the interaction between Zionism, Hitler and Mussolini."

It goes on to describe the "disservice that the Zionists did to Jews before and during the Holocaust," claiming that the book's documents were carefully selected "so that a rounded picture of history emerges."

Last year, following a request from the Board, Amazon posted a message on their web page for the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, to make the anti-Semitic nature of the notorious forgery clear.

Stressing that Amazon did not endorse the Protocols, the note added: "This book is one of the most infamous, and tragically influential, examples of racist propaganda ever written."

The Board wants a similar warning to accompany "51 Documents." A Board spokesman said: "We have urged Amazon to acknowledge on the site that this book is of a dangerous and controversial nature.

"Currently Amazon has shown an appreciation of our concerns and we are looking at ways of ensuring such texts will not be bought by those who unwittingly believe them to be accurate accounts of history."

He added that other books available on the Amazon site had also raised concerns, including "The Terror Enigma: 9/11 and the Israeli Connection, by Justin Raimondo," which questions whether Mossad had prior knowledge of the terror attacks.


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5 12 05 Brothers & sisters,

I have read in Jewish News (www.totallyjewish.com) that your Board lobbied Amazon to issue a warning about my book "51 Documents: Zionist Collaboration with the Nazis." The article can be found at

www.totallyjewish.com/news/stories/?disp_type=0&disp_story=5agkkD

Is this true? If so, can the board send me an email copy of its complaint, including all specifics? All I know is what I read in the above:

"The Board wants a similar warning to accompany '51 Documents.' A Board spokesman said: 'We have urged Amazon to acknowledge on the site that this book is of a dangerous and controversial nature.'

'Currently Amazon has shown an appreciation of our concerns and we are looking at ways of ensuring such texts will not be bought by those who unwittingly believe them to be accurate accounts of history.'"

Do you contest the authenticity of any documents? Or do you have problems with the translations?

In any case, please let me hear from you as soon as possible, as I intend to contact Amazon in this matter.

Let me thank you, in advance, for your time and trouble in this regard, Lenni Brenner


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17 May 2005

Dear Mr. Brenner

Thank you for your email regarding our contact with Amazon.co.uk.

Firstly I must inform you that no written representations have been made to Amazon on this issue. Secondly, you should know that the concern that was raised related not to your book, but to the synopsis of it included on the website.

Whilst the contention that "Zionism betrayed the Jews," stated at the end of the synopsis, is controversial, uncomfortable and simply wrong in the eyes of many people, it is at least given as your personal view. However, the earlier statement that "this book brings to light, through the use of actual historical documents, the disservice that the Zionists did to Jews before and during the Holocaust" is recorded as fact, rather than as a matter of opinion or historical debate and this is particularly troubling.

Zionism is simply the aspiration of the Jewish people for a national home in what is now Israel. It represents the consensus view of the Jewish people. The bald statement as fact that Zionism is a betrayal of the Jewish people is one that we feel should be qualified for the impartial or uninformed observer, as should the assertion that Zionists collaborated with the Nazis when in fact those Jews who did escape to Palestine were in truth fortunate in being able to flee the Holocaust. To misrepresent, as the synopsis does, pragmatism for collaboration (particularly before the Nazis' policy of extermination was known about) as if Zionists and Nazis shared the same ideals is insulting and disingenuous when, in fact, some of the truest allies of the Third Reich in World War II were the leaders of the Palestinian people.

I am sure that you would not disagree that the propositions in your book are highly controversial and I trust that you will accept that they are of concern to the Jewish community. This concern was confirmed by the list of publications also bought by those who had purchased your book, including titles linking Israel and 9/11. It is clear that this is only likely to endorse antisemitic conspiracies, so often behind modern antisemitism.

We trust that Amazon can find a form of words that, notwithstanding our differing viewpoints, would be acceptable to all.

Yours sincerely,

Jon Benjamin, Chief Executive

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May 23, 2005

Dear Mr. Benjamin,

Thank you for your reply to my query of May 12th, re the Board's contact with Amazon.co.uk.

You write that "the concern that was raised related not to your book, but to the synopsis of it included on the website." The synopsis reads:

"The Nazi era is the most discussed period in history, yet most Jews and others are unaware of the interaction between Zionism, Hitler and Mussolini. This book brings to light, through the use of actual historic documents, the disservice that the Zionists did to Jews before and during the Holocaust. Some of these documents were published in English decades ago, but are only now seeing the light of day. Others are being translated into English here for the first time. Included are excerpts from Propaganda Minister Goebbels' newspaper, Der Angriff, detailing an SS-man's visit to Palestine as the Zionists' guest. Readers will also learn about Adolf Eichmann's account of his personal dealings with Hungarian Zionist Reszo Kasztner, who was later assassinated in Israel as a Nazi collaborator who betrayed 400,000 Hungarian Jews. Also revealed is pro-Zionist propaganda put out by the Nazis, such as a medal for getting Jews to Palestine and a Nazi board game where the object is to move Jews to Palestine. The documents contained in this book were selected with due care so that a rounded picture of history emerges. The author concludes that Zionism betrayed the Jews; and the evidence that led him to that conclusion is contained in this book."

Your complaint is that

"Whilst the contention that 'Zionism betrayed the Jews,' stated at the end of the synopsis, is controversial, uncomfortable and simply wrong in the eyes of many people, it is at least given as your personal view. However, the earlier statement that 'this book brings to light, through the use of actual historical documents, the disservice that the Zionists did to Jews before and during the Holocaust' is recorded as fact, rather than as a matter of opinion or historical debate and this is particularly troubling."

In my note, I asked if you "contest the authenticity of any documents? Or do you have problems with the translations?" As you raise no objection, we may treat the documents as undisputed.

You restrict your objection to the synopsis's claim that "this book brings to light, through the use of actual historical documents, the disservice that the Zionists did to Jews before and during the Holocaust." For you, this is "a matter of opinion or historical debate."

As you insist that what the documents show is open to debate, I challenge the Board to exactly that. Let us arrange a public debate as to whether or not they prove that the Zionist movement collaborated with Hitler.

You go on to claim that "Zionism is simply the aspiration of the Jewish people for a national home in what is now Israel. It represents the consensus view of the Jewish people." But no scholar follows you on this. All acknowledge that Zionists were a minority of Hitler-era Jewry. That is even more true of today, when most Jews outside Israel marry gentiles.

You then restate your objection to the book's thesis:

"The bald statement as fact that Zionism is a betrayal of the Jewish people is one that we feel should be qualified for the impartial or uninformed observer."

You then object to "the assertion that Zionists collaborated with the Nazis when in fact those Jews who did escape to Palestine were in truth fortunate in being able to flee the Holocaust."

But the documents demonstrate that collaboration began when Hitler came to power, years before the Holocaust. In 1933, the Zionistischen Vereinigung für Deutschland, the German Zionist Federation, sent a secret message to the Nazis:

"May we therefore be permitted to present our views, which, in our opinion, make possible a solution in keeping with the principles of the new German State of National Awakening.... It is our opinion that an answer to the Jewish question truly satisfying to the national state can be brought about only with the collaboration of the Jewish movement that aims at a social, cultural, and moral renewal of Jewry.... Zionism believes that a rebirth of national life, such as is occurring in German life through adhesion to Christian and national values, must also take place in the Jewish national group.... On the foundation of the new state, which has established the principle of race, we wish so to fit our community into the total structure so that for us too, in the sphere assigned to us, fruitful activity for the Fatherland is possible.... Our acknowledgment of Jewish nationality provides for a clear and sincere relationship to the German people and its national and racial realities.... [W]e do not wish to falsify these fundamentals, because we, too, are against mixed marriage and are for maintaining the purity of the Jewish group."

The ZVfD wasn't thinking about any future slaughter of Jews. To the contrary, they proclaimed that

"[A] self-conscious Jewry here described, in whose name we speak, can find a place in the structure of the German state, because it is inwardly unembarrassed, free from the resentment which assimilated Jews must feel at the determination that they belong to Jewry, to the Jewish race and past. We believe in the possibility of an honest relationship of loyalty between a group-conscious Jewry and the German state."

They went further.

"For its practical aims, Zionism hopes to be able to win the collaboration even of a government fundamentally hostile to Jews, because in dealing with the Jewish question no sentimentalities are involved but a real problem whose solution interests all peoples, and at the present moment especially the German people.

The realization of Zionism could only be hurt by resentment of Jews abroad against the German development. Boycott propaganda ­ such as is currently being carried on against Germany in many ways ­ is in essence un-Zionist, because Zionism wants not to do battle but to convince and to build.... Our observations, presented herewith, rest on the conviction that, in solving the Jewish problem according to its own lights, the German Government will have full understanding for a candid and clear Jewish posture that harmonizes with the interests of the state."

You charge that the synopis misrepresents "pragmatism for collaboration (particularly before the Nazi's policy of extermination was known about) as if Zionists and Nazis shared the same ideals is insulting and disingenuous."

But they called for "a solution in keeping with the principles of the new German State of National Awakening." After all, "Zionism believes that a rebirth of national life, such as is occurring in German life through adhesion to Christian and national values, must also take place in the Jewish national group.... [W]e do not wish to falsify these fundamentals, because we, too, are against mixed marriage and are for maintaining the purity of the Jewish group."

Webster's dictionary defines pragmatism as "a practical approach to problems and affairs." What was practical re saving Jewish lives about any of the above? Indeed, in chapter 13 of Zionism in the Age of the Dictators, I demonstrated that the World Zionist Organization was never interested in rescuing Jews qua Jews, but only interested in building Zionism in Palestine.


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"The week of terror unleashed against the Jews by the Nazis' victory in the elections of March 1933 had brought thousands on to the streets outside the Palestine Office in Berlin, but there was still no desire to turn Palestine into a genuine refuge. Emigration had to continue to serve the needs of Zionism. Only young, healthy, qualified and committed Zionists were wanted. The German HaChalutz Pioneers declared unrestricted emigration to Palestine to be a "Zionist crime." [9]

9. Abraham Margaliot, "The Problem of the Rescue of German Jewry during the Years 1933-1939; the Reasons for the delay in the Emigration from the Third Reich," Rescue Attempts During the Holocaust (Israel), p. 249.



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"The Israeli scholar Abraham Margaliot has written about a speech given by Weizmann before the Zionist Executive in 1935:

'he declared that the Zionist movement would have to choose between the immediate rescue of Jews and the establishment of a national project which would ensure lasting redemption for the Jewish people. Under such circumstances, the movement, according to Weizmann, must choose the latter course.'" [14]

14. Margaliot, Problem of the Rescue of German Jewry, p. 255.



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"When, after Kristallnacht, the British, in the hope of easing the pressure for increased immigration into Palestine, proposed that thousands of children be admitted directly into Britain, Ben-Gurion was absolutely against the plan, telling a meeting of Labour Zionist leaders on 7 December 1938:

'If I knew that it would be possible to save all the children in Germany by bringing them over to England, and only half of them by transporting them to Eretz Yisrael, then I would opt for the second alternative. For we must weigh not only the life of these children, but also the history of the People of Israel.'" [23]

23. Yoav Gelber, "Zionist Policy and the Fate of European Jewry (1939-42)," Yad Vashem Studies, vol.XII, p.199.


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You added that

"in fact, some of the truest allies of the Third Reich in World War II were the leaders of the Palestinian people."

But I cited this in a note on page 225 of 51 Documents:

"[A]s many readers will not recognize the Palestinian 'Grand Mufti' of Jerusalem, Amin al-Husayni, let me introduce him.

He tried to get rid of the threatening Zionist colonizers by allying himself first with Mussolini, then with Hitler. After the war, he was seen as a major war criminal for mobilizing Muslims in the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia to fight on Hitler's side against the Red Army and Marshall Tito's partisans."

For more information on him, readers were referred to chapter 8 of my 1983 book, Zionism in the Age of the Dictators. There, I summed him up thus:

"The Mufti gained nothing, then or later, from his collaboration with either Rome or Berlin, nor could the Palestinian interest ever have been served by the two dictators.... The Mufti was an incompetent reactionary who was driven into his anti-Semitism by the Zionists. It was Zionism itself, in its blatant attempt to turn Palestine from an Arab land into a Jewish state, and then use it for the yet further exploitation of the Arab nation, that generated Palestinian Jew-hatred."

The 'spiritual' representative of the Palestinian land owners, hence unwilling to mobilize the Palestinian peasantry against Zionist colonization, the Mufti allied himself to the enemy of his people's enemy. But Zionist collaboration has even less justification. The WZO sought to collaborate with the Jews' most venomous enemy.

You followed this with another specious argument.

"I am sure that you would not disagree that the propositions in your book are highly controversial and I trust that you will accept that they are of concern to the Jewish community. This concern was confirmed by the list of publications also bought by those who had purchased your book, including titles linking Israel and 9/11. It is clear that this is only likely to endorse antisemitic conspiracies, so often behind modern antisemitism."

If you think that buying Brenner leads to "linking Israel and 9/11," how come being Brenner doesn't? I've written the following re 9/11 and the Israel-did-it fantasy in my 1/15/02 Theses re the 2 US-Afghan wars, which I sent out to my e-list:

"The best analogy to the relationship between Washington & bin Laden is that of Germany's capitalists to Adolf Hitler in 1929-33. They were looking for an anti-Marxist kickass as Germany entered the world Depression. They weren't thinking about killing almost 6 million Jews. But that's what happened when they looked to a right-wing militarized fanatic for the solution to their problems.

Carter & Reagan needed a homicidal holy warrior against the Soviet Union. While neither was exactly a feminist, domestically, they weren't motivated by personal anti-feminism in backing Afghanistan's world class male-chauvinists. But, in arming those women-haters, they set in train a chain of political forces that produced one of history's major disasters, for America, Afghanistan & the world....

Many Arab-Americans feared they would be rounded up, as Arabs &/or as politicals. When TV showed Palestinians cheering the destruction, many convinced themselves that the photos were staged. Some may have been, in the age-old way of photographers everywhere. But, for certain, many did cheer. But soon we saw emails about Israelis arrested cheering the destruction in NY, Israelis with boxcutters on the George Washington Bridge, & Co.

The professional psychological terms for this are simple enuf: Denial & projection.

Most American lefts were not ethnically fearful of retaliation for suicide bombers, so few, beyond congenital Kennedy conspiracy buffs like Ralph Schoenman, are into 'the Zionists did it.'"

One thing you will admit. As you tried connecting me with a notion that I've exposed, you have only yourself to blame for my quoting myself at length, on 9/11, in a discussion of Zionists' roles during the totalitarian era.

You concluded with "We trust that Amazon can find a form of words that, notwithstanding our differing viewpoints, would be acceptable to all."

Amazon took what it got from my publisher, as it does with other books. It can't evaluate endless books on an infinity of subjects. Instead, it puts readers' reviews, pro and con, in conjunction with the display of all books. I see, at your site that no one in Britain has taken up their offer, "Write the first customer review of this item." But at Amazon's American site, there are 8 reviews, 5 pro-Zionist.

Amazon tries to be fair to authors and customers. It is difficult to see what it could do that would satisfy both sides in political disputes. But we, your Board and I, can resolve your problem. We should organize a debate on Zionism's 1933-45 role, between myself and you or any one of your choosing. (I specialize on the issue. You personally might be at a disadvantage re dealing with it.)

A structured debate should be organized, in person in Britain. Or it could be done internationally on an agreed upon website, or via a phone-radio or TV hookup.

Obviously debate would publicize my book. But it would also work to Zionism's advantage. My charges are accepted by the informed international community. Edward Mortimer, presently Director of Communications for UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, praised Zionism in the Age of the Dictators in the 2/11/84 London Times. Zionism, Mortimer wrote,

"started from the assumption that anti-Semitism was inevitable and even in a sense justified so long as Jews were outside the land of Israel.

It is true that only an extreme lunatic fringe of Zionism went so far as to offer to join the war on Germany's side in 1941, in the hope of establishing "the historical Jewish state on a national and totalitarian basis, and bound by a treaty with the German Reich." Unfortunately this was the group which the present Prime Minister of Israel chose to join."

Yitzhak Shamir, Prime Minister, 1983­84/86­92, was a leader of the 'Stern Gang' when it tried to ally with Hitler. He is an elder statesman in Israel's ruling Likud Party. In the 1930s and 40s, several Likud leaders, followers of Vladimir Jabotinsky's "Zionist-Revisionism," proclaimed themselves totalitarians.

Mortimer continued:

"That fact gives an extra edge of topicality to what would in any case be a highly controversial study of the Zionist record in the heyday of European fascism by Lenni Brenner, an American Trotskyist writer who happens also to be Jewish. It is short (250 pages), crisp and carefully documented. Mr Brenner is able to cite numerous cases where Zionists collaborated with anti-Semitic regimes, including Hitler's; he is careful also to put on record the opposition to such policies within the Zionist movement.

In retrospect these activities have been defended as a distasteful but necessary expedient to save Jewish lives. But Brenner shows that most of the time this aim was secondary. The Zionist leaders wanted to help young, skilled and able-bodied Jews to emigrate to Palestine. They were never in the forefront of the struggle against fascism in Europe."

51 Documents includes complete evidentiary texts re Zionist-Revisionist connections to Germany, Italy and Japan, 1933-41, cited in Zionism in the Age of the Dictators. That the Likud has a fascist history, likewise "gives an extra edge of topicality" to 51 Documents' charges in 2005, the 70th anniversary of Mussolini's October 1935 invasion of Ethiopia.

October also is the 10th anniversary of the 1995 Million Man March, the largest demonstration in Black American History. The Millions More Movement, the majority of Black intellectual, political and religious leaders, has called for another march on Washington. The Ethiopian anniversary will naturally be commemorated at the gathering.

A jailed veteran of the Black civil rights movement, I will be there. The demonstration has been denounced by Abe Foxman of America's Anti-Defamation League and Kenneth Stern of the American Jewish Committee, thus focusing Black attention onto Zionism. I intend to satisfy their interest by providing documentation of Zionism's alliances with white racists, including Zionist-Revisionism's passionate support for Mussolini's poison-gas war.

Indeed, Jabotinsky's 4/11/35 "Jews and Fascism: Some Remarks - and a Warning," admonished Jews that

"there is also a much more important reason for discontinuing to use the term 'Fascism' as a cuss word in Jewish discussions. Fascism is today the official doctrine of Italy, and Italy is one of those countries where Jews enjoy full equality not only politically but also socially. Such countries are not very numerous, and their number is, to say the least, not increasing. It is very unwise to insist on antagonizing one of them by turning to abuse a term and an idea which is so highly cherished both by its rulers and by its youth....

Incidentally, the Permanent Mandates Commission which supervises Palestinian affairs has an Italian chairman. In short -- though of course I do not expect street-urchins (irrespective of age) to follow an advice of caution -- responsible leaders ought to take care."

He convinced Mussolini to train his Betar youth group at Italy's naval academy. Their 3/36 L'Idea Sionistica described them: "there are 49 cadets.... 30 of them belong to the G(ioventù) U(niversitaria) F(ascista)." That's Fascist University Youth. They marched alongside Mussolini's soldiers in a pro-war demonstration and collected scrap metal for Italy's arms industry.

In 1936, Revisionist financial director Wolfgang von Weisl declared that

"although opinions among the Revisionists varied, in general they sympathized with Fascism.... He, personally, was a supporter of Fascism, and he rejoiced at the victory of Fascist Italy in Abyssinia as a triumph of the White races against the Black."

Promptly accepting my challenge to debate would give your Board and its Israeli colleagues an opportunity to put rebuttal of my documentation in front of the Black world, prior to the MMM event. That's more advantageous to Zionism than waiting until after the damage is done and hoping to repair it.

On the other hand, the public will understand failure to accept my challenge to mean that the Board cannot defend Zionism before the bar of history. This will permit me to, in effect, debate an empty chair, a debate Zionism must always lose.

In any case, I am sending this email to you on Monday, May 23rd. If I do not get a reply from you by May 31, expressing interest in a debate, I will assume that the Board rejects the project and will so inform the public.

As a report of your intervention with Amazon is already on the internet, I am also making our present correspondence, my note of May 12th, yours of May 17th and this note, immediately available to the public, while looking forward to your reply.

Let me thank you, in advance, for your time and trouble in this regard,

Lenni Brenner

***

Lenni Brenner is the editor of 51 Documents: Zionist Collaboration with the Nazis and a contributor to The Politics of Anti-Semitism. He is presently editing Jefferson & Madison on Separation of Church and State: Writings on Religion and Secularism. It will be published by Barricade Books in late October. He can be reached at BrennerL21@aol.com.

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AI Report 2005 - Israel and the Occupied Territories

http://web.amnesty.org/report2005/isr-summary-eng

Amnesty International
AI Report 2005

Israel and the Occupied Territories

Covering events from January - December 2004
The Israeli army killed more than 700 Palestinians, including some 150 children. Most were killed unlawfully — in reckless shooting, shelling and air strikes in civilian residential areas; in extrajudicial executions; and as a result of excessive use of force. Palestinian armed groups killed 109 Israelis — 67 of them civilians and including eight children — in suicide bombings, shootings and mortar attacks. Stringent restrictions imposed by the Israeli army on the movement of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories caused widespread poverty and unemployment and hindered access to health and education facilities. The Israeli army destroyed several hundred Palestinian homes, large areas of agricultural land, and infrastructure networks. Israel continued to expand illegal settlements and to build a fence/wall through the West Bank, confining Palestinians in isolated enclaves cut off from their land and essential services in nearby towns and villages. Israeli settlers increased their attacks against Palestinians and their property and against international human rights workers. Certain abuses committed by the Israeli army constituted crimes against humanity and war crimes, including unlawful killings; extensive and wanton destruction of property; obstruction of medical assistance and targeting of medical personnel; torture; and the use of Palestinians as “human shields?. The deliberate targeting of civilians by Palestinian armed groups constituted crimes against humanity.

Background

In February Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced the “disengagement plan?, to evacuate all Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip and four in the West Bank, while maintaining military control of all land and sea access to the Gaza Strip, and of its airspace. In October Prime Minister Sharon’s bureau chief publicly stated that the evacuation of Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip was intended to strengthen Israeli control of much of the West Bank, where more than 100 Israeli settlements are located. Israel started to build a network of secondary roads and tunnels in the West Bank intended to keep existing main roads for the sole use of Israeli settlers. No steps were taken to implement the “road map? peace plan, agreed the previous year by Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) and sponsored by the USA, the UN, the European Union and Russia. After the death of PA President Yasser Arafat in November, the “road map? sponsors expressed renewed interest in its implementation and urged Israel and the PA to resume peace negotiations within its framework.

Killings and attacks by the Israeli army

The Israeli army killed around 700 Palestinians, including some 150 children, in the Occupied
Territories, most of them unlawfully. Many were killed in deliberate as well as reckless shooting, shelling and bombardment of densely populated residential areas or as a result of excessive use of force. Some 120 Palestinians were killed in extrajudicial executions, including more than 30 bystanders, of whom four were children. Others were killed in armed clashes with Israeli soldiers. Thousands of others were injured.
• Four Palestinian schoolgirls were shot dead by the Israeli army in their classrooms or walking to school in the Gaza Strip in September and October. Raghda Adnan al-Assar and Ghadeer Jaber Mukhaymar, aged 10 and nine, were shot dead by Israeli soldiers while sitting at their desks in UN schools in Khan Yunis refugee camp. Eight-year-old Rania Iyad Aram was shot dead by Israeli soldiers as she was walking to school. On 5 October Israeli soldiers shot dead 13-year-old Iman al-Hams near her school in Rafah. According to an army communication recording of the incident and testimonies of soldiers, a commander repeatedly shot the child at close range even though soldiers had identified her as “a little girl... scared to death?. The commander was charged with illegal use of his weapon, obstructing justice, improper use of authority and unbecoming conduct. He was not charged with murder or manslaughter.
• On 22 March, Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, a 66-year-old wheelchair-bound paraplegic, was assassinated in an Israeli air-strike as he was leaving a mosque in Gaza City after dawn prayers. Seven other Palestinians were killed in the attack and at least 17 were injured. His successor, ‘Abd al-’Aziz al-Rantisi, was likewise assassinated by the Israeli army on 17 April.
• Ten-year-old Walid Naji Abu Qamar, 11-year-old Mubarak Salim al-Hashash, 13-year-old Mahmoud Tariq Mansour and five others were killed on 19 May in Rafah in the Gaza Strip when the Israeli army opened fire with tank shells and a helicopter-launched missile on a non-violent demonstration. Dozens of other unarmed demonstrators were also wounded in the attack.

‘Human shields’

Israeli soldiers continued to use Palestinians as “human shields? during military operations, forcing them to carry out tasks that endangered their lives, despite an injunction by the Israeli High Court banning the practice. A petition against the use of “human shields? submitted by Israeli and Palestinian human rights organizations to the Supreme Court in May 2002 was still pending at the end of 2004.
• In April, Israeli soldiers used 13-year-old Muhammed Badwan as a “human shield? during a demonstration in the West Bank village of Biddu. The soldiers placed the boy on the hood of their jeep and tied him to the front windscreen to discourage Palestinian demonstrators from throwing stones in their direction.

Killings and attacks by Palestinian armed groups

Sixty-seven Israeli civilians, including eight children, were killed by Palestinian armed groups in Israel and in the Occupied Territories. Forty-seven of the victims were killed in suicide bombings, the others were killed in shooting or mortar attacks. Most of the attacks were claimed by the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an offshoot of Fatah, and by the armed wing of Hamas. Forty-two Israeli soldiers were also killed by Palestinian armed groups, most of them in the Occupied Territories.
• Chana Anya Bunders, Natalia Gamril, Dana Itach, Rose Bona and Anat Darom and six other Israelis were killed on 29 January when a Palestinian man blew himself up on a bus in Jerusalem. More than 50 other people were wounded in the attack. The suicide bombing was claimed by both the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and the armed wing of Hamas.
• Tali Hatuel, who was eight months pregnant, and her four young daughters, Hila, Hadar, Roni and Meirav, aged between two and 11, were shot dead in the Gaza Strip while travelling by car near the Gush Katif settlement block where they lived. They were shot at close range by Palestinian gunmen who had opened fire on their car and caused it to career off the road.
• On 28 June, three-year-old Afik Zahavi and 49-year-old Mordechai Yosepov were the first victims of a rocket fired by Palestinian armed groups from the Gaza Strip into the nearby Israeli city of Sderot. On 29 September, four-year-old Yuval Abebeh and two-year-old Dorit Aniso were killed by another Palestinian rocket while playing outside their relatives’ home in Sderot.

Attacks by Israeli settlers in the Occupied Territories

Israeli settlers stepped up attacks against Palestinians and their property throughout the West Bank and also increased attacks on international human rights activists. They destroyed and damaged trees owned by Palestinians and frequently prevented Palestinian farmers from harvesting their crops.
• On 27 September, an Israeli settler shot dead Sayel Jabara, a Palestinian taxi driver, as he was driving his passengers between Nablus and Salem. The settler claimed that he shot Sayel Jabara because he thought that he might attack him, even though Sayel Jabara was not armed. The settler was released on bail less than 24 hours after the killing.
• In September and October Israeli settlers, wearing hoods and armed with stones, wooden clubs and metal chains, assaulted two US citizens, members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), and AI delegates as they escorted Palestinian primary school children to school near Tuwani village in the Hebron area. CPT members Kim Lamberty sustained a broken arm and knee as well as bruising, and her colleague Chris Brown sustained a punctured lung and multiple bruises. The attackers came from the Israeli settlement of Havat Ma’on and returned there after the attacks. Israeli settlers from Havat Ma’on continued to attack Palestinian children on their way to school with impunity.

Impunity

Most members of the Israeli army and security forces continued to enjoy impunity. Investigations, prosecutions and convictions for human rights violations were rare. In the overwhelming majority of the thousands of cases of unlawful killings and other grave human rights violations committed by Israeli soldiers in the previous four years, no investigations were known to have been carried out.

Israeli settlers also enjoyed impunity for attacks on Palestinians and their property and international human rights workers. The Israeli army and police consistently failed to take steps to stop and prevent such attacks and routinely increased restrictions on the local Palestinian population in response to attacks by Israeli settlers.

Destruction of Palestinian property in the Occupied Territories

The Israeli army carried out large-scale destruction of Palestinian houses and property in the Occupied Territories, far exceeding the destruction of previous years. It demolished several hundred homes, mostly in the Gaza Strip, making thousands of Palestinians homeless, and destroyed large areas of agricultural land, roads and water, electricity and communications infrastructure. Such destruction was often a form of collective punishment on the local population in retaliation for attacks by Palestinian armed groups. The army usually gave no warning of the impending destruction and inhabitants were forced to flee their homes without being able to salvage their possessions. UN agencies and humanitarian organizations were unable to respond to the needs of tens of thousands of Palestinians whose homes had been destroyed by the Israeli army over the previous four years.
• In May the Israeli army destroyed some 300 homes and damaged some 270 other buildings in Rafah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, making nearly 4,000 people homeless in the space of a few days. Several people were trapped in their homes when Israeli army bulldozers began to tear down the houses and had to drill holes in the back walls to escape. Thousands of other residents also fled their homes, fearing imminent destruction. UN schools had to be used as temporary shelters for the homeless. The mass destruction came in the wake of an attack by Palestinian gunmen in which five Israeli soldiers were killed. Israeli officials claimed the destruction was intended to further widen the no-go area along the Egyptian border and to uncover tunnels used by Palestinians to smuggle weapons into the Gaza Strip from Egypt.
• In October, after two Israeli children were killed by a Palestinian mortar fired from the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army launched a major attack in and around the Jabalya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, and destroyed or damaged some 200 homes and buildings as well as roads and other vital infrastructure.

Collective punishment, closures and violations of economic and social rights

The Israeli army continued to impose stringent restrictions on the movements of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. Military checkpoints and blockades around Palestinian towns and villages hindered or prevented access to work, education and medical facilities and other crucial services. Restrictions on the movement of Palestinians remained the key cause of high rates of unemployment and poverty. More than half of the Palestinian population lived below the poverty line, with increasing numbers suffering from malnutrition and other health problems.

Palestinians had to obtain special permits from the Israeli army to move between towns and villages within the West Bank and were barred from main roads and many secondary roads which were freely used by Israeli settlers living in illegal settlements in the Occupied Territories. Movement restrictions for Palestinians were routinely increased in reprisal for attacks by Palestinian armed groups and during Jewish holidays. Further restrictions were also imposed on the movement of international human rights and humanitarian workers throughout the Occupied Territories.

The Israeli army routinely used excessive and unwarranted force to enforce blockades and movement restrictions. Soldiers frequently fired recklessly towards unarmed Palestinians, ill-treated, humiliated and arbitrarily detained Palestinian men, women and children, and confiscated or damaged vehicles. Sick people needing to reach medical facilities were often delayed or denied passage at checkpoints.

Continued construction by Israel of a fence/wall through the West Bank left an increasing number of Palestinians cut off from health, education and other essential services in nearby towns and villages and from their farm land ­ a main source of subsistence for Palestinians in this region. Large areas of Palestinian land were encircled by the fence/wall and Palestinians living or owning land in these areas had to obtain special permits from the Israeli army to move in and out of their homes and land. Israeli soldiers frequently denied passage to residents and farmers in these areas. In July the International Court of Justice declared that Israel’s construction of the fence/wall in the West Bank was illegal under international law and called for it to be dismantled.

In an exceptional ruling in June, the Israeli High Court ordered that some 30km of the fence/wall be re-routed. The Israeli army subsequently made minor adjustments to some five per cent of the route of the fence/wall.

Detainees and releases

Thousands of Palestinians were detained by the Israeli army. Most were released without charge. More than 3,000 were charged with security offences. Trials before military courts often did not meet international standards of fairness, and allegations of torture and ill-treatment of Palestinian detainees were not adequately investigated. Some 1,500 Palestinians were detained administratively without charge or trial during the year.

In January Israeli authorities and the Lebanese group Hizbollah concluded an exchange of detainees, hostages and remains of soldiers and combatants. Hizbollah released an Israeli businessman and the bodies of three Israeli soldiers captured in Lebanon in October 2000. Israel released some 400 Palestinians detainees, 35 detainees from other Arab countries, mostly Lebanese, and the bodies of 59 Lebanese killed by the Israeli army and buried in Israel. Among those released by Israel were four Lebanese men who had been held as hostages without charge or trial for several years.

Former nuclear technician and whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu was released in April, having served his entire 18-year jail sentence, mostly in solitary confinement. Upon his release he was banned from leaving the country and from communicating with foreigners and his movements in the country were restricted. He was twice rearrested and interrogated in November and December.

Violence against women

The UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women visited the Occupied Territories in June to gather information on the impact of the occupation and conflict on women. She concluded that the conflict had disproportionately affected Palestinian women in the Occupied Territories, in both the public and private spheres of life. In addition to the women killed or injured by Israeli forces, Palestinian women were particularly negatively affected by the demolition of their homes and restrictions on movement, which hampered their access to health services and education, and by the sharp increase in poverty. The dramatic increase in violence as a result of the conflict also led to an increase in domestic and societal violence, while at the same time there were increased demands on women as carers and providers.

Discrimination

In August the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination called for the revocation of the Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law, passed the previous year and extended for six months in July. The law institutionalized racial discrimination. It barred Israeli Arab citizens married to Palestinians from the Occupied Territories from living with their spouses in Israel, and forced families to either live apart or leave the country altogether.

AI visits

AI delegations visited Israel and the Occupied Territories in May, September and October.

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