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The manufactured hysteria about the bombing in Paris will expand weapons manufacturing and sales around western countries. Arms manufacturer stocks are already booming and the Zionists and neoconservatives who own and run these companies will get even richer. Liberty and  democracy will suffer as new freedom-restricting laws are passed using manufactured fear (like in the US after Sept. 11, 2001). Politicians like Netanyahu and Holland enjoy this and consolidate their grip on power. Common people pay the price. Israeli authorities took the opportunity of this manufactured mass hysteria to ban the moderate Islamic movement and to jail its popular leader Raed Salah (a most kind and gentle person). Seventeen civil society organizations working on areas ranging from health to empowerment to education were closed by the apartheid regime. Civil society organizations and political movements of various political and religious affiliations in 1948 areas (including leadership of the Arab communities inside “Israel”) were furious and declared a strike Thursday. The cynical racist Israeli policies times to take advantage of tragedies elsewhere indeed promote extremism and fundamentalism and if there is not enough extremist or fundamentalist groups, the Western and Israeli spy agencies create them (false flag operations are very common). Only a highly educated public can challenge this new globalized system of terror-racism-militarization leading to more of the same.

The best way for Americans to defeat the Islamic state is to end support for Jewish nationalism
http://mondoweiss.net/2015/11/americans-support-nationalism#sthash.CdElvw5l.dpuf

Outlawing the northern branch of the Islamic Movement is yet another McCarthyist step by the Israeli state. But if anyone thinks this will bring an end to the movement, they are dead wrong.
http://972mag.com/outlawing-the-islamic-movement-is-a-gift-to-palestinian-citizens/113959/

Quotable Quotes

‘Today, in a world convulsed by violence and unbelievable brutality the lines between ‘us’ and ‘the terrorists’ have been completely blurred… We don’t have to choose between Imperialism and Terrorism, we have to choose what form of resistance will rid us of both. What shall we choose? Violence or non violence? …We have to choose knowing that when we are violent to our enemies, we do violence to ourselves. When we brutalize others, we brutalize ourselves. And eventually we run the risk of becoming our oppressors’. Arundhati Roy

“To solve our problems, then, we certainly need to learn, but what we need to learn is not so much new knowledge as new actions- new, more cooperative, wiser ways of living. Above all we need to learn how to resolve our conflicts in more just, humane, and nationally cooperative ways.” Nicholas Maxwell, Wanted: a new way of thinking, in New Scientist 14 May 1987 (author of “From knowledge to Wisdom”)

“Most of my family came from Poland and many of my relatives were killed in the death camps during the Holocaust. When I walk in what was left from the Warsaw Ghetto I can’t stop thinking about the people of Gaza who are not only locked in an open air prison but are also being bombarded by fighter jets, attack helicopters and drones, flown by people whom I used to serve with. I am also thinking about the delegations of young Israelis that are coming to see the history of our people but also are subjected to militaristic and nationalistic brainwashing on a daily basis.” Yonatan Shapira former Israeli Air Force captain and now refusnik and BDS activist “All oppression creates a state of war.” ~Simone de Beauvoir

“Is there any man, is there any woman, let me say any child here, that does not know that the seed of war in the modern world is industrial and commercial rivalry?” Former US President Woodrow Wilson, 1919

“Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience, therefore [individual citizens] have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring.” Nuremberg War Crime Tribunal, 1950

“The efficiency of the truly national leader consists mainly of preventing the people’s attention from becoming divided, and of always concentrating it on a single enemy.” Adolp Hitler, ‘Mein Kampf’ 1924

“First, they came for the Communists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.” Pastor Martin Niemoller, who was arrested by the Nazis in 1937

“I came to America because of the great, great freedom which I heard existed in this country. I made a mistake in selecting America as a land of freedom, a mistake I cannot repair in the balance of my lifetime.” Albert Einstein, 1947

“One hundred nations in the UN have not agreed with us on just about everything that’s come before them, where we’re involved, and it didn’t upset my breakfast at all.” Ronald Reagan, former US President, basking in the triumph that was the US invasion of Grenada, 1983

“Britain has been a major force in world affairs for several centuries. No British Patriot should be willing to give up that status.” Tony Blair, British Prime Minister, 1997

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell

“Action is the antidote to despair.” Joan Baez

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.” ~ Edmund Burke

“I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand” ~ Chinese Proverb

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Oliver Wendell Holmes

“It is innocence that is full and experience that is empty. It is innocence that wins and experience that loses.” ~ Charles Peguy

“This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.” ~ Shakespeare

Mazin Qumsiyeh
http://palestinenature.org

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