Nov 29, 2013

Geopolitical shifts

(below this commentary are two key actions to support for November 30 and December 5-6)

We are in the middle of major, some say tectonic, changes.  We see realignments going left and right that will change the geopolitical reality in Western Asia (the Euro term is “Middle East”) and even beyond.  Hamas abandoned Syria/ Hizbollah/Iran/Russia (SHIR) axis some two years ago and tried to accommodate the Zionist/US/Gulf monarchies (ZUG) axis.  It is now trying to shift back (but Iran does not seem in a Rush to accept the Hamas overtures).  Declassified 1970s documents showed that Fatah leaders o the ZUG axis nearly 30 years ago though Arafat kept his options open and was killed for his “noncommittal”.  Mahmoud Abbas interviews with Israeli and Egyptian TV tried to assure his commitments to this disastrous course that has strengthened Zionism and weakened the Palestinian struggle.   

After the Iran deal with the 5+1 countries on its nuclear program, Iran is moving confidently to forge even stronger alliances with Turkey, Russia, and China while also assuring gulf monarchies that Iran has no intention to harm Arab countries interests.  The only constant Iran emphasizes is that it is not going to normalize with the Apartheid state of Israel. At one thinks almost in the same level as the US government is committed to defend the apartheid state of Israel. But then I saw evidence (from public discourse, private conversations, leaked documents etc) that the US itself maybe in the process of rethinking its self-destructive subservience to Zionist lobbies.

Perhaps that explains the Iran agreement and now the agreement to go to an International conference in January on Syria (which clearly is not making Israel happy).  Turkey (a major country ) has also reevaluated its direct support for the fighting against the Syrian government.  As the Syrian government with help from Hizbollah is cutting off armed supplies from Lebanon, now the only remaining support is via the monarchies and through Jordan-Syria border but even here signs of hesitation is coming.  Jordan and the gulf monarchies are beginning to feel that there will not be a PAX Americana made in Tel Aviv imposed in the Middle East.  Hence the importance of the tentative dance between gulf monarchies and Iran and Russia and Turkey.  Perhaps the US administration will indeed move in to the idea of multilateralism and a bit away from Zionism.  These trends are worth studying and analyzing especially by Palestinians.  Is there any sign to suggest that Mahmoud Abbas and the self contained Ramallah bubble around him is about to get connected to the changing reality?  Time will tell soon if this too will change (hopefully with people pressure). There si a movement now of Palestinian intellectuals and activists to demand such real and significant change away from the disastrous path that has gone on now for three decades (since 1974). Those interested, please email me.

November 30 is an international day of action against the "Prawer Plan" a plan to ethnically cleanse nearly 40,000 Palestinian Bedouins of the Naqab/Negev in an attempt to Judaicize the area. Please act and publicize in your city. The central rally for  Day of Rage will be held Saturday, 30th of November at 3:30 pm at the Hura Junction on Route 31 in the Naqab (map at

Critical conference: Since Israel will not come to Helsinki conference on eliminating WMD in the Middle East, we bring it to Israel. “For a Middle East Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction”. conference in Haifa, December 5-6, 2013. More details here:

Zionist lobby suffers major defeat in France: BDS activists vindicated in French courts

Oslo’s roots: Kissinger, the PLO and the Peace Process

What's behind Israel's biggest economic boom? The occupation.  By Dr. Assaf Oron
The period of Israel’s history that by far saw the largest economic growth, more than any other, was the six years following the Six Day War. And what agricultural, industrial, or hi-tech breakthroughs took place around 1967-1973? None worthy of mention. More than any other single factor, it was the establishment of the Occupation-Settlement Enterprise.

Palestinians set animal traps to protect lands from settler raids

What is Normalization?
….political, cultural and economic tool that allows Israel to dispense with the historical causes of the conflict and make its resulting realities seemingly banal. The most dangerous dimension of normalization policies is that Israel presents them as peace deals in themselves

At Tuwani- On the afternoon of October 17, Palestinians discovered 106 olive trees destroyed alongside Bypass Road 317, in a field located between the Israeli outposts of Avigayil and Mitzpe Yair, in the South Hebron Hills. Pictures at

From the camera of an occupation/apartheid soldiers operating in the middle of Bethlehem


  1. Inside every scientist there is the heart of a mystic. A sloppy scientist says, "Let's see what happens if I do this?" A successful scientist discovers or invents something marvelous, and says, "My God, how did that happen?!"
    But the last word goes to Michelangelo, via Irving Stone. "If people know how hard I worked, they wouldn't be amazed at my 'genius'."
    No, another last word: holiness.
    Hang in there, Mazin.

  2. The USA will do whatever is best for big business. It looks like continuing to blindly support Israel will NOT be good for sustaining the veneer of ‘democracy’. This illusion of democratic values is a very powerful weapon that will not be discarded, not at any price.

    (The Zionists who live in USA are worried about their image as supporters of an obviously fascist State. They also seem to be surprised at how vicious the State of Israel is. They too, have been brain washed, and it takes time to undo a lifetimes' commitment to a delusion.)

    The most amazing thing about Arafat is that he survived for such a long time. He was always marginalized and disparaged, yet even his leadership always survived. He is probably worthy of more respect than he gets from even those who did not criticize him – it is so hard to sort the truth from all the hype. He had to be a wily fellow just to survive, the question is, was he well intentioned, and I think he must have been.

    Everyone is critical of the efforts of Palestinian leaders to present a coherent front. And, everyone assumes that this is why Palestine is in such a dreadful way. But this is not the way to examine the issue. The fact that Palestine is being talked about every day is a huge success, and is due to the efforts of millions of people, all who have, through direct experience, discovered what is going on.
    Good Palestinian leadership would have led to nothing other than the deaths of those who offered the leadership, and even if there had been wonderful media presentations, it is certain that the media would never have made them available to the public.

    Mazin, the fact that we are not saying anything here does not mean we are not fully aware and fully supportive of every progressive move you and others are making. We are also doing whatever is possible, whenever we get a chance. It is just that democracy is very slow in coming, and it seems as though it has to be fought for again and again and then again.

    Israel will most likely implode, when USA distances itself.

  3. Israel didn't implode until 1968 without US help and Israel won't implode if the US will leave Israel alone. Israel as for now is the 4th biggest armament exporter in the world. The US enjoys Israel knowledge and experience in military, intelligence, technology, science and health which save her the same value as the military aid to Israel. US and Israel relations is not just the "Palestine problem" but based on same values and moral codes. In any case, Israel is a fortress of democracy and power which all progressive state want to share her inventions and developments.

    Israel can cope alone against her Islamic enemies. She doesn't need the US to stand against the Islamic waves of attacks. But in such a status Israel will have no other choice but to move the Arabs from the West bank to Trans Jordan and to make Judea and Samaria Israeli's again.

  4. "Abe Bird": Israel would not last two weeks without US support especially the use of the veto at the UN Security Council that shields Israel from International law. Without the US Israel would have lost the only war it ever faught Arasb armies in (October 1973). All the other actions were never wars since Arabs did not fight. 1973 was the first and last Israeli-Arab war. Today even small guerrilla movements like Hizbollah and Hamas forced Israeli withdrawals. Israel is a paper tiger good at huffing and puffing and media work to try and distort reality and get other countries to fight their perceived enemies. But the US having spent 3 trillion on a war on Iraq fought on behest of the Israel lobby will not do it again with Iran. That the Zionists employ people like you to troll the net and respond is best evidence that Israel cannot do it alone and must keep trying to sway the increasingly skeptical world community. Time to think about your real choice: end Zionist apartheid nicely (win-win via Boycotts, etc) or end it badly (continue foolishly hoping to remain the only bully in the neighborhood). The fat lady is about to sing...