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Trying to decipher and make sense of this ahem, intellectual and apparent darling of #occupywallstreet Mr Slavoj Zizek  talk is very much  like watching Gaddifi on stage at the Arab League when on one-hand you think, blimey IS HE actually praising the Jews by mentioning how many wars Israel has won and how we as Arabs, never unifying anything like the Jews??

So The same vibe resonates when listening to him he makes startling simplifications ( http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/talktojazeera/2011/10/2011102813360731764.htmlfrom about 14minutes in) saying how much  he’s frightened for American Jews and world Jewry because their Israeli Jewish tribal leaders have paradoxical made a pact with the devil with the likes of Glen Beck and the Christian Zionists and its bad. As they hold two opposing ideas about the Jewish race,  one is purely anti-Semitic and the other admiration for the power over the Arab-Muslims by the Israelis.Slavoj completes his cycle of simplistic thought by equating  Norway’s recent massacre by  Anders Behring Breivik as an agent of stealth Zionism, and hereby finding new ways to de-legitimize the Israeli State. You can find similar attitudes all over the web: http://mwcnews.net/focus/politics/12328-massacre-in-norway.html

This sort of equation is the next step to Gilad Atzmon’s usual a-z of Zionist biblical Masscre school for dummies like this clip shows:

Sadly such assertions are a sly way to demonize and create a climate of intolerance towards Israel. For Slavoj its a simple black and white case Israel are the new Nazis committing evils unlike other evils in the world,  stealing the conscience and morality from good Jews around the world.  Slavoj fails to mention any background to Israels plight, no attempt to understand her fears and losses, but rather intellectualize in front of an Al Jazeera English audience everything that is wrong about Israel. I would love to ask  Saljoy if he ever been to Israel, rather than trying to embed himself with Jewish intellectuals in NYC… More on this delusional creep later.

What happens when Palestinian’s politicians give interviews only for Israeli TV, well they tend to speak more succinct and less with the bullshit knowing there’s no place to hide and certainly no softballs questions from eager Western journalists who rejoice in their sufferance. Maan Agency reports: http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=433281

JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Arabs made a “mistake” by rejecting a 1947 UN proposal that would have created a Palestinian state alongside the nascent Israel, President Mahmoud Abbas said in an interview aired Friday.

Palestinian leaders have always insisted that General Assembly Resolution 181, which paved the way for Israel in parts of then British-ruled Palestine, must be resisted by Arabs who went to war over it.

Decades of regional fighting have hinged on challenges to Israel’s existence and expansion. By describing historical fault on the Arab side, Abbas appeared to be offering Israel an olive branch while promoting his own bid to sidestep stalled peace talks by winning UN recognition for a sovereign Palestine.

“At that time, 1947, there was Resolution 181, the partition plan, Palestine and Israel. Israel existed. Palestine diminished. Why?” he told Israel’s top-rated Channel Two television, speaking in English.

When the interviewer suggested the reason was Jewish leaders’ acceptance of the plan and its rejection by the Arabs, Abbas said: “I know, I know. It was our mistake. It was our mistake. It was an Arab mistake as a whole. But do they punish us for this mistake (for) 64 years?”

This clear cut admission by Abu Mazen is surprising not as historical fact or coming from a Palestinian leader because its the type of things us Israelis & Jewish people around the world hear from Palestinians and Arabs all the time after all shouting is done. They whisper it quietly in our ears, yes we should have taken the UN offer back then..

But Netanyahu’s sleight of hand by negotiating with Hamas for Gilad Shalit, and now noisily promoting the quartet of sorts, has completely nullified Mazen back into his usual position of political paralysis in  front of his own supporters  – who probably now more than ever – liken him to  the Arab strongman era who probably should go now.

In short something interesting is about to happen I reckon not in terms of the middle east agreement but the status of Abu Mazen and the old PLO.

For further proof a society deceiving the world about their inhumane conditions when if fact its far from it, according to YNET, “Gaza stores, markets offer latest trend – plaid shirt Gilad Shalit wore during handover to Israel – for NIS 60″http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4137569,00.html

This proves two things, firstly if Israel was the most important thing in each of the Gazan population heart and mind, and so oppressed by the Israeli blockade / apartheid policies, then how does the recent shift in the ‘Gilad Shirt’ sales explain this? Surely a shirt so representative of the Israeli soldier would be out of bounds for the Gazans? They even started a facebook group about his shirt.You would not find Jewish victims of Holocaust buying clothes worn or associated with from the Nazi party I think? For a real response to a hated regime and all the symbols which goes with it , is masterly featured in a Tunisian viral where Ben Ali’s photo is draped on the side of a building only to anger the public who act and tear it down, to reveal a message they should vote in order not to allow this to happen again.

This response is indicative of a people really struggling and ‘honestly’ fighting the occupation of hearts and minds. Not like the Gazan’s who when not thinking about the evils of Israel, can think about such things as “oh I would like Gilad’s shirt”

This leaves me to the second most obvious question, the shirt apparent costs $16 YNET:

Merchants in the Strip are now offering “The Shalit shirt” in a wide range of colors, for NIS 60 ($16.5). The demand, it seems, is very high.

מימין: שליט בראיון לטלוויזיה המצרית. משמאל: החולצות למכירה (צילום: EPA)

Right: Shalit interviewed by Egyptian TV. Left: Shirts on sale in Gaza

 Evidence of the new fashion trend can be found on Facebook where at least 10 pages have been created in the last few days devoted to “Gilad Shalit’s shirt.” Thousands of web surfers have become fans.

Unless the whole of Gaza is having a right dose of the Stockholm syndrome , albeit in reverse, political commentators, journalists, activists, should all contemplate this compelling piece of evidence which again shows why we are right in our assertions there’s  no starvation, malnutrition, torturous conditions of Gazan’s and more principally Israel is only really used to further political goals when in fact the day-to-day reality is much different. The plight and the anger of Gaza like the Palestinian cause in general  is just a construct of the West through newspapers to politicians to activists. The sooner we have a grown up discussion that incorporates these realities expressed by people like myself on behalf of the Israel-Jewish narrative the sooner we can come to compromise.

just found this clip.. Its a fascinating Michael Moore to camera schtick appealing to the Syrian government to give up. This was shot back in May. Needless to say he begins by apologizing for the Bush Administration and the West involvement meddling in the Middle East,  when he finally gets down asking Assad to stop the killing, one still has the impression he doesn’t quite go far enough. The fact the man sees himself as someone of importance is grating enough but for him to seriously think his words in appealing for Assad  to go in the same manner as Botha’s South African is again,  – to avoid the cliche –  making more moral equivalence, a symptom of the Left.

Let there be no doubt, Assad is brutally murdering people in full view of the world and the UN, exactly where are the likes of Mssrs Moore and others protesting on the streets and world condemnation. Where is Chomsky?

For those keeping scores Turkey has invaded Northern Iraq and continues to bomb parts of Kurdish controlled areas..and guess what, hardly nothing from the media and certainly no street protests or UN resolutions passed as per-usual.

To get a better overall view on Turkish ambitions there’s a telling interview with Professor İbrahim Kaboğlu, who visited Tunisia three times after the Jasmine Revolution. He describes the scene just before PM Erdogan’s visit to Tunisia … http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=contradictory-image-of-turkey-is-confusing-the-arab-world-2011-10-21

“..the Turkish demand to send posters of the prime minister ahead of the visit in order for them to be hung on the street – all of this seems to have created resentment. And the fact that it was within the framework of his tour of the Middle East, it led to questions as to whether Ottomanism was being revived and whether Turkey had some imperial inclinations about spreading its influence to the region in an effort to dominate it.”

As the ArabSpring really unravels  and we now focus exclusively on Syria which throws into question Iran and its position as lead sponsor of terror and spoiler of stability, Turkish jockeying to be Arab’s answer to a perfect society will come into the spotlight. The views of the Professor, talking to a Turkish Newspaper, highlighting the growing threat of ‘ottomanism’ is a relief for those of us who feel nervous of  a confident Turkey and its ability to criticized itself. What he has mentioned if you read the piece is the bullish nature of Erdogan administration and the confusion of its ambition to an Arab world still sore from revolutions.

Qaddafi famously spoke about America allowing the people to hang Saddam. Here’s Qaddifi in perhaps his most truthful speech ever made. fascinating theatre all for the wrong reasons. look how they all smurk when he mentions “you could be next’

S-oo  much has happened over the last 48 hours.. one of the most interesting footnotes to  Qaddafi’s bloody end is Venezuela’s own nutter saying

“They assassinated him. It is another outrage,” the Venezuelan leader told reporters in the town of La Grita.We shall remember Qaddafi our whole lives as a great fighter, a revolutionary and a martyr,” he said.

 

The so called Arab Spring has brought about new and strange equations and realities on the ground, as well as changing the political relationships of former alliances, Chavez remarks like Iran’s with the increasingly embarrassed situation of their own man Assad, has meant they may be on the wrong side of history and maybe more curiously, the Arab street….

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2011/10/21/172846.html

Jpost reports a man has been charged in the US for collecting names and addresses of Anti- Syrian Regime activists.  http://www.jpost.com/VideoArticles/Video/Article.aspx?id=241582 A few months ago I went to the Syrian Embassy protest in Hyde Park Corner to find out myself the full-scale of anger against Assad. I was surprised to learn by one activist all people present were being filmed by o mysterious Embassy officials and other odd characters lurking around. one man  also told me the rival but smaller pro-Assad protest next door to them were mainly made up of Syrian students studying in the Uk and told by party officials to turn up. Blackmail of course.!

What’s more alarming unlike our American cousins we still allow Syrian surveillance and intelligence  to work overtime right in the front of the Police.  If the Americans can do it then it’s about bloody time the British cops pul their finger out.