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CUFI's Christian Zionists convene for Holy $$ War in DC

Right-wing Christian Zionist evangelicals of CUFI are fanning the flames of war with Iran, citing defense of Jews in Israel. CUFI depends on bribes to influence politicians and resettle Jews to Israel. However, Iranian Jews refuse cash offers in exchange for resettlement to Israel and remain a cohesive Jewish community in Iran.
Christians United for Israel (CUFI) is beginning their political outreach convention in Wash DC today, no doubt with the agenda being additional harsh punative measures for Palestinians living under occupation and the green light of support for Israeli militarism..

There's a great deal of disinfo floating around in US corporate medialand nowadays concerning the supposed "anti-Semitism" of Iranian President Ahmadinejad and possible future military actions by the U.S. and Israel against Iran. Even many of the previously peace loving Democrats have quickly forgotten (SHAME!!) the missing WMDs of Iraq and jumped onto the GW Bush regime's warpath to invade Iran. All disinfo campaigns by the government and right wing elements of Christian Zionsim have their sources and can be exposed as fallacy. This article begins to undertake this task..

Where to start? The misuse of the term "anti-Semitism" by the defenders of the Zionist state of Israel is one obvious point. Several writers expose the fallacy of the abuse and misuse of this term by Zionists. Another abusive term used by Zionists is "self hating Jew" directed at any person of Jewish ancestry who voices legitimate critique of Israeli policy towards their equally Semitic neighbors, the Palestinians. This is similar as neo-Nazis in the US labeling any Euro-american who defends African americans, Mexicans, Asians or other "non-whites" as a "race traitor". Amazing similarity between those Zionists and neo-Nazis when it comes to their outlook on solidarity??.

Norman Finkelstein wrote the "Holocaust Industry" to critique the trend of labeling anyone an "anti-Semite" if they ever questioned the violence used by Israeli government/military against the Palestinian people..

Norman Finkelstein along with many of his friends and colleagues where denounced in the US as anti-Semites specifically for this reason, because they dared to challenge Zionist Israel..

www.normanfinkelstein.com/

Even if Finkelstein is labeled as a "self-hating Jew" by supporters of Zionist Israel, his writings do have a positive educational effect on people..

"The first essay shows how the ideology of the holocaust has become an important part of U.S. Jewish life and contemporary intellectual culture. Finkelstein argues that the dominant exposition of the Holocaust is based on political and class interests that portray Jews as the sole victims. It also serves to rationalize Israel's subjugation of Palestinians. Whereas Peter Novick maintains that the use of the memory of the Holocaust is arbitrary and not guided by interests, Finkelstein demonstrates that material interests, as well as ideological motivations, are very important factors behind the Holocaust Industry's distortions. He argues that there was a general indifference to the Nazi holocaust in the United States, even among American Jews, until Israel's June 1967 war during which it occupied Sinai, West Bank, Gaza, and Golan Heights. Prior to this conquest the number of scholarly studies was rather limited.

After the June 1967 war, as Israel became firmly entrenched as a U.S. ally in the Middle East, the Holocaust Industry began to flourish. The use of the memory of the Holocaust advanced vested interests of the official U.S. Jewish organizations. In turn, Israel as a bastion of U.S. interest in the Middle East contributed to Jewish assimilation into American mainstream. Instead of drawing any moral lessons from the Nazi holocaust or engaging in serious scholarly historical research, the Holocaust Industry was, and still is, interested in deflecting criticisms of Israel."

article @;
zmagsite.zmag.org/oct2002/akram1002.htm

Now onwards to dispelling corporate media's myths about Iran, where a sizable population of Iranian Jews feel no desire to escape the wrath of notorious "anti-Semite" Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and flee to their so-called Promised Land of Zionist Israel..

"Friday, July 13, 2007

"Iranian Jews refuse $$$ offer to move to Israel
Iran's Jews have given the country a loyalty pledge in the face of cash offers aimed at encouraging them to move to Israel, the arch-enemy of its Islamic rulers.

The incentives — ranging from £5,000 a person to £30,000 for families — were offered from a special fund established by wealthy expatriate Jews in an effort to prompt a mass migration to Israel from among Iran's 25,000-strong Jewish community. The offers were made with Israel's official blessing and were additional to the usual state packages it provides to Jews emigrating from the diaspora.

However, the Society of Iranian Jews dismissed them as "immature political enticements" and said their national identity was not for sale.

"The identity of Iranian Jews is not tradeable for any amount of money," the society said in a statement. "Iranian Jews are among the most ancient Iranians. Iran's Jews love their Iranian identity and their culture, so threats and this immature political enticement will not achieve their aim of wiping out the identity of Iranian Jews."
"

article cont's @;
careandwashingofthebrain.blogspot.com/2007/07/iranian-jews-refuse-offer-

(If this site is too anti-Zionist for your liking, search for the same article on other sites!!)

Futher research shows that the primary economic engine for the relocation of Jews from around the world to Zionist Israel is from the far-right evangelical Christian Zionists (Pat Robertson, Christian Broadcasting, John Hagee, CUFI, etc..) who envision some sort of "Holy War" or "Armageddon" that begins when the Jews are returned to their "Holy Land" and the Dome of the Rock mosque is destroyed & replaced by a Judeo-Christian place of worship..

"On July 16-19, Christians United for Israel (CUFI) will convene its second annual convention in Washington , D.C. and again push its apocalyptic war agenda with the Bush Administration and Members of Congress. Last year CUFI’s inaugural convention drew approximately 3600 Christian fundamentalists and conservative Jewish supporters. After three days of “sermons? by “end-time? preachers and politicians calling for war on Iran and additional military support for Israel ’s war with Hezbollah in Lebanon , conferees were deployed to Capitol Hill to lobby for these agendas. This year’s convention is expected to serve up another diet of end-time Biblical scenarios and perpetual war in the Middle East with the centerpiece being a U.S. or Israeli attack on Iran .

The Christian “end time? calculations of CUFI loyalists, coupled with “re-build the Temple settler? Jewish allies, and the cynical demands of American and Israeli politicians form a pathogenic religious brew that is frightening. Most American and Israeli Jews understand that territorial compromise, a viable Palestinian state and respect for Israeli and Palestinian security and national rights are the key ingredients for a peace agreement in the Holy Land . CUFI and company prefer to see Israel control every inch of the West Bank and Gaza Strip even if the price is war without end. We believe these policies are inconsistent with our scriptures, ethical standards, and the future security of both Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs."

article found @;
www.christianzionism.org/default.asp

Just what have these right-wing Christian Zionists got up their sleeves??

"Ralph Reed, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell and a host of other conservative Christian leaders now lobby on behalf of Israel and support the most hard-line Israeli positions. Many fundamentalist Christian groups finance efforts to resettle Russian Jews in Israel, often in settlements in the occupied territories that offer settlers special tax breaks and financial inducements to move there.

“You have a number of very conservative Christian groups that support settlements because they see this as a way of strengthening Jewish hold on the land of Israel because in their mind this is important for end-of-time theology and part of hastening the Second Coming and the conversion of Jews that would be entailed in some of the theology. One would think that would be a good reason for conservative Jewish groups not to be involved with these groups, but they have made a pact to focus on political goals. They leave the proselytizing at the door when they entered into joint activity,? said Lewis Roth, president of Americans for Peace Now, a U.S. branch of the Israeli movement Peace Now."

article @;
www.natcath.org/NCR_Online/archives/101102/101102a.htm

Why do far right Christian Zionist organizations encourage the mass immigrations of Jews from around the world to Israel? What are the benefits to US corporations of the nuclear weapons equipped military status of Israel in the vicinity of so much oil? If there is a long drawn out conflict scheduled in the oil rich nations (Iran Iraq, Saudi Arabia) of the Middle East, then having a nuclear armed Israel may be of some benefit to the US petroleum corporations eagerly awaiting the outcome of the Iraqi oil privatization law. Iran is being targeted next by the GW bush regime because Ahmadinejad will not comply with the US/Israeli Zionist's agenda of imperialism and colonialism..

The false claims made by the GW bush/Cheney regime of Iran's coming nuclear weapons facility are equally as invalid as their claims prior to the invasion of Iraq for the elusive WMDs..

The US and Israel remain the most consistent violaters of the international nuclear weapons abolition program, as these two nations possess the lion's share of nuclear weapons AND nuclear waste. Just ask Mordechai Vanunu about Israeli nuclear weapons stockpiles, oh yeah, he remains under house arrest and cannot talk with people outside his limited range..

This from sourcewatch;

"On February 27, 1988, the Israeli court sentenced him to 18 years imprisonment from the date of his capture.

The Israeli government kept him in near total isolation for more than 11 years, allegedly out of concern that he might reveal more Israeli nuclear secrets. However, many critics argue that Vanunu does not have any information that would pose a real security threat to Israel, and that the Israeli government's real motivation is a desire to avoid political embarrassment for itself and allies such as the United States. Dr. Ray Kidder, a senior American nuclear scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has said:

"On the basis of this research and my own professional experience, I am ready to challenge any official assertion that Mr. Vanunu possesses any technical nuclear information not already made public." [1]

His last appeal against his conviction, to the Israeli Supreme Court in 1990, failed. The Israeli government refused to release the transcript of the court case until, after the threat of legal action, it finally agreed to let censored extracts be published in Yedioth Ahronoth', an Israeli newspaper, in late 1999.

The European Parliament has condemned Israel's treatment of Vanunu, and referred to his detention by Mossad agents as a gross violation of Italian sovereignty and international law."

article @;
www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Mordechai_Vanunu

Pointing the finger at Iran's non-exsistant nuclear energy program (let alone weapons) shows the ultimate hypocrisy on the part of the U.S and Israeli leaders. Our government's Dept of Nuclear Energy (DOE) even allow our own people's bodies to be slowly destroyed by cancer following exposure to the excessive radiation of nuclear waste & weapons testing!!

"RENO, Nev. – Corbin Harney, a spiritual leader of the Western Shoshone who challenged the federal government – and once his own tribe – to oppose nuclear weapons on aboriginal land has died at the age of 87. Harney, a fixture at anti-nuclear rallies, died Tuesday of complications from cancer near Santa Rosa, Calif., where he had hoped to finish a book, according to his family.

“We have truly lost a lot,? said his nephew, Santiago Lozada, who was with him when he died. “

Corbin was a World War II veteran and was known around the world for his activism against radioactivity and nuclear weapons,? said Robert Hager, Reno-based lawyer for the Western Shoshone tribe. “He's irreplaceable to the Western Shoshone nation.?
"

visit with Corbin Harney @;
www.shundahai.org/

May Corbin Harney Rest in Peace. Corbin helped many people struggling with the threat of nuclear radiation, nuclear weapons testing and improper unsafe disposal of nuclear waste (Yucca Mt.) here in North America. The greatest threat to our collective health comes not from the Soviet Union (Russia), Iran or North Korea, but from the massive nuclear waste/weapons stockpiles in our own backyard!!

What then is the primary reason for the excessive US nuclear weapons stockpiles? The current US occupation of Iraq can be viewed in context of the Iraqi petroleum privatization laws where US (& other G8 nations) corporations stand to make bank from the extraction, export and sales of Iraqi petroleum reserves..

"Passage of the new oil bill, which would turn over Iraqi’s liquid treasure to foreign corporations like ExxonMobil.

This is the paramount concern of the Bush Administration.

It is being sold to the American people as a way to equalize revenues to various segments of Iraqi society.

But the true reason for it is to line the pockets of U.S. oil executives.

“The law would transform Iraq’s oil industry from a nationalized model closed to American oil companies except for limited (although highly lucrative) marketing contracts into a commercial industry, all-but-privatized, that is fully open to all international oil companies,? Antonia Juhasz, author of “The Bush Agenda,? wrote in an op-ed for The New York Times on March 13.

“The Iraq National Oil Company would have exclusive control of just 17 of Iraq’s 80 known oil fields, leaving two-thirds of known—and all of its as yet undiscovered—fields open to foreign control,? Juhasz wrote. “The foreign companies would not have to invest their earnings in the Iraqi economy, partner with Iraqi companies, hire Iraqi workers or share new technologies. . . The international oil companies could also be offered some of the most corporate-friendly contracts in the world.?

Not surprisingly, the Iraqi people don’t want their oil privatized. They’ve been resisting this move in parliament, and in the streets."

article @;
www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/06/14/1866/

May the Iraqi people continue to resist this heist of their oil reserves with every ounce of strength in their bodies!

Militarism and US colonialism exists to extract resources by threat of force if needed, the US corporations also use other less visible methods of heisting the goods of less powerful nations at the expense of their people and ecosystem. Free trade agreements WTO/NAFTA enable the corporations of wealthy nations to "legally" dominate and extract the resources of less fortunate nations. Recent protests focused on the US as the economic trendsetter of the wealthiest 8 nations, the G8..

Of course the people of less wealthy nations oppose the G8 and their neo-liberal free trade policies that remove protective tariffs, flood their markets with subsidized corporate monoculture/biotech crops and remove their natural resources and land base from under their feet..

The allies of the less wealthy nations also protest the G8 nations from inside of their own borders in solidarity, as we ourselves are becoming second class citizens as corporations privatize our water, air, food and forests in the name of globalization..

Several examples follow;

1)

"Haiti was once a self-sufficient rice producer, importing little to none of the rice consumed by its population every year. Yet, since the 1980s, rice production in Haiti has collapsed, threatening the economic well-being of Haitian rice farmers and tens of thousands of others who participate in the cultivation, processing, and sale of Haitian rice. Though this decline can be blamed on a variety of causes including the poor condition of Haiti's natural environment, and several other factors that have handicapped Haitian farmers ranging from lack of access to capital, to the poor conditions of irrigation canals, trade liberalization policies are at the center of this phenomenon. Since the adoption of trade policies that have made Haiti the most "open" to trade of all the Caribbean nations, large amounts of cheap American rice imports have entered the Haitian market. Though most people engaged in the debate over trade liberalization in Haiti agree on this point, the different camps come to very different conclusions on what the collapse of rice production means for the Haitian people. This case study will provide some descriptive information on Haitian rice and will include a discussion of the causes of production decline, the impact of this decline, and propose a potential remedy."

article @;
www.american.edu/TED/haitirice.htm

2)

"This "neo-liberal" philosophy, which guides the WTO and other institutions, such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), that oversee the global economy, is precisely what brought Lee to Cancun and ultimately to his death.

Due to a succession of global trade agreements, the South Korean government was required to take measures that would reduce its ability to insulate its rice farmers, whose production costs have long been quite high by global standards, from the global market. With government protections reduced, the price of rice ceased to be competitive with foreign producers, and even less so as Korean rice farmers recorded five straight years of bumper crops, which further reduced prices.

"Since (massive importing of rice), we small farmers have never been paid over our production costs," Lee wrote. "What would be your emotional reaction if your salary dropped to a half without understanding the reason?"

"Farmers who gave up early have gone to urban slums. Others who have tried to escape from the vicious cycle have met bankruptcy due to accumulated debts," he continued. "For me, I couldn't do anything but just look around at the vacant houses, old and eroding. Once I went to a house where a farmer abandoned his life by drinking a toxic chemical because of his uncontrollable debts. I could do nothing but listen to the howling of his wife. If you were me, how would you feel?" asked Lee, a former president of the Korean National Future Farmers' and Fishermen's Association.

The plight of small farmers described by Lee is by no means confined to South Korea."

read on @;
www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0912-04.htm

"Calderon announced the duty-free import of 650,000 metric tons of white maize from the United States, plus a “gentlemen’s agreement? with some tortilla distributors to cap prices at 76 cents (U.S.) a kilogram.

The plan to import maize enraged Mexico’s farmers. Since the inception of NAFTA in 1994, they have felt their government has allowed cheap U.S. grain imports, heavily subsidized by U.S. taxpayers, and the elimination of government price supports to destroy their livelihoods, driving millions of them off the land."

article found @;
www.pww.org/article/articleview/10543/1/148/

This is just the tip of the iceberg when documenting the abuses suffered by people and their ecosystem at the hands of US and other G8 nation corporations under the WTO/NAFTA free trade laws..
 
 


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