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Founder of the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group – Bassem Eid – has told 850 people attending WIZO’s major function at Randwick Racecourse last night that the current Palestinian leadership is too old, corrupt and is thinking more about the past than the future.

Eid criticised the Palestinians running after the United Nations instead of continuing negotiations.

He said: “We are going to be the losers again, again and again. We are experts on missing lost opportunities. We have become a divided society. We haven’t found any unity between ourselves. How can we preach peace with Israel? We are moving backward rather than forward”

He claimed that most Palestinians were seeking dignity rather than identity and that dignity can only come with economic prosperity.

He criticised the Hamas leadership for forcing people back into their houses in Beit Lahiya during the war in Gaza last summer and of using the population as human shields by digging tunnels under their houses. He accused Hamas of using the people to protect their missiles and rockets.

Eid claimed that Gazans were offered $50 per month to allow each tunnel to be built under their homes.

He said Palestinians were interested in jobs, education and a proper health system – that no one was talking about a State because no one believed such a State will be created under the Palestinian Authority.

He urged those present as Australian taxpayers to approach the Australian Government for an accounting of how the $65 million given annually to the Palestinian Authority is spent and for what purposes.

Eid called the BDS movement “an economic terrorist” and that a majority of the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza did not support it – claiming that 92000 Arabs from the West Bank get work in Israel each day.

Hillel Neuer Executive Director of UN Watch told the gathering told of his experiences appearing before the UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR) which contained some of the world’s worst human rights abusers including China, Russia, Cuba and Saudi Arabia.

He said that more than 50% of all resolutions in the last 10 years were directed at Israel. He said that at each meeting there was one agenda item to deal with human rights abuses in all countries and one agenda item specifically for Israel.

Neuer said the Council is heavily biased against Israel and related how some of its appointments had exploded in its face following exposes by UN Watch.

Neuer concluded that Jews are obliged to stand up and tell the truth, that it was an uphill battle to combat the UNHCR campaign to delegitimise and denigrate Israel but “if you believe in the truth of your cause then you will succeed”.

Greg Sheridan, Foreign Editor of the Australian, concluded a memorable trilogy of speakers by speaking about his latest book, ”When we were young and foolish”, his Catholic upbringing , the close personal relationship forged by him with Prime Minister Abbott during their University days, and how he came to support and continue to support Israel.


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While critics of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action have focused on the
many days that can pass before inspectors can finally be sent, against
Iran’s wishes, to Iranian facilities, it turns out that they will NEVER be

That’s because 5 members of the Joint Commission have to vote in favor of
the move and one of those votes is held by a radical communist.

Details of the background of Federica Mogherini, who was appointed High
Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on 1
November 2014 for a term of 5 years, can be found in the article below by
Michael Widlanski.

Here’s the relevant part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action:

,,, 78. … In the absence of an agreement, the members of the Joint
Commission, by consensus or by a vote of 5 or more of its 8 members, would
advise on the necessary means to resolve the IAEA’s concerns. ”

And here is the composition of the Joint Commission:

“1. The Joint Commission is comprised of representatives of Iran and the
E3/EU+3 (China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom,
and the United States, with the High Representative of the Union for Foreign
Affairs and Security Policy), together, the JCPOA participants.”

That’s right – without the vote of Federica Mogherini there will never be an
inspection that Iran opposes.

The Communist Fingerprints on Iran’s Bomb
August 24, 2015 7:32 pm Author:Michael Widlanski

A month from today or a year from today, an Iranian scientist or general
might defect to the West – and present hard proof that Iran has broken the
rules of its nuclear agreement, and is building nuclear bombs.

That’s how the West learned about some of Saddam Hussein’s weapons
programs – after his two son-in-laws defected – but such an occurrence will
have no effect on Iran.

There will be no military action and no sanctions against Iran, because of
three Communist figures that support Islamic extremists:

– Vladimir Putin, the ex-KGB official, who protected Syria’s bio-chemical
warfare program and who jumped at the chance to sell anti-aircraft missiles
to Iran’s bomb-makers;
– The Chinese Communist regime, which has helped Islamist regimes and
organizations (such as the maniacs in southern Sudan);
– And Federica Mogherini, the foreign minister of the European Union, who is
a long-time Communist and a noted sympathizer of Islamists.

Even if Barack Obama, John Kerry, or Hillary Clinton had an amazing change
of heart after seeing new evidence of Iranian bomb-making, they could not
overturn the “P5+1” accord, because three of the five – Russia, China, and
the EU – are in Iran’s pocket and bound to block action.

The neo-communist Putin and the Communist Party of China are no surprise,
but few Western analysts or journalists – let alone Obama Administration
officials – have spoken of the strong built-in Communist and pro-Islamist
tendencies of EU Minister Mogherini, who was a member of the Italian
Communist Youth Federation from 1988 to 1996.

The Italian Communist Party changed its name to the Social Democratic Party,
but Mogherini has never disavowed her Communist roots or her sympathies for

On the contrary, she has re-asserted them.

“Islam belongs in Europe,” declared Mogherini, the 43-year-old EU foreign
minister, in a conference in Brussels on June 24, 2015.

“The idea of a clash between Islam and ‘the West’,” she said, “has misled
our policies and our narratives,” repudiating the ideas of political
scientist Samuel Huntington and Islamic scholar Bernard Lewis.

Mogherini, who holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, wrote her
senior thesis on Islam, though she apparently does not read or speak any
Middle Eastern languages.

“Islam holds a place in our Western societies. Islam belongs in Europe,”
declared Mogherini, who served as the EU’s top negotiator with the Islamist
regime in Iran.

“It (Islam) holds a place in Europe’s history, in our culture, in our food
and – what matters most – in Europe’s present and future. Like it or not,
this is the reality,” asserted Mogherini, who has also been criticized
inside Europe for her lack of experience and for sympathizing with the
actions of Vladimir Putin.

“We need to show some humble respect for diversity. Diversity is the core
feature of our European history, and it is our strength. … We need to
understand diversity, understand complexity. … For this reason I am not
afraid to say that political Islam should be part of the picture.”

When President Obama and Secretary Kerry say “Europe” backs the Iran accord,
remember that it is a very small, specially selected, and very left-wing
part of Europe.

When President Obama and Secretary Kerry say the United States will be able
to “snap back” sanctions against Iran, there is good reason not to believe
Dr. Michael Widlanski is the author of Battle for Our Minds: Western Elites
and the Terror Threat, published by Threshold/ Simon and Schuster. He
teaches at Bar-Ilan University, was strategic affairs advisor in Israel ’s
Ministry of Public Security, and was the Schusterman visiting professor at
University of California, Irvine for 2013-14.


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TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham underscored the country’s continued support for the resistance front in the region, specially the Palestinian Hamas group.
“Iran’s support for all resistance groups continues similar to the past,” Afkham told reporters in her weekly press conference in Tehran on Wednesday and in response to the question if Tehran’s supportive policy on Hamas has changed.

She underlined that supporting members of the resistance front and those who stand against the Zionist regime is a principle of Iran’s policy.

Afkham expressed the hope that the groups which stand on the frontline of war against the Zionist regime would maintain their unity and integrity.

Her remarks came after certain media reports claimed that a member of the Palestinian resistance group, Hamas, has criticized Iran for what he called as weakened support.

He made the comments after Hamas politburo member Mousa Abu Marzouk hailed Iran for its long-term and permanent support for the resistance group and the Palestinian people.

“In fact, Iran’s various supports for Palestine have been precious, abundant and greatly influenced the Palestinian resistance,” the Arabic-language Palestinian news agency Sama quoted Abu Marzouk as saying late July.

He expressed the hope that Iran would further help establishment of regional stability, and said, “Iran can play a positive role in this regard.”

In March, Deputy Politburo Chief of Hamas Movement Ismail Haniyeh underlined that the Palestinian nation and resistance movement are determined to consolidate their good relations with Iran.

“The Palestinian nation and resistance is honored by its close and intimate relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran and is resolved to continue them powerfully,” Haniyeh said in a phone conversation with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Also in March, senior Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar underlined that the Palestinian resistance movement was determined to continue its good relations with Iran.

“The movement has good relations with Iran and it is persistent in maintaining these ties because Iran unlike others helps Hamas without expecting anything in return,” Al-Aqsa satellite television network quoted Al-Zahar as saying.

He pointed to Hamas’s relations with other countries, and said, “The movement has good relations with (other) Arab and Muslim states, such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE as well.”



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Assaf Gibor, a journalist on Arab affairs with NRG and Makor Rishon, made some important revelations in speaking with residents of the Arab village of Duma, where a home was burned on Sunday night belonging to the brother of a resident whose house was the target of lethal arson attack last month.

In the attack last month alleged “Jewish terrorists” were quickly blamed, apparently due to the presence of Hebrew graffiti at the home, although several large question marks have emerged in the case. This week a second home belonging to the Dawabshe family was burned down, further raising those questions – which include reports of a long-standing feud in the village.

Gibor appeared on Channel 20 on Tuesday, where he gave a recount of this week’s fire.

“It’s 3:30 at night, the grandfather of the family is sitting and smoking a cigarette – I spoke to him a few minutes ago – when suddenly there is fire in the home of the Dawabshe family, the brother of the Dawabshe family whose home was burned three weeks ago,” he began.

“Three children and their mother were sleeping there, there’s a fire and they’re evacuated from the site. The village council claims it was an electric malfunction, afterwards they revise their statement and say it was a Molotov cocktail, later the third time they told – at least me – that the Israeli intelligence sent Arab collaborators from the adjacent villages,” he said, indicating he was told that Arab assailants caused the fire.

At this point the show’s host, Avri Gilad, cut in laughing, commenting, “their ability to invent stories…wow. Why didn’t they say immediately it was settlers and that’s that? Because the Israeli media would buy it in a second.”

In answer, Gibor said, “firstly because they didn’t find ‘price tag’ vandalism, so therefore they claim of course that it was settlers, but in an attempt to split up the incident three weeks ago and the current one, they say it was an incident meant to silence the one from three weeks ago.”

“Settling accounts?”

Gilad then asked the correspondent, “do you know anything about ‘settling accounts’ (i.e. revenge as part of an internal conflict – ed.) within the hamulot (Arab clans – ed.)?,” noting on the reports of a feud in the village spanning nearly two decades.

“Yes, three-fourths of the village are members of the Dawabshe family, the village is comprised of two central families, Dawabshe and another family, and therefore the question is who would have wanted the fire (to happen),” he replied.

“There are lots of questions at the scene itself, and also the question why no one arrived at the scene, particularly members of the Shabak (Israel Security Agency – ed.) and security forces who pounced on the previous scene three weeks ago.”

Detailing the questions from the scene of the fire, he noted they include “the space heater that was found in the middle of August (at the height of summer heat – ed.) in the center of the room, or the fact that the room that was burned was precisely the one that didn’t have the kids in it.”

“Four families (lived there), a three-room house – you would have thought they would have distributed themselves equally throughout the rooms, but precisely the room that wasn’t burned was where the kids were, the room that was burned was empty of any people.”

Why no investigation?

“There are a lot of questions and no one is investigating them,” he stated.

The host stepped in at this point, posing the possibility that “maybe they’re investigating but the answers still aren’t known or the time hasn’t come yet.”

“The Palestinian police were the only ones who arrived on the scene, Israeli police and security forces didn’t arrive there, my colleagues from the media also didn’t arrive there – they were told by all sorts of military and security sources that it isn’t a story you have to touch on, that it’s some sort of electrical short or something internal and leave it, don’t let them interfere in investigating the first incident,” Gibor replied.

“I think that these questions need an answer,” emphasized the journalist.

He noted that some Palestinian Arab media outlets are claiming that Jewish residents of the region were responsible for both fires, and concluded, “the incitement of course works overtime, but the investigation isn’t being carried out.”

Politicians from all ends of the spectrum hurriedly accused Jewish extremists of responsibility for last month’s arson in Duma, in statements that were immediately followed by a slew of Arab terror attacks, including attempts to burn down Joseph’s Tomb, an apparent arson southeast of Jerusalem that released asbestos-laden ash on wide swathes of the city, a near-lethal firebomb attack in Jerusalem’s Beit Hanina, and numerous other attacks of varying degrees.


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Last week, the Associated Press published a report that contained the draft text of a secret side deal between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The secret agreement deals with the inspection regime at the military site of Parchin near Tehran under the nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers (so-called 5+1 countries).

Parchin is the site where Iran is suspected of having conducted secret tests with detonators for a nuclear warhead. The IAEA has been trying to get access to the facility for years to figure out how far the Iranians have progressed, as a prerequisite to setting up a verification regime preventing them from going further. During the negotiations, the U.S. administration vowed there would be no deal without the Iranians providing that access. The text AP published indicates that the administration caved in on that important demand.

The AP report made clear that instead of allowing IAEA inspectors to collect evidence from the facility in Parchin, samples will be collected by the Iranians using Iranian equipment. Furthermore, instead of allowing the IAEA to collect everything it wants, only seven samples will be handed over from mutually agreed upon areas. Instead of giving inspectors access to facilities, photos and videos will be taken by the Iranians themselves, again only from mutually agreed upon areas.

The issue of unhindered IAEA access to Parchin is extremely important because it has significance for the entire inspection regime under the nuclear agreement. When the IAEA is not permitted to visit Parchin, the Iranians will do the same with inspections of other military sites. The refusal to grant the IAEA access to military sites was one of the red lines published by the office of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during the negotiations in Vienna.

At the end of July, Western Journalism reported for the first time on the existence of the secret side deal after Senator Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Representative Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., issued a press release in which the lawmakers wrote they were briefed on the secret side deal by IAEA officials in Vienna. Pompeo and Cotton had not seen the document; and, therefore, the administration was able to hide behind the argument that neither negotiators in Vienna nor the White House had seen the document either.


Adnan Abu Amer -
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The Palestinian scene is still reeling from the latest Palestinian Authority (PA) corruption case. In November 2014, Venezuela — under President Nicolas Maduro — decided to provide 1,000 scholarships for Palestinian medical students following the Israeli war on Gaza.

The Palestinian Foreign and Education Ministries and the Palestinian Embassy in Venezuela manipulated the dispersal of scholarships in a scandal Palestinians fear will negatively affect Palestinian-Venezuelan relations. The news broke on July 13, when the Venezuelan authorities decided to deport dozens of Palestinian students.

Palestinians found out about all of this when 25 Palestinian students who reside in Jordan arrived back to the kingdom after being deported. They protested Venezuela’s decision in front of the Venezuelan Embassy in Amman in July.

Some students behaved disgracefully at the Latin American School of Medicine in Caracas. Some brought their hookahs to school, while other attended class wearing pajamas and complained about the university housing. Some students also wrote offensive slogans against late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on the university walls, causing outrage in Venezuela.

The scandal prompted some Palestinian media outlets to accuse Palestinian officials of choosing students unfairly, as some of those awarded the scholarships had connections to PA employees.

The Palestinian Ministry of Higher Education had shared the requirements for the Venezuelan scholarships on July 19. These included a grade point average of 80% or above for high school students specializing in the science field and took into account the geographical distribution of Palestinian students in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and in Arab countries, and the candidates’ financial status.

Al-Monitor found difficulties in reaching Palestinian students in Venezuela, but one student contacted who wished to remain anonymous revealed his disappointments with the scholarship.

“I was surprised that the courses were limited to Spanish-language [classes] and [included an] introduction to the socialist revolution in Venezuela,” he said, adding that the professors proposed a curriculum that focused on social health instead of medicine, raising his concern that “[Palestinian] education was not compatible with international standards for medical studies.”

On July 23, the assistant undersecretary at the Palestinian Education Ministry, Anwar Zakaria, admitted that some of the scholarship recipients were studying literature and not science, and some went to Venezuela in order to work or use Venezuela as a crossing into other countries. Zakaria added that some students even had grade averages below 80%.

The Venezuelan opposition used this scandal to its advantage when it attacked the president July 21. Although Venezuela is one of the PA’s biggest supporters, the PA fumbled in its poor management of a dossier that was supposed to be strictly educational.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki tried to resolve the crisis. In a statement to Maan News on July 17, he said the corruption scandal was a fabricated story aimed at tarnishing the relationship between Venezuela and Palestine. At the same time, Maliki recognized that some students selected were not eligible for the Venezuelan scholarships.

A senior official at the Palestinian Ministry of Higher Education told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity, “The main reason behind the scandal is that several parties were overseeing the selection of students to be granted scholarships, such as the Ministry of Higher Education, the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the Palestinian embassies abroad. Other reasons include a great level of favoritism, interference and corruption. Meanwhile, Gaza students are deprived of foreign scholarships, which the PA takes advantage of to further manipulate the selection process.”

The official added, “The Palestinian Embassy in Venezuela played its part in giving scholarships to those who do not deserve it. The selection process is not objective, but rather based on favoritism as some work their influence, such as the leaders of the PLO’s Executive Committee, members of Fatah’s Central Committee and the office of President Mahmoud Abbas.”

The Palestine Press news agency, which is affiliated with Fatah leader Mohammed Dahlan, revealed July 17 that Venezuela’s conditions for the scholarships required that students have a high school average GPA of over 80%; be specialized in sciences, not literature; and hail from poor families. But, according to sources speaking to Palestine Press, the poor students fell victim to the PA’s manipulations, as the scholarships were sold to failing students for $7,000 each.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri described the PA’s handling of the Venezuelan scholarships as “a manifestation of the PA’s corruption and disregard for the interests of the Palestinian people.” Zuhri told Al-Monitor, “Hamas condemns such practices that ruin the Palestinian relations with Venezuela, which is a friendly country supporting the Palestinians.”

On July 20, the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine asked the PA not to allocate the scholarships to just one faction — a reference to Fatah — and not to grant them based on favoritism, as this negatively affects the Palestinians’ relationship with Venezuela.

The Islamic Bloc, Hamas’ student arm, declared in a July 21 press statement that the Palestinian officials involved had worked as brokers, cheating over 1,000 students out of their deserved scholarships through their corruption.

The scandal is yet another setback joining other difficulties already facing Palestinian students, thousands of whom dream of winning scholarships abroad and escaping the financial burden of attending university in Palestine.

On July 19, Gazan writer Mohammed Abu Mahadi spoke bitterly about the personal experience of his nephew Amjad Abu Mahadi, who graduated from high school with a GPA of 93%, but did not win a Venezuelan scholarship, while those with lower averages were able to get them. He accused the Palestinian ambassador to Caracas, Linda Sobeh, of being responsible for the injustice suffered by students.

On July 23, Al-Monitor attended a solidarity march in Gaza, where dozens of students turned out to hold the PA responsible for the Venezuelan scholarships scandal. The students demanded an end to what they described as chaos. They also requested that an investigative committee be formed to hold accountable those responsible for the scholarship scandal and fix the relations with Venezuela.

At a time when Palestinians expect the PA to help them, the scholarship scandal is another indication that the government will not fulfill this duty. It will rather take advantage of the aid and financial grants offered to the Palestinians to fill its officials’ bank accounts at the expense of hundreds of thousands of underprivileged people in the Palestinian territories.

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/08/palestine-corruption-venezuela-scholarship-pa-scandal.html#ixzz3k3sGOnXG

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