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Trump’s First Budget Not Looking Good for Citizens*

Trump’s First Budget Not Looking Good for Citizens*

The money goes to war, war, and more war…

By Tyler Durden

Here are some of the highlights from the latest batch of trial balloons:

 

  • Trump’s budget will include a massive nearly $200 billion cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the modern version of food stamps, over the next 10 years – what amounts to a 25% reduction, according to The Washington Post.

 

 

  • The budget calls for about $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid for fiscal year 2018, WaPo reported.

 

  • The budget also calls for $2.6 billion in border security spending, $1.6 billion of which will be earmarked for Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.’s southern border.

The budget is also expected to propose major domestic discretionary spending cuts – an earlier version of the budget called for $54 billion in such cuts next year alone.

Predictably, Democrats are already up in arms over the proposal, even though a formal draft isn’t expected until Tuesday.

In a statement cited by Bloomberg, New York Senator Senator Chuck Schumer clumsily compared Trump’s campaign rhetoric to a “Trojan Horse.”

“This budget continues to reveal President Trump’s true colours: His populist campaign rhetoric was just a Trojan horse to execute long-held, hard-right policies that benefit the ultra-wealthy at the expense of the middle class,” Bloomberg noted.

Well, at least Trump didn’t promise that if Americans liked their healthcare plan, they can keep it.

To be sure, Republicans have also expressed some discomfort with the cuts, particularly Trump’s plan to whack $54 billion in discretionary spending. Mitch McConnell even told Bloomberg that Congressional Republicans would ultimately end up writing their own budget, the same way Senate Republicans are rewriting Obamacare repeal.

Trump has promised to balance the federal government’s budget in 10 years, though, as Democrats have noted, the projection is dependent on economic growth accelerating to 3% following the passage of massive tax cuts, and no recession over the next decade, a rather bold assumption. Meanwhile, growth collapsed to an annualized rate of just 0.7% in the fist quarter, the slowest rate in three years, while loan demand has plunged to the lowest level in 6 years. Meanwhile, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget claims that rather than reining it in our national debt, Trump’s tax cuts would make the debt much worse.

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Belgian Analyst: U.S. Born out of Violence Needs War to Survive*

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The U.S. is Back in Recession with Interest Rates Already at Zero*

Chinese Billionaire Says U.S. Wasted Trillions on Wars and Wall Street and Forgot about their Citizens*

Is U.S. Deep State in Deep Trouble?*

Trump To Continue Bankrupting The U.S. Through Foreign Wars*

Trump Wastes over $94mn in Taxpayer’s Money on Ineffective Syrian Airstrikes*

World Rushes to De-Dollarize Oil Trade Before U.S. Economy Crashes*

Puerto Rico’s $123 Billion Bankruptcy Is the Cost of U.S. Colonialism*

Rapidly Declining U.S. Exports*

The U.S. Spent a Half Billion on Mining in Afghanistan with ‘Limited Progress’*

U.S. Has Spent $11.5 Million A Day for Past 542 Days Straight in Fight against ISIS*

U.S. Navy Just Spent $2.1bn on a Fancy Transport Fleet That Sinks*

U.S. has Already Spent Five Billion Dollars to Subvert Ukraine*

U.S. Military is Building a $100mn Drone Base in Africa*

U.S.-U.K. Paid “White Helmets” Help to Block Water to 5 Million Thirsty Syrians*

Tens of Thousands March Across U.S. Demanding Donald Trump Release His Tax Returns*

U.S. Tax Dollars and Companies Support Sex Traffickers in Iraq*

The U.S. Looking for War

U.S. Government Admits Social Security Going Bankrupt*

Bilderberg 2017 Meeting in U.S.*

Bilderberg 2017 Meeting in U.S.*

 

Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange covers the breaking news of the Bilderberg Group’s location and date of this year’s secretive meeting. We go over correlation of Trump’s impeachment with the location of this year’s meeting in D.C, the lies in the official Bilderberg group press release, its contradictions, and its history.

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Bilderberg meets to decide US presidential election

Bilderberg 2015: Global Command & Control System‏*

Bilderberg 2014: Aiming to do what they’ve been Doing Derail Global Political Awakening*

Bilderberg Founder a former Member of the Nazi Party*

The Bilderberg Factor

U.K PM to Create New Internet that would be Controlled and Regulated by Government*

U.K PM to Create New Internet that would be Controlled and Regulated by Government*

The proposals come soon after the government won the right to collect everyone’s browsing history

By Andrew Griffin

Theresa May is planning to introduce huge regulations on the way the internet works, allowing the government to decide what is said online.

Particular focus has been drawn to the end of the manifesto, which makes clear that the Tories want to introduce huge changes to the way the internet works.

“Some people say that it is not for government to regulate when it comes to technology and the internet,” it states. “We disagree.”

Senior Tories confirmed to BuzzFeed News that the phrasing indicates that the government intends to introduce huge restrictions on what people can post, share and publish online.

The plans will allow Britain to become “the global leader in the regulation of the use of personal data and the internet“, the manifesto claims.

It comes just soon after the Investigatory Powers Act came into law. That legislation allowed the government to force internet companies to keep records on their customers’ browsing histories, as well as giving ministers the power to break apps like WhatsApp so that messages can be read.

The manifesto makes reference to those increased powers, saying that the government will work even harder to ensure there is no “safe space for terrorists to be able to communicate online”. That is apparently a reference in part to its work to encourage technology companies to build backdoors into their encrypted messaging services – which gives the government the ability to read terrorists’ messages, but also weakens the security of everyone else’s messages, technology companies have warned.

The government now appears to be launching a similarly radical change in the way that social networks and internet companies work. While much of the internet is currently controlled by private businesses like Google and Facebook, Theresa May intends to allow government to decide what is and isn’t published, the manifesto suggests.

The new rules would include laws that make it harder than ever to access pornographic and other websites. The government will be able to place restrictions on seeing adult content and any exceptions would have to be justified to ministers, the manifesto suggests.

The manifesto even suggests that the government might stop search engines like Google from directing people to pornographic websites.

“We will put a responsibility on industry not to direct users – even unintentionally – to hate speech, pornography, or other sources of harm,” the Conservatives write.

The laws would also force technology companies to delete anything that a person posted when they were under 18.

But perhaps most unusually they would be forced to help controversial government schemes like its Prevent strategy, by promoting counter-extremist narratives.

“In harnessing the digital revolution, we must take steps to protect the vulnerable and give people confidence to use the internet without fear of abuse, criminality or exposure to horrific content”, the manifesto claims in a section called ‘the safest place to be online’.

The plans are in keeping with the Tories’ commitment that the online world must be regulated as strongly as the offline one, and that the same rules should apply in both.

“Our starting point is that online rules should reflect those that govern our lives offline,” the Conservatives’ manifesto says, explaining this justification for a new level of regulation.

“It should be as unacceptable to bully online as it is in the playground, as difficult to groom a young child on the internet as it is in a community, as hard for children to access violent and degrading pornography online as it is in the high street, and as difficult to commit a crime digitally as it is physically.”

The manifesto also proposes that internet companies will have to pay a levy, like the one currently paid by gambling firms. Just like with gambling, that money will be used to pay for advertising schemes to tell people about the dangers of the internet, in particular being used to “support awareness and preventative activity to counter internet harms”, according to the manifesto.

The Conservatives will also seek to regulate the kind of news that is posted online and how companies are paid for it. If elected, Theresa May will “take steps to protect the reliability and objectivity of information that is essential to our democracy” – and crack down on Facebook and Google to ensure that news companies get enough advertising money.

If internet companies refuse to comply with the rulings – a suggestion that some have already made about the powers in the Investigatory Powers Act – then there will be a strict and strong set of ways to punish them.

“We will introduce a sanctions regime to ensure compliance, giving regulators the ability to fine or prosecute those companies that fail in their legal duties, and to order the removal of content where it clearly breaches UK law,” the manifesto reads.

In laying out its plan for increased regulation, the Tories anticipate and reject potential criticism that such rules could put people at risk.

“While we cannot create this framework alone, it is for government, not private companies, to protect the security of people and ensure the fairness of the rules by which people and businesses abide,” the document reads. “Nor do we agree that the risks of such an approach outweigh the potential benefits.”

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Hackers Trace 3 ISIS Twitter Accounts ‘back to U.K. Govt Computers,’*

The Telegraph Pays Compensation after Lying about a Woman’s Terrorism Links*

U.K. Paedophile Epidemic So Big Police Ask Vigilante Group to Takeover*

U.K’s New PM a Very Jewish Coup*

U.K. Police Begin 24-Hour Drone Surveillance of Population*

Petition to Repeal U.K.’s Mass Surveillance Bill Hits 100,000+ Signatures*

U.K. Bill Hands vast Surveillance Powers to Police and Intelligence Agencies*

Genetic Testing or U.K. Population Surveillance*

U.K. Cops Can Now Remotely Disable Phones Even If No Crime Has Been Committed*

U.K. Police Given the Go-ahead to Fire at Will*

U.K.’s Overhaul of Official Secrets Act Will Give Journalists 14 years in Jail for Publishing Sensitive Info.*

Mobile Phone and Computer Searches by Police Becoming Normal in U.K.*

U.K. Special Forces Fighting alongside Terrorists on Jordanian Border*

France, U.K., and Germany produce the most ISIS Terrorists from Europe*

“E.U. has been supporting the terrorists in Syria from the very beginning”*

U.K. Spying Report Warned of Intelligence Failure*

On Western Terrorism*

 

100+ Pro-life Leaders Meet in Rome to Discuss ‘crisis’ in Catholic Church*

100+ Pro-life Leaders Meet in Rome to Discuss ‘crisis’ in Catholic Church*

Today at Hotel Columbus, steps from the Vatican, commenced the fourth annual Rome Life Forum. This year’s gathering brings together over 100 life and family leaders from over 20 nations to discuss the crisis in the Church and in the family and especially the hope for renewal in Our Lady of Fatima.

For the past four years leaders have come together and recognised the crisis of faith in the Church itself as one of the greatest crises for the movements for life and family around the world.

Speaking at the Forum this year are some of the most heroic leaders in the Church, including Cardinal Raymond Burke, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra and Bishop Athanasius Schneider.

The centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima give this year’s Forum a hopeful way forward in anticipation of the sure triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

As usual the Forum will close with all the leaders participating in the Rome March for Life on Saturday.

“One hundred years ago, Our Lady warned us of the tragic errors that threatened to ravage the world,” said Maria Madise of Voice of the Family and the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), one of the Forum organizers.

“The 2017 Rome Life Forum comes at a critical time in the life of the Church: 100 years after the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima calling for repentance and conversion, and just over a year after the publication of Amoris Laetitia,” said John-Henry Westen, editor-in-chief and co-founder of LifeSiteNews, another Forum organizer.

“The pro-life and pro-family movement faces increasing persecution inside and outside the Church. Our Lady showed three little children in Portugal a clear path to renewing humanity and saving souls. We must listen to her as disorder reigns in the Church and the world.”

“There is no more necessary time than now for the pro-life leaders who love the teaching of Christ about marriage, life, and family to gather in the capital of Christendom, show their support for one another, and forge relationships that will carry forward their work on a global scale,” Madise said.

Human Life International, Associazione Famiglia Domani (Italy), and Family Life International New Zealand are also sponsors of the conference.

Duke Paul Von Oldenburg of Federation Pro Europa Christiana and Italian Professor Roberto de Mattei of the Lepanto Foundation will also speak at the Forum.

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Canon Lawyers and Theologians to Hold Conference on ‘deposing the pope’*

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At Least 231 Children Abused at Catholic Boys’ Choir Run by Pope Benedict’s Brother*

The Election Of The New Black Pope, General of The Jesuits*

Climate of Fear in Vatican is very Real*

Vatican Speaker Push for Massive Depopulation under New ‘Earth Constitution’ and ‘World Government*

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The Vatican and One World Government*

Macron an American Trojan horse in the Elysee Palace*

Macron an American Trojan horse in the Elysee Palace*

By Wayne Madsen

 

The new French president, Emmanuel Macron, who was thrust into the French presidential race as a pro-European Union counterweight to prevent the election of National Front leader Marine Le Pen, appears to have more than a casual relationship with the United States. While he worked within the Ministry of the Economy as both a special inspector and as minister, Macron oversaw the virtual theft of strategic French industries by American firms having strong links to the U.S. Intelligence Community.

The hacking of the computers of Macron’s «En Marche!» campaign movement by unknown parties yielded some interesting material. Defenders of Macron contend that the computer files released were either «fake» or extraneous information. However, one set of files dealing with the virtual theft of France’s top information technology giant by individuals connected to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency is exactly the type of files one would expect the Macron campaign would keep. Macron’s first job in the French government was to protect the interests of French companies from foreign competition and, most of all, acquisition.

The move by the American intelligence services to acquire French smart card technology leader Gemplus International began in 2001 and the operation was largely complete by 2004, the year Macron became an Inspector of Finances in the French Ministry of Economy. French industry has long been a target for surveillance and/or acquisition by American companies and the CIA has played an important role in such «economic warfare» operations. For example, the French electronics firm Thomson-CSF was long a top target for U.S. National Security Agency and CIA surveillance.

Documents concerning the successful takeover of Gemplus, along with its main factory in Gemenos, Bouches-du-Rhône, France, by an American firm called Texas Pacific Group (TPG) are included in the tranche of files lifted from the «En Marche!» computers. TPG first acquired Gemplus shares in February 2000. In 2006, Gemplus merged with Axalto to form Gemalto and the effective U.S. control of the firm was complete.

In September 2002, Alex Mandl, an American native of Vienna, Austria, and a former President of AT&T, chairman and CEO of Teligent, board member of the CIA’s venture capital firm IN-Q-TEL, and member of the board of the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute, was named CEO of Gemplus International. He continues as the executive chairman of Gemalto.

As a result of the disclosures of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, it is now known that the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), working with the NSA, successfully penetrated the SIM cards used by Gemalto. The GCHQ/NSA successfully intercepted mobile communications using encryption-enabled Gemalto SIM cards in Afghanistan, Yemen, India, Serbia, Iran, Iceland, Somalia, Pakistan and Tajikistan. The GCHQ-NSA attack also targeted Gemalto SIM card personalization centers in Japan, Colombia. and Italy. The NSA and GCHQ hack of Gemalto’s SIM chips by their joint Mobile Handset Exploitation Team (MHET) represents perhaps the largest NSA interception operation in history, one that saw billions of mobile calls and text messages successfully intercepted and decoded by NSA and its British partner. More sinister is the inclusion of Gemalto SIM card identification data in the CIA’s database of cell phones targeted in U.S. drone strikes.

«En Marche!» internal documents point to four French government agencies having conducted investigations into the Gemplus takeover. They are the «Renseignements généraux» (RG) (General Intelligence), «Direction de la sûreté du territoire» (DST), the Industry Ministry, and Macron’s Economy Ministry.

The French corporate press, which lavished Macron with praise, a former Rothschild banker, describes the Gemplus documents as having nothing to do with Macron. The French media argues that Macron was a mere student at the elitist French civil service academy, the École nationale d’administration (ENA) until he graduated in 2004. However, as the leaked documents clearly indicate, the Gemplus takeover was still being investigated by the French government when Macron became an Inspector within the Economy Ministry in 2004. Since Macron’s role was to ensure that French companies were free of foreign attempts to stymie French economic growth, his performance, as seen in the loss of French jobs to foreign interests, was abysmal.

It is very likely that En Marche’s files on the Gemplus takeover were to have backup information at the ready in the event Macron’s role in covering up details of the American takeover of Gemplus were to become public. Any political party must be prepared to confront revelations exposed by «opposition research» into their candidates. It is also noteworthy that one of En Marche’s few published policy planks stated it was Macron’s policy to «monitor» but not prevent foreign ownership of strategic French industries and businesses.

In 2008, Macron left government to join the Rothschild & Cie Banque. He also became a leader in the neoconservative-heavy French-American Foundation, which counts among its alum Hillary Clinton, General Wesley Clark, and former World Bank president Robert Zoellick.

The operative question about Macron is: what did he know about the Gemplus takeover and when did he know it? «En Marche’s» Gemplus files, contained in a folder labeled «Macron» and dealing with the American takeover, read like a John LeCarré spy novel.

One file, marked «Confidential», and sent to Stefan Quandt of the billionaire Quandt family of BMW and Daimler fame in Germany, deals with Gemplus’s plummeting stock value in 2001 amid «extremely tense relationship and clashes between the main people at the top echelons, and breakdown of communication with the personnel. As a result, the bulk of them is completely unmotivated today».

As an inspector within the Economy Ministry, it is astounding that Macron would not have been aware of the violation of French law that occurred with the American takeover of Gemplus. This is also described in another Gemplus file from his campaign, which points to the situation regarding Gemplus’s post-U.S. takeover: «Irresponsible statements, often followed by reversals on site closures and firing of personnel, even before consulting with their representatives (as the law and common sense requires)».

The Quandts are very publicity-shy and there is a good reason for it. Guenther Quandt manufactured Mauser firearms and anti-aircraft rockets for the Third Reich. He divorced his first wife, Magde Quandt, after they had one child, Harald Quandt. Magde then married Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. Stefan Quandt, who was involved in the takeover of Gemplus, is the son of Harald Quandt’s half-brother Herbert Quandt.

The negative information on Gemplus resulted in a January 24, 2002 report from Goldman Sachs that urged the company to continue with its American-directed restructuring to maintain market health. Although he was a student at the ENA at the time, there is scant information on what projects to which Macron was assigned from 2001 to 2003 by his civil service professors.

Other Gemplus-related files in the «En Marche!» folder include those related to one of the principals of Gemplus, Ziad Takieddine, a French-Lebanese Druze arms broker and graduate of the CIA-linked American University of Beirut. Takieddine helped engineer the American takeover with the help of Herr Quandt. Takieddine has helped conclude major French arms deals with Libya, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan. Accused of money laundering in the British Virgin Islands by his ex-wife, Takieddine is also the uncle of Amal Alamuddin, the wife of actor George Clooney. Takieddine is also a bitter political foe of former President Nicolas Sarkozy, who lost out in the presidential race in 2017 to rival conservative François Fillon. Macron edged out Fillon in the first round of the presidential election, coming in second ahead of Fillon’s third place finish.

Takieddine, Quandt, and a suspected CIA-linked firm, Texas Pacific Group (TPG), were all clearly part of a conspiracy to get rid of Gemini’s French co-founder Marc Lassus and the firm’s French executives. The decision to fire Lassus and his French colleagues was made at a Gemplus board meeting held in Washington, DC, not in France, on December 15, 2001. Another principal in the American takeover of Gemplus was Lee Kheng Nam, a Singapore business executive and a recipient of an M.S. degree in Operations Research and System Analysis from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. The co-founder of TPG, David Bonderman of Fort Worth, Texas was also heavily involved in the hostile takeover of Gemplus. TPG’s acquisition of Gemplus shares was conducted through a virtually unknown shell company registered in Gibraltar that was called «Zensus». Bonderman, who is Jewish, created a political stir in 2012 in Egypt when he met with Khairat El-Shater, the deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and a member of the Mohamed Morsi government. Bonderman said he was looking for «investment opportunities» in Egypt.

In an undated Word document found in the «En Marche!» computers, Lassus is quoted as saying,

«I am convinced that the investment TPG had some kind of agreement with its government to move the head office to California. They tried again in January 2002».

The Gemplus workers’ unions predicted the firm’s production would move from France to Poland. The largest French union, «Confédération générale du travail» (CGT), said the takeover of Gemplus was to strip France of its smart card technology leadership. Gemplus employed 7000 French workers before its takeover by the Americans. The undated Word document also refers to French government agencies having «launched inquiries» and sought «internal informers». Did Macron play a role in either the investigations by the Economy Ministry or ratting out Gemplus «internal informers» to his American friends?

When the U.S. firm General Electric took over the French turbine and nuclear technology company Alstom, then-Economy Minister Macron said he approved of such takeovers because «state intervention in industry only happens in Venezuela». That came as music to the ears of the billionaires in the Donald Trump administration.

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Jewish Nation-State Bill*

Jewish Nation-State Bill*

By Ramzy Baroud

The Israeli Knesset (parliament) has hurriedly passed a new bill that defines Israel as the “national home of the Jewish people.” Although the association between Jewishness and Israel goes back to the foundation of the state, the new law also carries clear discriminatory elements that target the country’s Arab communities, numbering nearly two million people.

The ‘Jewish Nation-State Bill’ is the latest concoction of Israel’s right wing Zionist Jewish parties, which have dominated Israeli politics for years. With the Israeli ‘Left’ rendered irrelevant, or has itself moved to the right, the right wing elements of Israel are now the supreme rulers of that country.

By strict definition, Israel is, at best, an inadequate ‘democracy’ or a democracy for Jews only, although it has promoted itself for decades as the ‘Middle East’s only democracy’. Like other Middle Eastern governments, Israel uses all the right sounding words and phrases, but its political system is neither fair nor representative of all citizens regardless of race, ethnicity or religion.

In some way, Israel behaves as if Palestinian Arabs – Christian or Muslim – do not exist. Whether citizens of Israel or the occupied Palestinians in East Jerusalem, the West Bank or besieged Gaza, they are all, to varied degrees, invisible to Israel’s political system.

While so-called Israeli Arabs enjoy a semblance of rights – a fact that is often underscored by Israel as a proof of its democratic credentials – millions of occupied Palestinians exist completely outside the system. The only rules that applies to them are the rules of war and guidelines set by military courts and carried out by occupation soldiers.

But nearly a fifth of Israel’s own population – native Palestinians – are subjected to an array of discriminatory laws that collectively render their fundamental human and political rights devoid of substance. ‘Adalah’, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, has established a database of new and proposed bills at the Knesset that discriminate against Palestinians and privilege the Jewish citizens of Israel. They are many.

Reporting in ‘Al Jazeera’, Jonathan Cook explained the nature of discrimination that will be introduced once the Jewish Nation-State Bill becomes law.

“Among its provisions, the legislation revokes the status of Arabic as an official language,” he wrote.

Once the bill is enacted into law, which Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, vowed to achieve in the course of 60 days, the legislation will increase “the powers of so-called ‘admissions committees’ that block Palestinian citizens from living in hundreds of communities that control most of Israel’s land.”

In fact, none of this is entirely new. Israel was established as a state for the Jews, regardless of their birthplace and current residence, following the destruction of Palestine and the ethnic cleansing of its population.

Palestinians are still reeling under that very Nakba – or ‘Catastrophe’ – that had befallen their ancestors in 1948. When Israel was established, over 500 Palestinian towns and villages were destroyed, and the Arab, Muslim and Christian identity of that country was violently gutted out, to be replaced by a Jewish one.

The proposed law is but one of numerous such attempts, using ‘democracy’ as a vehicle to perfect the marginalization of Palestinians.

Israel never had a constitution, but a set of Basic Laws. It opted not to have a constitution because such a document requires a clear definition of the country’s borders. An expansionist state since birth, Israel has postponed the question of borders to a later date.

The Basic Laws have also defined Israel as a Jewish state. For 70 years, various Israeli governments from the Right, Left and Center, used such definitions to discriminate against Palestinian Arabs, denying them access to most of the country’s land, to live in certain communities or politically organize in any way that may be deemed perilous to the Jewish identity of Israel. Those who refused to comply were treated as fifth column and traitors. In fact, Palestinian Arab citizens have always been treated as third class citizens.

However, the clustering of Israel’s Right in recent years, the rise of the ultranationalist parties and the further religionization of the country’s identity has pushed the scale of discrimination against the Palestinian community in Israel to an all-time high.

Last July, a majority in the Knesset voted in favor of a bill that, in principle, could expel members of Knesset whose views are judged as contrary to those of the majority.

“This law presents a most grave danger to one of the most basic civil rights in a democratic society – the right to vote and the right to be elected,” ‘Adalah’ said in a statement at the time.

Like previous laws, the ‘expulsion law’ is “intended to expel Arab Knesset members who ‘dare’ to stray beyond the boundaries dictated to them by the Israeli Jewish majority, thus silencing the voice of the Palestinian Arab public.”

Although a religious matter to some, the emphasis on the Jewish identity of Israel was hardly a question of religion, but a matter pertaining to race and ethnicity.

It is a known fact that Theodor Herzel, founding father of Zionism – the ideology upon which Israel was founded – and David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s ‘founding father’ were both ardent atheists.

For them, and other leaders of the early Zionist Movement, Judaism was a vehicle that helped galvanize the collective energy of Jewish communities around the world to ‘return’ to the ‘mother homeland’.

Referring to Ben-Gurion, David Hulme wrote in Vision.org “even in his later years he demonstrated no great sympathy for the elements of traditional Judaism, though he quoted the Bible extensively in his speeches and writings – more than any other Jewish politician then or since.”

Such ethnic and religious jingoism continue to define Israel’s attitude towards Palestinians. However, a new breed of purely religious Zionists has morphed in recent years to replace Ben-Gurion’s national Zionism which used religion to merely achieve its political aims.

Israel’s new Zionist is determined to achieve complete dominance over Palestinian Arabs.

The Jewish Nation-State Bill is particularly dangerous for it crosses all previous lines. Masked as a renewed emphasis on Israel’s Jewishness, the law will push the country’s minorities further into a corner.

The law will further officiate racism in Israel and cement a growing Apartheid system.

Yet Netanyahu insists that “there is no contradiction at all between this bill and equal rights for all citizens of Israel.”

Israel’s odd definition of democracy and relentless attempts to reconcile between democracy and racial discrimination, however, is rarely challenged among its American and European allies.

Palestinians, on the other hand, are bearing the brunt of racism more than ever before, for Israel’s Jewish dream has become their never-ending nightmare.

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Greater Israel and the Tale of Two Temples*

Greater Israel” Requires the Breaking up of Existing Arab States*

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Cultural Decline Follows (((Communist))) Blueprint*

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The Talmudic Roots of Jewish Supremacism*

The Innate Racism of Israel: Ashkenazi Jews Exterminating Arab Jews*

Ashkenazi Jews are Genetically European

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Rabbis on the Sin That is Zionism

The Heart of the Beast: The Sykes-Picot Agreement and Europe’s Colonial Partition of the Middle East*

Human Rights Lawyer Wins Presidency of South Korea*

Human Rights Lawyer Wins Presidency of South Korea*

By Morgan Baskin

South Korean President-elect Moon Jae-in greets supporters. (Photo: Jung Yeon-Je/Getty Images)

 

A season of political drama in South Korea ended Tuesday after human rights lawyer Moon Jae-in claimed victory in the South Korea presidential election, the New York Times reports.

President-elect Moon will replace ousted leader Park Geun-Hye, who was removed from office by the country’s constitutional court on charges of corruption and abuse of power. Moon reportedly favours holding talks with North Korea.

“This is the great victory for the great people who have been with me to build a just country, united country and a country where principle and common sense works,” Moon said in his victory speech, according to a partial transcript by CNN.

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S. Korean Women Sue US Military for Forced Prostitution*

South Korea Protests against Election Fraud*

South Korea and the U.S. on the Brink?

South Korea & Japan Shuts Down U.S. Monsanto Toxic Wheat Imports!