World silent as fascists join Israel government

In a frightening but long expected move, Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has brought the Yisrael Beitenu party into his coalition government. The party's leader, Avigdor Lieberman, is to be vice prime minister and, as "Minister for Strategic Threats," a key member of Israel's "security cabinet" in charge of the Iran portfolio.

Yisrael Beitenu is a dangerous extremist party with fascist tendencies that has openly advocated the "transfer" of Palestinians, including the transfer of Arab towns within Israel to a Bantustan-like future Palestinian entity. It has made clear that a Jewish supremacist state is more important than a democratic one. The party, whose strongest base is among Russian immigrants brought to Israel in the 1990s, surged at the Israeli election earlier this year, taking eleven seats in Israel's 120 seat Knesset.

"I would not hesitate to send the Israeli army into all of Area A for 48 hours. Destroy the foundation of all the [Palestinian] authority's military infrastructure, all of the police buildings, the arsenals, all the posts of the security forces... not leave one stone on another. Destroy everything." -Avigdor Lieberman, Israel's new "Minister for Strategic Threats"

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Third Intifada coming

Israel appears sure that increasing aggression against the Palestinians will lead them to internal collapse whereas it is more certain to lead to a new national uprising, reports Khaled Amayreh

While Western and even some Arab media continue referring to the daily killing by Israel of Palestinian civilians, activists and militants as "clashes", the Israeli occupation army has intensified its brutal onslaught against Palestinian population centres both in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

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A deadly scandal continues in Gaza

With the world's attention focused on the unfolding disaster in Iraq, on the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan, and on how to how to moderate Iran's nuclear ambitions - three problems for which no credible solutions have yet been proposed - the Palestinians continue to bleed, starve and suffer unimaginable humiliations and hardships under Israel's pitiless rule.

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Dems Repudiate Carter Book

[The battle lines are being drawn: Jimmy Carter's new book critical of Israel's apartheid system is causing Democrats show their true colors: as apologists for Apartheid. - AUPHR]

Top Democrats are rushing to repudiate former President Carter’s
controversial new book on the Middle East, in which he accuses the
Israeli government of maintaining an apartheid system.

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Report that Jews backed Democratic Rep. Harman for help on AIPAC trial

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (JTA) — The FBI is looking into allegations that Jewish donors to the Democratic Party unduly influenced Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee.

The investigation was first revealed by Time Magazine last Friday. Several Jewish and congressional officials familiar with the inquiry told JTA that the case, while still technically open, has been abandoned in its earliest stages because it went nowhere.

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