Monday, 1 December 2014

Israel Under The Spotlight 3

In 2006, Hamas took control of Gaza after defeating Fatah in the 2006 elections. One of the key campaign elements was the dropping from the 1988 Hamas manifesto, the call to eradicate Israel. That didn't mean that resistance against Israel would stop. But what is HAMAS and why are they so vilified in the west and Israel?

HAMAS in Arabic, is an acronym for "Harakat Al-Muqawama Al-Islamia," meaning the Islamic Resistance Movement, which also symbolises courage and bravery. It is a faction of the Muslim Brotherhood. It was formed following the first Intifada in 1987. Its mission is to resist the Israeli occupation of Palestine by force if necessary through its military wing. 

Following the 2006 elections, HAMAS's political views didn't find favour with the west: 'Immediately after the election, the Middle East Quartet (the United States, Russia, the European Union (EU), and the United Nations) indicated that assistance to the [Palestinian Authority (PA)] would only continue if Hamas renounced violence, recognized Israel, and accepted previous Israeli-Palestinian agreements, which Hamas refused to do. As a result, in early April 2006, the United States and the EU announced they were halting assistance to the Hamas-led PA government (humanitarian aid would continue to flow through international and non-governmental organizations). The EU has been the PA's largest donor since it was created in 1996 under the Oslo peace accords. At the same time, Israel began withholding about $50 million in monthly tax and customs receipts that it collects for the PA. In 2005, international assistance and the Israeli-collected revenues together accounted for about two-thirds of PA revenues. In addition, the PA lost access to banking services and loans as banks around the world refused to deal with the fear of running afoul of U.S. anti-terrorism laws and being cut off from the U.S. banking system.

The resulting fiscal crisis left the Hamas-led government unable to pay wages regularly and deepened poverty levels in the Palestinian territories. The government was forced to rely on shrinking domestic tax revenues and cash that Hamas officials carried back from overseas. Press reports indicated that much of this cash emanated from Iran. By the end of 2006, tensions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip were rising as living conditions deteriorated and PA employees, including members of the security forces, went unpaid for weeks or months. Armed supporters of Fatah and Hamas clashed repeatedly, trading accusations of blame, settling scores, and drifting into lawlessness. More than 100 Palestinians were killed in the violence.

'In June 2007, after Hamas took control of Gaza from the PA and Fatah, the Gaza borders were closed [by Israel] and Hamas increased its use of tunnels to smuggle weapons into Gaza, using the Sinai and maritime routes. Hamas has since dedicated the majority of its activity in Gaza to solidifying its control, hardening its defenses, building its weapons caches, tightening security, and conducting limited operations against Israeli military forces'.

Since 2007, there has been sporadic fighting between HAMAS and Israel. In 2008 Israel launched operation cast lead, which had similar aims to the recent bombardment in Gaza. 

In order to understand the roots of HAMAS and what it stands for, The Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Manifesto) makes interesting reading. It is predominantly religious, but nevertheless it makes observations that tie in with the narrative contained within the Hitchcock article. It sets out its stall by saying, 'This Covenant of the Islamic Resistance Movement (HAMAS), clarifies its picture, reveals its identity, outlines its stand, explains its aims, speaks about its hopes, and calls for its support, adoption and joining its ranks. Our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious. It needs all sincere efforts. It is a step that inevitably should be followed by other steps. The Movement is but one squadron that should be supported by more and more squadrons from this vast Arab and Islamic world, until the enemy is vanquished and Allah's victory is realised'.

The Covenant is outlined in a sequence of Articles. I'll briefly highlight some key points here.

Article 15 makes a reference to the Crusades, the impacts of which still reverberates today. 

Article 20 notes how Israel mimics Nazi Germany in its treatment of Palestinians.

In Article 22, the parallels to the Hitchcock article are cited: 'For a long time, the enemies have been planning, skilfully and with precision, for the achievement of what they have attained. They took into consideration the causes affecting the current of events. They strived to amass great and substantive material wealth which they devoted to the realisation of their dream. With their money, they took control of the world media, news agencies, the press, publishing houses, broadcasting stations, and others. With their money they stirred revolutions in various parts of the world with the purpose of achieving their interests and reaping the fruit therein. They were behind the French Revolution, the Communist revolution and most of the revolutions we heard and hear about, here and there. With their money they formed secret societies, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, the Lions and others in different parts of the world for the purpose of sabotaging societies and achieving Zionist interests. With their money they were able to control imperialistic countries and instigate them to colonize many countries in order to enable them to exploit their resources and spread corruption there.

You may speak as much as you want about regional and world wars. They were behind World War I, when they were able to destroy the Islamic Caliphate, making financial gains and controlling resources. They obtained the Balfour Declaration, formed the League of Nations through which they could rule the world. They were behind World War II, through which they made huge financial gains by trading in armaments, and paved the way for the establishment of their state. It was they who instigated the replacement of the League of Nations with the United Nations and the Security Council to enable them to rule the world through them. There is no war going on anywhere, without having their finger in it'.

Articles 28 and 30 makes a further reference to the Global reach of Zionist influence.

The remaining Articles touch on Zionist expansionism - evidently a reference to the influence of the House of Rothschild and other institutions of wealth and power. 

There is also the claim that 'The Islamic Resistance Movement is a humanistic movement. It takes care of human rights and is guided by Islamic tolerance when dealing with the followers of other religions. It does not antagonize anyone of them except if it is antagonized by it or stands in its way to hamper its moves and waste its efforts.

Under the wing of Islam, it is possible for the followers of the three religions - Islam, Christianity and Judaism - to coexist in peace and quiet with each other. Peace and quiet would not be possible except under the wing of Islam. Past and present history are the best witness to that'. 

These claims aren’t too far fetched. Historically Islam was a highly tolerant religion that was highly advanced in science and art. Many historians would contend that The Crusades tarnished and corrupted many of the original tenets of traditional Islam.

Going back to the original question, what is outlined in the Covenant would not make for comfortable reading to the powers that be in the west and in Israel. It stands as a threat to the 'status quo'. But another question is posed. Who is the real threat?

An engaging article from the Executive Intelligence Review, Israeli Roots of Hamas Are Being Exposed, argues that HAMAS is nothing more than pawns on a board, being manipulated towards a much greater and grandiose goal.

The article starts with this statement: 'Speaking in Jerusalem Dec. 20, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Kurtzer made the connection between the growth of the Islamic fundamentalist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and Israel's promotion of the Islamic movement as a counter to the Palestinian nationalist movement. Kurtzer's comments come very close to EIR's own presentation of the evidence of Israel's instrumental role in establishing Hamas, and its ongoing control of that organization.

Kurtzer said that the growth of the Islamic movement in the Palestinian territories in recent decades—"with the tacit support of Israel"—was "not totally unrelated" to the emergence of Hamas and Islamic Jihad and their terrorist attacks against Israel. Kurtzer explained that during the 1980s, when the Islamic movement began to flourish in the West Bank and Gaza, "Israel perceived it to be better to have people turning toward religion rather than toward a nationalistic cause [the Palestinian Liberation Organization—ed.]." It therefore did little to stop the flow of money to mosques and other religious institutions, rather than to schools'.

In essence, 'Hamas has always been seen as a tool by which Israel could undermine the nationalist movement led by Palestinian Authority President and Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Chairman Yasser Arafat'. Arafat himself stated that 'Hamas was constituted with the support of Israel. The aim was to create an organization antagonistic to the PLO. They received financing and training from Israel. They have continued to benefit from permits and authorizations, while we have been limited, even to build a tomato factory'.

This narrative - quoted from Haaretz - underlines the concept: 'On one level the support for Hamas is simply the application of the old saying, "The enemy of my enemy is my friend." Indeed, in the minds of crude Israeli ultra-nationalists and fascists such as [Ariel] Sharon and his faction, this is indeed the case. Sharon is not interested in peace and therefore is not concerned that the violence and needless deaths of Israelis and Palestinians continue. In the Jan. 3 Ha'aretz, Yossi Sarid, chairman of the Meretz party, wrote, "What does frighten Sharon ... is any prospect or sign of calm or moderation. If the situation were to calm down and stabilize, Sharon would have to return to the negotiating table and, in the wake of pressure from within and without, he would have to raise serious proposals for an agreement. This moment terrifies Sharon and he wants to put it off for as long as he possibly can." In contrast, Sarid said that Sharon understands "that the terrorists and those who give them asylum are not the real enemies. Instead, the real enemies are the moderates.... You fight terrorists—a pretty simple operation—but you must talk with moderates, and this is a very tricky, if not dangerous, business."

The article goes on to say that, 'Hamas has a peculiar organizational structure which contrasts sharply with that of the PLO. While within the West Bank and Gaza, Hamas exists as a broad political movement, its militant wings, the Izza-Din Al Qassam and Islamic Jihad, split-offs from the organization, are administered totally separately. These latter organizations, which are responsible for the attacks, are under the control of leaders who operate from abroad. Their offices are in London, where the group's magazine, Falatin Al Muslimah, is based; Jordan; Syria; and the United States, particularly in Virginia and Texas. Although Arafat has periodically tried to bring the popular base of Hamas into the Palestinian fold, the foreign-based military leadership has always opposed him.

This bifurcation dovetails with Sharon's strategy of launching brutal attacks against Hamas targets, in order to elicit the equally brutal response from Islamic Jihad and the Izza-Din Al Qassam. Thus Arafat, and diplomatic goals, are undermined, and the fires of civil war within the Occupied Territories are stoked'.

The undermining of the Oslo Peace Accords are outlined: 'The Oslo Accords marked the first glimmer of hope for a resolution of the Middle East conflict. And, the first suicide terrorist attack aimed at destroying it was not launched by Hamas or Islamic Jihad or another Palestinian faction. The first suicide attack was launched on Feb. 25, 1994, by Israeli terrorist Baruch Goldstein, when he entered the Mosque of Hebron and killed 50 Muslim worshippers as well as himself. Goldstein was a member of Kach, the terrorist organization founded by the late Meir Kahane, who also founded the Jewish Defense League in the 1960s in the United States. Kach, which is well connected to Sharon, is on the official U.S. State Department list of terrorist organizations.

The unprecedented massacre was calculated to set the stage for a suicide bombing campaign by Hamas and its split-off, Islamic Jihad, over the next year. In fact, it set into motion the "cycle of violence" that has yet to end. The Goldstein attack came at precisely the point when Israeli Prime Minister Rabin and Arafat began the formal implementation of the Oslo agreement which envisioned the establishment of a Palestinian state by 1998'. The final nail in the coffin was the assassination of Rabin.  

The article concludes with this paragraph: 'Since coming to power, Sharon has done everything to ensure the collapse of Arafat and the Palestinian Authority. If successful, it would either bring Hamas to power or lead to political chaos within the territories'. Four years later after this article was written, HAMAS did indeed come to power.

What this article seems to underline is the wider forces at work that seeks to undermine the peace process and in so doing is engaging in a premeditated attempt to create instability by manipulating various factions against each other. This fits in with the narrative of the 'New World Order'. 

Ironically it would appear that organisations such as HAMAS are aware of this, but perhaps their response is influenced by ideology and religious interpretation.

So what we have then is a scene that is being acted out according to a script written down by the 'powers that be'. How does the script get rewritten? Indeed how do we boycott the performance given the vested interests involved? Perhaps the recent bombardment of Gaza gives a glimpse of what might be possible. 

As I stated right at the beginning of this article, Gaza 2014 will go down in history as the moment the world turned against Israel. But turning against Israel is one thing, challenging powerful interests is another. Those powerful actors will do anything to maintain the status quo. This was something that was played out in 2014 involving what may at first appear to be unrelated incidents.

I used the word 'inexplicable' to describe what might be uncovered. But perhaps its time to reflect on what our previous view of the world entailed. So let us then unravel the inexplicable! 

An Alternative Court
In March 2007, The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission was established by former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Adjudicating for the Commission is the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal (KLWCT). It was instigated as an alternative to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, which Mahathir accused of bias in its selection of cases to cover.

This excellent article from Al-Jazeera outlines Mahathir's motives behind the creation of the Commission and reflects on the Tribunals first verdict in pronouncing George W Bush and Tony Blair guilty of war crimes following the illegal Iraq war in 2003.  

The article sets out the framework: 'These civil society legal initiatives are an outgrowth of a longer-term project undertaken by the controversial former Malaysian head of state, Mahathir Mohamed, to challenge American-led militarism and to mobilise the global South to mount an all-out struggle against the war system.

This vision of a revitalised struggle against war and post-colonial imperialism was comprehensively set forth in Mahathir's remarkable anti-war speech of February 24, 2003, while still prime minister, welcoming the Non-Aligned Movement to Kuala Lumpur for its thirteenth summit.

Included in his remarks on this occasion were the following assertions that prefigure the establishment of the KLWCC and KLWCT: "War must be outlawed. That will have to be our struggle for now. We must struggle for justice and freedom from oppression, from economic hegemony. But we must remove the threat of war first. With this sword of Damocles hanging over our heads we can never succeed in advancing the interests of our countries. War must therefore be made illegal. The enforcement of this must be by multilateral forces under the control of the United Nations. No single nation should be allowed to police the world, least of all to decide what action to take, [and] when." 

Mahathir stated clearly on that occasion that his intention in criminalising the behaviour of aggressive war-making and crimes against humanity was to bring relief to victimised peoples - with special reference to the Iraqis, who were about to be attacked a few weeks later; and the Palestinians, who had long endured mass dispossession and an oppressive occupation. This dedication of Mahathir to a world without war was reaffirmed through the establishment of the Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War, and his inaugural speech opening a Criminalising War Conference on October 28, 2009'.

Although the KLWCT doesn't have official legal teeth, it does though follow due process. But as the article points out there have been parallels in the past. The concluding paragraph underlines the ethos of the Tribunal: 'This recent session of the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal offers a devastating critique of the persisting failures of international criminal law mechanisms of accountability to administer justice justly, that is, without the filters of impunity provided by existing hierarchies of hard power'. In other words, Bush and Blair were given carte blanch to do whatever they wanted.

So having convicted two 'untouchables' the KLWCT would subsequently indict an other 'untouchable' - an untouchable that operates with total impunity - namely Israel.

On November 2013, the KLWCT found the State of Israel guilty of genocide (as reported by RT) of the Palestinian people in each of these cases, blaming former general Amos Yaron for the Sabra and Shatila massacre. 

The cases in question were:
'- lethal firing of tear-gas canisters and rubber bullets by Israeli Defense Forces that resulted in the deaths of unarmed civilians during the Intifada campaigns and subsequent protests;

- intensive, indiscriminate aerial bombing and artillery shelling of civilian quarters in the Gaza Strip in 2008;

- a university student who was shot without warning at a peaceful protest by an Israeli sniper, firing a fragmentary bullet that caused extensive and permanent damage to his internal organs;

- a Christian resident of the West Bank who was repeatedly imprisoned and tortured on grounds of subversion;

- a female resident of Nablus who suffered mental anxiety due to her imprisonment and subsequent social ostracism;

- a Palestinian physician who conducted studies on the psychological trauma inflicted, particularly on children, as result of constant intimidation, massive violence and state terror during and following the second Intifada; and

- Expert witness Paola Manduca, an Italian chemist and toxicologist, who found extreme levels of toxic contamination of the soil and water across the Gaza Strip, caused by Israeli weapons made of heavy metals and cancer-causing compounds.
The Tribunal’s verdict reads as follows: “The Tribunal is satisfied, beyond reasonable doubt, that the first defendant, [General] Amos Yaron, is guilty of crimes against humanity and genocide, and the second defendant, the State of Israel, is guilty of genocide.”

Even though the Israeli authorities ignored the summons, several highly experienced lawyers were appointed by the Tribunal to represent Israel'.

This verdict sets an interesting pretext. In the light of what has been discussed before, it prompts the question as to how Israel would eventually react to the verdict?

Another detailed slant on the KLWCT indictment of Israel is provided by Global Research. 

The issue was revisited in 2014 - as reported by The Nation - via The Russell Tribunal on Palestine, which  was inspired by the original Russell Tribunal, which was held in 1967 at the height of the Vietnam War.

The attack on Gaza was summed up thus: 'The jury had little difficulty concluding that the pattern of attack, as well as the targeting, amounted to a series of war crimes that were aggravated by the commission of crimes against humanity. These included the imposition of collective punishment upon the entire civilian population of Gaza, in flagrant and sustained violation of Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention. A further notable legal finding was the rejection of the central Israeli claim that it was acting in self-defense against rocket attacks from Gaza. There are several reasons for reaching this conclusion: under international law, the claim of self-defense cannot be used in justifying response to resistance mounted by an occupied people, and from the perspective of international law, Gaza remains occupied due to persisting Israeli control despite Israel’s purported “disengagement” in 2005 (more properly characterized as a military redeployment). The rockets fired from Gaza were at least partly a response to prior Israeli unlawful provocations, including the mass detention of several hundred people loosely associated with Hamas in the West Bank and the incitement to violence against Palestinians as revenge for the murder of three kidnapped Israeli settler children. And finally, the minimal damage done by the rockets—seven civilian deaths over the entire period—is too small a security threat to qualify as an “armed attack,” as is required by the UN Charter to uphold a claim of self-defense. At the same time, the jury did not doubt that rocket fire by Palestinian militants into Israel was unlawful, as the rockets were incapable of distinguishing between military and civilian targets.

'The testimony made this issue complex and sensitive. It produced a consensus on the jury that the evidence was sufficient to make it appropriate to give careful consideration as to whether the crime of genocide had actually been committed by Israel. This was itself an acknowledgement that there was a genocidal atmosphere in Israel, in which high-level officials made statements supporting the destruction or elimination of the Gazans as a people. Such inflammatory assertions were at no time repudiated by the leadership of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or subject to criminal investigation, let alone any other official proceedings. Furthermore, the sustained bombardment of Gaza, under circumstances where the population had no opportunity to leave or to seek sanctuary within the Gaza Strip, lent further credibility to the charge. The fact that Operation Protective Edge was the third large-scale, sustained military assault on this unlawfully blockaded, impoverished and endangered population also formed part of the larger genocidal context'. 

As for the actual crime of genocide the article goes on to say: 'What the jury did agree upon, however, was that some Israeli citizens and leaders appear to have been guilty in several instances of the separate crime of incitement to genocide, which is specified in Article 3(c) of the Genocide Convention. It also agreed that the additional duty of Israel and other parties to prevent genocide, especially the United States and Europe, was definitely engaged by Israeli behavior. In this regard, the Russell Tribunal is sending an incriminating message of warning to Israel and an appeal to the UN and the international community to uphold the Genocide Convention, and to prevent any further behaviour by Israel that would cross the line'.

With so much evidence loaded against Israel, one has to ask the question, how long can Israel survive as a nation? Also how long can countries such as the US continue to play clown and pretend that everyone else in the world is stupid and that the mainstream media can continue its onslaught of propaganda and nonsense, under the assumption that no one will notice? This is the mindset of power brokers that suffer from chronic narcissism. 

Flights of Fancy 
Four months after the KLWCT delivered its verdict, the first of two bizarre incidents took place. The laws of probability certainly come into play here.

On March 8 2014, Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, vanished over the South China Sea in mysterious circumstances. 

Four months after that on July 17, Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine.

The question of probability is explored in this article from Global Research. The article observes that 'First, similar to Malaysia Airlines flight 370, there is evidence that contact with Malaysia Airlines flight 17 was lost in advance of the wayward event. Next, and once more like flight 370, we have evidence that the pilot of Flight 17 actually diverted–purportedly on the basis of a vague sense of being “uncomfortable”–the craft into the dangerous warzone region where it was shot down'. 

The weirdness continues: 'Next, here are a few other curious tidbits. The flight 17 crash shares an anniversary with the demise of TWA 800, which AT’s own Jack Cashill has compellingly argued was, in fact, brought down by a missile on July 17, 1996 and subsequently covered up by the US government.  And, the maiden flight of flight 17 occurred in 1997 on the date of, you guessed it, July 17.

(Moreover Russia's last ruling monarch of the Romanov family Tsar Nicholas II, together with his wife Tsarina Alexandra and their five children Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and Alexei were executed on 17 July 1918. Subliminal message to Putin? No doubt it's another "coincidence")'.

Another Global Research article (from Malaysian lawyer and author Matthias Chang) cites an interesting perspective. It points out that 'Malaysia is but a victim of this tragedy whose plane, MH 370 was used for a hidden agenda for which only time will reveal.

In my previous article posted to the website on the 27th March, 2014, I exposed how Israel is exploiting the tragedy to create public opinion for a war against Iran, a Muslim country that has close ties with Malaysia'.

The article points out how sophisticated US satellite systems were not utilised during the search: 'The outdated capabilities of the Hexagon satellite system deployed by the US in the 1970s has a ground resolution of 0.6 meters; what’s more, the present and latest technologies boast the ability to identify objects much smaller in size. Why have such satellites not provided any images of the alleged debris in the Indian Ocean? Were they deliberately withheld?' 

Clearly there was a reluctance on the part of the US to fully engage with the flight's disappearance - especially as the aircraft’s flightpath took it near the vicinity of key US military base, Diego Garcia. This was stipulated in the above article: 'Why was there been no focus, especially by foreign mass media, on the intelligence and surveillance capabilities of Diego Garcia, the strategic naval and air base of the US?'.

Diego Garcia has a rather shady history as outlined in this Guardian article. Effectively there was a major cover up regarding the transportation of torture victims by the CIA - En route to Guantánamo Bay. I won't go into the specifics here. 

It should be noted here that Iran invariably has a tendency to crop up. The mainstream media jumped on the fact that two Iranians were onboard flight MH370 using forged passports. Their names were eventually cleared.

But the fact is that Malaysia has close ties with Iran. Malaysia does not recognise Israel. And Iran is pubic enemy number one as far as the west and Israel is concerned. Iran should definitely not be allowed to develop a nuclear capability.

So it was then that the US and Israel concocted a 'nuke Iran' scenario - based at Diago Garcia back in 2003 following the invasion of Iraq: 'US Harpoon missiles armed with nuclear warheads are now aimed by Israelis fleet of Dolphin-class submarines against Irans nuclear facilities. Following Septembers exclusive report in American Free Press about Israels submarine nuclear attack capability, over 100 Harpoon cruise missiles have been secretly flown to the remote island of Diego Garcia, a joint UK-US base in the Indian Ocean.

The three Israeli submarines which arrived at the base early this month were each loaded with 24 Harpoon missiles. They then set sail for the Gulf of Oman -- bringing Iran's nuclear facilities all within range of their submarines' multi-payloads.

The decision to launch them is entirely in the hands of Israel's prime minister, Ariel Sharon. Just as he gave Washington only a short warning he was going to attack an alleged terrorist camp deep inside Syria, Sharon has made it clear to Washington that the same rule of engagement will apply if it comes to launching the Harpoon missiles'.

Fast forward to 2010 and it look like its bunker busters that's on the menu - transported to Diago Garcia for an apparent bombardment of Iran. Were some of these used against Gaza in 2014?

Just to close the MH370 loop, the runway at Diago Garcia was incorporated in a flight simulator used by the pilot. 

And lets also wind up the mystery of flight MH17, which was of course blamed squarely on the shoulders of the Russians without a shred of evidence behind the accusations, a point well articulated in this RT article: 'The MH17 tragedy happened two days after the BRICS announced an antidote to the IMF and the World Bank, bypassing the US dollar. And just as Israel ‘cautiously’ advances its new invasion/slow-motion-ethnic-cleansing of Gaza. Malaysia, by the way, is the seat of the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission, which has found Israel guilty of crimes against humanity.
Washington, of course, does profit. What the Empire of Chaos gets in this case is a ceasefire (so the disorganized, battered Kiev militias may be resupplied); the branding of eastern Ukrainians as de facto ‘terrorists’ (as Kiev, Dick Cheney-style, always wanted); and unlimited mud thrown over Russia and Putin in particular until Kingdom Come. Not bad for a few minutes’ work. As for NATO, that’s Christmas in July.

'Unlike Washington – who already knows everything, with no evidence whatsoever (remember 9/11?) – Moscow will take its time to know the basic journalistic facts of what, where, and who, and engage on proving the truth and/or disproving Washington’s spin.

The historical record shows Washington simply won’t release data if it points to a missile coming from its Kiev vassals. The data may even point to a bomb planted on MH17, or mechanical failure – although that’s unlikely. If this was a terrible mistake by the Novorossiya rebels, Moscow will have to reluctantly admit it. If Kiev did it, the revelation will be instantaneous. Anyway we already know the hysterical Western response, no matter what; Russia is to blame'. 

But before the accusation that RT is Moscow's propaganda channel - takes hold. Our dear friends at the BBC have apparently been engaging in a bit of propaganda as well. In short, the Beeb censored a video in which eye witness accounts clearly pointed to Ukrainian fighters shooting down the plane. If that is indeed the case, then expect a cover-up. 

To wind up - what we have are apparently disconnected incidents that seem to have no connection to anything other than what actually happened. I'm no statistician. But I'm sure when the laws of probability are applied to all these disconnected but very coincidental events, I reckon we'll end up with a fairly large figure.

Of course its all part of the New World Order. What is certainly clear here is that anyone who challenges the 'Order' will have a price to pay. With Malaysia offering its (legal) challenge, the indictment of Bush, Blair and Israel is a clear threat to the axis of evil. And of course it goes without saying that Russian power bloc cannot be allowed to consolidate itself.

Meanwhile somewhere in the middle sits Iran. If Iran was to acquire a nuclear capability, that would really turn the geopolitics of the region upside down. Whilst Israel harbours a monopoly of power in the Middle East, the axis will continue to revolve around the region. That will be the subject of the next section.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

WWF - World Wide Folly?

WWF - the organisation that used to be the organisation it's not! Confused?

10 years ago I first became involved in environmental campaigning. I joined, supported and cut-my-teeth with WWF. After a few years as the novice became more experienced and knowledgeable I became increasing disillusioned with WWF's policy. I then decided to break my link with WWF completely.

The recent publication of a book criticising WWF's relationships with corporate interests therefore comes as no surprise to me. 

PandaLeaks – The Dark Side of the WWF: is the controversial book by German journalist and filmmaker Wilfried Huismann. The theme of the book is explored by Guardian columnist John Vidal.

WWF tried and failed to prevent publication of the book through various legal manoeuvres. But it is now widely available.

Vidal notes that, 'Its author, Wilfried Huismann, says the Geneva-based WWF International has received millions of dollars from its links with governments and business. Global corporations such as Coca-Cola, Shell, Monsanto, HSBC, Cargill, BP, Alcoa and Marine Harvest have all benefited from the group's green image only to carry on their businesses as usual.

Huismann argues that by setting up "round tables" of industrialists on strategic commodities such as palm oil, timber, sugar, soy, biofuels and cocoa, WWF International has become a political power that is too close to industry and in danger of becoming reliant on corporate money'. 

And it seems there is an elitist entity associated with WWF: 'The book also argues that WWF, which was set up by Prince Philip and Prince Bernhart of the Netherlands in 1961, runs an elite club of 1,001 of the richest people in the world, whose names are not revealed. Industrialists, philanthropists and ultra-conservative, upper-class naturalists, they are said to make up an "old boys' network with influence in the corridors of global and corporate and policy-making power.

"The '1001 club' is still important for the WWF, even though it's not a secret central committee. I hate conspiracy theories, but I'm convinced that the discreet '1001 club' still influences the strategic decisions of the WWF, because many of its members are important players in global and powerful financial and industrial corporations that rule the planet."

Apparently the 1001 club was strongly influenced by South Africans. This list of club members notes that 90% of the names are of Dutch origin. I'm sure conspiracy theorists would see the immediate link to apartheid South Africa... .  

It is also revealed that WWF's first corporate sponsor was Shell, who ploughed £10,000 into WWF during its inception back in 1961. Former CEO of Shell, John Hugo Loudon, was president of WWF from 1976 - 1981.

It could be argued that the direct links with the oil industry and global warming weren't realised until the 1980's. But apparently WWF continued to receive oil money right up until recent times. And as if to underline WWF's complicity, Shell and 3 other oil companies were nominated for a 1997 British Columbia Minister's Environmental Award, something that wasn't lost on Nigerian activists: 'Insisting that WWF had expressed concern over Saro-Wiwa's death on a military gallows, Dover quoted from the WWF's official statement which characterized the hangings as "symptomatic of the wider environmental and social problems created by the inequitable distribution of oil wealth in Nigeria." The quoted statement contained no mention of Shell Oil.

'WWF maintains that acting in the best interests of conservation takes precedence over acting in the best interests of humanity. What does it matter that environmentalists hang in Nigeria while Shell's oil coats Ogoni farmlands, pollutes streams and contributes to global warming with its flared gases? The important thing is that the Charlotte Islands' waters remain oil free'.

In an additional irony, 1997 was also the year the Kyoto Protocol came into force.

There is no doubt that since WWF's inception, there has been some very influential people involved with WWF. After all in 1961, environmental concerns were almost non existent and corporations weren't vilified the way they are now. 

WWF itself has gone through several metamorphoses. It started off as the World Wildlife Fund, but as the world changed WWF decided to run with the World Wide Fund for Nature in 1986. In 2001 it settled for just WWF. But despite the organisation changing over the years, controversy hasn't been far behind it.

Even before Huismann's book, WWF was coming under increasing scrutiny. It reputation was being tested. It now appears to be failing the test.

One of the problems with WWF falling from grace is the unintended impact on other environmental groups. Organisations such as Greenpeace have been compared with WWF and tarred with the same brush by climate deniers, claiming a 'green conspiracy'. It goes with saying that these people can't tell fact from fiction. Greenpeace for example does not accept money from corporate donors - unlike WWF.

And just to add a final note. Try visiting a WWF website and you're immediately hit with a sales cascade. Once in, you find yourself being directed to a 'sponsor'. Quite frankly the WWF website is awful. I would respectfully encourage WWF supporters to direct their energy and money elsewhere - just like I did a few years ago. Not to mention the fact that just about anywhere you go online, there's a WWF ad hitting you in the face.

Time to shoot the Panda methinks...             

Monday, 27 October 2014

Israel Under The Spotlight 2

The Star of David
The Star of David is the iconic symbol of everything that is Israel. But what is its origins? And what is the real meaning behind the symbol?

'At the ceremony of the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel, the dais was decorated with a picture of Theodor Herzl, flanked on either side by the flag of the World Zionist Organization. This flag, adopted by the first Zionist Congress in Basle in 1897, had become accepted by Jewish communities throughout the world as the emblem of Zionism and it was thus natural to use it at the official proclamation of statehood.

'This decision to adopt the Zionist flag to be the flag of the State of Israel reflects its power as a symbol of the spirit of the Zionist movement' (IMFA). Thus reflects the official adoption of the flag of Israel.

The fact is the Star of David isn't Jewish per-Se, a fact noted in the IMFA account. Indeed it has a rather curious history.

The Curious History of the Six Pointed Star offers a more conventional - if somewhat flowery - history of the symbol. also known as the Magen David (Shield of David), it covers the paradoxical, even ambiguous roots of the symbol. It points out that 'The two-triangle star is to be found among many peoples, both as decoration and as a magical sign, although it seems to be younger than its companion, the pentagram or five-pointed star. Its occasional appearance as a decoration gives it no claim to be a "Jewish" symbol; and even as a simple decoration it is only rarely found among our antiquities.

'The true history of the six-pointed star and its ascent to the rank of a symbol in Israel is bound up with what is called Practical Cabala, which is nothing more than Jewish magic, whose links with the theoretical doctrines of the Cabalists were always weak. Particularly, it is bound up with the use of amulets and talismans'. This is an important distinction as I will note later.

The article notes its origins as the 'Seal of Solomon', when it was used by King Solomon in his preoccupation with the occult. 'It was not, therefore, as a symbol of the monotheistic faith that the six-pointed star began its Jewish career, but as a magical talisman for protection against the evil spirits; and this remained its primary meaning among the masses of the people until about a hundred years ago'. 

The article explains some of the surrounding history of the symbol, which I won't cover in detail here. I will only note that the modern association with Judaism began in 17th century Prague, where the symbol was adopted. From there it spread and was eventually picked up by the Zionists.

Another account of the history of the symbol expands some of the issues noted above.

There is another version in which it is more correctly referred to as a hexagram - that is only touched on by the above article. The Six-Pointed Star details this alternative history

The book notes that 'The six-pointed star has long been used in magic, occultism, witchcraft, and astrology, and has been found at the scene of so many occult crimes that the police in California issued a directive to all schools warning children to be cautious of this symbol'.

It then notes the association with the holocaust: 'This symbol was widely adopted, not because the Jewish people chose it, but ironically because Adolph Hitler forced all Jews to wear a yellow six-pointed star during the holocaust. The word holocaust means burnt offering, and the six-pointed star was used in the past when burnt human sacrifices were offered to Moloch and Ashtoreth in Baal worship'.

The story then winds back to King Solomon: 'In 922 B.C. when Solomon married the daughter of Pharoah, he became involved in Egyptian idol worship and went into magic, and witchcraft. Solomon built an altar to Ashtoreth and Moloch, and the six-pointed star, the chief symbol of human sacrifices in magic and witchcraft circles, came to be called the Seal of Solomon.

Solomon did not heed the subsequent warnings from God to cease from these abominable practices, even after God threatened to rend the Kingdom of Israel from his son's hand. And indeed, the split occurred after Solomon's death. Solomon's idolatry caused the Kingdom of Israel to be split in two. The practices he introduced to the children of Israel eventually caused the House of Israel to go into exile into the Caucasus, and the House of Judah to go into captivity. It was Josiah who later destroyed this forbidden altar. Did you know that the number 666 was connected to Solomon? (1 Kings 10:14) Yes, 666 talents of gold was sent to Solomon each month by none other than the King of Tyrus. After you have read this account in the book of 1 Kings, turn to Ezekiel Chapter 28. Oh, what a tangled web was weaved, when Solomon practised to deceive. King Solomon left many articles which proved his blatant idolatry, such as King Solomon's Mirror, King Solomon's Comb, and the six-pointed star, which became known as the Seal of Solomon in the witchcraft and occult world. Solomon also laid down the foundations of the Craft (Daniel 8:25) which later became known as Freemasonry. The six-pointed star features prominently in Masonic rituals.

'Because this symbol is comprised of a six within a six within a six (i.e. 6 points, 6 triangles, 6 sides of the inner hexagon) the research also includes a look at the 666 prophecies in the Book of Daniel etc., regarding the "willful king" (anti-Christ) and the "mark of the Beast." Included too, is the Scriptural significance of the number seven, and the Biblical description of the real Messiah, and the seven-branched Candlestick (Menorah), which God gave to the children of Israel as an everlasting Covenant, which is also mentioned in the New Testament and the Book of the Revelation'.

Lets expand on the issues raised by the above accounts.

The first point to note is definition of 'Hex', which actually means a curse or a spell and is linked to witchcraft. Its relevant because of the connection of the symbol with the occult. Apparently it was this context in which the Nazis used the symbol, given Hitler's interest in the occult.

Next is the Biblical references. Kings 10:9, 'Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the Lord’s eternal love for Israel, he has made you king to maintain justice and righteousness'. This passage confirms the link with Solomon and Israel and the belief of orthodox Jews - based on the account above of Solomon's act of idolatry - relating to the Jewish diaspora. This links in with my discussion above of the Neturei Karta. 

These issues are explored further in Star of David OR Star of Lucifer? The article also - like The Six Pointed Star - picks up the elements of Freemasonry and the House of Rothschild, which I'll go into more detail below.

Masons, Rothschild, Zionism - The New (Un)Holy Trinity?
So how did the hexagram end up on the Israeli flag? The Star of Lucifer article states: 'It was adopted as the family crest or shield by the Rothschild family during the 19th century. The Rothschilds bought a great deal of property in "Israel," from the Turks and Arabs, and were largest financial supporters of the Zionist movement in the early decades. The influence of the Rothschilds and their heavy financial support of Israel, led the Jewish nation to adopt the so-called "Star of David" as their own symbol as a nation'.

The Six Pointed Star adds a bit more detail: 'From Egypt to Solomon, to Arab magic, and witchcraft, to Druid uses, to freemasonry, to Mayer Amschel Bauer, who in the 17th century changes his name to depict the red six-pointed star which hung on his door in Germany, and thus began the family of "Rothschild" (meaning red shield). The Rothschild family incorporated this symbol in their Court of Arms. The research traced the six-pointed star through the Cabala, to astrology, to Hitler and his putting a yellow six-pointed star on Jews during the holocaust, to the Zionist symbol, and finally to the flag of the State of Israel and beyond'.

Lets delve a bit deeper into the Rothschild legacy. This fascinating and extensive article, The History of the House of Rothschild by Andrew Hitchcock, gives a broad historical perspective on the rise of the Rothschild Dynasty.

As noted above, the family emblem of the red shield gave the family its name. The Red shield was an emblem of radical Jews within Eastern Europe. The red shield that hung on the family door was a hexagram - a symbol of high significance.

It would be fair to say that the family wealth was accumulated by some very clever 'wheeling and dealing' that didn't take sides. The spark was the families association with Prince William IX of Hesse-Hanau, one of the richest royal houses in Europe, an association that would eventually prove very lucrative. 

Any business transaction had a purely business objective. This would gain the family some notoriety through their financing of both sides of a conflict: 'The Rothschilds love wars because they are massive generators of risk free debt.
'This is because they are guaranteed by the government of a country, and therefore the efforts of the population of that country, and it doesn't matter if that country loses the war because the loans are given on the guarantee that the victor will honour the debts of the vanquished'. 
Mayer Amschel Bauer had 5 sons, who based themselves in the key financial centres around Europe. Through Mayer's guidance they achieved increasing control over Europe's financial bases. They were doing business with Royalty and Governments. This would ultimately give the Rothschild family unprecedented control over the most powerful economies on the planet - particularly Britain - through an ingenious sequence of transactions.
After Napoleon was defeated at Waterloo, the British Government was under the impression that Wellington had been defeated. However Nathan Rothschild had arranged to receive advanced news of Wellington's triumph: 'Whilst the Rothschilds are funding both sides in this war, they use the banks they have spread out across Europe to give them the opportunity to set up an unrivalled postal service network of secret routes and fast couriers. The post these couriers carried was to be opened up by these couriers and their details given to the Rothschilds so they always were one step ahead of current events.

Furthermore, these Rothschild couriers were the only merchants allowed to pass through the English and French blockades. It was these couriers who also kept Nathan Mayer Rothschild up to date with how the war was going so he could use that intelligence to buy and sell from his position on the stock exchange in accordance with that intelligence.

One of Rothschild's couriers was a man named Rothworth. When the outcome of the Battle of Waterloo was won by the British, Rothworth took off for the Channel and was able to deliver this news to Nathan Mayer Rothschild, a full 24 hours before Wellington's own courier'.

This insider knowledge enabled him to manipulate his considerable investments in the stock market, making a killing in the process. The result was that the Rothschild family took complete control of the British economy, and forced England to set up the Bank of England, which Nathan Rothschild controlled. 

Using a similar approach in France and Germany, the Rothschild empire took unprecedented control over the European economy. The House of Rothschild had now been established.

Their influence went beyond Europe. Financial aid included the Suez Canal, Russian Czars and African colonialism. They even baled out the Vatican, leading to their financial domination of the Catholic church.

The success of the Rothschild empire was that it was kept strictly in the family. Following Mayer Amschel Rothschild's death: 'In his will he lays out specific laws that the House of Rothschild were to follow: all key positions in the family business were only to be held by family members; only male members of the family were allowed to participate in the family business, this included a reported sixth secret bastard son (It is important to note that Mayer Amschel Rothschild also has five daughters, so today the spread of the Rothschild Zionist dynasty without the Rothschild name is far and wide, and Jews believe the mixed offspring of a Jewish mother is solely Jewish); the family was to intermarry with it’s first and second cousins to preserve the family fortune (of the 18 marriages by Mayer Amschel Rothschild’s grandchildren, 16 were between first cousins - a practice known today as inbreeding); no public inventory of his estate was to be published; no legal action was to be taken with regard to the value of the inheritance; the eldest son of the eldest son was to become the head of the family (this condition could only be overturned when the majority of the family agreed otherwise)'.

Another key to its success was basing its operations in the City of London. The first of a series of 3 videos (below) offer an interesting insight into the origins of the House of Rothschild and its enduring legacy:

By early 19th century, the Rothschild's planned to rule the world. However this was thwarted by Tsar Alexander I of Russia at the Congress of Vienna in 1814, who had not succumbed to a Rothschild central bank. Nathan Mayer Rothschild vowed to 'destroy the the Tsar Alexander I's  entire family and descendants. Unfortunately he was true to his word and 102 years later Rothschild funded Bolsheviks would act upon that promise'. 

The US was also fair game for the Rothschild's. They had initially set up a central bank under George Washington's tenure in 1791. However, after the banks charter expires in 1811, Congress refuses to renew the charter. 'Nathan Mayer Rothschild is not amused and he states, "Either the application for renewal of the charter is granted, or the United States will find itself involved in a most disastrous war." However the United States stands firm and the Charter is not renewed, which causes Nathan Mayer Rothschild to issue another threat, "Teach those impudent Americans a lesson. Bring them back to colonial status." 

Backed by Rothschild money, and Nathan Mayer Rothschild's orders, the British declare war on the United States. The Rothschild's plan was to cause the United States to build up such a debt in fighting this war that they would have to surrender to the Rothschild's and allow the charter for the Rothschild owned First Bank of the United States to be renewed'.

In 1816, Congress approved the establishment of the second Bank of America, with Rosthchild at the helm. However as the 20 year lease on the bank approaches the end of its tenure, President Andrew Jackson (the 7th President of the United States from 1829 to 1837) decides to call time on the Rothschild's. He starts removing the government's deposits from the bank and deposits them into banks directed by independent bankers. 'This causes the Rothschild's to panic and so they do what they do best, contract the money supply causing a depression. President Jackson knows what they are up to and later states, "You are a den of thieves vipers, and I intend to rout you out, and by the Eternal God, I will rout you out." '

In 1935 'an assassin tries to shoot President Jackson, but miraculously both of the assassin's pistols misfired. President Jackson would later claim that he knew the Rothschilds were responsible for that attempted assassination. He is not the only one, the assassin, Richard Lawrence, who was found not guilty by reason of insanity, later bragged that powerful people in Europe had hired him and promised to protect him if he were caught'. The following year, Jackson succeeded in kicking the Rothschild's out.

Rothschild reared its head again during the US civil war. Abraham Lincoln was seeking loans for the war effort from the banks. 'As these large banks were heavily under the influence of the Rothschilds, they offer him a deal they know he cannot accept, 24% to 36% interest on all monies loaned.

Lincoln is very angry about this high level of interest and so he prints his own debt free money and informs the public that this is now legal tender for both public and private debts'. After the success of the flotation, Lincoln went on to say 'I have two great enemies, the Southern Army in front of me, and the financial institutions in the rear. Of the two, the one in my rear is my greatest foe'. Lincoln was later assassinated.

The Rothschild's intentions are summed up by Otto von Bismarck: 'The division of the United States into two federations of equal force was decided long before the civil war by the high financial power of Europe. These bankers were afraid that the United States, if they remained in one block and as one nation, would attain economical and financial independence, which would upset their financial domination over the world.

The voice of the Rothschilds predominated. They foresaw the tremendous booty if they could substitute two feeble democracies, indebted to the financiers, to the vigorous Republic, confident and self-providing. Therefore they started their emissaries in order to exploit the question of slavery and thus dig an abyss between the two parts of the Republic'.   

Despite these setbacks through, the Rothschild's continued to infiltrate every strata of the US business fraternity. With ties to the Rockefeller's, Carnegie's and other business alumina, particularly banking magnate J.P. Morgan Chase, it would only be a matter of time before the House of Rothschild takes control of the US.  

The dice was thrown in 1907 when Rothschild, Jacob Schiff, addressing the New York Chamber of Commerce, warns that, 'Unless we have a Central Bank with adequate control of credit resources, this country is going to undergo the most severe and far reaching money panic in its history'.

They finally got their way in 1913 after blackmailing President Woodrow Wilson over an affair: 'Congressman Charles Lindbergh stated following the passing of the Federal Reserve Act on December 23, "The Act establishes the most gigantic trust on earth. When the President signs this Bill, the invisible government of the monetary power will be legalized. The greatest crime of the ages is perpetrated by this banking and currency bill." 

It is important to note that the Federal Reserve is a private company, it is neither Federal nor does it have any Reserve. It is conservatively estimated that profits exceed $150 billion per year and the Federal Reserve has never once in its history published accounts'. 

In 1914, the World war 1 breaks out, with the Rothschild's - as usual - financing both sides and manipulating the outcome of the war for their own ends. This is when the loop closes and the first stage of the Rothschild master plan for the world is engineered.

It's at this stage that we consider the role of the next player in the 'unholy' trinity. Namely the order of the Freemasons. This role is highlighted in the Hitchcock article. It also involves the influence of another secret society known as the illuminati that became associated with the Freemasons.

It was Mayer Amschel Rothschild who conceived the idea of the illuminati as a post enlightenment organisation to be based upon the teachings of the Talmud. Adam Weishaupt was entrusted with the task and in 1776 'officially completes his organisation of the Illuminati on May 1 of this year.  The purpose of the Illuminati is to divide the goyim (all non-Jews) through political, economic, social, and religious means.  The opposing sides were to be armed and incidents were to be provided in order for them to:  fight amongst themselves; destroy national governments; destroy religious institutions; and eventually destroy each other.

Weishaupt soon infiltrates the Continental Order of Freemasons with this Illuminati doctrine and establishes lodges of the Grand Orient to be their secret headquarters. This was all under the orders and finance of Mayer Amschel Rothschild and the concept has spread and is followed within Masonic Lodges worldwide to the present day'.

The Hitchcock article continues to explain: 'Weishaupt also recruits 2,000 paid followers including the most intelligent men in the field of arts and letters, education, science, finance,and industry. They were instructed to follow the following methods in order to control people.

1) Use monetary and sex bribery to obtain control of men already in high places, in the various levels of all governments and other fields of endeavour. Once influential persons had fallen for the lies, deceits, and temptations of the Illuminati they were to be held in bondage by application of political and other forms of blackmail, threats of financial ruin, public exposure, and fiscal harm, even death to themselves and loved members of their families.

2) The faculties of colleges and universities were to cultivate students possessing exceptional mental ability belonging to well-bred families with international leanings, and recommend them for special training in internationalism, or rather the notion that only a one-world government can put an end to recurring wars and strife. Such training was to be provided by granting scholarships to those selected by the Illuminati.

3) All influential people trapped into coming under the control of the Illuminati, plus the students who had been specially educated and trained, were to be used as agents and placed behind the scenes of all governments as experts and specialists. This was so they would advise the top executives to adopt policies which would in the long-run serve the secret plans of the Illuminati one-world conspiracy and bring about the destruction of the governments and religions they were elected or appointed to serve.

4) To obtain absolute-control of the press, at that time the only mass-communications media which distributed information to the public, so that all news and information could be slanted in order to make the masses believe that a one-world government is the only solution to our many and varied problems'.

Sounds familiar doesn't it? The illuminati's life was however short lived. Following the interception of a book, which was suspected to carry the blueprint for a French Revolution, the illuminati was banned from Bavaria, where it originated: 'The Bavarian government publish the details of the Illuminati plot in a document entitled, "The Original Writings of The Order and Sect of The Illuminati."  They then send this document to all the heads of church and state throughout Europe, but sadly their warning is ignored. 

'Due to the European ignorance of the Bavarian government's warning, the Illuminati's plan for a French Revolution succeeded from this year [1789] to 1793.  This revolution was a bankers' dream, it established a new constitution and passed laws that forbade the Roman Church from levying tithes (taxes) and also removed its exemption from taxation'. An account of the conspiracy was documented by Sir Walter Scott.

Looking at the bigger picture, it would appear that the Illuminati was attempting to establish some form of democracy by usurping the influence of the Church. But not without the involvement of certain vested interests. 

As for the Freemasons, they pretty much turned the other way, although its possible the Illuminati may have had some influence within the movement. This article gives an interesting slant on the issue. 

Evidently the overall impact of the Illuminati was limited. But what of the wider influence of the Freemasons?   

There is a general viewpoint that links Freemasonry with the occult and Devil worship. This apparently stems from revelations made by writer Léo Taxil, that US based Grand Commander Albert Pike was the author of the so called 'Luciferian Doctrine' of Freemasonry. Apparently this was a hoax. 

In an effort to 'sanitise' the Freemasons, the book Is It True What They Say About Freemasonry? was published. It attempts to debunk the 'myths' surrounding the Masons, including the 'hoax' noted above.

More recently, the Masons announced greater transparency: 'The United Grand Lodge of England, the largest Masonic group in Britain, publishe[d] its first independent report. The Future of Freemasonry, researched by the Social Issues Research Centre, aims to start an "open and transparent" discussion ahead of the group's tercentenary in 2017. 

Nigel Brown, grand secretary of the United Grand Lodge, says it's time to banish the reputation for secrecy. "We're being proactive now. It's essential we get people's minds away from these myths." '

Fair enough. But transparency from a secret society is an oxymoron. 'If you have nothing to hide', as the saying goes... . Even if the charges of occultism are difficult to establish, there are still questions that remain unanswered. And a few of those were raised by RT, following revelations from the Independent. In essence, high level corruption within the police was being linked to the Masons. RT notes that, 'Even if Freemasonry does not control some of the key positions of state in its own self-interest, its involvement in promoting its own to positions of power and privilege is a likely candidate to explain why Britain is increasingly being controlled by individuals who seem entirely unsuited to positions of public trust'.

The main interest here though is the link with Freemasonry and Zionism. This link is touched upon in the RT article: 'Masons certainly hold strong beliefs about Western influences in the Holy Land. Those of the higher degrees privately profess a 'fundamentalist' fervor for Zionism. Israel's own Grand Lodge was founded in 1953, now numbering between 50 and 60 lodges with thousands of members. Indeed even in Bristol's windowless 'Royal Arch' Masonic Temple, the furnishings are embossed throughout with golden Israeli 'Star of David' emblems'. So lets explore this link further.

The article The Hidden Power Behind Freemasonry, probably gives as comprehensive an account as you can get. It outlines the Jewish (Zionist?) influence in detail and the fact that many of the rituals and symbols come from Judaism:
1.- The masonic coat-of-arms which is still used by the Grand Orient Lodges of England and Europe was Jewish designed.

2.- Some of the most important legends of Freemasonry come from Jewish sources. The legend of Hiram Abiff, for instance, on which Freemasonry is founded and on which many of its rites are based, is of Jewish origin.

3.- The technical language, symbolism and rites of Freemasonry are full of Jewish ideas and terms. In the Scottish Rite, the dates of all official documents are given according to the Hebrew months and the Jewish era: and use is often made of the older Hebrew alphabet. (See the Jewish Encyclopaedia, under "Freemasonry," Vol. 5, p.503.
The article notes that 'the infiltration of Masonry by Judaists, is not something which has happened just recently. The professed aims of the UNIVERSAL ISRAELITE ALLIANCE, founded in 1860, with its headquarters in Paris, runs parallel to the professed aims of Freemasonry and its founder, the Jew Adolf Cremeieux. For years he was the Grand Master of the Supreme Council of the Ancient Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. (For a list of the governing committees of this Jewish Alliance, see THE JEWISH WHO's WHO, published in New York City)'. As to the aims of the movement:
'The Political and Social Program of Freemasonry, includes:
1.- The removal of Christianity from all departments of government and from all public institutions. (The policy of removing Christian symbols, such as Christmas creches, Easter signs of Christian significance, are carried out mainly through the Jewish Masons in the AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION). To remove all religious emblems from legislative assemblies, courts of justice, public hospitals, schools, universities, and colleges, etc., even though this nation has been declared by the Supreme Court, to be a Christian nation.
2.- The secularization of marriage and making an easiness of divorce. These are also principles of Communism.
3.- The establishment of a State system of education which will avoid all Christian influence and will be based on the religion of "secular humanism."
4.- Complete freedom for worship for everyone, including Satanists, and,
5.- Unrestrained liberty of the press, even to promoting anti-Christian doctrines and principles subversive to Christian and American standards. Similar freedom is to be granted on stage, television and movies. To promote public activities such as betting, gambling, consumption of alcohol, use of drugs, etc.
This Masonic program favors a "democratic" form of government, with indiscriminate universal suffrage and the centralization of bureaucratic power. (In other words, what we are speaking of is a "socialist dictatorship," with them in control.) It opposes Christian patriotism, the idea of a strong Christian family, and finally seeks to organize society into classes which are bound together with common interests. It's overall policy is towards commercialism, a false internationalism, a lack of individualism, and Socialist slavery in the end.

'One of the worst features of the present day Lodge is the tyranny of the moneyed interests which control its top echelons. These men, working hand-in-glove with the International Jewish Bankers, dominate high finance and exercise control over the credit of the nation in every phase of our national life. The number of these elite, who control the nation from behind the secrecy of the Lodge, is small indeed, but extremely powerful due to the "power of the purse." For it has long been known that he who controls the economics of a country, controls its politics. That is what Amsel Rothschild, many years ago, was able to say with truth: "Give me control of the economics of a country; and I care not who makes her laws." '

Another article Freemasonry Historic Links To Zionism/Judaism, covers similar territory. It notes that 'At present, as in the past, Zionist world leaders, and men in influential positions with the various Masonic organisations everywhere, have worked "hand in glove" for a universal world revolution, which will bring in the One-World Church and a One-World Government. Many Masonic Lodges are exclusively Jewish, as are the controlling B'nai B'rith Lodges - the mother of the infamous and very dangerous Anti-Defamation League, which is an unregistered agent of a foreign government which has been allowed by the US government to operate unhindered on American soil. Although this evil, Jewish organisation is totally illegal and is officially regarded by the FBI as a terrorist organisation, such is the strength of both the Masonic and Zionist Lobby in Washington, D.C., that the Government refuses to do anything to curb the significant power of the ADL, or even control their openly subversive operations'.

And to put things in perspective: 'The reference book "10,000 Famous Freemasons" lists two prominent Rothschilds, including James Meyer Rothschild (1792-1868), son of the dynasty's founder, Meyer Amschel Rothschild. James is listed as a "33 degree adept of the French Supreme Council." Nathan, the second son of Meyer is also listed.
'As a matter of factual record, Jewish control of American society, politics, media, and religions ever continues to increase. As of this writing, Jews hold almost 50% of Cabinet positions in the US government and they hold the present (as well as the past) Directorship of the CIA and the Directorship of the FBI. (Louis Freeh of Ruby Ridge notoriety) The fact that almost all of the crucial ambassadorial appointments have gone to Jews is proof positive of who wields the real power. And anyone who looks at this anomaly with an open mind cannot fail to see the outright dominance of high-level government positions that continue to be held by Talmudic Jews. A group that incredibly makes up less than 3 percent of the overall population, yet manages to claim 10 percent of the U.S. Senate and two out of nine members of the U.S. Supreme Court alone.

The great majority of the Senate of the United States...somewhere around 80 percent are completely in support of Israel . . anything Israel wants! This has been demonstrated time and again, and this has made it difficult." (Senator William J. Fulbright)'. 

It isn't just the political establishment that is dominated by Jews. The article makes this thought provoking observation, 'if you will watch your TV closely, you'll see for yourself the endless parade of liberals with Jewish names'. And just to sum up: 'Jews exercise complete control over the world banking community. They control 90% of the world's gold and diamond markets. Endless names like Goldstein, Silverstein, Perlstein and Rubinstein dominate the highest levels of the multi-billion dollar international "Jew-elry" business. They completely control Hollywood and all of the major media outlets everywhere. They now own all the (once sound and independent) principal Christian publishing houses in the US, (where they wield editorial control in all modern Bible translations) and what's worse, even fund most of the major evangelical Bible Colleges, whether directly or indirectly. Incredibly, even many orthodox Jewish Rabbis have managed to insinuate their way into many senior teaching and/or administrative-overseer positions in Seminaries even over here in Australia. Shocked - Don't believe it? Then make the effort to check it out and prove it for yourself'. 

At this point I'll add a brief account of the b'nai b'rith and the Anti-Defamation League.

The b'nai b'rith was founded in the US as an alternative to the Masonic lodges due to the presence of anti Semitism in Europe. It is not directly linked to Freemasonry, but was essentially founded by Freemasons and has adopted many of the practices of Freemasonry.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) started out as a civil rights organisation and still continues to promote that aspect of itself. But beneath the surface its pro Israel orientation is clear. It defends its position on anti-semitism and what it sees as the link with anti-zionism on its website. I'll leave you to interpret the curious logic on display... .

But there is evidence of more sinister operations going on within the ADL. In the past it has engaged agents involved in 'James Bond' style operations. It has also attempted to silence people who dare criticise Israel in public, particularly in the US. And it actively targets pro Palestinian Groups. 

On its 'blacklist' is the 'International Solidarity Movement, whose activists are frequent visitors of Israel and which started the Free Gaza Movement, responsible along with the Turkish IHH for the May 31 flotilla, which was raided by the IDF and resulted in nine deaths'. 

'In addition Al-Awda, which fights for the Palestinian right of return and is the largest pro-Palestinian organization in the US, was mentioned for its "electronic intifada" – or attempts to stop Israelis from going abroad'. 

In the Book The Palestinian Struggle, Zionism and Anti-Semitism, the authors observe that 'While revolutionists urge the Jewish people to unite with oppressed Palestinians and other oppressed peoples in struggle against capitalism and imperialism, the Zionists urge reliance on these reactionary forces. In "Danger on the Left", the ADL says that: "political extremism that of the left - as well as that of the more familiar right - presents a dire and continuing threat to Jewish security. The extremists' anti-Israel war is only one aspect of the peril they present to the Jewish community. Their fundamental struggle is against the democratic system and those liberal values that have afforded safety and opportunity to an historically beleaguered minority people. The creation of social ferment, including the condoning, the advocacy and even the use of violence, is the tactic of their "revolution", and it is in revolutionary violence and assaults against the democratic process that Jewish security has been endangered and in which overt anti-Semitism easily breeds". 

The lineup of forces presented by the ADL is clear. On the one hand are Israel, the US, and Zionism; and on the other the Palestinian liberation movement, the radical left, and the anti-Semites. The ADL presents this as democracy and tolerance poised against genocide, bigotry, and violence. The ADL even goes so far as to criticise revolutionary opponents of the capitalist state of Israel for ignoring "Israel's socialism and the fact that it is a political democracy born in a war of true national liberation. To recognise these facts would be to contradict the romantic, simplistic image and purpose now assigned to the Arab guerrillas; so Israel becomes an 'imperialist' power and the enemy of the 'people's' war." 

The absurdity of this world view is readily apparent. It is precisely the US and its allies, including the Israeli government, that today represent genocidal military policies'. 

One of the worlds most respected Jews - Noam Chomsky - makes his view of the ADL clear in Necessary Illusions: 'The ADL has virtually abandoned its earlier role as a civil rights organization, becoming "one of the main pillars" of Israeli propaganda in the U.S., as the Israeli press casually describes it, engaged in surveillance, blacklisting, compilation of FBI-style files circulated to adherents for the purpose of defamation, angry public responses to criticism of Israeli actions, and so on. These efforts, buttressed by insinuations of anti-Semitism or direct accusations, are intended to deflect or undermine opposition to Israeli policies, including Israel's refusal, with U.S. support, to move towards a general political settlement. The ADL was condemned by the Middle East Studies Association after circulation of an ADL blacklist to campus Jewish leaders, stamped "confidential." Practices of this nature have been bitterly condemned by Israeli doves -- in part because they fear the consequences of this hysterical chauvinism for Israel, in part because they have been subjected to the standard procedures themselves, in part simply in natural revulsion'.

The Hitchcock article also mentions the ADL, particularly within the context of its links with the Rothschild empire (1913 & 1973): 'Jacob Schiff sets up the Anti Defamation League (ADL) in the United States.  This organisation is formed to slander anyone who questions or challenges the Rothschild global conspiracy as, "anti-semitic." ' 

It would appear then that we have came round full circle. We have a situation where Freemasonry is steeped in Jewish tradition and symbolism, with evidence of a strong Zionist influence. Its as though Zionism has found a dark corner to flourish. What we see on the surface is the tip of the iceberg, with the rest submerged within the murky waters of the Masons. It certainly seems to fit in with the narrative that has been unfolding within this article. Then there is the Rothschild's and all the high ranking members of the Establishment who are associated with the Masons. Wikipedia has a published a list of Freemasons. Another list can be found here.
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