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Washington DC Ad Campaign Seeks To ‘Expose’ Israeli Lobby In America

An advertising drive is expected to take Washington D.C by storm on Monday as the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and Visualizing Palestine call on the United States to halt $30 billion of military aid to the Jewish state.

The campaign comes as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) began it’s an annual policy meeting in the U.S. capital on Sunday. This will continue for another three days as the U.S. national coalition works to highlight the devastating impact of U.S. weapons on Palestinians.

“At a time when the sequester is cutting billions of dollars from programs to help those in need, it is grotesque that AIPAC is lobbying Congress this week for ever-increasing amounts of military aid to Israel, especially as these U.S. weapons are used by Israel—in violation of U.S. laws—to abuse Palestinian human rights,” stated Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.

A three-day mobile truck ad has been tasked with following AIPAC attendees during their conference as they lobby Members of Congress for more weapons for Israel.



Egypt Protestors Block Roads, Delaying Kerry Departure

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held talks with Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi in Cairo on Sunday a day after he said it is vital Egypt revive its economy.

The country’s foreign currency reserves have dived to little more than a third of levels before the 2011 revolution and the budget deficit is soaring as a sliding Egyptian pound pushes up the cost of state subsidies for imported fuel and food.

As Kerry tried to leave the country for his next stop on his Middle East tour, hundreds of Egyptian football fans briefly blocked a main road to Cairo’s international airport delaying his flight.

Kerry had been scheduled to leave at around 1400 GMT.

An airport official said police deployed armored vehicles to prevent the fans from getting closer to the airport. The road has now been reopened, official MENA news agency reported.



Chuck Hagel Speaks The Truth, And That's Why People Hate Him

The shortest distance between two points is truth, and Chuck Hagel speaks it. That's the primary reason people hate him.

Hagel definitely spoke truth in his recent speech about budgets, but lets start with the main sticking point: Israel.

This particular gem is a perfect example: "I'm a U.S. Senator, not an Israeli Senator."
That's a pretty straightforward statement, yet the torrent of furor it and others caused was cataclysmic. Throughout Hagel's nomination process, pundits and politicos fired off accusations of Anti-Semitism as if they were Marines trying to get rid of extra ammunition.

If only they would listen to what some Israeli officials say, maybe they'd think again.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/chuck-hagel-speaks-truth-why-people-hate-2013-3#ixzz2MXY8nChN

Israeli '9/11 Costume' Inspires Conspiracy Theory In Iran

Unique, if inappropriate, Purim costume resembling 2001 terror attack on World Trade Center has Iranian media atwitter

Yaron Drukman
Published: 03.02.13, 23:40

A unique, if somewhat inappropriate, costume made for seven-year-old twins has sparked an Iranian conspiracy theory. An article written by Dr. Kevin Barrett and published Saturday on the state-run Iranian Press TV website, claims that this was expression of Israeli joy regarding the successes of the September 11 attacks.

The article, titled "Israel celebrates successful 9/11 operation on Purim holiday," stressed that the costume, which depicts the two al-Qaeda hijacked planes as they crashed into the World Trade Center in New York; proved the success of "Zionist scheme."

The author compared Purim, which he called "a strange holiday," to the September 11, 2001 attacks: "Purim exalts and commemorates an ancient operation very much like 9/11. It glorifies the deceptions of Esther, who concealed her Jewish identity to seduce the King of Persia, then slyly tricked him into slaughtering 75,000 people deemed 'enemies of the Jews,'" wrote Barrett.

Barrett, a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin and a radioman, further compared, writing: "In other words, Purim celebrates Jews lying, secretly penetrating the highest levels of government, and manipulating the leaders of an empire into mass-murdering perceived 'enemies of the Jewish people.'"

He added that if Israeli is successful in its scheme to cause the US to attack Iran, or cause the outbreak of WWIII, modern Queen Esthers will not only cause the death of millions, but rather even hundreds of millions will lose their lives in the war.



Israel’s Palestinian-Only Buses Prompt Apartheid Comparisons

srael will open new “Palestinian bus routes” in the West Bank tomorrow after bowing to pressure from settlers who argue that sharing transportation is a security risk.

Officially, the new lines, operated by the Afikim company, are designed to ease pressure on the transport network that carries people from the West Bank into central Israel, which many Palestinians with Israeli work permits use each day. However, the Transport Ministry in Jerusalem has been accused of promoting segregationist policies after advertisements for the new routes were produced only in Arabic and distributed only in Palestinian villages in the West Bank.

The ministry insists that all bus lines are open to anyone, but the launch has followed pressure from the late Ron Nachman, former Mayor of the settlement of Ariel, who argued that Palestinians should be stopped from boarding buses going to the settlements. The new buses will not enter Jewish settlements and instead will terminate at the Eyal checkpoint. It is understood that the Judea and Samaria (West Bank) police force will deploy extra officers at Eyal.

One driver told the Ynet news service: “Obviously, everyone will start screaming ‘apartheid’ and ‘racism’ now. This really doesn’t feel right, and maybe should find a different solution, but the situation right now is impossible.”



Sequestration Worries Israel

Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz expressed concern Sunday that U.S. financial difficulties would affect Israel’s economy.

“We are very worried about the financial difficulties in the U.S., and I hope they won’t hurt us,” he said at the weekly Cabinet meeting.

Steinitz’s comments came after Obama on Friday night ordered $85 billion in automatic, across-the-board cuts, called sequestration, after Congress failed to reach a compromise on deficit reduction.

The cuts are sure to affect military aid from the United States to Israel, with estimates of cuts as high as $300 million, including affecting funding for the Iron Dome missile defense system.



Lawmakers Warn Sequestration Pains Could Compromise Military Readiness

Sequestration, those long-dreaded automatic, across-the-board spending cuts kicked in March 1st and the effects are expected to place a heavy toll on our military with civilian workers at the Pentagon and bases across the country firmly in the cross-hairs.

The Department of Defense is forced to trim at least $40 billion off its budget before the end of the fiscal year and Virginia Republican Rep. Ron Wittman says it could compromise our military’s readiness.

“We all want to make sure we reduce our deficit, but this is not the smart way to do it and it cuts right at this nation’s ability to defend itself,” he said.

During a press conference Friday, President Obama singled out Virginia to highlight the sequestration’s blistering effects on citizens. “Communities near military bases will take a serious blow, hundreds of thousands of people who serve their country. Border control agents, FBI agents, all will suffer significant pay cuts and furloughs,” he said.



Boo-f'n-hoo. Our military 'crusades' are compromising this country's economy so bring our military home.

US Economy Hamstrung By Washington’s Brinksmanship

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Three budget crises ago, in early 2011, Republicans and President Barack Obama faced off over raising the debt ceiling — and Alison Brown saw the writing on the wall.

Washington had entered the cycle of partisan brinksmanship over the budget that has sown confusion among federal agencies and delayed contracts to small companies like Brown’s Navsys Corp., which designs satellite navigation systems in this military town. So Brown slashed her 40-strong workforce in half. And as she feared back then, her revenues have since plunged by half.

The latest crisis hit on Friday with across-the-board automatic spending cuts. They total about $85 billion, but the economic damage created by two years of showdowns is far greater. And there’s no end in sight: Temporary resolutions funding the government expire on March 27. May brings another debt ceiling standoff.

“We’re planning for the worst,” Brown said in her office with a view of the Rampart Range, a portrait of President George W. Bush on the shelf behind her. “We’re not going to be taking risks and making investments, and that’s bad for the country as a whole.”



John Kerry Releases $250m In US Aid To Egypt As Reward For Political Reforms

Source: Associated Press

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday rewarded Egypt for president Mohammed Morsi's pledges of political and economic reforms by releasing $250m in American aid to support the country's "future as a democracy".

Yet Kerry also served notice that the Obama administration will keep close watch on how Morsi, who came to power in June as Egypt's first freely elected president, honors his commitment and that additional assistance would depend on it.

"The path to that future has clearly been difficult and much work remains," Kerry said in a statement after wrapping up two days of meetings in Egypt, a deeply divided country in the wake of the revolution that ousted longtime president Hosni Mubarak.

Egypt is trying to meet conditions to close on a $4.8bn loan package from the International Monetary Fund. An agreement would unlock more of the $1bn in US assistance promised by President Barack Obama last year and set to begin flowing with Kerry's announcement.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/03/kerry-releases-us-aid-egypt

Mayor Bloomberg Booed At Annual St. Patrick’s Parade In Storm-Ravaged Rockaways

Mayor Bloomberg was booed yesterday as he walked in the annual St. Patrick’s Parade in the hurricane-ravaged Rockaways.

The jeers grew so loud toward the end of the Queens parade that mayoral candidate and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn appeared to break away from the mayor to march separately.

A spokesman for Quinn later said she always intended to walk separately from the mayor.

Locals didn’t spare their ire over the area’s slow recovery, hoisting signs reading, “Mr. Mayor, we need jetties” and “Listen to the Rockaways.”

“We’ve been dying down here, up to our ears in muck trying to rebuild, get back to a regular life,” one heckler told The Post.


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