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The repercussions of the Corona crisis cast a shadow on the 25th annual National Day in Austria

Defense Minister Klaudia Tanner informed journalists in a press conference held on Oct. 22, 2020 at Heldenplatz in which Oscar winner Stefan Ruzowitzky, military commander Brigadier Kurt Wagner and ORF channel manager Alexander Hofer spoke. Tanner said that the Austrian Armed Forces are presenting themselves this year under the general motto “We protect Austria!”. Minister Tanner said that the information and performance show will take place this year in camera. She presented the new “hybrid form of the event” required due to the Covid-19 measures and thanked ORF and the private TV stations.

Tanner pointed: “The current Covid crisis poses particular challenges for those responsible for this year’s anniversary exhibition. I am pleased that, despite the current restrictions, we are able to use this hybrid form of event such as the virtual Heldenplatz, the live coverage of ORF and from private TV channels as well as the short films by the director Stefan Ruzowitzky can ensure a live feeling in Austria’s living room this year. I would particularly like to thank the ORF and the interested private TV channels for the planned extensive live reports, which will ensure great coverage.”

“If the Austrian Armed Forces also present a woman, a disabled person and a migrant as successful soldiers, then it proves that it has arrived in the 21st century, then it is my army, then I am happy that I was able to contribute. Yes , There are also heavy weapons in the films, but I believe that the heaviest and most effective weapon is the attitude that everyone with their special equipment can contribute something in the armed forces, in our society, in our country. In any case, the project was very challenging , but extremely exciting and diverse. I was very impressed by the professional cooperation with all those involved and the soldiers, “explained film director Stefan Ruzowitzky at the press conference.

On behalf of Alexander Wrabetz, director general of ORF, channel manager Alexander Hofer spoke about the cooperation with the armed forces for reporting on the special program “National Holiday 2020”.

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UAE investment in upgrading Israeli checkpoints only entrenches occupation

In a lengthy report, the Euro-Mediterranean for Human Rights Observatory accused the UAE and Israel in establishing an investment fund aimed developing the so-called “checkpoints” established by the israeli occupation army in the West Bank. Hundreds of Palestinian citizens were executed at the israeli “checkpoints” of harassment.

Geneva – We are alarmed by the Israeli-UAE plans to set an investment fund that will enable “modernizing” Israeli-operated checkpoints in the occupied Palestinian territories, said the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor in a statement today. The UAE government should refrain from and immediately halt any deals with Israel that may contribute to or embolden human rights violations against the Palestinians.  

Last Tuesday, the chief executive of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, Adam Boehler, announced that the US, Israeli and UAE governments will create a $3 billion investment fund, to be called the Abraham Fund, that would seek to promote private investment in Israel, the West Bank and elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa. On the top priorities of this fund would be upgrading and modernizing Israeli security checkpoints across the occupied West Bank.

Euro-Med Monitor cautioned that financing the so called “modernization” of the Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank would contribute significantly to hiding their destructive purpose and negative impacts on the Palestinians; to make them a permanent reality, and to entrench the occupation.

Checkpoints are a symbol of Palestinian subjugation and repression. They should only be dismantled, rather than merely improved. A gilded cage is still a cage

There are currently more than 700 Israeli checkpoints across the West Bank, and only during last September, Euro-Med Monitor documented that Israel has set up additional 300 flying checkpoints throughout the West Bank. These checkpoints maintain onerous restrictions on the movements of the Palestinians in the West Bank. Contrary to the Israeli claims over security, these checkpoints appear to exist merely for the benefit of the Israeli settlements that are themselves illegal under international law.

In late 2019, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development estimated that damage Israel occupation have inflicted on the Palestinian economy between 2000-2017 to be around $48 billion. A 2020 UNCTAD report concluded that Israeli checkpoints alone have been costing the West Bank’s economy a minimum of 6% of Palestinian GDP. The report added that placing one checkpoint one minute away from a locality reduces the probability of being employed by 0.41 per cent, the hourly wage by 6.3 per cent and working days by 2.6 per cent.

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Letter to US President Donald Trump

Below is the full text of the letter that was delivered to the US Embassy in Vienna and addressed to US President Donald Trump. The text is based on the texts of the Bible and the Torah and affirms that Israel has no right to establish its state on the Palestinian lands.

resident Donald Trump
The White House
DC 20500 Washington

israel

Dear President Trump,
my name is Kawthar Salam, I am from Hebron, Palestine. I currently live in Vienna, Austria, after I was invited to come live here because a commission of 3 generals from the army of the israeli regime expelled me from my home because „the jewish colonists of Hebron don’t want to see you“ as they told me at that time, in 2002. As a consequence, I have not been able to go see my mother who in the meantime has turned over 90 years of age.

The jews of israel assert that their claim over Palaestina is valid on the basis of two unique historic events: Gods Covenant with Abraham as described in the Bible in chapter 15 of the book of Genesis and the Balfour Declaration of 1917.

Gods Covenant with Abraham

The jews of israel claim that God promised them the Land of Palestina. And it has been known for many years that they have wanted to conquer the remaining land from the Nile to the Euphrates by force of arms.
I think that they have no claim to my homeland.
According to the Bible (NIV), Genesis 15:18 reads: „On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates ““.
Covenants are a form of legal contract which has found their way into UK and US law. As I understand it, God GAVE all that land to Abraham for his descendants. Abraham, on his part, had to promise something to God to be able to receive the land on behalf of his descendants.
While the Bible does not tell us what Abraham had to promise on behalf of his descendants to God, we can easily deduce that God had the right to at least expect from Abrahams descendants that they keep to His law, that they refrain from acts which would incur in His rage or which He would find disgusting.

Todays jews are not „of the seed of Abraham“ as less than 5% of them have claim to being of semitic descent. This fact alone would invalidate their claim to our land.
I know them to be mainly Europeans and Americans. So, some of the most notorious thieves of land, they would call themselves „settlers“, whose names I remember, are the US citizens Noam Federman, Kach spokesperson in Hebron who lived in Beit Hadassa in al Shuhada street; David Wilder, settler spokesperson in historic Palestine from New Jersey who lived in Tel Rumeidah and Baruch Marzel, a Kach leader from New York who also lived in Tel Rumeidah. These were not the exception but the rule. All the „settlers“ in Hebron, for example in Kyriat Arba, were US citizens, one friend from Tel Aviv was of Swiss origin, the settlers in the Gaza strip were known to be of French origin, most jews are blond, and so on. Your specialists an anthropology will be able to confirm this fact.

While their origins put their claim to the land at least in doubt, their actions add to the doubt of them being „the chosen people of God“, a title they so often arrogate to themselves. So let me ask some simple questions:

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Scandal-hit star of Austrian far-right launches comeback bid

According AFP, the Local Austria reported that the former beacon of Austria’s far-right, former vice-chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, may be under investigation for embezzling more than half a million euros, but that has not deterred his most ardent supporters.
“He’s the only one who’s honest,” says Elisabeth Bauer, a 53-year-old chef, sipping a drink at an outdoor Oktoberfest in Vienna organised by Strache’s new political party.

Despite vowing to step away from public life after a corruption scandal that triggered the spectacular collapse of the Austrian government last year, Strache is back and running for mayor of Vienna in this Sunday’s city elections.

His straight-talking, man-of-the-people image and hardline anti-migration rhetoric made him one of the most successful far-right leaders in Europe. It also propelled him into Bauer’s living room, which she says is still plastered with his posters.

Unconcerned about his youthful flirtation with neo-Nazism, she says Strache fights powerful elites and speaks to working-class citizens like herself on equal terms.

But for many of the 26 percent of voters who propelled him to the vice-chancellorship in 2017 as head of the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe), that image was tarnished when a video surfaced in May 2019 in which he appeared to offer state contracts in exchange for campaign money.

In the video, secretly filmed on the Spanish island of Ibiza, Strache tells a woman posing as the niece of a Russian oligarch that the FPOe receives hundreds of thousands of euros in illicit funding and proposes a plot to turn Austria’s largest newspaper into an FPOe mouthpiece.
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The White House has announced a $486 million vaccine deal

Euro News wrote, citing a report published by AstraZeneca that the White House has announced that a globally unprecedented deal has been struck for a coronavirus drug.

In the statement the White House claims it has secured a $486 million deal for the drug and will see an initial free does of antibody treatments to one million Americans in January.

The agreement was signed on Friday between Government officials and the drug development firm AstraZeneca Plc. The drug is a similar class of treatment to the one used on the US President, Donald Trump, recently.

A White House representative has stated that the roll out of a vaccine is expected to take place in January 2021, however this is in direct contradiction to the White House’s previous statement that they expected a drug to be available within a month.

The Government has committed to provide funding to AstraZeneca for a number of Phase three trials under the futuristically named “Operation Warp Speed” to ensure that a speedy roll out of a COVID-19 vaccine is achieved in the US.

According to AstraZeneca: To meet the Trump Administration’s Operation Warp Speed goals, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Defense (DoD) on Friday announced an agreement with UK pharma major AstraZeneca (LSE: AZN) for late-stage development and large-scale manufacturing of the company’s COVID-19 investigational product AZD7442, a cocktail of two monoclonal antibodies, that may help treat or prevent infection with SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

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Is israel real state or is it a terrorist state? - An assessment.

On the occasion of the signing of the Shame Agreement at the White House today, September 15, 2020, between the United Arab Emirates and Israel under the auspices of their American friend, the president with frown hairs on the right and left Mr. Donald Trump and his son-in-law, a former member of the Kach movement – my friendly respected husband wrote – the following article: Is israel real state or is it a terrorist state? – An assessment based on the texts of the Torah and what was mentioned in Wikipedia. Thank you my dear Ramin.

When israeli troops or settlers apprehend a Palestinian, they normally bully him or beat him up until they make him concede that „israel has a right to exist“. I doubt that the concessions of any of these unfortunate Palestinians were ever more than attempts to save their own skins. Lasty: why would they do that if their right was clear to everybody?

I became intrigued and decided to investigate in Wikipedia and the Bible about israel and its claims and its history. I found out about many things about which I had never even heard before. And the israeli claim about it’s supposed „right to exist” and its being a state?
Continue reading if the issue is of interest to you.

Israel grounds their claim to Palestine mainly on two premises: a) the so-called „Balfour Declaration“ of 1917, a letter from Arthur Balfour, in that time foreign minister of Britain, to Walther Rothschild, member of the Rothschild clan and member of the same masonic lodge as Balfour, who happened to be the front-man for jewish interests in Britain; and b) the covenant of the Lord with Abraham as described in chapter 15 of the book of Genesis of the christian Bible. Other premises for israel’s „right to exist“ are, in no particular order, the constant preparedness of the american ADL and various moneyed jews to wage law-fare against anyone whom they deem „antisemitic“, the threat of tyrannic and unjust laws on the books in various european countries, the widespread corruption of politicians and functionaries who suck up to israeli jewish interests. I will judge the israelis claim to Palestine by the bible because that is the only religious text which they name in claiming their supposed rights.

Let us start by examining their claim about the Covenant of God with Abraham.

The jews claim that the divine covenant described in the book of Genesis, chapter 15, establishes specifically them as beneficiaries of the covenant which God chose to implement with Abraham. They are very specific in mentioning the covenant of chapter 15 of the biblical book of Genesis. They mention no other covenant, no other book, no other deity in any of their assertions re their supposed title to that land, wrongly called „the promised land“. This makes it clear that they mean that the deity portrayed in the bible, God, Jehovah, was the one who gave them them the land in a covenant and not any other deity such as Satanas or Baal.

The God of the bible is very particular and makes it very clear throughout the bible that he does NOT want his people to adore other gods or deities. So this alone shows that the israeli jews cannot be the same people with whom the Lord of the bible established a covenant. The current activities of those israelis put their self-arrogated identification as „the chosen people of God“ more than in question.

The israeli occupation jews call Palestine „the promised land“ what is simply false. God never promised them anything. Palestine was given to Abrahams „seed“ (the descendants of Abraham) IN COVENANT. That can be clearly read in Genesis 15:18. Quoted here: On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi[e] of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates – That implies that the Lord expected something in return for all that land, a fact the jews like to omit in their propaganda.

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Iran considering plot to assassinate US ambassador to South Africa is Bullshit

Israel continues to spread lies, in direct coordination with its American ally, with the aim of creating confusion and further international conflict. Israel does not know calm and it is recruiting public opinion through the Zionist lobby and the various intelligence arms that work in both the countries of the West and the East to achieve Israel’s goals and ambitions.

The last naive claim produced by Israeli intelligence, adopted by US intelligence and published on Sunday by the Politico news site was about accusing Iran of plotting to assassinate Ambassador “Lana Marks”, an old Jewish woman who works as a handbag designer in South Florida, due to her closeness to US President Donald Trump and as an avenge of the killing of top senior Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.

In a quick comment on the American allegation about Iran’s planning to assassinate Ambassador Marcus,
Ms. Trita Parsi, PhD, Executive Vice President at the Quincy Institute said:

“I wanted to share some quick thoughts and analysis on Politico’s breaking news claiming that Tehran is planning to assassinate the US ambassador to South Africa.

This story is likely another false leak by the Trump White House, potentially aimed at conditioning the American public for an October surprise with Iran.”

She added: “It is a bizarre story and its timing is a bit suspicious. Certainly, Iran has a history of extraterritorial assassinations. And few doubt that Iran is done avenging Qassem Soleimani, who Trump ordered killed earlier this year.”

But assassinating a largely irrelevant American ambassador – who only got the job due to her support for Donald Trump – in a state friendly to Iran makes little sense. It’s difficult to imagine anyone within the Iranian elite accepting that as appropriate retaliation for the killing of Soleimani, Iran’s foremost general.

South Africa has close and warm relations with Iran. It is a leader within the Non-Aligned Movement. An assassination there would put considerable strain on Pretoria-Tehran relations at a time when Iran can’t afford to get more isolated.

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On its 27th anniversary: Defeat Oslo, confront normalization, escalate the boycott

On the 27th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Principles – the Oslo Accords – in Washington, D.C., Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network emphasizes that the fight to bring a decisive end to the path of Oslo is perhaps more critical than ever. The agreement signed on the White House lawn and the famous handshake of Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat was falsely billed as a promise of peace and hope for Palestinians, denied both for decades upon decades, but was in reality a program for continued and intensified colonization and the suppression of the Palestinian liberation struggle. The entire project of Oslo was always intended to intensify the repression, division and fragmentation of the Palestinian people, while imposing a Palestinian “security” framework over the Palestinian people struggling for their rights, for return and liberation.

27 Years of Oslo Devastation

For 27 years, the devastation wrought by Oslo has included the dismemberment of the Palestinian national liberation movement, its unions and its institutions; the degradation of Palestinian refugees in the camps and in diaspora and exile and repeated attempts to confiscate their voice and decision; the creation of a Palestinian Authority subjected to U.S., European and Israeli demands while imprisoning and repressing the Palestinian resistance; massive expansion of colonial settlements and land theft throughout the occupied West Bank of Palestine; the subjugation of the Palestinian economy to the Israeli occupation. The number of illegal Israeli settlers in the occupied Palestinian West Bank has quadrupled since the signing of the Oslo accords, while war after war have been waged against the undefeated and resisting Palestinian people in besieged Gaza.

Thousands of Palestinian lives have been stolen on the path to Oslo, while the political frameworks of the Palestinian struggle have been distorted, hijacked and compromised. While Palestinians inside occupied Palestine ’48 continue to affirm their identity and existence and organize for liberation, the official Palestinian leadership of the P.A. instead “recognized” Israel, the creation of the Nakba and a Zionist settler colonial project on 78% of Palestine.

Palestinian Refugees: Right of Return under Attack

Palestinian refugees in the camps and everywhere in exile in diaspora continue to hold their keys to return and their home villages in Palestine despite over 72 years of exile, while the PA-dominated official Palestinian leadership dismantled the unions and collective structures designed to represent the Palestinian refugees – as well as those representing women, workers, students, artists and many other sectors of Palestinian society. Palestinian refugees’ right of return was treated by the advocates of Oslo as a subject for “negotiation” rather than an unconditional right.

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