To US Papers, Iranian Weapons Far More Newsworthy Than Those Made in USA

Collage of Washington Post, New York Times and Wall Street Journal headlines by Kat Sewon Oh.

To US Papers, Iranian Weapons Far More Newsworthy Than Those Made in USA

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Volodzymandias: US Aid is Turning Ukraine into Another Israel

Disclaimer: The views expressed herein are solely those of the author and may or may not reflect those of Ms. Cat’s Chronicles.

Americans in general aren’t exactly a bunch renowned for their global solidarity but they really do seem to legitimately give a fuck about the besieged people of Ukraine. As a lifelong anti-imperialist who has spent the raw end of a lifetime trying to convince these same motherfuckers that Palestinians and Iraqis are people too, the temptation to roll my eyes at this sudden outpouring of empathy for the one population on the business end of a bomb that doesn’t have “Made in America” stamped on the side of it is understandably high.

Volodzymandias: US Aid is Turning Ukraine into Another Israel

Catherine Perez-Shakdam: The “Israeli Spy” Who “Infiltrated” MintPress

A storm of controversy erupted earlier this year in Iran, after local media outlets announced that a “Mossad spy” and “Israeli infiltrator” had gained the trust of the country’s senior leadership, penetrated into the highest halls of power, and had even been employed as a writer for Ayatollah Khamenei himself.

Catherine Perez-Shakdam: The “Israeli Spy” Who “Infiltrated” MintPress

Neturei Karta visits city of Jenin and its refugee camp & are arrested

A delegation of the Jewish anti-Zionist Neturei Karta visited the occupied West Bank city of Jenin and its refugee camp, On Monday, January 9, 2023

The delegation was received by, Fatah Secretary General Ata Abu Rumeileh, and other local residents.

“We are Palestinian Jews. We want to live under the Palestinian flag, not the Israeli one, in one state, which is the Palestinian state.” A spokesman for the delegation said.

He added, “Hundreds of years ago and before the advent of the occupation, we used to live together in the old town of Jerusalem. There was no mistrust between Jews and Muslims. We used to live happily together, and later the Zionists came and formed pressure to separate us, but we reject that. We want peace and not the racist Israeli law that poses a threat to our lives, Jews and Muslims,” adding, “No matter how time passes. We will continue to adhere to our dream and our common goals. We want Palestine with its capital, Jerusalem, and the Palestinian rule, so that we can live happily.”

In conclusion the spokesmen reaffirmed that, “the existence of the Zionist occupation of Palestine and all its criminal action are in total violation of Jewish law. The Zionist do not represent the Jewish people.”

For his part, Atta Abu Rumaila, welcomed the delegation, praising their positions and their sincere solidarity with Palestine. “They entered the camp raising the Palestinian flag, carrying a message in which they said we are with you against killing, occupation and settlement, and with the Palestinian state.”

“We believe in peace. And they, too, believe in peace and believe in living together in total respect, with every person having their rights and freedoms,” he added.

Present at the meeting was also well known Maher al-Akhras, who was in Israeli administrative detention and released with no charge on November 26, 2020, after 103 days hunger strike.

al-Akhras thanked the delegation for their visit, which carries an important message of peace, in these days when the aggression and threats of the settler government are escalating.

He added, “We praise the positions of the anti-Zionist community, as its sons were residing in Palestine before the Nakba. They were abandoned as we were, and as we became refugees, they became refugees, and they faced the same torment that we suffer from the occupation.”

Neturei Karta visits city of Jenin and its refugee camp via Neturei Karta

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Reciprocity: Zelensky Demanded Weapons from Netanyahu for Pro-Israel UN Vote

Reciprocity: Zelensky Demanded Weapons from Netanyahu for Pro-Israel UN Vote

In the previous anti-Israel UN vote (and most other UN votes), Ukraine voted against Israel. That did not go over well in Israel. Israel has also been a world leader in supplying Ukraine with humanitarian aid.

According to a report by Barak Ravid, Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Friday evening asking Ukraine to vote against the UN resolution. Zelenskyy demanded reciprocity and a change in Israeli policy, asking Israel to supply defensive weapons to Ukraine, in particular, against Russian ballistic missiles and the Iranian suicide drones that Russia has been using to attack Ukraine.

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The Foreign Ministry and Israel’s embassies lobbied some 100 countries. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, too, spoke with the leaders of several countries and managed to convince at least five leaders not to vote in favor of the decision – the leaders of Croatia, Togo, Greece, Romania, and Kenya. Former Prime Minister Yair Lapid also took part in the efforts, sending letters to more than 60 world leaders ahead of the vote.

Israel, the US, and 24 other members––including the UK and Germany––voted against the resolution, while France was among the 53 nations that abstained. The US entered Israel’s nay vote since the resolution was passed on Shabbat, a move that UN Envoy Gilad Erdan called “shameful.”