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Post time 2012-7-21 03:23:50 |Display all floors
“Arab Spring” echoes in Bulgaria?
On July 18, a bus with tourists from Israel exploded at an airport near the Bulgarian city of Burgas. 8 people were killed and 32 injured.

Nobody has yet claimed responsibility for this explosion, but the authorities suppose that it was probably set by Islamists.

Some experts link the explosion in Burgas to a recent explosion in Damascus, which killed several high-ranking Syrian officials, including President Assad’s nephew Asef Shawkat. The experts are concerned that the explosion in Bulgaria is an echo of the “Arab Spring”, which seems to start presenting a threat to the whole world, if some radical measures are not taken against this.

Israel has officially announced that allegedly, the explosion in Burgas was set by Iranians, and threatened to take revenge against Iran. The US, which is actively helping the Bulgarian authorities to investigate this case, is accusing Iran as well. As many as three high-ranking US officials have said that they suspect the Iranian radical movement Hezbollah of setting off the explosion.

However, Iran’s authorities are categorically denying that their country has anything to do with this explosion. Hezbollah has given no comments so far.

“Most likely, the explosions in the office of the Ministry of National Security in Damascus and in the airport in Burgas are not directly linked to each other,” Russian political analyst Fyodor Lukyanov believes. “But both events are evidence that the situation in the Middle East is deteriorating further.”

“I believe that Israel is accusing Iran of being behind the explosion at the Bulgarian airport because at present, Israel is trying to make everyone believe that nearly all the evil in the world comes from Iran,” Mr. Lukyanov says. “The reason is that Israel is trying to prepare the world’s public opinion for a possible Israeli-Iranian war. But, still, I don’t think that Israel is planning to start a war against Iran within the next few days.”

At present, the attention of the whole world is aimed primarily at the events in the Arab world. This makes the world to perceive every terrorist act set by Islamists with double concern – and this “inspires” Islamists to carry out new terror acts, in order to make the world be more afraid of them.

Another Russian analyst, Vladimir Sotnikov, says:

“Those who hear the echo of the “Arab Spring” in the explosion in Burgas are probably right. The Islamists are obviously becoming more active – not only in Moslem countries but also in those that are situated rather far from the Moslem world, like Bulgaria. I won’t be surprised if new explosions in non-Moslem countries follow.”

Experts believe that whatever the results of the joint investigation of this case by Bulgaria, Israel and the US may be, most likely, this incident will not lead to a war between Israel and Iran. But if the US and Israel find out that Hezbollah is really behind this explosion, the situation around Iran, which is already aggravated by the US’s and the EU’s sanctions against this country, will probably worsen even further. This will be to nobody’s advantage, except extremists and terrorists.

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Post time 2012-7-21 17:10:17 |Display all floors
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Post time 2012-7-21 18:18:13 |Display all floors
reported for racist language in the title
"他不是救星, 他是一个非常淘气男孩" - Monty Python

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Post time 2012-7-21 18:36:05 |Display all floors
emucentral Post time: 2012-7-21 18:18
reported for racist language in the title

since you mentioned it yes racism is big problem in Israel :

Racism against Israel's Arab citizens has dramatically increased in the past year, including a 26 percent rise in anti-Arab incidents, according to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel's annual report.

Author Sami Michael, the association's president, said upon the release of the report that racism was so rife it was damaging civil liberty in Israel.

"Israeli society is reaching new heights of racism that damages freedom ofexpression and privacy," Michael said. The publication coincides with Human Rights Week, which begins Sunday.

"We are a society under supervision under a democratic regime whose institutions are being undermined and which confers a different status to residents in the center of the country and in the periphery," Michael said.

The number of Jews expressing feelings of hatred toward Arabs has doubled, the report stated.

According to the June 2007 Democracy Index of the Israel Democracy Institute, for example, only half the public believes that Jews and Arabs must have full equal rights.

Among Jewish respondents, 55 percent support the idea that the state should encourage Arab emigration from Israel and 78 percent oppose the inclusion of Arab political parties in the government. According to a Haifa University study, 74 percent of Jewish youths in Israel think that Arabs are "unclean."

The ACRI says that bills introduced in the Knesset contribute to delegitimize the country's Arab citizens, such as ones that would link the right to vote and receive state allowances to military or national service.

They also include bills that require ministers and MKs to swear allegiance to a Jewish state and those that set aside 13 percent of all state lands owned by the Jewish National Fund for Jews only.

"Arab citizens are frequently subject to ridicule at the airports," the report states.

It says that Arab citizens "are subject to 'racial profiling' that classifies them as a security threat. The government also threatens the freedom of expression of Arab journalists by brandishing the whip of economic boycott and ending the publication of government announcements in newspapers that criticize its policy."

Hadash Chairman MK Mohammad Barakeh said that the report "did not take us by surprise and neither should anyone be surprised by it. Its results are the natural consequence of a racist campaign led by political and military leaders, as well as the result of the anti-Arab racist policies implemented by consecutive governments."

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Post time 2012-7-21 18:37:44 |Display all floors
seneca Post time: 2012-7-21 18:35

If I am not allowed to call the natives of the Nameless Country "Usanians" - which is a ...

In late May, animosity toward African migrants in Israel reached a boiling point. After months of anti-African speeches in the Knesset and the cabinet, mobs of racist gangs began to attack Sudanese, Ethiopians and Eritreans in south Tel Aviv.

People were beaten on the streets, and businesses were looted amid calls for the banning and deportation of Africans.

The attacks against African migrants are by no means spontaneous. Knesset members from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and other Israeli politicians at a Tel Aviv rally on May 23 likened migrant workers and small business people from Africa to a “cancer” within society. (, May 29) They agitated the crowd, accusing Africans of criminal activity and taking jobs away from Israelis.
Mobs carrying sticks and stones later rampaged through areas populated by African migrants shouting “Blacks out!” and “Infiltrators get out of our homes.”

Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai, a member of the ultra-orthodox Shas party, told Maariv in a June 1 interview, “We must put all these infiltrators behind bars in detention and holding centers, then send them home because they come and take work from Israelis.”

On June 4, four people were hospitalized with burns and smoke inhalation after their home in a poor neighborhood of Jerusalem was firebombed at 3 a.m. (, June 4) Some 18 people reportedly lived in the building. Outside the building racists had painted “Get out of the neighborhood.”

Violence given official support

It is estimated that up to 60,000 African migrants have entered Israel from Egypt since the collapse of the Hosni Mubarak regime. The migrants say they are fleeing the unstable political situations in Sudan and the Horn of Africa, where drought, food deficits and Western-backed internal conflicts have created massive dislocation.

The Israeli government on June 3 put into effect a law allowing African migrants to be detained for up to three years. Detention facilities where migrants are held prior to deportation already exist on the border with Egypt. They can house up to 5,000 people and are overflowing.

In the same interview Interior Minister Yishai said that Africans are a threat to the character of Israeli society: “The infiltrators along with the Palestinians will quickly bring us to the end of the Zionist dream. We don’t need to import more problems from Africa.” He was referring to burgeoning economic problems in Israel that have sparked demonstrations over the last year by the settler population.

Yishai also said of the Africans, “Most of those people arriving here are Muslims who think the country doesn’t belong to us, the white man.” Another right-wing politician, Aryeh Eldad, encouraged the Israeli military to shoot on sight Africans attempting to cross the border into the Zionist state. (Reuters, June 3)

Israel has been building Zionist settlements on Palestinian land, encouraging Jewish immigration by providing many with subsidized housing and social welfare. But the world capitalist economic crisis has led to a decline in the manufacturing and service sectors. Unemployment and the lack of housing have created tensions between the Jewish settlers and the Israeli government.

Legacy of racism & forced removals

The attacks on Africans are supposedly based on the lack of “legal immigration documents” by people from Sudan and Eritrea. However, similar acts of discrimination have been carried out against Ethiopian Jews, who automatically became Israeli citizens because they were Jewish and who were airlifted into the settler state during the 1980s.

During the mob violence in Tel Aviv on May 23, Hananya Vanda, a Jewish Israeli of Ethiopian origin, was attacked by racists, who later said they “did not know he was Jewish.” (Gulf Today, June 4)

The state of Israel, founded on racist and imperialist notions of Zionist entitlement to the land of Palestine, has for decades engaged in massacres, imprisonment and forced removal of Palestinians and other Arabs.

Millions of Palestinians are kept outside their national homeland, some in refugee camps, nearly 65 years after the establishment of the Zionist state. The U.S. government and ruling class subsidize the Israeli rulers by giving them billions of dollars every year and by transferring sophisticated military and intelligence equipment and technologies to them.

Israel serves as the most important outpost for U.S. imperialism in the Middle East.

The Palestinian enclave of Gaza is the largest open-air prison in the world. Israeli planes periodically engage in aerial strikes on the people of Gaza, killing civilians almost on a daily basis.

The elimination of racism and discrimination in the land claimed by Israel depends on the liberation of the territory from U.S.-backed Zionist rule. The entire political and economic fabric of the state is based on oppression and exploitation. But the recent racist violence directed against African migrants there provides an opportunity for developing greater unity between the Arab and African populations throughout the region.


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Post time 2012-7-21 18:41:30 |Display all floors
seneca Post time: 2012-7-21 18:37
Your whole "ordinariness" is limited to your personal mediocrity and inferiority. Nothing to bra ...

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Post time 2012-7-21 18:48:22 |Display all floors
seneca Post time: 2012-7-21 18:47
Africans have also committed heinous aggression against their fellow Africans at all times. I coul ...

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