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Jerusalem Post fires writer over ‘right to terror’

JERUSALEM (AFP) — The English-language Jerusalem Post said on Tuesday it had terminated the employment of a columnist who wrote in a private blog that Palestinians “have the right to use terrorism” against Israelis.

The right-leaning daily announced on its front page that US-born writer Larry Derfner was being dismissed “due to a professional disagreement… connected to his personal blog.”

Derfner could not immediately be reached by AFP but in a post on his Israel Reconsidered blog entitled “I got fired by the Jerusalem Post today,” he wrote that the paper had received “hundreds of notices of cancellations” from subscribers after they read an earlier blog he had posted on Sunday.

Entitled “The awful, necessary truth about Palestinian terror” the 1,000-word essay expressed Derfner’s position that the Palestinians have the right to fight the Israeli occupation — even violently.

The post was not connected to his “Rattling the cage” column in the Post.

“My intent was not to encourage terror but the opposite,” he wrote.

“I meant, instead, to shock Israelis and friends of Israel into seeing how badly we’re hurting the Palestinians by denying them independence: It’s so bad that it’s helping drive them to try to kill us.”

In Sunday’s post, for which he later apologized and has since removed from his blog, Derfner wrote: “So long as we who oppose the occupation keep pretending that the Palestinians don’t have the right to resist it, we tacitly encourage Israelis to go on blindly killing and dying in defense of an unholy cause.

“But while I think the Palestinians have the right to use terrorism against us, I don’t want them to use it, I don’t want to see Israelis killed, and as an Israeli, I would do whatever was necessary to stop a Palestinian, oppressed or not, from killing one of my countrymen.”

A day later, the Post ran a column entitled: “Justifying murder — an abomination” in which commentator Isi Leibler wrote that Derfner’s comments “are so vile that they go beyond treason.”

But Derfner found an unlikely ally in right-wing analyst and commentator Barry Rubin who wrote that the correct response should have been to refute his arguments rather than dismiss him.

“Larry Derfner should be debated, not fired,” he wrote in a post on an academic website.

“All too often nowadays the response to disagreement is to try to destroy people on the other side of the argument, to delegitimise them with name-calling and to silence them. That’s not the way democratic debate is supposed to work.”

Rubin makes his own beliefs clear in the same post, where he maintains that only east Jerusalem and part of the southern West Bank city of Hebron are under Israeli occupation.

International law considers all territory seized by Israel during the 1967 Six Day War — the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem — to be illegally occupied, and jurists have said that even though Israel pulled out of Gaza in 2005, its continued control over its air and sea space, means it remains occupied.

One response to the firing of Derfner’s expressed surprise at his fate. “Bizarre,” it read.

“You’re employed by a leading newspaper to ‘rattle the cage’ and when you do, they fire you?”

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UN ends the arms embargo on Iran ‎

UN ends the arms embargo on Iran ‎

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UN Security Council’s arms restrictions against Tehran have all been terminated in defiance of the United States’ >

An end to the arms embargo on Iran has proved that the United States, despite its ceaseless bid to extend the sanctions, has become very isolated in its hostile policy toward Iran.

As of today [October 18, 2020], all restrictions on the transfer of arms, related activities and financial services to and from the Islamic Republic of Iran, and all prohibitions regarding the entry into or transit through territories of the United Nations Member States previously imposed on a number of Iranian citizens and military officials, are all automatically terminated,” a statement by the Iranian Foreign Ministry said.

To discuss the matter Press TV interviewed, Saeb Shaath , Author & Middle East Affairs Expert and James Tweedie, Journalist and Commentator on International Affairs.

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The US’s theft of the Syrian crude oil

Shaath: The American company Delta Crescent Energy LLC, ‎made a deal with the Kurdish forces S.D.F . Now both the US forces and their stooges the S.D.F ‎are looting the Syrian crude oil in all Hasakeh ‎province.

U.S. IS LOOTING OIL FIELDS IN NORTHEASTERN SYRIA

This edition of the Debate is about the US’s theft of the Syrian crude oil. The Trump administration has contradicted its own statement by smuggling Syrian oil into Iraq.

Syrian President Bashar al Assad has told Russia’s Sputnik news agency that the presence of American and Turkish forces on Syrian soil amounts to occupation and must come to an end. President Assad also censured the West for creating and supporting terrorist groups like Daish. Assad urged the international community to pile pressure on Western forces to leave Syria.

Shaath: The American company Delta Crescent Energy LLC, ‎made a deal with the Kurdish forces S.D.F . Now both the US forces and their stooges the S.D.F ‎are looting the Syrian crude oil in all Hasakeh ‎province.

Shaath confirmed that : The American company involved in the northeast ‎Syria deal has received an exemption from the U.S. ‎Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets ‎Control to operate in Syria. That means no ‎sanctions and the company got a White house ‎approval ‎.

Shaath : Since Trump declared that he is intending on ‎pulling forces out of Syria…but after the partial U.S. ‎troop withdrawal from northeast Syria in October ‎‎2019, Trump said he is keeping some forces there “to ‎secure the oil.”‎

Shaath : The Kurdish S.D.F ‎militants are assisting the US in looting the ‎Syrian oil, at some stage the US will be forced to ‎pull totally out of Syria.‎ When the U.S. pulls out of Syria, as I believe soon it ‎will be under way, The US will abandon its Kurdish S.D.F ‎militants in Northeast Syria.‎

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‎13th day in a row Zionist entity “Israel” attacking besieged Gaza Strip.‎

“Israel” has tightened its 13-year-old blockade on Gaza Strip, closing the only commercial land crossing between Zionist entity and Gaza to prevent any needed supplies including fuel entering the besieged Strip. That caused the power generators feeding the Gaza Strip with electricity to stop operating, which affected Gaza’s water supplies, stopping the work in the sanitation stations and shutting down many clinics and hospitals, during the ongoing COVID19 pandemic.

Bombardment of Gaza

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Zionist entity’s “Israel” tanks, early Saturday morning Aug. 22, pounded Palestinian sites in the north and south of the besieged Gaza Strip, while the Zionist entity’s navy opened fire at fishermen’s boats in the northern Gaza coast.

The shillings targeted a location east of Khan Younis in the town of Khuzaa, setting it on fire, also three shells were fired at a location east of Rafah city, south of the Gaza Strip, causing significant destruction to the site. no human casualties were reported.

Meanwhile, the navy opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats in the north of the Gaza Strip, damaging some. last week the Zionist entity’s navy closed the fishing area, in a move to deny many thousands of Palestinians the chance of making a living

In a statement published by the Lebanese Al Akhbar newspaper, the Palestinian resistance groups based in the besieged Gaza Strip, announced that they had joined forces to respond instantaneously to Zionist entity’s attacks, on their positions, “according to agreed rules of confrontation.”

The resistance groups stated that they are in agreement to avenge the death of any of their leaders at Zionist entity’s hands, saying that they had prepared a response “against specific targets to be revealed at the proper time.”.

Zionist entity “Israel” has tightened its 13-year-old blockade on Gaza Strip, closing the only commercial land crossing between Zionist entity and Gaza to prevent any needed supplies including fuel entering the besieged Strip. That caused the power generators feeding the Gaza Strip with electricity to stop operating, which affected Gaza’s water supplies, stopping the work in the sanitation stations and shutting down many clinics and hospitals, during the ongoing COVID19 pandemic.  

This was the Zionist entity’s 13th day in a row of strikes against sites in the besieged Gaza Strip. the Zionist entity claimed the collective punishment and the bombardment of the Gaza Strip were in retaliation for the flying of incendiary balloons from Gaza into their fields of their southern colonies, setting them on fire.

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