Daily Archives: February 12, 2009

Canada becomes Israel


Yves Engler, The Electronic Intifada, 12 February 2009

(EI Illustration)

Canadian Prime Minister Steven Harper’s government publicly supported Israel’s brutal assault on Gaza and voted alone at the UN Human Rights Committee in defense of Israel’s actions three weeks ago. Now Canada has taken over Israeli diplomacy. Literally.

In solidarity with Gaza, Venezuela expelled Israel’s ambassador at the start of the bombardment and then broke off all diplomatic relations two weeks later. Israel need not worry since Ottawa plans to help out. On 29 January,The Jerusalem Post reported that “Israel’s interests in Caracas will now be represented by the Canadian Embassy.” This means Canada is officially Israel, at least in Venezuela.

Prior to the recent bombing in Gaza, the Harper government made it abundantly clear that it would support Israel no matter what that country did. It publicly endorsed Israel’s 2006 attack on Lebanon, voted against a host of UN resolutions supporting Palestinian rights and in January 2008 refused to criticize illegal Israeli settlement construction at Har Homa near Jerusalem (even Washington publicly criticized these settlements). Canada was also the first country (after Israel) to cut off financial aid to the elected Hamas government and Ottawa has provided millions of dollars as well as personnel to create a US-trained Palestinian police force to act as a counterweight to the Hamas government and to oversee Israel’s occupation.

Harper’s support for Israel is extreme, but despite what many well-meaning commentators claim, it is not a break from Canada’s role as an “honest broker” in the Arab-Israeli conflict. There is a long history of Canadian support for Zionism, a European settler ideology that has violently dispossessed Palestinians for more than six decades.

The idea for a Middle Eastern Jewish homeland to serve Western imperial interests has a long history in Canada. Since at least the 1870s Christian Zionists called for their biblical prophesies to be fulfilled under British auspices. By November 1915, Solicitor General (and then Prime Minister) Arthur Meighen publicly proclaimed, “I think I can speak for those of the Christian faith when I express the wish that God speed the day when the land of your [Jewish] forefathers shall be yours again. This task I hope will be performed by that champion of liberty the world over — the British Empire.” Two decades later Prime Minister RB Bennett began a national radio broadcast of the United Palestine Appeal with a speech about how the Balfour declaration and British control over Palestine was a step towards Biblical prophecies. “Scriptural prophecy is being fulfilled,” he noted. “The restoration of Zion has begun.”

During the 1947 UN negotiations over the British mandate of historic Palestine, Canada played an important role in creating Israel. Lester Pearson (then under-secretary of state for External Affairs) who chaired two different UN committees dealing with the mandate and Supreme Court Justice Ivan C. Rand, a member of the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP), played central roles in the negotiations that led to partition. InState in the Making, David Horowitz (the first governor of the Bank of Israel and first director general of Israel’s ministry of finance) writes: “It may be said that Canada more than any other country played a decisive part in all stages of the UNO [United Nations Organization] discussions of Palestine.”

The UN’s 1948 partition plan gave the new Jewish state the majority of Palestine despite the Jewish population owning roughly seven percent of the land and representing a third of the population. Rand’s assistant on UNSCOP, Leon Mayrand, provides a window into the dominant mindset at External Affairs: “The Arabs were bound to be vocal opponents of partition but they should not be taken too seriously. The great majority were not yet committed nationalists and the Arab chiefs could be appeased through financial concessions, especially if these accompanied a clearly declared will to impose a settlement whatever the means necessary.” A dissident within External Affairs, the department’s only Middle East expert, Elizabeth MacCallum, claimed Ottawa supported partition, “because we didn’t give two hoots for democracy.”

Above all else support for partition was driven by a geostrategic worldview. An internal report circulated at External Affairs explained: “The plan of partition gives to the western powers the opportunity to establish an independent, progressive Jewish state in the Eastern Mediterranean with close economic and cultural ties with the West generally and in particular with the United States.” The Ottawa mandarins largely supported Israel as a possible western outpost in the heart of the (oil-producing) Middle East.

When the first Palestinian intifada broke out in 1987, then Prime Minister Brian Mulroney told the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) that Israel’s brutal suppression of rock throwing Palestinian youth was handling the situation with “restraint.” When questioned by a CBC reporter about the similarity between the plight of Palestinians and Blacks in South Africa, Mulroney replied that any comparison between Israel and South Africa was “false and odious and should never be mentioned in the same breath.”

A decade later, Ottawa signed a free trade agreement with Israel. It was only Canada’s fourth free trade agreement. Begun January 1997, the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement includes the West Bank and Gaza Strip as part of where Israel’s custom laws are applied.

The political motivation for supporting Israel has not changed significantly over the years. The government in Ottawa today receives limited electoral support from the Jewish community, but is close to a right-wing Christian Zionist movement. Most importantly, the Harper government strongly supports Western (US-led) imperialism in the Middle East. This is why Canada has taken over Israeli diplomacy in Venezuela.

Yves Engler is the author of the forthcoming Canada on the World Stage: A Force for Good or Bad Actor? and other books. He can be reached at yvesengler A T hotmail D O T com

Does Zionism legitimize every act of violence?

Terrific article by Gideon levy . Haaretz.com

The Israeli left died in 2000. Since then its corpse has been lying around unburied until finally its death certificate was issued, signed, sealed and delivered on Tuesday. The hangman of 2000 was also the gravedigger of 2009: Defense Minister Ehud Barak. The man who succeeded in spreading the lie about there being no partner has reaped the fruit of his deeds in this election. The funeral was held two days ago.

The Israeli left is dead. For the past nine years it took the name of the peace camp in vain. The Labor Party, Meretz and Kadima had pretensions of speaking in its name, but that was trickery and deceit. Labor and Kadima made two wars and continued to build Jewish settlements in the West Bank; Meretz supported both wars. Peace has been left an orphan. The Israeli voters, who have been misled into thinking that there is no one to talk to and that the only answer to this is force – wars, targeted killings and settlements – have had their say clearly in the election: a closing sale for Labor and Meretz. It was only the force of inertia that gave these parties the few votes they won.

There was no reason for it to be otherwise. After many long years when hardly any protest came from the left, and the city square, the same square that raged after Sabra and Chatila, was silent, this lack of protest has been reflected at the ballot box as well. Lebanon, Gaza, the killed children, cluster bombs, white phosphorus and all the atrocities of occupation – none of this drove the indifferent, cowardly left onto the street. Though ideas of the left have found a toehold in the center and sometimes even on the right, everyone from former prime minister Ariel Sharon to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has spoken in a language that once was considered radical. But the voice was the voice of the left while the hands were the hands of the right.

On the fringes of this masked ball existed another left, the marginal left – determined and courageous, but minuscule and not legitimate. The gap between it and the left was supposedly Zionism. Hadash, Gush Shalom and others like them are outside the camp. Why? Because they are “not Zionist.”

And what is Zionism nowadays? An archaic and outdated concept born in a different reality, a vague and delusive concept marking the difference between the permitted and the proscribed. Does Zionism mean settlement in the territories? Occupation? The legitimization of every act of violence and injustice? The left stammered. Any statement critical of Zionism, even the Zionism of the occupation, was considered a taboo that the left did not dare break. The right grabbed a monopoly on Zionism, leaving the left with its self-righteousness.

A Jewish and democratic state? The Zionist left said yes automatically, fudging the difference between the two and not daring to give either priority. Legitimization for every war? The Zionist left stammered again – yes to the beginning and no to the continuation, or something like that. Solving the refugee problem and the right of return? Acknowledgment of the wrongdoing of 1948? Unmentionable. This left has now, rightly, reached the end of its road.

Anyone who wants a meaningful left must first air out Zionism in the attic. Until a movement that courageously redefines Zionism arises from the mainstream, there will be no broad left here. It is not possible to be both leftist and Zionist only in accordance with the right’s definition. Who has decided that the settlements are Zionist and legitimate, and the struggle against them is neither?

This taboo must be broken. It is permissible not to be a Zionist, as commonly defined today. It is permissible to believe in the Jews’ right to a state and yet come out against the Zionism that engages in occupation. It is permissible to believe that what happened in 1948 should be put on the agenda, to apologize for the injustice and act to rehabilitate the victims. It is permissible to oppose an unnecessary war from its very first day. It is permissible to think that the Arabs of Israel deserve the same rights – culturally, socially and nationally – as Jews. It is permissible to raise disturbing questions about the image of the Israel Defense Forces as an army of occupation, and it is even permissible to want to talk to Hamas.

If you prefer, this is Zionism, and if you prefer, this is anti-Zionism. In any case, it is legitimate and essential for those who do not want to see Israel fall victim to the insanities of the right for many more years. Anyone who wants an Israeli left must say “enough” to Zionism, the Zionism of which the right has taken complete control.

Palestinian Victims of Criminal Israel

Ahmad Alsawafiri is 20 years old in picture 2, Ahmad lost both legs, his left arm and two fingers of his right hand. He was in high school when hit by an Israeli missile, what has he done to the Israelis to deserve this!! Mohammad, Maher, Ayaad, Hassan, Hani, Yasser and others had their legs and-or arms amputated… When I visited them in hospitals, many of them asked me to raise my voice as they could not hear me so well because of the bombs dropped just next to them. What have these young and old people done to deserve such fate? They told me that Israel is using a kind of rocket when it hits the ground it explodes at the height of 60-70 cm and split to hundreds of shrapnels that hit and destroy anything at this height which would be the legs, arms and of course the eyes. I was not surprised to see them all rise above the pain and smile. The Palestinians are very special people, they are something else. They’ve got such courage and determination if spread will cover the whole world. Among their great loss they still smile and raise their fingers with the sign of victory, and they’ll be victorious inshaa Allah.

Photos by Iman Badawi

تحديد المواد الإجبارية والاختيارية لطلاب الثانوية عند تحرير استماراتهم

حددت الإدارة العامة للامتحانات بوزارة التربية والتعليم المواد الدراسية الإجبارية والاختيارية والمستوى الرفيع والقدرات لطلاب الثانوية العامة بمرحلتيها الأولى والثانية للعام الدراسى 2008 /2009 وفقاً للقرارات الوزارية المنظمة لكل عام دراسي.

وقال الدكتور رضا أبو سريع مساعد أول وزير التربية والتعليم ورئيس عام الامتحانات – في تصريح له الخميس – إنه من الضروري التأكد عند تحرير استمارات التقدم للامتحانات أن يكون بها مواد كل مرحلة من المرحلتين.

وأضاف أنه بالنسبة للمواد الإجبارية لطلاب المرحلة الأولى فهي اللغة العربية “1”، التربية الدينية”1″،اللغة الأجنبية الأولى”1″ اللغة الأجنبية الثانية ، الرياضيات”1″، أما المواد الاختيارية التخصصية فيتعين على الطالب أداء الامتحان في مادة واحدة فقط من المواد التالية: الكيمياء أوالاحياء، الجيولوجيا والعلوم البيئية، الجغرافيا، علم النفس والاجتماع، الفلسفة والمنطق، الاقتصاد والإحصاء، التاريخ.

وبالنسبة للمواد الإجبارية للمرحلة الثانية هي اللغة العربية “2”، اللغة الأجنبية الأولى” 2″، التربية الدينية”2″، التربية الوطنية ،وفيما يتعلق بالمواد الاختيارية التخصصية يتعين على الطالب أداء الامتحان في 3 مواد اختيارية فقط من المواد التالية بشرط ألا يكون قد سبق وأدى الامتحان فيها وهي الفيزياء الرياضيات “2” ، التاريخ، الفلسلفة والمنطق، الاقتصاد والإحصاء، الأحياء، الكيمياء، الجيولوجيا والعلوم البيئية الجغرافيا، علم النفس والاجتماع .

وأوضح الدكتور رضا أبو سريع مساعد أول وزير التربية والتعليم ورئيس عام الامتحانات أنه بالنسبة لمواد المستوى الرفيع والقدرات هي مواد اختيارية يؤدي الامتحان فيها طلاب المرحلة الثانية.

وتتمثل مواد المستوى الرفيع في اللغة العربية ، اللغة الأجنبية الأولى، الرياضيات، الجغرافيا، الأحياء ، الفسلفة والمنطق، ويسمح لمن يرغب من الطلاب المقيدين بالصف الثاني الثانوي عام 2008/ 2009 باختيار مادة واحدة من مواد المستوى الرفيع المشار إليها لأداء الامتحان فيها ضمن مواد المرحلة الثانية في العام الدراسي 2009/ 2010 طبقاً لمجموعته التي يدرسها كالآتي المجموعة العلمية “علوم” يحق للطالب أن يختار مادة “أحياء”، المجموعة العلمية “رياضة” يختار الطالب ” رياضيات”، المجموعة الأدبية يختار الطالب “الجغرافيا ، الفلسفة والمنطق”.

وبالنسبة للقدرات يسمح لمن يرغب من الطلاب المقيدين بالصف الثاني الثانوي عام 2008/ 2009 باختيار أداء مادة القدرات “فنون ، عمارة” ضمن إمتحان المرحلة الثانية في العام الدراسي 2009 /2010.

وفي ختام التصريحات، قال أبو سريع :إنه تم إبلاغ جميع المديريات التعليمية بالتعليمات الخاصة بهذه المواد وضرورة التأكد من أن استمارات التقدم للامتحانات موضحاً بها المواد السابق الإشارة إليها في كل مرحلة من المرحلتين.

نتيجة ابتدائية مغاغة بالمنيا يناير 2009

اليوم السابع تحصل على كشوف نتيجة ابتدائية مغاغة لـ3 أيام متواصلة..

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المنيا – حسين عبد الغفار

قرر د. أحمد ضياء الدين محافظ المنيا إحالة أعضاء لجنة النظام والمراقبة بإدارة مغاغة التعليمية للتحقيق، بعد اكتشاف وجود أخطاء فى نتيجة مادة اللغة العربية لعدد من تلاميذ الصف السادس الابتدائى بمدرسة طه حسين، حيث تبين وجود أخطاء فى عمليات رصد الدرجات بأحد الكشوف، وتوعد أعضاء اللجنة بتوقيع أقصى جزاء على من يثبت خطأه خلال التحقيقات الجارية

نقل 46 ألفا و683 معلماً ومعلمة للوظائف المستحقة بكادر المعلم

نقل 46 ألفا و683 معلماً ومعلمة للوظائف المستحقة بكادر المعلم

المنوفية

المنوفية ـ حسام حشاد:

اعتمد المهندس سامي عمارة محافظ المنوفية قرار نقل 46 ألفاً و683 معلماً ومعلمة للوظائف المستحقة لكل منهم طبقاً للقانون 155 لسنة 2007 والقانون 198 لسنة 2008 والقرار الوزاري رقم 318 لسنة 2008 الذين اجتازوا بنجاح المرحلة الثانية لكادر المعلم علي أن يتم الصرف للفئات المستحقة من 2008/12/1 بأثر رجعي. وقال المحاسب عبدالفتاح رسلان وكيل وزارة التربية والتعليم بالمنوفية إنه سيتم صرف النسب المقررة من الأجر الأساسي المستحق للعامل في 2008/6/30 وتصرف علي اعتمادات الباب الأول نوع 46/6 ابدال أخري باسم بدل اعتماد مشيرا إلي أنه يشترط لصرف البدل القيام الفعلي بمهام الوظيفة التي تم التسكين عليها، وأضاف رسلان أن القرار يستفيد منه 3413 معلماً ومعلمة علي درجة كبير و12 ألفاً و250 معلماً ومعلمة علي 6663 علي الدرجة الثالثة.