Young Presidents Organization (YPO)- Illuminati Control Via Secret Societies


February 18, 2018

ypo-schmooze.jpg(YPO members in Bozeman MT broke secrecy by posting pics of their Christmas party.)

“Globally, YPO has 10,500 members and more than 25,000 alumni in more than 100 countries. They manage companies that together employ more than four million people and generate combined annual revenues of more than $3 trillion. 

The moment you get sworn as a YPO member, you are sworn to secrecy. No matter what, you must not talk about it to the world; not even your spouse, explains a YPO member. 

YPO meetings are held in tight secrecy. In fact, the level of confidentiality is so high that no one is expected to spell out a word about a meeting to anyone.” Source


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According to Wikipedia, YPO (formerly Young Presidents’ Organization) is a global network of young chief executives with approximately 24,000 members in more than 130 countries, according to the organization’s 2016 YPO International Fact Sheet.


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Home ownership among young adults has ‘collapsed’

Chances of owning home in UK have more than halved in 20 years, Institute for Fiscal Studies says

Young man viewing houses in an estate agent window

Middle income young adults born in the late 1980s are now no more likely than those lower down the pay scale to own their own home.
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The chances of a young adult on a middle income owning a home in the UK have more than halved in the past two decades.

New research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows how an explosion in house prices above income growth has increasingly robbed the younger generation of the ability to buy their own home. For 25- to 34-year-olds earning between £22,200 and £30,600 per year, home ownership fell to just 27% in 2016 from 65% two decades ago.

Middle income young adults born in the late 1980s are now no more likely than those lower down the pay scale to own their own home. Those born in the 1970s were almost as likely as their peers on higher wages to have bought their own home during young adulthood.

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Andrew Hood, a senior research economist at the IFS, said: “Home ownership among young adults has collapsed over the past 20 years, particularly for those on middle incomes.”

The IFS said young adults from wealthy backgrounds are now significantly more likely than others to own their own home.

Between 2014 and 2017 roughly 30% of 25- to 34-year-olds whose parents were in lower-skilled jobs such as delivery drivers or sales assistants owned their own home, versus 43% for the children of those in higher-skilled jobs such as lawyers and teachers.

The study shows the growing disparities between rich and poor, as well as young and old, across the country. It also illustrates the drop in home ownership over the past decade. While those on middle incomes have seen the largest fall in ownership rates, those in the top income bracket have been least affected.

The chancellor, Philip Hammond, placed helping young buyers to get on the property ladder at the heart of the November budget. This came after the Conservatives failed to win an overall majority in last year’s general election, as younger voters flocked to Labour.

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The government abolished stamp duty for the majority of first-time buyers but was widely criticised after the independent Office for Budget Responsibility warned it would push up house prices, benefiting those who already owned homes.

John Healey, the shadow housing secretary, said the report was as a “wake-up call” for the Tories. “After almost eight years of failure on housing, the government is still failing to tackle the fundamental problems with our broken housing market,” he said.

Owner-occupation rates in Britain have been steadily declining since 2003, when the proportion of people owning their home reached its peak of 71%, having risen steadily since the 1980s. Population growth, a lack of new housebuilding, the failure to replace social housing sold under right-to-buy and rising property prices since have resulted in the figure dropping to 63%.

Over the past 20 years, average house prices have grown about seven times faster than the average incomes of young adults, according to the IFS study. Average house prices have increased by 152% when taking account of inflation since 1995, though wages for 25- to 34-year-olds have only risen by 22% in real terms over the same period.

As a consequence those born in the late 1980s are much less likely to be homeowners in their late 20s than their immediate predecessors. About a quarter of those born towards the end of Margaret Thatcher’s government owned their own home at the age of 27 compared with a third born at the start of the decade and 43% of those born in the late 1970s.

Property has become so expensive that the average first-time buyer is now 30 years old and has a salary of £41,000 a year. The IFS said that for nearly 90% of 25- to 34-year-olds, average house prices are more than four times their annual income after tax.

There have been some positive signals for young buyers in recent weeks, as fresh figures showed the number of first-time buyers increased to the highest levels since 2006, helped by slowing house price growth since the EU referendum.

Dominic Raab, housing minister, announced a £45m investment on Friday into community projects aimed at helping the building of thousands of new homes.

“Through schemes like Help to Buy, we’re helping more people onto the housing ladder and last year saw the highest number of first-time buyers in the UK since 2006,” Raab said.

“We’ve recently cut stamp duty for first-time buyers to help thousands more. But we want to go further and faster and our ambitious plan backed by targeted investment will help even more people by delivering the homes Britain needs for young families, key workers and those on low and middle incomes.”

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The coward’s way: Israel’s war on the young

The Israeli occupation authorities arrested a 14-year-old epileptic Palestinian girl for begging. As punishment they dumped her in the Gaza Strip where she knew no-one and was cut off from her parents.

By Stuart Littlewood

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports how a 14-year-old epileptic Palestinian girl was arrested as an “illegal alien” in East Jerusalem (Palestinian territory, as everyone knows), her cellular telephone confiscated and a lawyer from the Public Defender’s Office appointed to represent her. She was released on bail and taken to the Gaza Strip because it was listed in Israeli records as her father’s place of residence. She told officials at the Erez checkpoint on the Gaza border that she didn’t live in Gaza but in the West Bank.

The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court ordered her release on bail after her uncle paid 1,500 shekels. The authorities checked their records and found she was registered as a Gaza resident, although her mother is registered as a West Bank resident. Her father, on the other hand, is registered as a Gaza resident and is classified as an illegal alien in the West Bank because he didn’t receive an exit permit from the Strip, which he left in 2000. This administrative muddle, which is deliberate and widespread, hardly makes for happy family life in the illegally occupied territories.

Representatives of the HaMoked Center for the Defense of the Individual, who assisted the girl’s family, said she had never been to Gaza. Nonetheless, Civil Administration officers instructed the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) to pack the girl off to Gaza despite her protests. Only after being deposited in Gaza did she get her phone back.

A HaMoked lawyer said: “With obtuseness that cannot be justified, nobody bothered to tell the minor where she was or made sure the family knew of her release, as is required in view of her age.”

The Guardian reports that, according to HaMoked, 27 Palestinians living in the Israeli-occupied West Bank were forcibly sent to Gaza last year – condemned to be shredded, incinerated or at least deeply traumatised the next time Israel “war-tests” its weaponry on this tight packed open-air prison where the inhabitants have nowhere to run. It was the first time they had heard of someone as young as 14 being sent there.


There’s nothing new about the Israelis’ urge to hurt the most vulnerable. If there’s one thing they are good at it’s making war on women and children. The self-styled “most moral army in the world” especially loves targeting Palestinian university students. Back in 2009 I wrote about Merna, an honours student in her final year majoring in English. Israeli soldiers frequently rampaged through her Bethlehem refugee camp in the middle of the night, ransacking homes and arbitrarily arresting residents. They took away her family one by one. First her 14-year-old cousin and best friend was shot dead by an Israeli sniper while she sat outside her family home during a curfew.

Next the Israelis arrested her eldest brother, a 22-year-old artist, and imprisoned him for four years. Then they came back for Merna’s 18-year-old brother. Not content with that, the military came again, this time to take her youngest brother – the “baby” of the family – just 16 years old. These were the circumstances under which Merna had to study.

Israeli military law treats Palestinians as adults as soon as they reach 16, a flagrant violation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Israeli youngsters by comparison are regarded as children until 18. Palestinians are dealt with by Israeli military courts, even when it’s a civil matter. These courts ignore international laws and conventions, so there’s no legal protection for individuals under Israeli military occupation.

As detention is based on secret information, which neither the detainees nor their lawyers are allowed to see, it is impossible to mount a proper defence. Besides, the Security Service always finds a phony excuse to keep detainees locked up “in the greater interest of the security of Israel”. Although detainees have the right to review and appeal, they are unable to challenge the evidence and check facts as all information presented to the court is classified.

Despite the horrendous mental stress of it all, Merna was determined to carry on with her studies. The most moral army in the world may have robbed her brothers of an education, but she would still fight for hers.

Cruel beyond belief

Dumping students in Gaza to disrupt their studies is nothing new either. Five years earlier the Israelis forcibly removed four Birzeit University students from their studies in the West Bank and illegally sent them back to the Gaza Strip. All four were due to graduate by the end of that academic year. There was an outcry from around the world and the Israeli army’s legal advisor was bombarded with faxes and letters demanding the students be allowed to return to their studies.

The world’s most moral army agreed that the students might be allowed to return to Birzeit if they signed a guarantee to permanently return to the Gaza Strip after completing their studies. This effectively exposed Israel’s plan to impose a final separation between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, even though the two are internationally recognized as one integral territory. Under international law everyone has the right to freely choose their place of residence within a single territory, but Israel doesn’t give a damn about international law. The racist regime makes it virtually impossible for Gaza students to reach the eight Palestinian universities in the West Bank. In 1999 some 350 Gaza students were studying at Birzeit. By 2009 there was almost none. 

To get to Bethlehem University, or any other, many students have to run the gauntlet of Israeli checkpoints. “Sometimes they take our ID cards and they spend ages writing down all the details, just to make us late,” said one. Students are often made to remove shoes, belt and bags. “It’s like an airport. Many times we are kept waiting outside for up to an hour, rain or shine, they don’t care.” The soldiers attempt to forcibly remove students’ clothes or they swear and shout sexual slurs at female students.

Some tell how they are sexually harassed on their way to university and spend the rest of the day worrying what the Israelis will do to them on their way home. This constant humiliation, of course, undermines student motivation and concentration.

It was no surprise, then, to hear from Bethlehem University at around that time (2009) that Berlanty Azzam, a fourth year Business Administration student, was being held by the Israeli military authorities with the intention of deporting her to Gaza “for trying to complete her studies at Bethlehem University”.

Berlanty, a Christian girl, was originally from Gaza but had lived in the West Bank since 2005 after receiving a travel permit from the military to cross from Gaza to the West Bank. She was detained at the container checkpoint between Bethlehem and Ramallah after attending a job interview in Ramallah. She too was robbed of her degree at the last minute.

The 21-year-old was due to graduate before Christmas. The most moral army in the world blindfolded and handcuffed her, loaded her into a jeep and drove her from Bethlehem to Gaza, despite assurances by the Israeli Military Legal Advisor’s Office that she would not be deported before an attorney from Gisha (an Israeli NGO working to protect Palestinians’ freedom of movement) had the opportunity to petition the Israeli court for her return to classes in Bethlehem.

When they’d crossed the border the world’s most moral army dumped Berlanty late at night and simply told her: “You are in Gaza.”

Berlanty had informed Gisha on her mobile phone before the soldiers confiscated it: “Since 2005 I refrained from visiting my family in Gaza for fear that I would not be permitted to return to my studies in the West Bank.” Now, just two months before graduation, she was arrested and taken to Gaza, with no way to finish her degree.

Bethlehem University was trying to mobilise people from around the world to protest. I contacted the Palestinian ambassador in London, who happens to be a former vice-president of that excellent seat of learning. “Have you contacted the Israeli ambassador for an explanation of this outrage?” I emailed him.

Next day, having heard nothing, I emailed again: “Update… She has been removed to Gaza blindfolded and handcuffed! What is the embassy doing about this, please?” Another 24 hours went by and no response. It wasn’t unusual for the Palestinian embassy to be fast asleep or out to lunch for days on end and no-one covering.

I had simultaneously emailed the Israeli ambassador asking him, please, to make enquiries. “On the face of it, this seems a senseless outrage. The student concerned has, I believe, just started her final year. I wonder what Mr Prosor or Mr Netanyahu would say if the education of their sons and daughters or grandchildren was disrupted in this manner.” Next day, having heard nothing, I sent the same update about Berlanty’s removal to Gaza blindfolded and handcuffed. Another 24 hours – still nothing, not even the courtesy of an acknowledgement from Israel’s press office, which usually responds like lightning to anything with news value.

If this had been a Jewish girl deprived of her university degree and life chances the Israeli embassy would be having hysterics and hurling accusations of religious hatred and anti-Semitism. But this was the Jewish state screwing up the young life of a Christian, so that was alright then.

Administrative “laws” designed to foul up every aspect of Palestinian life

Eventually, the Israeli embassy explained that Ms Azzam held a permit to stay in the West Bank back in 2005 and since the permit had expired she’d been living there illegally. “Every Gaza resident who stays in the West Bank requires a permit, failing to do so is a breach of the law. As Ms Azzam has failed to provide a valid permit she was deported back to Gaza.”

The embassy added that if Ms Azzam wished to complete her studies at Bethlehem she should apply for a permit to the relevant authorities (COGAT) in Gaza. But Bethlehem University’s senior management weren’t impressed. According to them, 12 students from Gaza had applied to COGAT to attend the university in the previous year and not one received permission. Did they all pose a security threat to the democratic state of Israel? The Israeli reply simply raised more questions.

To give them their due, the Israelis eventually provided a detailed explanation, attempting to unravel the complexities of the every-changing permit rules and admitting procedural mistakes, but insisted these were not sufficient to justify a different decision.

It was a classic example of how Israel’s administrative “laws” are framed to interfere to the nth degree in Palestinian lives and ride rough-shod over citizens’ rights as enshrined in international law, and to disregard its own obligations entirely.

For example, there was no recognition in the Israeli court’s decision that the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are one integral territory and under international law everyone has the right to freely choose their place of residence within it. Nor was there the slightest acknowledgement by Israel’s judiciary of the state’s responsibility under the Oslo agreements to “respect and preserve without obstacles, normal and smooth movement of people, vehicles and goods within the West Bank, and between the West Bank and Gaza Strip”.

While Israel announced its ruling on Berlanty’s fate, its ambassador here was whining about the arrest warrant issued in London against ex-Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni for alleged war crimes. Livni had overseen Israel’s murderous assault on Gaza in December/January 2008/9, which killed 1,400, including a large number of women and children, maimed thousands more and left countless families homeless. Israeli top brass, including Ehud Barak, Livni and retired general Doron Almog, had to cancel engagements in London for fear of being arrested.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s office issued this arrogant statement: “We will not agree to a situation in which [former Prime Minister] Ehud Olmert, [Defence Minister] Ehud Barak and [opposition leader and former Foreign Minister] Tzipi Livni will be summoned to the bench. We utterly reject the absurdity that is happening in Britain.”

What’s absurd? If Berlanty, who had committed no crime at all, wasn’t allowed to come and go as she pleased in her own country, Palestine, what made Netanyahu and Israel’s ambassador think that the blood-soaked Livni, and others like her, could come and go as they please in the UK?

The following year the incoming Conservative government, said to comprise 80 per cent pimps for Israel, changed UK laws relating to universal jurisdiction to prevent such arrest warrants being issued in future. Under universal jurisdiction all states that are party to the Geneva Conventions are under a binding obligation to seek out those suspected of having committed grave breaches of the conventions and bring them, regardless of nationality, to justice. There should be no hiding place for those suspected of crimes against humanity and war crimes.

But the British government, to its everlasting shame, has turned the UK into a safe haven for Israeli psychopaths. As a result, we have to endure obscene spectacles like the red carpet love-in between Theresa May and Netanyahu at the Balfour centenary celebrations in London before Christmas.

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Marijuana laws in New Jersey are loosening restrictions in the wake of a young boy’s tragic death to rare cancer

Image: Marijuana laws in New Jersey are loosening restrictions in the wake of a young boy’s tragic death to rare cancer

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Phil Murphy, New Jersey’s governor, has recently signed “an executive order for broader medical marijuana access.”

Jake Honig, a seven-year-old boy who died last January due to a rare bone cancer, seems to have moved the governor to make this particular decision. Jake, who received the nickname “Jake the Tank” because of the strength he showed during a five-year battle with bone cancer, was in remission for three years. However, his cancer came back, and he passed away last month.

The Honig family was hoping that changes would soon be made to current medical marijuana laws. They were also imploring their community to send letters to lawmakers so that Jake could have had easier access to the medication that helped him deal with his cancer.

Two days after Jake’s death, his parents, Mike and Janet, and Gianna, his six-year-old sister, stood beside Governor Murphy as he signed the executive order. The Honig family were holding a photo of Jake during the signing.

Phil Murphy was sworn in as the governor of the state last January, and he invited Jake’s family, who came in from Howell, New Jersey, to attend the press conference and the signing.

Governor Murphy authorized the 60-day review of the state’s current medical marijuana program in the hopes of removing any obstacles that prevented patients from having “better access to medical marijuana.”

Two areas will be covered in the review that were included to honor Jake: first is the permission to purchase more than the two-ounce limit and the sale of marijuana “in oil form for easy dosing.”

The governor is also considering the home delivery and the addition of licensed dispensaries in New Jersey. Governor Murphy said, “We will not deny people compassionate care any longer.”

He added, “For eight years, medical marijuana has been difficult to access in New Jersey. Today, we’re turning the page. A fairer New Jersey means expanding access to medical marijuana for patients in need.”

New Jersey is one of the 29 states in the country that allows medical marijuana. However, the state limits marijuana prescriptions to those who have “certain state-approved conditions.” This means thousands are unable to take part in the program. Meanwhile, the 15,000 people who benefit from it can only go to five dispensaries in New Jersey.

Last year, Jake was sent home on hospice in December with six drugs that included anti-nausea medication, oxycodone, and morphine. Mike and Janet discovered that medical marijuana proved to be effective when it came to Jake’s symptoms. The young boy didn’t experience any “harsh side effects” as he did with the other drugs.

The cannabis helped give Jake some comfort before his death. It increased his appetite, and the cannabis also enabled Jake to stop taking a couple of his “harsher medications.” But since the marijuana was not available in oil-form, Jake’s parents had to heat it up each night to extract the oils. (Related: Marijuana cannabinoids – oral and transdermal methods.)

Governor Murphy shared, “We cannot turn a deaf ear to our veterans, the families of children facing terminal illness, or to any of the other countless New Jerseyans who only wish to be treated like people, and not criminals.”

Although Jake is no longer here to see the law executed, his family remains hopeful that other individuals with medical conditions can benefit from the new laws after they are put in place. Mike and Janet posted on Facebook, “Change is happening fast, and Jake has our commitment to continue his legacy of inspiring people.”

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7 Lessons I learnt From Becoming A Young Parent

BLuke Miller Truth Theory

This article is about what I have learnt from my parenting experience. I am a 30 years old the father of 3 children, with the oldest being 19.

Before I get started I would just like to share that it’s not me in the picture, it is my youngest son Archie when he was just a year old (he is now 9), also I was not 11 when I had my first baby. I met someone when I was 19 years old, who had a 7 year old and a 4 year old, however, I soon took on the role of father which had many unseen challenges I was not ready for. It would be 2 years later that I would become father to my son Archie (from the picture), and the complexities would evolve even further.

I went from young, wild and free- to young, wild and not having a clue what I had gotten myself into. This was over 10 years ago now and I wanted to share some of the lessons I learned from parenting that others may benefit from.  

It Is Hard

This may seem obvious to many, but not so much for me. I thought I could breeze through parenting without to much resistance, but it was a lot tougher than I had envisioned. Don’t get me wrong it is a beautiful thing- but sometimes you just want to sleep, eat, go out or do something, and the call comes to clean up poop (or worse). Being a parent is one of the most rewarding things a person can become, but also comes with a real need to assess and evaluate who you are as a person. Children, in part are little reflections of us. So when things don’t run as smoothly as we would like, it can also bring up unhealed (and sometimes buried) issues that we are carrying.  

Habits Are Hard To Undo

I had a lot less awareness when I was 19 than I do now. Things such as diet, medication for certain issues, and habits to fill the moments when you are not busy can come back to bite you in the backside.

With food, you really need to foster good habits in your own life and in turn your children will do the same. If you are making any big decisions such as, should I medicate my child, you should really look into non invasive methods and possible side effects first. And often putting them on the iPad for 5 minutes while you get some rest can turn into a longer term bad habit.  

It is a lot easier to not have these habits in the first place, than to have to stop them from doing something you later feel is not in their best interest. Something I learned (and am still learning) the hard way.

They Have Their Own Agenda

Poet Kahlil Gibran said it well in his book “The Prophet”

Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you,

And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,

For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls,

For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,

which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them,

but seek not to make them like you.

For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children

as living arrows are sent forth.

The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,

and He bends you with His might

that His arrows may go swift and far.

Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;

For even as He loves the arrow that flies,

so He loves also the bow that is stable.

Our children are a part of us and are heavily influenced by the surroundings they grow up in, however, they also have their own wants and likes. I think our job is to learn to spot these wants and likes and facilitate the space for them to be able to follow them.

There are the obvious exceptions such as sticking a fork in the plug socket and playing kick Daddy in the privates. However, I do feel we should hold the space for our children to be able to follow the things that make them happy should they not harm others in the process.

They Are All Different (So You DO Treat Them Differently)

Taking care of 3 children (1 girl, 2 boys) really shows how different we all are. Just because children grow up in the same house, does not mean they will be in any way similar. This is not just true at home, but with life in general.

Different personalities show us the need for different treatment, in my opinion there is not a one size fits all approach for being a parent. This needs a flexibility that often increases in complexity the more children you have. Being able to adapt to the personality of your child is very important, and this often means one will be treated differently to another.

This is of course very different to favoring one child over the other, but some children need more attention and others need more autonomy. Most need a little of both at different periods of development.

The Teacher Student Relationship Is Reciprocal

It is probably well agreed upon that as a parent you have some degree of responsibility to be a good teacher to your child, however, if you are a good teacher, the relationship will be reciprocal

A child in the isle of a supermarket crying as they would like to buy a blue energy drink will either break you or bring out a certain level of strength you didn’t realise you had. Sometimes you will make mistakes, sometimes you will do the wrong thing, but over time you start to see yourself not making mistakes you did in the past and this can be how we grow from parenthood.   

Its Okay To Be Sorry When You Mess Up

When you spend enough time with someone they will see both the best and worse of you, this includes your children.

You can apologize for mistakes when they happen or years later when you realise you have made them. We often want to teach our children that they should be sorry when they make mistakes, but it works both ways. It is never a bad thing to apologize and learn from your mistakes.

You Can Never Love Your Children Too Much  

I am just going to be open and say this is totally my opinion, but I feel you cannot love your children too much. From babies all the way up to adults, our children often just need to be loved without judgement.

This can manifest in many ways (including tough love), but often a hug and an ear is enough for our children. I often lay in bed with my 9 year old son giving him the biggest cuddle and just listening to him tell me about his life. If he needs the same thing when he is 20 I will be there. Kids need love, as we all do!

This article is just my understanding of parenting, from the perspective of a parent who admittedly has made mistakes. I hope it can help those who maybe are feeling like there best is not enough, because I want you to know that it is. Please share this article. Much love, Luke.

I am Luke Miller the author of this article, and creator of Potential For Change. I like to blend psychology and spirituality to help you create more happiness in your life.Grab a copy of my free 33 Page Illustrated eBook- Psychology Meets Spirituality- Secrets To A Supercharged Life You Control Here

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Israel dumps young Palestinian girl in Gaza where she knows no one

A 14-year-old girl forced alone and at night into the Gaza cage. Another routine mishap for Israel’s occupation

By Jonathan Cook in Nazareth

How did a 14-year-old Palestinian girl who has never set foot in the open-air prison of Gaza find herself being dumped there by Israeli officials – alone, at night and without her parents being informed?

The terrifying ordeal – a child realising she had not been taken home but discarded in a place where she knew no one – is hard to contemplate for any parent.

And yet for Israel’s gargantuan bureaucratic structure that has ruled over Palestinians for five decades, this was just another routine error. One mishap among many that day.

This is a bureaucracy… that controls the smallest details of Palestinians’ lives. With the flick of a pen, everything can be turned upside down…

A single, abstract noun – “occupation” – obscures a multitude of crimes.

What crushes Palestinian spirits is not just the calculated malevolence of Israel’s occupation authorities, as they kill and imprison Palestinians, seal them into ghettoes, steal lands and demolish homes. It is also the system’s casual indifference to their fate.

This is a bureaucracy – of respectable men and women – that controls the smallest details of Palestinians’ lives. With the flick of a pen, everything can be turned upside down. Palestinians are viewed as numbers and bodies rather than human beings.

The story of Ghada – as she has been identified – illustrates many features of this system of control.

She was arrested last month as an “illegal alien” in her own homeland for visiting her aunt. The two live a short distance apart, but while Israel considers Ghada a resident of the West Bank, her aunt is classified as a resident of Jerusalem. They might as well be on different planets.

Ghada, we should note, suffers from epilepsy. After two days in detention, and over opposition from Israeli police, a judge ordered her released on bail. All this happened without her parents present.

Israel controls the Palestinian population register too, and had recorded Ghada wrongly as a Gaza resident, even though she was born and raised far away in the West Bank. She is separated from Gaza by Israel, which she cannot enter.

Presumably, no Israeli official wanted to harm Ghada. It was just that none cared enough to notice that she was a frightened child – afraid of being alone, of the dark, of fences and watch-towers. And a child who needs regular medical care.

Was this not precisely what Hannah Arendt… meant when she identified the “banality of evil” while watching the trial of the holocaust’s architect, Adolph Eichmann, in Jerusalem in 1962?

Instead she was viewed simply as a package, to be delivered to whatever location was on the docket. Despite her anguished protests, she was forced through the electronic fence into the cage of Gaza.

She was finally released by Israel and returned to her parents on 8 February, two weeks after her ordeal began.

Was this not precisely what Hannah Arendt, the Jewish philosopher of totalitarianism, meant when she identified the “banality of evil” while watching the trial of the holocaust’s architect, Adolph Eichmann, in Jerusalem in 1962?

Arendt wrote that totalitarian systems were designed to turn men into “functionaries and mere cogs in the administrative machinery”, to “dehumanise them”.

Even the worst bureaucracies contain few monsters. Its officials have simply forgotten what it means to be human, losing the capacity for compassion and independent thought.

After five decades of ruling over Palestinians, with no limits or accountability, many Israelis have become cogs.

Most of the Palestinian victims of this “system” remain hidden from view – like the small children of Abu Nawar who awoke this week to find their village school had been levelled because Israel wants their land for the neighbouring illegal settlement of Maale Adumim.

But a Ghada occasionally throws a troubling light on the depths to which Israel has sunk.

Another example is Ahed Tamimi, who spent her 17th birthday in prison last week, charged with slapping a heavily armed soldier during an invasion of her home. Moments earlier his unit had shot her 15-year-old cousin in the face, nearly killing him. She now risks a 10-year jail sentence for her justified anger.

Michael Oren, Israel’s former ambassador to Washington and now a government minister, was so unwilling to believe Ahed could be blonde-haired and blue-eyed – like him – that he ordered a secret investigation to try to prove her family were actors.

Oren Hazan, a parliament member from the ruling Likud party, told the BBC… that Ahed was not a child, but a “terrorist”. Had he been slapped, he said, “She would finish in the hospital for sure… I would kick, kick her face.”

Most Israelis cannot believe that a Palestinian child might fight for her home, and for her family’s right to live freely. Palestinians are expected to be passive recipients of Israel’s “civilising”, bureaucratic violence. 

Soldiers helping settlers to steal her community’s farmland have scrawled death threats against her on the walls in her village, Nabi Saleh.

Oren Hazan, a parliament member from the ruling Likud party, told the BBC last week that Ahed was not a child, but a “terrorist”. Had he been slapped, he said, “She would finish in the hospital for sure… I would kick, kick her face.”

This dehumanising logic is directed at any non-Jew with a foothold in the enlarged fortress state Israel is creating.

But belatedly a few Israelis are drawing a line. A backlash has begun as Israel this week starts expelling 40,000 asylum seekers who fled wars in Sudan and Eritrea. In violation of international treaties, Israel wants these refugees returned to Africa, where they risk persecution or death.

Unlike Palestinians, these refugees tug at some liberal Israelis’ heartstrings, reminding them of European Jews who once needed shelter from genocide.

Nonetheless, Israel has incentivised its citizens to become bounty-hunters, offering them $9,000 bonuses for hunting down Africans. Progressive rabbis and social activists have called for Israelis to hide the refugees in attics and cellars, just as Europeans once protected Jews from their persecutors.

It is a battle for Israel’s soul. Can Israelis begin to see non-Jews – whether Palestinians like Ghada ot Africans – as fellow human beings, as equally deserving of compassion? Or will Israelis sink further into the darkness of a banal evil that threatens to engulf them?

A version of this article first appeared in The National, Abu Dhabi. The version here is published by permission of Jonathan Cook.

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How They Schmooze it–Hundreds of Young U.S. Jews Send Birthday Wishes to Jailed Palestinian Teen Ahed Tamimi Ahead of Trial

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Young Teen Embarks on ‘Sexual Awakening Journey’ with Her Father on TBS Comedy

Nate: Ooh, ooh, ooh. She’s cute.

Jared: Yeah, they are.

Nate: They? Is there another one out there?

Jared: No, just them.

Nate: Wait. How many people are you dating?

Jared: One.

Nate: She’s the one.

Jared: They’s the one.

Nate: Who?

Jared: Sarah.

Nate: Sarah, she’s the one I just saw?

Jared: They are, yeah.

Nate: They? Are you messing with me right now?

Jared: No, but you said she.

Nate: Yeah, I know.

Jared: They are they.

Nate: They? You said it was just one.

Jared: They are one person.

Nate: Sarah, her name’s Sarah?

Jared: Their name is Sarah.

Nate: Oh, my God, this is like “Who’s on First?”

Jared: What?

Nate: He’s on second.

Jared: Who?

Nate: He’s on first.

Jared: What?

Nate: No, he’s on second. Just, never mind. This — this girl.

Jared: Sarah.

Nate: Yes, Sarah. She is –

Jared: They don’t go by he or she because they are non-binary. They don’t identify as one gender or the other.

Nate: Okay. Okay. I get it, sort of. So, since she — since they isn’t a boy or a girl… They don’t conform to one gender, yeah.

Jared: Right.

Nate: Does they still like boys, or does they like girls?

Jared: They don’t conform to a strict sexual identity, either. They are queer.

Nate: Oh, so they’re gay.

Jared: Oh, come on, old man.

Nate: What? I’m not judging. I’m just trying to understand it.

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Watch a Man Allegedly Kidnap a Young Girl off the Street in Broad Daylight

A young girl was seen in the middle of her kidnapping off an Illinois street in a troubling video recently released by the FBI.

The man allegedly responsible, who has since been arrested, can be seen parking his red SUV near an alley as the young girl walks by him in the Dec. 20 footage.

In the clip, which was released Friday, the suspect is seen grabbing the girl, putting her in his Ford Explorer and rushing away from the scene in the vehicle.

Police said the young girl was able to escape after being assaulted inside the car. The assault took place in an alley, authorities said.

Prosecutors said the girl flagged down a passing vehicle and authorities were called.

Police arrested 38-year-old Bryan Protho on Dec. 27. He was charged Friday with kidnapping and remains in federal custody.

The FBI’s Chicago bureau said they released the video as part of an ongoing investigation to see if the vehicle may be connected to any other crimes.

Anyone with information regarding the vehicle or suspect seen in the video is asked to contact the FBI Chicago Field office at (312) 421-6700 or


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Art? Cross-Dressing Young Boys Sexualized in Perverted Historical Drama

Last week, I mentioned that all did not bode well for traditional values in TNT’s latest series The Alienist, and the second episode already confirms my worst fears. We have gone from implying “progressive” behaviors to actually showing them in a way that has me giving up my faith in human decency. After all, it’s clear that The Alienist gave up on that a long time ago.

The January 29 episode “A Fruitful Partnership” continues the plot of Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl) investigating the murder of an impoverished boy with the help of his associates John Moore (Luke Evans) and Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning). Because the boy was discovered to be a transgendered prostitute, the group look into similar cases, leading Moore to an actual child prostitution ring.

There we are treated to several uncomfortable minutes of underage boys (some played by underage actors) wearing dresses with makeup and offering themselves for sexual pleasure.

It’s honestly hard to imagine that in a time where complimenting women can be seen as harassment, dressing boys up like female prostitutes, having them act and speak like girls, can somehow be considered good television. The show clearly paints the act as sad and pathetic, but apparently it’s fine when it’s done for art. That is, if degrading young boys can still be considered art. Somehow, I doubt there will be any Twitter movements regarding this unsightly treatment. After all, that would have to acknowledge two things modern-day feminists refuse to consider. One, that boys can be mistreated, and two, that boys can be (way too) oversexualized.  

The scene continues further as Moore offers one of the boys money in exchange for information rather than affection (which the boy is quick to offer). Unfortunately, that ends with Moore’s drink being spiked and him being at the mercy of corrupt police offers and the brothel “girls.” If you can manage to read those sentences without bemoaning “Where have we gone” over and over, you’re probably stronger than I am.

As a bonus, the episode manages to sneak in a slight against the Catholic Church as well. Near the beginning, Kreizler examines a girl who was sent by a priest after she was caught masturbating. While the priest demands she be prescribed with an ice bath and leeches, Kreizler tells her that she is simply “becoming a woman” and “there’s not a thing your mother nor any priest can do about it.” Already we’re stepping into the “sexually backwards” religious trope, but the scene goes further when Kreizler confronts the priest.

Man: Why did you bring her here? She is in need of God, not a doctor.

Priest: The body’s the temple of the Holy Spirit. It is a blessed gift not to be defiled by lust.

Kreizler: Whoever does not love, does not know God, because God is love. Yes, I, too, learned Scripture when I was young. But instead of answers, I found only questions. Why does God allow us to feel both pleasure and pain? Why has he given a young girl like Berthe impulses and desires she cannot begin to fathom or control? Is this the God of who we speak? This is a sanctuary for the young. I will not tolerate its trespass, neither by man, nor by God. Now, please, remove yourselves from the premises.

And here we have the old “science vs. religion” lecture where science is better because it’s always true and religion is awful because some frown on masturbation. We’re supposed to give a resounding cheer when Kreizler kicks the uptight religious men out of his facility, because that’s what progressives have been teaching us for decades. After all, it led us to an enlightened society where we now view underage boys dressed up as sex objects for entertainment. I can only wish religion finds someone in the midst of all that.

Unfortunately, that’s where liberal shows like this take us. They pronounce how morally superior they are over religion, denigrate themselves for sex, and then still have the nerve to call us “backwards” and “hypocrites.” With several more weeks of The Alienist, I can only hope that this is the worst it gets.

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