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The part of Israel so often blocked from American eyesight..... Deep unease as Israel celebrates its 60th anniversary By Jean Shaoul 8 May 2008  Today, buy cheap torsemide online Israel marks the 60th anniversary, buy cheap torsemide online according to the Hebrew calendar, buy cheap torsemide online of its founding. Buy cheap torsemide online World leaders will endorse the event with a major international conference in Jerusalem on May 14-16, buy cheap torsemide online the actual date of its founding. Buy cheap torsemide online It will be attended by United States President George W. Buy cheap torsemide online Bush, buy cheap torsemide online former president of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, buy cheap torsemide online Former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger, buy cheap torsemide online 12 heads of state, buy cheap torsemide online media and business tycoon Rupert Murdoch and Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin. The official celebrations—aeronautical displays, buy cheap torsemide online a naval review along the Mediterranean coast, buy cheap torsemide online and mass parachute drops—illustrate the character of Israel as a garrison state that polices the region on behalf of US imperialism. Despite the celebrations, buy cheap torsemide online not one of the commentators outside or within Israel has been able to disguise the deep sense of unease and disillusionment that pervades Israel. Buy cheap torsemide online Many Israelis had opposed a flamboyant celebration: an online petition calling for a scaling back of expenditure achieved 90, buy cheap torsemide online000 signatures by the end of March against the original target of 10, buy cheap torsemide online000. 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