Oh just imagine if the Palestinian resistance movement were happening in Iran!

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Imagine if the Palestinian resistance movement were taking place in Iran!

Dashing Mohammad Othman now rotting in detention would be a global cause. The middle-of-the-night arrest of Abdallah Abu Rahmah would be on the Nightly News. The New York Times would tell the stories of international freedom riders, the Gaza Freedom March, and the role of Twitter in the resistance.

The video of Abu Rahme’s murder during a peaceful protest of the unending landgrab would be viral. The all-night protests of the East Jerusalem evictions that are being carried out a racial basis– ethnic cleansing!– would fire the conscience of kings and counselors. Columnists would go on TV and decry the crushing of a popular resistance movement. College students would sing out the words, Sheikh Jarrah! and talk about 8000 political prisoners and a Foreign Minister whose foreign policy is directed at the Arabs inside his own country…

The Council on Foreign Relations would talk about the regime’s possession of nukes, and how that affects the outcome of the popular movement.

Politico would righteously expose the tax-deductible U.S. sponsors of the landgrab and ask, Where is the Israeli FW de Klerk???

Wake up now: it’s not happening in Iran. It’s happening in Israel and Palestine, the sovereign territory of the Israel lobby. So our politicians are silent, our media are ball-gagged and duct-taped, Jewish leadership talks about the Holocaust and the existential threat to the Jewish people, the most important political website is a bed of Israel supporters (from Josh Gerstein to Josh Kraushaar), and the left has its tail coiled tightly between its legs. 

Here is brave Israeli Neve Gordon, who has called for BDS against Israel, telling the same story in the Guardian that Amira Hass told in Haaretz: Israel is terrified of nonviolent resistance. So it needs to break it by military means.

It is often forgotten that even the second intifada, which turned out to be extremely violent, began as a popular nonviolent uprising. Haaretz journalist Akiva Eldar revealed several years later that the top Israeli security echelons had decided to "fan the flames" during the uprising’s first weeks. He cites Amos Malka, the military general in charge of intelligence at the time, saying that during the second intifada’s first month, when it was still mostly characterised by nonviolent popular protests, the military fired 1.3m bullets in the West Bank and Gaza. The idea was to intensify the levels of violence, thinking that this would lead to a swift and decisive military victory and the successful suppression of the rebellion. And indeed the uprising and its suppression turned out to be extremely violent.

But over the past five years, Palestinians from scores of villages and towns such as Bil’in and Jayyous have developed new forms of pro-peace resistance that have attracted the attention of the international community. Even Palestinian Authority prime minister Salam Fayyad recently called on his constituents to adopt similar strategies. Israel, in turn, decided to find a way to end the protests once and for all and has begun a well-orchestrated campaign that targets the local leaders of such resistance.

One such leader is Abdallah Abu Rahmah, a high school teacher and the co-ordinator of Bil’in’s Popular Committee Against the Wall, is one of many Palestinians who was on the military’s wanted list. At 2am on 10 December (international Human Rights Day), nine military vehicles surrounded his home. Israeli soldiers broke the door down, and after allowing him to say goodbye to his wife Majida and three young children, blindfolded him and took him into custody. He is being charged with throwing stones, the possession of arms (namely gas canisters in the Bil’in museum) and inciting fellow Palestinians, which, translated, means organising demonstrations against the occupation.

15 Responses

  1. Chaos4700
    December 23, 2009, 11:17 am

    Speaking of which — Witty, what do you have to say to Israelis, like Neve Gordon, who are calling for the BDS movement against Israel too?

  2. David
    December 23, 2009, 11:58 am

    Another BDS victory–French court rules that Veolia can be sued for its role in the E. Jerusalem light rail project.

    link to france-palestine.org

    • Chaos4700
      December 23, 2009, 12:15 pm

      Good news, thanks for sharing. Incidentally, not to be cynical, you know, but is this ruling going to have to survive any sort of appeal process?

      • David
        December 23, 2009, 12:19 pm

        That’s the really good news, this actually was an appeal.

        Here’s the most recent announcement English (not a full victory yet, just a jurisdictional clarification, but now the case can go forward):

        *The Court of Appeal of Versailles confirms the jurisdiction of the Tribunal of Nanterre regarding the legal claim brought by AFPS against Veolia
        transport, Alstom and Alstom transport regarding the construction and
        operation of a light railway in East Jerusalem*

        Following the admissibility ruling handed down on the 15th of April
        2009 by the High Court of Nanterre, accepting jurisdiction over the claims
        commenced by AFPS against Veolia Transport, Alstom et Alstom Transport, The Alstom et Alstom Transport companies contested this ruling in
        front of the Court of Appeal of Versailles by asking for the invalidation of the ruling of the Court of Nanterre.

        The court of Appeal of Versailles handed down its ruling on the 17th
        of December 2009. The decision follows the line of arguments of our lawyers and
        satisfies us. The Court of Appeal of Versailles confirms the ruling of the High Court Nanterre regarding its jurisdiction on the case.

        Thus, the case should come back the the High Court of Nanterre which
        will judge at last the substance of the case as soon as possible. AFPS will publicize further useful information on the continuation of the proceedings.

      • Chaos4700
        December 23, 2009, 1:01 pm

        I’m familiar with neither the French language nor the French judicial system, but I’ll take your word for it. Sounds like we’re starting to see a palpable shift in Europe in the face of ongoing Israeli atrocities.

      • aparisian
        December 24, 2009, 6:11 am

        Veolia and Astom ignores the justice decision, so lets see the response of the ISM lawyers.
        – The workers syndicate CGT announced that they refuse to support the Israeli colonisation.

        I think BDS France must get in contact with the syndicates here, because these syndicates can really be bad to these companies, you know in France there is a strike tradition, and strikes can be so powerful ;-)

  3. Psychopathic god
    December 23, 2009, 1:42 pm

    When can we expect Rep. H. Berman’s committee to begin passing resolutions and crafting legislation instructing all arms of the US government and all corporations doing business in the US to CEASE any contracting or financial involvement with IsRAel[N]

    holding breath
    turning blue

  4. Rehmat
    December 23, 2009, 1:43 pm

    Well – when one fails after spending US$400 million to topple Iranian elected government or close to a billion dollar to defeat Hizbollah resistance movement – one got to blame the very victims of his – in order provide a cover for your own evil nature.

    Iran since 1979 Iislamic Revolution has not missed a single 4-year term presidential election – even during the 8-year Iraqi war sponsored by the West for the benefit of the Zionist entity. This is more than the US or Israel can say about them. Unlike the US, the Iranian vote counting are done manually and not by machines which are known to be screwed-up during Bush’s first victory.

    To understand why the Zionist world is so much paranoid by certain foreign leaders – one has to know the moral character and patriotism of those leaders.

    World’s top independent leaders
    link to rehmat1.wordpress.com

  5. The Hasbara Buster
    December 23, 2009, 2:44 pm

    I wrote a similar post a while ago: If Neda had died in Bilin.

  6. DICKERSON3870
    December 23, 2009, 3:01 pm

    RE: “Oh just imagine if the Palestinian resistance movement were happening in Iran!”

    SEE: “Wall Street Journal pushing discredited story”, By Wayne Madsen, 12/23/09
    (EXCERPT) The Wall Street Journal reported that the IL-76 cargo plane detained on December 11 along with a Ukrainian and Belarusian crew at Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport en route from North Korea was destined for Tehran with a consignment of North Korean weapons. However, WMR has learned from informed Asian intelligence sources that Tehran was not the final destination for the North Korean weapons. The weapons were destined for Sri Lanka and Ukraine.
    Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili has denied any Iranian link to the weapons seized in Bangkok. The denial comes at the same time that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadiejad has condemned as a forgery a two-page Farsi document pointing to alleged Iranian development of nuclear weapons. The Bangkok incident and the forged Iranian document suggests that the disinformation campaign against Iran is reachng levels to that waged against Iraq and Saddam Hussein in the months before the U.S.-led attack on that nation.
    The cargo plane used to transport the weapons from North Korea was chartered by an intricate web of CIA front and pass-through companies registered in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Vanuatu, Georgia, British Virgin Islands, and Sharjah…
    …The operation to smuggle weapons from North Korea was a CIA sting operation, conducted with the assistance of Mossad assets in Azerbaijan, where the IL-76 stopped en route to North Korea from Ukraine, and Georgian and Ukrainian intelligence. The North Koreans responded favorably to the request from Sri Lanka for arms because the two countries have been close allies in the Non-Aligned Movement. There is also a possibility, according to our sources, that the IL-76 picked up weapons in Azerbaijan while en route to Sri Lanka, Bangkok, and North Korea…Chinese intelligence sources report that the “sting” operation conducted against North Korea and Iran appears to have been part of a plan by the CIA to resurrect the pro-U.S. “GUAM” alliance of Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Moldova….
    SOURCE – link to waynemadsenreport.com

    • Chaos4700
      December 23, 2009, 3:16 pm

      Smells like Nigerian yellow cake, doesn’t it?

      • DICKERSON3870
        December 23, 2009, 9:08 pm

        RE: “Smells like Nigerian yellow cake, doesn’t it?” – Chaos4700
        ME: Is the U.S. utterly incapable of determining who forged the infamous ‘Niger yellowcake uranium letter’ that was used by both the U.K. and the U.S. to help justify the invasion of Iraq? The U.S. might have more credibility if we could expose the perpetrator(s) of that hoax! Until then, I can’t really trust anything our government says.
        WIKIPEDIA – link to en.wikipedia.org
        P.S. Actually, it smells more like “Pricky Dick” Cheney and/or Michael Ledeen.

      • DICKERSON3870
        December 23, 2009, 9:11 pm

        I should have used Michael “Faster Please” Ledeen instead of just Michael Ledeen.

      • Chaos4700
        December 23, 2009, 10:35 pm

        Oh it’s not that the US is incapable of determining who forged the document… merely unwilling.

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