Slaughter and Rubin say Syrians are brave. What about this boy raising a flag in Gaza?

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Annie sent along this video from Nakba Day protests at the Erez Crossing in Gaza on May 15, it’s pretty horrifying. Israeli snipers start shooting into the defenseless crowd of protesters at 7:00 or so (with Ken O’Keefe’s vigorous interpolations) and you see wounded young men being carried away. An American flag is shredded. But I would direct you to the flagcarriers at 11:50 or so– Two young men climb a pylon to stick up Palestinian flags. One of them appears to be shot as he climbs and falls inside the pylon. The second youth continues to climb the pylon to stick his flag up high. Could you do that? I sure couldn’t!

Last night on Eliot Spitzer’s CNN show Jamie Rubin formerly of the State Department and now of Bloomberg News and Anne-Marie Slaughter formerly of the State Department and now Princeton both praised the bravery of the Syrian demonstrators. “We’re seeing people with incredible bravery” –Slaughter. Rubin– “These are very very brave people.”

And Spitzer chimed in that Bashar Assad is as bad as Qaddafi. A comparison that surely reflects Spitzer’s unreconstructed view of Israel as a beacon. 

Have these folks even considered the bravery of the Palestinian protesters? Have they noticed how uncannily similar are the optics of this people rebelling against occupation and the optics of the Syrian demos? Really what is the difference? The Israeli regime has no legitimacy for the youth of Gaza, even less so that Israel’s snipers pick off defenseless boys, and the Syrian regime no legitimacy for the Syrian people…. Something’s got to give.

21 Responses

  1. annie
    June 2, 2011, 9:59 am

    thank you phil. really from the bottom of my heart.

    i hope everyone watches this incredibly powerful video. it truly gives you a sense of what is going on there. watching as people are being indiscriminately shot. they want freedom and they deserve it and there is no reason, no reason this should be happening in our world.

    • Walid
      June 2, 2011, 11:14 am

      You’ll be seeing the Palestinians trying to do all over again at the borders this coming Sunday but in much greater numbers. The gathering on June 5th is to commemorate the expulsion of 300,000 Palestinians from the West Bank in 1967, called Naksa Day but it’s going to be much harder for them this time. Israel has been electrifying the fences and the Lebanese Army has declared the border area between Fatima’s Gate and Adaisseh where the highway runs 3 metres in parallel to the fence a closed military zone. It promises to get ugly between the Palestinians and the army.

      The 110 kids that got shot of which 11 were killed on May 15th in Lebanon wanted simply to place their flags on the fence, yell a few profanities at the soldiers hiding behind the trees and throw some stones across the fence. It wasn’t a damned invasion.

      • annie
        June 2, 2011, 5:09 pm

        i know, i am bracing myself. but it has to happen. they cannot go on like this. it is a new generation.

      • ToivoS
        June 2, 2011, 7:18 pm

        Israel has been electrifying the fences

        An 18 in metal stake pounded into the ground attached to cheap chain should be sufficient to short out the fences. At least that works in the eastern US — How dry is the soil there in Southern Lebanon?

  2. justicewillprevail
    June 2, 2011, 10:50 am

    Cold-blooded murder of defenceless people who were offering no threat to an armed bunch of state sponsored hoodlums, safe in the knowledge that they will never be held to account.

  3. Kathleen
    June 2, 2011, 11:05 am

    Thank you Annie for always being on it. And thank you Phil for posting.

    Ken O ‘keefe is one of the most dedicated and very brave human rights activist. But he repeats a myth that the Palestinians have been abandoned over the decades. This is a total myth. While there is so much more information and media coverage coming out of the area. Christian Peace Makers team, Art Gish , former President Jimmy Carter, and so many more have been focused on this issue for decades. The internet, you tube, tweeting, face book, Mondoweiss etc have accelerated the focus but repeating that myth that Palestinians had been abandoned is just that a myth

    • Walid
      June 2, 2011, 11:30 am

      Kathleen, it’s not a myth and their biggest abandonment has been by fellow Arabs. If it would have been myth as you are saying, they wouldn’t have remained stateless refugees all these years while Arab states, with exception to Syria and Lebanon, have been making their peace with Israel, one by one.

      • Citizen
        June 2, 2011, 1:40 pm

        Yeah, Walid, its the squalid Arabs’ fault, the Palestinian plight. The Palestinian’s still hold keys to their family homes in Israel.

      • Kathleen
        June 2, 2011, 2:18 pm

        I have heard activist in this country talking about, lobbying, petitioning, protesting the illegal actions of Israel for 35 years. Now not getting as much media attention…the internet, tweeting, facebook etc were not effective tools. I think about the first time I got on the Palestinian human rights bus was soon after hearing Vanessa Redgrave make a brave statement at the Oscars. After that started reading Edward Said’s books etc.

        link to

    • seafoid
      June 2, 2011, 5:30 pm

      They were shafted by the rest of the world, Kathleen. Sure there were people like the CPT but if it wasn’t for the spirit of the Palestinians themselves they would have been forgotten like the Tibetans are.
      Handala the cartoon character is a symbol of how they have been treated.

      link to

      It is so good to see Handala popping up at BDS actions in the US.

      link to
      at around 2.44

  4. Kathleen
    June 2, 2011, 11:09 am

    Ken O’keefe interviews/Mavi Marmara
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  5. Kathleen
    June 2, 2011, 11:21 am

    The line up Spitzer, Rubin (always repeating unsubstantiated claims about Iran) Slaughter who plays softball on the I/P issue. Clearly there is an agenda. No control of CNN by the I lobby. Must be another conspiracy.

    Spitzer is a horror monger and a warmonger. And now has his own show on CNN. Such integrity. Jamie Rubin, Christiane Amanpour who also recycles Iraq warmongers who should be on trial at the Hague not on US MSM.

    Okeefe “cowards, cowards”
    That first young man carried away looked like he was shot directly in the heart.

    “defenseless” indeed

  6. Kathleen
    June 2, 2011, 11:28 am

    The template/ the plan is all at the Project for a New American Century. Spent quite a bit of time over there in 2001/2002 reading all of the documents letters to our Presidents. If you have not read the game plan it is all over there. Rubin, Spitzer running with the template/ plan. Iraq, Syria, etc etc. Whether they will be able to convince the US govt to either support bunker bustering Iranian nuclear program sites or Israel will do it themselves is still one of the long range goals

    link to

    January 26, 1998

    The Honorable William J. Clinton
    President of the United States
    Washington, DC

    Dear Mr. President:

    We are writing you because we are convinced that current American policy toward Iraq is not succeeding, and that we may soon face a threat in the Middle East more serious than any we have known since the end of the Cold War. In your upcoming State of the Union Address, you have an opportunity to chart a clear and determined course for meeting this threat. We urge you to seize that opportunity, and to enunciate a new strategy that would secure the interests of the U.S. and our friends and allies around the world. That strategy should aim, above all, at the removal of Saddam Hussein’s regime from power. We stand ready to offer our full support in this difficult but necessary endeavor.

    The policy of “containment” of Saddam Hussein has been steadily eroding over the past several months. As recent events have demonstrated, we can no longer depend on our partners in the Gulf War coalition to continue to uphold the sanctions or to punish Saddam when he blocks or evades UN inspections. Our ability to ensure that Saddam Hussein is not producing weapons of mass destruction, therefore, has substantially diminished. Even if full inspections were eventually to resume, which now seems highly unlikely, experience has shown that it is difficult if not impossible to monitor Iraq’s chemical and biological weapons production. The lengthy period during which the inspectors will have been unable to enter many Iraqi facilities has made it even less likely that they will be able to uncover all of Saddam’s secrets. As a result, in the not-too-distant future we will be unable to determine with any reasonable level of confidence whether Iraq does or does not possess such weapons.

    Such uncertainty will, by itself, have a seriously destabilizing effect on the entire Middle East. It hardly needs to be added that if Saddam does acquire the capability to deliver weapons of mass destruction, as he is almost certain to do if we continue along the present course, the safety of American troops in the region, of our friends and allies like Israel and the moderate Arab states, and a significant portion of the world’s supply of oil will all be put at hazard. As you have rightly declared, Mr. President, the security of the world in the first part of the 21st century will be determined largely by how we handle this threat.

    Given the magnitude of the threat, the current policy, which depends for its success upon the steadfastness of our coalition partners and upon the cooperation of Saddam Hussein, is dangerously inadequate. The only acceptable strategy is one that eliminates the possibility that Iraq will be able to use or threaten to use weapons of mass destruction. In the near term, this means a willingness to undertake military action as diplomacy is clearly failing. In the long term, it means removing Saddam Hussein and his regime from power. That now needs to become the aim of American foreign policy.

    We urge you to articulate this aim, and to turn your Administration’s attention to implementing a strategy for removing Saddam’s regime from power. This will require a full complement of diplomatic, political and military efforts. Although we are fully aware of the dangers and difficulties in implementing this policy, we believe the dangers of failing to do so are far greater. We believe the U.S. has the authority under existing UN resolutions to take the necessary steps, including military steps, to protect our vital interests in the Gulf. In any case, American policy cannot continue to be crippled by a misguided insistence on unanimity in the UN Security Council.

    We urge you to act decisively. If you act now to end the threat of weapons of mass destruction against the U.S. or its allies, you will be acting in the most fundamental national security interests of the country. If we accept a course of weakness and drift, we put our interests and our future at risk.


    Elliott Abrams Richard L. Armitage William J. Bennett

    Jeffrey Bergner John Bolton Paula Dobriansky

    Francis Fukuyama Robert Kagan Zalmay Khalilzad

    William Kristol Richard Perle Peter W. Rodman

    • seafoid
      June 2, 2011, 5:33 pm

      The new American century isn’t going very well if the dollar is any measure of it.

  7. Chespirito
    June 2, 2011, 12:30 pm

    Yes, Slaughter and Rubin say Syrians are brave.
    They do not (and would never) say anything about the bravery of Palestinians taking similar actions under similar circs.
    Ergo, I say Slaughter and Rubin are not brave.

    • Kathleen
      June 2, 2011, 2:22 pm

      Spitzer, Rubin, support Israel no matter what. More in some ways than they support the US. Slaughter I am not as sure about

      She moderated a fine panel about the issue some years ago. Worth the watch
      link to

  8. Shingo
    June 2, 2011, 4:55 pm

    Has anyone noticed how the US media and State Department have found a new martyr to canonize in Syria? This young boy who was apparently brutally murdered and his body desecrated? Just like they did with that young woman during the Iran protests.

    I am incensed when anyone is killed, but when I saw this latest stunt, the hypocrisy infuriated me. Israel has massacred thousands of children, yet not one of them has warranted a mention, yet the killing of one child by the Syrian regime is suddenly the object of outrage in the US.

  9. James
    June 2, 2011, 5:22 pm

    “Last night on Eliot Spitzer’s CNN show Jamie Rubin”… say no more…

  10. iamuglow
    June 2, 2011, 6:18 pm

    such evil. more people need to see these videos.

  11. Bumblebye
    June 2, 2011, 8:56 pm

    What kind of threat to Israel were Palestinian flags and banners? Or does just being Palestinian mean being a potential WMD? Y’know, demographic time bomb? Can the Witty, who condoned Israel’s violent response, still do so if he dares to watch this, to see the total absence of ‘actual’ violence?

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