Newseum honors newsman who ran guns for ethnic cleansing of Palestine

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It’s not surprising that the Newseum has chosen to step back from honoring Palestinian journalists killed in the line of duty, given that the institution glorifies the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, Hasbara-style. On one of the top floors there’s a shrine to deceased Las Vegas Sun publisher and armer of Zionist militias Hank Greenspun – his family is one of the founding partners of the Newseum.

The shrine reports that Hank, who supposedly “had a celebrated career as a leading public advocate and crusader for justice,” ran guns to Zionist militias in the 1940s, in violation of the neutrality act. The text from the shrine’s not available online, but check out this Israel-biased report from his wife’s obit:

[Greenspun was] indicted by the federal government for shipping guns to the Middle East to help the Jewish state of Israel defend itself against the Arab armies, which attacked it following the United Nations’ partition in 1948.

The shrine portrays Greenspun’s gun-running as being as natural and heroic as Paul Revere’s actions. Of course, nowhere does the shrine (or anything in the museum) say what those guns were used for: the Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, aka the Nakba.

So what does this museum dedicated to “neutral” and “unbiased” journalism say (or not say) about the state of our media’s neutrality towards Israel/Palestine?

Oh, and by the way – JFK pardoned Greenspun for violating the neutrality act “as a concession in wooing and winning over key donors of the Israel lobby during his presidential bid,” putting a retroactive seal of approval on Greenspun’s role in ethnic cleansing.

P.S. – Speaking of JFK, check out this tidbit from the same article:

Among Kennedy’s last bilateral diplomatic acts was a firm July 5, 1963, demand for regular U.S. inspections of Dimona delivered to the Israeli prime minister. But the push to include Israel in the fledgling nuclear nonproliferation regime died with Kennedy’s November assassination in Dallas. A simultaneous and largely secret Department of Justice drive to regulate the Israel lobby as agents of the Israeli government also subsequently perished.

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Matthew A. Taylor is co-founder of PeacePower magazine, and author of "The Road to Nonviolent Coexistence in Palestine/Israel," a chapter in the book Nonviolent Coexistence.

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  1. Nevada Ned
    May 14, 2013, 12:12 pm

    A 2002 book about prominent La Vegans, The Money and the Power, by Roger Morris and Sally Denton, has a chapter about journalist Hank Greenspun. Working with his friend, Al Schwimmer, Hank Greenspun acquired much of the weaponry that allowed Israel to ethnically cleanse the Palestinians in 1947-1948. The Las Vegas Sun, Hank Greenspun’s newspaper, is still in business, under the leadership of Hank’s son, Brian Greenspun. The Sun has suffered serious cutbacks in recent years, but Democrats hoping for favorable coverage or newspaper endorsements, or campaign contributions, always pay homage to Brian Greenspun.

    On the Republican side, there’s Sheldon Adelson, financial supporter of Israel.

    • irmep
      May 14, 2013, 7:40 pm

      The petition to change the name of the “Greenspun Terrace” will be faxed every week to the executives at the Newseum until we reach 10,000 signatures, or hang heads with embarrassment.

      link to thepetitionsite.com

  2. lysias
    May 14, 2013, 12:18 pm

    The 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination will soon be upon us.

    • MRW
      May 15, 2013, 3:46 pm

      Then, be sure to watch this:
      link to personalgrowthcourses.net

      Robert Caro, LBJ’s biographer, was on NPR’s Fresh Air Monday and added a lot of info about LBJ that I didn’t know: the Kennedys called LBJ and Lady Byrd ‘Uncle Cornpone and his pork chop’, or Rufus Cornpone, and the morning of Kennedy’s death, a guy named Don Reynolds was in a Senate room handing over checks and invoices that proved LBJ’s involvement in the (then) huge Bobby Baker scandal, proof that would have sent LBJ to jail.
      link to npr.org

      Caro’s revelations lend heft to the History Channel video I link to.

      • lysias
        May 17, 2013, 3:49 pm

        The latest volume of Caro’s biography of LBJ is extremely disappointing. Caro actually accepts the Warren Commission’s account of the JFK assassination. He says nothing about the murders in Texas in which LBJ was implicated (a jury in Texas actually concluded, years after LBJ died, that he was involved in the conspiracy to murder Dept. of Agriculture investigator Henry Marshall, who was resisted all attempts to persuade him abandon his investigation of Billy Sol Estes’s frauds). While he has a lot to say about Bobby Baker, he says nothing at all about Billy Sol Estes.

        Estes died just a few days ago. (His autobiographical account, Le dernier témoin [The Last Witness, i.e., the last surviving witness of the conspiracy to assassinate JFK], has only been published in French, without any English-language translation appearing. In the book, Estes blames LBJ for the assassination, as does the very persuasive book LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination, by Phillip F. Nelson, which is about to come out in paperback.) The Washington Post‘s obituary for Estes actually mentions the murders of Marshall and others, as well as Estes’s connection with LBJ, but does not draw a connection between the murders and LBJ. I guess that’s as close as the Pravda on the Potomac dares to get to telling us the truth.

        I had been hoping to learn something when Caro finally got around to discussing the attack on the USS Liberty, but I fear he has been coopted and will only give us the orthodox version.

  3. PeaceThroughJustice
    May 14, 2013, 12:29 pm

    Nice piece, Matthew. That list of Founding Partners is very revealing. Continuing on the subject of distortion of the media, Max Kaiser (“edgy” economic commentator) made an interesting statement yesterday–

    “When we were doing a show for BBC World News called The Oracle with Max Kaiser, a couple of years ago, we only had one editorial direction and that is we could not mention Israel, in any context. That’s the only thing we heard from the BBC.” [24:50]
    Max Kaiser Show, Episode 443, May 9, 2013
    link to rt.com

    • Blank State
      May 14, 2013, 5:28 pm

      “….we only had one editorial direction and that is we could not mention Israel, in any context”

      Something tells me that Maddow is subject to the same mandate, one that she seemingly embraces with no regrets.

  4. seafoid
    May 14, 2013, 12:42 pm

    Zionism is a parallel reality where the end always justifies the means. I suppose, what else could it have been ? It was never going to be saintly to dispossess and then pauperise a people.

  5. radii
    May 14, 2013, 12:46 pm

    “But the push to include Israel in the fledgling nuclear nonproliferation regime died with Kennedy’s November assassination in Dallas. A simultaneous and largely secret Department of Justice drive to regulate the Israel lobby as agents of the Israeli government also subsequently perished.”

    Kinda says it all

  6. Blank State
    May 14, 2013, 1:52 pm

    So….has anyone heard back from “Newseum” on this? I know a number of us have contacted them, and I’m curious as to thier response, if any.

  7. HarryLaw
    May 14, 2013, 3:58 pm

    I thought the killing of journalists reporting for whatever side was a war crime, just as killing scientists engaged in nuclear work in Iran, they are both civilians and should be afforded protection under the laws of war. Nato thought the bombing of the Belgrade TV station in 1999 was a legitimate target, since they were accused of propaganda on behalf of the Regime, dozens were killed and injured including make up professionals, cleaners and technicians, the two Palestinian reporters were civilians employed to do a job, just like the Al jezeer reporters whose offices Bush targeted in the Iraq war. All war crimes, except when the West does it.

  8. notatall
    May 14, 2013, 5:52 pm

    Didn’t the term “ethnic cleansing” originate in the 1990s as a euphemism for population transfer, which was itself a euphemism for forcible deportation, which exists on a spectrum with genocide, and aren’t those who use the term without ironic quotation marks softening the crime and playing into the hands of the criminals?

  9. Kathleen
    May 14, 2013, 6:44 pm

    Grant Smith has done amazing work on digging deep into these issues for years now. His website is a treasure trove of accurate information and deep research. Grant Smith has written some great pieces based on the research he has done on this Kennedy/Dimona issue as well as his research on Greenspun

    link to original.antiwar.com

    link to irmep.org

    link to youtube.com

    link to irmep.org

    link to prnewswire.com

  10. DICKERSON3870
    May 14, 2013, 6:58 pm

    RE: “The shrine portrays Greenspun’s gun-running as being as natural and heroic as Paul Revere’s actions. Of course, nowhere does the shrine (or anything in the museum) say what those guns were used for: the Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, aka the Nakba . . . “ ~ Matthew Taylor

    VOLTAIRE: “All murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.”

    P.S. Obama also pardoned one of these “gun runners”.
    “Pro-Israel Pardons and Leniency Too Costly to Continue”, by Grant F. Smith, Antiwar.com, 1/13/09
    LINK – link to antiwar.com

    • DICKERSON3870
      May 14, 2013, 7:21 pm

      P.P.S. RE: “Obama also pardoned one of these ‘gun runners’.”

      CORRECTION: I must have been thinking of Bush’s December 2008 pardon of Charles Winters.

      BUSH PARDON (December 23, 2008):
      NAME – Charles Thompson Winters
      DISTRICT – S. D. Fla.
      SENTENCED – 1949
      OFFENSE – Conspiracy to illegally export, and illegal exportation, of a military aircraft to a foreign country; 18 U.S.C. §§ 88 (1946 ed.) and 371, 22 U.S.C. § 452, and Presidential Proclamation 2776 (dated March 26, 1948).
      SOURCE – link to en.wikipedia.org

  11. MRW
    May 15, 2013, 3:48 pm

    Abby Martin of RT’s Breaking the Set takes this on in a great piece:
    Israel’s Narrative of Control | Brainwash Update

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