Clinton’s Passover message about ‘fighting oppression’ is highly selective

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As she wooed the New York vote, Hillary Clinton chose to pen a Passover address to Jewish communities globally, published in Haaretz. In her piece, Clinton claims to impart wisdom drawn from parallels she sees between the lessons from the Book of Exodus with current challenges being faced by Israel, and apparently thus, by default, all Jews across the world.

The title to the piece – “Fighting Oppression, Inequality and Injustice on Passover”– should be a dead giveaway to the preachy nature of the message. And yet for all her worldly wisdom, it is the Former Secretary of State’s willful ignorance of the realities of life for Palestinians and the direct implications of Israeli policies fostering this reality, that shines through strongest.

One can only wonder, for example, at her attempt to draw a parallel between the persecution of the Israelites by Pharoah, and the efforts of the Boycott Divest and Sanction (BDS) Movement. She states that restrictions on the Israelites’ “right to worship as they chose” are being reincarnated in the form of “efforts to malign and isolate the Jewish people” through the BDS movement, which she calls “alarming.” Like a number of her counterparts in the US, Canada, UK, and Australia, Clinton appears to be uneducated on the mandate of the BDS campaign, which targets not the religious practices or cultural identity of Jews, but takes issue with the complacency of global corporations with policies, laws and structural and systemic actions sanctioned by the state of Israel that actualize and reinforce the occupation, rape, and ruin of Palestine. She fails to call out the injustice in business activity taking place on illegally occupied Palestinian land, or the countless environmental violations strategically impacting yet more Palestinian territory (such as in the case of the village of Tulkarm and the Israeli agrochemical firm Geshuri), or even to question the ethics of contravening international law in labeling practices for goods produced in the illegal Israeli settlements, and by exploiting Palestinian labourers at that. Instead she paints a dangerously inaccurate image of BDS as a movement, proffering racial and religious persecution of any and all Jews alike, reducing its push for conscientious consumerism to anti-Semitism.

Clinton goes on to rightly tie anti-Semitic incidents witnessed in Europe to intolerance and anti-religious sentiment. Where her discussion of intolerance fails however is in her direct avoidance of criticizing Israel’s own poor record on religious freedom. Can she be given the benefit of doubt on this one? Perhaps, seeing that the American state body dedicated to analyzing global religious persecution and defending freedom of religion, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, has not once, in its 20 year existence, issued a report on the state of religious freedom in Israel. But one does not need to be Secretary of State to see that the Israeli state policy and legislative framework are rife with discriminatory approaches towards the Muslim, Christian and Druze minorities that collectively constitute nearly a quarter of its population – not to mention the violations towards Muslim and Christian holy sites and infringements on religious practice that are routine and arguably encouraged in Jerusalem and all other occupied areas of the Holy Land. If her mission is to stand up for oppressed minorities, Clinton is certainly doing the Israeli ones a disservice.

Clinton concludes with a reminder that slavery and oppression are still very much alive. She urges, “this Pesach, let’s continue fighting all forms of oppression, inequality and injustice. Let’s take a page from Moses and Aaron, and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.” She discusses sexual slavery in India. She connects Jewish and American values in the need to deliver help and hope to the oppressed. Yet in her discussion of the need to “never forget to keep drawing attention to the plight of millions of people still in need of their own deliverance,” not once does Clinton mention the millions of Palestinians forcibly displaced over the course of the better part of a century to make way for the Jewish state. In fact, the word Palestine fails to surface altogether in her writing. She proselytizes about the prophets who stood up in the face of oppression, yet doesn’t speak of the dehumanizing checkpoints, the encroaching settlements, the walls and fences, the segregated roads and hospital wards, or even the structural, political discrimination faced by Palestinian Israelis. 

Brazenly, she signs off with “They are out there, waiting for us.”

Pray tell, Mrs.Clinton, just who might they be? Do tell, where is it that they wait?

About Nida Hussain

Nida Hussain is the Director, Public Relations at Palestine Works, a U.S based nonprofit organization founded by diaspora Palestinians to promote Palestinian human development. Palestine Works seeks to engage, develop and harness the expertise of young professionals inside and outside Palestine through the creation of high-impact knowledge exchange opportunities.

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  1. Ossinev
    April 22, 2016, 2:06 pm

    “Clinton appears to be uneducated on the mandate of the BDS campaign”

    Quite the opposite IMHO. Most professional liars are highly educated about subjects which they are lying about . Basically , after having pocketed or handbagged the campaign”funding “cheque from the relevant Zionist Elder, she is reading the Zionist script which has been handed to her by the said Zionist Elder.

    Disgusting overt bought and bent fraudster.

    • lysias
      April 23, 2016, 10:24 pm

      Hillary’s forwarding emails from Sidney Blumenthal on the subject shows she is well aware of the facts with respect to the Israel/Palestine issue.

  2. a blah chick
    April 22, 2016, 2:15 pm

    Clinton was Secretary of State and got daily briefings so she is not ignorant about what is going on in Israel/Palestine. This is why her pandering is so vile, she is deliberately courting racist votes in order to get elected. Also Zionism is where the money and power is.

  3. Emory Riddle
    April 22, 2016, 3:30 pm

    “One can only wonder, for example, at her attempt to draw a parallel between the persecution of the Israelites by Pharoah, and the efforts of the Boycott Divest and Sanction (BDS) Movement. She states that restrictions on the Israelites’ “right to worship as they chose” are being reincarnated in the form of “efforts to malign and isolate the Jewish people” through the BDS movement, which she calls “alarming.” ”

    Give me a break. She did not write this an almost certainly does not believe this. This passage was written for her by a Zionist. AIPAC? Someone on her staff who is there for such things?

    • Sibiriak
      April 22, 2016, 11:02 pm

      Emory Riddle: She did not write this an almost certainly does not believe this. This passage was written for her by a Zionist.
      ————–

      Hillary IS a Zionist. Heart and soul. And an deeply devout, life-long Christian. She could very well believe every word of it.

      • bintbiba
        April 23, 2016, 8:39 am

        Hillary is an utter abomination !!

        How could one possibly be a “devout anything ” close to morality and international values and “very well believe every word of it” !

  4. bopfromthedarkside
    April 22, 2016, 4:50 pm

    How will she respond when Bibi tells her to attack Iran?.

    • K Renner
      April 23, 2016, 5:30 pm

      It’s quite nauseating to think about, isn’t it?

    • JLewisDickerson
      April 23, 2016, 6:23 pm

      RE: “How will she [Hillary Clinton] respond when Bibi tells her to attack Iran?” ~ bopfromthedarkside

      MY REPLY: Especially, if he blackmails her.

      SEE – “Claim: Israelis tried to blackmail Bill Clinton with Lewinsky tapes to force spy release” | by Benjamin Weingarten | theblaze.com | 21 July 2014

      [EXCERPTS] In October 1998 in a bid to gain the release of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, an Israeli team led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to blackmail President Bill Clinton with tapes of Clinton and then-intern Monica Lewinsky. When Clinton brought Israel’s request for Pollard’s release to CIA Director George Tenet, Tenet threatened to resign on the spot should Clinton cave and release Pollard. Clinton ultimately declined the Israeli request, though he would consider it once again before the end of his term.

      This bombshell claim comes from Daniel Halper’s new book on the Clintons’ rise back to power, “Clinton, Inc.,” in a section based on the author’s review of the so-called “Monica Files,” to which Halper obtained exclusive access.

      The hundreds of pages of documents comprising the “Monica Files” detail numerous sordid allegations about President Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Monica Lewinsky as compiled by Lewinsky’s associates including “investigators, attorneys, and other Lewinsky advisors in the event that she might be involved in legal action against the president.”

      Here is how Halper describes the meeting between the Israelis and President Clinton that October, which took place during a set of high-profile negotiations on the Middle East with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat at the Wye Plantation near Wye River, Maryland:

      At one point, Netanyahu reportedly pulled Clinton aside to press for a pet cause for the Israelis–the release of Jonathan Pollard, an American spy for Israel who was sitting in prison. Netanyahu pressed Clinton to release Pollard, which in itself was not an unusual request. But the Israelis present at Wye River had a new tactic for their negotiations–they’d overheard Clinton and Monica and had it on tape. Not wanting to directly threaten the powerful American president, a crucial Israeli ally, Clinton was told that the Israeli government had thrown the tapes away. But the very mention of them was enough to constitute a form of blackmail.

      And, according to information provided by a CIA source, a stricken Clinton appeared to buckle. . .

      . . . Intelligence officials in the United States or Israel will of course not confirm on the record the extent or substance of Israeli eavesdropping…In 2000 the conservative magazine Insight, after a one-year investigation by a team of reporters, claimed that the Israeli government had “penetrated four White House telephone lines and was able to relay real-time conversations on those lines from a remote site outside the White House directly to Israel for listening and recording.” At the time, an Israeli spokesman responded to the Associated Press, which confirmed that an FBI investigation was under way, that the claim was “outrageous.” . . .

      . . . A New York Post article published in 1999 drawing on a book titled “Gideon’s Spies — The Secret History of Mossad,” recounts a similar plot by Israel to blackmail Bill Clinton with Lewinsky tapes, for a related but different end. The post article read:

      ISRAEL blackmailed President Clinton with phone-tapped tapes of his steamy sex talks with Monica Lewinsky, a blockbuster new book charges.

      The price Clinton paid for the silence of the Mossad spy agency was calling off an FBI hunt for a top-level Israeli mole allegedly installed at the White House.

      …author [George] Thomas says Danny Yatom, Mossad inspector general, succeeded in tapping Lewinsky’s phone and amassed some 30 hours of sexually explicit conversations between the president and Lewinsky.

      Thomas says Tel Aviv used the tapes to stop the probe of an operative code-named “MEGA,” who was, and could still be, deep within the White House.

      …Israel’s Committee for Central Intelligence, meeting in emergency session, decided to play dirty by exploiting Monica’s steamy chats as a way of protecting their White House “asset,” Thomas said.

      Halper argues in his book that the allegations in “The Monica Files” may be used by “reporters and Republican operatives–as part of what might be dubbed the [death by a] “thousand cuts” operation” in connection with a Hillary Clinton presidential bid in 2016.

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.theblaze.com/blog/2014/07/21/claim-israelis-tried-to-blackmail-bill-clinton-with-lewinsky-tapes-for-release-of-spy/

  5. Boomer
    April 22, 2016, 8:56 pm

    re: “Yet in her discussion of the need to “never forget to keep drawing attention to the plight of millions of people still in need of their own deliverance,” not once does Clinton mention the millions of Palestinians forcibly displaced over the course of the better part of a century to make way for the Jewish state. In fact, the word Palestine fails to surface altogether in her writing.”

    She did some of that at least once, over 20 years ago, as First Lady. One infers that the NYT was not entirely amused. NYT Magazine featured her on the cover. Inside Michael Kelly had a long story about “Saint Hillary.” It wasn’t entirely negative, not exactly a hit piece, but (for me at least), words like “condescending” and “sarcastic” come to mind. Others may react differently.

    I haven’t made a special study of Mrs. Clinton. “All I know is what I read in the papers,” as Will Rogers would say. But it seems to me that a message was being sent, and that it was received. It was, perhaps, the beginning of the education of Mrs. Clinton by the Zionist establishment.

    http://www.nytimes.com/1993/05/23/magazine/saint-hillary.html?pagewanted=all

  6. JLewisDickerson
    April 23, 2016, 6:47 pm

    RE: Brazenly, she [i.e., Hillary Clinton] signs off with “They are out there, waiting for us.” ~ Nida Hussain

    MY REPLY – That reminds me of the tagline from The X-Files: “The Truth Is Out There”.

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