How a Palestinian girl from an occupied village emasculated the Israeli army

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‘Ahed Tamimi exposed the brittleness of the IDFs’ supporters’ masculinity – and the true purpose of hasbara

Last Friday, as part of the ongoing operations of the Israeli military dictatorship in support of the settlers, an IDF gunman fired a rubber-coated bullet into the head of Muhammad Tamimi, aged 15, in the Palestinian village of Nabi Salah. The village has been holding a years-long struggle against the attempt of settlers, backed by the gunmen of the IDF, to overtake a water spring, and as a result it suffers an unusually oppressive regime.

The Israeli media did not pay any attention to an Israeli jackboot firing a bullet at the head of 15 years old. As everyone knows, daily events are not news. Nothing to report.

What happened afterwards, however, was extensively covered. Two gunmen appeared in the courtyard of the Tamimi family house (the Israeli media generally omitted the last detail). There they found themselves faced with a stubborn Palestinian girl, ‘Ahed Tamimi. Tamimi has a long record of fearlessly opposing the jackboots. The Israeli media likes to call these incidents “provocations”: As in the old American South, the provocation is not the general white persecution, but the very presence of a downtrodden person who dares to publicly oppose his persecutors. This is considered as acting “out of bounds.”

The established order is that the gunmen may shoot Tamimi’s relative in the head, and then invade her house. But facing the gunmen – that’s the provocation, as far most Israelis are concerned.

The video of Tamimi slapping IDF gunmen was taken on Friday, reached the Israeli media on Monday, and caused the supporters of the IDF to let out a long and mournful scream. The army’s pride was lying on the road, and a Palestinian girl threw it there. Thousands of Israeli man-children were screaming for vengeance. They said, repeatedly, that the proper function of a Palestinian girl in the presence of an Israeli gunman is to piss herself; their pride was mortally wounded when it turned out differently and an unarmed girl managed to drive away an Israeli gunman with yells and a few slaps – as you would deal with anyone invading your home.

There was a pronounced element of gender role reversal here – I frankly don’t think a Palestinian boy could walk away from such an incident without taking a bullet – and the man-children spent much of their sexual rage on the soldiers themselves: they were repeatedly called “gays” or “trannys”. Which, incidentally, gives you a good glimpse into the psyche of the army-loving men-children.

The first official line of the IDF was that the gunmen acted properly, but the howls about the wounding of the military pride penetrated this shell. A few hours after the video was made public, the IDF proudly showed it was the manliest of them all: Large forces of police and army raided, at four AM, the Tamimi house and detained ‘Ahed. The gunmen took care to document the arrest on video, and quickly released it to the Israeli media with an official logo. The latter published it quickly and prominently. The great IDF recaptured its honor from the hands of a Palestinian girl. Go, go, go!

And as Tamimi publicly humiliated the army, the system hastened to show this must not be done. ‘Ahed Tamimi’s mother Nariman, trying to find out where her daughter was held, was detained in the police station. Later, the army, displaying rare courage. Detained another family member involved in the incident. ‘Ahed Tamimi is now charged with assaulting a gunman, of which she is patently guilty, and detained until Monday.

The judge ruled Tamimi does not pose a risk, but the police demanded to keep her in custody in order to investigate other, unknown crimes, and presented the judge with a secret report. Tamimi’s attorney, Adv. Gabi Lasky, told me she intends to appeal the decision to a military appeals court.

The whole incident raises several points of interest.

To begin with, the IDF regularly detains two Palestinian teens a night, on average. Due to the riots of the past few weeks, the number is unusually high lately. Many of these arrests are video’d by the IDF – but it never released any such videos to the press, much less with an official logo. Tamimi’s publicized arrest was meant to show the public the IDF has taken some Viagra.

There’s a very good reason why such videos never see the light of day: The IDF Spokesman is a central arm of the hasbara effort, and its people know very well that a video showing a teen being dragged out her parents’ home and led away handcuffed by gunmen would be taken badly pretty much everywhere in the world.

This time the need to calm down the Jewish public made the IDF throw the hasbara effort under the bus.

Perhaps I should amend the last claim. The hasbara effort, despite pretending otherwise, is directed at Israelis and Jews living outside of Israel. It barely tries to reach other crowds. It is intended to convince the already-convinced that everything is fine, that they can keep sleeping peacefully without thinking of what they’re sending their children to do. Hence the mass hysteria surrounding Breaking the Silence: Acting as a Socratic fly, they insist on waking a sleeping public. The public does not want to know. The IDF will show that it can– with a mighty hand and outstretched arm– detain a teen. But if you point out there are thousands of detainees like her, and that this is actually regular activity, you’d be branded a traitor.

Anyone needing more proof that the hasbara campaign is a government-operated psy-ops against the Israeli public which funds it could get it in the new series of articles by media criticism site 7th Eye. Two days ago, it exposed the fact that the Strategic Affairs Office transferred hundreds of thousands of shekels to the largest Israeli daily, Yediot Ahronot, so that the paper would promote so-called independent reports, which were actually government propaganda. Yesterday it showed that the Minister of Strategic Affairs Gilad Ardan gave the television network Keshet some half a million shekels to promote hasbara content – again, masquerading as legitimate reporting.

At the same time, Erdan is doing his usually insufficient best to ensure his office would be exempt from public exposure. It’s tempting to think he is trying to shield some Austin Powers-like  maneuvers (akin to Shai Masot’s plotting to take down British politicians), but it’s far more likely Erdan simply doesn’t want the Israeli public to know how much money he spends on psyops against it.

The Tamimi and Erdan affairs both show: the goal of hasbara is not the world’s opinion but Israelis’. It is supposed to provide the public with more and more reasons to avoid asking questions about what is being done in its name.

Therefore, we must assume the IDF will insist on putting ‘Ahed Tamimi on trial. It has to look strong to the Jewish public, to show that it is definitely capable of punishing teens who dared to protect their homes. It will do so despite the damage to Israel’s image – because, as usual, Israel’s image is collateral damage when it comes to the IDF.

The trial will probably be held in closed session, as otherwise it may prove too embarrassing. But here is Tamimi’s chance to soar. In 1947, the British Mandate put an Irgun fighter, Dov Gruner, on trial for attacking a British position. He shocked his judges by refusing to admit they had any right to judge him. He told them that it is the right of every occupied people to rebel, even using violence, against its occupiers. Tamimi should tell her judges the IDF is as much an invader of her land as the British army was. That her judges may wield power, but never justice. In Gruner’s words,

“Nothing remains, therefore, of the legal standing of your regime. This regime, therefore, has only one element to rely on: brute force, they bayonet, and terrorism […] When the government of any country becomes unlawful, when it mutates into tyranny and oppression, it is the right of the citizens – no, much more, it is their duty – to fight this regime and bring it down.”

And Tamimi, changing Gruner’s words just slightly, could add: This the Palestinian youth are doing, and this they will do, until you are removed from this land and return it to its rightful owners.

When Gruner faced his judges unbowed, Winston Churchill was forced to tell parliament “this house must register the valor of this man, criminal though he may be.” It’s unlikely we’ll hear a similar statement from an Israeli Knesset member.

And even so: Courage, ‘Ahed, courage. To victory.

 

About Yossi Gurvitz

Yossi Gurvitz is a journalist and a blogger, and has covered the occupation extensively.

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32 Responses

  1. Citizen
    December 21, 2017, 3:55 pm

    SHIRLEY TEMPLE, eh? How about Rachel Corrie? How about the surviving crew of the USS Liberty?

    • John O
      December 21, 2017, 5:04 pm

      If I remember rightly, Shirley Temple became a highly respected diplomat in later life.

  2. lonely rico
    December 21, 2017, 4:30 pm

    I stand in awe at the courage of Ahed Tamimi, faced with the bottomless cruelty of her oppressors. Every day, the IDF plumbs new depths of depravity, beyond comprehension.
    I hope the members of parliament of Canada, and the members of congress of the USA are paying attention.

  3. George Smith
    December 21, 2017, 5:29 pm

    Let’s not put words in ‘Ahed’s mouth. Yossi Gurvitz’s suggested addendum may sound good: “This the Palestinian youth are doing, and this they will do, until you are removed from this land and return it to its rightful owners.” But in context it is troubling, especially if we’re drawing a parallel with British colonists in mandatory Palestine.

    Dov Gruner was demanding that the British foreigners clear out of Palestine altogether, leaving it to its “rightful owners,” European Jewish foreigners like him. If by “land” Gurvitz means the entirety of historic Palestine, and if “rightful owners” in this context means the Palestinian people, the statement he’s suggesting for ‘Ahed would be a call for Jews to clear out of the entirety of historic Palestine, “returning” to their natural homeland in–what? the Pale of Settlement? That’s certainly not what I would regard as a just outcome. The homeland for third- or fourth-generation Israeli Jews is surely in Palestine. Not that any part of Palestine BELONGS to them, of course; Palestine in its entirety is obviously also the homeland of the Palestinian people–all of them, including the exiles.

    Perhaps, though, Gurvitz intends “land” to mean just the occupied Palestinian territories–the 22 percent of historic Palestine that would constitute the Palestinian state as envisioned in the “peace process.” Ethnically cleansing that 22 percent of Jewish Israelis to make way for a Palestinian state would admittedly be a condign ending of the settlement enterprise. But as numerous posters and commenters on this site have repeatedly argued, it would leave major injustices unaddressed: equal rights for the Palestinian citizens of Israel, and the right of return of the Palestinian exiles. So I wouldn’t regard this version of Gurvitz’s addendum as a just outcome either.

    ‘Ahed will say what she will say. Let’s not take it upon ourselves to decide for her.

    • echinococcus
      December 21, 2017, 6:02 pm

      Smith,

      the statement he’s suggesting for ‘Ahed would be a call for Jews to clear out of the entirety of historic Palestine, “returning” to their natural homeland in–what? the Pale of Settlement? That’s certainly not what I would regard as a just outcome

      Who, excuse me, gives a rodent’s behind what you (a non-Palestinian I take it, as opposed to Ahed) or I “regard as a just outcome”?
      When there is theft, justice means at least restitution.
      Generally it also means punishment.

      The Palestinian people is the owner of the entire territory of Palestine. It is the only population collectively, in its entirety and in the absence of any duress and occupation entitled to decide what justice is.

      Ahed will say what she will say

      She did, many times and forcefully. Where were you, asleep?

      Let’s not take it upon ourselves to decide for her.

      Which is just what you did.

      I must say that the outright fanatical cavemen Zionists are more likable, to me at least, than those who sneakily work to ensure a residual “right” for Zionist invaders to continue squatting.

      • George Smith
        December 21, 2017, 7:57 pm

        1. Read again, echinococcus: I didn’t take it upon myself to decide for ‘Ahed. Exactly the opposite. I argued that neither Yossi Gurvitz nor I nor others (including you) should put words in her mouth. My criticism was directed at Gurvitz’s proposed words for ‘Ahed.

        2. The “residual right” of Israeli Jews that you so contemptuously dismiss is analogous to the right, affirmed by the ANC as integral to their anti-Apartheid movement, of white “invaders” to continue to live as equal citizens in post-Apartheid South Africa. That right is not a pitiful little “residual” that sneaky crypto-Zionists try to slip in on the sly. It’s a basic, universal human right of people to live securely in their homeland–precisely the same right as we anti-Zionists insist on for all the Palestinian people, including the exiles. Thankfully, that right doesn’t depend on a commendable political philosphy or voting record, and certainly isn’t canceled by great-grandparents’ crimes.

        3. Punishing a people–yes, even Israeli Jews–is collective punishment, a war crime. Punishment is for individual criminals. You and I could probably come up with a reasonable list of defendants, but not the entire population of Israeli Jews. Indeed, even the defendants would still be citizens of a democratic Palestine.

        4. As for restitution, who would disagree? Certainly not me. Israel could easily afford an immediate $100,000 per original expellee, or about $100 billion altogether. That’s only ~1/3 of their GDP, and would bring their national debt to GDP ratio to roughly the same as the U.S.’s.

      • echinococcus
        December 21, 2017, 11:59 pm

        Smith,

        Read again:
        You: “Ahed will say what she will say”
        Me: “She did, many times and forcefully. Where were you, asleep?”

        Of course you decided for her and the Palestinian people, by presenting as adjudicated the absurdity that Palestine is “home” to total invaders. Read again: “The Palestinian people is the owner of the entire territory of Palestine.” That includes a decision on the citizenship of any non-Palestinian on the territory.

        “the right, affirmed by the ANC as integral to their anti-Apartheid movement, of white “invaders” to continue to live as equal citizens in post-Apartheid South Africa”, is a compromise to end the fight in a given situation, in a given country. Not a universal right: other colonial peoples had completely different takes, as in Algeria or even India. Again, “When there is theft, justice means at least restitution.” The SA solution may be an acceptable compromise to Palestinians –we don’t know. It sure isn’t up to some Murkin or so to impose all over the place.

        (Even in the countries that admit citizenship by place of birth –not a general rule by far– that is conditioned most of the time to being there legally, ie by full consent of the local population and subject to its laws, not as some armed invader, occupier and thief. Would be interesting to see what most Europeans had to say about that in 1945.)

        As for collective punishment, there is no punishment in returning undesirable enemies to country of origin (or, in the rare case, to the third country that already declared readiness to accept; in this case the US.) Or even detaining them: even Dr Schweitzer was detained by the French because of his German citizenship and did not complain. Undesirable enemies the Zionist invaders are, as long as the war of aggression of the Zionist organization, now represented by the invader state, against Palestinians continues: they are Master-Race nationals of the official enemy power.

        I have to admire the final paragraph, where you so generously offer money, admittedly a tidy amount, in exchange for… the country the Palestinians want back (and forcefully said so before resistance was murdered and gagged in 1993.) I am not sure that such a well-meaning, if mercantile, offer would be met with cries of delight: most Palestinians may well take offense if they feel it is their right to get back their country (*and* get paid abundant reparation.)

      • George Smith
        December 22, 2017, 3:53 pm

        Set the record straight for us, echinococcus: Unlike most BDS supporters, including me, you’re not for a single secular democratic state in which Palestinians and Israeli Jews live as equals? You want Israeli Jews to be expelled from Palestine because they’re (descendants of) foreign invaders?

      • Mooser
        December 22, 2017, 4:17 pm

        ” You want Israeli Jews to be expelled from Palestine because they’re (descendants of) foreign invaders?”

        Why, do you think Israeli Jews should be forced to live in a “single secular democratic state in which Palestinians and Israeli Jews live as equals?”
        That is contrary to everything they have been taught, everything they have known, and there is no reason why they should be forced to live like that.

      • echinococcus
        December 22, 2017, 4:50 pm

        Smith,

        If you were interested in “setting the record straight” as you say, you would address the issues under discussion instead of suddenly abandoning a confrontation on issues that you started yourself and jumping to some kind of pre-loaded nonsense questions on “my” position.

        So if you want the record straightened, go back to my post: the Palestinian people is collectively the sole owner of sovereignty over the territory of Palestine. Zionist invaders, with a colonial and genocidal intent clearly declared in 1897, have been given by imperialist colonial powers what is not theirs to give. Justice requires restitution of both sovereignty, which includes the power to decide Palestinian citizenship for invaders and offspring thereof, and property.

        You are using the language of Zionist propaganda: ” You want Israeli Jews to be expelled from Palestine…” they are not there in their quality of Jews, followers of a religion, but in that of Zionists, i.e. participants of a political movement. Some Jews currently in Palestine, some of them non-religious but nominally “Jewish” according to the Zionist invaders, are Palestinians inasmuch as they are descended from Jewish Palestinians pre-1897.

        No, I don’t want them expelled or driven in or up or down or anything: justice orders that the Palestinian people, entire, collectively decides in the absence of occupation or any duress its wishes on territory, citizenship of it and residence rights. Among other things. You are not the Palestinian people and you have no right to order that the invader offspring continue to impose itself upon the invasion victims. That was being discussed. You can go back to my last post and take it up point by point, or continue ignoring whatever is being discussed, which of course is a great way to get anywhere.

      • jon s
        December 22, 2017, 5:07 pm

        George Smith,
        The only realistic option for achieving Israeli-Palestinian peace is still partition, two states.
        It’s still the only option which is both politically possible (just barely…) and morally sound.

      • Annie Robbins
        December 22, 2017, 6:03 pm

        removing fanatical settlers is not realistic when the israeli gov supports those fanatics. you’re not being realistic jon, if after decades the reality of endless occupation has not sunk in. this is the israeli way of life, colonization. after acknowledging that, then lets talk about what’s realistic.

      • Mooser
        December 22, 2017, 6:23 pm

        ” after acknowledging that”

        Oh, “Jon s” has that covered:

        “We’re not thieves in our historic homeland.

        “No Jew is an invader in the Jewish homeland…
        And I never stole anything in my life. I live in my own home, in my own homeland”

        Since it all belongs to him in the first place. 80 more examples at the link. If we are nice to him, maybe he will generously offer a bit to the Palestinians, as long as it’s not Beersheba.

      • Annie Robbins
        December 22, 2017, 6:35 pm

        jon is uppity today mooser. he just wrote on another thread he won’t “tolerate” anyone claiming hummus wasn’t israeli food! too insulting! what’s next? israeli dakba? israeli keffiyeh?

        INTRODUCING THE FIRST EVER ISRAELI KEFFIYEH!

        Posted on 03/17/2011 By Shemspeed

        http://shemspeed.com/introducing-the-first-ever-israeli-keffiyeh/

      • Mooser
        December 22, 2017, 7:28 pm

        “jon is uppity today mooser. he just wrote on another thread he won’t “tolerate”

        I’m always struck by the way they claim an ‘ownership’ in the site. Always ready to lay down the rules and the judgements.
        He’d act a whole lot different if this place was called ‘Mondorobbins’ or even ‘Mondowick’, I guarantee ya!!

      • eljay
        December 22, 2017, 9:25 pm

        || jon s: … The only realistic option for achieving Israeli-Palestinian peace is still partition, two states. It’s still the only option which is both politically possible (just barely…) and morally sound. ||

        A two-state solution is not the only realistic option for resolving the I-P conflict. And the Zionist version of a two-state solution is not remotely “morally sound” (you Zionists sure do love to re-define words) because it:
        – allows Israel to remain a religion-supremacist state;
        – allows Israel to keep most of what it has stolen, occupied and colonized;
        – absolves Israel of its obligations under international law (incl. RoR); and
        – absolves Israel of responsibility and accountability for its past and on-going (war) crimes.

      • Talkback
        December 23, 2017, 3:06 am

        Annie: “what’s next? israeli dakba? israeli keffiyeh?”

        Jewish nationality.

      • jon s
        December 23, 2017, 4:19 pm

        annie,
        I’m familiar with the argument that the 2 state solution has become impossible , primarily because of the settlements .But not all the settlers are fanatics.

        Dr. Shaul Arieli has done important work on this:

        http://www.shaularieli.com/

        Among the articles available there:
        https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.775218

      • Mooser
        December 23, 2017, 5:04 pm

        “.But not all the settlers are fanatics.”

        Very true, most are just ordinary opportunists and criminals.
        And there’s nothing which says “regular folks” like living in an illegal Zionist outpost.

        Or maybe “Jon s” is talking about the settlers who live in the legal settlements?

    • xanadou
      December 22, 2017, 3:25 pm

      Jews have no exclusive right whatsoever to any part of Palestine. Claims based on a book of myths (Torah) that has no connection to historical reality, are irrelevant. Demands made by descendants of native pagan converts who had left their land volountarily at the end of the Antiquities do not constitute a basis for claims disconnected by 2000 years and the vast number of converts with no connection whatsoever to Palestine. Especially since there never was a state of Jewish israel, of even Judea – ever. During the Antiquities, Jews were one of a number of native tribes living under the constant threat of occupying forces, including the Romans.

      Jews who cannot bring themselves to live in peace among humanity do have an option. It’s called the Jewish Autonomous Region with its capital in Birobidjan. There is a community who live there in peace and, blissfully, free of zios. The current obsession with ghetto-israel is driven by the white zios’ desperate attachment to Europe that they so like to vilify in the incessant whines.

      All other adherents to the religion who are prepared to live in peace with natives of countries where the former elect to settle, are welcome. Including Palestine.

      (Sources: Finkelstein/Silberman “The Bible Unearthed”, Shlomo Sand “The Invention of the Jewsish People”)

    • George Smith
      December 22, 2017, 7:45 pm

      You’re still not getting it, echinococcus. I’d ask you to read what I actually wrote in my original comment, but now I have little faith that it would do any good.

      Over and out.

      • echinococcus
        December 22, 2017, 10:37 pm

        Smith,

        If you were not a propaganda guy you’d respond point by point instead of suddenly asking irrelevant questions, then stopping all discussion altogether while repeating an unfounded assertion that had been countered.

        So your main goal is to keep the invaders staying on other people’s land, no matter what, and that’s what you’re working towards. OK, but that was obvious from the start –if you won’t discuss that position on its merits no need to start a discussion like you did.

  4. just
    December 21, 2017, 5:31 pm

    Ahed Tamimi has more courage and grace than any IOF’er ever had!

    They are cowardly bullies & assasins who are armed to the hilt. Pathetic.

    “… Bassem Tamimi, Ahed’s father, posted on Facebook following Thursday’s hearing that all three are being held in HaSharon prison – Nariman and Nour in one cell and Ahed in another.

    According to Bassem, they are being held in the section of the prison for Israeli criminals instead of the section where Palestinian women are usually detained.

    Ahed, Nariman and Nour are in high spirits and “sending their love and respect for you, our partners in our struggle for freedom and justice,” Bassem Tamimi wrote.

    Silent resistance

    On Wednesday there had been reports that Bassem, himself a former prisoner of conscience in Israel’s jails, had again been detained by occupation forces.

    According to extended family member Manal Tamimi, Bassem had not been formally arrested but has been summoned for questioning.

    Bassem also posted a Facebook message after Wednesday’s hearing for Ahed. He said his daughter was “refusing to speak with Israeli officers who are trying to interrogate her.”

    “Despite the abuse and ongoing imprisonment, she is staying silent and refusing to have any cooperation with [the] occupation,” Bassem added.

    He also appealed for ongoing support “to defend our family from the propaganda the Israeli media is instigating against us.”

    Bassem also told media after the hearing the he feels proud of Ahed, “but I also worry about her because she is in the hands of this terrorist regime.” He added that he had no trust in Israel’s military court, because it is a part of the occupation. …”

    https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/tamimi-women-send-love-israeli-prison

    …”And even so: Courage, ‘Ahed, courage. To victory.”

    Amen! Thanks, Yossi.

  5. just
    December 21, 2017, 8:23 pm

    Well worth revisiting:

    “Videos: Brave Tamimi women of Nabi Saleh take down Israeli soldier assaulting injured child

    Annie Robbins on August 28, 2015” @ http://mondoweiss.net/2015/08/israeli-soldier-assaulting/

    ~and~

    “Nabi Saleh and the revenge of the IDF

    Annie Robbins on February 25, 2016” @ http://mondoweiss.net/2016/02/nabi-saleh-and-the-revenge-of-the-idf/

    There’s much more here about this abused & courageous Palestinian family… just type in ‘Tamimi’ in the search box…

  6. GodWPalestine
    December 21, 2017, 11:19 pm

    With all honesty how can you prove that this courageous child in the video is Ahed herself?
    She might be a Jew disguised as an “American”?
    Who knows? Only the cowards law makers of the Occupied Palestine can prove it!

  7. JosephA
    December 21, 2017, 11:41 pm

    The modern terrorist state of Israel is worse than a banana republic.

    Bravo to the author of this wonderful article!

  8. JLewisDickerson
    December 22, 2017, 2:26 am

    RE: “When Gruner faced his judges unbowed, Winston Churchill was forced to tell parliament “this house must register the valor of this man, criminal though he may be.” ~ Gurvitz

    Definition of valor
    : strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to encounter danger with firmness
    : personal bravery

    MY COMMENT: I’m not much of an admirer of Churchill, but I have to give him considerable credit in this case. Today in the US it is absolutely mandatory for everyone to be completely dismissive of the “terrorist(s)” who carried out “the cowardly act”. And wear at least one gaudy flag pin while doing so. Nuance is not permitted!

    Jeremiah Wright controversy
    From Wikipedia ~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Gfzj2EOing
    [EXCERPT] The Jeremiah Wright controversy gained national attention in the United States, in March 2008 when ABC News, after reviewing dozens of U.S. Presidential candidate Barack Obama’s pastor Jeremiah Wright’s sermons,[1] excerpted parts which were subject to intense media scrutiny.[2][3] Wright is a retired senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago and former pastor of President Obama.[4] Obama denounced the statements in question, but critics continued to press the issue of his relationship with Wright. In response to this, he gave a speech titled “A More Perfect Union”, in which he sought to place Wright’s comments in a historical and sociological context. In the speech, Obama again denounced Wright’s remarks, but did not disown him as a person. The controversy began to fade, but was renewed in late April when Wright made a series of media appearances, including an interview on Bill Moyers Journal, a speech at the NAACP, and a speech at the National Press Club.[5] After the last of these, Obama spoke more forcefully against his former pastor, saying that he was “outraged” and “saddened” by his behavior, and in May he resigned his membership in the church. . .

    NOT TO IN ANY WAY DENIGRATE A GOOD SUGAR CONE:
    The Honey Cone – One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show

    ● “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show” is the title of several different songs, mostly in the R&B genre, deriving from a common African-American phrase with the general meaning of “one setback should not impede progress”. ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Monkey_Don%27t_Stop_No_Show_(song)

    • JLewisDickerson
      December 22, 2017, 4:31 am

      NOT TO BE OUTDONE:
      Big Maybelle – One Monkey Don´t Stop No Show

      “You wanna get rich you got to get out and dig
      You want long hair go buy yourself a wig
      Please believe me, gonna tell it to you slow
      It’s a real true sayin’, “One monkey won’t stop no show”.

      WKIPEDIA: Big Maybelle recorded another song of the same title (i.e., One Monkey Don´t Stop No Show ) in 1955. It was issued as the B-side of her original version of “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”.[4] The song was written by Charlie Singleton and Rose Marie McCoy.[5] A version of this song was recorded by Bette Midler on her 1998 album Bathhouse Betty.[1] ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Monkey_Don%27t_Stop_No_Show_(song)

      P.S. A PARTING THOUGHT: Wherever my algorithms lead me; there I seemingly must without question go. Like it, or like it not. Till death do us part (assuming we do part). Is it the thrill of the hunt? The call of the wild? Or, possibly, only enquiring mimes on the prowl?
      Is it possible that algorithms have replaced the “soul” we never really had (not literally, at least )? https://www.khanacademy.org/computing/computer-science/algorithms/intro-to-algorithms/v/what-are-algorithms

      • Mooser
        December 22, 2017, 1:03 pm

        “Is it possible that algorithms have replaced the “soul” we never really had (not literally, at least )?”

        That will depend on whether they are natural or not.

  9. Argonne18
    December 22, 2017, 11:18 am

    I fear for the brutality and sexual abuse and torture this brave little girl is facing from these craven jack booted thug Israelis.

  10. Ossinev
    December 22, 2017, 1:02 pm

    Your lands will be my lands.
    Your house will be my house.
    Your olive trees will be my olive trees.
    Your water will be my water.
    Your wealth will be my wealth.
    Your capital will be my capital.
    Your misfortune will be my happiness.
    And if you resist, you’re a terrorist

    • Maghlawatan
      December 22, 2017, 1:49 pm

      Put it on record
      –I am an Arab
      And the number of my card is fifty thousand
      I have eight children
      And the ninth is due after summer.
      What’s there to be angry about?

      Put it on record.
      –I am an Arab
      Working with comrades of toil in a quarry.
      I have eight children
      For them I wrest the loaf of bread,
      The clothes and exercise books
      From the rocks
      And beg for no alms at your doors,
      –Lower not myself at your doorstep.
      –What’s there to be angry about?

      Put it on record.
      –I am an Arab.
      I am a name without a tide,
      Patient in a country where everything
      Lives in a whirlpool of anger.
      –My roots
      –Took hold before the birth of time
      –Before the burgeoning of the ages,
      –Before cypess and olive trees,
      –Before the proliferation of weeds.

      My father is from the family of the plough
      –Not from highborn nobles.
      And my grandfather was a peasant
      –Without line or genealogy.
      My house is a watchman’s hut
      –Made of sticks and reeds.
      Does my status satisfy you?
      –I am a name without a surname.

      Put it on Record.
      –I am an Arab.
      Color of hair: jet black.
      Color of eyes: brown.
      My distinguishing features:
      –On my head the ‘iqal cords over a keffiyeh
      –Scratching him who touches it.
      My address:
      –I’m from a village, remote, forgotten,
      –Its streets without name
      –And all its men in the fields and quarry.

      –What’s there to be angry about?

      Put it on record.
      –I am an Arab.
      You stole my forefathers’ vineyards
      –And land I used to till,
      –I and all my children,
      –And you left us and all my grandchildren
      –Nothing but these rocks.
      –Will your government be taking them too
      –As is being said?

      So!
      –Put it on record at the top of page one:
      –I don’t hate people,
      –I trespass on no one’s property.
      And yet, if I were to become starved
      –I shall eat the flesh of my usurper.
      –Beware, beware of my starvation.
      –And of my anger!

      Mahmoud Darwish

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