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  • Boston Marathon bombings unleash a new wave of Islamophobia
    • ● P.P.P.S. REGARDING WHAT AARON COHEN REFERS TO AS OUR "SECURITY PUBERTY":

      "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." ~ Benjamin Franklin

    • ● P.P.S. ALSO SPEAKING OF THE U.S. ALLOWING “SPECIAL INTERESTS” TO SHAPE OUR SECURITY STRATEGIES, SEE:
      On the Wish List from the Boston Bombings - The Israelization of America (Aaron Cohen, "National Security Expert" on Fox "News" saying that we need to "get on the Israeli page") [VIDEO, 00:24] - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fff8dXQNVdA

    • RE: "We in Russia tried to tell you Americans about those Chechen troublemakers, but all you wanted to do was let your so-called Endowment for Democracy and the CIA fund their Muslim extremists, and then accuse us of human rights abuses when we had to restore order!" ~ “Raz” Putin (from above)

      SEE: "Who Is Osama Bin Laden?", by Michel Chossudovsky (Professor of Economics, University of Ottawa), Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG), Montréal - Posted at globalresearch.ca, 12 September 2001

      [EXCERPTS] . . . In the wake of the Cold War, the Central Asian region is not only strategic for its extensive oil reserves, it also produces three quarters of the World's opium representing multibillion dollar revenues to business syndicates, financial institutions, intelligence agencies and organized crime. . .
      . . . With the disintegration of the Soviet Union, a new surge in opium production has unfolded. . .
      The [Pakistani] ISI's extensive intelligence military-network was not dismantled in the wake of the Cold War. The CIA continued to support the Islamic "jihad" out of Pakistan. New undercover initiatives were set in motion in Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Balkans. Pakistan's military and intelligence apparatus essentially "served as a catalyst for the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the emergence of six new Muslim republics in Central Asia." 16.
      Meanwhile, Islamic missionaries of the Wahhabi sect from Saudi Arabia had established themselves in the Muslim republics as well as within the Russian federation encroaching upon the institutions of the secular State. Despite its anti-American ideology, Islamic fundamentalism was largely serving Washington's strategic interests in the former Soviet Union.
      Following the withdrawal of Soviet troops in 1989, the civil war in Afghanistan continued unabated. The Taliban were being supported by the Pakistani Deobandis and their political party the Jamiat-ul-Ulema-e-Islam (JUI). . .
      . . . In other words, backed by Pakistan's military intelligence (ISI) which in turn was controlled by the CIA, the Taliban Islamic State was largely serving American geopolitical interests. . .

      • The War in Chechnya

      With regard to Chechnya, the main rebel leaders Shamil Basayev and Al Khattab were trained and indoctrinated in CIA sponsored camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan. . .
      . . . [T]he involvement of Pakistan's ISI in Chechnya "goes far beyond supplying the Chechens with weapons and expertise: the ISI and its radical Islamic proxies are actually calling the shots in this war". 22
      Russia's main pipeline route transits through Chechnya and Dagestan. Despite Washington's perfunctory condemnation of Islamic terrorism, the indirect beneficiaries of the Chechen war are the Anglo-American oil conglomerates which are vying for control over oil resources and pipeline corridors out of the Caspian Sea basin. . .
      . . . While the Mujahideen are busy fighting America's war in the Balkans and the former Soviet Union, the FBI --operating as a US based Police Force- is waging a domestic war against terrorism, operating in some respects independently of the CIA which has --since the Soviet-Afghan war-- supported international terrorism through its covert operations.
      In a cruel irony, while the Islamic jihad --featured by the Bush Adminstration as "a threat to America"-- is blamed for the terrorist assaults on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, these same Islamic organisations constitute a key instrument of US military-intelligence operations in the Balkans and the former Soviet Union. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO109C.html

    • P.P.S. RE: "We in Russia tried to tell you Americans about those Chechen troublemakers" ~ “Raz” Putin (from above)

      SEE WIKIPEDIA [Terrorism in Russia # 1999 Russian apartment bombings] - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrorism_in_Russia#1999_Russian_apartment_bombings

      P.P.P. Since Americans said "we are all Likud" after 9/11, will we now say that "we are all Russians"? "Enquiring minds mimes want to know!"

    • RE: "The news that the main suspects in the bombing are Chechen Muslims will fuel the ugly hate that has intensified since September 11." ~ Alex Kane

      "RAZ" PUTIN SEZ: Neener-neener! We in Russia tried to tell you Americans about those Chechen troublemakers, but all you wanted to do was let your so-called Endowment for Democracy and the CIA fund their Muslim extremists, and then accuse us of human rights abuses when we had to restore order!
      Will you people ever learn?

    • ● P.S. ALSO SPEAKING OF THE U.S. ALLOWING “SPECIAL INTERESTS” TO SHAPE OUR SECURITY STRATEGIES, SEE:

      "How We Became Israel", By Andrew J. Bacevich, The American Conservative, 9/10/12
      LINK - http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/how-we-became-israel/
      “America Adopts the Israel Paradigm”, by Philip Ghiraldi, Antiwar.com, 7/05/12
      LINK – http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2012/07/04/america-adopts-the-israel-paradigm/
      “Report: Israeli model underlies militarization of U.S. police”, By Muriel Kane, Raw Story, 12/04/11
      LINK – http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/12/04/report-israeli-model-underlies-militarization-of-u-s-police/
      "From Occupation to 'Occupy': The Israelification of American Domestic Security", By Max Blumenthal, Al-akhbar, 12/02/11
      LINK - http://english.al-akhbar.com/node/2178 OR http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29892.htm
      "Boston airport security program rife with racial profiling has Israeli links", by Alex Kane, Mondoweiss, 8/14/12
      LINK - http://mondoweiss.net/2012/08/boston-airport-security-program-rife-with-racial-profiling-has-israeli-links.html
      "Obama's kill list policy compels US support for Israeli attacks on Gaza", By Glenn Greenwald, guardian.co.uk, 11/15/12
      LINK - http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/15/israel-gaza-obama-assassinations
      “The Second Battle of Gaza: Israel’s Undermining Of International Law”, by Jeff Halper, mrzine.monthlyreview.org, 02/26/10
      LINK - http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2010/halper260210.html
      ‘Israelis are helping write US laws, fund US campaigns, craft US war policy’, by Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss, 6/30/12
      LINK – http://mondoweiss.net/2012/06/israelis-are-helping-write-us-laws-fund-us-campaigns-craft-us-war-policy.html

    • ● RE: “[T]he moment we allow special interests to shape our security strategies, is the moment that the terrorists are waiting for." ~ Bloomberg

      ● SPEAKING OF THE U.S. ALLOWING "SPECIAL INTERESTS" TO SHAPE OUR SECURITY STRATEGIES, the NRA is making common cause with Israel and the pro-Israel lobby. I saw David Keene, "El Presidente" of the NRA on the boob sh-t screen and he said that when the December shooting at the school in Newtown, Connecticut (the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting) occurred he just happened to be (surprise, surprise**) in Israel. It was from Israel that he got the idea that there should be a policeman at each and every school in the U.S.* (like they have in Israel).
      This is yet another reason I fear that Revisionist Zionism and Likudnik Israel (specifically by virtue of their inordinate sway over the U.S.) might very well be an “existential threat” to the values of The Enlightenment.
      I do not want to live in a police/garrison state like Israel! ! !
      Give me liberty, or give me death.

      * ● SEE - NRA President's Report: David Keene on the Push to Protect Our Children [VIDEO, 12:10] - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_Iy-LVL5dU

      ** ● FOR A NICE EXAMPLE OF THIS (A COUPLE OF MONTHS LATER), SEE: "Israel Project brags on planting story in CNN and taking 38 journalists on helicopter trips in Israel", by Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss, 4/18/13
      LINK - http://mondoweiss.net/2013/04/planting-journalists-helicopter.html

      ● THE BLOG 'GUN WATCH' (Note the Israeli flag to the right) - http://gunwatch.blogspot.com/2012/12/youtube-video-nra-presidents-report.html

      AND HERE'S THE NRA'S CHIEF 'HIRED ASSASSIN' "LUCKY (LA) PIERRE" : "NRA calls for armed police officer in every school", By Phillip Elliott and Nedra Pickler, Associated Press, 12/21/12

      [EXCERPT] . . . The nation’s largest gun-rights lobby broke its weeklong silence on the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School with a defiant presentation. The event was billed as a news conference, but NRA leaders took no questions. Twice, they were interrupted by banner-waving protesters, who were removed by security.
      Some had predicted that after the slaughter of a score of elementary-school children by a man using a semi-automatic rifle, the group might soften its stance, at least slightly. Instead, LaPierre delivered a 25-minute tirade against the notion that another gun law would stop killings in a culture where children are exposed daily to violence in video games, movies and music videos. He argued that guns are the solution, not the problem.
      ‘‘Before Congress reconvenes, before we engage in any lengthy debate over legislation, regulation or anything else; as soon as our kids return to school after the holiday break, we need to have every single school in America immediately deploy a protection program proven to work,’’ LaPierre said. ‘‘And by that I mean armed security.’’
      He said Congress should immediately appropriate funds to post an armed police officer in every school. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.boston.com/news/education/2012/12/21/nra-calls-for-armed-police-officer-every-school/szKGbsScZhaVP1sXxNfoIM/story.html

  • Colbert: 'Let's fix Palestine'
  • Nour Joudah returns to U.S., but continues to fight Israel's arbitrary denial of entry
  • Reality check-- John Kerry prepares to stick fork in two-state solution
    • ● RE: "Israelis don't like this-- to have the figleaf of the two-state solution ripped away... Recall that in December, Elliott Abrams, who spent years maintaining the figleaf for Israel as it devoured the West Bank, ripped Jodi Rudoren of the Times for suggesting that construction in E-1 would finish the two-state solution . . ." ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: Elliott Abrams is the most preeminent of the "two state fakers"! ! !

      ● FROM ELLIOTT ABRAMS, The Washington (Neocon) Post, 04/08/09:

      [EXCERPT] . . . Is current and recent settlement construction creating insurmountable barriers to peace? A simple test shows that it is not. Ten years ago, in the Camp David talks, Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered Yasser Arafat approximately 94 percent of the West Bank, with a land swap to make up half of the percent Israel would keep. According to news reports, just three months ago, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert offered 93 percent, with a one-to-one land swap. In the end, under the January 2009 offer, Palestinians would have received an area equal to 98 to 98.5 percent of the West Bank (depending on which press report you read), while 10 years ago they were offered 97 percent. Ten years of settlement activity would have resulted in a larger area for the Palestinian state. . .

      SOURCE – http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/07/AR2009040703379.html

      ● P.S. Elliott Abrams has totally convinced me [by the sheer power of his (il)logic and his very impressive math skills] to wholeheartedly support the Israeli settlement project in the West Bank.
      As I understand it, the ‘Abrams Principle’ stands for the proposition that more Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank will result in a larger area for the Palestinian state. That’s why I say: “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead” with the settlement actvity; so as to result in the largest Palestinian state possible (from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River), no matter what that state is called. Fiat justitia! ( "Let Justice Be Done!" )

      ● P.P.S. According to a recent EU Briefing Paper (EU Trade with Israeli Settlements, Version 2: Published August 2012), "[t]he total area controlled by settlements is around 43 per cent of the West Bank." The Briefing Paper further explains that "[w]hile fenced or patrolled areas of settlements cover three per cent of the West Bank, 43 per cent of the West Bank is off-limits for Palestinian use because of its allocation to the settlements’ local and regional councils, according to UN OCHA OPT (January 2012) factsheet ‘The Humanitarian Impact of Israeli Settlement Policies’ ."
      SOURCE [EU Trade with Israeli Settlements (PDF)] - http://www.qcea.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/bp-eusettlementtrade-version2-en-aug-2012.pdf

    • RE: John Kerry is saying that the two-state solution will die within two years. He surely knows it's dead now, because his State Department will do nothing to end the settlement project, and he is preparing the west to move on to a new paradigm. Bad news for the Israelis, who have gotten to have their cake and eat it too. ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: Cake? Or was it "carrots" provided to Israel by the U.S. (that the Israelis have made into a "carrot stew"* and eaten)?

      * FROM foreignaffairs.com: "South Africa: Why Constructive Engagement Failed", By Sanford J. Ungar and Peter Vale, Winter 1985/86

      Article Summary

      Ronald Reagan's imposition of limited economic sanctions against the South African regime in September was a tacit admission that his policy of "constructive engagement"--encouraging change in the apartheid system through a quiet dialogue with that country's white minority leaders--had failed. Having been offered many carrots by the United States over a period of four-and-a-half years as incentives to institute meaningful reforms, the South African authorities had simply made a carrot stew and eaten it. Under the combined pressures of the seemingly cataclysmic events in South Africa since September 1984 and the dramatic surge of anti-apartheid protest and political activism in the United States, the Reagan Administration was finally embarrassed into brandishing some small sticks as an element of American policy.
      [We're sorry, but Foreign Affairs does not have the copyright to display this article online.]

      SOURCE - http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/40525/sanford-j-ungar-and-peter-vale/south-africa-why-constructive-engagement-failed

  • Chris Matthews suggests that Boston suspects are Arabs
  • After all-night debate, Berkeley student senate calls on university to divest from 3 companies profiting from occupation
    • RE: "Many members of the Jewish community decried SB 160’s targeted divestment from Israel as choosing one side of the conflict at the expense of the other when suffering has occurred on both." ~ the 'Daily Californian'

      MY COMMENT: Dare I say "two state fakers"?

      SEE: "Flotilla 3.0: Redeeming Obama's Palestine Speech with Gaza's Ark", By Robert Naiman, truth-out.org, 3/25/13

      [EXCERPT] . . . Bibi doesn't want an independent Palestinian state; Bibi's government doesn't want an independent Palestinian state; AIPAC doesn't want an independent Palestinian state; and Congress - which defers to AIPAC - doesn't want an independent Palestinian state. Of course, many of them mouth the words - not Bibi's government, they don't even do that - but those who mouth the words oppose any practical measure that would help bring an independent Palestinian state into existence. They're "two state fakers." Settlement freeze? Impossible. UN membership for Palestine? Can't be done. No, according to the two state fakers, the only option on the menu in the restaurant for the Palestinians is to return to negotiations without a settlement freeze, negotiations that for 20 years have brought more land confiscation, more settlements, more restrictions on Palestinian movement and commerce, more oppression. And so, Obama was saying, my hands are tied. Don't look at me. . .
      . . . So, ...the question boils down to this: Can we engage the multitude in civil society initiatives to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine . . . ?
      A compelling effort to do this is a project called Gaza's Ark.
      Gaza's Ark is a logical next step to follow the Gaza freedom flotillas, and some of the folks who helped organize previous flotillas are helping to put it in place. Unlike the flotillas, Gaza's Ark isn't going to sail into Gaza. It's going to sail out from Gaza, carrying Palestinian exports. . .
      . . . Gaza's Ark is starting a campaign to support Gaza's economy by encouraging people to buy Gaza's exports: "trade not aid," as they say. It's a "procott." Don't support the blockade? Put your money where your mouth is.
      I claim that by supporting Gaza's Ark, you can support a civil society initiative to oppose the occupation without giving up any evenings. Put your money where your mouth is. Buy Palestinian goods from Gaza. If the Israeli government tries to stop you, then they're interfering with your commerce.
      I claim that by supporting Gaza's Ark, you can support a civil society initiative to oppose the occupation without giving up any evenings. You can sign up [I.E. SIGN THE PETITION] here. - http://www.gazaark.org/2012/09/26/petition-end-the-blockade-of-gaza-now/

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/15307-flotilla-30-redeeming-obamas-palestine-speech-with-gazas-ark

    • RE: "In 2010 the UCal Senate passed a similar [pro-BDS] motion but it was then vetoed by the school government president, and the Senate failed to override the veto." ~ Weiss & Robbins

      SEE: "The Trial of Israel’s Campus Critics", by David Theo Goldberg & Saree Makdisi, Tikkun Magazine, September/October 2009

      [EXCERPT] . . . It is an extraordinary fact that no fewer than thirty-three distinct organizations - including AIPAC, the Zionist Organization of America, the American Jewish Congress, and the Jewish National Fund - are gathered together today as members or affiliates of the Israel on Campus Coalition. The coalition is an overwhelmingly powerful presence on American college campuses for which there is simply no equivalent on the Palestinian or Arab side. Its self-proclaimed mission is not merely to monitor our colleges and universities. That, after all, is the commitment of Campus Watch, which was started by pro-Israel activists in 2002. It is, rather (and in its own words), to generate “a pro-active, pro-Israel agenda on campus.”
      There is, accordingly, disproportionate and unbalanced intervention on campuses across the country by a coalition of well-funded organizations, who have no time for — and even less interest in — the niceties of intellectual exchange and academic process. Insinuation, accusation, and defamation have become the weapons of first resort to respond to argument and criticism directed at Israeli policies. As far as these outside pressure groups (and their campus representatives) are concerned, the intellectual and academic price that the scholarly community pays as a result of this kind of intervention amounts to little more than collateral damage. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.tikkun.org/article.php/sept_oct_09_goldberg_makdisi

  • Israel Project brags on planting story in CNN and taking 38 journalists on helicopter trips in Israel
  • Which lobby is more powerful?
    • P.S. RE: "The nation’s largest gun-rights lobby broke its weeklong silence on the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School with a defiant presentation... LaPierre delivered a 25-minute tirade against the notion that another gun law would stop killings... He ["LUCKY (LA)PIERRE"] argued that guns are the solution, not the problem." ~ AP article (from above)

      SEE: "NRA Weekly Press Releases" (Recent Incidents, According to Wayne LaPierre), by Charles R. Larson, Counterpunch, 4/17/13

      • Item: Man dies at NRA-sponsored race at the Texas Motor Speedway, in Fort Worth, after shooting himself, following an argument with others.
      • Wayne LaPierre: “If all NASCAR fans at the event had carried guns, this death could have been avoided. The NRA deplores suicide, but it is easily preventable if all people are armed.”
      ~
      • Item: Lebanon, Tennessee. Four-year-old girl kills wife of the town sheriff’s deputy, after picking up the deputy’s own personal gun and shooting his spouse.
      • Wayne LaPierre: “Children need to be trained how to use guns at an early age. Some of our critics say that age should be sixteen. But this incident demonstrates that gun safety can never begin too early in a child’s life. Ideally, at the moment of conception.”
      ~
      • Item: Lone Star Community College, Cypress, Texas. Deranged man attacks fourteen people with a knife, attempting to kill them, though all are expected to survive.
      • Wayne LaPierre: “As we have always argued, people will use many different methods to harm others. If guns need restrictions placed on them, then so do knives—nail clippers, potato peelers, nutcrackers, nose hair trimmers. Obviously, this is impossible. Will newlyweds need to have background checks before they buy their first set of knives, forks, and spoons?”
      ~
      • Item: Detroit man shoots and kills neighbor girl’s barking Chihuahua, complaining about the noise. Say’s he couldn’t sleep.
      • Wayne LaPierre: “Most dogs that have been properly trained recognize the sound of a gun being cocked. They perk up their ears. Clearly, this dog failed obedience training.”
      ~
      • Item: Avalanche kills skier in Cascade Mountains, near Seattle. Rescue was futile because man was trapped under fifteen feet of snow.
      • Wayne LaPierre: “This is where the NRA can lead the way. If skiers carried assault rifles and extra magazines, all they’d need to do is shoot their way out of an avalanche or at least alert rescue teams where they are.”

      In a related announcement, the NRA says that it is considering offering scholarships named for Adam Lanza, Seung-Hui Cho, and other recent mass shooters in order to call attention to the escalation of mental health issues in the United States. LaPierre observed, “These people have done a genuine service by showing us just how sick Americans are.”

      ● Charles R. Larson is Emeritus Professor of Literature at American University in Washington, D.C.

    • ● RE: "President Obama is taking the 'gun lobby' head on. He thinks the phrase is useful politically. In his rage yesterday over the Senate's failure to approve weak gun-control measures, he called the lobby out for lying . . ." ~ Weiss

      ● MY COMMENT: Perhaps not coincidentally, the NRA is making common cause with Israel and the pro-Israel lobby. I saw David Keene, "El Presidente" of the NRA on the boob sh-t screen and he said that when the December shooting at the school in Newtown, Connecticut (the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting) occurred he just happened to be (surprise, surprise**) in Israel. It was from Israel that he got the idea that there should be a policeman at each and every school in the U.S.* (like they have in Israel).
      This is yet another reason I fear that Revisionist Zionism and Likudnik Israel (specifically by virtue of their inordinate sway over the U.S.) might very well be an “existential threat” to the values of The Enlightenment.
      I do not want to live in a police/garrison state like Israel! ! !
      Give me liberty, or give me death.

      * ● SEE - NRA President's Report: David Keene on the Push to Protect Our Children [VIDEO, 12:10] - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_Iy-LVL5dU

      ** ● FOR A NICE EXAMPLE OF THIS (A COUPLE OF MONTHS LATER), SEE: "Israel Project brags on planting story in CNN and taking 38 journalists on helicopter trips in Israel", by Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss, 4/18/13
      LINK - http://mondoweiss.net/2013/04/planting-journalists-helicopter.html

      ● THE BLOG 'GUN WATCH' (Note the Israeli flag to the right) - http://gunwatch.blogspot.com/2012/12/youtube-video-nra-presidents-report.html

      AND HERE'S THE NRA'S CHIEF 'HIRED ASSASSIN', "LUCKY (LA) PIERRE" : "NRA calls for armed police officer in every school", By Phillip Elliott and Nedra Pickler, Associated Press, 12/21/12

      [EXCERPT] . . . The nation’s largest gun-rights lobby broke its weeklong silence on the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School with a defiant presentation. The event was billed as a news conference, but NRA leaders took no questions. Twice, they were interrupted by banner-waving protesters, who were removed by security.
      Some had predicted that after the slaughter of a score of elementary-school children by a man using a semi-automatic rifle, the group might soften its stance, at least slightly. Instead, LaPierre delivered a 25-minute tirade against the notion that another gun law would stop killings in a culture where children are exposed daily to violence in video games, movies and music videos. He argued that guns are the solution, not the problem.
      ‘‘Before Congress reconvenes, before we engage in any lengthy debate over legislation, regulation or anything else; as soon as our kids return to school after the holiday break, we need to have every single school in America immediately deploy a protection program proven to work,’’ LaPierre said. ‘‘And by that I mean armed security.’’
      He said Congress should immediately appropriate funds to post an armed police officer in every school. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.boston.com/news/education/2012/12/21/nra-calls-for-armed-police-officer-every-school/szKGbsScZhaVP1sXxNfoIM/story.html

  • Entering Gaza by 'subway'
    • P.P.S. ANOTHER INTERESTING INTERVIEW (AUDIO, 53 min.) BY PETER B. COLLINS (REQUIRES $5/MO SUBSCRIPTION):
      Filmmaker Jean Phillippe Tremblay on “Shadows of Liberty”, Important New Documentary About Failings of US Media, PBC podcast 733 [53 minutes], by Peter B. Collins (a/k/a PCB) on April 10, 2013
      • Free Preview Clip - http://www.peterbcollins.com/2013/04/10/filmmaker-jean-phillippe-tremblay-on-shadows-of-liberty-important-new-documentary-about-failings-of-us-media/

      An important documentary just released, "Shadows of Liberty", explores the failure of America’s consolidated corporate media to deliver critical information to viewers and readers, and its complicity with the government to censor stories that are inconvenient to advertisers, government and the media conglomerates. We talk with filmmaker Jean Phillippe Tremblay, who acknowledges that the corporate media will not cover his film or the important issues it raises. But it’s surprising that more than 50 local film festivals around the country have declined to show it. For a limited time, the film is being streamed here at no charge.

      For PBC listeners, the most notable segment of the film covers the story of Sibel Edmonds, the former FBI translator who co-hosts the Boiling Frogs interview series. Tremblay does a good job of summarizing her case and the virtual media blackout of the important charges she raised.

      The film also takes on the slimy NBC series, "To Catch a Predator", which entrapped would-be sex criminals and generated ratings through its voyeuristic appeal. And it profiles important cases that were censored by major networks regarding Nike, TWA flight 800, the propaganda that led us into the Iraq war and more. It offers a history of the commercial media model, and presents cogent comments from more than 35 media workers and critics, including: Norman Solomon, John Nichols, Jeff Cohen, Bob McChesney, Danny Glover, Julian Assange, Dan Rather, Brad Friedman and many others [including Philip Weiss].

      Check the film’s website for more info, including a major screening in Los Angeles on April 13.

      ● FULL INTERVIEW - link to peterbcollins.com

      ● THE DOCUMENTARY "SHADOWS OF LIBERTY" (1:33:14) CAN BE VIEWED FREE OF CHARGE FOR THE NEXT WEEK OR SO AT - http://shadows.kcetlink.org/

    • RE: "Entering Gaza by ‘subway’" ~ article/post by Miko Peled

      A FASCINATING INTERVIEW (AUDIO, 43:13) WITH MIKO PELED BY PETER B. COLLINS (REQUIRES $5/MO SUBSCRIPTION):
      "Israeli-American Author and Peace Activist Miko Peled Fosters Dialogue with Palestinians, Slams Israel’s Government", PBC podcast 733 [ 43:13 ], by Peter B. Collins (a/k/a PCB) on February 22, 2013
      • Free Preview Clip - http://www.peterbcollins.com/2013/02/22/israeli-american-author-and-peace-activist-miko-peled-fosters-dialogue-with-palestinians-slams-israels-government/

      Miko Peled, author of "The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine" offers candid, critical views of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, from 1948 to the present. Will Durst comments on the civil war inside the Republican party. Peled holds Israeli and American passports and is a professional martial artist who lives in San Diego. His book details his heritage: grandfather was a Zionist leader and signer of Israel’s Declaration of Independence, father was a young officer in the 1948 war and a top general in the 1967 war (who had a second career as a professor and back-channel negotiator with the Palestinians). Peled served in the Israeli military as required and became an activist after his 13-year-old niece was killed in a suicide attack in Jerusalm.

      We open with a chat about the Oscar-nominated documentary 5 Broken Cameras and its filmmaker, Emad Burnat from the West Bank Village of Bi’lin. Peled knows Burnat and his brother Iyad (who was interviewed in our podcast 701, Jan 22, 2013) and talked about Emad’s mistreatment by US Immigration at LAX when he flew in for the Oscars. Bi’lin is just one of the places that Peled has visited in his support for Palestinian rights.

      Then we mention another Oscar-nominated film, The Gatekeepers, which presents 6 former Israeli Shin Bet chiefs. Peled slams them as hypocrites, and says they should be tried at the International Criminal Court, not feted at the Oscars.

      He is equally blunt about the Israeli government, Obama’s upcoming visit to Israel, and his observations when he recently visited Gaza by using a tunnel from Egypt. And he supports a one-state solution with Palestinians as full citizens.

      At 40:45, Will Durst pops by to talk about the struggle inside the GOP.

      ● FULL PELED INTERVIEW - http://www.peterbcollins.com/2013/02/22/israeli-american-author-and-peace-activist-miko-peled-fosters-dialogue-with-palestinians-slams-israels-government/

      P.S. I have found that it works far better (flawlessly) to use iTunes for PCB podcasts rather than listening to them on the PCB website.

  • 50 years later, King's Birmingham letter resonates in Palestine
    • RE: I used to . . . Listen as the crowd would sing “Now the old king is dead! Long live the king!” ~ Coldplay (from “Viva la Vida”)

      MY COMMENT: Elliott Abrams, "Pastor" John Hagee, and the rest of their ilk, will not be satisfied unless "The Monarchy" is restored to Israel! ! !

    • RE: "Now, 44 years after his [MLK Jr's] assassination and decades of unity between African-American and Jewish communities fighting racism and anti-Semitism, a new challenge is arising. African-Americans are feeling growing pressure to stand with their Jewish brothers and sisters, despite mounting distress over the policies of the Israeli government towards Palestinians. ~ Alice Rothchild

      FROM THE AIPAC WEBSITE (undated):

      African American Political Leaders and Activists Visit Israel

      A group of African American politicians, consultants and activists arrived in Israel this week to participate in an American Israel Education Foundation (AIEF) Seminar. The group of 18 includes eight state and local elected officials and three appointed government officials, including the presidents of the city councils of Atlanta and Detroit. The other participants are all deeply involved in political and civic life in their communities, including five who are co-chairs for the DNC’s Generation44 fundraising initiative in their cities. A number of the seminar participants have already attended pro-Israel events in their communities and have shown interest in strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship. Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell and DeKalb County Commissioner Lee May passed Iranian divestment resolutions in their jurisdictions in 2009.

      SOURCE - http://www.aipac.org/en/in-the-news?newsid=%7BF4379DFB-D32D-49C8-965B-37E03013BEE3%7D

    • RE: "[G]rassroots activists, joining together as part of an international movement, are developing a new discourse which is human rights-based, rather than focused on Jewish victimhood and exceptionalism at the expense of the Palestinian population. Perhaps this can unite African-Americans steeped in the civil rights struggle and US Jews who feel Judaism has been hijacked by the increasingly isolated and dangerous policies of the Israeli state." ~ Alice Rothchild

      MY EXCLAMATION: ¡Viva la Vida Alice Rothchild! Ohh ooooh oooooh! Ohh ooooh oooooh!

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      I used to rule the world
      Seas would rise when I gave the word
      Now in the morning I sleep alone
      Sweep the streets I used to own

      I used to roll the dice
      Feel the fear in my enemy's eyes
      Listen as the crowd would sing
      "Now the old king is dead! Long live the king!"

      One minute I held the key
      Next the walls were closed on me
      And I discovered that my castles stand
      Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand

      I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing
      Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
      Be my mirror, my sword and shield
      My missionaries in a foreign field . . . ~ "Viva la Vida"*

      * From the 2008 Coldplay CD "Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends"

      ● Coldplay: "Viva La Vida" (UNSTAGED) [VIDEO, 05:19] - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ldOuVuas1c

      IMPORTANT NOTICE: Always use the new Über-Xtreme Ziocaine Ultra SR (Sustained Release) Transdermal Patch® responsibly. Do not attempt to drive or operate heavy equipment until you know how the new Über-Xtreme Ziocaine Ultra SR (Sustained Release) Transdermal Patch® will affect you.*
      * FOR AN EXAMPLE OF HOW ZIOCAINE® CAN AFFECT PEOPLE, SEE: Pro-Israel Activist Knocks Camera Out of Hands of Alison Weir [VIDEO, 02:37] – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BV6BXrzUa00

  • Exile and the prophetic: Boston and the drone wars
    • RE: Where does Friedman begin his column? You guessed it – Israel – and a Hamas bombing Friedman witnessed in Tel Aviv a decade ago. He quotes with satisfaction the police spokesperson who said to him: “We will have this whole area cleaned up in two hours. By morning, the bus stop will be repaired. You will never know this happened. ~ Marc Ellis

      IN OTHER WORDS: Out of sight/site, out of mind!
      A bit like the Nabka and all of those "disappeared" Palestinian villages. And the Deir Yassin massacre. And the bombing of the King David Hotel. And the USS Liberty. And all of those corpses at Sabra and Shatila that the IDF hurriedly used their bulldozers to try and hide. And . . . [ad nauseam]

      P.S. What really bothers me is that I once respected Friedman. How could I have been so clueless?

    • P.P.S. AT CAIR: "Ask Fox News to Drop Contributor Who Tweeted 'Kill' All Muslims"

      [EXCERPTS] (WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/16/13) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Fox News to sever ties with a contributor who tweeted "Let's kill them [Muslims] all" in response to yesterday's deadly Boston Marathon bombings.
      CAIR, which issued a call for prayers and blood donations for the victims, says regular Fox News contributor Erik Rush tweeted his "kill them all" comment after being asked, "Are you already blaming Muslims?" He responded, "Yes, they're evil. Let's kill them all." Rush later deleted his tweet, calling it "sarcasm." In subsequent tweets, he called critics of the "kill" comment "idiots," "Islamic apologist worms" and "vermin." [NOTE: After the controversy began, Fox said Rush is not a paid employee, only a guest.]
      "No media outlet that wishes to be viewed as objective or credible should employ an individual who calls for religious genocide," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. "We urge Fox News to signal its rejection of bigotry and hatred by dropping Mr. Rush from its contributor list."
      He added: "The actions of an individual or individuals -- no matter who the culprit is -- should never be used to cast racist or bigoted stereotypes on an entire race, ethnicity or religion? Doing so is not only unacceptable in journalism, but unacceptable as Americans."
      Awad noted that Rush has written commentaries attacking the faith of Islam. Last year, he wrote an article, titled "Yes, Islam is an enemy," arguing that Islam is incompatible with American society. . .

      SOURCE - http://www.cair.com/action-alerts/11839-ask-fox-news-to-drop-contributor-who-tweeted-kill-all-muslims.html

      ● SIGN A LETTER TO FOX NEWS [I.E. SEND E-MAILS USING CAPWIZ.COM] - http://www.capwiz.com/cair/issues/alert/?alertid=62597721&type=CU

      MY EMAIL(S):

      I am an occasional Fox News viewer residing in the Atlanta suburbs.
      I was disgusted when, in the immediate aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, your Erik Rush tweeted: "Everybody do the National Security Ankle Grab! Let's bring more Saudis in without screening them! C'mon!" After that, a tweet addressed to him in response asked, “Are you already blaming Muslims?” Incredibly, Erik Rush then responded via Twitter, “Yes, they're evil. Let's kill them all.”

      THIS MAN ERIK RUSH HAS NO BUSINESS ON TELEVISION, and I will not 'tune in' to Fox News, or pay for any Fox film or other Fox product, until you fully disassociate yourself from this irresponsible, despicable cretin. You have no business associating your(corporate)self with an individual who calls for religious genocide ("joke", "sarcasm", or not)!

    • P.S. RE: "SOURCE – link to huffingtonpost.com" - (from above)

      MY MAXIMUM MEA CULPA: Oops, I made a "boo boo"!

      HERE IS THE CORRECT LINK FOR THE SOURCE (at rightwingwatch.org, not huffingtonpost.com) - http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/erik-rush-proves-he-wasnt-joking-about-killing-muslims

    • RE: "As for terrorists – those 'cave dweller' Friedman evokes – yes that language hasn’t gone away, well you know what’s in store for them. Cave-dwellers-speak is the essence of Friedman’s warrior mentality. If we couldn’t call them cave dwellers, who and what would the civilized world – us - be?" ~ Marc Ellis

      FOR ONE OF THOSE "CAVE DWELLERS" (THIS ONE AN AMERICAN), SEE: "Erik Rush Wasn't Joking When He Said Kill Muslims, by Josh Glasstetter, rightwingwatch.org, 4/18/2013

      [EXCERPTS] Fox News contributor Erik Rush complains in his latest column at World Net Daily that he was only joking when he said that Muslims are evil and should be killed. But he manages to prove otherwise by closing the column with a justification for killing Muslims:
      For the record, I still maintain that Islam is, by its nature, wholly incompatible with Western society. I analogize liberalism, which is promoting this dhimmitude, to Stage 3 cancer in America’s body politic. For the record: While killing people is definitely undesirable, that is what war tends to be about.
      And we are at war – just study the history of Islam, or ask any Islamist.

      You’ll recall that Rush had the following Twitter exchange with Bill Schmalfeldt on Monday in the immediate aftermath of the bombing:

      • Erik Rush: "Everybody do the National Security Ankle Grab! Let's bring more Saudis in without screening them! C'mon! "
      • Bill Schmalfeldt: "Are you ALREADY BLAMING MUSLIMS??"
      • Erik Rush: "Yes, they're evil. Let's kill them all."

      . . . Rush deleted the tweet [yet another "cowardly act" - J.L.D.] later that day and rolled out his sarcasm defense, which numerous outlets uncritically parroted. We didn’t buy it then, and we certainly don’t buy it after reading Rush’s latest column.
      . . . Until now,
      Rush has enjoyed a close relationship with Fox News, and Sean Hannity in particular. A transcript search reveals that he’s appeared on Fox nearly 20 times and has made additional appearances on Fox News Radio, as recently as last Friday. . .
      . . . If they [Fox News] don’t want their precious brand to be tainted by him [Erik Rush], they need to cut ties with him entirely. We have a PETITION calling on Fox to do so, which has already been signed by more than 50,000 people.

      SOURCE - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/15/erik-rush-boston-marathon-muslims_n_3087642.html?utm_hp_ref=media

  • Stamberg bit her tongue
    • RE: "Stamberg bit her tongue" ~ Weiss

      A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT 'LADY LIBERTY' (AMERICA) "BITING HER TONGUE" WRIT LARGE: "Shadows of Liberty", 2012, 93 minutes

      "Shadows of Liberty" reveals the extraordinary truth behind the news media: censorship, cover-ups and corporate control.
      Filmmaker Jean-Philippe Tremblay takes a journey through the darker corridors of the US media, where global conglomerates call the shots. For decades, their overwhelming influence has distorted news journalism and compromised its values.
      In highly revealing stories, renowned journalists, activists and academics give insider accounts of a broken media system. Controversial news reports are suppressed, people are censored for speaking out, and lives are shattered as the arena for public expression is turned into a private profit zone.Tracing the story of media manipulation through the years, "Shadows of Liberty" poses a crucial question: why have we let a handful of powerful corporations write the news? We're left in no doubt - media reform is urgent and freedom of the press is fundamental.

      SOURCE - http://shadowsofliberty.org/the-film/
      Internet Movie Database - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1543807/

      ● THE DOCUMENTARY "SHADOWS OF LIBERTY" (1:33:14) CAN BE STREAMED FOR THE NEXT WEEK OR SO FROM - http://shadows.kcetlink.org/

  • Extremists & traitors
    • P.P.P.S. RE: "La Familia is proud of its Jewish identity... The team has roots in the Betar Zionist youth movement and has been supported by several Israeli politicians on the political right throughout its history." ~ WIKIPEDIA [La Familia (Beitar supporters' group)]

      ● FROM WIKIPEDIA [Betar]:

      (EXCERPT) The Betar Movement (בית”ר, also spelled Beitar) is a Revisionist Zionist youth movement founded in 1923 in Riga, Latvia, by Vladimir (Ze’ev) Jabotinsky. Betar has been traditionally linked to the original Herut and then Likud political parties of Israel, and was closely affiliated with the pre-Israel Revisionist Zionist splinter group Irgun Zevai Leumi. It was one of many right-wing movements and youth groups arising at that time out of a worldwide emergence of fascism.[1] Some of the most prominent politicians of Israel were Betarim in their youth, most notably Prime Ministers Yitzhak Shamir and Menachem Begin, the latter of whom idolized Jabotinsky.[2]. . .
      . . . The group initially praised Mussolini for his anti-communism and fascist principles, leading it to adopt the black uniform shirt of Italian fascism for a short period. Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia, however, was seen as “cowardly” by Betar and led them to break with him shortly after.[8] . . .

      SOURCE – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betar

      ● ALSO SEE: "The Hidden History of Zionism", Chapter 6, by Ralph Schoenman

      [EXCERPT] . . . Mussolini set up squadrons of the Revisionist Zionist youth movement, Betar, in black shirts in emulation of his own Fascist bands.
      When Menachem Begin became chief of Betar, he preferred the brown shirts of the Hitler gangs, a uniform Begin and Betar members wore to all meetings and rallies - at which they greeted each other and opened and closed meetings with the fascist salute. . .

      SOURCE - http://www.marxists.de/middleast/schoenman/ch06.htm

      ● P.P.S. RE: “Mussolini set up squadrons of the Revisionist Zionist youth movement, Betar, in black shirts in emulation of his own Fascist bands.” ~ from the Wikipedia excerpt above
      • SEE WIKIPEDIA [Blackshirts] - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackshirts
      • AND SEE THIS VIDEO – Mussolini in Color : The Blackshirts [VIDEO, 02:24] – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97nSCWU_hXQ

    • P.P.S. ALSO SEE WIKIPEDIA [La Familia (Beitar supporters' group)]:

      La Familia are an Association football supporters' group of Israeli Premier League club Beitar Jerusalem.[1] They are known for their opposition to Arab and Muslim players.

      • Organization
      The organization began in 2005 and occupy the eastern sections of Teddy Stadium. Estimates of the group's numbers vary. A reporter put the number at a few hundred[2] while a leader of the group said that it encompassed a network of 3,000 supporters.[3] At a home match in 2008, a correspondent for the BBC said that the group was about 20% of the crowd. They are the most vocal in the stadium and some local fans follow their chants.[2][3]
      La Familia is proud of its Jewish identity. The group is notorious for chants that insult Arab and black players, and for displaying the flag of the banned Kach party.[2] Cheers with lines such as "death to the Arabs"[4] and "Muhammad is a homosexual"[5] are common. Unlike other top clubs in the country, no Arabs have ever played for Beitar. La Familia has continuously raised strong objections to any Arab transfers.[6] The group was adamantly against the signing of Nigerian Muslim (who lasted half a season in 2005) and the 2013 transfer of two Chechnyan Muslims.[7]
      The team has roots in the Betar Zionist youth movement and has been supported by several Israeli politicians on the political right throughout its history. La Familia has similarly been labeled far-right and is openly against those they view as being on the left.[4][8] The club has publicly condemned the group and has gone as far as barring it from a match.[7] Some Beitar fans have expressed embarrassment over the organization and openly oppose their ideals.[9][7]

      • Incidents
      During a December 2007 Toto Cup semifinal game between Beitar Jerusalem and the Israeli-Arab team Bnei Sakhnin, Beitar Jerusalem fans took up provocative chants that insulted Muhammed. The Israel Football Association (IFA) punished Beitar by forcing them to play their next game against Sakhnin with no fans present. Vandals set fire to the IFA's offices and left graffiti threatening the life of the IFA chairman. The graffiti included the initials "LF" for La Familia, but the group denied involvement.[10][11]
      Beitar was disciplined in 2008 after fans disrupted a minute of silence to mark the death of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Later that year La Familia led a pitch invasion in what would have been a title-clinching win against Bnei Herziliya. The IFA deducted two points from Beitar and ordered that the next game be played behind closed doors.[12] In December 2011, fans yelled "Give Toto a banana"[2] towards Nigerian-born Toto Tamuz. The IFA again punished Beitar with a two-point deduction and another game in an empty stadium.
      Supporters stormed the Malha Mall after a match in March 2012 while chanting racist slurs. It was reported that Arab workers were harassed and beaten.[6]
      The club's 2013 signing of two Chechnyan Muslims, Dzhabrail Kadiyev and Zaur Sadayev, raised anger from the supporters. Members of La Familia set a team office blaze after the announcement.[7] Fans walked out of a match in March that saw Sadayev score his fist goal for Beitar.[13]
      [REFERENCES]
      [EXTERNAL LINKS]

      SOURCE - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Familia_%28Beitar_supporters%27_group%29

    • P.S. ALSO RE: "[S]omeone asked the question: well, would it be better or worse to have a son who became an extreme left-wing anti-Zionist – versus having a son who became a right-wing settler? . . . But the immediate answer of the bulk of the group was: the settler would be obviously preferable. He would, after all, still be 'family' in some sense, even if wayward." ~ Noah Millman

      MY QUESTION: Do they mean that the settler "would still be family", or that the settler "would still be La Familia"*?

      * SEE: "Beitar Jerusalem fans suspected of hurling flare at journalist's home", By Moshe Harush and Yuval Goren, Haaretz, 3/11/09

      [EXCERPTS] Police arrested on Tuesday four Beitar Jerusalem supporters on suspicion of hurling a flare at journalist Orly Vilnai's home.
      Vilnai, the presenter of the investigative television program "Hashtulim" (The Moles), launched an investigation into a radical group of Beitar supporters, known as La Familia. . .
      . . . Haaretz has learned that one of Vilnai's researchers penetrated the group, equipped with a secret video camera, and filmed two of its members instructing two teens how to make their way into the Israel Football Association offices in Ramat Gan and set them ablaze, as well as the smuggling of weapons into soccer fields. . .
      . . . La Familia was set up in 2005 as a result of dissent among Beitar supporters as to the nature of their desired activity. Its members, who are 16 to 25 years old, attempt to give it an image of underground organization. They are associated with far-right movements, and were sometimes seen among Kahane supporters. The group's violent record led the Beitar management to disavow them.

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.haaretz.com/news/beitar-jerusalem-fans-suspected-of-hurling-flare-at-journalist-s-home-1.271890

    • RE: "[S]omeone asked the question: well, would it be better or worse to have a son who became an extreme left-wing anti-Zionist – versus having a son who became a right-wing settler? . . . But the immediate answer of the bulk of the group was: the settler would be obviously preferable. He would, after all, still be 'family' in some sense, even if wayward." ~ Noah Millman

      MY COMMENT: Dare I say "two state fakers"?!?!

      SEE: "Flotilla 3.0: Redeeming Obama's Palestine Speech with Gaza's Ark", By Robert Naiman, truth-out.org, 3/25/13

      [EXCERPT] . . . Bibi doesn't want an independent Palestinian state; Bibi's government doesn't want an independent Palestinian state; AIPAC doesn't want an independent Palestinian state; and Congress - which defers to AIPAC - doesn't want an independent Palestinian state. Of course, many of them mouth the words - not Bibi's government, they don't even do that - but those who mouth the words oppose any practical measure that would help bring an independent Palestinian state into existence. They're "two state fakers." Settlement freeze? Impossible. UN membership for Palestine? Can't be done. No, according to the two state fakers, the only option on the menu in the restaurant for the Palestinians is to return to negotiations without a settlement freeze, negotiations that for 20 years have brought more land confiscation, more settlements, more restrictions on Palestinian movement and commerce, more oppression. And so, Obama was saying, my hands are tied. Don't look at me. . .
      . . . So, ...the question boils down to this: Can we engage the multitude in civil society initiatives to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine . . . ?
      A compelling effort to do this is a project called Gaza's Ark.
      Gaza's Ark is a logical next step to follow the Gaza freedom flotillas, and some of the folks who helped organize previous flotillas are helping to put it in place. Unlike the flotillas, Gaza's Ark isn't going to sail into Gaza. It's going to sail out from Gaza, carrying Palestinian exports. . .
      . . . Gaza's Ark is starting a campaign to support Gaza's economy by encouraging people to buy Gaza's exports: "trade not aid," as they say. It's a "procott." Don't support the blockade? Put your money where your mouth is.
      I claim that by supporting Gaza's Ark, you can support a civil society initiative to oppose the occupation without giving up any evenings. Put your money where your mouth is. Buy Palestinian goods from Gaza. If the Israeli government tries to stop you, then they're interfering with your commerce.
      I claim that by supporting Gaza's Ark, you can support a civil society initiative to oppose the occupation without giving up any evenings. You can sign up [I.E. SIGN THE PETITION] here. - http://www.gazaark.org/2012/09/26/petition-end-the-blockade-of-gaza-now/

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/15307-flotilla-30-redeeming-obamas-palestine-speech-with-gazas-ark

  • Boston, Baghdad & Birmingham
    • P.S. MONTAGE OF MIDDLE-AGED WHITE MAN WITH DARK-COLORED BACKPACK APPARENTLY AT OR NEAR LOCATION OF BOSTON BOMBING - http://i.imgur.com/OvRBupt.jpg

    • RE: If questioned about the comparison of Boston to Baghdad as “untimely and unwise,” I would reply it is not only timely but also wise to question the moral and ethical disparities while being in the very midst of it. ~ Shakeel Syed

      REGARDING THE "MORAL AND ETHICAL DISPARITIES", SEE:
      "How the Power of Myth Keeps Us Mired in War", by Ira Chernus, TomDispatch.com, 01/20/11

      [EXCERPT] . . . White Americans, going back to early colonial times, generally assigned the role of 'bad guys' to 'savages' lurking in the wilderness beyond the borders of our civilized land. Whether they were redskins, commies, terrorists, or the Taliban, the plot has always remained the same.
      Call it the myth of national security -- or, more accurately, national insecurity, since it always tells us who and what to fear.
      It’s been a mighty (and mighty effective) myth. . .

      SOURCE – http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175344/

  • A plastic stomach fights the battle of empty stomach
    • RE: “Mowqeda suffers from tremors of the extremities and cyanosis leading to loss of his consciousness,” said Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) attorney Fadi Obaidat.

      A RELEVANT FILM: "Hunger", 2008, NR, 96 minutes
      Acclaimed visual artist [and it shows in this film] Steve McQueen makes his feature film debut with this gripping drama (and Independent Spirit Award Best Foreign Film contender) that depicts the events surrounding a hunger strike staged by a group of IRA prisoners during their 1981 incarceration in Britain's Prison Maze. Led by IRA volunteer-poet Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender [who is phenomenal in this film]), the strikers waged their six-week-long protest in an attempt to be acknowledged as political prisoners and to improve the prison's conditions.
      Netflix Availability: Streaming, DVD and Blu-ray
      • Netflix Listing - http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Hunger/70108808
      • IMDb listing - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0986233/
      • HUNGER Trailer (2008) - The Criterion Collection (VIDEO, 01:53) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?

  • Innocent until proven Muslim
    • P.P.S. ALSO RE: [I]t came time to go through Twitter’s dreaded search bar to comb through reactions... I was not disappointed: a wave of tweets blaming Muslims, applauding a popular call for the deaths of “all Muslims”, an incitement to violence tweeted by Fox News guest Erik Rush, and of course – the slurs: sand niggers, towelheads, sand monkey’s etc. ~ by Roqayah Chamseddine

      SEE: "How the Power of Myth Keeps Us Mired in War", by Ira Chernus, TomDispatch.com, 01/20/11

      [EXCERPT] . . . White Americans, going back to early colonial times, generally assigned the role of 'bad guys' to 'savages' lurking in the wilderness beyond the borders of our civilized land. Whether they were redskins, commies, terrorists, or the Taliban, the plot has always remained the same.
      Call it the myth of national security -- or, more accurately, national insecurity, since it always tells us who and what to fear.
      It’s been a mighty (and mighty effective) myth. . .

      SOURCE – http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175344/

    • P.S. RE: “The Day That TV News Died”

      SEE THIS DOCUMENTARY: "SHADOWS OF LIBERTY" (2012)

      "Shadows of Liberty" reveals the extraordinary truth behind the news media: censorship, cover-ups and corporate control.
      Filmmaker Jean-Philippe Tremblay takes a journey through the darker corridors of the US media, where global conglomerates call the shots. For decades, their overwhelming influence has distorted news journalism and compromised its values.
      In highly revealing stories, renowned journalists, activists and academics give insider accounts of a broken media system. Controversial news reports are suppressed, people are censored for speaking out, and lives are shattered as the arena for public expression is turned into a private profit zone.Tracing the story of media manipulation through the years, Shadows of Liberty poses a crucial question: why have we let a handful of powerful corporations write the news? We're left in no doubt - media reform is urgent and freedom of the press is fundamental.

      SOURCE - http://shadowsofliberty.org/the-film/

      Internet Movie Database - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1543807/

      ● THE DOCUMENTARY "SHADOWS OF LIBERTY" (1:33:14) CAN BE STREAMED FOR THE NEXT WEEK OR SO FROM - http://shadows.kcetlink.org/

    • RE: "[I]t came time to go through Twitter’s dreaded search bar to comb through reactions... I was not disappointed: a wave of tweets blaming Muslims, applauding a popular call for the deaths of “all Muslims”, an incitement to violence tweeted by Fox News guest Erik Rush, and of course – the slurs: sand niggers, towelheads, sand monkey’s etc." ~ by Roqayah Chamseddine

      MY COMMENT: Talk about "cowardly" acts/tweets! ! ! This is part of the reason that although I strongly support the "the right of free speech", I half-jokingly refer to Twitter as "the devils' workshops".
      Although it is certainly possible that this is the work of Islamic terrorists, I can't help but see certain similarities to the Centennial Olympic Park bombing during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
      Also, this bombing occurred on April 15th, the last day for filing tax returns in the US. This is a date that has become very significant for right-wing extremist groups in this country (but it does not seem particularly significant for Islamic terrorists). Consequently, I am reminded somewhat of the February 2010 incident where a single engine plane was crashed into an Austin, Texas office park that housed FBI and IRS offices killing two people in addition to the pilot.
      Of course, anything is possible, but it is sad that American's can't even wait a few hours so as to collect some information (and give it a little thought) before they begin wildly speculating about the perpetrators. It is even sadder (and not entirely coincidental) that the mainstream/corporate media encourages and disseminates this nearly instantaneous speculation based upon so precious few facts. But, I guess it "pays the bills", especially the lavish, inflated salaries of their upper management, and their multi-million dollar celebrity 'news presenters'*.

      * SEE: "The Day That TV News Died", By Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 3/24/13
      LINK - http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_day_that_tv_news_died_20130324/

  • Reflecting on bombings in Boston and Iraq
    • P.P.S. ALSO RE: “Everybody do the National Security Ankle Grab! Let’s bring more Saudis in without screening them! C’mon!” / “Yes, the’re evil. Let’s kill them all.” / Despite no nexus between the explosions and a Muslim or Arab, Rush immediately rushed to that conclusion.

      SEE: "How the Power of Myth Keeps Us Mired in War", by Ira Chernus, TomDispatch.com, 01/20/11

      [EXCERPT] . . . White Americans, going back to early colonial times, generally assigned the role of 'bad guys' to 'savages' lurking in the wilderness beyond the borders of our civilized land. Whether they were redskins, commies, terrorists, or the Taliban, the plot has always remained the same.
      Call it the myth of national security -- or, more accurately, national insecurity, since it always tells us who and what to fear.
      It’s been a mighty (and mighty effective) myth. . .

      SOURCE – http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175344/

    • P.S. DOCUMENTARY: "SHADOWS OF LIBERTY" (2012)

      Shadows of Liberty reveals the extraordinary truth behind the news media: censorship, cover-ups and corporate control.
      Filmmaker Jean-Philippe Tremblay takes a journey through the darker corridors of the US media, where global conglomerates call the shots. For decades, their overwhelming influence has distorted news journalism and compromised its values.

      In highly revealing stories, renowned journalists, activists and academics give insider accounts of a broken media system. Controversial news reports are suppressed, people are censored for speaking out, and lives are shattered as the arena for public expression is turned into a private profit zone.

      Tracing the story of media manipulation through the years, Shadows of Liberty poses a crucial question: why have we let a handful of powerful corporations write the news? We're left in no doubt - media reform is urgent and freedom of the press is fundamental.

      SOURCE - http://shadowsofliberty.org/the-film/

      Internet Movie Database - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1543807/

      ● THIS DOCUMENTARY (1:33:14) CAN BE STREAMED FOR THE NEXT WEEK OR SO FROM - http://shadows.kcetlink.org/

    • RE: "Everybody do the National Security Ankle Grab! Let's bring more Saudis in without screening them! C'mon!" / "Yes, the're evil. Let's kill them all." / Despite no nexus between the explosions and a Muslim or Arab, Rush immediately rushed to that conclusion.

      MY COMMENT: Although it is certainly possible that this is the work of Islamic terrorists, I can't help but see certain similarities to the Centennial Olympic Park bombing during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
      Also, this bombing occurred on April 15th, the last day for filing tax returns in the US. This is a date that has become very significant for right-wing extremist groups in this country (but it does not seem particularly significant for Islamic terrorists). Consequently, I am reminded somewhat of the February 2010 incident where a single engine plane was crashed into an Austin, Texas office park that housed FBI and IRS offices killing two people in addition to the pilot.
      Of course, anything is possible, but it is sad that American's can't even wait a few hours so as to collect some information (and give it a little thought) before they begin wildly speculating about the perpetrators. It is even sadder (and not entirely coincidental) that the mainstream/corporate media encourages and disseminates this nearly instantaneous speculation based upon so precious few facts. But, I guess it "pays the bills", especially the lavish, inflated salaries of their upper management, and their multi-million dollar celebrity 'news presenters'*.

      * SEE: "The Day That TV News Died", By Chris Hedges, Truthdig, 3/24/13
      LINK - http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_day_that_tv_news_died_20130324/

  • Exile and the Prophetic: Judith Butler marks the end (and beginning) of the Jewish ethical tradition
    • RE: "By the time the prophets arrive, time is up. Even as the prophets call for repentance – ‘There is still time!’ – we know the people Israel are fated. The die has been cast." ~ Marc Ellis

      MY SUSPICION: "Dead man nation-state (as currently configured) walking!"

      Sister Helen Prejean: "Look at you. Death is looking down your neck, and you're playing your little male come-on games."
      ~
      • Matthew Poncelet: "It's quiet. Only three days left. Plenty of time to read my Bible and look for a loophole."
      ~
      • Clyde Percy: "How can you stand next to him?"
      • Sister Helen Prejean: "Mr. Percy, I'm just trying to follow the example of Jesus, who said that a person is not as bad as his worst deed."
      • Clyde Percy: "This is not a person. This is an animal."
      ~
      • Matthew Poncelet: "I just wanna say I think killin' is wrong, no matter who does it, whether it's me or y'all or your government."

      SOURCE - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112818/trivia?tab=qt&ref_=tt_trv_qu

  • The hunger of Samer Issawi-- and Bobby Sands
    • RE: "The hunger of Samer Issawi– and Bobby Sands"

      AN EXCELLENT FILM: "Hunger", 2008, NR, 96 minutes
      Acclaimed visual artist [and it shows in this film] Steve McQueen makes his feature film debut with this gripping drama (and Independent Spirit Award Best Foreign Film contender) that depicts the events surrounding a hunger strike staged by a group of IRA prisoners during their 1981 incarceration in Britain's Prison Maze. Led by IRA volunteer-poet Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender [who is phenominal in this film]), the strikers waged their six-week-long protest in an attempt to be acknowledged as political prisoners and to improve the prison's conditions.
      Netflix Availability: Streaming, DVD and Blu-ray
      • Netflix Listing - http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Hunger/70108808
      • IMDb listing - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0986233/
      • HUNGER Trailer (2008) - The Criterion Collection (VIDEO, 01:53) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9IiUbBV4zc

      P.S. IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not watch this film anywhere near mealtime. To say the least, it does not "whet the appetite". At least, not for food! Also, a 'barf bag' might be advisable when viewing this film.

  • My guide was a righteous radical
    • RE: "I’ve said before I’m a reluctant radical. I don’t want to be alienated from the main body of humanity." ~ Weiss

      CRANKY, OLD "GET OFF MY GRASS" MAN SEZ:
      Wait just a dang minute. I thought I was amongst fellow "conscious pariahs" here at Mondoweiss.
      One fer y'all, and y'all fer none!

      . . . A warning to the prophet, the liar, the honest
      This is war
      To the leader, the pariah, the victim, the messiah
      This is war
      ~
      It's the moment of truth and the moment to lie
      The moment to live and the moment to die
      The moment to fight, the moment to fight
      To fight, to fight, to fight . . .
      ~ 30 Seconds to Mars

      ● Thirty Seconds to Mars: "This is War" (VIDEO, 06:01) ~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zcps2fJKuAI

  • NYACT questions Google chief's call for drones regulation
    • RE: "Google is currently hosting classes for a new applied science and technology campus being planned for New York City’s Roosevelt Island. Cornell NYC Tech is a collaboration between Cornell University and one of Israel’s largest weapons research and development institutes, The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. This collaboration will cost New York taxpayers at least $100 million, and was largely conceived without public oversight." ~ New Yorkers Against the Cornell-Technion Partnership

      MEANWHILE, SEE: "BDS Roundup: University of Sydney student council passes academic boycott resolution", by Nora, electronicintifada.net/blogs, 04/15/2013

      [EXCERPT] In this latest roundup of news from the global boycott, divestment and sanctions movement:
      - University of Sydney’s student representative council passes academic boycott resolution to cut ties with Israel’s Technion, citing complicity in violations against Palestinian rights .
      - US Mennonite church passes motion to not invest in companies which profit from Israel’s occupation.
      - BDS activists protest . . .
      . . . Sydney, Australia: On 10 April, the Student Representative Council at the University of Sydney voted to pass a resolution calling on the university administration to cut ties with Israel’s Technion. Technion is an educational institution that has close ties to the Israeli government and its military, and with weapons manufacturing companies whose weaponry is used against Palestinians under military occupation.
      'The Australian' reported that the passage of the resolution by the Student Representative Council was hailed by Professor Jake Lynch, who is the director of the university’s Peace and Conflict Studies Center. He is a proponent of the BDS movemement.
      The article added:
      Professor Lynch … hailed the move by the SRC, claiming that Technion University, apart from assisting Israeli weapons production, had done work for the Israeli department of foreign affairs on public diplomacy to develop strategies to deflect attention from Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.
      Professor Lynch said that if Sydney University academics co-operated with Technion, “they risk condoning and in a sense internalising” such alleged anti-Palestinian practices. . .

      SOURCE - http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/nora/bds-roundup-university-sydney-student-council-passes-academic-boycott-resolution

  • 'Constructive engagement' didn't work in South Africa, so why are liberal Zionists pushing it for Israel?
    • ● P.P.P.S. ALSO RE: “. . . you can’t use boycotts, you can’t threaten aid, you can’t use these kinds of forms of negative pressure. . .” ~ Jeremy Ben-Ami

      ● JACLYN FRIEDMAN (from "It's Time for Some Israel Real Talk"):

      [EXCERPT] . . . I love Israel. As an American Jew, the dream of Israel has held me in thrall since I was a small child. The day I wept at the Wailing Wall was one of the most transcendent and emotional of my life. But loving someone doesn’t mean helping them do whatever destructive thing they want. Call that enabling or co-dependence, but it’s not love. I love Israel like I’d love a drunk friend who wants their car keys. . .

      SOURCE - http://prospect.org/article/it%E2%80%99s-time-some-israel-real-talk

      ● ALSO SEE: "How Israel Is Like an Alcoholic Mother", by Megan McArdle, The Atlantic, 3/22/12

      [EXCERPT] . . . What is it Alex Portnoy overhears his mother say to her friends, apropos of the lengths she has to go to to get him to eat? "I have to stand over him with a knife!"
      To be a bit more serious for a moment, though, Chesterton famously quipped: “My country, right or wrong is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying: "My mother, drunk or sober.” Well, yes, but she is your mother, drunk or sober, right? Similarly, it is your country, whether your country is right or wrong. The question is what that entails. If your mother is a drunk, and begs for another drink, are you obliged to give it to her? Presumably not.
      But are you obliged to devote yourself to getting her to dry out? That, it seems to me is the real heart of the question. I think many of Beinart’s critics — like Jeffrey Goldberg — would say: that’s exactly how they think about Israel and the settlements. They are against them. . . They think they were and are a grave and historic mistake…
      . . . So they are doing what they can to convince their mother to check herself in and dry out. But she’s their mother. If it takes her a long time to convince, they’ll keep trying. If she slips a drink on the sly, they’ll try to hide the liquor better, but they’ll forgive her. [In other words, they will act as "enablers". ~ J.L.D.] And, whatever she does, they certainly aren’t going to call the cops on her, and give the neighbors (who never liked her, even have tried to get her evicted) the satisfaction of seeing her humiliated by her own son in public. After all, she’s their mother. [Let's call this "constructive engagement"! ~ J.L.D.]
      Well, talk to a few children of alcoholics, and you’ll discover that “my mother, drunk or sober” is not always a tenable proposition. Sometimes, for some people, the sense of obligation to one’s mother is trumped by a sense of obligation to oneself, and to protect oneself from her disease. And that, in a nutshell, is what Beinart is saying. She may be my mother, yes, but if she keeps carrying on, I don’t care what the neighbors say, and I don’t care if she never speaks to me again afterward: I’m going to call the cops on her. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/03/how-israel-is-like-an-alcoholic-mother/254939/

    • P.P.S. ALSO RE: ". . . you can’t use boycotts, you can’t threaten aid, you can’t use these kinds of forms of negative pressure. I think you're right to extrapolate. . ." ~ Jeremy Ben-Ami

      AN EXTRAPOLATION, OF SORTS: "Listen, I know Amy has a serious problem with alchohol and drug addiction, but we can't possibly "pressure" her about going into rehab. If we pressure her, she might very well freak; and then she would crave the alcohol and drugs even more." ~ close friend of Amy's

      FROM WIKIPEDIA [Enabling]:

      [EXCERPT] . . . In a negative sense, enabling is . . . used in the context of problematic behavior, to signify dysfunctional approaches that are intended to help but in fact may perpetuate a problem.[1][2] A common theme of enabling in this latter sense is that third parties take responsibility, blame, or make accommodations for a person’s harmful conduct (often with the best of intentions, or from fear or insecurity which inhibits action). The practical effect is that the person himself or herself does not have to do so, and is shielded from awareness of the harm it may do, and the need or pressure to change. It is a major environmental cause of addiction.[3]
      A common example of enabling can be observed in the relationship between the alcoholic/addict and a codependent spouse. The spouse believes incorrectly that he or she is helping the alcoholic by calling into work for them, making excuses that prevent others from holding them accountable, and generally cleaning up the mess that occurs in the wake of their impaired judgment.[citation needed] In reality what the spouse is doing is hurting, not helping. Enabling prevents psychological growth in the person being enabled and can contribute to negative symptoms in the enabler.*
      One of the primary purposes of a formal Family Intervention with alcoholics/addicts is to help the family cease their enabling behaviors. . .

      SOURCE – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enabling

      * "Down, down, down we [the U.S.] go into the deep, dark abyss; hand in hand with Israel."

    • P.S. ALSO RE: “. . . you can’t use boycotts, you can’t threaten aid, you can’t use these kinds of forms of negative pressure. . ." ~ Jeremy Ben-Ami

      MY COMMENT: I like Ben-Ami, but this comment by him brings to mind Robert Naiman's "two state fakers" critique.

      SEE: "Flotilla 3.0: Redeeming Obama's Palestine Speech with Gaza's Ark", By Robert Naiman, truth-out.org, 3/25/13

      [EXCERPT] . . . Bibi doesn't want an independent Palestinian state; Bibi's government doesn't want an independent Palestinian state; AIPAC doesn't want an independent Palestinian state; and Congress - which defers to AIPAC - doesn't want an independent Palestinian state. Of course, many of them mouth the words - not Bibi's government, they don't even do that - but those who mouth the words oppose any practical measure that would help bring an independent Palestinian state into existence. They're "two state fakers." Settlement freeze? Impossible. UN membership for Palestine? Can't be done. No, according to the two state fakers, the only option on the menu in the restaurant for the Palestinians is to return to negotiations without a settlement freeze, negotiations that for 20 years have brought more land confiscation, more settlements, more restrictions on Palestinian movement and commerce, more oppression. And so, Obama was saying, my hands are tied. Don't look at me. . .
      . . . So, ...the question boils down to this: Can we engage the multitude in civil society initiatives to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine . . . ?
      A compelling effort to do this is a project called Gaza's Ark.
      Gaza's Ark is a logical next step to follow the Gaza freedom flotillas, and some of the folks who helped organize previous flotillas are helping to put it in place. Unlike the flotillas, Gaza's Ark isn't going to sail into Gaza. It's going to sail out from Gaza, carrying Palestinian exports. . .
      . . . Gaza's Ark is starting a campaign to support Gaza's economy by encouraging people to buy Gaza's exports: "trade not aid," as they say. It's a "procott." Don't support the blockade? Put your money where your mouth is.
      I claim that by supporting Gaza's Ark, you can support a civil society initiative to oppose the occupation without giving up any evenings. Put your money where your mouth is. Buy Palestinian goods from Gaza. If the Israeli government tries to stop you, then they're interfering with your commerce.
      I claim that by supporting Gaza's Ark, you can support a civil society initiative to oppose the occupation without giving up any evenings. You can sign up [I.E. SIGN THE PETITION] here. - http://www.gazaark.org/2012/09/26/petition-end-the-blockade-of-gaza-now/

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/15307-flotilla-30-redeeming-obamas-palestine-speech-with-gazas-ark

    • RE: ". . . you can't use boycotts, you can't threaten aid, you can't use these kinds of forms of negative pressure... What you need to do, I often call it positive pressure instead of negative pressure. . . " ~ Jeremy Ben-Ami

      MY COMMENT: This sounds like an excellent recipe for "carrot stew"*!

      * FROM foreignaffairs.com: "South Africa: Why Constructive Engagement Failed", By Sanford J. Ungar and Peter Vale, Winter 1985/86

      Article Summary
      Ronald Reagan's imposition of limited economic sanctions against the South African regime in September was a tacit admission that his policy of "constructive engagement"--encouraging change in the apartheid system through a quiet dialogue with that country's white minority leaders--had failed. Having been offered many carrots by the United States over a period of four-and-a-half years as incentives to institute meaningful reforms, the South African authorities had simply made a carrot stew and eaten it. Under the combined pressures of the seemingly cataclysmic events in South Africa since September 1984 and the dramatic surge of anti-apartheid protest and political activism in the United States, the Reagan Administration was finally embarrassed into brandishing some small sticks as an element of American policy.
      [We're sorry, but Foreign Affairs does not have the copyright to display this article online.]

      SOURCE - http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/40525/sanford-j-ungar-and-peter-vale/south-africa-why-constructive-engagement-failed

  • Wrenching drama about the occupation, 'Inch'Allah,' has been consigned to 'film festival purgatory'
    • RE: "not seeing it on netfliix."

      NETFLIX: "Inch'Allah", 2012, NR
      A Canadian obstetrician living in Israel makes multiple passes through heavily guarded checkpoints to get to her job at a women's health clinic in Palestine. But political tensions take on personal overtones when she befriends a pregnant patient.
      Cast: Evelyne Brochu, Sabrina Ouazani, Sivan Levy, Yousef Sweid, Hammoudeh Alkarmi, Zorah Benali, Carlo Brandt, Marie-Therese Fortin, Ahmad Massad, Yoav Donat
      Director: Anais Barbeau-Lavalette
      Genres: Foreign, Foreign Dramas, French Language, France
      Language: French
      This movie is: Understated
      Format: DVD availability date unknown
      NETFLIX LISTING - http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Inch-Allah/70260988

    • RE: More than any movie I’ve seen, “Inch’Allah” conveys the something of the feel of Palestinian life . . . trying cope under a system of domination and control far more sophisticated than anything South Africans could dream up. ~ Scott McConnell

      ALISTAIR CROOKE, London Review of Books, 03/03/11:

      [EXCERPTS] . . . It was [Ariel] Sharon who pioneered the philosophy of ‘maintained uncertainty’ that repeatedly extended and then limited the space in which Palestinians could operate by means of an unpredictable combination of changing and selectively enforced regulations, and the dissection of space by settlements, roads Palestinians were not allowed to use and continually shifting borders. All of this was intended to induce in the Palestinians a sense of permanent temporariness. . .
      . . . It suits Israel to have a ‘state’ without borders so that it can keep negotiating about borders, and count on the resulting uncertainty to maintain acquiescence. . .
      . . . Israel’s vice-premier, Moshe Ya’alon, was candid when asked in an interview this year: ‘Why all these games of make-believe negotiations?’ He replied:
      Because … there are pressures. Peace Now from within, and other elements from without. So you have to manoeuvre … what we have to do is manoeuvre with the American administration and the European establishment, which are nourished by Israeli elements [and] which create the illusion that an agreement can be reached … I say that time works for those who make use of it. The founders of Zionism knew … and we in the government know how to make use of time.

      SOURCE - http://www.lrb.co.uk/v33/n05/alastair-crooke/permanent-temporariness

  • Mondo co-editor to speak in Cambridge tomorrow night
    • RE: "Hilda quickly distinguished herself as an extremely knowledgeable, thoughtful, moral voice who was able to maintain a strong sense of her own Jewish identity and a painful awareness of the Holocaust while articulating a consistent and powerful critique of Israeli policy." ~ Alice Rothchild

      MY COMMENT: I think I'm in love, albeit posthumously and through a "medium" of sorts, so to speak.

      P.S. This is the music Robbie Robertson selected for the credits at the end of Scorsese’s 2010 film “Shutter Island”.
      ● Dinah Washington & Max Richter: This bitter earth/On the nature of daylight [VIDEO, 06:10] – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxHZ-9vQj9I
      . . . This bitter earth
      Well, what fruit it bears
      Ooooh, This bitter earth . . .

  • Carl Bernstein addresses 'Florida Loves Israel' convention
  • Exile and the Prophetic: Jew in the Box
    • ● P.P.P.S. RE: Always use the new Über-Xtreme Ziocaine Ultra SR (Sustained Release) Transdermal Patch® responsibly. Do not attempt to drive or operate heavy equipment until you know how the new Über-Xtreme Ziocaine Ultra SR (Sustained Release) Transdermal Patch® will affect you."

      ● SEE: Pro-Israel Activist Knocks Camera Out of Hands of Alison Weir [VIDEO, 02:37] - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BV6BXrzUa00

    • ● P.S. RE: "One thing you can’t hide
      Is when you’re crippled inside . . .”
      ~ John Lennon (from above)

      ● SEE: "How the Power of Myth Keeps Us Mired in War", by Ira Chernus, TomDispatch.com, 01/20/11

      [EXCERPT] . . . White Americans, going back to early colonial times, generally assigned the role of 'bad guys' to 'savages' lurking in the wilderness beyond the borders of our civilized land. Whether they were redskins, commies, terrorists, or the Taliban, the plot has always remained the same.
      Call it the myth of national security -- or, more accurately, national insecurity, since it always tells us who and what to fear.
      It’s been a mighty (and mighty effective) myth. . .

      SOURCE – http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175344/

      ● AND SEE: "Israel’s Defense Chief OK’s Hundreds of Israeli Deaths", By Ira Chernus, CommonDreams.org, 11/11/11

      [EXCERPT] . . . An essential motive of Zionism from its beginning was a fierce desire to end the centuries of Jewish weakness, to show the world that Jews would no longer be pushed around, that they’d fight back and prove themselves tougher than their enemies. There was more to Zionism than that. But the “pride through strength” piece came to dominate the whole project. Hence the massive Israeli military machine with its nuclear arsenal.
      But you can’t prove that you’re stronger than your enemies unless you’ve also got enemies -- or at least believe you’ve got enemies -- to fight against. So there has to be a myth of Israel’s insecurity, fueled by an image of vicious anti-semites lurking somewhere out there, for Zionism to work. Since the 1979 Iranian revolution, Iran has gradually risen to the top of Israel oh-so-necessary enemies list. Iranophobia is rampant in Israel, as one Israeli scholar writes, because “Israel needs an existential threat."
      Anyone who has grown up in Israel, or in the U.S. Jewish community (as I did), and paid attention knows all this. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/11/11-2

      ● P.P.S. ALSO SEE - "Iranophobia: The Panic of the Hegemons", by Ira Chernus, Tikkun Magazine, November/December 2010
      LINK - http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/iranophobia-the-panic-of-the-hegemons-3

    • RE: "Let’s say, I prefer Germans thinking rather than cheering." ~ Marc Ellis

      CONFESSION OF A BORDERLINE MISANTHROPIST: Let’s say that I prefer Germans, Americans and all other humans thinking rather than cheering!

      AN EARLY SPRING AFTERNOON'S MUSICAL INTERLUDE, proudly brought to you by the makers of the new Über-Xtreme Ziocaine Ultra SR (Sustained Release) Transdermal Patch®: Let The Good Times Roll!™

      ". . . You can shine your shoes and wear a suit
      You can comb your hair and look quite cute
      You can hide your face behind a smile
      One thing you can’t hide
      Is when you’re crippled inside . . ." ~ John Lennon, 1971

      ● John Lennon: "Crippled Inside" [VIDEO, 03:56] - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYETxkU3WdY

      IMPORTANT NOTICE: Always use the new Über-Xtreme Ziocaine Ultra SR (Sustained Release) Transdermal Patch® responsibly. Do not attempt to drive or operate heavy equipment until you know how the new Über-Xtreme Ziocaine Ultra SR (Sustained Release) Transdermal Patch® will affect you.

  • Not an empty sand dune: A Palestinian mansion in downtown Tel Aviv
  • Two very different Israeli replies to Samer Issawi's invitation
    • RE: "The authors noted that there are ‘new encouraging signs that the negotiations between the sides will resume,’... ‘We urge you to stop your hunger strike and choose life, because we are committed to tirelessly striving toward peace between the two peoples . . . ~ Ha’aretz description of parts of the authors’ written statement

      MY COMMENT: So the Israeli authors are committed to merely "striving" toward peace, not to actually making/achieving peace! Why does this sound so very familiar?*

      * SEE: "Israeli ambassador Michael Oren gets hero’s welcome in liberal enclave of Brooklyn", by Alex Kane, Mondoweiss, 10/17/12

      Last night, Congregation Beth Elohim seemed to leave its grounded place in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn and zoomed its way into another universe. The universe of Michael Oren, that is–a place where Israel can do no wrong. . .
      . . . Rabbi Andy Bachman opened the night by giving Oren a t-shirt with the word “Brooklyn” emblazoned on it and went on to thank the Jewish Community Relations Council for its efforts to defeat the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) drive at the Park Slope Food Co-op.
      “Having the ambassador here is an honor,” said Bachman, who later explained to an attendee that it took a two-year long lobbying effort to bring Oren there. Bachman is a well-known liberal Zionist rabbi who is vehemently against the BDS movement. [i.e. Bachman is apparently what Robert Naiman refers to as a "two state faker" - J.L.D.] He was one of the signatories to a letter from Brooklyn rabbis that denounced the boycott of Ahava products, which are made in illegal West Bank settlements. . .
      . . . The tall and lanky New Jersey-born Israeli ambassador to the United States spoke to a packed house at Congregation Beth Elohim, a historic Reform synagogue. . .
      . . . “We have a responsibility to strive for peace,” said Oren, in response to a question from Bachman about the stalled peace process. The Israeli ambassador then played up his relations with Palestinian officials in Washington, adding that he attends American Task Force on Palestine events. “We hope that our Palestinian neighbors accept their responsibility to make peace,” he added. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://mondoweiss.net/2012/10/israeli-ambassador-michael-oren-gets-heros-welcome-in-liberal-enclave-of-brooklyn.html

      P.S. RE: “We [Israelis] have a responsibility to strive for peace,” ~ Oren
      ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ VERSUS ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
      “We hope that our Palestinian neighbors accept their responsibility to make peace,” ~ Oren

      FROM MERRIAM-WEBSTER:

      strive intransitive verb \ˈstrīv\
      Definition of STRIVE
      1 : to devote serious effort or energy : endeavor [strive to finish a project]

      ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ VERSUS ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

      make verb \ˈmāk\
      Definition of MAKE
      transitive verb
      2 a : to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone [made trouble for us]
      ·· b : to cause to exist, occur, or appear : create [make a disturbance]

  • Geller's speech leaves Muslim community unsafe, and echoes era of anti-Semitism
  • Targeting talent
    • RE: "Everyday Nakba" is an award winning documentary about water, filmed and directed by Mohammad al-Azza, a cameraman an Israeli soldier deliberately targeted and shot in the face 4 days ago during a raid in the West Bank, fracturing al-Azza's skull. ~ Annie Robbins

      MY SNARK: So, who ya gonna call? No, not Ghostbusters™. Call that "avid supporter of free speech and the amazing cinematic advancement Israel has seen", none other than Ambassador Michael Oren! He is so proud of Israel's "democratic values"! ! !

      SEE: "Israel's US envoy: 'Gatekeepers' hindering PR efforts", By Yitzhak Benhorin, Ynet News, 3/17/13
      Although he is an avid supporter of free speech, advancement of local film industry, Ambassador Michael Oren believes documentary in which Shin Bet officials slam Israel's West Bank policy hurting country's international image

      [EXCERPTS] WASHINGTON - Standing at the forefront of Israeli PR, Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren has felt in recent weeks that he is being undermined from within.
      "The Gatekeepers" – former Shin Bet heads who were interviewed for an Oscar-nominated documentary – are the ones Oren believes are hindering the efforts made by Israel
      , which is "already in a war of sorts."
      Oren contemplated for a long time whether or not to make this claim publicly for fear that it will relay a message that he is trying to silence freedom of speech and democratic values of which he is so proud and the amazing cinematic advancement Israel has seen.
      In his youth, the ambassador was an assistant to Orson Welles, so he appreciates a good film. However, Oren disclosed his thoughts on the subject to Ynet, and not just so that former officials would think twice before giving interviews such as those given by the six former Shin Bet directors.
      Appointed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – who himself said he does not intend to watch "The Gatekeepers," Oren is first and foremost an historian. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4357190,00.html

  • Exile and the prophetic: Women of the Wall-washing
    • RE: "Close your eyes – concentrate! Pretend that no one was there before your arrival. Or that those absent today were inferior and needed your religion... Open your eyes – wide! Embrace the conquered and smile. They’ve lost their religion. You’ve gained the whole world. ‘It’s easy. All you need is love’ – as the Beatles classic goes." ~ Marc Ellis

      THE BEATLES ("A Day in the Life", 1967):

      I read the news today, oh boy
      About a lucky man who made the grade
      And though the news was rather sad
      Well, I just had to laugh
      I saw the photograph
      He blew his mind out in a car
      He didn't notice that the lights had changed
      A crowd of people stood and stared
      They'd seen his face before
      Nobody was really sure if he was from the House of Lords

      I saw a film today, oh boy
      The English army had just won the war
      A crowd of people turned away
      But I just had to look
      Having read the book
      I'd love to turn you on. . .

      . . . I read the news today, oh boy
      Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire
      And though the holes were rather small
      They had to count them all
      Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall
      I'd love to turn you on

      ● The Beatles: "A Day in the Life" (VIDEO, 05:07) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-Q9D4dcYng

    • RE: "The website begins with a cascade of images under the rubric, ‘Liberating the Wall.’ Iconic photos of Israeli soldiers in 1967 in front of the Wall, looking up in astonishment... Not present are the people or the homes of the Moroccan Quarter cleansed and bulldozed from the area immediately after the war." ~ Marc Ellis

      MY COMMENT: I recall reading an article back in the mid-'70s by architectural critic Paul Goldberger in the New York Times about the "plaza" Israel created at the Western Wall after the '67 war. He wrote about how before 1967 a person would wind their way through a maze of Arab residential streets before the 'Wall' would suddenly loom up above them. He considered that drama to be a very important part of the experience of visiting the 'Wall'.
      After the '67 war, Israel bulldozed all of the Arab residential area ("creating facts" on the ground/creating an "fait accompli") in the Morrocan Quarter next to the Western Wall to make the large empty space called the "plaza". From reading the article, I got the distinct impression that Goldberger did not approve of the new "plaza"!

  • In bill discriminating against Arab- and Muslim-Americans, Boxer and 17 other senators serve Israeli gov't over their own -- Greenwald
  • The Israeli army tried to bring this Palestinian artist to his knees, and failed
    • RE: "He [Abu Alheja] relates how the arrest grew out of a talkback process, in which ordinary people in Jenin would relate an experience and actors would act it out. This talkback soon moved to the streets of the camp. And it involved freed prisoners, relating their experiences. Abu Alheja's arrest followed. That night, the soldiers walked him to the place where he had done the street theater, before putting him in the jeep and blindfolding him." ~ Weiss

      MY SNARK: So, who ya gonna call? No, not Ghostbusters™. Call that "avid supporter of free speech", Ambassador Michael Oren! He is so proud of Israel's "democratic values"!

      SEE: "Israel's US envoy: 'Gatekeepers' hindering PR efforts", By Yitzhak Benhorin, Ynet News, 3/17/13
      Although he is an avid supporter of free speech, advancement of local film industry, Ambassador Michael Oren believes documentary in which Shin Bet officials slam Israel's West Bank policy hurting country's international image

      [EXCERPTS] WASHINGTON - Standing at the forefront of Israeli PR, Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren has felt in recent weeks that he is being undermined from within.
      "The Gatekeepers" – former Shin Bet heads who were interviewed for an Oscar-nominated documentary – are the ones Oren believes are hindering the efforts made by Israel, which is "already in a war of sorts."
      Oren contemplated for a long time whether or not to make this claim publicly for fear that it will relay a message that he is trying to silence freedom of speech and democratic values of which he is so proud and the amazing cinematic advancement Israel has seen.
      In his youth, the ambassador was an assistant to Orson Welles, so he appreciates a good film. However, Oren disclosed his thoughts on the subject to Ynet, and not just so that former officials would think twice before giving interviews such as those given by the six former Shin Bet directors.
      Appointed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – who himself said he does not intend to watch "The Gatekeepers," Oren is first and foremost an historian. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4357190,00.html

  • Exile and the Prophetic: Throwing stones
    • P.S. Throwing Copper: "White Discussion" [VIDEO, 05:28] - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLbEmm6rtDM

      I talk of freedom
      You talk of the flag
      I talk of revolution
      You'd much rather brag
      And if the decibels of this disenchanting discourse
      Continue to dampen the day
      The coin flips again and again and again and again
      As our sanity walks away

      All this discussion
      Though politically correct
      Is dead beyond destruction
      Though it leaves me quite erect
      And if the final sunset rolls behind the Earth
      And the clock is finally dead
      I'll look at me, you'll look at you, and we'll cry alot
      But this will be what we said...
      This will be what we said:

      Look where all this talking got us, baby
      Look where all this talking got us, baby
      Look where all this talking got us, baby
      Look where all this talking got us, baby

    • RE: "And now Amira Hass is kicking up a storm with her outlandish assertion that Palestinians have a right to throw stones resisting occupation!" ~ Marc Ellis

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      I'm going to throw this fu___ing bottle as hard as I can, hope it hits you in the teeth and make you learn your lesson.
      It's dog eat dog in a place like this.
      This hard luck life sucks so I use my fists.
      I've got a chip on my shoulder.
      I'm on a losing streak.
      There's a cloud of contempt hanging over me, because it's dog eat dog in a place like this.
      Every man for himself so I use...
      I'm going to throw this fu___ing bottle as hard as I can, hope it hits you in the teeth and make you learn your lesson.
      It's dog eat dog in a place like this.
      This hard luck life sucks so I use...
      So I use my fists... ~ "Throwing Bricks", by Ceremony

      Ceremony: "Throwing Bricks" (from the documentary This Is Hardcore Fest '08) [VIDEO, 02:15] - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4R03t8jWRs

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  • 'It is time to guard our house!': Nazareth Illit mayor promises to prevent a Palestinian school in order to 'stop the demographic deterioration' of the city
    • ● P.S. RE: In anticipation of the Muslim players’ arrival, some fans unfurled a banner at the team’s Jan. 26 game saying “Beitar Pure Forever.” . . . ~ Jodi Rudoren

      ● MY COMMENT: No one should surprised by this if they are familiar with the origins of Beitar.

      ● FROM WIKIPEDIA [Betar]:

      (EXCERPT) The Betar Movement (בית”ר, also spelled Beitar) is a Revisionist Zionist youth movement founded in 1923 in Riga, Latvia, by Vladimir (Ze’ev) Jabotinsky. Betar has been traditionally linked to the original Herut and then Likud political parties of Israel, and was closely affiliated with the pre-Israel Revisionist Zionist splinter group Irgun Zevai Leumi. It was one of many right-wing movements and youth groups arising at that time out of a worldwide emergence of fascism.[1] Some of the most prominent politicians of Israel were Betarim in their youth, most notably Prime Ministers Yitzhak Shamir and Menachem Begin, the latter of whom idolized Jabotinsky.[2]. . .
      . . . The group initially praised Mussolini for his anti-communism and fascist principles, leading it to adopt the black uniform shirt of Italian fascism for a short period. Mussolini’s invasion of Abyssinia, however, was seen as “cowardly” by Betar and led them to break with him shortly after.[8] . . .

      SOURCE – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betar

      ● ALSO SEE: "The Hidden History of Zionism", Chapter 6, by Ralph Schoenman

      [EXCERPT] . . . Mussolini set up squadrons of the Revisionist Zionist youth movement, Betar, in black shirts in emulation of his own Fascist bands.
      When Menachem Begin became chief of Betar, he preferred the brown shirts of the Hitler gangs, a uniform Begin and Betar members wore to all meetings and rallies - at which they greeted each other and opened and closed meetings with the fascist salute. . .

      SOURCE - http://www.marxists.de/middleast/schoenman/ch06.htm

      ● P.P.S. RE: “Mussolini set up squadrons of the Revisionist Zionist youth movement, Betar, in black shirts in emulation of his own Fascist bands.” ~ from the Wikipedia excerpt above
      • SEE WIKIPEDIA [Blackshirts] - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackshirts
      • AND SEE THIS VIDEO – Mussolini in Color : The Blackshirts [VIDEO, 02:24] – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97nSCWU_hXQ

    • ● RE: "Upper Nazareth – Jewish Forever"

      ● REMINDS ME OF: “Beitar Pure Forever”

      ● SEE: "‘NYT’ covers Beitar Jerusalem fans campaign against Muslim players and says racism may threaten Israeli-hosted tournament", by Annie Robbins, Mondoweiss, 2/01/13

      [EXCERPT] Israel’s racism has made its way to the 'New York Times' via soccer, the same sport that led to the dismantling of South Africa’s Apartheid regime. Jodi Rudoren reports, "Some Fear a Soccer Team’s Racist Fans Hold a Mirror Up to Israel":
      The angry, defiant exchanges that punctuated Tuesday night’s unusually tense game here came amid intense protests by Beitar Jerusalem supporters over the team owner’s plans to recruit two Muslim players from Chechnya. Some young men had unfurled a banner at the previous game declaring “Beitar pure forever,” which reminded many here of Nazi Germany’s purging of Jews from athletics in 1933 and prompted statewide discussion about racism on and off the field.

      “People in Israel usually try to locate Beitar Jerusalem as some kind of the more extreme fringe; this is a way to overcome the embarrassment,” said Moshe Zimmermann, a historian at Hebrew University who specializes in sports. “The fact is that the Israeli society on the whole is getting more racist, or at least more ethnocentric, and this is an expression.” . . .

      SOURCE - http://mondoweiss.net/2013/02/jerusalem-threaten-tournament.html

  • Two NY cancellations: Geller rescheduled in Jersey, Waters homeless
    • RE: “The synagogue didn’t turn on me, it did what it felt it needed to do to protect the Sunday School children." ~ Geller

      MY QUESTION: "Sunday School" at an Orthodox synagogue?

    • RE: "A pro-Israel watchdog is claiming victory after Manhattan cultural center 92Y cancelled an appearance by Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters. . . Richard Allen, head of JCC Watch, said Waters got the cold shoulder he should have expected from the Jewish community considering his harsh criticism of Israel . . ." ~ The Forward

      MY COMMENT: I wonder if JCC Watch was responsible for Peter Beinart's having been banned by The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) from its annual Jewish book festival.

      SEE: "Peter ‘Powder Keg’ Beinart is disinvited from gig at Atlanta Jewish book festival", by Annie Robbins, Mondoweiss, 11/05/12

      [EXCERPTS] The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) has dis-invited liberal Zionist Peter Beinart from a speaking engagement at its annual Jewish book festival, presumably because he has called for a boycott of settlement goods, and it’s causing quite a stir. Everyone from J Street to Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt is weighing in. The event is expected to attract over 10,000 people this year. Beinart is one of 55 authors, some best selling, listed on MJCCA’s 2012 festival brochure. His talk, named “Zionist Zeal” about his book 'The Crisis of Zionism', is listed on page 16, relegated to a spot alongside "Low Cal Gal" Lisa Lillian and right above Marni Davis’s "Jews and Booze".
      The center’s president and CEO are now defending their decision to cancel Beinart’s invitation, claiming that once that brochure went out with word of Beinart’s appearance, protests came “pouring in.”
      However, just how many of the center’s 18,000 members participated in this screeching avalanche of disapproval is not information Steven Cadranel, the president of the MJCCA, is willing to disclose. Nor is he saying if any arm twisting measures were employed. After all, it’s entirely possible merely a few big donors expressed their disapproval in a way that could impact the economic future of the center and phff… and so, for the first time in the history of the festival, a scheduled writer’s invitation went kaput.
      San Franciscans are quite familiar with this kind of blacklash against Jewish cultural events since the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation announced extremely restrictive funding guidelines a few years ago accompanied by “witch hunts.” . . .

      SOURCE - http://mondoweiss.net/2012/11/peter-powder-keg-beinart-is-disinvited-from-gig-at-atlanta-jewish-book-festival.html

  • Palestinian cartoonist Mohammad Saba’aneh sentenced to 5 months in prison
    • RE: "Mohammad Saba’aneh, the acclaimed Palestinian Cartoonist who was detained February 16th at the Allenby Bridge checkpoint, was sentenced by the Israeli Salem Military Court on April 4th to 5 months in an Israeli prison for 'contact with a hostile organization'.* . . . Mohammad had contacted a publisher in Amman Jordan who published a book about Palestinian prisoners. Possibly Israel considers books about Palestinian prisoners a threat to their security." ~ Annie Robbins
      * Many Americans (certainly not myself) would consider the ACLU to be a "hostile organization"!

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      Here comes the helicopter -- second time today
      Everybody scatters and hopes it goes away
      How many kids they've murdered only God can say
      If I had a rocket launcher . . . I'd make somebody pay
      I don't believe in guarded borders and I don't believe in hate
      I don't believe in generals or their stinking torture states
      And when I talk with the survivors of things too sickening to relate
      If I had a rocket launcher . . . I would retaliate . . .
      ~
      ...I want to raise every voice -- at least I've got to try
      Every time I think about it water rises to my eyes.
      Situation desperate, echoes of the victims cry
      If I had a rocket launcher . . . Some son of a bitch would die

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  • Palestinian-American boy, 14, locked up in Israeli military jail
    • RE: The boy’s father lashed out at the American government’s response to his son’s arrest in an interview with Reuters. “The U.S. government is obligated to do something for us, but it doesn't even care. They've lost the issue somewhere in their back pocket,” he told the news outlet. ~ article by Alex Kane

      TAKE ACTION! ! !

      Friday April 12, 2013
      Take Action: 14-Year-Old Arab American Imprisoned by Israeli Authorities
      Posted by Samer Araabi at 1:25 pm

      Yesterday, Palestinian American Mohammad Khalek appeared before an Israeli military court, after being detained for a week by Israeli authorities for ostensibly throwing stones.

      Khalek, a 14-year old boy from New Orleans, has been held without access to his parents or lawyers, and has been subjected to hours of interrogation. He apparently had his braces broken from his teeth during the raid that arrested him last week.

      Israel’s actions have been condemned by Human Rights Watch and countless other human rights organizations, and today the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee is organizing an action alert to push the State Department to protect an American citizen who desperately needs their help.

      ● CLICK HERE to send a message to the State Department today.

      SOURCE - http://www.aaiusa.org/blog/entry/take-action-14-year-old-arab-american-imprisoned-by-israeli-authorities/

  • Amira Hass brings justification of stone-throwing against violent occupier to US
    • RE: "[P]eople who say that they care for Israel actually assist Israel and Israelis to nurture what I call their suicidal—suicidal character or instincts, because if people think that we can live in that region—we are a minority in that region—so to live forever, for hundreds of years, as a society which is taken as a foreign outpost and as a messenger of another—of a big power, and only rely on our military superiority [e.g. Israel's 'Iron Wall' strategy - J.L.D.], I think this is real shortsightedness." ~ Amira Hass

      MY COMMENT: In essence, Amira Hass is saying that Israel's 'Iron Wall' strategy is an example of "real shortsightedness".
      Needless to say, I concur!*

      * Catch Me If You Can Movie CLIP – Do You Concur? (2002) [VIDEO, 01:53] – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5j1wWY-qus

      FROM WIKIPEDIA [Iron Wall (essay)]:

      "The Iron Wall (We and the Arabs)" is an essay written by Ze'ev Jabotinsky in 1923. It was originally published in Russian, the language in which Jabotinsky wrote for the Russian press.[1]
      He wrote the essay after the British Colonial Secretary Winston Churchill prohibited Zionist settlement on the east bank of the Jordan River, and formed the Zionist Revisionist party after writing it.[2]
      Jabotinsky argued that the Palestinian Arabs would not agree to a Jewish majority in Palestine, and that "Zionist colonisation must either stop, or else proceed regardless of the native population. Which means that it can proceed and develop only under the protection of a power that is independent of the native population – behind an iron wall, which the native population cannot breach."[1] The only solution to achieve peace and a Jewish state in the Land of Israel, he argued, would be for Jews to unilaterally decide its borders and defend them with the strongest security possible.

      • References
      1.^ a b Jabotinsky, Ze’ev (4 November 1923). “The Iron Wall”. – http://www.jabotinsky.org/multimedia/upl_doc/doc_191207_49117.pdf
      2.^ Zionist Freedom Alliance – Ze’ev (Vladimir) Jabotinsky – http://www.zfa.org.il/articles/jabotinsky.html

      • External links
      Lustick, Ian S. (2007). “Abandoning the Iron Wall: Israel and “The Middle Eastern Muck”". Middle East Policy (Middle East Policy Council) (Fall 2007). – http://mepc.org/journal/middle-east-policy-archives/abandoning-iron-wall-israel-and-middle-eastern-muck

      SOURCE - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Wall_(essay)

      ENTIRE 'IRON WALL' ESSAY: "The Iron Wall (We and the Arabs)", By Vladimir Jabotinsky, 1923 - http://www.marxists.de/middleast/ironwall/ironwall.htm

  • Palestinian teachers unions hail Irish teachers' union's decision, 'isolating the oppressor'
  • All that furor over Carter at Cardozo, and who shows up? Jews for Jimmy!
    • P.S. ALSO SEE: "Netanyahu: Stupid Like a Fox?", By Uri Avnery, Antiwar.com, 06/13/11

      [EXCERPT] Last week, there was a repeat performance. The Palestinians all around Israel have declared June 5 “Naksa” Day, to commemorate the “Setback” of 1967, when Israel spectacularly defeated the armies of Egypt, Syria, and Jordan, reinforced by elements from the Iraqi and Saudi armies.
      This time, the Israeli army was prepared. The fence was reinforced and an anti-tank ditch dug in front of it. When the demonstrators tried to reach the fence—again near Majdal Shams—they were shot by sharpshooters. Some 22 were killed, and many dozens were wounded. The Palestinians report that people trying to rescue the wounded and retrieve the dead were also shot and killed.
      No doubt this was a deliberate tactic decided upon in advance by the army command after the Naqba Day fiasco and approved by Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak. As was said quite openly, the Palestinians had to be taught a lesson they would not forget, so as to drive any idea of an unarmed mass action out of their minds.
      It is frighteningly reminiscent of events 10 years ago. After the first Intifada, in which stone-throwing youngsters and children won a moral victory that led to the Oslo agreement, our army conducted exercises in anticipation of a second Intifada. This broke out after the political disaster of Camp David, and the army was ready.
      The new [second] Intifada started with mass demonstrations of unarmed Palestinians. They were met by specially trained sharpshooters. Next to each sharpshooter stood an officer who pointed out the individuals who were to be shot because they looked like ringleaders: “The guy in the red shirt… Now the boy with the blue trousers…”
      The unarmed uprising broke down and was replaced by suicide bombers, roadside bombs, and other “terrorist” acts.
      With those our army was on familiar ground.
      I suspect very much that we are witnessing much the same thing once more. Again, specially trained sharpshooters are at work, directed by officers. . .

      SOURCE - http://original.antiwar.com/avnery/2011/06/12/netanyahu-stupid-like-a-fox/

    • RE: With no proof, Dershowitz claimed that “it was Carter who advised Yassir Arafat not to accept the peace deal offered in 2000-01. That failure led to the deaths of more than 4000 Israelis and Arabs. ~ Alex Kane's article

      MY COMMENT: Who are you gonna believe, the American Alan Dershowitz or the Israeli Uri Avnery? Uri Avnery says that it was the actions of the Israeli government and its army during the second (“al-Aqsa”) intifada (following the breakdown of the 2000 Camp David conference and Ariel Sharon’s deliberately provocative “visit” to the Temple Mount) that "led to the deaths of more than 4000 Israelis and Arabs".
      Personally, on matters pertaining to Israel, I have a lot more confidence in the opinions of the Israeli Uri Avnery than I do in the opinions of the American Alan Dershowitz.
      Go figure! ! !

      SEE: "The Dogs of War: The Next Intifada", By Uri Avnery, Counterpunch, 9/03/11

      [EXCERPT] . . . The second (“al-Aqsa”) intifada started after the breakdown of the 2000 Camp David conference and Ariel Sharon’s deliberately provocative “visit” to the Temple Mount. The Palestinians held non-violent mass demonstrations. The army responded with selective killings. A sharpshooter accompanied by an officer would take position in the path of the protest, and the officer would point out selected targets – protesters who looked like “ringleaders”. They were killed.
      This was highly effective. Soon the non-violent demonstrations ceased and were replaced by very violent (“terrorist”) actions. With those the army was back on familiar ground. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/09/02/the-next-intifada/

  • Forget SodaStream, help Palestinian workers by boycotting settlements and ending the occupation
    • ● RE: "Ronald Reagan, a strong ally of the regime in South Africa, also supported the Sullivan Principles as part of his 'constructive engagement' policy." ~ Pamela Olson

      ● FROM WIKIPEDIA [Constructive engagement]:

      [EXCERPT] Constructive engagement was the name given to the policy of the Reagan Administration towards the apartheid regime in South Africa in the early 1980s. It was promoted as an alternative to the economic sanctions and divestment from South Africa demanded by the UN General Assembly and the international anti-apartheid movement.[1]
      The Reagan Administration vetoed legislation from the United States Congress and blocked attempts by the United Nations to impose sanctions and to isolate South Africa.[2] Instead, advocates of constructive engagement sought to use incentives as a means of encouraging South Africa gradually to move away from apartheid.[3] The policy, echoed by the British government of Margaret Thatcher, came under criticism as South African government repression of the black population and anti-apartheid activism intensified. . .

      SOURCE - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constructive_engagement

      ● FROM foreignaffairs.com: "South Africa: Why Constructive Engagement Failed", By Sanford J. Ungar and Peter Vale, Winter 1985/86

      Article Summary
      Ronald Reagan's imposition of limited economic sanctions against the South African regime in September was a tacit admission that his policy of "constructive engagement"--encouraging change in the apartheid system through a quiet dialogue with that country's white minority leaders--had failed. Having been offered many carrots by the United States over a period of four-and-a-half years as incentives to institute meaningful reforms, the South African authorities had simply made a carrot stew and eaten it. Under the combined pressures of the seemingly cataclysmic events in South Africa since September 1984 and the dramatic surge of anti-apartheid protest and political activism in the United States, the Reagan Administration was finally embarrassed into brandishing some small sticks as an element of American policy.
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      SOURCE - http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/40525/sanford-j-ungar-and-peter-vale/south-africa-why-constructive-engagement-failed

  • Fear of democracy in the Jewish community
    • RE: "Yet we seem to keep wanting to debate the old question of whether a Jewish state can be a democracy and debating it as if it’s an abstract question. After 65 years of evidence, and a significant majority of those years involving Israel’s occupation…. it seems like a kind of derelict pilpul not to talk about the concrete reality…." ~ Neimark

      MY COMMENT: This reminds me of the very similar debate in the 1950s over the question of whether "seperate" could be "equal" according to the U.S. Constitution. Ultimately, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that "separate" educational facilities were "inherently unequal".

      FROM WIKIPEDIA [Separate but equal]:

      [EXCERPT] Separate but equal was a legal doctrine in United States constitutional law that justified systems of segregation. Under this doctrine, services, facilities and public accommodations were allowed to be separated by race, on the condition that the quality of each group's public facilities was to remain equal. The phrase was derived from a Louisiana law of 1890, although the law actually used the phrase "equal but separate."[1] . . .
      . . . Although the Constitutional doctrine required equality, the facilities and social services offered to African-Americans were almost always of lower quality than those offered to white Americans; for example, many African American schools received less public funding per student than nearby white schools. In Texas, the state established a state-funded law school for white students without any law school for black students.

      Was it Equal?

      In 1892, Homer Plessy, who was of mixed ancestry and appeared to be white, boarded an all white railroad car between New Orleans and Covington, Louisiana. The conductor of the train collected passenger tickets at their seats. When Plessy told the conductor he was 7/8ths white and 1/8th black, he was advised he needed to move to a "colored's only car". Plessy said he resented sitting in an "colored's only car" and was arrested immediately.
      One month after his arrest, Plessy appeared in court before Judge John Howard Ferguson. Plessy's lawyer, Albion Tourgee, claimed Plessy’s 13th and 14th amendment rights were violated. The 13th amendment abolished slavery, and the 14th amendment granted equal protection to all under the law.
      The Supreme Court decision in Plessy v. Ferguson established the phrase "separate but equal". The ruling "[required] railway companies carrying passengers in their coaches in that State to provide equal, but separate, accommodations for the white and colored races…".[4] Accommodations provided on each railroad car were required to be the same as those provided on the others. Separate railroad cars could be provided.The railroad could refuse service to passengers who refused to comply , and the Supreme Court ruled this did not infringe upon the 13th and 14th amendments.
      The "separate but equal" doctrine applied to railroad cars and to schools, voting rights, and drinking fountains. Segregated schools were created for students, as long as they followed "separate but equal". The notion that they were equal though has been controversial. For example the majority of all black schools received old textbooks, used equipment, and poorly prepared or trained teachers. A study conducted by the American Psychological Association found that black students were emotionally impaired when segregated at a young age.[5] Furthermore, many black students were forced to associate with "white dolls" or colors similar, but lighter, than their own skin.[5] State voting right restrictions, such as literacy tests and poll taxes created an environment that made it almost impossible for blacks to vote. This era also saw separate drinking fountains in public areas.
      The "Separate but Equal" doctrine was eventually overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. But blacks and coloreds were still not equal; poorer services and restrictions on voting rights still limited them throughout the United States, and they still were not granted more political and social power than before.

      • Rejection

      The repeal of such restrictive laws, generally known as Jim Crow laws, was a key focus of the civil rights movement prior to 1954. . .
      . . . In Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954), attorneys for the NAACP referred to the phrase "equal but separate" used in Plessy v. Ferguson as a custom de jure racial segregation enacted into law. The NAACP, led by the soon-to-be first black Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, was successful in challenging the constitutional viability of the separate but equal doctrine, and the court voted to overturn sixty years of law that had developed under Plessy. The Supreme Court outlawed segregated public education facilities for blacks and whites at the state level. The companion case of Bolling v. Sharpe, 347 U.S. 497 outlawed such practices at the Federal level in the District of Columbia. The Brown court held:

      We conclude that, in the field of public education, the doctrine of "separate but equal" has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal. Therefore, we hold that the plaintiffs and others similarly situated for whom the actions have been brought are, by reason of the segregation complained of, deprived of the equal protection of the laws guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment. . .

      SOURCE - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Separate_but_equal

    • P.S. ALSO RE: "[T]here was an awareness of the fear in the broader Jewish community about what is going to happen to Israel. And the panelists all in their way called on us to be sensitive to those fears if not to respect them." ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: For eons and eons, "fears" have been used by "enablers" (and by "enablers" of "enablers") as an excuse (i.e. a rationalization) for their "enabling"! ! !

      FROM WIKIPEDIA [Enabling]:

      [EXCERPT] . . . In a negative sense, enabling is . . . used in the context of problematic behavior, to signify dysfunctional approaches that are intended to help but in fact may perpetuate a problem.[1][2] A common theme of enabling in this latter sense is that third parties take responsibility, blame, or make accommodations for a person’s harmful conduct (often with the best of intentions, or from fear or insecurity which inhibits action). The practical effect is that the person himself or herself does not have to do so, and is shielded from awareness of the harm it may do, and the need or pressure to change. It is a major environmental cause of addiction.[3]
      A common example of enabling can be observed in the relationship between the alcoholic/addict and a codependent spouse. The spouse believes incorrectly that he or she is helping the alcoholic by calling into work for them, making excuses that prevent others from holding them accountable, and generally cleaning up the mess that occurs in the wake of their impaired judgment.[citation needed] In reality what the spouse is doing is hurting, not helping. Enabling prevents psychological growth in the person being enabled and can contribute to negative symptoms in the enabler.*
      One of the primary purposes of a formal Family Intervention with alcoholics/addicts is to help the family cease their enabling behaviors. . .

      SOURCE – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enabling

      * "Down, down, down we [the U.S.] go into the deep, dark abyss; hand in hand with Israel." - J.L.D.

    • RE: "JJ Goldberg of the Forward [said] that top generals and Mossad chiefs are terrified by what is happening to Israeli society. Of course Goldberg also mentioned the fear of Palestinians: he said Israelis are scarred by the second intifada and angry about it." ~ Weiss

      MY COMMENT: The Israelis should be angry at their own government and its army.*

      * SEE: "The Dogs of War: The Next Intifada", By Uri Avnery, Counterpunch, 9/03/11

      [EXCERPT] . . . The second (“al-Aqsa”) intifada started after the breakdown of the 2000 Camp David conference and Ariel Sharon’s deliberately provocative “visit” to the Temple Mount. The Palestinians held non-violent mass demonstrations. The army responded with selective killings. A sharpshooter accompanied by an officer would take position in the path of the protest, and the officer would point out selected targets – protesters who looked like “ringleaders”. They were killed.
      This was highly effective. Soon the non-violent demonstrations ceased and were replaced by very violent (“terrorist”) actions. With those the army was back on familiar ground. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/09/02/the-next-intifada/

    • ● RE: "[T]here was an awareness of the fear in the broader Jewish community about what is going to happen to Israel. And the panelists all in their way called on us to be sensitive to those fears if not to respect them. ~ Weiss

      ● MAGGIE THATCHER'S "FEARS" AS TO APARTHEID-ERA SOUTH AFRICA :

      . . . While Thatcher maintained throughout her political career that she "loathe[d] apartheid and everything connected with it," she . . . refused, alongside Ronald Reagan, to back sanctions against the Apartheid regime in South Africa. "In my view, isolation will lead only to an increasingly negative and intransigent attitude in the part of white South African," she said in December 1977. . .

      SOURCE - http://mondoweiss.net/2013/04/supposed-democracy-dictator.html

      ● FROM WIKIPEDIA [Constructive engagement]:

      [EXCERPT] Constructive engagement was the name given to the policy of the Reagan Administration towards the apartheid regime in South Africa in the early 1980s. It was promoted as an alternative to the economic sanctions and divestment from South Africa demanded by the UN General Assembly and the international anti-apartheid movement.[1]
      The Reagan Administration vetoed legislation from the United States Congress and blocked attempts by the United Nations to impose sanctions and to isolate South Africa.[2] Instead, advocates of constructive engagement sought to use incentives as a means of encouraging South Africa gradually to move away from apartheid.[3] The policy, echoed by the British government of Margaret Thatcher, came under criticism as South African government repression of the black population and anti-apartheid activism intensified. . .

      SOURCE - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constructive_engagement

      ● FROM foreignaffairs.com: "South Africa: Why Constructive Engagement Failed", By Sanford J. Ungar and Peter Vale, Winter 1985/86

      Article Summary
      Ronald Reagan's imposition of limited economic sanctions against the South African regime in September was a tacit admission that his policy of "constructive engagement"--encouraging change in the apartheid system through a quiet dialogue with that country's white minority leaders--had failed. Having been offered many carrots by the United States over a period of four-and-a-half years as incentives to institute meaningful reforms, the South African authorities had simply made a carrot stew and eaten it. Under the combined pressures of the seemingly cataclysmic events in South Africa since September 1984 and the dramatic surge of anti-apartheid protest and political activism in the United States, the Reagan Administration was finally embarrassed into brandishing some small sticks as an element of American policy.
      [We're sorry, but Foreign Affairs does not have the copyright to display this article online.]

      SOURCE - http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/40525/sanford-j-ungar-and-peter-vale/south-africa-why-constructive-engagement-failed

  • What we talk about when we talk about violent resistance--a funeral in Hebron and the 21-gun salute
    • P.P.S.
      • From: Rev. Yoshii, Jean, & Kira
      • Sent: Tuesday, April 09, 2013 12:40 PM
      • To: dickerson
      • Subject: Urge Lantos Human Rights Commission to Protect Palestinian Village

      I am writing you today to ask for your help to save a small Palestinian village called Wadi Foquin.
      In the photo above, Yusef Manasra, an elder in this West Bank Palestinian village, overlooks the historic dwelling place of his family. Directly across the village on the southwest hillside is the settlement of Betar Illiit. The illegal Israeli settlement now boasts a population of more than 40,000 and is built mostly on land stolen from Wadi Foquin and surrounding villages.
      In addition to continued land confiscation for the expansion of the settlement, raw sewage and limestone runoff from settlement construction has badly damaged the rich agricultural produce and natural water springs in the village, threatening to make the village uninhabitable.
      The Israeli government has already taken 94% of the village's land, and residents continue to receive more land confiscation orders for the construction of the apartheid wall on the northwest side of the village. The planned route of the wall will cross the green line and take even more land from the village. In addition flying checkpoints restrict freedom of movement in and out of the village and make it very difficult for the residents to travel for work or school or to visit family.
      The Friends of Wadi Foquin is a partnership formed with the village in August 2009, and we have been invited by the Lantos Human Rights Commission (LHRC) staff to submit a proposal to schedule a briefing on the human rights abuses in Wadi Foquin. Your Member of Congress can influence what issues appear before the LHRC, and they need to hear from you about the intolerable situation for the villagers in Wadi Foquin.
      John, please email your Member of Congress and call the Co-Chairs of the Lantos Human Rights Commission and urge them to schedule a briefing to address Israel's human rights abuses in Wadi Foquin.
      The Friends of Wadi Foquin has been supporting programs and activities for community empowerment and survival. But because of the accelerated expansion of the settlement and planned construction of the wall -- and the clear sense that the clock is ticking on the village's future -- we have been asked to raise awareness in our communities regarding the urgency of the situation.
      Our advocacy campaign calls on the Lantos Human Rights Commission (LHRC) to schedule a public briefing to address the human rights violations taking place in the village, including land rights, water rights, food production, transportation and freedom of movement.
      The Co-Chairs of the LHRC are Rep. James McGovern (D-MA) and Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), and it is important that they hear from people across the country who are concerned about this issue.
      Please email your Members of Congress and call the Co-Chairs of the Commission and urge them to hold a briefing about the devastating impact of Israeli settlement activity on Palestinians in Wadi Foquin.

      Sincerely,

      Rev. Michael Yoshii - Chair, Friends of Wadi Foquin
      Jean Hart - Advocacy Chair, Friends of Wadi Foquin
      Kira Azzam - Staff Coordinator, Friends of Wadi Foquin

      P.S. -- Watch this powerful video [03:25] about the devastating impact that illegal Israeli settlements are having on Wadi Foquin. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESauj8M5Mfc

    • P.S. PART TWO OF AN EARLY SPRING EVENING'S MUSICAL INTERLUDE, proudly brought to you by the makers of the new Über-Xtreme Ziocaine Ultra SR (Sustained Release) Transdermal Patch®: Let The Good Times Roll!™

      ● Flobots: "Rise" [VIDEO, 04:08] - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvVO6Y-3CM8

    • RE: "Without broadcasting defeat, Palestinian armed resistance in the West Bank ended as a tactic a decade ago, but as an aesthetic it is in overdrive." ~ Allison Deger

      MY COMMENT: Flobots' concept of the "white flag warrior" is a much better aesthetic.

      AN EARLY SPRING EVENING'S MUSICAL INTERLUDE, proudly brought to you by the makers of the new Über-Xtreme Ziocaine Ultra SR (Sustained Release) Transdermal Patch®: Let The Good Times Roll!™

      [Jonny 5]
      . . . They see sharks in the estuary,
      They claim the ark is Bartholemew’s;
      They say “War is necessary,”
      But we say, “War is child abuse!” . . .

      [Jonny 5]
      . . . They shell dwellings to quell the shellings,
      They lift taboos to seduce the cowards;
      They say we’re too yellow-bellied,
      But we say “we’re the new superpower!”

      [Tim McIlrath/Jonny 5]
      We’d rather make our children [We request to negotiate]
      martyrs than murderers! [We come to you unarmed]
      We’d rather make our children [We desire to communicate]
      White Flag Warriors! . . .

      [Tim McIlrath]
      . . . This is love; this is not treason.
      This is love; this is not treason.
      This is love; this is not treason.
      This is love; this is not treason.
      This is love . . .

      ● Flobots: "White Flag Warrior" featuring Tim McIlrath [VIDEO, 03:41] – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsgbb23z27w

  • The Ironic Lady: Margaret Thatcher, supposed champion of 'freedom and democracy', and her dictator friends
    • ● RE: While Thatcher maintained throughout her political that she "loathe[d] apartheid and everything connected with it," she . . . refused, alongside Ronald Reagan, to back sanctions against the Apartheid regime in South Africa. "In my view, isolation will lead only to an increasingly negative and intransigent attitude in the part of white South African," she said in December 1977. ~ Nima Shirazi

      ● FROM WIKIPEDIA [Constructive engagement]:

      [EXCERPT] Constructive engagement was the name given to the policy of the Reagan Administration towards the apartheid regime in South Africa in the early 1980s. It was promoted as an alternative to the economic sanctions and divestment from South Africa demanded by the UN General Assembly and the international anti-apartheid movement.[1]
      The Reagan Administration vetoed legislation from the United States Congress and blocked attempts by the United Nations to impose sanctions and to isolate South Africa.[2] Instead, advocates of constructive engagement sought to use incentives as a means of encouraging South Africa gradually to move away from apartheid.[3] The policy, echoed by the British government of Margaret Thatcher, came under criticism as South African government repression of the black population and anti-apartheid activism intensified. . .

      SOURCE - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constructive_engagement

      ● FROM foreignaffairs.com: "South Africa: Why Constructive Engagement Failed", By Sanford J. Ungar and Peter Vale, Winter 1985/86

      Article Summary
      Ronald Reagan's imposition of limited economic sanctions against the South African regime in September was a tacit admission that his policy of "constructive engagement"--encouraging change in the apartheid system through a quiet dialogue with that country's white minority leaders--had failed. Having been offered many carrots by the United States over a period of four-and-a-half years as incentives to institute meaningful reforms, the South African authorities had simply made a carrot stew and eaten it. Under the combined pressures of the seemingly cataclysmic events in South Africa since September 1984 and the dramatic surge of anti-apartheid protest and political activism in the United States, the Reagan Administration was finally embarrassed into brandishing some small sticks as an element of American policy.
      [We're sorry, but Foreign Affairs does not have the copyright to display this article online.]

      SOURCE - http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/40525/sanford-j-ungar-and-peter-vale/south-africa-why-constructive-engagement-failed

  • Remembering reality in Aida camp
  • In landmark case on Israel and Jewish identity, British tribunal says anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism
    • RE: "Witness the debacle within the British Zionist establishment, via Haaretz, and the increasingly desperate ways that so-called leaders there will do anything to defend Israeli policies [i.e. they will do anything to defend their "comforting fantasies/illusions"*, "myths"**, and/or "comforting lies"*** - see below, J.L.D.] without for a minute actually considering what the Jewish state has become; a brutish occupier." ~ Antony Loewenstein

      *JASON HIRTHLER:

      [EXCERPT] . . . Gustave Le Bon, a pioneer of mass psychology, once noted that the masses are especially susceptible to comforting fantasies, and that, “Whoever can supply them with illusions is easily their master; whoever attempts to destroy their illusions is always their victim.” . . .

      SOURCE - http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/04/01/empire-of-deceit/

      ** IRA CHERNUS:

      [EXCERPT] . . . An essential motive of Zionism from its beginning was a fierce desire to end the centuries of Jewish weakness, to show the world that Jews would no longer be pushed around, that they’d fight back and prove themselves tougher than their enemies. There was more to Zionism than that. But the “pride through strength” piece came to dominate the whole project. Hence the massive Israeli military machine with its nuclear arsenal.
      But you can’t prove that you’re stronger than your enemies unless you’ve also got enemies -- or at least believe you’ve got enemies -- to fight against. So there has to be a myth of Israel’s insecurity, fueled by an image of vicious anti-semites lurking somewhere out there, for Zionism to work. Since the 1979 Iranian revolution, Iran has gradually risen to the top of Israel oh-so-necessary enemies list. Iranophobia is rampant in Israel, as one Israeli scholar writes, because “Israel needs an existential threat."
      Anyone who has grown up in Israel, or in the U.S. Jewish community (as I did), and paid attention knows all this. . .

      SOURCE - http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/11/11-2
      ALSO SEE – “Iranophobia: The Panic of the Hegemons”, by Ira Chernus, Tikkun magazine, November/December 2010
      LINK – http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/iranophobia-the-panic-of-the-hegemons-3

      *** PHIL ROCKSTROH:

      [EXCERPTS] . . . Often, a comforting lie can be as insidious as an outright prevarication. Building a worldview based on comforting lies translates into a habitual muting of the senses — a white noise of the mind takes hold... We claim we know who we are. We believe the fictions we spin regarding our identity and our interactions with the world. . .
      . . . Propagandists, corporate and political, know this: They know how to manipulate those resistant to self-awareness, by plying them with flattering lies and pummeling them with contrived fears. . .
      . . . Yet, you cannot force truth upon the deceived. If a deluded soul is fortunate enough to stumble upon it, he will have found it beneath the rubble of his collapsed convictions. His most treasured, now shattered, verities will glint like shards in moonlight, as irascible circumstance has forced him to question all he insisted was true.
      This is the means by which wars are avoided. Here is located the point of departure where a subversion of a corrupt order begins. . .

      SOURCE - http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/04/05

  • Citing criticism from Zionists, NYRB's Silvers brags on 4 Israeli writers (and not a word about Judt)
    • P.P.P.S. ALSO NOTE: "DC Insiders Urge Diplomacy With Iran", By John Glaser, Antiwar Blog 4/09/13

      Glenn Greenwald has posted a good interview he conducted with Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett [ AUDIO (30 min.) ], authors of the recent book "Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran".
      Scott Horton also interviewed the two on their book back in February. Listen to it here. - http://scotthorton.org/2013/02/27/22613-flynt-and-hillary-mann-leverett/
      There have been several reviews of the book published here at Antiwar.com, including ones by Gareth Porter, Nima Shirazi, and Philip Reboli. I talked about the book in a recent post on the US-led negotiations with Iran. - http://antiwar.com/blog/2013/01/23/dominance-not-deals-why-diplomacy-with-iran-has-failed/

      SOURCE - http://antiwar.com/blog/2013/04/09/dc-insiders-urge-diplomacy-with-iran/

    • P.P.S. ALSO RE: “You have to get used to the fact that any serious criticism of Israeli policy [i.e. any attempt to destroy people's "cherished myths"**** - see below, J.L.D.] will be seen by some as heresy, a form of betrayal, and we’ve [LRB has] had a lot of such denunciation.” ~ Robert Silvers

      **** AS TO "ANY ATTEMPT TO DESTROY PEOPLE'S CHERISHED MYTHS" BEING "SEEN BY SOME AS HERESY", AND CONSEQUENTLY BEING DENOUNCED, SEE:
      "Demonizing Realism on Iran", By Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett, Consortium News, 4/09/13

      [EXCERPT] Venturing outside Official Washington’s conventional wisdom to apply realistic analysis to U.S. foreign policy can be dangerous to one’s reputation, especially when challenging cherished myths about a designated enemy. Then, the realist can expect to be dismissed as a loon, as Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett have seen.
      Mainstream reaction to our new book, "Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran", underscores some important realities about America’s Iran debate — and about the political and cultural obstacles to truly constructive change in American foreign policy.
      Flynt addressed this point last week on “The Monitor,”
      a news analysis program hosted by Mark Bebawi and Otis McClay for KPFT, Pacifica Radio’s Houston station.
      In his first question, Mark Bebawi underscores that both of us are people who have spent “a lot of time in the institutions of power,” with connections to “all sorts of fairly well respected within the mainstream” organizations (e.g., the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and, at various points, prominent Washington think tanks).
      He commends Going to Tehran as “full of logical thinking based on history.” He notes, though, that because the book’s analyses and arguments are “going against the tide,” mainstream reaction to 'Going to Tehran' is “full of all sorts of accusations about what your motives might be” for having written it — including “everything from accusations of being agents of the Iranian government to being a disgruntled employee.”
      Flynt responds, “We are taking on a very well entrenched mythology about Iran — about its foreign policy, about its internal politics, about how the United States deals with it. Particularly in the post-Cold War era, America has embraced some very, very dangerous mythologies about different parts of the world, about America’s role in the world — I think that’s an important part of how we got into the terrible blunder and crime of the Iraq War.
      “My wife and I watched that one from the inside, when all the institutions that Americans are supposed to rely on to push back against bad policy ideas, against bad analysis, against bad arguments — institutions like Congress, media, think tanks, public intellectuals — with a few honorable and courageous exceptions, those institutions basically rolled over for the Executive Branch.
      “And we were determined that, this time around, someone was going to ask the hard questions, make the kind of countervailing arguments that should have been made before the Iraq invasion, but weren’t. But if you’re going to take that task on, you’re going to be confronting, as I said, a lot of well entrenched myths, with some very powerful constituencies and groups and interests that are identified with those myths. And they will come at you with everything they’ve got.” . . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://consortiumnews.com/2013/04/09/demonizing-realism-on-iran/

    • P.S. RE: “You have to get used to the fact that any serious criticism of Israeli policy [i.e. any attempt to destroy people's "comforting fantasies/illusions"*, "myths"**, or "comforting lies"*** - see below, J.L.D.] will be seen by some as heresy, a form of betrayal, and we’ve [LRB has] had a lot of such denunciation.” ~ from above

      CORRECTION: This quote was incorrectly attributed to Mark Danner. It should have been attributed to Robert Silvers.

    • RE: "You have to get used to the fact that any serious criticism of Israeli policy [i.e. any attempt to destroy people's "comforting fantasies/illusions"*, "myths"**, or "comforting lies"*** - see below, J.L.D.] will be seen by some as heresy, a form of betrayal, and we’ve [LRB has] had a lot of such denunciation." ~ Mark Danner

      * JASON HIRTHLER:

      [EXCERPT] . . . Gustave Le Bon, a pioneer of mass psychology, once noted that the masses are especially susceptible to comforting fantasies, and that, “Whoever can supply them with illusions is easily their master; whoever attempts to destroy their illusions is always their victim.” . . .

      SOURCE - http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/04/01/empire-of-deceit/

      ** IRA CHERNUS:

      [EXCERPT] . . . An essential motive of Zionism from its beginning was a fierce desire to end the centuries of Jewish weakness, to show the world that Jews would no longer be pushed around, that they’d fight back and prove themselves tougher than their enemies. There was more to Zionism than that. But the “pride through strength” piece came to dominate the whole project. Hence the massive Israeli military machine with its nuclear arsenal.
      But you can’t prove that you’re stronger than your enemies unless you’ve also got enemies -- or at least believe you’ve got enemies -- to fight against. So there has to be a myth of Israel’s insecurity, fueled by an image of vicious anti-semites lurking somewhere out there, for Zionism to work. Since the 1979 Iranian revolution, Iran has gradually risen to the top of Israel oh-so-necessary enemies list. Iranophobia is rampant in Israel, as one Israeli scholar writes, because “Israel needs an existential threat."
      Anyone who has grown up in Israel, or in the U.S. Jewish community (as I did), and paid attention knows all this. . .

      SOURCE - http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/11/11-2
      ALSO SEE – “Iranophobia: The Panic of the Hegemons”, by Ira Chernus, Tikkun magazine, November/December 2010
      LINK – http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/iranophobia-the-panic-of-the-hegemons-3

      *** PHIL ROCKSTROH:

      [EXCERPTS] . . . Often, a comforting lie can be as insidious as an outright prevarication. Building a worldview based on comforting lies translates into a habitual muting of the senses — a white noise of the mind takes hold ... We claim we know who we are. We believe the fictions we spin regarding our identity and our interactions with the world. . .
      . . . Propagandists, corporate and political, know this: They know how to manipulate those resistant to self-awareness, by plying them with flattering lies and pummeling them with contrived fears. . .
      . . . Yet, you cannot force truth upon the deceived. If a deluded soul is fortunate enough to stumble upon it, he will have found it beneath the rubble of his collapsed convictions. His most treasured, now shattered, verities will glint like shards in moonlight, as irascible circumstance has forced him to question all he insisted was true.
      This is the means by which wars are avoided. Here is located the point of departure where a subversion of a corrupt order begins. . .

      SOURCE - http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/04/05

  • AIPAC president (tries to) defend Israel's rejection of WMD-free zone
    • ● P.P.S. ALSO SEE: "We don’t intend to build nukes, Israel told US in 1975", By Raphael Ahren, Times of Israel, 4/08/13

      [EXCERPT] Israel’s leaders, in private exchanges with senior US officials in 1975, flatly denied that Israel possessed nuclear weapons, and foreign minister Yigal Allon also claimed Israel had no intention to build such weapons, according to diplomatic cables published this week by whistle-blower website WikiLeaks.
      This despite the fact that, according to foreign reports, Israel is now believed to have begun full-scale production of nuclear weapons soon after the 1967 war, and to have stockpiled a number of nuclear weapons by the early 1970s. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.timesofisrael.com/we-dont-intend-to-build-nukes-israel-told-us-in-1975/

    • RE: "Why," I asked, "do you think that Israel boycotted last year's planned international conference on establishing a Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone (WMDFZ) in the Middle East...? What is the downside of a WMD Free Zone as an alternative to war and sanctions against Iran?" ~ Dan Fischer

      ANSWER: Simply put, AIPAC wants Israel to have to have a monopoly on nuclear weapons in the Middle East. The regional exclusivity of Israel's nuclear weapons arsenal is a keycomponent of Israel's "Iron Wall". It allows them to act unilaterally at will, maintain their regional hegemony, and continue their colonization of the West Bank.

      FROM WIKIPEDIA [Iron Wall (essay)]:

      "The Iron Wall (We and the Arabs)" is an essay written by Ze'ev Jabotinsky in 1923. It was originally published in Russian, the language in which Jabotinsky wrote for the Russian press.[1]
      He wrote the essay after the British Colonial Secretary Winston Churchill prohibited Zionist settlement on the east bank of the Jordan River, and formed the Zionist Revisionist party after writing it.[2]
      Jabotinsky argued that the Palestinian Arabs would not agree to a Jewish majority in Palestine, and that "Zionist colonisation must either stop, or else proceed regardless of the native population. Which means that it can proceed and develop only under the protection of a power that is independent of the native population – behind an iron wall, which the native population cannot breach."[1] The only solution to achieve peace and a Jewish state in the Land of Israel, he argued, would be for Jews to unilaterally decide its borders and defend them with the strongest security possible.

      • References
      1^ a b Jabotinsky, Ze’ev (4 November 1923). “The Iron Wall”. – http://www.jabotinsky.org/multimedia/upl_doc/doc_191207_49117.pdf
      2 ^ Zionist Freedom Alliance – Ze’ev (Vladimir) Jabotinsky – http://www.zfa.org.il/articles/jabotinsky.html

      • External links
      Lustick, Ian S. (2007). “Abandoning the Iron Wall: Israel and 'The Middle Eastern Muck'". Middle East Policy (Middle East Policy Council) (Fall 2007). – http://mepc.org/journal/middle-east-policy-archives/abandoning-iron-wall-israel-and-middle-eastern-muck

      SOURCE - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Wall_(essay)

      P.S. ● ENTIRE 'IRON WALL' ESSAY: The Iron Wall (We and the Arabs), By Vladimir Jabotinsky, 1923 - http://www.marxists.de/middleast/ironwall/ironwall.htm

  • In 'Haaretz,' Hass says Palestinians have a 'duty' to throw stones, Levy cites Passover story in support
    • RE: "Rooted deep in the Israeli experience is the idea that what is permitted to the Jewish people is prohibited to others." ~ Gideon Levy

      MY COMMENT: Rooted almost as deeply in the American experience is the idea that what is permitted to the American people is prohibited to others.

      SEE: Obama's Divided Self - Papa Obama and President Drone, by Andrew Levine, Conterpunch, 4/01/13

      [EXCERPTS] . . . Over the past four years, a clearer image of our forty-fourth President has emerged.
      It turns out that Obama has two personae. Like the individual who was both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the Robert Louis Stevenson story, there is a benevolent Obama and a malevolent one.
      There is the parent who tries hard to be understanding and helpful, and who is never intentionally overbearing. Call him Papa Obama. And there is President Drone.
      . . . Obama seems to think that his words can work wonders. That was what led him to give a splendid Papa Obama speech in Cairo in 2009, at the outset of his first term. When the world didn’t then fall into line, he lost interest or perhaps he just decided that it would be expedient to let matters take their course. In any case, that was all there was to his opening to the Muslim world.
      Then when “hope” and “change” really did break out in Egypt and throughout the Middle East in the spring of 2011, Obama made sure that, as always, the U.S. would be on the wrong side.
      Ironically, it isn’t just Obama’s liberal apologists who struggle with delusions; evidently, Obama does too. Reality has been intruding on his faith in the efficacy of Papa Obama words almost from Day One.
      Put differently, the family circle has been shrinking.
      That is not surprising. The difference between good kids and those who lie beyond the reach of non-coercive parenting skills has always been imaginary. In Obama’s case, it is based on his internalization of the values, prejudices and affinities of America’s (and the larger West’s) elites. Reality was bound to intrude.
      So, by now, for all but a favored few, the love is gone. What is left is force.
      There is nothing new in that. Using or threatening to use force is what states do.
      This is axiomatic in modern political philosophy; states coordinate the behaviors of the individuals under their authority through the use or threat of force. Thus the great social theorist Max Weber famously defined the state as the set of institutional arrangements that exercise a monopoly over the (legitimate) means of violence within a given territory or over a given population.
      And it is how states have always dealt with other states. War and diplomacy are, and always have been, complementary extensions of one another.
      What is new are the means through which force can now be exercised. So far, President Drone has chosen to deploy drone technology only in parts of the world populated by peoples the West despises and about whom it knows little and cares less. . .

      ENTIRE COMMENTARY - http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/04/01/papa-obama-and-president-drone/

  • Kerry suggests that Palestinians change Arab Peace Initiative to suit Israelis
    • P.S. FROM WIKIPEDIA [Kabuki dance]:

      [EXCERPT] Kabuki is a term used by American political pundits as a synonym for political posturing.[1] It acquired this derogatory meaning after drawn out peace-time treaty negotiations between the United States and Japan which had extended to 1960, and because Japan, in an effort "to shed its image as a global marauder" sent Kabuki theater tours to the U.S. after World War II to sow the seeds of goodwill.[1] It first appeared in print in 1961 in the Los Angeles Times in an article written by Henry J. Taylor.[1]
      In common English usage, a kabuki dance, also kabuki play,[2] is an activity or drama carried out in real life in a predictable or stylized fashion, reminiscent of the Kabuki style of Japanese stage play.[1][3][4] It refers to an event that is designed to create the appearance of conflict or of an uncertain outcome, when in fact the actors have worked together to determine the outcome beforehand. For example, Tom Brokaw used the term to describe U.S. Democratic party and U.S. Republican party political conventions,[3] which purport to be competitive contests to nominate presidential candidates, yet in reality the nominees are known well beforehand. . .

      SOURCE - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kabuki_dance

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