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Ronald Johnson

Rochester Committee for Middle East Peace

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  • The explosion hidden inside the UN Apartheid report
    • You did well to retrieve the image of Chaim Herzog on the podium of the United Nations in 1975, in the act of tearing up the copy of the Zionism=Racism resolution. That act reflected perfectly the hubris that cannot read the yellow lights, the semaphores, that warn of impending blowback. Forty-one years later, the signals are red-over-red, and Israel still fails to observe.

  • The lying King
  • Now is not the time to be intimidated by Israel's activist travel ban
    • Visitations between the US and Israel have been regulated under the "exempt" visa arrangement, where no visa is required. Travelers can expect to commit to paying the airfare, and enter the country of destination without hindrance - except if there is a felony offense or some other problem on their record. But if Israel has unreasonably interrogated, detained, or barred admission to US citizens in a continuing pattern, then it is time for the US State Department to renegotiate the agreement with Israel. The next step would be to require "confirmation" that is , prior permission and a visa for travel both ways. There is precedent for this in the 1911 abrogation of the US - Russia trade treaty of 1832 by the US House of Representatives. The link below describes the situation briefly. Russia was barring admission of certain US Jews to parts of Russia. The action reflected tensions in Russia related all the way back to the assassination of Czar Alexander II in 1881, and the revolution of 1905. The treaty was cancelled, and not renegotiated.

      http://macrotheme.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/docs/2MR37Fed.97110557.pdf

  • Israel detains one activist and deports another, amid int'l outcry over boycott ban
    • An example of the wedge-driving effect of Israeli actions on the right and left factions of the American Jewish community. Free speech? Non-violent advocacy?

      Further, It is incongruous to advocate for the support of refugee immigration to the US, while Israel is barring Syrian refugees.

      At the behest of the officials of Yad Vashem, apparently about 70 books in historical debate of the Holocaust narrative are now banned at Amazon, where everybody shops anymore. Banning books? Holy cow!

  • Commemorating 75 years of advancing prophetic Judaism, free of nationalism and politicization
    • The Torah and the Talmud have their good parts, but include a theme of chauvinism and xenophobia. I get that from the Old Testament and Israel Shahak's interpretation of the Talmud, the latter apparently not much read in the Reform movement. Why would the psalmist want God to prepare a banquet for him before his enemies, except for spite? The American Council for Judaism could adopt the precepts of the Karaites and the Samaritans in rejecting the Talmud, and produce a redacted Torah. A faction of Christianity, before the Talmud was published, considered the rejection of the Torah under the leadership of Marcion of Sinope, but Constantine et al. apparently wanted chauvinism and xenophobia for the benefit of the military-industrial, empire-building complex. May I postulate that chauvinism and xenophobia are human nature, and propose that as an explanation for the rise of President Donald Trump?

  • The emergence of the Just Jew
    • There exists already the concept of the Righteous Jew, with a formal list, deserving of our support:

      http://www.righteousjews.org/

      From their site:

      "RighteousJews.org was begun in 2003 as a way to commemorate the memory of those Palestinians who have been, and continue to be depopulated, dispossessed, humiliated, tortured, and murdered in the name of political Zionism and its quest to create a Jewish state in the lands between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River. From its founding in 1897 the Zionist endeavors to "pump in" Jews and "pump out" Palestinians from this land have been the root cause of bloodshed and conflict. These racist endeavors have also been deeply problematic for those who believe in the basic tenets of Judaism of the prophets, namely justice and a duty to heal the world. RighteousJews.org was created to honor those who consider themselves to be Jewish and who have worked for the human rights of non-Jewish Palestinians.

      RighteousJews.org was inspired by the website of the most famous Holocaust museum at Yad Vashem, located on Mt. Herzl on the lands of the Palestinian village of Ein Karem 1,400 meters south of the Palestinian village of Deir Yassin. Yad Vashem lists the names of over 19,000 non-Jews who risked their "lives, freedom, and safety in order to rescue one or several Jews from the threat of death or deportation to death camps without exacting in advance monetary compensation." For many years this list was referred to as the list of "Righteous Gentiles." Today it is more politically correct to refer to those who have made the list as the Righteous Among the Nations." According to the Yad Vashem website, "A person recognized as a 'Righteous Among the Nations' is awarded a specially minted medal bearing his name, a certificate of honor, and the privilege of his (or her) name being added to those on the Wall of Honor in the Garden of the Righteous at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. (The last is in lieu of a tree planting, which was discontinued for lack of space.)"

  • After exciting disruptions, David Friedman hearing is a walk in the park
    • Perhaps we need to be reminded of the awesome Pro-Israel contributions to the two (walking dead) political parties. To observe the Senators accepting this, "Confirmation Hearings Conversion" about written defamations, long unrepentant until nomination, is very telling.

      I ask if we should conduct these examinations with a polygraph attached to the nominees with a partial-screen display of the lie detector pens? Mr. Friedman's demeanor impressed me; butter would not melt in his mouth. If he can count cards, he must be really good at poker.

  • Why Trump is even thinking about naming pro-Israel apparatchik who opposed him to high position
    • I find it amazing that Elliot Abrams is reinforcing the anti-Jewish preachings of Revilo Pendleton Oliver, Henry Ford, Karl Marx. Zionism for Abrams rather resembles Ayrianism.

  • Israeli forces raid Palestinian publishing house, trashing equipment, confiscating printers
    • The U.S. Electorate amply demonstrates capability only for hewing wood and drawing water when it comes to dealing with the territorial fetish of Zionism. If it's in the Bible, it must be ordained. Only the latest of a dozen books, unread and ignored: "State of Terror, How Terrorism Created the Modern State of Israel", by Thomas Suarez, 2017, that describe how this barbarity has been conducted with U.S. connivance since the 1930's. Well, actually, since the Brandeis - Parushim Cabal of 1915.

  • Israeli gov't doesn't really want US to move embassy to Jerusalem -- Foxman
    • It is scary to contemplate Abe Foxman and friends earnestly discussing the religious schisms inherent to theocracy, while sitting on a rumbling volcano. Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad. Apparently, reading the scriptures can drive one mad, especially when indulged with great sums of money to build a religious, escapist state.

      The ongoing killing of Palestinians for the seizure of their land inspires outrage among the non-members, soon to a degree that not even Frank Luntz can contain with his mendacious vocabularies.

      At home we have the spectacle of Mad King Donald, writing his edict to move the Embassy to Jerusalem. I can visualize it as Abe Foxman suggested: first a caravan-house trailer in an old cemetery, eventually a high rise.

  • For Chelsea Manning -- Freedom!
    • The electorate is curiously unable to act in its own best interest, due partly to being uninformed by the elected and appointed leaders - not leaders, but deceivers. Recall the Pentagon Papers https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentagon_Papers
      Gulf of Tonkin? A lie.
      At a horrible cost, we made a poisoned ruin of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. But in abject defeat, unrecognized, we are now in hock to China. A preventable outcome, had there been an informed Electorate.
      By all means, honor and protect the whistleblowers!

  • The immaculate conception of Louis Brandeis
    • We should note the freezing out of Alison Weir among the various groups, relative to the one-state, two state debate, putatively for justice for the Palestinians. Her book, "Against Our Better Judgement..." exposes the Brandeis/Frankfurter/Chaim Weizmann cabal that pushed the US into World War One, at the cost of 118,000 American soldiers dead plus the traumatized and wounded, and millions more of Europeans. Weizmann later took full credit for that in a letter to Winston Churchill in September 1941, while trying to get Britain to arm the Jews of Palestine. http://www.fpp.co.uk/History/Churchill/Weizmann_Zionists/WSC_100941.html

      It is tricky to deal with the Zionist history so as not to uncover inconvenient facts.

  • Neither prayer nor propaganda nor the paper of record will ever convince the world of the Jewish right to control al Aqsa plaza
    • Readers are referred to Volume 147, issue 3 of the "Link", a publication of Americans for Middle East Understanding, July - August, 2014, for a paper by George Wesley Buchanan:

      "What if the Ruins of King Solomon's Temple Are NOT Under the Dome of the Rock?"

      - for a complete discussion of the biblical exegesis about the locations of temples 1 and 2 atop the Spring of Siloam.

      http://www.ameu.org is the link to the AMEU archive. It appears that the Third Temple Movement is about erasing Muslim landmarks, not about fundamentalist piety.

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