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Israel Must Stop Its Usual Lies
    The old fabrications and tricks by the Israelis are again gaining currency, but not for long.
Posted by Edwin on 06/06/2010


United Nations Calls for Independent Inquiry
    The United Nations, spurned on a consistent basis, has called for an Independent inquiry into Israels action in International Waters, which some view as piracy or the work of lunatics.
Posted by Edwin on 06/06/2010


Professor Mark Levine says Israels friends are also to be blamed
     The reaction to Israel's act or piracy in International Waters is continuing. There is no let up to the world wide protests.
Posted by Edwin on 06/03/2010


I is time to end the Gaza blockade
    It is difficult but not impossible to remove the current blockade of Gaza but world leaders are demanding just that.

Israel's 'friends' also to blame
 
Americans protest against the attack on the Gaza aid flotilla [AFP]
Perhaps now Americans will understand the true nature of the Israeli occupation.

It has never been about security. Not for one day. It has been about land and power. And this is where it has led. And we have made it possible.

Since at least the mid-1970s, only one country has had the power to force Israel to give up its dreams of permanent occupation of the West Bank: The US.

After the success against Soviet-backed Arab forces in 1967, Israel suddenly became a "strategic asset" - a useful proxy in the global great game against Communism.

For three decades the US and its political class have feigned concern, affection and even love for Israel; the reality is that Israel has always been a tool to advance US strategic goals and power, and nothing more.

All the while, thoughtful Israelis - not to mention Palestinians and the rest of the world - have begged the US to intervene, to stop the insanity before it created an abscess that threatened not just the Jewish state, but the whole region, and even global peace.

But the US goal was never to "protect" or "support" Israel.

Facilitators

The US' goal was never to protect or support it's 'friend' Israel [AFP]
We have pretended to be its friend, but we are the friend in the way your drug dealer is your friend, sitting with you late at night listening to your problems while hooking you up with your next fix - only in strange twist, the American people rather than the Israelis are paying for the habit their government and corporate elites grow richer sustaining.

We are the ultimate facilitators of this insane and immoral arrangement, which is part of our larger addiction to war that now reaches $1 trillion per year.

We cannot see Israel and the occupation for what they are, because to do so would be to look into the most uncomfortable mirror imaginable.

We are like the local arms dealer - Nicholas Cage's character in the chilling film Lord of War, only real, and 300,000,000 strong.

We tell Israel everything is okay when it is disastrously wrong. We reinforce every bad habit while declaring its behaviour largely above reproach.

We "defend" Israel from every criticism - "No! It doesn't have a problem!" "It's the only democracy in the region!" "We stand with Israel!" - really, we stand beside Israel, give it some more "brown-brown" (cocaine mixed with gun powder) to snort, hand it some new weapons and send it out to kill and oppress some more, in our name.

Some friend.

Politicide

The occupation has been an act of sheer brutality for decades. What has happened in Gaza - what the US and the world community have allowed to happen, for we could always stop it with a simple phone call from the US president to the Israeli prime minister - is sheer madness.

It is politicide. It is slow starvation, of the soul and mind as much as the body. Not the kind that produces pictures of distended bellies, blank eyes and ragged clothes, but that slowly eats away at the personality, the will to fight, the ability to overcome, that produces medical problems that will haunt a million people for life.

And because the US and other so-called "great powers" would do nothing and Palestinians have little power left to effectively resist, people around the world, average people, from Palestinians to Holocaust survivors, have felt compelled to act.

They have sent ships now numerous times to break the siege of Gaza. Israel could not allow the siege to be broken because if the world saw what Gaza has become, not merely a prison but something far worse and hard to speak of, even its vaunted "hasbara" or propaganda machine, would not be able to spin it.

And the worse it gets, the more Israel's backers, like the US, cannot afford the world to see it because we have made it happen.

Moral turpitude

Israel's backers cannot allow the world see the result of the siege they have let happen [AFP]
And now at least 10 people are dead because of the shame, because of the inability of Israel's best friends to look it in the eye and say: "Stop this insanity. Treat Palestinians like humans before you destroy not only them, but you."

We cannot say that because we are guilty as well, and the US has proved singularly unable to come to grips with our own culpability in occupations from Iraq and Afghanistan to Gaza and, of course, our own original sin, which demanded millions of dead native Americans to ensure the creation of the very country that now supplies Israel with its weapons and tells it everything is going to be okay.

Some day you can let the Palestinians have casinos and they will thank you.

It is tragically fitting that this disaster should happen on Memorial Day in the US.

The martyrs of the ships are heroes, they are warriors every bit as deserving of our tears and support as the soldiers of American wars past and present.

They are, in fact, the soldiers of the future - the only ones who can help us get out of the disastrous slide to moral turpitude that we, as much as Israel, have descended as a country.

Let us hope that the deaths of the Gaza flotilla activists will not be as in vain as those of the 5,000 American soldiers who have died in our own illegal and useless wars in the last decade.

Mark LeVine is a professor of history at UC Irvine and senior visiting researcher at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University in Sweden. His most recent books are Heavy Metal Islam (Random House) and Impossible Peace: Israel/Palestine Since 1989 (Zed Books).


 

 
Posted by Edwin on 06/03/2010


Countries are demanding the end to the Gaza blockade but Israel is not listening
   A policy of inveterate hate and deep suspicions, coupled with arrogance and power like Israeli cannot be overcome by words.
Posted by Edwin on 06/03/2010


How a Jew sees Israel's terrorist action in International waters
     There are not many in the world today who would criticize or condemn Israel and there many in the western world who only give lip service to Democracy. But here is a commentary worth reading.
Posted by Edwin on 06/01/2010


Israeli troops attack civilians on Flotilla to Gaza
    Israeli troops mowed down a number of civilians as they were on their way to take food and medicines to the people of  Gaza.
Posted by Edwin on 05/31/2010


U.S.-Israeli crisis worsens
    The issue between Israel and the United States is deepening as the Obama administration stood its ground.
Posted by Edwin on 03/16/2010


A slap in the face for U.S
    

     Vice President Joseph Biden was shocked at the Israeli announcement to build more settlements and he courageously condemned the move.
Posted by Edwin on 03/10/2010


Unfounded Criticisms Against Islam and Muslims
     Throughout history, people have falsified information and told half truths to demean Muslims and condemn Islam, but you cannot fool people all the time.
Posted by Edwin on 12/31/2009


UN Secretary General General calls on Israel to end Gaza blockade
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There is a prolific and plethora of evidence of Israel’s systematic  and carefully executed plan to annihilate the Palestinian people, reminiscent of the Holocaust committed against the Jews, but yet, the world not only remains silent, but seems to acquiesce every nail that is being driven into the coffin of the downtrodden people of Palestine.

The United States and other Western countries are either oblivious or unmindful of what is going on against the Palestinians, but are more concerned about imposing sanctions on other countries which refuse to bow to U.S pressure.

There are many in the western world who only give lip service to democracy and the rule of law, yet seem to adumbrate a policy that reminds one of the European view in history that did not even regard women as human beings and did not have the right to vote. They are now seeking to replicate that repugnant system in the Middle East generally where Arabs are not regarded as humans, or if they are, they are the scum of the earth and not worthy of living as some film makers have depicted in many of their movies.

Posted by Administrator on 12/14/2009


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