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Outrage

Almost 6 years to the day after American activist Rachel Corrie was murdered by IDF forces another American activist is critically injured. Tristan Anderson, a bay are activist was shot with a high-speed tear gas bullet in the head while he demonstrated the devastation of Palestinian homes by Israel’s military. They are trying to demolish a whole village in order to continue building their partitioning wall of apartheid.

 

I am so angry. Here is an article where the witness says that the hole in Tristan’s head was so deep you could see his brain.

And here is Rachel Corrie, murdered March 16, 2003.

A video interview two days before  Rachel was killed

 

And finally, Rachel Corrie’s body shrouded in the American Flag:

 

When is this going to stop?

When are people going to rise up against the American-Israeli lobby and stop this?

And these are just 2 victims, there are thousands of others, who are not American, not white.

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more musings on israel

I read an interesting article about self-deception and what is and has been happening in Israel since its inception. The article asks why it is that Israel (the nation state, not the people) believes that they can fight terror by killing terrorists, and that not showing restraint and allowing civilian casualties will contribute to an end of Palestinian terrorism. How is it that they don’t understand that by killing civilians they are creating more terrorists?

I was watching democracy now the other day and a guy was interviewing different jews in two different protests in new york. One protest was in support of Israel and their campaign in Gaza. One woman said that Palestinians hate jews and that Israel wont be safe until they get rid of all those arabs. The interviewer asked how she felt about civilian deaths, and she said something about the 6 million civilian deaths during the Holocaust. Ok the interviewer says, but the Palestinians didn’t have anything to do with the Holocaust, yes the woman says, but they are continuing it, ok says the interviewer, but what about Palestinian children, they surely are innocent here, and the woman said we have to kill those children in order to protect ours.

WHAT?!? ( i had tears in my eyes)

Really? 

Another girl, younger than me, was interviewed and said that Jews fight back now, you can’t fuck with Jews, they (?) are persecuting Jews for the trillionth time, it won’t stop until we stop it.  ”we have to wipe them all out” “those who are dying are suffering the wrath of god” 

 

Scary!

Really?

 

 

Really?

However, there was also a protest of American Jews who abhor what Israel is doing and are against the occupation. This was relieving to see.  One man, at the protest, a playwright, called out the incomprehensible and tragically misguided policy of Israel, and stated that as a Jew and as an American he wanted an immediate ceasefire an end to the occupation and real peace talks. I agree. But according to some I guess they would not be considered either real Jews or real Americans.

How sad is this? People do not get angry at Israel and their tactics for dealing with conflict with their neighbors because of their religion. They get angry because they do not show any restraint when it comes to killing innocent civilians.

The Geneva convention states the international law when it comes to the treatment of civilians during a time of war. Israel has said that this law does not pertain to the situation in Palestine.  The international court of justice ruled in 2004 that the building of the partitioning wall was illegal. Time and time again, Israel has held itself above international law and the Geneva Conventions, that were hosted in most part to address the atrocities of the Holocaust and the massive amounts of civilian deaths during World War II.

It seems that Israeli exceptionalism is a force not easily swayed. Israel and America have this in common, these nation states do not believe that they have to play by the international rules that other countries do.

American Exceptionalism was a concept authored by Alexis de Toqueville in his book Democracy in America. He argued that America was different than other nations in the way it originated and that part of the American psyche is the belief that Americans differ than other nationalities because they are from all different places and come together as Americans on ideals and ideas rather than region. Israel is like this also. The creation of Israel was on an idea, Zionism, that Jews from all over the world should have their own nation. Israel and America both were created on ideas that were in their views so great and so important that it allowed them to disregard the human life already existing in the lands in which they chose to place their nations. In the earliest years, Americans disregarded the indigenous peoples already living in the land, and then the manifest destiny of the 1840s led them to believe they could disregard the Mexicans already living in the land, and went to  war to steal the land. Israel likewise believed their mission to have a great Jewish Nation was so important that it outshone the self determination of the people already living in the land, in this case the arab Palestinians.

Israel and America have much in common. The smugness in which these two countries go to war to get what they want or to serve their interest in what they think is right is toxic to a world with international laws and international respect for humanity.

Until we have a world that does not tacitly support the doctrine that allows these two countries to view themselves as exceptions to international law, there will be no peace on earth.

I, an American citizen, do not think America is exceptional. And likewise there are many Israelis who do not think their country is exceptional either. But the sum is greater than the parts unfortunately in this case and a profound change in ideology has to come in order for America and Israel to see themselves as right sized, as nations among nations, and not superior to the international laws that we hold other nations accountable to.

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“to my estimation, it will be a lengthy operation”

this is what an Israeli army spokesperson said…

Mark Regev, a spokesman for Israeli government- this is good for the people of palestine as well- they deserve more than what the Hamas offers them.

Yes- I am sure that Israel is sending thousands of ground troops into Gaza for the Palestinian people.

This is just terrible- the Israeli government is fore warning us that they will be killing people in Palestine for a long time.

Mark Regev says people in Southern Israel have the right to live a normal life…

but at what cost?

time and time again military solutions in the Middle East have only led to more violent conflict.

Israel is out of its mind- they are run by insane zeolots with trigger happy warmongering.

this must end

the people of the middle east deserve to live normal lives- not just Israelis…

but let me say this- people do not get what they deserve in this world…that is the way it is…

Israel needs to learn that they cannot make the world ‘more fair’ by guns, bombs and armies…

if anything they are making this world a much darker place as they are responsible for more deaths of innocents

(and I do not by that it is really Hamas responsible for these deaths…Israel is the perpetrator of Palestinian deaths)

i pray for sanity to be restored in the middle east but I know that it will not change a thing…

israel invades gaza

israel invades gaza

is this what the road to peace looks like?

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today in gaza…

 I won’t pretend to know anything new or have some great new insight on what is happening in Israel and Gaza right now, but I do want to say this. (my opinion of course)

Israel is wrong in trying to subdue violence with more violence.

To those who think that Hamas fired rockets with no provocation, well you don’t understand the situation of the Gaza Strip.

To them, they are being occupied by a foriegn power, and they are being cut off from food and health care supplies. Their entire existence in the Gaza strip is provocation for them.

There is a blocade around Gaza. They are in a constant state of war.

I don’t condone Hamas and their violence. In fact I think that Hamas is made up of militaristic fanatics, but this I know…the problems of the middle east go back further than Israel and its creation in 1948. The story of Zionism begins much earlier and the Arabic people who inhabited that specific region were not met with open peacful arms from the new settlers. Nationalisms of all kinds were developing in this era before the first World War. Zionism is a form of nationalism, which by definition are usually militaristic.  The Palestinian nationalism was born a bit later, but is just as significant to them as Zionism is to the Jews who subscribed to it.

Unfortunetly, the hawkish creation of the State of Israel, the Israeli War of Independance (or Al Nakba  meaning ‘catastrophe’ as the Palestinians refer to it), and the repeated acts of violence perpetrated on both sides (one as a response to the other) has led to a new generation of Palestinians who have grown up in an impoverished state, not allowed out, and with constant fear of Israel using their power to demoralize the Palestinian people. ( i.e. demolishing houses in occupied territories)

I truly believe that Israel needs to be the bigger country (um…because they are the bigger country) and refuse to fight terror with more terror. People are dying in Palestine by the hundreds, and although Israel says they are very sad for this…it is what needs to be done. What would you do if your house was under attack? Well, I know that I wouldn’t kill 200 people to save my own.

It is sad to see pundits on TV saying that a ceasefire would be meaningless, because they want a lasting peace and ceasefire. I think the little boys and girls who don’t die because of an immediate ceasefire would think it worth it. We absolutely need an immediate ceasefire which HAMAS has offered.( but the pundits won’t let you know this- they want you to think that HAMAS never offers anything in diplomacy)

 

…and to the new year and new president. America can’t keep giving money for arms to Israel. As an American I have little control over what Israel does, but Obama says he wants to hear us- the people- and so we need to tell him. STOP GIVING ARMS TO ISRAEL. We have to stop paying for the murder of palestinian innocents (although the pundits would have you believe that the large majority of causalties are terrorists- this is simply a lie)

And to those who ask me why I care so much about this conflict. How come I don’t write about the Iraqi conflict or African genocides…well…

my answer is this….Peace in the Israel/Palestine region of the world would be a such an immensly positive moment in world history. If we can solve this problem and create peaceful coexistance in this region- what could we not do?

I mean really imagine peace in Israel and a thriving Palestinian state.

Its almost unthinkable- but maybe we need to believe it is possible.

In order to invent anything- you have to have a belief in it first. Humans would never have been able to fly if people didn’t first invision it. So lets try to imagine peace in the middle east, because while some said it was impossible for planes to fly…they were clearly wrong…in fact I am getting on a plane tomorrow…

Goin to Nashville, Tennessee…should be interesting…

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war is over????? not yet this christmas

 

could this be true?

could this be true?

 

I just finished watching the blue and the gray, a civil war mini series from 1982. It was 8 hours…anyways, everytime one war ends, another is back to replace it.  And although the Blue won, there were losers on both sides, and although slavery ended, the torture of racist jim crow society after the tragedy of a failed Reconstruction endured. And although we have an inspiring  new ( black ) president, there has been endless war along the way. And today, on Christmas there is war and violence all over the globe. And the supposed birthplace of Christmas, Bethlehem is in a war torn occupied territory. Hardly a vision of peace.  It is very sad. But on this christmas eve I really do want to challenge my cynicism with the insane idea that peace on earth is possible. 

….I love John Lennon and his vision of a world without violence…watch this bit below about his vision of peace…

the world is run by insane people…

what does power to the people really mean? can we have peace now? can we sell peace? like soap? 

John Lennon said he believes the only way is through nonviolence…is this true?

Peace on Earth? Is this even possible in our wildest dreams? Is war over if we want it?

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Israel, rules don’t apply

I was talking to my boss about produce in Norway, and asking if it was any good. I said when I lived in Paris a lot of the produce was imported from Israel. He said, well I don’t think Norway gets much of anything from Israel.

Why?

Because after the Munich massacre where Israeli athletes and coaches were kidnapped and then murdered, PM Golda Meir of Israel authorized Operation Wrath of God which was to hunt those responsible for planning the attack and killing them.

Somehow this led the crew of Israeli assassins to Norway where they mistook a Moroccan waiter for Ali Hassan Salameh and shot him repeatedly while he was talking a walk with his pregnant wife.

This is referred to as the Lillihammer Affair. The fallout was that those caught received minimal charges and the guy who led the murder (Michael Harari-known associate of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega) ran away and Israel refused to extradite him back to Norway. This is crazy. Here is an interesting article on this from perspective of a Norwegian.

Not the craziest happening in Israeli history, but its up there. The government of Israel authorized the murder of an innocent man. Okay, so maybe the guy they wanted to murder wasn’t innocent, but the guy they did murder was. Civilized countries do not just go and assassinate people in daylight. Maybe just Israel and the United States get away with it. 

The moral of the story is that many Norwegians boycott Israeli goods and it has been so effective that Israel doesn’t even bother to export goods to Norway.

What happened in Munich was AWFUL. No doubting it. But an eye for an eye is ineffective and I just can’t get my head around using violence in these modern times. I realize that this contradicts my idea belief that it was justified to use violence to fight slavery. I don’t know when it is okay or not to use violence. I just know that I don’t want to personally use violence and today I think that war is not the cure for war.

Israel seems to operate like the rules don’t apply to them, and the more that they do get away with this, the more the rules don’t apply to them.

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Harvey Milk

 

Go see the new Sean Penn movie about Harvey Milk… it was inspiring… and it was a call to arms for us to look at how we as a society treat people that are “different.”

Really, a beautiful movie. But the feeling I left with was, I HATE GUNS…i hate that a person can steal the life force of a person from a distance, through a ever growing technology of violence…and this violence is as American as the constitution. I have been considering my view on violence as a means for social change, which although it might have been proven effective (abolition of slavery in the American Civil War) how many great and beautiful lives have been stolen from us as a civilization because of crazed people with a gun.

 

Harvey Milk is an example of such a life cut short. I don’t think he was killed because he was gay, obviously he wasn’t. But the availability of guns is just awful…

Sean Penn by the way is Amazing! Oscar Winner for sure: 

 

go see it!

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