48 Years…and Counting


This week Palestinians mark 48 years since the 1967 war and Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem (Palestine) and Golan Heights (Syria).  Not only did this war cause massive displacement and refugees, it started what has been one of the longest military occupations of modern times—nearly half of a century.

And don’t think that this is not getting to Jews of conscience in Israel and elsewhere.

Young Jews are bailing out of synagogues where Israel seemingly has taken the place of the God of justice and mercy. Raised on a culture of human rights they are no longer self-censoring but are organizing to hold Israel up to its Declaration of Establishment 14 May,1948j.In part,it read:

Israel will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex;

Nice sentiments those.
Many people are euphoric over Netanyahu’s win as his far right coalition has dramatically hastened the awareness of racism and intransigence in the country.even the US is getting fed up with its client state.

Recently the largely secular country is laughing out loud at the deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely’s remarks about Israel’s ownership of the land of Israel after all God gave it to us and who are you to argue against the Holy One.

This is what passes for statesmanship in Israel today. Hareetz columnist Uzi Baram wrote that “anyone who is rational rather than messianic would go into shock and a defensive crouch.

Baram noted that even Israel’s atheist PMs tried this one out usually to the scorn of anybody with a historical understanding and as Bram wrote “even the friendliest, has ever accepted the settlements and the horrors of the occupation as a derivative of this fact.”

This time is over. Netanyahu and his blinkered government of blind guides and reactionaries “have no chance of earning international sympathy by declaring that their policy derives from Israel’s right to the entire Land of Israel, while ignoring the suffering of the Palestinians and showing no real willingness to let them establish an independent polity.

Now where will you read serious dialogue like this? Apparently not in our political parties. We know where the Tories stand; the Libs are scared of offending Jewish voters. Justin Trudeau just tweeted “The BDS movement, like Israeli Apartheid Week, has no place on Canadian campuses” , and the NDP? Not even an issue.


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    lcarriere Says:

    How very sad and tragic that our Canadian community leadership (sic) has failed miserably to admit, or even address one of the most blatant systemic ongoing violations of human rights and international law within the twenty first century.

    And this from an ‘ally’ which claims to be ‘the only democracy in the Middle East’!

    Whatever has happened to the human gene pool? Where are the brightest and best of our present generation?


    Hiding in the corporate bunkers; playing ‘hide and seek’, virtually obsessed – (or perhaps literally ‘possessed’) – with ‘Homeland Security’ & the Neo-feudal Security State apparatus, provided by the ignorant elite of our corporate entities & global economics, run by bean counters & accountants with MBA degrees, who pose as ‘Economists’ but daily ignore and deny the looming state of Ecocide which is pressing heavily and decisively on the entire planet today.

    Hiding in fear of the facade of a bogus ‘war on terrorism’ fostering a culture and cult of death to destroy human civilization as we once knew it.

    O God, that is likely where we are ALL huddling now.

    This is how the world ends – not with a bang, but a whimper.

    And Jesus said: “Fear not”!

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    mushafta Says:

    My sentiments exactly Icarriere!
    And look today here in Canada- an historic day concerning our treatment of aboriginal peoples- cultural genocide! Strong words!

  3. 3
    mushafta Says:

    Be very worried my American Republican Catholic friends!
    The pope is coming!

    Here’s the word from NCR!

    Catholic Republicans are developing a pope problem. Earlier this month, Francis recognized Palestinian statehood. This summer, he’s going to issue an encyclical condemning environmental degradation. And in September, just as the GOP primary race heats up, Francis will travel to Washington to address Congress on climate change.
    Francis may be popular with the general public, but key Republican primary constituencies — hawks, climate-change skeptics and religious conservatives, including some Catholics, are wary of the pope’s progressivism. Some, pronouncing themselves “Republicans first and Catholics second,” even say they would look askance at a candidate perceived to hew too closely to the bishop of Rome. This internal conflict flips a familiar script, in which Democrats like John Kerry and Joe Biden were labeled “cafeteria Catholics” when their stances on social issues like abortion and gay marriage differed from those of the

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/05/popes-pronouncements-making-trouble-for-gop-catholics-118234.html#ixzz3c3U3hYe1

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