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Bernie the socialist

February 10, 2016

The meteoric rise of Bernie Sanders raises the question;can the prophetic ever be domesticated?

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American politics  for decades has been hobbled by the corruption of money. This of course is a very old situation whose plight was nailed by the crucified Jewish prophet Yeshua ben Miriam, called in the west, Jesus

No man can serve two masters: for either he. will hate the one, and love the other; or else. he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Matthew 6:24

In the Disneyland of diversions( which of course includes Canada) it takes decades of people abuse before the prophetic can arise, before they can wean themselves off the 24 hr carnival of fast food diversions of Facebook, consumerism, celeb culture and other manipulations. However the latest stats from Oxfam which showed that 82 billionaires owned as much wealth as one half of humanity is a good indicator that humanity is in deep trouble.The Oxfam Davos Report also shows that his share of wealth by half of the world’s people has collapsed by over 40% in just the last five years.

Another shocking stat:

$760 billion goes annually to non-producing investors by immense transnational tax evasion with impunity across the world. It is ironic of course that Sanders is a Jew and might be channeling the prophetic,the great gift of Judaism—one does not have to be religious to do this—but simply alive to the spirit which has always accompanied humanity on its beautiful but broken trek.

With the cavalcade of clowns thrown up (pun may be intended) by the Republican Party, a bevy of political hacks  in hock to big money—Trump, Cruz Rubio, Bush et al) and the business as usual, bought and paid for Hilary Clinton, is it any wonder that Bernie is getting a hearing.

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How far he can go is still up in the air but he speaks  on behalf of the(“am ha aretz) the people of the land  whom Jesus and the biblical prophets spoke for.

Another Jewish prophet Karl Marx hipped us to another fact, the cultural ideas of an epoch serve the interests of the ruling class.Those ideas provide ideologies that legitimate class domination. Whoever owns the cultural means of production —the papers, the air waves etc- produces the dominant ideas which the ordinary joe thinks are just “common sense”. Like CO2, these ideas are poisonous—competition, the market, individualism— they are simply part of the hidden reality and generally beyond criticism and like CO2 which is colourless, odorless and invisible, these ‘natural and obvious” ideas can kill a society. Humans are wired for mutuality not selfishness.

Today the Internet is partially exploding this domination of print and we have been privy to great masters of suspicion like Huxley, Orwell, Freud, Nietzsche, Hedges etc to help us unpack the bull shit floated by the corporate class.
Before the net, newspapers and radio stations played a dominant role in forming people’s world views. Now not so much. Look at the last election when most daily papers advised Canadians that Harper is best for Canada. Paul Godfrey of Post Media demanded his papers support Harper. Few people took him seriously because print is dying. After 10 years of Harper’s cynical suck up to the oil patch, his bloated military budget and mean spirited Islamophobia, people looked for the Canada we used to have and voted Harper out. Most Canadians breathed a sigh of relief.We were more “socialist” than individualist…and wouldn’t you know it, the Tories have an Ayn Rand lover Rona Ambrose as their leader.Welcome to the wilderness.

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So here’s Bernie, calls himself a socialist. What the hell does that mean today?— simple the common good, sharing, dignity of all people, the environment and closing the horrendous income gap.

Jews Say No to biased reporting pt 1

February 3, 2016

A Palestinian village has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Israel is throwing open its doors to refugees. Those were some of the headlines that appeared in a fake version of The New York Times distributed across New York City on Tuesday Feb 2.

IDF GENERALS BLAME ISRAELI GOVERNMENT FOR RECENT VIOLENCE
Congress to Debate U.S. Aid to Israel

Don’t hold your breath on this one!
Mayor De Blasio Confronts Islamophobia Following Trip to Israel

DeBlasio is hopeless on Israel’s occuupation

Now it is always nice to see resistance movements adding humour to their arsenal. This spoof was brilliant.

The 120,000 copies were distributed by progressive Jewish groups Jews Say No and Jewish Voice for Peace. Both called out the hopeless one sided bias of “the paper of record” The New York Times(NYT) for its truly blinkered coverage of Israel/Palestine. Not that the NYT is alone in its blindness.The Washington Post, the Beltway bible and several other papers have been lying for decades on this issue.

The NYT is particularly egregious actually posing pro-israel correspondents like Ethan Bonner and Jodi Rudoren as bureau chiefs. If that wasn’t enough you add David Brooks who actually had children in the Israel defense Forces(IDF) penning regular columns without disclosing his bias. Then you had the truly awful Tom Friedman opining regularly.

The paper carried the slogan “All the news we didn’t print.” The prank copy of the revered “Gray Lady” also announced Democratic presidential candidate “Hilarity Clifton” planned to quit the presidential race to head up a women’s nonprofit based in Ramallah. Clinton is in the pocket of American Jewish billionaire Haim Saban whose politics is summed up by himself: “I have one issue: Israel.”

The activists, under the name The New York Times, sent an email out to reporters across the country titled “NYT Announces New Editorial Policy: Rethinking Our Coverage of Israel-Palestine.”

Remember that both the NYT and the Washington Post apologized for cheerleading the disastrous war in Iraq.

A piece attributed to a fake Times editorial board admits that its “sense of fairness has been absent in our paper’s coverage of ongoing conditions in Israel and Palestine.” It notes that the real Times regularly portrays Palestinians, but not Israelis, as instigators of violence, and uses much harsher language language to describe Palestinian acts of violence.
A piece attributed to a fake Times editorial board admits that its “sense of fairness has been absent in our paper’s coverage of ongoing conditions in Israel and Palestine.” It notes that the real Times regularly portrays Palestinians, but not Israelis, as instigators of violence, and uses much harsher language language to describe Palestinian acts of violence

“In addition, we are aware that a disproportionate number of our news stories in the past year and a half have focused on Israeli government statements and positions or the views of Israeli Jewish citizens; only a small fraction have featured Palestinian speakers, whether officials and advocates or residents who experience the effects of Israeli policies in everyday life,” the fictitious editorial states

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The front page features a large graphic that illustrates how the U.S. gives significantly more military aid to Israel than it does to any other country, at the sum of $3.1 billion per year.

Staggering civilian death toll in Iraq – UN report*

January 23, 2016

Just more statistics with no tears showing.

Even now it seems inconceivable to rational people that such a talentless man like  GW Bush could have attained the American presidency. celebrity and name recognition goes a long way in the United States of Amnesia.But there was the shameless palin showing up next to Trump.

United Nations Human Rights — Office of the High Commissioner*

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BAGHDAD/GENEVA (19 January 2016) – A UN report released today details the severe and extensive impact on civilians of the ongoing conflict in Iraq, with at least 18,802 civilians killed and another 36,245 wounded between 1
January 2014 and 31 October 2015. Another 3.2 million people have been internally displaced since January 2014, including more than a million children of school age.

Of the total number of casualties, at least 3,855 civilians were killed and 7,056 wounded between 1 May and 31 October last year – the period covered by the report, although the actual figures could be much higher than those documented. About half of these deaths took place in Baghdad.

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The report, compiled by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), is based largely on testimony obtained directly from the victims, survivors or witnesses of violations of international human rights or international humanitarian law,including interviews with internally displaced people.

“The violence suffered by civilians in Iraq remains staggering. The so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) continues to commit systematic and widespread violence and abuses of international human rights law and humanitarian law. These acts may, in some instances, amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity, and possibly genocide,” the report states.
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MLK, Gandhi and Mandela

January 19, 2016

I taught Marty Chan 40 years ago and the bugger shows up again in my life. In our wired world you can’t hide anywhere these days.and why would I, a teacher who always enjoyed dialoguing with his students, long after he/she sat in my class. Now Marty is in Melbourne and he asked me if I still had Martin Luther King Jr’s picture prominently displayed. Indeed I do. MLK was my hero, the Christian who put the gospel on the street, the brother who held a mirror up to his racist society and like his Lord paid the ultimate price. And dead at 39.

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Now the USA honours the doc by granting a holiday on the 3rd Monday of each year. We forget how prophetic King really was.Most have no memory of his famous Riverside speech of April 4,1967 when with the Vietnam war raging he called his own country the greatest purveyor of violence in the world..it was approaching spiritual death. many blacks did not like that, telling MLK to stick to civil rights.King rightly told them the gospel is indivisible.he made all the connections…the bombs falling in Nam were exploding in in poor black and white neighbourhoods. Even LBJ understood that you can’t have guns and butter. Same today. With the outrageously bloated American defence budget and with military bases in 63 countries, Uncle Sam is still buying too many guns and not enough butter.

Gandhi P

Were MLK alive today, like his heroes Nelson Mandela and Gandhi he would certainly be defending the oppressed Palestinians of Israel. He would have agreed with agreed with the editorial of the feisty New York weekly Leader-Observer’ of October 15,2000

If Palestinians were black, Israel would now be a pariah state subject to economic sanctions led by the United States. Its development and settlement of the West Bank would be seen as a system of apartheid, in which the indigenous population was allowed to live in a tiny fraction of its own country, in self-administered ‘bantustans’, with ‘whites’ monopolizing the supply of water and electricity. And just as the black population was allowed into South Africa’s white areas in disgracefully under-resourced townships, so Israel’s treatment of Israeli Arabs – flagrantly discriminating against them in housing and education spending – would be recognized as scandalous too.

Dear Hilary Clinton

January 18, 2016

Last Friday on the islamaphobe Bill Maher’s TV show, 2 real Republicans, one Nicole Wallace a flack for GW Bush and Palin-McCain and the right wing professional Christian Ralph Reed were going on and on about the Geneva Conventions and the awful Iranians who picked up and released American sailors. The Geneva Conventions came into place after WW ll to lay down the standards of international humanitarian law in time of war and occupation. Needless to say Israel has totally ignored these agreed upon protocols a again and again—particularly in its brutal indiscriminate assaults on civilians. But you will never hear US officials use these conventions when speaking about Israel.

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And especially Hilary Clinton who wrote that appalling letter to billionaire Jewish donor Haim Saban expressing her fealty to Israel. Saban has donated about $30 million to the Clintons over the years.his famous line: I have only one issue:Israel.

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Clinton’s cringe-inducing letter was  leaked to the Forward, America’s main Jewish newspaper. A young Palestinian woman, Layali Awwad who grew up in Ramallah responded to Clinton.

Layali

Dear Secretary Clinton:

As a young Palestinian girl growing up in a patriarchal society, your speeches about women’s rights inspired me to imagine a world where gender equality could exist. As first lady, you famously declared”Women’s rights are human rights.” That’s something I strongly believe, too.

That’s why I was surprised to read your article in *The Forward.* I was surprised because when you chose to speak about my homeland, not once did you mention Israel’s human rights violations against Palestinian women and children. Even worse, you described us as lurking terrorists motivated only by “incitement,” as if the Israeli military occupation does not exist.

I am not a terrorist. I do not believe in the use of violence. I am a young Palestinian woman who grew up under occupation and is trying to better my life through education. It has not been easy. Starting at the age of five, I had to pass through Israeli military checkpoints to go to school. I was searched and humiliated on a daily basis, along with my parents and sisters. One day soldiers released dogs to chase after us. They shot their guns at us. I could have been killed, as many Palestinians are, for no reason. I could have been Hadeel Salah al-Hashlamun, the 18-year-old woman and college student who Israeli soldiers killed at a checkpoint in September.

There are millions of women and girls like me. What about us? According to your article, we do not exist. We are invisible, like women have been treated throughout history.

Did you know that half of Palestinians are women and girls? Did you know that like our brothers, we also live under military occupation, and that Israeli settlers steal our land? Did you know that pregnant women rushing to the hospital have been stopped at checkpoints and have given birth there? Did you know about Isra’ Abed, the youngPalestinian mother who posed no threat but was gunned down by Israeli police in Afula? Did you know about Mohammed Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian child who was kidnapped and burned alive last year by Israeli settlers? Did you know that the Israeli army killed 17 Palestinian children n the last month just for throwing stones, or for nothing at all?

You did not mention any of these things in your article. But I’m sure you know these things. You were the secretary of state and talk about getting the cease-fire in Gaza. I’m sure you know these things, but you chose to remain silent about them. Maybe that’s good politics here in America, but it means pretending that people like me do not exist.

Secretary Clinton, you have been an inspiration for women and girls around the world. My own dream is to become a human rights and peace activist, but your article left me deeply frustrated. I know you can be better. Please do not forget us again.

Sincerely,

Layali Awwad

Tair Kaminer made my Sunday

January 10, 2016

 

tair1Tair Kaminer, a 19-year Israeli, got a call up order – requesting her to show up at the Israeli Army Induction Center in Tel Hashomer, east of Tel Aviv, on 12pm, Sunday, January 10, 2016 .She showed up today with 40 friends to refuse her two years of obligatory military service in the army of occupation and oppression .

“They convince us that the army has nothing to do with politics, but serving in the army is a political decision. Military jail frightens me less than our society losing its humanity.”
Quite a young woman. She had seen enough of trauma induced in young Palestinian children by Israel’s constant bombardment of the world’s largest open air prison.She had worked with these kids and was sickened by what her country was doing: She had  recently finished a year of national service with the Israeli Scouts (“Tzofim”) in the southern development town of Sderot where  she ministered to the young victims.
“The children I worked with grew up in the heart of the conflict and have had extremely difficult experiences from a young age, experiences that caused them to feel hatred, which can be understood, especially when it comes from young children.

“Like them, many children who grow up in Gaza or in the West Bank, in an even more difficult environment, learn to hate the other side,” she continues. “They, too, cannot be blamed. When I look at all of these children, and the next generation on both sides and the reality in which they grow up, I see only more trauma and pain. And I say enough! That is why I refuse: so that I do not take an active part in the occupation of the Palestinian territories and the injustices that the Palestinian people face under occupation, so that I do not I will be going to jail.
For years now there’s no political horizon, no peace process anywhere in sight. There’s no attempt of any kind to bring peace to Gaza or to Sderot. As long as the violent military way holds sway, we will simply have further generations growing up with a heritage of hate, which will only make things even worse. We must stop this – now!
This is why I am refusing: I will not take an active part in the occupation of the Palestinian Territories and in the injustice to the Palestinian people that is perpetrated again and again under this occupation. I will not take part in the cycle of hatred in Gaza and Sderot.

Brava!

 

Zionists challenged by teen

January 8, 2016

Bethany Koval is not atypical of many young people today. In my experience as a teacher there are many gifted young people refusing the Kool Aid of disinformation peddled by a capitalist culture drowning in ephemera and diversions.

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Who is Bethany?

A totally aware, wide awake Israeli-Jewish teenager in Fair Lawn, New Jersey studying at Fair Lawn High School there. “ I spoke of the death tolls and called Israel’s govt a terrorist.” She was then  intimidated, threatened with legal action, and coerced into signing a statement.

But today’s young people with access to the mass murder In Gaza you simply can not hide anymore, are beneficiaries of the electronic information Israel simply can not deep six .We all are if we choose to be. But the young today are “tweeters”, they like Bethany get the message out on social media as she did.

Imagine the scope of this revolution which is bringing Israel and its blind supporters to their knees.

On her way to meet Big Brothers in the general office, this courageous young woman tweets”Principal just called me down. I’m about to be exposed for being anti-Israel. Pray for me.— benny (@bendykoval) January 6, 2016

Activists started a hashtag #IStandwithBenny as her harassment began.

You simply can not stop this today. Her story went viral, nationally and internationally.

“I have a right to speak” begins Koval’s coerced written statement, and tweeted out to the world. “Mr. Guaginino intimidated me into writing this without an attorney”, referencing Fair Lawn High School Assistant Principal, Frank Guadagnino.

I expressed my political opinions online recording the Israeli government, and I will continue to do so. I will not be silenced by fear. I will not be intimidated into submission.

Bethany was then coerced into writing after clearly stating “I don’t want to make a statement” and stressing “I believe I have a right to an attorney. I was denied my right to an attorney. I was forced to make a writer statement, but I begged them to revoke it. pic.twitter.com/izgyLANgMJ
— benny (@bendykoval) January 6, 2016

Here he intimidates me into making a statement without legal presence. pic.twitter.com/P9q6zzRPcV

From December 27th on Bethany made several tweets about Israel being an apartheid state– then she linked to the Times of Israel‘s Ex-Shin Bet chief calls for West Bank road segregation, articles in Haaretz Israel’s amazing truth-telling paper. This young woman does her homework!

On Jan 7 , those who should know better (principal and vice-principal with university educations) called Bethany to the office for commentary on an infamous Gaza beach bombing. ) was targeted for her political activism yesterday. What began over Koval’s commentary of the Gaza beach bombing: “I spoke of the death tolls and called Israel’s govt a terrorist“, resulted in her being called down to the principle’s office, intimidated, threatened with legal action, and coerced into signing a statement.
As Koval tweeted her experience all day throughout the process, activists on social media swiftly rallied in support and started a hashtag,  #IStandwithBenny. News of her harassment spread like wildfire nationally and internationally. It’s already gone viral.

She was coerced into writing after clearly stating “I don’t want to make a statement” and stressing “I believe I have a right to an attorney“.I was denied my right to an attorney. I was forced to make a writer statement, but I begged them to revoke it. pic.twitter.com/izgyLANgMJ
— benny (@bendykoval) January 6, 2016

Here he intimidates me into making a statement without legal presence. pic.twitter.com/P9q6zzRPcV
— benny (@bendykoval) January 6, 2016

Beverly Koval was not supported by her parents.This is not unusual in the the Jewish community today. A massive gulf exists between elders raised on the romantic and entirely false picture of Israel and their media savvy children. Unlike the parents who generally saw Israel as a modern Eden but ignored the reality of the harsh apartheid-like conditions endured by two generations of Palestinians, the young are now seeing the end of the Zionist dream and triste dictu, the corruption of Judaism.

Asked in an interview Bethany if she was prepared for celebrity, this remarkable young woman replied :

“No, not really. I don’t want to be the face of the movement, I want Palestinians to be the face of the movement. It’s not right when privileged people get credit for what under privileged people have been saying for a long time. Zionists expect me to be in favor of the Palestinian genocide because I’m an Israeli Jew pic.twitter.com/ixgCfE3Rua
Stay tuned

 

Hilary Clinton and the Peleds

January 4, 2016

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Hilary Clinton was once again taken to the woodshed by the brilliant Israeli writer Gideon Levy.In an article which states that “Hilary Clinton is no friend of Israel” Levy writes:

Hillary Clinton’s election as U.S. president would ensure Israel’s continued decline and degeneration. And so she is not a friend, but an enemy. She must not be allowed to deceive and present herself as a friend of Israel, as she tried so ingratiatingly to do in an article published in The Forward (“How I would reaffirm unbreakable bond with Israel — and Benjamin Netanyahu”) last week. The tear ducts were targeted as she wrote of how she assisted Magen David Adom in being accepted to the International Red Cross. But she and those like her – false friends of Israel – have been one of the curses on this country for years. Because of them, Israel can continue to act as wildly as it likes, thumbing its nose at the world and paying no price. Because of them, it can destroy itself unhindered.

It is very sad to see someone as smart as Hilary Clinton become so beholden to Jewish-American money (Haim Saban) and so terribly insensitive to Palestinian oppression in the Holy Land. Surely she must understand that if Israel is made to come to its senses as South Africa was, much of the legitimate Muslim anger toward the USA would ebb away.
Simply reading Haaretz for a month, she would understand how pathetic the far right Netanyahu government is, how despised it is by so many Israeli intellectuals.Yet she continues in her pursuit of naked power to support the indefensible.

 

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Matti Peled was an israeli war hero (6 Day War) who became a great friend of the Palestinian people.They dubbed him Abu Salaam, the father of peace. Peled went on to get a doctorate in Arabic studies and saw quite clearly what was happening to Israel after stealing Palestinian land and ignoring UN resolutions: corruption.His son Miko peled is equally forceful

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In a December 28,2015 article in the American Herald Tribune he wrote a stinging article mocking Israel’s oft quoted What is Israel supposed to do–we have no choice, we must go to war.

Peled’s advice:

What is a soldier supposed to do: Get the hell out of Palestinian towns, villages and neighborhoods. And, dismantle the wall and all the checkpoints on your way out. What is Israel to do with rockets from Gaza? Lift the siege on Gaza, dismantle the wall and checkpoints there, and allow the people in Gaza the freedom they deserve. What are Israelis to do? If they don’t like living in a country with an Arab majority, they can go somewhere else or deal with it, and if they chose to stay, to behave like immigrants instead of colonizers.

Toronto Star’s self-censorship on Israel

December 29, 2015

Daily papers in cities with a large Jewish population (Toronto, Montreal and Winnipeg) hesitate to go near the third rail of verboten topics, Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestine. Even the Star with its long social justice history and Atkinson principles is very wary of having the local Zionist thought police descend on it. This reticence of course pales next to the vibrant Israeli daily Haaretz which regularly flagellates the buffoon Prime Minister Netanyahu and his pathetic cabinet. What a treat to read this paper and how sad to see serious journalism stifled at home.

Periodically however there are small breakthroughs as Israel descends lower on its path to pariahdom over its apartheid-like policies in Israel/Palestine. Such was the case of a story on Toronto’s Ben Dunkelman who was responsible for allowing Palestinians to remain in Nazareth as Israel went on its merry way to depopulate 750,000 Palestinians in 1947 and 48.

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One of the letter sprinted in this incomplete portrait was mine which read:

Mitch Potter’s story (Star, Dec.19) of Ben Dunkelman and the saving of Nazareth was substantially true but the author seemingly tiptoes around the back story. It is true that Dunkelman did defy his commanding officer Moshe Karmi in his refusal to depopulate Nazareth. What is left out of the story is that Carmi immediately consulted the Defence Minister and Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion. The wily Israeli leader  knew that kicking Palestinians out of  the hometown of Jesus was bad optics. It would not go down well internationally. “Here the world is watching.”

Apparently everywhere else, ethnic cleansing was acceptable.

Ted Schmidt,Toronto

Notice the editorialists clipped out the very cynical response of Ben-Gurion:”Here the world is watching.” The Prime Minister knew there would be an uproar over kicking out the many indigenous Palestinian Christians  from Jesus’ hometown.

To be fair the Star did allow some online letters to be published as well as United Church minister Karen Rodman.

Re: The man who saved Nazareth, Dec. 19
The man who saved Nazareth, Dec. 19
I appreciate the Star including the article about Ben Dunkelman. It is timely during this advent season to remember why Palestinians remain in Nazareth (and Lod and Ramle), even as we remember the 750,000 Palestinians who were driven from their homes and made refugees in 1948, and the more than 250,000 displaced in the same manner in 1967. A story that has parallels to the sacred Christmas story, indeed.
The article would have been complete if it had mentioned that now, almost 70 years later, there are more than 3.7 million Palestinians in refugee camps in Palestine, Syria (who many are again being displaced in the current war), Jordan and Lebanon, and many other exiles living worldwide.
In 1948, the UN General Assembly passed Resolution 194, which provided for right to return or compensation. Still the Palestinians wait for what is guaranteed by international law under the Geneva Conventions and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Rev. Karen Rodman, Toronto

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The Star and Mitch Potter should be congratulated for publishing this. You show courage rarely seen in Western media.The “truth” is insufficient, “the whole truth and nothing but the truth” are mandatory to understand the truth. A good journalist must adhere to this truism, and you have done so, bravo.For decades, Israeli propaganda has hidden the truth from the eyes of the world. Only recently did stories like this emerge
.Haganah, Irgun and the Stern Gang are almost forgotten, if they were ever well-known in the West. I encourage you to probe and publish further as more people in your readership are interested in learning the truth.

Albert Haddad, Concord

Mitch Potter correctly sheds some light, although indirectly, on how Zionist militias, through acts of terror, forced Palestinians from their land in 1947 and 1948. Israeli historian Ilan Pappe has written extensively on how the Palestinian population was either expelled or else fled under the threat of violence being perpetrated by the militias.

The Star should be encouraged to publish more pieces to dispel the Israel narrative.

Ken Green, Cooper Landing, Alaska

This story romanticizes a war crime. To establish Israel, the likes of Dunkelman participated in the ethnic cleansing of up to 800,000 indigenous Palestinians from Palestine. This included my mother’s family, which hails from Nazareth. The British considered foreign fighters like Dunkelman terrorists. today they are called settlers.

Samer Abdelnour, co-founder, Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

While the action of an individual like Ben Dunkelman is to be applauded, the fact remains that over 700,000 Palestinians were made refugees and over 400 Palestinian villages were destroyed in the war that created Israel and its aftermath.

A climate of fear among Palestinians preceded this disaster created by the murder of over 100 Palestinian civilians at Deir Yassin on April 9, 1948.

The villagers had signed a non-aggression agreement but were attacked by Irgun and Stern Gang irregulars.
The subsequent war produced an Israel in control of about 78 per cent of Palestine. The Middle East is still reeling from the consequences of this conflict.

Ted Turner, Toronto

The inclusion of these letters is a sign of hope that the end game in Israel is gaining momentum.

But wait there’s more!

The brilliant researcher Dan Freeman-Maloy attempted to engage the Star over its sanitized picture of Dunkelman

http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/1202.php#continue
Freeman-Maloy dares to go where the Star and Mitch Potter refuse to venture—the well documented ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

We are shocked! Sure you are

December 28, 2015

On December 28 2015,the intrepid journalist Amira Hass wrote one of her finest columns peeling back the layers of israel state hypocrisy.Hass the daughter of a mother who survived Bergen-Belsen is what we used to call a “non-believer.’In other words she is a secular Jew.But the Jewish biblical ethic has mostly migrated from the bizarre fundamentalist rabbinate which would give any Muslim fundamentalist a run for their money.The prophetic is indeed alive among many secular Jews like Hass.They are the real “Jew”. Sinai has descended on their hearts.The thugs who humiliate Palestinians on a daily basis are “Israeli.”

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Hass and her fellow scribe at Haaretz Gideon Levy persistently and with great courage continue to call israel back from the precipice which is just around the corner.Naturally this woman who has lived in Ramallah and gaza to the shock of the average brainwashed Israeli is an outstanding example of “the Jewish prophetic.”

 

This column speaks for itself.
Why Are Israelis So Shocked by the ‘Wedding of Hate’ Video?
Thanks to the country’s mainstream, the West Bank has become the land of unlimited possibilities for the average Israeli Jew. This is the soil that gave rise to those young dancers with their bouncing sidelocks and their guns.

Screenshot from wedding video shows men burning a photo of a Palestinian baby killed in the arson attack on the Dawabsheh family home in Duma. Courtesy of Channel 2

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The horror expressed by the Israeli mainstream at the “blood wedding” video is more repulsive than the clip itself. The shock is at the messianic, disruptive representation of the settlement enterprise, the handiwork of successive generations of the Israeli mainstream.
The police are shocked. Every month on Rosh Hodesh, the start of the Hebrew month, a “sivuv she’arim” is held in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City. The ceremonial circling of the gates of the Temple Mount, accompanied by shofar-blowing and reading of Psalms, is organized by El Har Hamor, a nonprofit association that seeks to rebuild the Temple. The Israel Police provide security for the event, which takes place between shuttered Palestinian stores. Men in white kippot dance, sidelocks bouncing – just like in the video – and pound on the closed doors.
According to documentation from October, they also sing songs similar to the ones in the video (“Burn down the mosque” and “We will avenge one of the two eyes of Palestine, curse them”), and while the Arabs shut themselves into their homes, the dancers chant “Death to Arabs.” Not only are the police there, they also try to prevent leftists from recording the events.
Open and shut cases
The Judea and Samaria district police are shocked. This is the police district that systematically closes investigations of Israeli violence against Palestinians. Out of 1,104 investigations opened after Palestinians complained of violent injury or property damage over a 10-year period, from 2005 to August 2015, 940, or 91.6 percent, were closed without charges being filed, according to the Yesh Din legal defense NGO. In 85 percent of the cases, the closure was due to failure of the police investigation. The reason given in 624 of the cases was “offender unknown,” while in 208 cases it was “insufficient evidence.”
Examples? On Passover Eve 2011, a group of Israelis injured Bruce Lee Eid of Burin, a village south of Nablus. One of the Israelis shot Eid, wounding him severely in the abdomen and right hand. This attack was one of many designed to prevent the villagers from building on their lands. Soldiers fired tear gas at Palestinians who came to defend their neighbor. The incident was filmed, the origin of the assailants (the Givat Ronen outpost) was known, but the case was closed.
In another case, from October 2011, a few Israeli Jews from Combatants for Peace accompanied Palestinians from the village of Jalud on their first olive harvest in 10 years. In all those years the Israel Defense Forces (were they also shocked by the wedding video?) had kept them from working their land to avoid friction with the messianists from the local outposts (such as Esh Kodesh).
Masked Israelis, accompanied by an armed, unmasked Israeli in civilian clothes (perhaps the security coordinator) came, threw a stun grenade, fired into the air and attacked the harvesters with clubs, injuring three Israelis and two Palestinians. Soldiers and Border Police officers who were there fired tear gas and stun grenades at Palestinians. The case was closed despite the wounded Israelis and the presence of soldiers who were witnesses.
The culture of “unknown offenders,” “insufficient evidence” and do-nothing soldiers nurtured the atmosphere of “we can run riot and no one will touch us” seen in the wedding video.
Here’s a less-than-wild guess: The justices of the High Court of Justice are also “shocked” by the video. Two out of three justices last week allowed a person who was convicted of assaulting a Palestinian youth to continue to offend against a different Palestinian, by cultivating a vineyard on private Palestinian land. With the High Court’s approval, five years after appropriating land that did not belong to him, Zvi Strock, son of Habayit Hayehudi MK Orit Strock, can continue to keep Fawzi Ibrahim off his land for another year.
Strock did not return the land, a full year after an IDF appeals committee ordered him to do so. Now he is requesting an additional one-year extension so that the process can be done “peacefully.” That sounds like a clear threat: If he is removed earlier, it will not be peaceful. The mainstream (the state and the High Court) heard the threat, and knuckled under.
Netanyahu ‘shocked,’ too
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is shocked, and the Defense Ministry is shocked. With their approval, dozens of bulldozers continue to nibble with the avarice of real-estate sharks at the land of dozens of Palestinian villages, in order to build homes for Jews. Go to Modi’in Ilit, to Alei Zahav, Barkan, Ariel. Without dancing or bouncing sidelocks, the state is doing much more than the “blood wedding” dancers could.
Thanks to the mainstream, the West Bank has become the land of unlimited possibilities for the average Israeli Jew. It’s a substitute for the welfare state that they ground down with a devotion that would do honor to Milton Friedman. This is the soil that gave rise to those young dancers with their bouncing peiyot and their guns.
Their messianism was born of the incessant secular Israeli disregard for international law and justice, which prohibit settlements in occupied territory. Their deranged messianism is fed by the consistent, deranged political objective of the settlement enterprise: to thwart the possibility of living in equality and peace with the Palestinian people in this land. Fed by and feeding.

 

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