Evolution of Dispossession

Evolution of Dispossession
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A Voice of Reason

Avi Shlaim's Artcile from The Guardian

This well-written article places blame where it needs to be ; on the actions of Netanyahu and his rabid right-wing settler coalition.

The article also highlights what supposed friends do NOT to do their friends/benefactors. And no I am not referring to Obama "taking their friend to the security council" as Netanyahu put it.

It is amazing that the margins for criticism of Israeli policy are much wider in Israel than they are in the US, the self-proclaimed free-speech capital of the moral universe.

Friday, January 06, 2017

New Session of Congress

House Vote "Condemns" the UNSC Vote on Israeli Settlements

So the House has voted to "condemn" the vote on December 23, 2016 in which the UNSC vote was 14-0-1, with the US abstaining.

Note that our elected "leaders" did not criticize the 14 countries that voted YES. They saved their disdain and shock and indignation for their own president and state department. The republicans and democrats cannot agree on a damned thing, but when it comes to Israel, they can talk tough about the outgoing president. The vote is symbolic but it does demonstrate who is on AIPAC's payroll in the US Congress.

So far in the new session of Congress, legislation has been put forth to:

1.  Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem
2.  "Condemn" the UNSC vote on the illegality (the settlements have been illegal for more than 2 weeks ...) of Israeli settlements
3.  De-fund the UN for its anti-Israel machinations

I am wondering if the US has no problems to tackle. I wonder if these elected "leaders" are going to start solving issues that affect Americans. We have a crumbling infrastructure, devastating national debt measures, alleged Russia hacking into our political system, an education system that produces nimrods, illegal aliens flowing across the southern border, a corrupt (see above) system of representation, etc etc etc.

There is something surreal and decidedly bizarre when US politicians have some unwritten, unspoken competition on who is more pro-Israel. Are they trying to get Saban's money? Adelson's money?

Netanyahu's Poor Logic Exposed

Peter Beinart's Article on Forward

This article is excellent, detailed, and written by someone who has exposed faulty Zionist logic many times.

Well worth the read.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Reactions to the UNSC Vote on December 23rd, 2016

As someone who has plenty of time to read dozens and dozens of articles about this UNSC vote concerning Israeli settlements and their illegality, some observations are noteworthy:

1.  I have never been more embarrassed for so many US politicians for supporting a foreign head of state over their own president, state department and secretary of state. It is ok to have a different opinion about these matters, but at the end of the day it is bad policy to side with a foreign head of state that has insulted the US administration on many occasions.

2.  All of the criticism coming from Netanyahu and Israel has been directed at the one country that has previously vetoed (lone veto mind you) UNSC resolutions targeting Israel more than 40 times since the 1970's. Shouldn't the comments from Israel be thanks for all of the times Israel was shielded? Or thanks for promising to continue giving Israel almost $4 billion every year for the next 10 years? Nope. It was about this abstention. Did Israel condemn the countries that actually voted YES on the resolution? Perhaps a little bit, but the lion's share of criticism has been against its main benefactor.

3.  People like Lyndsey Graham, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz (and that imbecile Huckabee, who is in Israel this very moment proclaiming that there is no such thing as a settlement!) who want to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem need to be more concerned with fixing the many problems of the USA. The new session of Congress just began and they are already taking up this issue. Given the problems that face the USA, for this to be even an issue at the moment tells you where their loyalties are. A war will be started if these Israel-firsters get their way, so where is the counter-balance going to come from in the US Senate?

4.  The uber Zionists have come out of the woodwork to proclaim what a Jew-hating anti-semite President Obama is. Phrases like "act of hate" and "stabbing Israel in the back" have been used. So let's review. President Jimmy Carter delivered the greatest accord between Israel and the Arab World in 1979, and one of the main provisions was the 1967 borders, that Israel clearly has reneged on. But after Jimmy Carter wrote "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid" he too became an anti-semite in the eyes of the Zionists. Never mind all the good he did for Israel. And the UN, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, B'tSelem, Physicians for Human Rights - Israel, the International Red Cross, and other rights groups and NGO's have been also saddled by the same slander ; they are all guilty of anti-semitism! Imagine that. Every one of these organizations devoted to human rights all have some hidden ugly animus towards Israel because Jews live there ... When will it dawn on Americans that this is a political tactic, used too frequently, to deflect attention away from Israel's lawless behavior, and re-focus attention on Israel's perceived victimhood? Israel is criticized by the entire world, outside the US, because of what it does, not because of its Jewish character.

5.  Obama did not intervene when Israel was slaughtering 1400 Palestinians in 2008-2009 during Operation Cast Lead. The evil Palestinians managed to kill 10 Israelis (6 soldiers and 4 civilians). Another 4 IDF soldiers were killed by Israeli friendly fire. And during that seige, the IDF killed 1400 Palestinians, more than 1000 being civilians, more than 320 children, who died for no other reason that they were Palestinian at this sad point in human history. Israel bombed schools, and hospitals, and used white phosphorous and Goldstone's report found that Israel was guilty of war crimes and possible crimes against humanity. Then Goldstone became a self-hating Jew, according to the same commentators.

6. Obama did not intervene in the summer of 2014 when another massacre happened in Gaza. This time 2200 Palestinians were killed, versus 68 Israeli soldiers. You do the math.

7.  Netanyahu came and addressed Congress about the threat of Iranian nukes, and before that the '67 borders. And our Congress gave him standing ovations, even while he insulted our president, all the while taking our money and playing on the sympathies of the eternally-ignorant and morally-corrupt. And then Netanyahu said there would be no Palestinian state during his tenure, when he was trying to get re-elected. He tried to take that one back after the election, as he knew there would be a price to pay.

And now we have to listen to the poor, slighted, always-misunderstood victim, who happens to also be the biggest war criminal of the 21st century. Well, maybe that is an arguable point since Bush and Cheney's machinations also occurred in this century.