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‘Daily Show’: Joe Plumbs the Middle East

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Posted on Jan 9, 2009
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So Joe the Plumber is off to report on the Gaza conflict for Pajamas Media. Is this one of the signs of the apocalypse? Jon Stewart breaks it down in this “Daily Show” clip after his in-depth analysis of a recent presidential huddle at the White House that sparked a flurry of speculation among media types about the broader significance of necktie choices and off-menu dining privileges.

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By Fadel Abdallah, January 12, 2009 at 12:10 pm Link to this comment

In the White House’s picture of the four presidents, one notices that President Carter stands as a breed apart of goodness and enlightenment,whereas the other three stand together as symbols of past and future disasters!

What a sad bargain for sad America!

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By eileen fleming, January 11, 2009 at 6:51 pm Link to this comment

Email from JVP


Just a few days after the bombing of Gaza started, my rabbi, Rabbi Brant Rosen here in Evanston, Illinois had the courage to write something on his blog* that may forever change his life, and the lives of those around him. As I read it, I could literally feel the earth shift beneath my feet. He said, Send a note to Jon Stewart. Tell everyone you know to watch the segment:

http://www.thankyoujonstewart.com/


We good liberal Jews are ready to protest oppression and human-rights abuse anywhere in the world, but are all too willing to give Israel a pass. It’s a fascinating double-standard, and one I understand all too well. I understand it because I’ve been just as responsible as anyone else for perpetrating it.

So no more rationalizations. What Israel has been doing to the people of Gaza is an outrage. It has has brought neither safety nor security to the people of Israel and it has wrought nothing but misery and tragedy upon the people of Gaza.

The earth is shifting on this issue when the people to whom we look for guidance about right and wrong, people like Rabbi Brant, finally speak the truth- that killing will not bring peace. Not for the Israelis, not for the Palestinians, not for anyone. Many people from my own congregation, including my own daughter, wrote him to say “Thank you, thank you for finally saying these words out loud.”

I felt something similar when I saw Jon Stewart on The Daily Show on Monday night. While almost all of the mainstream news in the United States has reported the story without any context whatsoever, repeating the lie that this is a simple case of Israel defending its people against irrational attacks, it was Jon Stewart, the main source of news for an entire generation of Americans, who got it right.

He talked about the “soul-crushing” siege of Gaza, the occupation that has forced Palestinians to go through checkpoints to do anything at all, the perverse logic of trying to “get a war in” just before Obama’s inauguration. When I watched this segment, I knew the earth was shifting. And I knew I had to thank Jon, and to make sure everyone I know watches his segment.

http://www.thankyoujonstewart.com/

We all know that if every Jew in America said no to Israel’s occupation of the Palestinians, it would still happen, because it has is seen as serving the interests of our country’s foreign interests. And it is supported by Christian fundamentalists who believe it is one step closer to the end times. That’s why we all need to work together- every single one of us.

So thank Jon by going here.
http://www.thankyoujonstewart.com/

And then tell everyone you know to watch this video. Tell your friends that if it seems like what is happening now is wrong, that’s because it is.

By the way, the last haunting words of Rabbi Brant’s post were these: “There, I’ve said it. Now what do I do?”

At Jewish Voice for Peace, it’s our mandate to answer that question. We’re planning a broad-based response that we know will make a difference, and the heart of that response will be every single one of you. We’ll ask you to have those conversations with everyone you know, to educate yourselves, to let the world know peace with justice is possible.

Stay tuned,

Lynn Pollack
Jewish Voice for Peace

* Rabbi Brant’s blog:
http://rabbibrant.com/2008/12/28/outrage-in-gaza-no-more-apologies/

** Israel losing the PR war (print headline)/In U.S., war of words over Gaza, San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/01/10/MNGU156LEQ.DTL&tsp=1

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By hippy pam, January 10, 2009 at 8:58 am Link to this comment

“This just “BOGGLES THE MIND”.......

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By Allan Krueger, January 10, 2009 at 6:42 am Link to this comment

Joe The Plumber going to the Middle East? The Republican ticket for 2012: Sarah Palin / Joe the Plumber !!!  Too bad they are not taking the same plane! You betcha!

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By eileen fleming, January 9, 2009 at 9:46 pm Link to this comment

hey Joe,

I have two friends in Gaza who can show you around.

Sam Habeeb, a twenty-something photo journalist and humanitarian worker who is receiving death threats for his truth telling:

http://www.wearewideawake.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1155&Itemid=214

And ISM activist, Vittorio Arrigoni who reported on January 9, 2009:

Take some kittens, some tender little moggies in a box”, said Jamal, a surgeon at the Al Shifa, Gaza’s main hospital, while a nurse actually placed a couple of blood-stained cardboard boxes in front of us. “Seal up the box, then jump on it with all your weight and might, until you feel their little bones crunching, and you hear the last muffled little mew.” I stared at the boxes in astonishment, and the doctor continued: “Try to imagine what would happen after such images were circulated. The righteous outrage of public opinion, the complaints of the animal rights organisations…” The doctors went on in this vein, and I was unable to take my eyes off those boxes, sitting at our feet. “Israel trapped hundreds of civilians inside a school as if in a box, including many children, and then crushed them with all the might of its bombs. What were the world’s reactions? Almost nothing. We would have been better off as animals rather than Palestinians, we would have been more protected.”

At this point the doctor leans towards one of the boxes, and takes its lid off in front of me. Inside it are the amputated limbs, legs and arms, some from the knee down, others with the entire femur attached, amputated from the injured at the Al Fakhura United Nations school in Jabalia, which resulted in more than fifity casualties. Pretending to be taking an urgent call, I took my leave of Jamal, actually rushing to the bathroom to bend over and throw up.

A little earlier I’d been involved in a conversation with Dr. Abdel, an ophtalmologist, regarding the rumours that the Israeli Army had been showering us with non-conventional weapons, forbidden by the Geneva Convention, such as cluster bombs and white phosphorous. The very same that the Tsahal Army used in the last Lebanese war, as well as the US air force in Falluja, still violating international norms. In front of Al Auda hospital we witnessed and filmed white phosphorous bombs being used about five hundred metres from where we were, too far to be absolutely certain there were any civilians underneath the Israeli Apaches, but so terribly close to us all the same.

The Geneva Treaty of 1980 forbids white phosphorous being used directly as a war weapon in civilian areas, allowing it only as a smoke screen or for lighting. There’s no doubt that using this weapon in Gaza, a strip of land concentrating the highest population rate in the world, is a crime all on its own. Doctor Abdel told me that at Al Shifa hospital they don’t have the medical and military competence to say for sure whether the wounds they examined on certain corpses were indeed provoked by white phosphorous bullets.

But on his word, in twenty years on the job he had never seen casualties like those now being carried into the ward. He told me about the traumas to the skull, with the fractures to the vomer bone, the jaw, the cheekbones, tear duct, nasal and palatine bones showed signs of the collision of an immense force against the victim’s face. What he finds inexplicable is the total lack of eyeballs, which ought to leave a trace somewhere within the skull even in case of such a violent impact. Instead, we see Palestinian corpses coming into the hospitals without eyes at all, as if someone had removed them surgically before handing them over to the coroner.

The Rest:
http://www.wearewideawake.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1157&Itemid=214

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