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Nico, who only gave his first name, protests in front of the White House on Tuesday against Israel’s raid on a flotilla of aid ships headed to the Gaza Strip.


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By Robert Scheer

It was an act of international terrorism, pure and simple. There can be no valid claims of self-defense on the part of Israeli commandos who attacked a ship of protesters in international waters, killing nine civilians and kidnapping more than 600 others—including 15 international reporters who were prevented from filing their stories by a nation that claims to be the beacon of democracy in the Mideast. 

Trust me, I do not come to this viewpoint lightly. This is an issue I have written about with anguish ever since I visited Gaza and the West Bank immediately after the Six-Day War 43 years ago, and the fact that those apartheid zones still stand in oppressive isolation from the norms of human rights is a sad commentary on our profession. There is no subject on which American journalists so disgrace themselves by embracing a double standard or about which our politicians are permitted the kind of hypocritical cop-out once again demonstrated by the tepid response of the Obama administration.

If nothing else, this assault on decency by the Israeli government was clearly intended to derail the peace talks that President Barack Obama has encouraged. But instead of calling Israel on its savagery, the U.S. is virtually alone in the world in its embarrassingly mild rebuke. The politicians cave so shamelessly because they know that media will be obsequiously tolerant of such immoral equivocation.

The last time I wrote about Israel and Gaza, the San Francisco Chronicle suddenly decided to stop running my weekly column. No great hardship—I have other outlets—but I would be lying if I denied the apprehension I feel every time I dare write critically about Israel and brace myself for the charge that I am yet another “self-hating Jew.” A charge certain to be leveled against even Hedy Epstein, the 85-year-old Holocaust survivor who at last report was attempting to board yet another aid boat, the Rachel Corrie, named after a heroic American protester who was bulldozed to death by Israelis in 2003.

The first time I encountered that bewildering criticism of Jews who dare to be morally consistent—despite that being our historical obligation—was when I was an editor at Ramparts and nearly bankrupted the magazine in attempting to cover the Six-Day War, during which Israel grabbed control of Gaza and the West Bank. We had assigned the legendary journalist I.F. Stone to write about the war, thinking it a wise choice, given that he had accompanied the first boats of Jewish displaced persons from World War II traveling to found the state of Israel. Back then he celebrated that quest: “These Jews want the right to live as a people, to build as a people, to make their contribution to the world as a people. Are their national aspirations any less worthy of respect than those of any other oppressed people?”

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But then he wrote after the Six-Day War that he felt compelled to deal also with the oppression of the Palestinians and their desire for a home. His report was balanced and fair, which of course was a problem to some of the Ramparts investors who strongly favored honest journalism on every subject except Israel.

I upset them further by traveling to Egypt and Israel at the end of the Six-Day War and visiting newly occupied Gaza, where I questioned the assertion of top officials, including Moshe Dayan, that they would bring freedom to the Palestinians there that the previous Egyptian and Jordanian occupiers had denied. It never happened, because the intentions of occupiers to improve the lot of the conquered become moot if the occupiers insist on continuing their reign of power. How easy it is to forget that the Palestinians were not the ones who attacked Israel at the time of the Six-Day War. On the contrary, it was their previous overlords, Egypt and Jordan, with which Israel has long since had relatively good relations. An accommodation of occupiers made above the head of the occupied.

There is no such thing as a morally acceptable occupation, and as the oppressed resist they will become more violent in their desperation. In turn the occupiers will show their true colors as oppressors. As the great Israeli writer Amos Oz wrote in Tuesday’s New York Times, “ … Ever since the Six-Day war in 1967, Israel has been fixated on military force.” He excoriates the prevailing Israeli view “that the Palestinian problem can be crushed instead of solved.” That is the essence of the problem and the solution: End the crushing occupation and begin to solve the problem of providing the Palestinians, as well as the Jews, with a viable homeland.

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By pecadillosamiam, June 2, 2010 at 1:23 pm Link to this comment

kalpal,

By your comments, I take it you’re an Israeli and a
supporter of Netanyahu’s policies. 

As an American taxpayer who unwittingly helps finance
your country every year to the tune of billions of
dollars, I take offense to your “American arrogance and
ignorance” comment.  Maybe you’re right, we should stop
being so ignorant and simply cut off your aid.  How
does that sound?

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By afs, June 2, 2010 at 1:23 pm Link to this comment

Who do those unarmed relief workers think they are attacking our commandos with their splattered blood like that?!?

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By BR549, June 2, 2010 at 1:20 pm Link to this comment

prole, June 2 at 4:34 pm #
“Nothing much has changed since then. Israel sees the sword as its main
instrument now and always has throughout its savage history stretching all the
way back to biblical times. And those who live by the sword – die by the
sword!”

Without the US, Israel would be but a flyspeck of importance. Israel uses the
US, the US uses Israel; one would think we live in a sleazy brothel.

Anyway, Prole, words well written, and yet unfortunately, when we get a rabid
dog that is no longer capable of participating in the world it lives in ....... the
dog winds up with a bullet. If these people are so unhappy and feel so
persecuted, they should go find another planet to do their incessant whining
on. If the world seems miserable to them, it’s because they made it that way.
Get over it.

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By Ralph Kramden, June 2, 2010 at 1:09 pm Link to this comment
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Update on an old bumper sticker: it shows the flag of the USA “These colors don’t run, except from Israel.” Or how about another flag:“Only Israel is allowed to tread om me.”

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By kalpal, June 2, 2010 at 1:08 pm Link to this comment

The major identifying characteristics of Americans are arrogance and ignorance. This thread amply demonstrates that both are thriving.

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By pecadillosamiam, June 2, 2010 at 1:04 pm Link to this comment

Robert,

That Palestinians should be treated like Jews (Do to
others as you want them to do to you) is both a
Christian and Jewish commandment, well documented in
both the Old Testament (aka Torah: Leviticus 19:18
and 19:34); and in the New Testaments (Matthew 7:12,
Luke 6:31).

It’s a pity that American journalists have to walk on
eggshells when discussing Israeli policy and
politics, lest they be accused of anti-semitism. 
It’s utterly amazing that a people who suffered the
Holocaust would mistreat their fellow countrymen who
they displaced with such contempt.  Sure, European
descendant American settlers also abused indigenous
North American “Indians” in the 19th century, but
this is 2010, for chrissakes! 

Robert, all I can say is thank god for blogs and the
internet where you can write and speak truth to power
without losing your open access to we readers.  Keep
up the excellent reporting!!

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By Kal, June 2, 2010 at 1:01 pm Link to this comment
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More and more antisemitism fills this thread. More and more ignorance crawls out from under various rocks. Why should Israel only return to its pre 1967 borders? Why not to pre 1948? Because between 1948 and 1967 the Palestinians were not occupied by Jews they were guests of those gracious Egyptians and Jordanians who aided them with creating a Palestinian state which Israel stole by beating up on the poor defenseless Arabs.

What happened to the people who lived on the so called occupied territories between Israel’s declaration of its statehood and the 1967 war? Whose citizens were they? Do they still hold their citizenship from those years?

I am always amazed at how certain ignorant fools are of how right they must be.

Israel is what the Arab nations forced it to become. In 1948 Israel had 2 Piper Cubs and 10,000 rifles. It stood off 7 Arab armies and will do so repeatedly. Anyone who imagines that the Arab world is filled with well meaning people is just another village idiot of the GOP kind.

Telling anyone that some day you will destroy their nation and kill its people, does not foster any kindly attitudes. You may remember how well the USA shrugged off the communist threat to kill off the USA. Did the USA just smiled indulgently and go about its business or did the John Birch society along with America’s conservatives freak out?

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By prole, June 2, 2010 at 12:34 pm Link to this comment

Marvelous opening, steadfast development…disappointing denouement. Scheer pulls all the right levers and then drops the ball at the end, trailing off into a wimpish conclusion about “begin to solve the problem” and some vague notion of a “viable homeland”. Well, we’re long since past the point of ‘beginning’ to solve “the problem”, in a nightmarish Occupation entering its 43rd year! It’s cruel to suggest that only now do we “begin” to devise a solution. In fact, the solution has been in plain view all this time. With the glaring exception of the USA, the whole rest of the civilized world agrees, and has all along - Israel must withdraw to its pre-June ’67 borders. So the “problem” is Amerika, since the terrorist Jewish State wouldn’t be able to hold out, otherwise. It’s not a “Palestinian problem”! It’s a U.S./Israel problem! It’s true that the misnomer’d ‘Palestinian problem’ can’t be “solved” militarily -  but the Israel problem probably could. The Kuwait example comes to mind. It wouldn’t be so difficult to assemble an international ‘coalition of the willing’ to put the rogue Zionist entity in its place. Volunteers would no doubt pour in from all over. And that’s likely the only way the Israel problem is ever going to be solved. After forty- plus years and counting, nothing much is going to change on the ‘diplomatic’ front in the foreseeable. It may not even take a multi-national armed forces. The indomitable Hezbollah has defeated the IDF wehrmacht twice and a third war is looming.  Those international flotillas of aid may soon turn into international armadas of resistance brigades. Palestinians aren’t going to settle for some vague fragmented reservation cynically referred to by the two Zionist allies as a ‘viable homeland’.
  “How easy it is to forget that the Palestinians were not the ones who attacked Israel at the time of the Six-Day War. On the contrary, it was”…Israel that attacked Egypt, Jordan & Syria!  As that arch-terrorist and former PM of Israel, Menahem Begin, candidly admitted: “In June 1967, we again had a choice. The Egyptian Army concentrations in the Sinai approaches do not prove that Nasser was really about to attack us. We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack him.” The Jewish reich has been attacking throughout its inglorious history. The reason was made clear long ago by Moshe Dayan, as quoted in Prime Minister Moshe Sharatt’s personal diaries in May ’55, exclaiming: “[Israel] must see the sword as the main, if not the only, instrument
with which to keep its morale high and to retain its moral tension. Toward this end it may, no - it must - invent dangers, and to do this it must adopt the method of provocation-and-revenge…And above all -let us hope for a new war with the Arab countries, so that we may finally get rid of our troubles and acquire our space.” Nothing much has changed since then. Israel sees the sword as its main instrument now and always has throughout its savage history stretching all the way back to biblical times. And those who live by the sword – die by the sword!

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By Ed Harges, June 2, 2010 at 12:26 pm Link to this comment

The way to right this wrong is not to treat the Palestinians as we treat Jews.

If we were to treat Palestinians as we treat Jews, we would agree to sacrifice our
own country’s interests in order to fund and fight wars for an artificially colonized,
nuclear terrorist, religious-ethnocentric, violently expansionist Palestinian state,
whose continued existence as state based on ethnic privilege requires the constant
repression and torture and murder and gradual extinction of the local population.

We would defer in all things to political pressure from Americans of Palestinian
ethnicity who are passionately devoted to seeing that American wealth and power
is used to further the interests of a foreign capital.

We would reflexively agree, out of respect for prickly Palestinian feelings, to
pretend that this devotion did not constitute a betrayal of our own country, of
which these people were supposedly loyal citizens.

And we would shower that state with massive direct economic and military aid,
along with tax-exempt donations from wealthy American Palestinians, even
though that state be a wealthy country that attacks and kills our own soldiers
without apology, and steals and sells our military technology, and even though our
devotion to that state forces us to share its international pariah status, greatly
complicating all our diplomatic and economic relations with the rest of the world,
and implicating us morally in its ever more enormous crimes.

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By omop, June 2, 2010 at 12:20 pm Link to this comment

Mr. Scheer’s commentary is a tad too late. Like 60 years late.

Rabbi Dov Fischer, an attorney and a member of the Jewish Community Relations
Committee of the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles.  And also national vice
president of the Zionist Organization of America. Wrote an essay where he tells
his followers:- “If we Jews are anything, we are a people of history … Our history
provides the strength to know that we can be right and the whole world wrong.”

“We were right, from the beginning and the whole world was wrong. Today, once
again, we alone are right and the whole world is wrong. The Arabs, the Russians,
the Africans, and the rest of the World except America.”

Today, Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak, praising the Shayetet 13
commandos who slaughtered at least nine humanitarian activists on board the
Mavi Marmara, said: “…we live in the Middle East, in a place where there is no
mercy for the weak…”.

Back in the days of the Stern Gang, the Irgun Zvai Lumi, Begin. the thugs that
cleared out thousands of Palestenians were hailed then as heroes. No Hamas or
Hezballah, or Al Queda, or El Taliban and others existed.

If Defense Minister Barak makes sense then they cannot bitch about all those
groups as well as several Governments in the Middle East making the same
conclusion he made. In his case though he is surrounded by close to a billion
people who are slowly but surely going to win in the end.

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By gerard, June 2, 2010 at 12:04 pm Link to this comment

IMAGINARY CONVERSATION circa 1946

Stupid Brit: Well now the war’s over.  What about  
  these Jews left in Germany and elsewhere?
Stupid Yank:  Just leave them where they are—
  unless you want them. We can’t take them.
Stupid Brit: Can’t leave them here.  Too many Germans
  don’t like them, you know.
Stupid Jew:  We’re tired of centuries of anti-Semi-
  tism!  We want some place to call our own—a
  Jewish Homeland.  We deserve it, after all!
Stupid Brit and Yank (together): How about some
  empty place in the Holy Land?
Stupid Jew: Sounds good to me.  Some of that un-
  occupied territory around Jerusalem.  God promised
  us Jerusalem, you know.
Stupid Brit: Well, actually it’s occupied, you know.
  Arabs and such. We would have to make arrange-
  ments, but His Majesty’s Government views with
  favor the establishment in Palestine of a Jewish
  State.
Stupid Yank:  Probably the United Nations will go
  for that, since its sparsely populated and could
  be profitably developed.
Stupid Brit:  The Arab League may object, but ...
Stupid Yank:  We’ll just fight them off.  All hell
  may break out later, but—one thing at a time,
  I always say.  If our armies are big enough, it
  won’t amount to much of a fight. Besides,there’s
  oil.  We need friends in that area.

(to be continued by further stupidities, sad to say)

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By BR549, June 2, 2010 at 11:41 am Link to this comment

flickervertigo, June 2 at 2:37 p

“Israel’s in way more danger now from the big money and oil guys, and the
psychohistorians in their think tanks, than from arabs or persia.”

Perfectly said. Too bad Israel is still so consumed with its own persecution
complex to realize that.

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By secretarybird, June 2, 2010 at 11:33 am Link to this comment

Interesting article here by former British ambassador Craig Brown, about the unhappiness within NATO at the USA’s spinelessness:

http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2010/06/israeli_murders.html

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By secretarybird, June 2, 2010 at 11:13 am Link to this comment

Now that more details are starting to emerge, the sheer incompetence of the Israeli operation is becoming obvious. At the political level, it appears that no proper authorisation for it may have been given by the Israeli government. And what the hell was Netanyahu doing in Canada at such a crucial time? (My answer - despite his tough-guy manner, he’s a weak prime minister, totally incapable of getting his ministers, who never miss an opportunity to do something half-witted, to do anything remotely sensible.)

Then there’s the attack itself. Soldiers were rappelling down ropes one at a time, leaving them vulnerable to attack by people on deck. And they wore heavy gloves to avoid their hands getting scorched on the ropes, but leaving them unable to operate their weapons until they had taken them off. According to some accounts they carried paintball guns, which prevented them from reaching for their live weapons, and possibly resulted in activists taking taking their weapons off them. Defenders on deck managed to attach one rope to an antenna, shackling the helicopter to the ship until the pilot cut the rope.

If the outcome wasn’t so tragic, there’s a great comedy movie in there somewhere

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By samosamo, June 2, 2010 at 10:42 am Link to this comment

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“”“f nothing else, this assault on decency by the Israeli
government was clearly intended to derail the peace talks that
President Barack Obama has encouraged. But instead of calling
Israel on its savagery, the U.S. is virtually alone in the world in
its embarrassingly mild rebuke. The politicians cave so
shamelessly because they know that media will be obsequiously
tolerant of such immoral equivocation.”“”
****************

A rebuke that mimicked izrael’s terrorist leader
netanyahoo’s(misspelled purposely) ‘regret the loss of life’.
Really does define how america is a puppet state of izrael
without the balls to do anything about it.

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By flickervertigo, June 2, 2010 at 10:37 am Link to this comment

@john ellis…

in fact, there are probably schemes afoot to transform israel from a terminally bad idea into the most glorious civilization ever…

the way to do that is to nuke it from stem to stern, blame the attack on oily arabs and persians, and use the attack as a pretext to grab the remaining oil.

the beneficial effects of 9/11 seems to have worn off, sooooooo…

if we can rehab israel (posthumously), remove a huge source of jewish moral conflict and hypocrisy, and refurbish jewish claims to persecution, all while grabbing the remaining oil… looks like a win/win/win/win situation.

israel’s in way more danger now from the big money and oil guys, and the psychohistorians in their think tanks, than from arabs or persians.

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By BR549, June 2, 2010 at 10:33 am Link to this comment

jackwbarnes1, June 2 at 2:14 pm

Jack, check out the Hussein-McMahon Agreement, the Sykes-Picot Agreement,
the Balfour Agreement, and then Churchill’s White Paper on the topic.

Flat and simple, the Arabs and Palestinians got screwed; betrayed by Britain in
yet another of Britain’s forked tongue manipulations of the world politic to
serve it’s own hegemonic end.

If we just say that man has learned nothing over the past 6,000 years and that
it’s OK to take anything we want, then we, as a race, are doomed. Israel (Zionist
Israel, anyway) just seems to have been in the hot seat far longer than any
other group. Wonder why.

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By jackwbarnes1, June 2, 2010 at 10:14 am Link to this comment

I AM NOT A JEW; HOWEVER I THINK SCHEER MUST BE AN ARAB. WHERE
HAS SHEER BEEN FOR THE LAST 62 YEARS? FOR THIS LENGTH OF TIME
MUSLINS HAVE FOUGHT,PLANED AND VOWED TO WIPE ISAREL OFF THE
FACE OF THE EARTH AND ACCORDING TO IRAN THEY STILL INTEND TOO.
WOULD YOU PLEASE NAME ME ONE REGIME IN THE MIDDLE EAST THAT
WOULD GIVE A DAMN IF WE THE USA WERE ALSO ANNIHILATED.

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By flickervertigo, June 2, 2010 at 10:13 am Link to this comment

john ellis says, “surely, as the Judeo-Christian religion is one and the same religion, “Eye for eye and tooth for tooth,” might makes right and hypocrisy is what Judeo-Christian Israel is all about.”

the druids will win, sooner or later… after the abrahamic religions have wrecked themselves squabbling over the remaining oil.

peak oil, dont you know?

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By BR549, June 2, 2010 at 9:53 am Link to this comment

kalpal, June 2 at 12:51 pm

“You don’t go to peaceful demonstration with knives, wooden bats and metal
bars because you are peaceful. You go because you intend on running riot.”

Are you an idiot? You don’t invade a ship in international waters in the dark of night with a full scale military assault unless you intend on violating international treaties and roughing some people up, if not killing them. But since when did Israel EVER have any respect for anyone else’s boundaries; religious, political, geographical or otherwise? It reminds me of the US.

While I don’t espouse what Hitler did, I can certainly understand why and how
he came into power. He was the village buffoon who always embarrassed
everyone by saying those things that were better left unsaid. Instead, he just
acted out on it and had the backing to do so.

FYI, the strip west of the Jordan has been a transcontinental migration corrider
for 80,000 years ...... at a minimum. For Israel to assume that the land is theirs
is ludicrous, since it’s ethnic underpinnings aren’t even from that area. They are
carpet-baggers, with no more rights to the area than anyone else.

So, if history teaches us any lesson, the Jews (the Zionist Jews, anyway) will
spoil the playpen for everyone since they can’t have their own way. Someone
will toss a nuke into downtown Tel-Aviv, and except for the innocent civilians
who just want to peacefully coexist with their Palestinian neighbors, that
someone would be doing the world a big favor. If Israel can’t “play well” as they
say, it shouldn’t be surprised when it gets its ass booted out ..... AGAIN. Jeez,
you’d think these people would learn something about social skills after 2,000
years. Talk about slow.

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By Ed Harges, June 2, 2010 at 9:50 am Link to this comment

A member of the Israeli parliament was on the Mavi Marmara when the
raid occurred, and she has described what happened. The majority of
Americans get their news from our Zionist-controlled major US corporate
media outlets, so they are only hearing the Israel government’s version of what
happened.

This witness says, among other things, that the Israeli commandos started
firing on the ship even before they boarded it:

An Arab member of the Israeli parliament who was on board the international
flotilla that was attacked on Monday as it tried to take humanitarian aid to Gaza
accused Israel yesterday of intending to kill peace activists as a way to deter
future convoys.

Haneen Zoubi said Israeli naval vessels had surrounded the flotilla’s flagship,
the Mavi Marmara, and fired on it a few minutes before commandos abseiled
from a helicopter directly above them.

http://original.antiwar.com/cook/2010/06/01/israeli-mps-terror-on-aid-
ship/

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By OldUncleDave, June 2, 2010 at 9:38 am Link to this comment

I am reminded of the old joke:

Q - Why did Israel decline an offer to become the 51st state?

A - Because then they’d only get *two* Senators.

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By Robert, June 2, 2010 at 9:26 am Link to this comment

Western Leaders are too Cowardly to Help Save Lives

It is a fact that it is ordinary people, activists, call them what you will, who now take decisions to change events

By Robert Fisk

June 01, 2010 “The Independent”—-”Has Israel lost it? Can the Gaza War of 2008-09 (1,300 dead) and the Lebanon War of 2006 (1,006 dead) and all the other wars and now yesterday’s killings mean that the world will no longer accept Israel’s rule?

Don’t hold your breath.

You only have to read the gutless White House statement – that the Obama administration was “working to understand the circumstances surrounding the tragedy”. Not a single word of condemnation. And that’s it. Nine dead. Just another statistic to add to the Middle East’s toll.

But it’s not.

In 1948, our politicians – the Americans and the British – staged an airlift into Berlin. A starving population (our enemies only three years before) were surrounded by a brutal army, the Russians, who had erected a fence around the city. The Berlin airlift was one of the great moments in the Cold War. Our soldiers and our airmen risked and gave their lives for these starving Germans.

Incredible, isn’t it? In those days, our politicians took decisions; our leaders took decisions to save lives. Messrs Attlee and Truman knew that Berlin was important in moral and human as well as political terms.

And today? It was people – ordinary people, Europeans, Americans, Holocaust survivors – yes, for heaven’s sake, survivors of the Nazis – who took the decision to go to Gaza because their politicians and their statesmen had failed them.

Where were our politicians yesterday? Well, we had the ridiculous Ban Ki-moon, the White House’s pathetic statement, and dear Mr Blair’s expression of “deep regret and shock at the tragic loss of life”. Where was Mr Cameron? Where was Mr Clegg?

Back in 1948, they would have ignored the Palestinians, of course. It is, after all, a terrible irony that the Berlin airlift coincided with the destruction of Arab Palestine.

But it is a fact that it is ordinary people, activists, call them what you will, who now take decisions to change events. Our politicians are too spineless, too cowardly, to take decisions to save lives. Why is this? Why didn’t we hear courageous words from Messrs Cameron and Clegg yesterday?

For it is a fact, is it not, that had Europeans (and yes, the Turks are Europeans, are they not?) been gunned down by any other Middle Eastern army (which the Israeli army is, is it not?) there would have been waves of outrage.

And what does this say about Israel? Isn’t Turkey a close ally of Israel? Is this what the Turks can expect? Now Israel’s only ally in the Muslim world is saying this is a massacre – and Israel doesn’t seem to care.

But then Israel didn’t care when London and Canberra expelled Israeli diplomats after British and Australian passports were forged and then provided to the assassins of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. It didn’t care when it announced new Jewish settlements on occupied land in East Jerusalem while Joe Biden, the Vice-President of its erstwhile ally, the United States, was in town. Why should Israel care now?

How did we get to this point? Maybe because we all grew used to seeing the Israelis kill Arabs, maybe the Israelis grew used to killing Arabs. Now they kill Turks. Or Europeans. Something has changed in the Middle East these past 24 hours – and the Israelis (given their extraordinarily stupid political response to the slaughter) don’t seem to have grasped what has happened. The world is tired of these outrages. Only the politicians are silent.”

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Click on link for the rest:


http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25593.htm

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By Ed Harges, June 2, 2010 at 9:10 am Link to this comment

Re:By kalpal, June 2 at 12:59 pm:

Kalpal, the “Palinesque twits” are on your side.

Sarah Palin and her minions are indeed twits, and that’s why they are capable
of believing Israel’s insultingly asinine propaganda claiming that their soldiers
acted in self defense.

Only the cretinous “Palinesque twits” could possibly be so credulous.

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By flickervertigo, June 2, 2010 at 9:07 am Link to this comment

jews have a choice…

they can (a) try to install leadership in israel that adheres to traditional jewish values (...assuming those “traditional jewish values” are not based on ashkenazi racial supremacism that excludes non-ashkenazis, or those values are not simply window dressing to lure impressionable and idealistic young jews into the fold)...

or (b) all jews abandon the pretense of morality, as recommended by dror, and place all the jewish eggs in the israeli american military basket, relying as a last resort on israel’s samson option, and its israeli american equivalent, “nuclear primacy”—which includes nuke first strikes on russia and china... the ultimate “might makes right” proposition…

or finally, (c) continue the hypocrisy and doublethink that are tearing the souls of honest and decent jews to ribbons.

“those who are able are obliged to prey on those who are unable to prevent it.”

“those who choose to be neither prey nor predator are cast out.”

it’s a fine way to make a living.

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By teresa, June 2, 2010 at 9:03 am Link to this comment
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This was a brave article.  Thank you Mr. Scheer. 
What the United States is doing now, with our
“tepid response,” is putting all our children at
future risk.  We are nailing the coffin on our
credibility.  Then again… when I read words as
reasonable, and powerful, as those of Mr. Scheer,
I have a glimmer of hope… that all of us can
chose to be “morally consistent.”

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By kalpal, June 2, 2010 at 8:59 am Link to this comment

This is getting ridiculous. Jews were booted out of countries because they were evil? How anti-smitic can you possibly get? If teh christian guy who cheated me in busness deal makes all christians liable for his behavior then I have every right to go around and murder as many christians as I feel like?

Tell the Palinesque twits who imagine they have a working brain that they never did have one.

It takes a fool to blame victims for being victimized. It can also be a psychopath that sees the world in that fashion since his victimising anyone is the fault of those who did not stop him.

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By kalpal, June 2, 2010 at 8:51 am Link to this comment

I weary of people writing that the Israelis came down to the ship with guns blazing or another guy claiming that grenades were being used.

The first ones to fire guns were the peaceful people who were tiring of knifing the Israelis soldiers and hitting them with metal bars.

You don’t go to peaceful demonstration with knives, wooden bats and metal bars because you are peaceful. You go because you intend on running riot.

The wonderful phrase about Muhammad army coming to kill the Jews also demonstrates the peaceful nature of those aboard the ships.

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By driving bear, June 2, 2010 at 8:46 am Link to this comment

I remember the words of the late Yasser Arafat (may he rot in hell ) ” Our Struggle with the Zionist enemy ( Israel ) is not about Israel borders but about Israel existence ; peace for us means the destruction of Israel”

Even if these ships were carrying only humanitarian aid which I doubt it still would be an act of aggression against Israel because it would allow Hamas to use it’s tunnels with Egypt to ship in arms instead of humanitarian aid and therefore “aid ” in attacking Israel

So the people on the boat were “peace” activist by Yassar Arafat definition of the term

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By sliptip, June 2, 2010 at 8:42 am Link to this comment

“But instead of calling Israel on its savagery, the U.S. is virtually alone in the world in its embarrassingly mild rebuke.”

This could apply to countless Israeli military operations over the past fifty years. Amazingly, absolutely nothing has changed in this respect. All you have to do is substitute any other country on earth for Israel, and the U.S. would howl in condemnation over such behavior. But when Israel is involved, all you hear from our cowardly government officials is a pitiful whimper.

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By Ed Harges, June 2, 2010 at 8:31 am Link to this comment

Nobody ever says that Israeli Jews or Jews in general should respond to
violence or ethnic hatred with Gandhian forebearance and serenity. We hear
over and over that “Israel has the right to defend itself.”

Yet when unarmed humanitarian activists put up some pitiful resistance against
Israel commandos who drop down, guns blazing, onto a ship full of peaceable
people doing no harm whatsoever, America’s Zionist-controlled media sputters
irritably that no one should care what happened to those people,  because they
“were certainly not Gandhian pacifists.”

Rachel Corrie didn’t lift a finger against anybody. Israel mowed her down with
gruesome pleasure.

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By Tony Platt, June 2, 2010 at 8:20 am Link to this comment
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Thanks for your voice of reason, Bob. I remember you talking about Israel in the 70s and making the argument then that the politics of Israel was at odds with the best traditions of progressive Jewish politics. But you got attacked then, as you’ll be attacked now. It’s hopeful, I guess, that most American Jews are not in tune with rightwing leadership of most Jewish organizations. And it’s good to see Amos Oz published in the New York Times today.Maybe it’ll be the beginning of a conversation in the United States. Maybe not.

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By Tobysgirl, June 2, 2010 at 8:14 am Link to this comment

“The Palestinian problem” sounds a whole lot like “the Jewish problem.” And didn’t/don’t we have “a Negro problem” in the U.S.?

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By MeHere, June 2, 2010 at 8:12 am Link to this comment

Now, please read “Intoxicated by Fundraising” by Ruth Marcus on Truthdig. It is the mother of all articles.

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By BBoy56, June 2, 2010 at 7:51 am Link to this comment
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I wonder if democracy can make any claims to being on the side of decency and justice at this point in history.

You have two military operations by the lone SP democracy being carried out w/o the authorization of a declaration of war by the US congress. The primary objective being national security objectives in the middle east. Under that heading pro-US governments in the capitals, when clearly the national populations of those countrries wish to have nothing to do with US sponsored regimes by about a 99-1 margin. Something not pointed out in the US/Western media with any kind of accuracy.

Now the other SP democracy of that region, the middle east, Israel; wants to control every aspect of the middle east for the US. Or is it the other way around? Are we intervening in Iraq, so the Israeli’s didn’t?

Seems we have an international (primarily middle eastern, s.e. asian) all underneath Russia and China national security policy. One which the American populace must pay for with young lives, taxes being used for this national security policy on the other side of the globe, and scarcely any truth with the way democracy is being carried out, with the candidates being placed in front of the voters who’ll uphold US national security policy in the region.

The same holds true for Israel who rejected the Palestinians open vote for their own elected leaders. Were’nt pro-Israeli enough.

It’s paramount to the British holding open elections back in the day to prop up their own candidates in America. It wasn’t tolerated by us, nor should it be supported by the US populace now.

But that would take some original personal thought and reflection by the general populace here in this age. Who are so led by the collar by the major corporate media, that the present needed uprising of dissent (even in a bad economy) is more or less a pipe dream. And the small minority who are still able to disiphere the US/Isreali cabal are also treated as and prepared for on our own soil as unpatriotic agitators, and preparations are/have been in place in an alarming mannor with the advent of the Patriot Act, to control the dissent as fringe.

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By Alex40, June 2, 2010 at 7:39 am Link to this comment
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I’ve always been against West Bank settlements and in favor of land for peace.
However, I am neither as naive, nor do I have such a one-sided point of view or
such a lack of analytical skills as Robert Scheer in his article. He seems to have
missed the forest for the trees.
1. In 1948 Israel accepted partition and the Palestinians (Arabs then) didn’t.
2. An armistice was signed, rather than a peace agreement and, ever since, the
    Arabs (Palestinians now) have refused peace and declared their goal to kill
as
    many Israelis as possible and throw the others into the sea.
3.  In 1967 the Arabs tried to do just that but were pre-empted and defeated.
4.  In 1973 they tried, once again, to destroy Israel and again were defeated.
5.  There have been two intifadas aimed at terrorizing Israelis by targeting  
    civilians.
6.  The inhabitants of Gaza elected Hamas to govern them, well aware of their
    declared goal to fight Israel to the death.
7.  The blockade of Gaza is not some exercise in muscle flexing or in cruelty.
    It is aimed at keeping weapons out of Gaza since Hamas has proven
    repeatedly that it will use them to attack Israeli civilians. Hamas is
    considered by all civilized nations a terrorist organization. I guess that, if
    Mr. Sheer were to live next door to a gang that thought he and his family
    proper shooting targets, he would just move. Israel has nowhere to go.
8.  It should be obvious to any impartial observer that the Turkish convoy’s
    aim -  look how they treated the Armenians and still treat the Druse
    irredentists - was not humanitarian; it was well orchestrated Hamas
    attempt to break the blockade, in the hope to be able to import, at a later
    date, more and heavier armament with which to attack Israeli civilians.
    It is my understanding that both Israel and Egypt offered to deliver, after
    inspection, the humanitarian help being sent. Both were turned down since,
    as I said, breaking the blockade was the only real purpose of the mission.
9.  If the wish of all the irresponsible do gooders were realized and the
    blockade were lifted, the result would be an all out conflict with Hamas
    that would result, inevitably, in tens of thousands of deaths, most of them
    civilians.
If Mr. Sheer doesn’t have anything original and intelligent to say, maybe he
should follow the Italian maxim: “La parola e’ d’argento, il silenzio e’ d’oro.”
(Words are silver but silence is gold.)

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By flickervertigo, June 2, 2010 at 7:31 am Link to this comment

“...dare to be morally consistent…”

israelis have been morally consistent from day one… the one moral precept they’ve observed is: “might makes right”.

how are jews supposed to reconcile israeli morality with jewish concepts like tikkun olam, or even kristol’s “benevolent global hegemony”?

where’s the beef… and the benevolence?

you have to give israelis like mr dror credit, though… at least he’s saying israelis—-and for that matter, all jews—- should abandon even the pretense of morality, to defend israel.

does being honestly brutal count for anything?

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By kalpal, June 2, 2010 at 7:30 am Link to this comment

For the past 2,000 years Jews have been pariahs. They have been murdered, maimed, harrased and made into scapegoats.

Do you relly think that Palestinians would appreciate being treated in that same fashion?

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By skulz fontaine, June 2, 2010 at 7:26 am Link to this comment

Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be butchered in cold blood. By “brave”
Israeli commandos working for Bibi the barking mad Netanyahu. Of course, Bibi
the barking mad gets that “complimentary” pat on his ass from Binyamin Obama.
Ergo, “hope and change” is servile lip service to banality. “No light between Israel
and the U.S.” means just as soon as Binyamin Obama finishes his work while on
his knees before Bibi the barking mad, same old is the same old.
Let shotguns sing the song of freedom. But alas, for 16 dead humanitarians the
shotguns were Israeli.

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By RdV, June 2, 2010 at 7:04 am Link to this comment

Exceptional.
It was a privilge to read.

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By J. Scorpio, June 2, 2010 at 7:00 am Link to this comment
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Islamists + Leftists = Flotilla for Hamas (terrorist Islamist group with full support
from the Fascist Islamic Regime of Iran). Those are the facts no matter how much
you deny it.

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By MoniqueF, June 2, 2010 at 6:39 am Link to this comment

“There is no such thing as a morally acceptable occupation, and as the oppressed resist they will become more violent in their desperation”
In the U.S where war criminals are allowed to retire without punishment (W.Bush, Rove, Cheney, to name a few), if I continue to have hope in humanity it is for self-preservation.

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By Larry Snider, June 2, 2010 at 6:36 am Link to this comment
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The unnecessary deaths of at least nine and the injuries to dozens marks the continuing decent of the government of Israel into a hell largely of their own making. But I’ve also read a number of articles and seen videos that maybe even fairly question the intention and actions of some of the passengers on the Mavi Marmara that appear less than peaceful. I think it will take time before we know with relative certainty the chronology of events from the time that the Israeli Navy caught up to the Flotilla to the time that Commandos had control of all six vessels. I have heard the first horror story from Huwaida Arraf who happened to be on the Challenger and not the IHH ship and another from an Israeli commando with a broken arm.
The larger issue is whether the international community is now willing to step into the breach and work with Israel, Palestinians, (both Fatah and Hamas), the Arab League, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria toward a real solution that gets past Proximaty Talks. Of course, it was the responsibility of the international community to have the balls to put troops on the ground to divide the warring parties after Cast Lead and that never happened…..

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By ofersince72, June 2, 2010 at 6:23 am Link to this comment

exuse da spellin, i mostly ignore the first
rule, and second rule, and scribble only on emotion
neber, preview eider

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By balkas, June 2, 2010 at 6:00 am Link to this comment

Octomillennially-old greatest criminal minds cannot ever rest or cannot ever rest until they achieve their final solution for the neo-indians.
The care of old-indians have been already taken!
Thus,latest crime heralds more and much more severe crimes by the criminal minds.

To them,the latest crime by them appears as a trifling matter.

And why wld they need human hearts-faces if they have WMD on their military bases spread around the globe; which can reach any land in minutes and utterly destroy it? tnx

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By ofersince72, June 2, 2010 at 5:48 am Link to this comment

After what America just did to Iraq, what we allowed
our government to do.

Does anyone at all realized what went on in Iraq?
Any idea at all.??

Do you understand exactly what the U.S of A did to that
country,  starting with Desert Storm, through the
starvation of the ninties, then total decimation,
shock and awe.  Millions displaced, million killed.

If we stop our government,  the Isreali gov will
toe the line we set.  Quit being so indignant America,
we need to look in the mirror. It is about Oil stupid.

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By ofersince72, June 2, 2010 at 5:31 am Link to this comment

Treat Palistinians Like Jews
Treat Muslims like jews
Treat Iraqi like jews       Treat blacks like Jews
Treat Afghans like jews       get them out of prisons
Treat Latin America like jews   Treat native americans
Treat Pakistan like jews       like jews

Robert Scheer, it is our government that enables this
crap, when are WE going to accept responsibility?
NOW ROBERT SCHEER , GO PROMOTE YOUR WAR PRESIDENT SOME
MORE AND MORE.
Do gooder liberals got a finger to point out again don’t
you,  now go back and vote for a Democrat and pat yourself
on the back again.
Isreal is fascist,  What is America?  We have our own
concentration camps and torture prisons TOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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By tedmurphy41, June 2, 2010 at 5:27 am Link to this comment

In my opinion, it should be the other way round.
If these individuals, with a Jewish faith, were treated in the same abominable way that the Israelis are treating the Palestinians, there would be uproar, and rightly so; for a people who have suffered at the hands of one of the most despicable regimes the World has known, in Nazi Germany, it beggars belief that these same people would act with the same complete and utter disregard for the indigent population of Palestine and, whilst doing so, continue to absolve themselves of all blame by the routine statement that “we are only defending ourselves”.
The main blame for this continuation can be readily left at America’s door, with complicit help from Britain and Europe.
In 1947, America cajoled and threatened the various member States of the then recently formed UN, who may have opposed this proposition, into voting for the establishment of a Jewish State in Palestine; this vote having been taken without even consulting the mainly Palestinian population living there at the time.
Still, Americans have had plenty of experience of misappropriation of other people’s land when they dispossessed the native Americans of their heritage.
We are, now, all living with the consequences.
I wonder where the UN were when the Chagos islands were taken from the native owners, by the UK, and “given”, on lease, to America?
Democracy? I will be lucky to see anything approaching it in my lifetime, as I am now approaching seventy years of age.

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By palrose1, June 2, 2010 at 5:20 am Link to this comment

There is one simple way to stop all this embarasment for the U.S., and oppression by the State of Israel.
Cut off all U.S. aid to Israel and you will see how quickly they fall into line.  But again, do we have the government with “testicular fortitude” to do this??

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By Wounded and Dangerous, June 2, 2010 at 5:20 am Link to this comment

Robert,

Part of the problem I feel is the propaganda coming out of the controlled media; they are Israel complicit. But, then you being a journalist would of course know more about these things than I do.

We are not going to get the straight goods on Israel, nor are we going to get a balanced opinion or report on the activities of Israel and its Zionist leaders. Yes, things changed after 1967. Just listen to what people like Norman Finkelstein have to say about that event. The war was a land grab yet the controlled ( Jewish ) media would have us believe that the war was some kind of reaction to Arabs who wanted to drive Israel into the sea. Writers like Finkelstein say otherwise. No such imminent threat existed, yet that is the propaganda that is disseminated by the mainstream media year after year after year.

The myths and the propaganda are legendary of course. And, I am not even talking about using the Holocaust and anti-Semitism as tools of manipulation and control. There are other methods as well, similar ones as used during 1967 for example.  Places like Iraq and Iran remain existential threats to Israel and they must be dealt with and regime change enacted to lessen the threat to the Jewish state. These are the kinds of ideas that come out of the Zionist state and find their way into our media as well. It is an all pervasive campaign of false information and propaganda and phony threats of aggression.  And, some of us have spent our whole lives listening to it.  Fortunately for me, and many others I suspect, we found new homes on the internet and started to become acquainted with alternative points of view.

And, these alternative points of view allow us to have differing opinions on things like the Gaza inavasion ( massacre ) and this most recent act of piracy on the high seas - a crime against humanity. But, what does it all signify - the handling of the issue by the mainstream media and by the politicians who are forced to make decisions regarding Israel? Well, in a nutshell it means more of the same. Complicity and propaganda are the main methods of control. It is an easy game to understand once you have seen it action before. Israel is calling the shots here and that is the power of the Zionists in that country and in our own. I think we have to start facing reality here. America is not alone. The politicians and the media that you see and watch everyday are not necessarily doing the job of keeping America informed and safe and working in the interest of Americans.  They might not be doing what is best for America and the world.

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By thecrow, June 2, 2010 at 5:16 am Link to this comment

“Dispatcher: Jersey City police.
Caller: Yes, we have a white van, 2 or 3 guys in there, they look like Palestinians and going around a building.
Caller: There’s a minivan heading toward the Holland tunnel, I see the guy by Newark Airport mixing some junk and he has those sheikh uniform.
Dispatcher: He has what?
Caller: He’s dressed like an Arab.”

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“09.40 a.m. - Abu Dhabi: Report that the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine carried out the attack; later denied.”

http://www.rte.ie/news/features/oneyearon/timeline.html

“In the West Bank, Qais abu Leila, leader of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, denied any connection to the incident”

http://edition.cnn.com/2001/WORLD/europe/09/11/trade.centre.reaction/

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http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2008/08/18/movers-and-shakers/

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By Frank Swift, June 2, 2010 at 5:06 am Link to this comment
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The “J-Street” organization works diligently to make it known that the majority of Israeli citizens and Jews here in the U.S. do not agree with the militaristic, aggressive, political leadership in Israel and the U.S. support of them.

The U.S. role in working out a plan for peace is a joke as long as our government continues to treat Israel as an ally beyond criticism.

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By Miguel, June 2, 2010 at 4:52 am Link to this comment
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Israel’s primary goal is to rid the Palestinians of the land they currently occupy so Israel can not only finalize their goal, the creation of a greater Israel on all of Palestinian land, southern Lebanon, part of Jordan as well as those parts currently in dispute with Syria, but also to control the whole of the Middle East, thus the reason to start a war with Iran. This is a fact, just read Israeli history and you’ll discover this for yourself!

The Palestinians are in the way of Israel’s greatest goal. They have no reason to make ‘peace’ with them, let alone with the rest of the Middle Eastern countries.

Talk of finding a negotiated peace between Israel and the Palestinian is just that, just Talk. Look at Israeli history and much of the garbage they speak, and their real actions, is enough to convince anyone that Israel has no intention of ever making peace. With the American government’s help, and those Americans who support Israel (mainly the Zionist Christian Loony Right), only helps to make the Palestinian lives unbearable.

There is no ‘peace plan’ and never will be. Obama, and his predecessors,  have been just talking crap, just like his Israeli handlers.

To change the situation the rest of the World needs to wake up to the fact that Israel is hell bent on completing their goal, no matter what it takes, or how it looks like. The World needs to protest, to boycott (both Israel and the USA), and be willing to take up arms to defeat Israel if the World wants true peace were ever to emerge in the Middle East.
Israel is a cancer, much like the USA, and needs to be cut out. Diplomacy will not do it, and will not work. Violence is the only answer because violence is all Israel knows. The complete elimination of Israel is the only way real peace will ever come to the Middle East, and to the Palestinians. Anything less is just plane stupidity.

I don’t support terrorism, but it seems that my fellow Americans do. And they greatly support Israel’s terrorism of not only the Palestinians, but those who oppose them. If Obama actually condemned Israel for the actions, and actually acted on punishing Israel, like stopping all financial support, he’d be assassinated in a heartbeat.

Both America and Israel are example as to how evil and dark two nations can become. Sadly the rest of the World just sits as both these despicable counties brings the rest of use towards a deadly end.

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By csavage, June 2, 2010 at 4:41 am Link to this comment
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Couple that with the current day trend of right-wing information sources to ferret out progressive churches criticism of Israel. I was somewhat dismayed finding a post from a friend on my FB page from an alleged “free thinker” who was criticizing the Presbyterian Church for divesting it’s Israeli interests ,  a la the Nestle boycott in the 70s. The Presbyterian Church did this in 2004. He couldn’t see the manipulation inherent in bringing up a 6 year old story. And he called them a “far left” organization. The Presbyterian Church? Are you sure?
I asked him why the Israeli people were allowed to criticize their govt. and we were not. No answer. A mindlessly pro-Zionist attitude has taken hold of the RNC and, unfortunately, this is the base that Obama cares about the most

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By walter, June 2, 2010 at 4:27 am Link to this comment
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If these so callws “peace activists” wanted to deliver humantarian supplies they could have gone
to a designated Israeli port to be searched for weapons then the supplies sent to Gaza. But that wasn’t the goal. There goal was a publicity stunt and they succeeded. Egypt also blockades. Not because there’s love for Israel but because they
know that Iran ships weapons, the same that have killed thousands of American soldiers, and those weapons could be used against them.

Photos of the incident clearly show that Israeli
soldiers were attacked by the terrorists.
Notice, North Korea deliberately torpedos
a sout korean ship and where is the so called world
wide condemantion.

Wasn’t there a Cuban blokade in 1963 when Russia
was sending nmissles to Cuba. Israel is doing
a similiar thing, defending itself.

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By race_to_the_bottom, June 2, 2010 at 4:11 am Link to this comment

Good idea, Commune115,

Do you have an idea on how this can be organized? Please share it with us.

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By Commune115, June 2, 2010 at 3:18 am Link to this comment

If only we had the drive for a real, worldwide revolution to smash these useless regimes and install real, popular power in their place.

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By Diogenes, June 2, 2010 at 3:11 am Link to this comment
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Yes, Mr scheer, awakenings may be rude and unpleasant, but the joy of discovering the truth is worth the pain!

I must add that no matter how crazy and gambling-prone the Israeli government is, it would not dare taking any steps that US will not tolerate!

So, “It is not the mouse who ate the cheese, it is the large hole that enabled the mouse entry to the kitchen.”

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By Leefeller, June 2, 2010 at 2:08 am Link to this comment

My sympathies for Israel have faded into the darkness they
have made for themselves. Time uncovers the cloak of
deception, Israel has become the emperor with no clothes.

Like our government here in the USA, Israel seems lead by
morons!

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By Observer, June 2, 2010 at 2:03 am Link to this comment
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There cannot be any denying much longer how this >Israel ueber alles< not only displays its true,sick Behavior as a >Terrorist state< but its insulting Arrogance in which it is treating US President Barack because,as one is told >
Obama was scheduled to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House Tuesday for talks. However, Netanyahu, who is currently in Canada will now return home instead of traveling on to Washington <
Basically telling the President >go f*ck yourself< !
And,as a matter of fact,most US papers and those >Zionist paid off politicians< all playing along as usual,again showing who is really running Washington!

It becomes more and more apparent that Prez Obama is yet dealt some >convincing Reality< as to who is actually in >absolute Power<.And to make him getting >used to this learning curve the hard way< there they gave him his >own Katrina< in the form of the BP-Oil spill disaster for good measures by these bastards.
Wonder how much longer for him to let reality set in.

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By miller, June 2, 2010 at 2:01 am Link to this comment

I am and have been greatly disturbed by Israel’s abuse
of the Palestinians.  I have been disturbed by the US
government’s unequivocal support of Israel and I cannot
ignore the irony. Israel was founded as a homeland and
refuge for Jews.  Israel is a country that welcomes
other Jews fleeing from bigotry and oppression, yet
Israel is now the oppressor and a particularly harsh
one at that.  Fundamentally, there is little to
distinguish present day Israel from 1940s Germany.

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