A Palestinian’s Land is More Valuable to Me Than al-Masjid al-Aqsa

image-adapt-960-high-palestinian_refugees_01aIn the wake of the United States’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Israel, I heard yet another Friday sermon on the centrality of Jerusalem and al-Masjid al-Aqsa to Muslims’ religious practice. In fact, every time Israel commits some atrocity towards the Palestinians and Lebanese, such as its 1982 and 2006 invasions of Lebanon, its using its Apartheid Wall to seize more land from Palestinians in the West Bank or its election-cycle timed massacres in Gaza, I hear some sermon like today’s. I’m sure the preacher thinks that he is exhorting Muslims to support the Palestinians, and I don’t criticize that motive. Continue reading

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While USA Jails Palestinians for Charity, Variety Magazine Celebrates Celebrities’ Fundraising to Support Zionist Colonialism in Palestine

baba_and_omarPalestinians are serving time in federal prison communication management units for sending charitable aid to Palestinians.

Meanwhile, Variety celebrates tax-deductible donations to the state of Israel which ethnically cleansed hundreds of thousands of non-Jews from Palestine, prevents them and their descendants from returning to their homes, implements a military occupation over two million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza and practices within the state of Israel discrimination based on religious affiliation.

Friends of the Israeli Occupation Forces is material support for terrorism.

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Why Do People Call Gaza an “Enclave”?

Insomnia brought me to my PC & Twitter, where I saw a status update which linked to a wonderful article about artists in Gaza.

For some reason, the word “enclave” struck me, so I looked up its definition at Merriam-Webster: Continue reading

Turner County, Georgia is Prepared for Terrorism, or Why Didn’t I Get in on the Counter-Terrorism Boondoggle?

 The Martin News reported (or reproduced a Robert Friedman press release) on July 19, 2017:

[Turner County] Sheriff Andy Hester has returned from Israel after an intensive two weeks of public safety and counterterrorism training with the country’s top policing executives. Hester was among a 20-member delegation of senior law enforcement officials from Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee who participated in the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange’s (GILEE) 25th annual peer-to-peer training program in partnership with Israel.

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Support Tavis Smiley & PBS Against Zionist Attacks

I sent the following comment to the PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler. I encourage you to submit a comment supporting Tavis Smiley and PBS.

I only learned about the February 2, 2017 interview with Miko Peled on Tavis Smiley’s show this morning. I watched the episode. What Mr. Peled said is only shocking and extreme because many media outlets never allow critiques of Zionism. The tag “Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” at FAIR Media Watch is endless, yet worth reading.

I appreciated your response to the criticism of Mr. Smiley. I guess I just wanted to let you know that at least this viewer thought the segment was excellent.

 

Finally, it’s worth noting that the United States Department of State definition of anti-Semitism which CAMERA uses is designed to suppress criticism of Zionism and Israel. South Carolina is now attempting to force universities to apply it to on-campus activities. The inevitable result will be suppression of speech critical of Zionism and Israel. Continue reading

My Misgivings on Nina Paley’s Video on Palestine

A friend shared with me an animated video produced by Nina Paley (Twitter) entitled This Land Is Mine. She wrote a blog entry which explains some of the graphics used in the animation.

There’s no doubt it is entertaining and technically well-done. It also pushes an idea which I generally support, namely that killing isn’t a great way to solve problems.

Yet I think it may promote the following misconceptions:

  1. The peoples of southwest Asia are more violent than peoples elsewhere.
  2. The strongest nations in the world, in particular the United States, have aided Israel’s colonialist project. The video makes it seem like the violence is between equally strong parties.

The effect of these two misconceptions for a viewer in the USA is to absolve him/her of any responsibility. He/she can shake the head, wonder why “those people” can’t get their act together and go about his/her business.