Note: True Friends of Israel are calling for Israel’s government to end the occupation. Pasted below is the latest mailing from the Editors of Jewish Peace News. Racheli is calling our attention to a new video which is making the rounds on the Internet: Cultural Boycott of Israel – YouTube. Peace, Roy
The Mondoweiss piece was planned to be sent out a while ago. Because of technical difficulties it has not happened until now.
Which might be for the best, since as of yesterday a youtube video of the event described in the piece by Philip Weiss (and commented on by Ofer and myself) became available. A link for it is enclosed below.
The relationship between American Jews and Israel is complex. On the one hand, numerous members of the former group tend to regard support of Israel as a major constituent of their Jewish identity (perhaps even the glue that holds them together), and Israelis as their Protégés. On the other hand, Israelis are also perceived as those proud sabras who have shaken off the chains of diaspora. Therefore, when Israelis address a Jewish community abroad (a tribal gathering of sorts), and testify about Israel’s violations of human rights, it can be expected that the audience will be attentive towards their message.
At a recent discussion of the ‘boycott Israel’ question in New York, Israeli activist and lecturer Dr. Dalit Baum, and Israeli filmmaker Udi Aloni had the opportunity to stand in front of hundreds of concerned Jews, and tell them in no uncertain terms that Israel is inflicting hell on innocent civilians on a regular basis. In the following piece, journalist Phil Weiss, who has strong convictions on the issue, relays his thoughts about the event.
This event, the first in a NYC synagogue to discuss Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), and if not the first of its kind in the US, was probably one of the first to bring up this issue from a viewpoint of people who support it (to varying degrees) in such a setting.
With Jewish Federation money going to shore up opposition to open discussion of BDS – except for the purpose of tearing it down – there are certainly hurdles to overcome before such events are seen in many other places, within Jewish communities.
Still, serious cracks are showing up in the cement walls of ignorance and prejudice most US Jewish organizations and communities are wrapped in. If we learned anything from the Arab Spring, it’s the fact that what seems insurmountable one day, might crumble to the ground when we least expect it. This should give us some hope, and keep us at work.
Racheli Gai and Ofer Neiman.
To watch/listen go to www.youtube.com….
Cooperative Efforts, Etc.
Let us do some thinking together. For together we are wise. What can you and I do at the grassroots level that will assist Warren and the others at CMEP Headquarters in their all-important work in Washington, our nation’s capital? I’ve learned from personal experience that ways can be found.
Today I have done a careful study of CMEP’s website: www.cmep.org…. I have observed that the website is a veritable treasure chest of information and resources. I have, however, noticed a paucity of videos among the site’s resources. One of the ways I, personally, would like to help Warren is by persuading him that a few more videos will make our website infinitely more interesting and educational. One comprehensive video on the subject of each major issue will suffice. In the interest of time, since CMEP is on this mailing list, I’m submitting my recommendations forthwith, i.e., in the postscript.
Peers, all of you have ideas of your own. You, too, may have suggestions for Warren. I’ve learned from personal experience that Warren is open to suggestions. Warren’s e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org…. Internationals can write, as well. Don’t forget to notice the postscript as you scroll down. The videos are in the public domain.
Michelle is reading Dante’s post to the President with alacrity this morning. Michelle: LOL Hon, this post from Dante is a hoot. President: Which when translated means that he’s got a wild hair up his arse. Michelle: Hon, I don’t like it when you use that word. The girls might hear you. Anyhow, Dante says his major Professor is grilling him about his dissertation. His Professor thinks Dante is crazy for proposing that your purpose in using America’s veto at the UNSC last February which was to condemn Israel’s ongoing settlements program was intended to cause an International Debate on the Holy Land issues. You knew America’s vote would be the only dissenting vote. You knew that by vetoing your own policy that you would incur the ire of the International Community. You made yourself look like a fool, too, with your left-handed way of making something positive happen. President: (interrupts) Fast forward. I’ve heard this part before.
Michelle: Dante’s whole thesis is built on his trust that you vetoed the UNSC resolution in order to precipitate the International Debate. He’s delighted that you succeeded. It was part of your strategy to outsmart Bibi once and for all. Dante says he has tried and tried to convince his Professor to appreciate the irony in the situation. You’re outsmarting Bibi, by allowing Bibi, to think that he’s outsmarting you. Anyhow, Dante’s major Professor thinks Dante has lost his mind. Dante said he was diplomatic at first and asked his Professor to look more deeply into the matter. Made him angrier. Then Dante made matters worse by suggesting that his Professor’s political insight was confined by his belly button.
President: LOL Dante does have the tendency to get a wild hair up his arse once in a while. But his heart is in the right place. (Michelle is startled by the President’s language. Fortunately, he notices.) President: Now, Hon, I don’t want you using that phrase. It’s appropriate for men to use such words in guy talk, but it’s inappropriate for a First Lady to use such language. I don’t want the girls ever to…. Michelle: Oh, hush, Hon. Dante believes in you, and you’re making light of it. Listen to this. Dante adds that if… if…. if…. you’re unable to deliver a just Mideast peace before your first term expires … even tho you’re willing … then he and his Allies on AOL will probably support Chuck Hagel (00:24) for President. If, of course, they can persuade him to run as a write-in candidate representing the IGM.. President: The International Grassroots Movement? LOL. Tell Dante not to give up on me yet. Michelle: LOL Dante asks in closing whether you happen to have a current e-mail address for Chuck. President: LOL Of course I do. Send it to him.
Note: Chris Hedges is a journalist and a former war correspondent for the New York Times. Chris writes powerful essays. He plays very hard ball, as you will see. Chris has a Masters Degree in Theology. His father was an ordained Presbyterian Minister. Chris writes that electoral politics is a “farce”. Which makes me wonder what can be done to repair the electoral process. Peace, Roy
Article by Chris Hedges, Truthdig. Published on October 10, 2011. readersupportednews.org…
etchup, a petite 22-year-old from Chicago with wavy red hair and glasses with bright red frames, arrived in Zuccotti Park in New York on Sept. 17. She had a tent, a rolling suitcase, 40 dollars’ worth of food, the graphic version of Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States” and a sleeping bag. She had no return ticket, no idea what she was undertaking, and no acquaintances among the stragglers who joined her that afternoon to begin the Wall Street occupation. She decided to go to New York after reading the Canadian magazine Adbusters, which called for the occupation, although she noted that when she got to the park Adbusters had no discernable presence.
The lords of finance in the looming towers surrounding the park, who toy with money and lives, who make the political class, the press and the judiciary jump at their demands, who destroy the ecosystem for profit and drain the U.S. Treasury to gamble and speculate, took little notice of Ketchup or any of the other scruffy activists on the street below them. The elites consider everyone outside their sphere marginal or invisible. And what significance could an artist who paid her bills by working as a waitress have for the powerful? What could she and the others in Zuccotti Park do to them? What threat can the weak pose to the strong? Those who worship money believe their buckets of cash, like the $4.6 million JPMorgan Chase gave a few days ago to the New York City Police Foundation, can buy them perpetual power and security. Masters all, kneeling before the idols of the marketplace, blinded by their self-importance, impervious to human suffering, bloated from unchecked greed and privilege, they were about to be taught a lesson in the folly of hubris.
Even now, three weeks later, elites, and their mouthpieces in the press, continue to puzzle over what people like Ketchup want. Where is the list of demands? Why don’t they present us with specific goals? Why can’t they articulate an agenda?
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Note: The International Debate is becoming more international every day. Please watch the video of Julian Assange whether you like him or not. Listen carefully. He has controversial things to say. John Pilger concludes that there’s only one way to bring about the changes that are needed today: ”Civil disobedience”. My Allies and I have concluded that changes we need so badly must be made in a civilized way, i.e., in the hearts and minds of people like us … and … at the ballot box. Both these videos are worth watching. Peace, Roy.
Article by Ciaron. Published on October 10, 2011.
|As consequence of being busted at Downing St. on Friday morning we were informed, as we we were released from the police station before midnight, that we are banned from Westminster until we report back on Nov 1st. So we missed the anti-war rally in Trafalger Square on Saturday. Here are some gret speeches from John Pilger and Julian Assange
Video of John Pilger (journalist & documentary maker) speech:
Video of Julian Assange (founder of WikiLeaks) speech:
MORE PHOTOS AND VID ON THIS LINK…..
“The poor tell us who we are,