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Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD.

Peers,there’s a hymn the Baptists in Swainsboro, Georgia sing which includes the words:  “What more can be said than to you He hath said?…..”  The Baptists are referring to the teachings of Jesus.  They ask a good question, too.  What more can be said that hasn’t been said already?  Please glance at the letterhead.  You’ll see an activated link.

Yes, Israel’s military is on the rampage in Gaza again.  Deja vu.  There’s an article on the subject pasted below.  As far as I know, no date has been set for next month’s Helsinki Conference.  In December the Helsinki Conference will debate the possibility of converting the entire Middle East into a nuclear weapons free region.  And turn the Holy Land into a zone where it’s safe to live.  Iran thinks it’s a good idea and will be attending the conference, even leading the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).  If I remember right, Hugo Chavez will attend the conference.  So will Russia.  And China.  Will the United States be there?  Will Israel?  If not, why not?  I get sick and tired of all the guessing games, don’t you?  Contact the White House.

Unfortunately, Gaza isn’t foremost on America’s mind today.  A new and juicy sex scandal has captured our nation’s attention.  American General Petraeus … who once headed the CIA …  finds him embroiled in a sensational mela soap opera drama and it’s as tho he’s on Reality TV.  The story is getting all the media attention. Here are a few video clips:  David Petraeus, Paula Broadwell Used Electronic ‘Dropbox’ To Communicate.  Why concern ourselves with the killing … and maiming … of fellow Human Beings in Gaza … when we can be diverted … and even entertained … by a titillatingly constant, real-life story about illicit sex.  A TV anchor person read an e-mail from a woman in New England asking about the shirtless photos the FBI agent sent to Jill Taylor.  These photos were sent prior to Jill’s blowing the whistle on Petraeus and Brockman.  Nevertheless, the woman in New England insisted that the American people have the right to see those photos.  BTW, Paula is a West Point graduate.  (pause)  The fabric of our lives.  The Human Comedy would be humorous if it weren’t so damned (deleted) tragic.   Peers, are you open to a suggestion?  Never misunderestimate the efficacy of a well-chosen expletive when you need one.  I have one I’ll share with you today:  Gotterdammerung.  For some of us find our attention flowing naturally into another direction these days:  www.sabeel.ca/docs/Kairos%20Palestine%20Christmas%202012.pdf….  And we honestly find more excitement getting involved with the facts on the ground than we find on Reality TV.  Please read the article pasted below.

Peace,Roy+ 

Father Roy

Father Roy

John Glaser: Israel´s Latest Assault on Gaza – The Lie of Who Started It

Posted by: John Glaser

Israel has again attacked Gaza. In its aerial and ground assault that began on Saturday, November 10th, at least 7 Palestinians have been killed, 5 of them civilians, 3 of whom were children. Up to 52 others, including 6 women and 12 children, have been wounded.

As in every vicious military offensive Israel carries out in Gaza, the dominant narrative is that it is a response to rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israel. This is how it’s being reported in the US, and this is how virtually every American understands it.

And it’s a lie.

It’s true that on Saturday, prior to the expanded Israeli bombardment, the military wing of the Popular Front For the Liberation of Palestine shot an anti-tank missile at an Israeli Defense Forces vehicle near the Gaza border, wounding four Israeli soldiers. But what prompted the firing of the anti-tank missile?

First, on Monday, November 5th, Israeli forces shot and killed 23 year old Ahmad Nabhani when he “approached the border fence with Israel.” According to at least one account, Nabhani was mentally challenged.

Then, on Thursday, November 8th, the Israeli Occupation Forces – eight tanks and four bulldozers, to be exact – invaded southern Gaza, shooting and killing a 13-year old boy. Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (via):

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 16:30 on Thursday, as a result of the indiscriminate shooting by IOF military vehicles that had moved into the ‘Abassan village, 13-year-old Ahmed Younis Khader Abu Daqqa was seriously wounded by a bullet to the abdomen. At the time he was shot, Ahmed had been playing football with his friends in front of his family’s house, located nearly 1,200 meters away from the area where the IOF were present.

So, even if honest observers brush to the side the cruel and inhumane Israeli blockade on Gaza and refuse to let it influence the equation of exactly which side started this flare up of violence, it is clear Israel started this latest clash. And in response to the response, Israel has waged a harsh, disproportionate military assault.

This would be a simple thing to understand if, for example, Western media bothered to ask the other side what happened. Palestinian news media immediately reported that the anti-tank missile Israel was supposedly responding to was admitted to by the Popular Resistance Committees, who described it as “revenge” for preceding Israeli violence on Gaza. But that basic task of honest journalism is apparently out of the question.

Every single Israeli incursion or attack on Gaza is accompanied by the same narrative: Israel fairly responded to unprovoked Palestinian rocket fire. The last major war on Gaza, Operation Cast Lead in December ’08-January ’09, also carried this narrative. Israel committed war crimes in that one-sided conflict, targeting and killing hundreds of civilians, using indiscriminate weapons, and intentionally destroying civilian infrastructure. It has become an accepted fact – even among critics of Israel – that the offensive was a response to Hamas rocket fire. The rocket fire did indeed occur immediately before the assault, but it was in response to Israel’s breaking of the six-month cease-fire, which even Israeli officials in WikiLeaks cables admitted Hamas had kept to.

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This just in from Gush-Shalom:

Gush Shalom

Press Release Oct. 22, 2012

The Israeli activists detained on board the “Estelle” were released
Elik Elhanan: excessive force was used against us, without any reason

Electric shocks by taser out of vengeful hatred
A Greek MP was beaten by Shabak Security Service interrogators

“I am now on my way home, but I keep thinking of my shipmates, my fellow activists from abroad who are still imprisoned under harsh conditions and undergo  interrogation by the Shabak Security Service, among them Parliament Members from several countries,” said Elik Elhanan, one of the Israeli activists who had sailed aboard the Gaza-bound Swedish ship “Estelle”. Today, the court ordered his release and that of two other detained Israelis, Yonatan Shapira and Reut Mor. “At first they tried to charge us with all kinds of very serious felonies, such as ‘aiding the enemy’. The court rejected this out of hand. Today they tried a article on the law books called “Attempted infiltration into a part of the Land of Israel which is not part of the State of Israel” (sic). But the court threw out this charge, too”. The detained activists were represented by Attorney Gaby Lasky and her team, who have considerable experience with Human Rights cases.

The released detainees were cheerfully greeted by peace activists who arrived at the courtroom, among them Elik Elhanan’s  parents – Rami Elhanan and Nurit Peled-Elhanan, who is the daughter of the late Major General Matti Peled. Smadar Elhanan, Elik’s sister, was killed in a suicide bombing at the center of Jerusalem – a harsh experience which made surviving family members all the more determined to strive for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, so as to prevent further casualties on either side.

“I have gone though difficult days, but I certainly do not regret sailing on that boat. I knew what I was getting into” said Elik Elhanan. “During the voyage I made a special contact with Evangelis, a Member of the Greek Parliament who sailed with us. When the Naval Commandos came aboard and while we were blocking their way to the bridge, Evangelis told me we have generated in him a love for the people of Israel and a hope for a better future in the Middle East. Shortly afterwards they separated us. Yesterday evening, when they put Dror Feiler in our cell, he told us that Evangelis had been beaten by the Shabak interrogators. The Shabak lied shamelessly to the Consuls and representatives of foreign countries, telling them that their citizens and MPs were being treated well.” Dror Feiler, who was born in Israel and whose  mother Pnina lives in Kibbutz Yad Hana, gave up his Israeli citizenship after moving to Stockholm, and was therefore separated most of the time from the Israeli detainees.

“They used a completely disproportional amount of force against us” continues Elhanan. “When the Navy arrived to take us over, Yonatan Shapira counted no less than fifteen vessels surrounding us on all sides. Large and small ships and boats, a ship carrying a helicopter, as well as the Zodiacs of the Naval Commandos. Fifteen armed naval vessels against one small civilian boat carrying games for the children of Gaza. We must have disturbed very much the Navy and those who give orders to the Navy.

When they came aboard and we blocked their way, the soldiers knew exactly who I was. They shouted in Hebrew: ‘Elhanan, you will pay for your Leftism!’ and used the taser to give me electric shocks. Even after they completed their takeover of the boat, they continued to use the taser and administer more shocks. But if they think they could deter me and those who sailed with me, they are mistaken. The siege of Gaza is an ongoing crime and it must be ended. We will continue the struggle”.  

Contact:
Elik Elhanan +972-2-5700112 or via Nurit Peled-Elhanan +972-547-578703
Adv. Gaby Lasky +972-54-4418988

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Surely Noam Chomsky is one of the greatest minds of this generation, and has a heart as great as his mind!

I appreciate that Chomsky’s role as an advocate for Palestinian rights is often held up to scrutiny because of his refusal to support the ‘Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions’ (BDS) campaign against the Israeli government. Even so, his commitment to justice and freedom for the Palestinian people is surely beyond question.

Father Dave

Noam Chomsky

Chomsky Tells Israel from Gaza: “End the Blockade”

October 19, 2012

source: www.com…

In his first visit to Gaza, American linguistic scholar Noam Chomsky on Thursday called on Israel to end a six-year blockade of the occupied territory.

During his first visit to Gaza, American linguist and Jewish-American scholar Noam Chomsky, 84, reportedly called on Israel to end a blockade of the occupied territory. Chomsky, 84, is a frequent critic of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and American foreign policy.

He is scheduled to deliver a speech on the Arab Spring and the future of foreign policy in the region at Gaza’s Islamic University on Saturday, reports Agence France-Presse.

“The Palestinian people have a right to live peacefully and in freedom,” Chomsky said, according to Jamal Khudari, a member of Gaza’s legislative council and head of the Islamic University administrative staff.

“Our trip to Gaza was very difficult,” Chomsky said in remarks broadcast on Palestinian television, “but we arrived here and I saw several things which I hoped before to see.”

Chomsky is a professor emeritus in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In 2010, he was barred from entering Israel when he tried to enter Gaza through Jordan to lecture at a Palestinian University, Haaretz reported.

On this trip, Chomsky is traveling with an academic delegation and coordinated his entry through Egypt.