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SIX MILLION JEWS IN THE NEWS BETWEEN 1915-1938

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Anti-Defamation League slams Seth MacFarlane’s ‘Jews control Hollywood’ joke

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The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Monday blasted an Oscars sketch in which potty-mouthed film star bear Ted joked about Jews in Hollywood, calling it “offensive and not remotely funny.”

The anti-Semitism watchdog said the sketch, at the 85th Academy Awards hosted by “Family Guy” and “Ted” creator Seth MacFarlane on Sunday night, was “sad and disheartening.”

“While we have come to expect inappropriate ‘Jews control Hollywood’ jokes from Seth MacFarlane, what he did at the Oscars was offensive and not remotely funny,” said ADL national director in the US Abraham Foxman.

“It only reinforces stereotypes which legitimize anti-Semitism. It is sad and disheartening that the Oscars awards show sought to use anti-Jewish stereotypes for laughs,” he said.

In the sketch during the three-hour Oscars show, the climax of Hollywood’s annual awards season, Ted mentions to onscreen buddy actor Mark Wahlberg that if “you want to work in this town” you have to be Jewish.

“For the insiders at the Oscars this kind of joke is obviously not taken seriously,” said Foxman.

“But when one considers the global audience of the Oscars of upwards of two billion people, including many who know little or nothing about Hollywood or the falsity of such Jewish stereotypes, there’s a much higher potential for the ‘Jews control Hollywood’ myth to be accepted as fact.”

He added: “We wish that Mr MacFarlane and the Academy Awards producers had shown greater sensitivity and decided against airing a sketch that so reinforces the age-old canard about Jewish control of the film industry.”

In a separate row triggered by the Oscars, satirical website The Onion apologized Monday for using an offensive word to describe 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis, the youngest ever best actress nominee.

“On behalf of The Onion, I offer my personal apology to Quvenzhane Wallis and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the tweet that was circulated last night during the Oscars,” said Onion chief Steve Hannah.

“It was crude and offensive — not to mention inconsistent with The Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

 

Seth MacFarlane’s Jews-Run-Hollywood Joke Draws Fire From Jewish Groups

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If you hire Seth MacFarlane to host the Oscars, you know you’re gonna get a certain amount of his signature irreverent humor. But we’re not sure the Academy was expectingthis.

While the Family Guy mastermind kept last night’s ceremonies relatively dignified compared to the potty humor of his TV toons, one joke that sparked outrage was MacFarlane’s “Ted” character trotting out the Jews-control-Hollywood line.

In a bit while presenting the award for Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing, the funnyman’s R-rated teddy bear alter ego suggested to costar Mark Wahlberg that if he “wants to work in this town,” he’s gotta be Jewish.

That didn’t go over too well with Jewish watchdog groups, many of which chastised MacFarlane for rehashing an old anti-Semitic stereotype in front of a global audience.

Celebs weigh in on Seth MacFarlane’s hosting stint

“While we have come to expect inappropriate ‘Jews control Hollywood’ jokes from Seth MacFarlane, what he did at the Oscars was offensive and not remotely funny,” said Abraham Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, in a statement. “It only reinforces stereotypes which legitimize anti-Semitism. It is sad and disheartening that the Oscars awards show sough to use anti-Jewish stereotypes for laughs.”

It also didn’t help matters any when the MacFarlane-voiced Ted declared to Wahlberg, “I was born Theodore Shapiro and I would like to donate to Israel and continue to work in Hollywood forever,”

The ADL subsequently expressed disappointment that MacFarlane and the Academy failed to show “greater sensitivity” by airing the sketch, which it said had greater potential for the “Jews control Hollywood” myth being “accepted as fact.”

Seth MacFarlane’s opening Oscars act: laughs, groans, boobs and Channing Tatum dancing

The Simon Wiesenthal Center concurred.

“The Oscars are transmitted to every corner of the globe, even to such places where such hateful myths are believed as fact,” said the organization’s Founder and Dean, Rabbi Marvin Hier. “Every comedian is entitled to wide latitude, but no one should get a free pass for helping to promote anti-Semitism.”

Reps for the Academy and MacFarlane have so far not responded to requests for comment.

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Yair Lapid’s Teary Plea for Convicted Spy Jonathan Pollard’s Freedom

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Jewish Agency Says 28 Years of Prison ‘Is Enough’

ed note–Please remember something as you read this–Jonathon Pollard and his religiously-driven treason on behalf of ‘America’s only ally’ in the Middle East put 300 million Americans in real and present danger. The trillions of dollars spent in building up America’s defenses against a nuclear attack from the USSR went up in smoke within a few minutes. Besides this, his treason led to the deaths of over 1,000 American intelligence assets whose identities around the world were revealed.

 

But to Jews like Lapid, none of this matters. All that matters is that a fellow Jew is rotting in a gentile prison, convicted by gentiles of having violated gentile laws in a gentile country, and irrespective of what he did, by virtue of his being one of ’God’s chosen’ he is innocent and must be set free.

 

And these people wonder why they are accused of having ‘mixed’ loyalties everywhere they go???

 

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The Jewish Agency in a resolution called on President Obama to grant clemency to spy-for-Israel Jonathan Pollard.

The agency’s Board of Governors passed the resolution unanimously on Tuesday during its annual meeting in Jerusalem calling for Pollard’s release on humanitarian grounds.

It notes that Pollard is completing his 28th year of a life sentence in a U.S. federal prison and claims the sentence is “overly harsh.” The resolution also refers to Pollard’s “various illnesses and deteriorating health.”

The resolution was passed one month before Obama is scheduled to make his first visit to Israel as president.

“Twenty eight years is more than enough,” said Natan Sharansky, chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency. “Today, when there is a growing consensus in favor of Pollard’s release amongst former Pentagon and CIA officials, American figures, legal authorities, the Israeli government, and American Jewish leaders, the time has come to vigorously and loudly demand his freedom. ”

On Monday afternoon, Yair Lapid, the head of the Yesh Atid party, spoke to Pollard during a meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem with Pollard’s wife, Esther.

Esther Pollard went to the Knesset to meet Lapid and ask him to speak with Obama about clemency. Jonathan Pollard called his wife in the middle of the meeting and she gave the phone to Lapid, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The timing of the call was coincidental, Esther Pollard said, since her husband is restricted on his telephone usage.

“I was in tears,” Lapid told reporters after the meeting. “He is in poor shape. He is desperate and broken. We will do everything we can to help him.”

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Bibi uses Jaradat’s death case to build his political future: Mark Glenn

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Something like this, I predict, is going to work very favorably for him [Netanyahu] in being able to, kind of, bringing everybody together under his umbrella …and again install himself as the king of the Jewish entity.”

An analyst says that Netanyahu benefits from the death of the Palestinian inmate in the Israeli jail and the subsequent uprisings by Palestinians to overcome his domestic difficulties in bringing all the desperate Zionist groups together and form a unity government.

The comments come as the Palestinian Fatah movement’s armed wing has vowed to avenge the death of a Palestinian inmate in an Israeli prison. Meanwhile the Palestinian Authority’s minister for prisoners’ affairs has said Palestinian prisoner Arafat Jaradat was tortured before he died in the Israeli jail. Late on Sunday, Issa Qaraqea revealed the results of autopsy at a press conference in the city of Ramallah in West Bank, The Guardian reported.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Mark Glenn, with the Crescent and Cross solidarity Movement from Idaho to further discuss the issue at hand. What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.

Press TV: The case of Arafat Jaradat is not an isolated one. It shows the extent of torture and rights abuses that take place in Israeli prisons as far as Palestinians go; most of whom are detained without charge or trial. Would not you agree?

Glenn: Yes absolutely. But I think the question that we need to ask in this is, whether or not …, you have a man who was deliberately tortured and then released to the Palestinians in order to create the situation that we are seeing right now.

We know that Benjamin Netanyahu is having a very difficult time forming his government particularly the bloc of supporters that Bennett received in this last suppression that just happened to be concentrated in the very same West Bank area, where this is taking place.

So yes I agree…, Israel does this just as a matter of principle; detains people without charges, thousands of people including children, Palestinian children are being jailed with no charges.

Torture, organ harvesting, all this is true but I think that there is a bigger issue here at least involving this particular circumstance, in that Netanyahu may have done this deliberately in order to create the kinds of uprisings that are taking place right now in order to find a reason to bring all of these desperate groups that have just been elected to the Knesset together in forming a unity government.

Press TV: So basically what you are saying is that Israel is deliberately creating scenarios where Israelis are basically sent into this perpetual state of fear to bring support for certain political factions of Israel?

Glenn: Yes, that is exactly what I am saying. It is a theory of course at this point but Israelis are long known for doing things like this.

I mean it is an organically dysfunctional and fractioned state and the only way you can keep a nuthouse like this together is to have the constant threat of outside annihilation always hanging over the heads of these people and so at a time when eventually Netanyahu finds himself in the particularly difficult position of trying to form a unity government at a time when he has made himself very unpopular amongst what we call the centrist parties and the leftist parties in Israel

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Something like this, I predict, is going to work very favorably for him in being able to, kind of, bringing everybody together under his umbrella …and again install himself as king of the Jewish entity.

Press TV: Right. So if we run with this theory for a bit more, Palestinians then are nothing but merely pawns in the hands of Israeli politicians who take away their lives for mere political gain?

Glenn: Yes. That is unfortunately the case and has been the case now for over 60 years. But then again why should we be surprised when you have very prominent leaders in Israel, religious leaders such as rabbi Ovadia Yosef who said that gentiles are nothing more than donkeys in human form who have been created to serve the Jewish people and other Jewish leaders over the course of the last half century that have said even more disparaging things about Palestinians; that they are grasshoppers, that they are beasts walking on two legs and that they are only …

So yes, unfortunately that more or less fits the definition.

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Something like this, I predict, is going to work very favorably for him [Netanyahu] in being able to, kind of, bringing everybody together under his umbrella …and again install himself as the king of the Jewish entity.”

An analyst says that Netanyahu benefits from the death of the Palestinian inmate in the Israeli jail and the subsequent uprisings by Palestinians to overcome his domestic difficulties in bringing all the desperate Zionist groups together and form a unity government.

The comments come as the Palestinian Fatah movement’s armed wing has vowed to avenge the death of a Palestinian inmate in an Israeli prison. Meanwhile the Palestinian Authority’s minister for prisoners’ affairs has said Palestinian prisoner Arafat Jaradat was tortured before he died in the Israeli jail. Late on Sunday, Issa Qaraqea revealed the results of autopsy at a press conference in the city of Ramallah in West Bank, The Guardian reported.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Mark Glenn, with the Crescent and Cross solidarity Movement from Idaho to further discuss the issue at hand. What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.

Press TV: The case of Arafat Jaradat is not an isolated one. It shows the extent of torture and rights abuses that take place in Israeli prisons as far as Palestinians go; most of whom are detained without charge or trial. Would not you agree?

Glenn: Yes absolutely. But I think the question that we need to ask in this is, whether or not …, you have a man who was deliberately tortured and then released to the Palestinians in order to create the situation that we are seeing right now.

We know that Benjamin Netanyahu is having a very difficult time forming his government particularly the bloc of supporters that Bennett received in this last suppression that just happened to be concentrated in the very same West Bank area, where this is taking place.

So yes I agree…, Israel does this just as a matter of principle; detains people without charges, thousands of people including children, Palestinian children are being jailed with no charges.

Torture, organ harvesting, all this is true but I think that there is a bigger issue here at least involving this particular circumstance, in that Netanyahu may have done this deliberately in order to create the kinds of uprisings that are taking place right now in order to find a reason to bring all of these desperate groups that have just been elected to the Knesset together in forming a unity government.

Press TV: So basically what you are saying is that Israel is deliberately creating scenarios where Israelis are basically sent into this perpetual state of fear to bring support for certain political factions of Israel?

Glenn: Yes, that is exactly what I am saying. It is a theory of course at this point but Israelis are long known for doing things like this.

I mean it is an organically dysfunctional and fractioned state and the only way you can keep a nuthouse like this together is to have the constant threat of outside annihilation always hanging over the heads of these people and so at a time when eventually Netanyahu finds himself in the particularly difficult position of trying to form a unity government at a time when he has made himself very unpopular amongst what we call the centrist parties and the leftist parties in Israel

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Something like this, I predict, is going to work very favorably for him in being able to, kind of, bringing everybody together under his umbrella …and again install himself as king of the Jewish entity.

Press TV: Right. So if we run with this theory for a bit more, Palestinians then are nothing but merely pawns in the hands of Israeli politicians who take away their lives for mere political gain?

Glenn: Yes. That is unfortunately the case and has been the case now for over 60 years. But then again why should we be surprised when you have very prominent leaders in Israel, religious leaders such as rabbi Ovadia Yosef who said that gentiles are nothing more than donkeys in human form who have been created to serve the Jewish people and other Jewish leaders over the course of the last half century that have said even more disparaging things about Palestinians; that they are grasshoppers, that they are beasts walking on two legs and that they are only …

So yes, unfortunately that more or less fits the definition.

– See more at: http://presstv.com/detail/2013/02/26/290914/bibi-benefits-from-jaradats-death/#sthash.aEYt3Jkn.dpuf

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UK: YARD MOVES ON RENNARD

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Scotland Yard is investigating “whether or not criminal activity has taken place” following allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards women by Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard, as a poll shows the party has plunged to its lowest ever poll rating.The scandal that dominated yesterday’s front pages shows no signs of dissipating as Lord Rennard continues to deny the claims made against him.Some senior Lib Dems are playing a messy game of ‘who knew what, when’ in public while others are remaining notably quiet – particularly the seven female Lib Dem MPs.

As well as news of the police investigation, the Daily Telegraph has details of a new twist. According to the paper, Helen Jardine-Brown, a former head of fund-raising, lost her job in the party and was given a pay off in exchange for keeping quiet about allegations that Lord Rennard harassed her.

The paper is also going after Jonny Oates, Clegg’s chief of staff, who it says was given details of five allegations of harassment back in 2010. It says that Oates would not have been able to deny the allegations as he did without first having spoken to Clegg – undermining the Lib Dem leader’s claims to not have heard specific” allegations until last week

Last night deputy leader Simon Hughes distanced himself and the party from parliamentary candidate and Clegg biographer Jasper Gerard who took to the BBC’s World at One programme to defend Rennard and dismiss the seriousness of the allegations. Gerard said: “We are still now going on about whether somebody put his hand or didn’t put his hand on somebody’s knee. This isn’t a Jimmy Savile case revisited.”

Others are taking it more seriously. Lib Dem Baroness Hussein-Ece told HuffPost she believed “quite a few” more women “will come out of the woodwork” to make accusations.

Her party, she said, is too “male dominated” and the “culture has to change”. She added: “The [male dominated] culture allows for these things to happen. There are aren’t sufficient checks and balances in place; there isn’t a sufficient number of high-ranking women in place to curb some of this behaviour.”

There has also been notable silence from several other senior Lib Dems including former leaders Charles Kennedy and Sir Ming Campbell.

All this with just a few days to go until the must win Eastleigh by-election. This morning the Independent leads on a ComRes poll that puts the Lib Dems in fourth place behind the UK Independence Party nationally. The Liberal Democrats are on just eight per cent, down two points on last month, while Ukip is on nine per cent (down one point).

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The BDS movement explained


By Omar Barghouti

In many media reports on the recent panel held at Brooklyn College on the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel, BDS was subjected to relentless vilification and unfounded allegations.

This was yet another ruthless campaign to demonize and shut down all criticism of Israel. Following congressional Israel-centered bullying of secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel, it is further evidence of the rise of a new McCarthyism — one that uses unconditional allegiance to Israel as the litmus test of loyalty.

Indeed, suppressed in all media coverage of the Brooklyn College controversy were Palestinian voices — like mine — who can best explain why Palestinians have embarked on this nonviolent, rights-based struggle for our rights, and how it is deeply inspired by the South African anti-apartheid and the U.S. civil rights movements.

Despite the intimidation campaign waged against it, Brooklyn College — with support from civil libertarians and influential liberal voices — upheld academic freedom and allowed the BDS event on Feb. 7 to proceed.

Mayor Bloomberg indirectly compared attempts by politicians to impose their agenda on the college to North Korea’s despotic policies. Ironically, in a 2012 BBC poll of world public opinion, Israel ranked third among the countries with the most negative influence in the world, competing with North Korea. As many now recognize, BDS has played a considerable role in exposing Israeli policies and, as a result, engendering this steady erosion of Israel’s international standing.

The BDS call was launched on July 9, 2005, by an alliance of more than 170 Palestinian parties, unions, refugee networks, NGOs and grassroots associations. They asked international civil society organizations and people of conscience to “impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era.”

Specifically, BDS calls for an end to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967; an end to what even the U.S. State Department slams as Israel’s “institutional, legal and societal discrimination” against its Palestinian citizens; and the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and lands from which they were forcibly displaced.

Our opponents call us “Jew haters.” That is a lie and a slander. BDS advocates equal rights for all and consistently opposes all forms of racism, including anti-Semitism. In fact, many progressive Jewish activists, intellectuals, students, feminists and others participate in and sometimes lead BDS campaigns in Western countries. The increasing impact of Israeli supporters of BDS has led the Knesset to pass a draconian anti-boycott law banning advocacy of any boycott against Israel or its complicit institutions.

Calling the boycott of Israel anti-Semitic is itself an anti-Semitic statement, as it reduces all Jews to a monolith that is absolutely equivalent to the state of Israel, is entirely represented by Israel and holds collective responsibility for Israel’s policies.

If boycott is “withdrawing . . . cooperation from an evil system,” as Martin Luther King Jr. teaches us, BDS fundamentally calls on all peace-loving U.S. citizens to fulfill their profound moral obligation to desist from complicity in Israel’s system of oppression against the Palestinian people, which takes the form of occupation, colonization and apartheid. Given the billions of dollars lavished by the U.S. on Israel annually, American taxpayers are effectively subsidizing Israel’s human rights violations.

Building on its global ascendance, the BDS movement is spreading across the U.S., especially on campuses and in churches. Multi-million-dollar campaigns by Israel’s foreign ministry to counter BDS by “rebranding” through art, science and cynically using LGBT rights to “pinkwash” Israel’s denial of basic Palestinian rights have failed to stem the tide.

Without increasing international pressure and accountability, Israel will carry on with total impunity its brutal and illegal blockade of Gaza; its untamed construction of illegal settlements and wall in the occupied West Bank; its strategy of “Judaization” in Jerusalem, the Galilee, the Jordan Valley and the Naqab (Negev), its adoption of new racist laws and its denial of refugees’ rights.

Israel and its lobby groups often try to delegitimize the Palestinian quest for equality by portraying the nonviolent BDS emphasis on equal rights and the right of return as aiming to “destroy Israel.” If equality and justice would destroy Israel, what does that say about Israel? Did equality and justice destroy South Africa? Alabama?

As the first edition of McCarthyism was defeated through the industrious and creative toils of brave, principled defenders of freedom and human rights, so will this new McCarthyism.

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Jim Crow in Palestine: parallels between US and Israeli racism


By Curtis Bell

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Alabama does a good job of showing what blacks endured before the civil rights victories of the 1960s. I visited there last fall and was especially struck by one particular image — a 1926 map of the small and isolated patches of Birmingham where city zoning regulations allowed blacks to live.

What struck me was the similarity of this map to maps of the isolated patches of the West Bank including East Jerusalem where Palestinians are allowed to live. The map then made me think about other similarities between the oppression of blacks in the Jim Crow South and Israel’s present-day oppression of Palestinians.

The methods for keeping blacks within their enclaves in Birmingham were more direct and brutal than the redlining agreements among banks and realtors that maintained a de facto segregation in the North. Municipal zoning laws in Birmingham prevented sales to blacks outside designated areas, and if a black person somehow acquired a house outside the designated area, even if just across the street, the house would be blown up.

Similarly, the Israeli legal system keeps Palestinians within restricted areas of East Jerusalem and elsewhere in the West Bank. Palestinians living outside those areas have been evicted and their homes destroyed or occupied by Jewish settlers. Eighteen thousand Palestinian homes have been destroyed by Israel since 1967, according to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.

The black areas and white areas of Birmingham were very different physically. The black areas often lacked municipal amenities or services such as street lighting, paved streets, sidewalks, garbage collection and sewers that the white areas had. Similarly, the Palestinian areas of East Jerusalem often lack these same basic facilities and services, and the differences between Palestinian areas and those reserved for Israeli settlers are clear to all.

Arbitrary arrests

Suppression of the human rights of blacks in the South was maintained by both “legal” and extralegal means. State and municipal Jim Crow laws restricted residence, use of public facilities, use of public transport, interracial marriage and other aspects of life in the South. White courts and police forces enforced these laws and the whole system of segregation. Arbitrary arrests under vagrancy laws yielded large numbers of black prisoners (who were often forced to do hard labor). Nonviolent civil rights marches and protests were met with police and state National Guard violence.

Similarly, Israeli control over the lives of Palestinians is maintained by a system of laws, courts, police and Israeli military that discriminates against Palestinians. Laws restrict where Palestinians can live, where they can travel, what roads they can travel on, and whether they can live with their spouse in another part of the country. Permits to travel from the West Bank to East Jerusalem for work are tightly controlled and dependent on “good” behavior.

“Administrative detentions” have led to the indefinite incarceration of thousands of Palestinians without trials. The Israeli military meets unarmed protests against the separation wall and the taking of Palestinian land with violence.

Black compliance with the system of segregation in the South was ensured by extralegal as well as legal means, including economic threats, harassment of various sorts, and extreme violence. More than 5,000 lynchings were recorded between 1882 and 1959, and many beatings and killings went unrecorded. Violence against blacks increased as the civil rights movement grew in strength during the 1950s and 1960s. In one year alone 30 black homes and churches were bombed in Birmingham. The white-controlled legal system only rarely prosecuted white-on-black violence.

Daily violence

Similarly, harassment and violence against Palestinians by Israeli settlers in the West Bank including East Jerusalem occurs almost every day. The settlers try to force Palestinians off their land or to leave the region entirely. The settlers threaten or attack children on their way to school and shepherds in the fields. Palestinian land, wells and olive groves are occupied. The Israeli military protects the settlers, and the Israeli legal system only rarely prosecutes settler harassment or violence.

Blacks in the Jim Crow South had no control over the governments that oppressed them and denied them their share of common resources. The 15th Amendment of 1870 gave blacks the right to vote, but that right was progressively taken away in Southern states following the failure of reconstruction. Discriminatory registration procedures were introduced and were enforced by violence. As late as the 1960s, many counties in the South, even those with black majorities, had no registered black voters. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 finally changed that.

Similarly, the four million or so Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, have no say in the government that in fact controls them. They cannot vote in the Israeli elections.

Palestinians did vote for a virtually powerless Palestinian government in 2006 in which a majority of seats in the parliament went to Hamas, a political party. The Hamas legislators were immediately arrested and jailed by Israel. Many were kept in prison for more than five years and the elected parliament has never been able to meet. Even if the parliament could meet, it would have only limited control over limited enclaves of the West Bank. Israel controls the water, electricity, borders, airspace, exports and imports of the enclaves, and the Israeli military enters the enclaves and arrests Palestinians at will.

Nonviolent methods such as marches, boycotts and direct actions are a critical tool for the success of any human rights movement, such as the American civil rights movement, that confronts a power structure with a monopoly on physical force. The civil rights movement in the United States maintained the practice of nonviolence to a heroic degree over many years, even in the face of violent repression from the Southern white power structure. Participants aroused the conscience of the rest of the nation and the world.

Tactics of resistance

Similar methods are now of central importance for the Palestinian rights movement. Protest marches against the separation wall, “Freedom Rides” on Israeli-only public transit, and “camp-ins” on land illegally expropriated for Israeli settlements are becoming common now in Palestine. Internationally, boycotts of all sorts and divestment from companies that maintain and profit from the occupation of Palestinian land are taking hold.

The blacks in the American civil rights movement made their appeal to the federal government for redress of wrongs committed at the lower levels of state and local governments. The federal government was already formally committed to the rights of blacks through the 14th and 15th amendments as well as various Supreme Court decisions. They also had authority and power over local governments.

The aroused conscience of the nation and of the world finally forced the United States federal government to act. Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson could not continue to present the United States to the world as the land of freedom and democracy when its own citizens were being beaten for asserting their freedom and their right to vote.

Here too there are parallels between the civil rights movement in the American South and today’s movement for Palestinian rights. Israel cannot indefinitely present itself as a law-abiding, humane and democratic state when it denies the human rights of the four million or so Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.

The federal government of the United States shares responsibility for the continuing denial of Palestinian human rights, just as for many decades it shared responsibility for the denial of human rights to blacks in the Jim Crow South by not enforcing federal law. Now, and for many decades, United States diplomatic support has allowed Israel to violate international law with impunity.

The United States has blocked United Nations sanctions against Israel for such violations of international law as the occupation of Palestinian land, the colonization of the West Bank by placing settlers on that land, and the annexation of East Jerusalem, the historic home of Christian and Muslim Palestinians.

America breaks own law

In addition, the United States federal government provides about $3 billion in military aid to Israel every year, and may be violating its own laws in doing so, as pointed out by a recent letter to Congress from 15 leaders of major American Christian churches (“Religious leaders ask Congress to condition military aid to Israel on human rights compliance,” Presbyterian Church USA, 5 October 2012).

The letter urged an “investigation into possible violations by Israel of the US Foreign Assistance Act and the US Arms Export Control Act, which respectively prohibit assistance to any country which engages in a consistent pattern of human rights violations and limit the use of US weapons to ‘internal security’ or ‘legitimate self-defense.’” The letter cited evidence for human rights violations on the part of Israel and for Israel’s use of US arms against Palestinian civilians.

The tactics for resisting segregation brought significant changes for blacks in the South. Hopefully, with commitment and perseverance, similar methods may someday accomplish the same for Palestinians.

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Palestinian chutzpah


By Gideon Levy

My Palestinian brothers (for your information, everyone’s a “brother” around here these days ), aren’t you ashamed? How dare you protest and throw stones? How dare you disturb the peace; build “illegal” outposts on your own private land; go on hunger strikes; demonstrate solidarity with prisoners; protest the closing of Shuhada Street in Hebron and the rearrest of freed prisoners; sneak into Israel to find work; oppose the eviction of people from their homes; protest that you are not allowed to reach your farmlands; protest against the fence that was built in your area; threaten a third intifada? Are you out of your minds? Where do you get such chutzpah?

Now you demonstrate? After all, we’ve already told you we no longer care what happens to you. Right and left, they all told you loud and clear. Even that warrior for social justice, MK Shelly Yacimovich, told you that Israelis don’t care about you, and you just don’t understand. Can’t you see that we’re busy? We have momentous questions before us – sharing the military burden; the number of ministers; Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu’s pistachio ice cream; Yesh Atid MK Ruth Calderon’s inaugural Knesset speech; and Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar’s alleged love life.

So who can think about you? Israel is trying to put together a coalition. It is still not clear whether the eternal alliance between Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid and Habayit Hayehudi’s Naftali Bennett will last, and you dare to bother us with your foolishness? Lapid doesn’t want the “Hanin Zuabis”; Bennett doesn’t want “Abu”; and you just don’t get it. You don’t see they are so worried about the people of Israel that they have no time for you, so how dare you remind them of your existence.

Occupation-shmoccupation; human and civil rights; expulsion and stealing; self-determination; two states for two peoples; the separation fence; 5,000 prisoners – you buzz around like bothersome mosquitoes. Leave us alone, you’re boring us.

How much longer are you going to keep bothering us with your little problems? How much longer are you going to keep bothering the world? Can’t you see that U.S. President Barack Obama is coming on another emotional-blackmail visit, to prostrate himself on the graves of Yitzhak Rabin and Theodor Herzl and at Yad Vashem, so why should you bother him, either? Sit tight, my brothers: in Syria, things are worse.

Sit tight: the occupation is only 46 years old. Be happy with what you have. You’re in good hands – the hands of the only democracy in the Middle East. Don’t bother it and don’t stop it from continuing to flourish. Its old politics didn’t take an interest in you and its new politics – even less. Just ask the harbingers of the new politics, Lapid and Bennett, over whom Israel is so enthusiastic right now. Neither of them probably ever met a (living ) Palestinian in their life, nor do they want to. You’ll miss Netanyahu yet, you’ll miss Shimon Peres and Ehud Barak, from the old guard. They at least talked to you. So be happy with what you have.

Think ahead. It won’t be that long before you are the majority here. And even before that, the world will not stand for you to live without rights. Guilt feelings over the Holocaust will subside. The Jewish lobby – yes, it’s Jewish – might lose some of its strength. And besides, natural justice is with you, history is on your side.

Rotten tyrannies like the Israeli occupation have never lasted forever. So sit tight, my brothers, and wait for the future. If it doesn’t happen in your lifetime, perhaps it will in your grandchildren’s. True, you have suffered enough, but a human being is like a tree in a field; when you get whipped, bend your head submissively. After all, you have tried everything: negotiations and terror; recognition and compromise; the first intifada; the second intifada.

Nothing much came out of it all. The settlers have tripled, the Knesset is full of their representatives, and Israel has completely stopped dealing with you. True, if you sit tight you will be forgotten; if you protest, they will say you are terrorists. But the most important thing is: not now. Not when Israel is busy, not when Israel has had it with you, with your wailing, your sobbing and your demands.

It’s hard to be a Palestinian but, remember, it’s even harder to be a Jew. A Jew, after all, is always the victim; the only victim around.

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A history of violence in Qusra: Not ‘clashes,’ but ‘pogroms’


By Yossi Gurvitz

A group of settlers coming from the direction of one of the most notorious outposts, Esh Kodesh, raided the Palestinian village of Qusra yesterday (Saturday). Some six Palestinians were wounded. The Israeli media reported a “clash” in the village. There wasn’t one.

A clash is what happens when two sides of more-or-less equal strength face off with one another. What took place in Qusra is much more similar to the Czarist period and to the American South before the passage of the civil rights laws: a group of bullies attacking a persecuted minority, and then received the protection of law enforcement forces.

Look at the pictures, taken yesterday: settlers and soldiers firing together at the residents of Qusra, while the latter stand on their lands. The regular Israel, whose media makes an effort not to report what goes on in the West Bank – more on this below – will automatically excuse it by saying the army has to put down “disturbances of order.” Okay. So what were the settlers doing there?

Qusra is a target of particularly wild attacks from settlers to the point where Yesh Din sent an urgent letter to the commander of the Judea and Samaria Division and the commander of the Police District of Samaria and Judea (‘SHAI’) two months ago, demanding they protect the residents from the settlers. We have dozens of complaints by Qusra residents about attacks by settlers. At this point, as far as we know, not a single raider was indicted.

The repeating pattern is one of attacks, theft and property damage – with the police doing nothing and the army becoming a part of the problem. In an incident from last September, Palestinians were attacked by settlers; one Palestinian was reportedly kidnapped by them for a short while. In response, the army forces arrived…. and used tear gas and stun grenades on the Palestinians. The police closed the case, claiming the “perpetrator was unknown.”

A similar incident took place in July 2011, when settlers attacked herdsmen and butchered one of their sheep in front of their very eyes, according to the complaint. The army arrived, and – you guessed it – joined in on the attack on the herdsmen. Many residents made their way to the site, as did some 40 settlers; the army used crowd dispersal weapons, but only against the Palestinians.

Two months later, a Palestinian asked the IDF gunmen to order the settlers to stop uprooting his trees, which they were doing as the gunmen watched idly by. Angry words were exchanged between the Palestinian and the commanding officer, who according to the complaint, ended the argument by firing five rounds – four rubber bullets and one live bullet – at the Palestinian. The gunmen further attacked other Palestinians at the scene, including a 13-year-old boy.

In March 2011, there was an unusually serious incident in Qusra: settlers were raiding the village and the residents organized to defend themselves. As a result of fire by the settlers and the IDF gunmen, at least six (according to the gunmen) or seven (according to the residents) residents were wounded by live gunfire. Three others were wounded by rocks thrown by settlers. The army, naturally, did not use crowd dispersal weapons on the raiders, just on their victims.

And this is just a sample. There have been many other incidents. So what is going on here? For starters, there is a symbiosis between the settlers and the army. They are becoming two arms of the same militia. The army has an built-in problem: it is incapable of understanding that its duty is to protect the residents, not just Jews. No one has highlighted this problem better than the IDF spokesperson, Brig.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai. In December 2011, following an attack by a large number of settlers on an IDF base, reporter Carmela Menashe asked Mordechai how an army colonel who was stoned by the settlers ought to have reacted. He replied (Hebrew): “I assume, Carmela, that you don’t expect the colonel to open fire at a Jew standing in front of him. I’m certain that’s not what you meant.” Of course, shooting at Palestinian stone throwers is daily activity for the IDF.

Another problem is the existence of the Kfir Brigade, which exists specifically to serve the occupation. Many of its soldiers are settlers, and some belong to the “ultra-Orthodox Nahal” battalion. There have been several incidents in this particular brigade in which soldiers announced they would refuse an order to evict outposts, which makes it incapable of doing its job. The fact that such soldiers are deployed specifically in the West Bank is indicative of the attitude of the IDF.

And then there is the media problem. Not so long ago, any self respecting Israeli media outlet would have a Palestinian affairs reporter. Nowadays, few do, but most of them have “settlement affairs” reporters. The result is that Israelis no longer receive information about the territories they occupy and for whose inhabitants they are responsible. The media knows such news annoys its readers, and as most of them have become purely commercial outfits, they don’t have an interest in annoying those paying for their product.

So when everything blows up, and there is reason to believe the fuse is already lit, the Israelis – those who commit the crimes, those in law enforcement who cover them up, those who voluntarily close their eyes and their media enablers – will assume their favorite position, the natal one, and wail to the heavens that they don’t know how this happened.

Hath not a Palestinian eyes? Hath not a Palestinian hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? Fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, heal’d by the same means? Warm’d and cool’d by the same winter and summer, as a Jew is? If you prick them, do they not bleed? If you tickle them, do they not laugh? If you poison them, do they not die?


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