There’s been a bit of commotion lately at the University of California at Davis, following the recent approval of a resolution to divest from companies that profit from Israeli apartheid. A barrage of hateful, Islamophobic and racist attacks have been launched against Arab and Muslim students – including a student senator. When there’s an outcry over… Continue reading “Fox News Conflates Sharia Law With Swastika Graffiti At U.C. Davis” →
History, once again way too kind to the Bush Crime Family’s escapades, has omitted the main reason the terrorist group Hamas was able to ascend to power in Gaza: Bush pushed for Palestinian elections when Israel, amongst others, cautioned against this. In June 2002, when Bush in a White House speech pressed for the Palestinians to “to elect new leaders” and “build a practicing democracy,” helped encourage an election in a tumultuous time when poor and desperate people often clinged to their guns and religion, as candidate Obama once said. We all know how well that comment went over, even if it couldn’t have been more true.
If anyone seems to take the side of the suffering civilians in Gaza, they are called “anti-semitic.” People generally fail to realize Semitic means relating to the peoples who speak the Semitic languages, especially Hebrew and Arabic. So an anti-semite would be against both sides in this dreadful conflict. I must admit, I was one of those people who fell for the tired meme, “the Palestinians don’t care about their own people and use them as human shields.” I wrote an article about that a few days ago and I’ve evolved on my position in just one week. I must apologize for my misguided assumptions based on listening to the media, most who have an axe to grind against the Muslims in this conflict. The problem is Hamas, not the innocent civilians of Gaza.
To be very clear, I am against ALL religions. I believe religion is the cause of the subjugation of women and children, war, unjustified hate that tries to hide its prejudice by making the occasional charitable deed to offset the inherent evil in a man-made construct of religion. I am a minority in America. I am also vehemently against war, especially a religiously motivated war. But this war is actually one very much like the displacement of Native Americans based on Manifest Destiny in the nineteenth century. Up until the formation of the Jewish State, the area was occupied by roughly 85% Muslims, and it was a real place called Palestine. Many say Palestine is not a “real” country, but the folks who lived there for hundreds of years would beg to differ. I’ve heard more times than I can count no neighboring Arab nation would take them. Then again, what country opens immigrants with open arms these days? Look how America treats our Central American refugees.
Take a look at this video of Palestine in 1896, an Ottoman territory at the time. It was a typical Middle Eastern nation, where Jerusalem, then population 500,000, was much like Cairo, Damascus and Beirut. The land was abruptly divided when the Zionists formed the nation of Israel in 1948, divided by not only religious disagreements but for the simple fact the residents were forced onto reservation-like conditions after hundreds of years of living on their own land. Add things like blockades of supplies, disruption of utilities and curfews, the Palestinians were not welcomed by Israeli society but were treated, from the onset, like pariahs. The “catastrophe,” or “nakba,” of Israel’s creation, during which hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were driven from their homes into exile. Seldom have I heard in the American media the perspective from the Palestinians side. The Center for Research on Globalization, based out of Montreal, Quebec tells a different story here about Israel.
It took six months to complete, consider the toll, and understand the Nakba’s meaning. It displaced 750,000 to 800,000 people – men, women, children, the elderly and infant civilians. Many hundreds or thousands of others were killed. Sweeping destruction was carried out. It erased 531 villages and 11 urban neighborhoods in Tel-Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem and other cities….Golda Meir said: “There are no Palestinians” and Menachem Begin and Nobel Peace Prize recipient called Palestinians “two-legged beasts” and said Jews were the “Master Race” and “divine gods on this planet.”
History clearly remembers there was another person in Nazi Germany that claimed they were also the “master race;” the irony here is pretty astounding. There are a growing number of disenchanted IDF Israelis who have grown tired of military-only solutions to problems. By taking this position, these people are often imprisoned for their pacifist beliefs. If war is the only solution, the ideology of Netanyahu and his neocon friends McCain, Cruz and Graham will sadly prevail in the region.