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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Thu, 3 Aug 2006 03:50:20 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 08.03.06 1. Labor family picnic 8.03 4pm 2. NW vigil 8.03 4pm 3. Eagan peace vigil 8.03 4:30pm 4. Northtown vigil 8.03 5pm 5. Roseville 8.03 7pm 6. Immigration 8.03 7pm 7. Salon/Common good 8.03 7:30pm 8. Fringe festival 8.03-13 9. 9-11/Malloy/AM950 8.03 12midnight 10. Ffunch 8.04 cancelled 11. Dept of peace 8.04 1pm/5pm 12. Electric car 8.04 2:20pm 13. Eskit/fringe 8.04 7pm 14. Margarida/fringe 8.04 8:30pm 15. Lydia Howell - Ceasefire now: stop Israel's war crimes 16. Khalid Amayreh - When Jews behave like Nazis, they become Nazis 17. The Daily Star - Children of the Holocaust mete out racist rage 18. Rania Masri - Note from Lebanon 19. The Guardian - Israeli home bombings terrorize Palestinians 20. Eduardo Galeano - A world in love with death 21. ed - Kosher genocide (poem) 22. ed - Make that trip! (poem) 23. ed - Sacred book (poem) --------1 of 23------- From: stpaulunions.org <llwright [at] stpaulunions.org> Subject: Labor family picnic 8.03 4pm Labor Family Unity Event Thursday, August 3 - Rain or Shine Capitol Commons - Upper Mall Area 4-6pm Location The State Capitol is 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The picnic will be held in the Upper Mall Area. This is an event for union members and their families! Brats, burgers, chips and pop will be served starting at 4pm. Bring yourself, your family, and especially bring a coworker!! And, remember, it's an outdoor event - bring a lawn chair or a blanket! Speakers, food, information and lots of fun! --------2 of 23-------- From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at] comcast.net> Subject: NW vigil 8.03 4pm Thurs August 3, 4-6pm. NW Neighbors for Peace. Live in the NW suburbs? Please join us at our weekly demonstration, corner of 42nd and Winnetka in New Hope. --------3 of 23-------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <skograce [at] mtn.org> Subject: Eagan peace vigil 8.03 4:30pm CANDLELIGHT PEACE VIGIL EVERY THURSDAY from 4:30-5:30pm on the Northwest corner of Pilot Knob Road and Yankee Doodle Road in Eagan. We have signs and candles. Say "NO to war!" The weekly vigil is sponsored by: Friends south of the river speaking out against war. -------4 of 23-------- From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 8.03 5pm NORTHTOWN Peace Vigil every Thursday 5 to 6 pm, at the intersection of Co. Hwy 10 and University Ave NE (SE corner across from Denny's), in Blaine. Communities situated near the Northtown Mall include: Blaine, Mounds View, New Brighton, Roseville, Shoreview, Arden Hills, Spring Lake Park, Fridley, and Coon Rapids. We'll have extra signs. For more information people can contact Evangelos Kalambokidis by phone or email: (763)574-9615, ekalamboki [at] aol.com. --------5 of 23-------- From: Allison Jensen <aajensen1 [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Roseville 8.03 7pm Community Life and Civic Engagement Subcommittee AGENDA OUTLINE August 3, 2006, Thursday 7-8:30pm Hawthorne Room Roseville City Hall Introductions Initial Issues Identified by Roseville Citizens --List Distribution with Civic Involvement portion revised --Issue Theme Development Subcommittee Process & Schedule --Planning for Public Hearing #1 --Determination of Burning Questions (Each Subcommittee member to propose two questions) --Scheduling --Subcommittee Assignments to Implement Hearing --------6 of 23-------- From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at] comcast.net> Subject: Immigration 8.03 7pm Thurs August 3, 7pm NW Neighbors for Peace Mary Turck, Resource Center of the Americas, will speak on "Immigration Realities: Facts, Figures, and Questions". At the Parish of St. Joseph, southwest corner of Boone and 36th Avenue N. in New Hope. All welcome. --------7 of 23-------- From: John Kolstad <jkolstad [at] millcitymusic.com> Subject: Salon/Common good 8.03 7:30pm Tom's Schneider Drug salon Thursday Aug 3, 7:30-9pm Discussion topic: How we can get back to thinking about the common good for all, instead of selfish needs of each person? (The selfish perspective is promoted by a few with the motive of distracting people from what is really going on in our country; it encourages people to only think about and care about themselves). An Open Discussion. Tom's Schneider Drug located on University Ave SE at Bedford (across from KSTP TV). --------8 of 23-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Fringe festival 8.03-13 8/3 to 8/13, Minneapolis Fringe Festival. [Ask yourself this question: Are you willing to see five bad plays in order to see one play that changes your life? If yes, consider the following. Absolutely nothing is known or recommended.] www.fringefestival.org Some possibilities: Angels of Warfare & Victory Baghdad Burning: Electronic Postcards from Iraq 2003 - 2006 Condoleeza's Rites I Got a Fundamentalist Up My Ass (Eskit) Miss Margarida's Way Rock, Shock & Awe The 9-11 Tapes: An American Tragedy The Rise and Fall of the American Empire The Unbearable Lightness of Being American [Eskit and I compete for idiosyncracy and weirdness. Sometimes he wins, sometimes I do. He writes humorous songs, sings them while playing the piano; he has at least one local CD out. His piece is "I Got a Fundamentalist Up My Ass" - the only problem being distinguishing what's up from what it's up. -ed] --------9 of 23-------- From: ed Subject: 9-11/Malloy/AM950 8.03 12midnight Webster Tarpley, 9-11 critic, on the Mike Malloy show. AM950 12midnight-3am. Author and Historian Webster Tarpley has tied information together to paint a picture of 9/11. He described the drills, Bush's actions and the blow-by-blow details of that fateful day that revealed what could only be called the horrible truth of a conspiracy fact. --------10 of 23-------- From: David Shove <shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu> Subject: Ffunch 8.04 cancelled Cancelled First Friday Lunch (FFUNCH) for Greens/progressives. Day By Day Cafe 477 W 7th Av St Paul. --------11 of 23-------- From: faith [at] plethora.net Subject: Dept of peace 8.04 1pm/5pm Friday August 4th Dot Maver, executive director of the Department of Peace campaign, will be in Minneapolis. She will be meeting with city council members in an effort to gain their vote for a city council resolution to support the Congressional legislation for the establishment of a Department of Peace. This resolution is currently being sponsored by: Councilman Gary Schiff Ward 9 Councilman Cam Gordon Ward 2 The half hour meetings will take place between 1 and 4 pm on Friday August 4th. The following council members or their staff have agreed to meet with Dot Maver about this issue: Paul Ostrow Ward 1 Cam Gordon Ward 2 Robert Lilligren Ward 6 Elizabeth Glidden Ward 8 Gary Schiff Ward 9 Ralph Remmington Ward 10 Scott Benson Ward 11 Betsy Hodges Ward 13 The following have expressed an interest in meeting but nothing has been set: Don Samuels Ward 5 ( a likely sponsor) The following have yet to respond to our requests: Sandy Colvin Roy Ward 12 The Following are unable to attend Barbara Johnson Ward 3 Diane Hofstede Ward 3 Lisa Goodman Ward 7 You can find out who your city council person is with the following link http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/council/ Please contact your city council person and thank them for sponsoring the resolution and/ or meeting with Dot Maver. Or if they have not set it up, lovingly let them know how important this is to you. If they are unable to attend please ask them to consider supporting the resolution. Have them contact Paul Rozycki to set up a meeting pbsrroz [at] msn.com his home number is 612-824-2293 Dot Maver will be hosting a meet and greet and recapping how the meetings went Friday August 4th from 5-6 pm at the Fire Roast Mountain Cafe 38th st and 37th ave in South Minneapolis, Please come --------12 of 23-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Electric car 8.04 2:20pm "Who Killed The Electric Car?" EDINA THEATRE 3911 WEST 50th ST. Edina,MN Fri, Aug 4: (2:20 5:00)7:30 9:40 Sat, Aug 5 - Sun, Aug 6: (12:00)2:20 5:00 7:30 9:40 Mon, Aug 7 - Thu, Aug 10: (2:20 5:00)7:30 9:40 --------13 of 23-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Eskit/fringe 8.04 7pm Note from Lydia Howell: DON'T MISS this chance to experience the TC satirical singer/songwriter for yourself! I've been regularly playing ESKIT's musical rebellion on my KFAI show "Catalyst" for years. From taking aim at Fallwell & Co. challenging homophobia & standing up for women's reporductive rights to a slew of great songs exposing BushCo as the war-mongering corporatists they are,I ESKIT is brilliantly funny. Share widely! A JUICY AND DEMENTED FROLIC IN THE CESSPOOL OF ORGANIZED RELIGION Contact: 612-722-6649 (day)(ask for John) OR e-mail eskitx [at] eskitx.com <mailto:eskitx [at] eskitx.com> --from Eskit: Either God's a fool, or somebody's been misrepresenting Him. The unsettling truth may well be found at the 2006 Fringe Festival, at Eskit's mudslinging show "I Got A Fundamentalist Up My Ass". Drawing on his Southern Baptist Background, as well as his associations with 'Campus Crusade for Christ' and 'Moral ReArmament', Eskit will present a tragi-comic odyssey of songs, stories, and video in the upcoming Fringe Festival. Songs include "Roe v. Wade" and "Pathological Liars For God". Video includes an interview with the Pope ("Long Live the Pope"), a hillside frolic with Rev. Sun Myung Moon ("March of the Chickens"), and a tantrum by Michele Bachmann ("Queen of the Crazies"). Story subjects include moonshine, menstruation, Holy Roller homosexuals, gin rummy, White churches & integration, haircuts, creationism, male chauvinist pigs, Southern Baptists, and gossip. Reverend Hickey, pastor of the First Church of the Vengeance, will stop by to recite his patented Pledge of Allegiance (which glorifies the Almighty 17 times!). So how does Eskit know so much about Christian fundamentalism? Because he's lived it, baby. He's been there. He has seen the Sanctimonious Neanderthals at close range and lived to tell the tale. NOTE: After the show Eskit will be selling the CD "It Can't Happen Here" for $1. It's a half-hour radio documentary he made in 1977 that records the reactions of working class and religious people to Anita Bryant's campaign "Save Our Children From Homosexuality". It's enough to make you cry. Eskit performs at Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., at the following times [unless somebody stops him]: Fri, Aug 4 - 7:00 pm Mon, Aug 7 - 5:30 pm Tue, Aug 8 - 7:00 pm Fri, Aug 11 -10:00pm Sun, Aug 13- 2:30 pm --------14 of 23-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> From: *Toni - Teatro del Pueblo* Subject: Margarida/fringe 8.04 8:30pm This e-mail is to announce our upcoming show, "Miss Margarida's Way", and the MN Fringe Festival. We want to spread the word and tell you all about it, but Miss Margarida says... SILENCE! A one-woman show in English by award-winning Brazilian author Roberto Athayde, Miss Margarida's Way will make you squirm! This startling look at authority will have you wanting to take notes! Where: Minneapolis Playwrights' Center, 2301 Franklin Ave. E., Minneapolis, MN 55406 Tickets: Uptown Tix: (651) 209-6799 or www.uptowntix.com <http://www.uptowntix.com>. $12/adults, $10/students and seniors, multi-show passes available. Performance Schedule: Fri, Aug. 4 - 8:30 pm Sat, Aug. 5 - 10:00 pm Fri, Aug. 11 - 4:00 pm Sat, Aug. 12 - 7:00 pm Sun, Aug. 13 - 2:30 pm Directed by Carlos Vargas Salgado (of Aviñón Teatro from Arequipa, Peru), produced by Al Justiniano, and featuring Yolanda Cotterall. For information about show content or general questions about Teatro del Pueblo, call (651) 224-8806 or visit www.teatrodelpueblo.org <http://www.teatrodelpueblo.org>. The Playwrights' Center is a scent-free venue. Please refrain from wearing scented products. Warning: this show contains adult language. www.fringefestival.org <http://www.fringefestival.org> More information can be found at: http://www.fringefestival.org/showDetail.cfm?showID=282 --------15 of 23-------- Ceasefire Now:Stop Israel's War Crimes Lydia Howell (originally on "Catalyst"Aug.1, KFAI Radio) When challenging Israel's policies, one is always required to first bow to a series of demands: recognize Israel's right to exist, right to self-defense, and ultimately, pretty much agree that almost everything Israel does is right. Israel already has both of the corporate-sponsored American political parties, the Bush Adminstration and so-caled "Mainstream" media parrotng Israel's mantra of self-righteous victimhood. But Israel has long been the primary perpetrator in the conflicts it's entangled in. I'm not going to collude by givng them more cover for their latest atocities. Wolf Blitzer, Tim Russert and the NY Times are doing that quite well. Israel pompously asserts its right to pulvarizing air-strikes on the civilian population of Lebanon and evades all responsiblity for the carnage it's creating. Hezbollah is blamed for Israeli Defense Force dropping American-made bombs. There are occassional asides, such as Israel's UN Ambassador Dan Gillerman, saying, "Israel mourns the death of every Lebanese child", while alleging, "Hezabolla rejoices in those deaths". This is a variation on the perennial Western imperialist claim that "those people don't value human life as we do" - an old & incongruous claim always made by those who are doing most of the killing. Reality-check: the latest reports say over 750 Lebanese civillians have been killed - about a third of them children. Israel has lost 56 people - many of them soldiers. And still Israel and the US REFUSE to support an immediate ceaasefire. Daniel Gillman, Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations increasingly blames the Lebanese victims themselves. After all, he said, Israel dropped leaflets telling them to leave, so, they must all be terrorists or their supporters. He doesn't mention that Israel has destoryed roads Lebanese people are supposed to leave by. He doesn't mention how israel bombs fleeing civllians, ambulances and Red Cross vehicles. The reason Hezbollah captured Israeli soldiers to begin with was to negotiate a prisoner exhange. Almost 10,000 Palestinians and Lebanese are held in Israeli prisons, many without charges or trails and subjected to torture - some held for almost a decade. In the past, such exchanges with Israel have occured and have been the ONLY way to get Israel to adhere to international human rights law. Israel's hideous arguments and actions exemplify a fundamental element of American and Israeli attitudes toward the Middle East: Arab lives simply count for very damn little in comparison to Israeli or American lives. That's the most basic and blunt definition of racism - and it drives these horrors in the service of imperialism (both Israel's continuing land grab and the U.S. aims in the region). This racist disregard for Arab lives is also one more answer to that question "Why do they hate us?" It also answers most of the trouble Israel has with its Arab neighbors. Israel - like its Big Brother Uncle Sam in Iraq - is violating international law and the Geneva Conventions. Human Rights Watch and others have observed that Israel is dropping cluster bombs on southern Lebanon. If one reads any press OTHER than the American corporate media, you learn about Israel targeting Red Cross and other humanitarian vehicles on the Lebanese roads its already made almost impossible to travel on. The 48 hour ceasefire to get more civillians out of harm's way and to bring in humanitarian aid that Israel agreed to - within hours, Israel violated the ceasefire, dropping more bombs. Israel hit a United Nations post, claiming it was a 'mistake' - but, the facts say otherwise. There were at least 10 phone calls from the UN base to Israel telling them exactly WHERE they were and, then, pleading with them to stop bombing. Israel murdered four United Nations staff to terrorize the international community out of sending in a peacekeeing force - so, nothing can stop their destruction of Lebanon. Against the rest of the world, only the US and Israel REFUSE to back a ceasefire. Why? What is to be gained but more slaughter of innocent civilians? Israel military officials have said in international media that they had been planning an attack on Lebanon for over a year. Were they simply waiting for the pretext to do it? Some Israelis see southern Lebanon as part of Israel's "rightful" land promised to the "Chosen People" by God. After all the trouble in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, perhaps, Israel feels that killing or driving out all the Lebanese people from southern Lebanon is more efficient than another occupation - and Israel already occupied Lebanon, too, for 18 years. There's an undeniable double-standard for Israel: no international or human rights law or prohibition of war crimes ever gets applied to Israel. In fact, even just verbal condemation of Israel's violence is taboo - as the current Prime MInister of Iraq found out speaking to Congress. How can ANY country be totally exempt from all criticism? How does this fit with "democracy"? Arab peoples from the Palestinians ever since 1948 to the Lebanese people right now, are abandoned by the international community to whatever violent fate Israel imposes on them. Then, these same peoples are demonized for turning to groups like Hezbollah and Hamas for self-defense. If the United Nations followed its original mandate and held Israel accountable, there'd be no need for Hezbolla and Hamas. As southren Lebanon is turned into rubble, Israel relentlessly talks about the necessity of its won self-defense. Do Arab people have any right to self-defense? Do the Lebanese people (or Palestinians) have the same right to resist oppression by another country? America lauds our own Founders and the Revolution that threw off British colonization, yet calls those who resist occupation today "terrorists". Before I'm accused of 'supporting terroorism", let me say I'd prefer a non-violent solution in the Middle East, but, the 'double-standard" and Orwellian dissonance from the brutal facts on the ground demand exposure. Israel's victims of violence cannot be the only ones expected to lay down their weapons. Israel is the mightiest military in the Middle East being backed up by the mightiest military on Earth - the U.S. The cluster bombs that Israel drops on Lebanese villages are made in the USA. So, are the F16 fighter planes and Apache helicopters terrorizing both Lebanon and the Palestinians in Gaza. Bush has authorized depleted uranium bunker busters to be sent to Israel; so Beirut can now experience the same radioactive poisoning America has inflicted on Baghdad and other Iraqui cities, like Falluga. Israel is committing war crimes. The U.S. is complicit in these war crimes. We must demand Israel's immediate ceasefire and negotiating prisoner exchange. Otherwise, yet again, we confirm to the peoples of the Middle East, that to Americans, Arab lives are worth NOTHING...and so the cycles of alienation and dispair and violence go on and on. Lydia Howell is a Minneapolis journalist for PULSE Newspaper and other publications.She's producer/host of "Catalyst:politics & culture", Tues. 11am on KFAI Radio, available online at http://www.kfai.org The Friends National Service Committee is urging Congress to support a ceasefire. The following is from their website: *Middle East Crisis: Urge Congress to Act* "There is something fundamentally wrong with a war where there are more dead children than armed men.... It has to stop," said Jan Egeland, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, this week. FCNL is urging Congress and the president to call for an immediate cease-fire and to stop shipping precision guided bombs to Israel. Take Action at http://capwiz.com/fconl/issues/alert/?alertid=8942001 Read more: http://www.fcnl.org/issues/issue.php?issue_id=36 --------16 of 23-------- When Jews Behave Like Nazis, They Become Nazis by Khalid Amayreh July 30, 2006 <http://umkahlil.blogspot.com/2006/07/when-jews-behave-like-nazis-they.html> posted by umkahlil @ 7:57 PM On 23 March, 1944, 33 German soldiers were killed when members of an Italian resistance group set off a bomb close to a column of German troops who were marching on via Rasella. Adolph Hitler got furious and ordered that within 24 hours, ten Italians were to be shot for each dead German. Herbert Kappler, the local German commander, quickly compiled a list of 320 civilians who were to be killed. On 24 March, the victims were transported to Adreatine caves where they were summarily executed by the SS. Numerous similar "pacification operations" were carried out by the Nazi armies against civilians throughout Nazi-occupied Europe, in which men, women and children were brutally killed to avenge the death of German soldiers by local resistance fighters. I know it is a taboo, especially in the West, to compare Israel, let alone Jews, to the Third Reich. However, if truth is to be upheld as an intrinsic, paramount value, it is inescapable to call things by their real name. Today, in light of Israel's criminal aggressions in Lebanon and Gaza, there is no doubt that Israel is thinking, behaving and acting like the Third Reich. And when Jews, or some Jews, think, behave and act like the Nazis, they become Nazis themselves. Zionists are behaving like Nazis because they are murdering innocent civilians en mass to avenge the death of a few Israeli soldiers killed by resistance fighters in Lebanon or Palestine. Needless to say, these fighters, whether you call them Hamas or Hizbullah, are struggling to rid their countries of a brutal Israeli occupation, very much like European resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied Poland, France, Greece, and other countries fought to get rid of the brutal Nazi occupation of their countries. There is no doubt Jews suffered a lot during WWII. Nobody can deny this fact. But Jewish suffering in Europe six decades ago by no means entitles Jews to commit another holocaust against the peoples of the Middle East. Indeed, a Jewish holocaust against the peoples of the Middle East is no less evil (and no less-Nazi) than the German holocaust against Jews. Evil crimes don't become lesser when perpetrated by Jewish hands. There is no such thing as kosher genocide, or kosher holocaust or Kosher massacres. Actually, if Jews are so intent on avenging the holocaust, the "logical" thing, at least from a Talmudic perspective, is that Zionists should direct their wrath to the Germans, the children and grandchildren of the Wehrmacht, Gestapo and SS, not to the innocent Palestinians and Lebanese who don't have the means to protect themselves and their children. Isn't a sign of criminality and cowardice to target innocent and helpless civilians with the most potent machines of death? Jewish-Nazism I know that many Jews get vociferously furious whenever Israeli-Nazi analogies are drawn, especially by Europeans and westerners. They would claim that the holocaust was a unique event compared to what Israel is doing in Lebanon and Gaza. Well, nobody is claiming that Gaza is becoming a new Auschwitz. However, nobody can deny that numerous helpless civilians are exterminated by the Israeli war machine. After all there are other means to "evaporate" people than sending them to gas chambers and incinerators (I am using the word "evaporate" because an Israeli newspaper, the Jerusalem Post, gleefully used this very word recently on its internet cite in reference to Palestinians killed in one Israel aerial bombing of a crowded Gaza street in mid July.). In the final analysis, if brutal collective punishment is a criterion for qualifying anybody for the "Nazi" label, then Israeli behavior and Israeli leaders, politicians and military commanders alike, are undoubtedly the Nazis of our time. Just compare Israel's behavior in Gaza and Lebanon, following the capture by resistance fighters of three Israeli soldiers during military operations, to Gestapo and SS behavior in similar circumstances in Nazi-occupied Europe, and you certainly will discover the striking similarity. Following that capture of an Israeli soldier by Palestinian resistance fighters at Kerem Shalom on 25 June, the Israeli army immediately started a month-long genocidal campaign against Gaza, destroying homes, schools, colleges, power stations, streets, orchards, citrus groves and annihilating entire families while sleeping in the privacy of their homes. Indeed, by the time of writing this article (29 July), as many as 183 Palestinians, among them 37 children, have been mercilessly killed in the Gaza Strip alone as a result of sustained aerial bombing and artillery bombardment of civilian neighborhoods. Yes, all of this pornographic bloodshed and wanton destruction in response to the abduction of one Israeli soldier! And in Lebanon. Well, what is happening in Lebanon defies linguistic description. How can one describe the destruction of an entire country and the blanket bombing of homes, neighborhoods, streets, fleeing civilians riding in trucks and minibuses, all in response to the abduction of two Israeli occupation soldiers during a military operation aimed at freeing thousands of Arab political and resistance detainees languishing in Israeli concentration camps? If this is not Judeo-Nazism, then what is it (by the way the term "Judeo-Nazism" was coined by the late Israeli writer Yisrael Shahak.)? And if Israeli leaders, who ordered and oversaw these genocidal campaigns against innocent civilians, are not certified war criminals, then how should we view them? This is a question that must confront the conscience of the world as it is unconscionable to keep silent while this evil power called Israel is behaving very much like another evil power did sixty years ago. <http://umkahlil.blogspot.com/2006/07/when-jews-behave-like-nazis-they.html> posted by umkahlil @ 7:57 PM --------17 of 23-------- How Can the Children of the Holocaust Mete Out the Same Racist Rage? The Daily Star July 31, 2006 Editorial Israel has committed many atrocities on Lebanese soil during several invasions, incursions, occupations, offensives and escalations. But none of these unconscionable attacks, which have stolen the lives of thousands of innocent civilians, has had the same historical and psychological significance as the Jewish state's massacres of civilians at Qana. Israel's attack in Qana on Sunday not only shredded the bodies of at least 54 civilians, mostly children - it also tore open the wounds of the recent past. The atrocity immediately conjured images of another massacre committed in the same village a little over 10 years ago, on April 18, 1996, when during "Operation Grapes of Wrath" the Israelis slaughtered 106 civilians who had taken refuge at a United Nations compound. Although that massacre, which is commemorated in Lebanon every year, went unpunished, the Lebanese have long vowed that they will never forget it. Now that fresh images of the broken bodies of the women and children of Qana are being shown on our television screens, the idea of forgetting has become all the more unthinkable. These images have stirred the anger and outrage of even the most moderate Lebanese, proving that Israeli brutality - not Hizbullah - has become Israel's own worst enemy. Israel's unabashed butchery in Qana has only demonstrated to many of those who were on the fence that there is indeed a legitimate need for resistance. Israel's current siege of Lebanon has set Hizbullah on a political trajectory that only an Israeli show of humility and humanity will reverse. It is unrealistic to expect that the Lebanese will be forced to accept that they can be killed off in their hundreds with utter impunity. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has expressed "sorrow" about the latest massacre in Qana, but he has simultaneously pressed for another 14 days to perpetuate the killing of innocents. Olmert says that Israel will not relent in its military offensive until it has accomplished its mission in Lebanon. We say to Olmert, and to the Israeli people, that throughout 22 years of occupation, from 1978 to 2000, Hizbullah was not eradicated, even though the resistance movement was under the very noses of the Israeli occupiers. The tragedies in Qana suggest to the Lebanese that the Israelis, who are waging a campaign of ethnic cleansing in South Lebanon, have forgotten their own suffering during the Holocaust. The Israelis and their allies have callously ignored a besieged people's pleas for mercy. Instead, the children of the Holocaust, whom one would expect to show empathy for the plight of weak and helpless innocents, are now meting out the same racist rage that was demonstrated in Treblinka, Auschwitz and Dachau. How can Israeli mothers and fathers sleep at night knowing that their government is conducting massacres in Lebanon? Do they believe that by virtue of our religion or nationality that we innocent Lebanese are expendable? Have they now embraced the very logic that sought to eliminate their people? We urge the Israelis to abandon the logic of death and destruction that they have been showering on the people around them. We urge them to instead embrace the pursuit of meaningful negotiations and the rapid implementation of all UN resolutions. What is needed is a sense of humanity and an intelligent resolution of this conflict, not America's laser-guided "smart" weapons, or other tools of extermination. --------18 of 23-------- As of Aug 2, deathcount is: Lebanese: 750+ (BBC) virtually all civillians Isralis: 56 (CNN) many of them soldiers Note from Lebanon by Rania Masri July 17, 2006 ZNet http://www.zmag.org/content/print_article.cfm?itemID=10589§ionID=107 Dear friends, Thank you all for your letters of concern. Yes, I am in Lebanon, and, yes, I am safe, as safe as one can be when one's country is under attack. I appeal to you all: we need your voices of outrage to be heard. Since Wednesday, we have been under vicious, unjustified attack, and the attacks have been intensifying. Vicious. Perhaps you have not heard the news because the western news has not been reporting it. Perhaps you have seen the pictures because the western news is not printing the pictures (the media has access to the pictures, but is choosing not to print them). See: www.angryarab.blogspot.com for some pictures. As for the attacks, the level of infrastructural damage exceeds that of the 1982 Israeli invasion: Every airport has been attacked and rendered unfit for travel. The main airport (our only commerical airport) has been attacked several times over several days. The smaller military airports, none of which were in use for years, have also been attacked and rendered useless. Every port from the south to the north has been attacked by the Israelis. For the first time, the port of Jounieh was bombed. (Which opens up the rather narrow question: how can the Americans, French, British, and Italians - all of whom have called for the evacuation of their citizens - evacuate their citizens?) Several major gas stations and electrical stations have been destroyed. There is a rumor that every major gas station in the country is under threat. The major bridges in the country have been destroyed. 64 to be exact. We are hesitant to cross over any bridge for the fear that it could be the next target. The main arteries of the country have been destroyed - from the south to the north. What does this mean? This means that travel between main cities *throughout Lebanon* is physically impossible. One cannot leave the country to Syria - nor, and more importantly, can one move safely from one area to another, from one city to another, and, in the South, from one part of the village to another part of the village. There is only one main route that is still open (the highway from nothern Beirut to Tripoli), and since last night, Israel has been threatening to bomb the tunnel in Chekka, thus making it impossible to go - on the main road - from Jbeil/Byblos to the northern areas, and vice versa. (some basic geography of Lebanon, from the central Lebanon to the north, the main cities are: Beirut, Jounieh, Jbeil/Byblos, Batroun, Chekka, Tripoli. This besieging of villages is especially vicious in the South. The Israeli army has been calling upon villages in the South to evacuate yet they have destroyed the roads on which they can evacuate - so the message is clear: leave your homes and we will kill you, stay in your homes and we will kill you. They have done both. What does all this mean? Israel is attempting to scare the Lebanese into submission by forcing us to remain in the country and not "escape." This is terorism - in its purest form. Israel is attempting to besiege every major community in the country, to isolate us so that eventually we will "surrender" when there is a lack of food and medicine and other basic necessities. Already, numerous villages and the major city of Sour/Tyre have spoken about the lack of basic goods. Vicious. Yes. The Israeli acts of aggression have not been limited to infrastructure but have *deliberately* targeted civilians. Deliberately. Homes in the South have been deliberately targeted and attacked. How can we prove intent? Several ways. First: In open fields, the bombs have hit the homes and not the fields surrounding the homes. We have seen this kind of precision attacks during the 1996 Qana massacre, when the Israeli Offensive Forces bombed the areas in the UN compound in which the civilians were hiding and did not bomb the very close areas in which the UN staff were housed nor the trees that surrounded the compounds. Entire families, entire families, have been killed thus far in the South. In separate attacks, four families - father, mother, and their children - have been massacred. Their bodies torn apart. Their faces burned. This is the Independent (UK)'s reporting on the first of the attacks: Israeli jets "came first to the little village of Dweir near Nabatiya in southern Lebanon where an Israeli plane dropped a bomb on to the home of a Shia Muslim cleric. He was killed. So was his wife. So were eight of his children. One was decapitated. All they could find of a baby was its head and torso which a young villager brandished in fury in front of the cameras. Then the planes visited another home in Dweir and disposed of a family of seven." In a fifth attack, the Israeli terrorist forces bombed a building that was housing four families. No one survived. In another attack, a family - after being told by the Israelis (through flyers that are dropped from their fighter planes) to evacuate - went to the UN building for refuge. The UN threw them out. As they were leaving, their van was bombed. They were torn to pieces. Torn to pieces. See the pictures on www.angryarab.blogspot.com. See the pictures attached. These massacres have been continuing - and these massacres, let us remember, are not unique in the history of Israeli aggression. Vicious. Barbaric. Horrific. And Unjustified. Yes, unjustified. Let us remember: attacks by the Israeli Offensive Forces on the Lebanese border did not begin this Wednesday with the apprehending of two Israeli soldiers. For more than the past month, the Israeli army has been conducting live ammunition training on the border. Lebanese shepherds have been killed. The response from the "international community"? Silence. Let us remember: Israel continues to imprison Lebanese in their jails, and the call from Hezbollah has been clear for years: Hezbollah will work for their release. Lebanese are not the only ones held in Israeli jails; there are thousands of Arab prisoners. And in contrast to the incorrect reporting by The Guardian (UK), Hassan Narsallah, Secretary General of Hezbollah, stated quite clearly that Hezbollah will use these 2 Israeli soldiers for negotiation and he did not specify the conditions; he did NOT say that he will release these soldiers only upon the release of all Arab prisoners in Israel. Let us also remember: Israel has refused to submit a map of the 400,000 land mines that it deliberately left in South Lebanon, and these mines regularly kill Lebanese children. Regardless if one agrees with the action of Hezbollah or not, regardless if one views Hezbollah's action as a reaction or a provacation, regardless: the attacks by Israel are clearly not proportional. Furthermore, while Hezbollah has kidnapped soldiers, the Israeli army has been deliberately attacking civilians and imposing an illegal and terrorist collective punishment on the country as a whole. "[Israeli] Brigadier General Dan Halutz said: 'Nowhere is safe [in Lebanon] ... as simple as that.' "(From the Guardian (UK)) So, once again, I appeal to you. We are all expecting the situation to worsen in Lebanon. We are all expecting more massacres and more destruction to Lebanon's basic infrastructure. ** People have protested in Australia and in Germany. Protest in the United States, as well! Protest in solidarity with the Lebanese people - who are standing united in the face of this aggression. The division is from the politicians, but not from the people. Protest in solidarity with the Palestinian people - who have been standing strong for decades in the face of Israeli aggression. We Americans, you Americans, have a particular responsibility: these weapons that are being used to massacre and destroy are paid for by US taxpayer dollars, and supported by George Bush and an acquiscent Congress. ** Share these pictures with your local press. Meet with your local press and talk to them about what is happening in Lebanon. See: www.electroniclebanon.net for updates. Call for fair reporting. The Lebanese people being killed have names and faces. (I will share with you detailed stories as I gather them.) ** Call your Congressional representative and demand an immediate, unconditional end to Israeli aggression. One more note to you all: In my constant calls to friends in the South, I have been hearing the same comment: We are strong. We are resilient. We will be victorious. This strenth of spirit is what our strongest weapon of resistance. Rania Masri rania.masri [at] balamand.edu.lb El Koura, Lebanon --------19 of 23-------- Israeli home bombings terrorize Palestinians The Guardian - July 28, 2006 The call that tells you: run, you're about to lose your home and possessions Conal Urquhart in Gaza City The voice sounded friendly enough. "Hi, my name is Danny. I'm an officer in Israeli military intelligence. In one hour we will blow up your house." Mohammed Deeb took the telephone call seriously and told his family and neighbours to get out of the building. An hour later, an Israeli helicopter fired three missiles at the four-storey building in Gaza City, destroying the ground floor and damaging the upper storeys. Mr Deeb was on the receiving end of a new Israeli tactic of using telephone, radio and leaflets to warn Gazans of impending attacks. The army claims it is an attempt to minimise civilian casualties, but Palestinians say it is a new way of terrorising the population. Raji Serrani, the director of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), which has collected several examples of the tactic, described it as "psychological warfare", adding: "Since when did Israel feel the need to warn people that they were about to bomb their homes? They are simply playing with people's minds and inflicting a new panic in Gaza." The family of Ibrahim Mahmoud in the Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza were ordered to leave their home by an Israeli intelligence officer. The officer called back one hour later to say she had made a mistake. She ended her call to Mr Mahmoud by telling him to "be safe", he told the Associated Press. The warnings, which sometimes are followed by an Israeli attack and sometimes not, are happening as Israel continues its latest invasion of the Gaza Strip. Four people were killed and dozens injured yesterday as Israeli tanks patrolled residential areas to the east of Gaza City. Twenty-five people were killed on Wednesday. Fears that Israel will destroy homes are widespread: 900 residents of the al Nader towers, a complex of 12 apartment blocks in the north of Gaza, fled on Tuesday after 10 Israeli shells landed close to them, killing three residents. According to the PCHR, Israel had also informed Palestinian police that they planned to demolish the towers. Izzat al Jamal, 38, a Palestinian policeman, moved his wife and eight children out of their apartment to emergency accommodation in a local school. "When they started firing, it was clear it was aimed directly at us and it wasn't a random mistake. I had to leave for the children's sake. I haven't been paid in four months and now I don't even have a home." Hundreds of families have also moved out of the east of Gaza City in the al Shaaf and al Tuffah suburbs after Israeli tanks took up position on Wednesday. Two tanks were visible on hills above the suburbs and many more could be heard shooting and moving in the narrow streets. Scores of Palestinian fighters armed with rifles attempted to approach the tanks, which - supported by drones and helicopters - fired shells and machine guns throughout yesterday. At Shifa Hospital, the ambulances lined up to deliver the injured and crowds of men waited to take away the dead. Dr Jumah Sakkah said the hospital had taken in 16 injured people and two had died. The death toll later rose to four. He said that all of the injured were non-combatants. --------20 of 23-------- A World in Love with Death One Country Bombed Two Countries By EDUARDO GALEANO CounterPunch - Jul 29, 2006 http://www.counterpunch.org/galeano07292006.html One country bombed two countries. Such impunity might astound were it not business as usual. In response to the few timid protests from the international community, Israel said mistakes were made. How much longer will horrors be called mistakes? This slaughter of civilians began with the kidnapping of a soldier. How much longer will the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier be allowed to justify the kidnapping of Palestinian sovereignty? How much longer will the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers be allowed to justify the kidnapping of the entire nation of Lebanon? For centuries the slaughter of Jews was the favorite sport of Europeans. Auschwitz was the natural culmination of an ancient river of terror, which had flowed across all of Europe. How much longer will Palestinians and other Arabs be made to pay for crimes they didn't commit? Hezbollah didn't exist when Israel razed Lebanon in earlier invasions. How much longer will we continue to believe the story of this attacked attacker, which practices terrorism because it has the right to defend itself from terrorism? Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Lebanon: How much longer will Israel and the United States be allowed to exterminate countries with impunity? The tortures of Abu Ghraib, which triggered a certain universal sickness, are nothing new to us in Latin America. Our militaries learned their interrogation techniques from the School of the Americas, which may no longer exist in name but lives on in effect. How much longer will we continue to accept that torture can be legitimized? Israel has ignored forty-six resolutions of the General Assembly and other U.N. bodies. How much longer will Israel enjoy the privilege of selective deafness? The United Nations makes recommendations but never decisions. When it does decide, the United States makes sure the decision is blocked. In the U.N. Security Council, the U.S. has vetoed forty resolutions condemning actions of Israel.  How much longer will the United Nations act as if it were just another name for the United States? Since the Palestinians had their homes confiscated and their land taken from them, much blood has flowed. How much longer will blood flow so that force can justify what law denies? History is repeated day after day, year after year, and ten Arabs die for every one Israeli. How much longer will an Israeli life be measured as worth ten Arab lives? In proportion to the overall population, the 50,000 civilians killed in Iraq - the majority of them women and children - are the equivalent of 800,000 Americans. How much longer will we continue to accept, as if customary, the killing of Iraqis in a blind war that has forgotten all of its justifications? Iran is developing nuclear energy, but the so-called international community is not concerned in the least by the fact that Israel already has 250 atomic bombs, despite the fact that the country lives permanently on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Who calibrates the universal dangerometer? Was Iran the country that dropped atomic bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima? In the age of globalization, the right to express is less powerful than the right to apply pressure. To justify the illegal occupation of Palestinian territory, war is called peace. The Israelis are patriots, and the Palestinians are terrorists, and terrorists sow universal alarm. How much longer will the media broadcast fear instead of news? The slaughter happening today, which is not the first and I fear will not be the last, is happening in silence. Has the world gone deaf? How much longer will the outcry of the outraged be sounded on a bell of straw? The bombing is killing children, more than a third of the victims. Those who dare denounce this murder are called anti-Semites. How much longer will the critics of state terrorism be considered anti-Semites? How much longer will we accept this grotesque form of extortion? Are the Jews who are horrified by what is being done in their name anti-Semites? Are there not Arab voices that defend a Palestinian homeland but condemn fundamentalist insanity? Terrorists resemble one another: state terrorists, respectable members of government, and private terrorists, madmen acting alone or in those organized in groups hard at work since the Cold War battling communist totalitarianism. All act in the name of various gods, whether God, Allah, or Jehovah. How much longer will we ignore that fact that all terrorists scorn human life and feed off of one another? Isn't it clear that in the war between Israel and Hezbollah, it is the civilians, Lebanese, Palestinian, and Israeli, who are dying? And isn't it clear that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the invasion of Gaza and Lebanon are the incubators of hatred, producing fanatic after fanatic after fanatic? We are the only species of animal that specializes in mutual extermination. We devote $2.5 billion per day to military spending. Misery and war are children of the same father. How much longer will we accept that this world so in love with death is the only world possible? Notes:  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article2000.htm [Eduardo Galeano is the author of Memories of Fire, Open Veins of Latin America and Days and Nights of Love and War. His newest book, Voices of Time, was published in English in May.] --------21 of 23-------- Kosher genocide, kosher holocaust, kosher massacres. Die cleansed. --------22 of 23-------- Hi! In one hour we blow up your house! Rejoice! Now you can make that trip! --------23 of 23-------- My sacred book says you must hand us all you own then jump off the earth ------------------------------------------------------------------------- - David Shove shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu rhymes with clove Progressive Calendar over 2225 subscribers as of 12.19.02 please send all messages in plain text no attachments
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