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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Wed, 7 Oct 2009 10:22:07 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 10.07.09 1. MN media/what now? 10.07 11am 2. Mpls mayor forum 10.07 3pm 3. Afghan bridge vigil 10.07 5pm 4. Vs bigger airport 10.07 6pm 5. Vs gun violence 10.07 6:30pm 6. RNC 8/rally/court 10.08 7:30am/8:15am/9am 7. Suburban organizers 10.08 3pm 8. Eagan peace vigil 10.08 4:30pm 9. Northtown vigil 10.08 5pm 10. Eco-boudoir bash 10.08 5pm 11. Meridel LeSueur/f 10.08 7pm 12. 12 short films 10.08 7pm 13. Northside peace 10.08 7pm 14. Nonviolence conf 10.08-10 Milwaukee WI 15. John Zavesky - Holocaust politics 16. Gilad Atzmon - Who is a Jew? 17. Dan Lieberman - Deconstructing the Israeli narrative 18. Ira Glunts - Obama disappoints as Middle East peacemaker 19. ed - Change we can believe in (poem) --------1 of 19-------- From: Andy Driscoll <andy [at] driscollgroup.com> Subject: MN media/what now? 10.07 11am TRUTH TO TELL 11AM OCT 7: MINNESOTA MEDIA: Mainstream No More? KFAI - 90.3FM-Minneapolis/106.7FM Saint Paul and STREAMING at <http://www.KFAI.org WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7- 11:00AM Minnesota's media landscape continues to shift - and not so glacially as generationally. Aging boomers cling to the printed word, some news and talk sources and the 10 o'clock news as younger consumers increasingly get their news and information from their computers and cell phones - when they care to find it at all. The Twin Cities dailies slipped away from reliably family-owned newspapers to never-satisfied Wall-Street controlled profit centers. Meanwhile, alternative outlets, some broadcast, some online are filling the vacuum in local and regional news coverages and blogs have replaced print columnists as opinion-makers. TTT's ANDY DRISCOLL and LYNNELL MICKELSEN toss around past, present and future upheavals in Twin Cities and Minnesota media with four seasoned writers and producers in local and national journalism, themselves having been tossed about by the volatile industry they and their readers relied on for a stable sources of news and information we all need to govern ourselves. Now what? GUESTS: NICK COLEMAN - (parttime) columnist for the StarTribune; now free- lancing JUDITH YATES BORGER - retired Pioneer Press reporter, now novelist; author of Where's Billie? KATE STANLEY - former editorial writer, StarTribune; now free-lance writer/consultant JIM LEINFELDER - free-lance television producer; field producer for CNN, ABC, NBC, others AND YOU Can't get us on the radio? *Stream us LIVE and LATER at KFAI.org --------2 of 19-------- From: Nik <kreuzauge [at] GMAIL.COM> Subject: Mpls mayor forum 10.07 3pm EVENT: 2009 Minneapolis Mayor's Forum - Wednesday 10/7 3-4pm LIVE BROADCAST MTN Channel 17 If you can make it it would be nice to have a few partisans in the audience cheering on Papa John (and Al Flowers as he needs the support, hint, hint ;)) The candidates attending are: John Kolstad, Al Flowers, Dick Fransen, Bob Carney, William McGauhey and James Everett. Wednesday, October 7 from 3-4 p.m. MTN will broadcast live the 2009 Minneapolis Mayors Forum. (Channel 17) The address is 125 SE Main Street in Minneapolis (St. Anthony Main Area). --------3 of 19-------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Afghan bridge vigil 10.07 5pm Eight Years of War in Afghanistan: Out of Afghanistan - Bring the Troops Home Now! Peace Vigil, 5:00 to 6:00 pm Wednesday, October 7, 2009 Lake Street/Marshall Avenue Bridge over the Mississippi River between Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN Wednesday Peace Vigil to Mark 8 years of War in Afghanistan with call for Peace A peace vigil will be held from 5:00 to 6:00 pm on Wednesday, October 7, 2009, to mark the 8th anniversary of the beginning of the U.S. war in Afghanistan. The event will take place on the Lake Street/Marshall Avenue Bridge over the Mississippi River between Minneapolis and St. Paul and is part of a national effort to mark the anniversary. Across the U.S., peace groups will be holding vigils, rallies and other activities to speak out against the war and against any escalation of the war. At 5:00 pm, representatives of several area organizations will be available to give brief statements on the east end (St. Paul side) of the bridge. A statement issued by organizers says, in part, "The U.S. government is considering a plan to send 40,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan. We will mark the 8th anniversary with a call for an end to the U.S. war and to speak out against any escalation." The statement goes on to say, "For 8 years, the people of Afghanistan have suffered attacks on their families and the destruction of their homes and villages. We say this is 8 years too many! The people of Afghanistan deserve to live free of foreign occupation and to determine for themselves what happens in their own country."Ô The statement continues, "On Wednesday, people across the U.S. will gather to call for an end to the war in Afghanistan and to oppose any escalation of the war. The number of troops in Afghanistan has doubled under the Obama administration. Deaths among U.S. troops in Afghanistan are now at an all-time high and eight more U.S. soldiers were killed this past weekend. It's time to being the troops home now!" At the Wednesday vigil, plans will be announced for an anti-war protest set for Saturday, October 17 in Minneapolis. October 17 is a day in which local and regional anti-war protests are planned, with peace actions set for 40 cities around the country. The Wednesday vigil is sponsored by: Twin Cities Peace Campaign-Focus on Iraq and Women Against Military Madness. The vigil is co-sponsored by Anti-War Committee and Iraq Peace Action Coalition. For more information, news organizations may contact: For more information: Meredith Aby 612 819-3149 Marie Braun 612 522-1861 Sarah Martin 612 379-4716 Women Against Military Madness 612 827-5364 --------4 of 19------- From: Ron Holch <rrholch [at] q.com> Subject: Vs bigger airport 10.07 6pm General Meeting Notice Concerned Citizens of the North Metro THE THREAT OF AIRPORT EXPANSION IS STILL VERY REAL!!! Our MONTHLY general information meetings will resume in October With a PowerPoint presentation on noise impacts surrounding the airport and a second presentation by Barry Rice. Wednesday October 7, at 6:00 PM Northtown Branch Anoka County Libraries 711 County Road 10 NE, Blaine 763-717-3267 On the North side of County Hwy 10 across from the Northtown Shopping Center CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE AT THE LINK BELOW www.ccnm6.com --------5 of 19-------- From: "Heather Martens, Protect Minnesota, Citizens for a Safer Minnesota" <csm [at] endgunviolence.com> Subject: Vs gun violence 10.07 6:30pm How Common Sense Can Win: Join Us Oct. 7. An armed conspiracy theorist with a criminal record, outside a Presidential speech in Minneapolis? Is this okay with you? It is not with me! [Had it been a progressive with a pea-shooter he would have been tasered, tear gassed, batoned, stomped, and maybe shot thru the head. But right-wingers are untouchable, because our rulers like brownshirts and will need them if and when they decide on a coup. -ed] The way to fight back is with words and resolve - and that starts with *showing up.* Please join us Wednesday, October 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at a reception in Edina with two important leaders: Dennis Henigan is Vice President of Law and Policy at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. He will speak on his new book exposing the faults in the gun lobby's arguments: Lethal Logic: Exploding the Myths That Paralyze American Gun Policy. Minnesota Rep. Michael Paymar authored the bill to close the gun show loophole in Minnesota this year. He'll speak on how to change policy and save lives. Can you be there? Reply to this email or click here <http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5610/c/237/t/5475/event/index.jsp?event_KEY=8646> to RSVP. (You'll receive directions when you RSVP.) If you can't be there, you can still donate! Go to http://www.endgunviolence.com and click on Donate. Beverages and hors d'oevres will be served. Admission to this fundraiser is free, but space is limited. RSVP <http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5610/c/237/t/5475/event/index.jsp?event_KEY=8646> as soon as possible! Donations to Citizens for a Safer Minnesota and Protect Minnesota will support our gun violence prevention work. Heather Martens Executive Director Citizens for a Safer Minnesota, Protect Minnesota --------6 of 19-------- From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at] visi.com> Subject: RNC 8/rally/court 10.08 7:30am/8:15am/9am RALLY AND COURT SOLIDARITY FOR THE RNC 8 ON OCTOBER 8 Thursday, October 8 7:30 a.m. Carpool from Walker Church, 3100 16th Ave S, Minneapolis 8:15 a.m. Rally at Ramsey County Courthouse, 15 W Kellogg, St. Paul 9:00 a.m. Court Watch, Rm 1040 of Ramsey County Courthouse Originally slated for August and then cancelled at the last minute, the RNC 8's scheduling and motion hearing has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 8 at 9am in room 1040 of the Ramsey County Courthouse in St. Paul. Once again - barring further delays - all of the RNC 8 and their attorneys will be in attendance. Please join them! The RNC 8 Defense Committee will sponsor a rally outside the courthouse at 15 West Kellogg Boulevard from 8:15-9am on October 8, before we head upstairs to pack the courtroom. To carpool from Minneapolis, meet at Walker Church (3100 16th Ave S.) at 7:30 sharp. Otherwise, the courthouse is near several bus routes from Minneapolis, including the 16, 21, 50 and 94. For updates, sign up for our twitter feed by texting "follow defendthernc8" to 40404. At the hearing itself, the 8's motion to be tried together rather than separately will likely be addressed. Other motions may be raised as well, and future dates will be set. Judge Warner may or may not rule on the motions immediately. It's been more than a year since the RNC, and our community has proven that court solidarity works. Show yours! Help remind Judge Warner, Ramsey County Attorney and DFL Governor candidate Susan Gaertner, and the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office that the RNC 8 are not criminals and that prosecuting activists is a disgrace! Join us on the morning of Thursday, October 8. It's now been seven months since the last hearing - bring your friends and let's show how much support for the RNC 8 has grown. Remember that nothing that could be construed as a weapon - such as scissors or tools - are allowed in the courthouse and that all bags will be searched, so check them before you leave. For more info, email info [at] rnc8.org. --------7 of 19-------- From: joan [at] metrostability.org Subject: Suburban organizers 10.08 3pm The Alliance for Metropolitan Stability invites you to join us to network with other organizers who work in the Twin Cities suburbs! Metro Organizer Networking Session for Suburban Organizers Thursday, October 8 3 to 4:30 pm Rondo Community Outreach Library 461 N Dale Street St. Paul (free parking available on lower level, enter from University Avenue) Suburban Organizers this is for you! This networking session is a follow-up to the August Organizer Roundtable: Community Organizing in the Suburbs you attended, where participants emphasized the power of connections with other organizers as a key to successful efforts (find a PDF of the notes from the August session here http://www.metrostability.org/efiles/Suburban_Organizing_notes_Aug_26_09.pdf). This session will be dedicated to informal networking. All organizers and program staff are welcome. Each organizer will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and their work. Bring your cards, program information, and date books to set up one on ones with other organizers. This session is free, but registration is required. Please register at: https://www.thedatabank.com/dpg/322/personalopt1.asp?formid=event&c=5305834 Light refreshments will be served. I look forward to seeing you there! Please contact me with any questions. Joan Vanhala Coalition Organizer Alliance for Metropolitan Stability 2525 E Franklin Ave, Suite 200 Minneapolis, MN 55406 612-332-4471 --------8 of 19-------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <family4peace [at] msn.com> Subject: Eagan peace vigil 10.08 4:30pm 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. --------9 of 19-------- From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 10.08 5pm NORTHTOWN Peace Vigil every Thursday 5-6pm, 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. --------10 of 19-------- From: Do It Green! Minnesota <Do_It_Green_Minnesota [at] mail.vresp.com> Subject: Eco-boudoir bash 10.08 5pm Twin Cities Green and the Do It Green! Resource Center's Two Year Anniversary Party Thursday, October 8, 2009, 5-8:30pm Twin Cities Green, 2405 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405 For more information: 612-374-4581 Come join us to celebrate the anniversary of our Do It Green! Resource Center and Twin Cities Green's two year success! The owners of Twin Cities Green, Ryan and Tina will honor their favorite room - the BEDROOM! Twin Cities Green's "Eco-Boudoir Bash" is gearing up to be an unforgettable evening of celebration and sexiness! --------11 of 19-------- From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Meridel LeSueur/film 10.08 7pm On Thursday, October 8, 7 p.m., at the Rondo Community Outreach Library [Dale & University StPaul], Neala Schleuning, author of America, Song We Sang without Knowing: Life and Ideas of Meridel Le Sueur, introduces the film The People Are My Home, about Minnesotan FWP writer Meridel LeSueur, and leads a post-film discussion. --------12 of 19-------- From: Stephanie Bates <Stephanie.Bates [at] americas.org> Subject: 12 short films 10.08 7pm Ninth Annual Media That Matters Film Festival October 8, 2009 Films start at 7pm Oak Street Cinema 309 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 Tickets $8 This event will bring nonprofit and community organizations together to screen 12 award-winning short films that represent different social issues. Each organization will relate to a certain film and will be available to answer questions and spark conversation. Films: The Next Way presented by Climate Central/U of M Bits and Pieces, presenter TBD Immersion, presenter TBD Locusts presented by Poetic Assassins Lone Wolf presented by Twin Cities Daily Planet Why Do White People Have Black Spots? presented by Marnita's Table La Hoja presented by Resource Center of the Americas Will I Be Next? presented by MAD DADS Exiled in America presented by Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Coalition The Secret Life of Paper presented by Eureka Recycling Knock Knock, Who's There? presented by Men As Peacemakers Looking Back presented by Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans --------13 of 19-------- From: Carole Rydberg <carydberg [at] comcast.net> Subject: Northside peace 10.08 7pm Sondra Samuels, President of the Peace Foundation, will present, "Peace is an Inside Job" on Thursday October 8 at 7 PM. This program is sponsored by NW Neighbors for Peace and will take place at the Parish Community of St. Joseph's, 8701-36th Avenue N., New Hope. The Peace Foundation was co-founded in 2003 by Minneapolis City Council member, Don Samuels, and the current Executive Director, Michelle Martin. It is the premise of the Peace Foundation that the broader community must join with adult and youth leaders of the Northside if problems of isolated poverty and violence in our neighborhoods is to be solved. This program is free and open to all. Discussion will follow her presentation. For more information, Carole Rydberg, 763-546-5368. --------14 of 19-------- From: Art Heitzer <aheitzer [at] igc.org> Subject: Nonviolence conf 10.08-10 Milwaukee WI "Exploring the Power of Nonviolence" 7th Annual Conference of the Peace and Justice Studies Association October 8-10, 2009 Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Announcing a conference jointly sponsored by the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA), the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (WISPG), and the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking. Keynote speakers include Helen Prejean, Robert Enright, Jonathan Schell, James Douglas, Will Allen, and Janine Geske. On Friday night, October 9, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. there will be a concert-Emma's Revolution This year's conference theme is "Exploring the Power of Nonviolence," and it will be on October 8-10, 2009 to mark the 140th anniversary of Gandhi's birth. The conference also will mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the founding of WIPCS, a consortium of twenty-three colleges and universities that supports peace studies. For more information contact http://www.peacejusticestudies.org/conference/call.php or Professor Michael Duffey, Marquette University, (414) 288-3748 --------15 of 19-------- Holocaust Politics by John Zavesky October 6th, 2009 Dissidenrt Voice Holocaust politics has come into major play in recent months and in some of the most bizarre ways. First there was Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's breaking out literal blueprints for Auschwitz when he spoke at the U.N. Did Bibi believe that those nations seated were not familiar with the European events of WWII? Possibly he felt they hadn't seen Defiance or Inglourious Basterds, or one of the many other revisionist films dealing with this topic to come out of Hollywood in recent years, and needed to brush up on the subject. Whatever the case may be, Netanyahu never once addressed the fact that Israel has had nukes for decades and has steadfastly refused to join the IAEA, sign a nuclear non-proliferation treaty or allow inspections of their nuclear facilities. Iran has complied on all of these accounts. Yet the Israeli Prime Minister could only chastise the countries that had the courtesy to remain seated and listen to what the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had to say. Netanyahu's behavior only bears out the need to initiate a scholarly study of this WWII event, just as President Ahmadinejad has suggested. To blindly accept information from those who pontificate on its occurrence is a religion, not a dispassionate examination of historical fact. While the European events of WWII may play a big role with a Jewish population they are not as significant to many others, especially most Muslims. Why should they be? These events only affected some Muslims with the creation of Israel. America backed U.N. Resolution 181 primarily because of the events in Europe during the war. If the U.S. had really believed in democracy they would have supported Palestine being returned to the Arabs at the end of the British Mandate. After all Britain had previously supported Arab independence with the McMahon-Hussein correspondence of 1915, two years before the Balfour Declaration was issued. England and France eventually said, "No" to both the Arabs and Jews with the Sykes-Picot Treaty and divvied up the spoils of the former Ottoman Empire between themselves. Shortly after the Balfour Declaration President Wilson rightly observed on July 4, 1918, "The settlement of every question, whether of territory, of sovereignty, of economic arrangement, or political relationship, rests upon the basis of the free acceptance of that settlement by the people immediately concerned, and not upon the basis of the material interest or advantage of any other nation or people which may desire a different settlement for the sake of its own exterior influence or mastery. If that principle is to rule, and so the wishes of Palestine's population are to be decisive as to what is to be done with Palestine, then it is to be remembered that the non-Jewish population of Palestine - nearly nine-tenths of the whole - are emphatically against the entire Zionist program. The tables show that there was no one thing upon which the population of Palestine was more agreed upon than this. To subject a people so minded to unlimited Jewish immigration, and to steady financial and social pressure to surrender the land, would be a gross violation of the principle just quoted, and of the People's rights, though it is kept within the forms of law."1 Twenty-nine years later and another world war under our belt, the U.S. sang another tune. Truman pragmatically observed when questioned regarding his overruling a report by the State Department advocating against the creation of Israel, "I'm sorry, gentlemen, but I have to answer to hundreds of thousands who are anxious for the success of Zionism. I do not have hundreds of thousands of Arabs among my constituents".2 This support from the Truman Administration was borne out of guilt and political expedience. It is notable that Truman refrained from championing having all those displaced Jews sent to New York instead of Palestine. Sixty-two years after the creation of Israel the west is still consistently battered with images of WWII by Israelis and Jews as some type of bastardized excuse for nearly any type of crime or aberrant behavior they might be guilty of. In July 2009 New Jersey resident Ben-Ami Kaddish pled guilty to spying for Israel. The top secret documents he sent were far more extensive and damaging than those Jonathan Pollard, another Jewish spy handed over to Israel. For sixty seconds the media had a field day playing the holocaust card and whining that M.R. Kaddish was too old to stand trial and that the events occurred years ago. Kaddish was eventually convicted of a single offense and sentenced to pay a $50,000 dollar fine. Kaddish's reply when Judge Pauley passed sentence, "No problem".3 Obviously spying for Israel pays well. The media along with Representative Jane Harman and the usual suspects, AIPAC and ADL were also very instrumental in getting the trials of AIPAC spies, Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman derailed. Oddly enough the federal official who was not Jewish and involved in passing information to Rosen and Weissman is presently doing hard time for his part of the crime. In September, Toronto journalist and author, Naomi Klein and a group of artists signed a letter calling the Toronto Film Festival on the carpet for celebrating Israeli filmmakers. Klein likened the recognition as the same as celebrating California wine during the 1960's grape boycott or South Africa during its apartheid history. She and the other signers were instantly labeled anti-Semites and self-hating Jews. Some went as far as offering absurd rationalizations how Klein could be Jewish and an anti-Semite too. This was no doubt why activist Jane Fonda backed down faster than a turkey tossed from a 747 when confronted by this monolithic lobby. Most recently holocaust politics has played a big role in the Roman Polanski case. Polanski, who was convicted of drugging and having unlawful sex with a minor, has been a fugitive from American justice for 31 years. The Los Angeles Times ran two articles and an editorial on Polanski in their October 1, 2009 edition. When was the last time a movie director warranted three pieces in a single issue, none dealing with his latest hit film? All three articles invoked the holocaust as some excuse for not sentencing Polanski. One piece even went as far as to mention the fact that the director was arrested on Rosh Hashanah. As if the Swiss police were lying in wait for Polanski like nefarious Nazis to capture him on a Jewish holiday. According to this line of thinking then any Catholic pedophile should be given a pass on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Regarding Polanski's arrest, Peg Yorkin was quoted, "My personal thoughts are let the guy go. It's bad a person was raped. But that was so many years ago. The guy has been through so much in his life. It's crazy to arrest him now. Let it go. The government could spend its money on other things". It is highly doubtful Ms. Yorkin would be expounding such ideas if it was her 13 year old daughter who was drugged and sodomized. The fact that a woman would defend Polanski only serves to demonstrate how warped the thinking is of those practitioners of holocaust politics. Bringing the events of WWII in as some jaundiced defense for Polanski also smacks of gross elitism. The thinking is that what happened to Polanski's mother being sent off to a camp is so traumatic it would be cruel and unusual punishment to send him to prison. Guess what, prison is supposed to be punishment for committing a crime, especially one as socially unacceptable as pedophilia. The logical end to this type of thinking would be to give all Chinese-American rapists a pass since over 6 million Chinese civilians were slaughtered by the Japanese during WWII.4 The most time Polanski can ever do is 16 months. That is less than two years for brutally stealing a young girl's childhood. This use of holocaust politics allowing Israel to summarily dismiss the Goldstone Report and rationalize that Ben-Ami Kaddish is too old to prosecute only makes the argument that Jews considered themselves above the law, specifically because of events which occurred 70 years ago in Europe. Of course there are those exceptions, Bernie Madoff who stole primarily from Jews, and certainly wasn't a beneficiary of holocaust politics is now doing time. It does beg the question that if Polanski's case is so ancient that the Los Angeles D.A. shouldn't bother with it, then an explanation is certainly due as to why so much of the government's time and money was spent seeing that alleged Nazi guard, John Demjanjuk was deported for a crime that he already served time for and was found not guilty of by an Israeli court. Debra Winger is on record saying, "The whole art world suffers from such arrests [Polanski's]".5 Hollywood and the media continue to bellyache about Mel Gibson's 2006 DUI arrest and he didn't touch a person, let alone a young girl. Where is Winger's support for an artist like Mr. Gibson? When the cast of Seinfeld recently reunited the media was conspicuously silent about Michael Richards' racial invective against African-Americans at a comedy club in 2006.6 Obviously Mr. Richards' crime was old news and wasn't worth bringing up. Accountability is something all countries and persons should face for their actions. No one should be above their country's laws. No country should be above international law. Considering Israel's recent war crimes and the fact they are chomping at the bit to bomb Iran, the dropped cases against AIPAC spies and the excusing of a convicted pedophile it should give one pause to wonder if the consistent use of holocaust politics has created a chosen group that is above criminal prosecution and accountability for their crimes. 1 President Woodrow Wilson speech on Independence Day July 4, 1918, text in Tannous, Izzat. 1988. The Palestinians: Eyewitness History of Palestine Under British Mandate. I.G.T. Company, New York, p. 72. [.] 2 "Harry Truman," Wikipedia; also quoted in "Anti-Zionism," ed. by Teikener, Abed Rabbo & Mezvinsky; also in Cape Cod Times "The Sorrow of Truman," Sean Gonsalves, Nov. 28, 2000. [.] 3 New York Times, "Man 85 Avoids Jail Time for Giving Military Secrets," Benjamin Weiser, May 29, 2009. [.] 4 The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust, Iris Chang, [.] 5 "Euro outrage over Polanski arrest," Variety. [.] 6 It is a public record that Michael Richards committed the act mentioned in the article. YouTube videos of the occurrence were the first to break it. It was also covered on Huffington Post at the time. [.] John Zavesky is a freelance writer living in California with his wife and two cats. His material has appeared in Z Magazine and the Los Angeles Times. He can be reached at: johnz52 [at] charter.net. --------16 of 19-------- Who Is a Jew? by Gilad Atzmon October 6th, 2009 Dissident Voice The question of "who is a Jew?" has been debated in Israel since it attained statehood. In the Jewish state, the authorities, Rabbis, and the media would dig into one's bloodline with no shame whatsoever. For the Israelis and orthodox Jews, Jewishness is obviously a blood-related concept. However, Jewishness and blood concerns are becoming a subject of a growing debate in the UK. In the last few days the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian are trying to decide whether Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a "self hating Jew" or just an ordinary anti-Semite. Like the Israeli Rabbis, they both dig into his bloodline. Ahmadinejad is revealed to have a "Jewish past" said the Daily Telegraph on Saturday. According to the paper, a photograph of the Iranian president holding up his identity card during elections in March 2008 "clearly" suggests that his family had Jewish roots. The Telegraph even found the "experts" who suggested that "Mr Ahmadinejad's track record for hate-filled attacks on Jews could be an overcompensation to hide his past". Needless to say that Ahmadinejad has never come on record with a single anti-Jewish "hate-filled" attack as the Telegraph suggests. He is indeed extremely critical of the Jewish state and its raison d.etre. He is also highly critical of the crude and manipulative mobilisation of the holocaust at the expense of the Palestinian people. One may wonder how come a Western media outlet happens to selectively engage with issues to do with the racial or ethnic origin of the Iranian president. At the end of the day, digging into peoples ethnic past and family bloodline is not a common practice you expect from the Western press. It is something you tend to leave for racists, Nazis and Rabbis. For one reason or another, no one in the so called free press tried to dwell on the close ties between multi-billion swindler Bernie Maddof and his tribe. The Free Press saved itself also from dealing with Wolfowitz's ethnicity, in spite of the fact that the Zionist war he brought on us has cost 1.5 million lives by now. If you wonder how it is that the Western free media is reverting to "pathology" in order to deal with a Muslim president, the answer is simple not to say trivial: The so called "liberal West" is yet to find the answers to President Ahmadinejad within the realm of reason. It lacks the argumentative capacity to address Ahmadinejad. Instead, it insists to spin banal racially orientated ideas that cannot hold water, "By making anti-Israeli statements" says the Daily Telegraph, "he is trying to shed any suspicions about his Jewish connections". The truth of the matter is clear. Ahmadinejad has already managed to re-direct a floodlight of reasoning and skepticism just to enlighten our darkest corner of hypocrisy. He somehow manages to remind us all what thinking is all about. It is pretty much impossible to deny the fact that Ahmadinejad's take on the holocaust and Israel is coherent, consistent and valid. He seems to have three main issues with the narrative: 1. Around sixty Million died in WWII, the vast majority of them were innocent civilians. How is it, asks Ahmadinejad, that we insist to concentrate on the particularity of the suffering of one "very" specific group of people, i.e., the Jews? 2. The Iranian president rightly maintains that this historical chapter must be historically examined. This would mean as well that every event in the past should be subject to scrutiny, elaboration and revision. "If we allow ourselves to question God and the Prophets, we may as well allow ourselves to question the holocaust". 3. Regardless of the truthfulness of the holocaust, it is not a trivial fact that the suffering of the Jews in Europe had nothing to do with the Palestinian people. Hence, there is no reason for the Palestinians to pay for crimes committed by others. If some Western Leaders feel guilty for crimes committed against the Jews by their ancestors, which they seem to claim, they better allocate some land for the Jews within their territories rather than expect the Palestinians to keep upholding the Zionist murderous burden. As much as it is obviously clear that the above points raised by Ahmadinejad are totally valid, it is also painfully transparent that the West lacks the means to address those issues. Instead we seem to revert to supremacy and pseudo-scientific discourse dwelling on blood, pathology and lame psychoanalysis. As embarrassing as it may seem, in just three moves Ahmadinejad manages to expose the current deceptive Western mode of discussion. He, in fact identifies the holocaust as the core of our hypocritical stand, a tendency that has managed to shatter our ethical judgment. The holocaust was there to divert the attention from the colossal crimes committed by the allies: Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Dresden are just brief examples of institutionalised genocide at the hands of the English Speaking Empire. The holocaust has successfully matured into a new religion. Yet, it lacks theology. It doesn't allow any form of criticism or reformism. It is in fact an anti-Western religion inspired by hate and vengeance. It is dark, it is blind and it lacks mercy and compassion. It is a faith that declares an assault on any form of doubt. It is a crude brutal belief system that stands in opposition to the notions of liberty and goodness. As if this is not enough, those who subscribe to this religion are complicit in an ongoing assault against grace and peace. As things stand at the moment, The British media are yet to decide whether Ahmadinejad is a "Jew rebel" or just a "Meshugena Goy". The Guardian was very quick to publish its own take on the subject refuting the Telegraph's account. However, one thing is clear, neither the Guardian nor the Telegraph or any other so called "free media" outlets are free enough to address the questions raised by Ahmadinejad. 1. Why only the Jews? 2. Why do you all say NO to scrutinizing the past? 3. Why do the Palestinians have to pay the price? Instead of engaging in these crucial elementary questions, the British main papers succumb to racially orientated bloodline digging. Rather than following the banal Zionist query "who is a Jew?" I suggest that we take the discourse one step further and ask a very simple question: What Jewishness stands for? Gilad Atzmon was born in Israel and served in the Israeli military. He lives in London, and is the author of two novels: A Guide to the Perplexed and the recently released My One and Only Love. Atzmon is also one of the most accomplished jazz saxophonists in Europe. He can be reached at: atz [at] onetel.net.uk. Read other articles by Gilad. -------17 of 19-------- Deconstructing the Israeli Narrative by Dan Lieberman October 5th, 2009 Dissident Voice As Israel's democratic posture becomes more questioned, its mystique becomes more exaggerated. To prove the validity of its actions, Israel's supporters focus on three components of Israel's drive to an accomplished nation: The significance of the Zionist mission, Israel as a Jewish state, and Israel not being responsible for the Palestinian displaced persons. All of these issues, which had roles in establishing the Israel state, are expressed with sweeping generalities, devoid of specifics and facts. Obfuscation, lack of clarity and an assumption that what is being related is correct often characterize discussions of these issues. No questions asked and nothing to explain. Evidence contradicts the narratives that Israel's supporters work diligently to create. Deconstructing the spurious Israeli narratives is an essential before constructing a base for Middle East peace. The Zionist Mission The Zionists portray themselves as a vanguard of Jewish thought and aspiration, leading the masses of Jewish people to freedom and fulfilling the promises denied to them by an adversarial world. History contradicts these portrayals, especially that of Zionism as a mass movement by the Jewish people. Zionist philosophy had little appeal to the Jewish people in the late 19th century. The first Zionist Congress (1887) was to have taken place in Munich, Germany. However, due to considerable opposition by the local community leadership, both Orthodox and Reform, it was decided to transfer the proceedings to Basle, Switzerland. Reform Judaism in a series of proclamations, which culminated in the 1885 Pittsburgh Conference, rejected the Zionist program (Note: Overturned in 1999 by contemporary Reform Judaism): "We consider ourselves no longer a nation, but a religious community; and we therefore expect neither a return to Palestine, nor a sacrificial worship under the sons of Aaron, nor the restoration of any of the laws concerning a Jewish state". The 19th century emancipation movements liberated West and Middle European Jews and permitted them to integrate into European society. "Jews emerged as writers of secular literature, enriching English, French, and German literature with novels, short stories, poems, and essays. In Britain, Benjamin Disraeli, who converted to Christianity, wrote popular novels before becoming prime minister. Heinrich Heine, who converted to Christianity in order to earn a law degree in Germany, became one of the best-loved German poets". The Zionist agenda evidently preferred Disraeli to remain Jewish and not become Britain's Prime Minister. Jews rejected this agenda, which they perceived as prompting nations to question the loyalty of their Jewish citizens, as serving to impede their advances, and as reinforcing a race-baiting theory that Jews engaged in international conspiracies. Anti-Zionist Rabbis insisted: "Zion exists everywhere but in Zion". Examine the Russian Jews. They had significantly more problems than other European Jews. Nevertheless, they didn't consider Zionism as a relief for their difficulties. Between 1881 and 1914, 2.5 million Jews migrated from Russia - 1.7 million to America, 500,000 to Western Europe, and almost 300,000 to other nations. Until 1914, only a mere 30,000-50,000 Russian Jews followed the Zionist call to Palestine and 15,000 of them eventually returned to Russia. So, if not for Zionism, how did the Israel state arrive and swell into millions of inhabitants? By 1914, Zionism had become a stagnant adventure. Somehow, and in some way, someone took advantage of the Allies victory in World War I to promote the Balfour Declaration, which approved "a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine". The League of Nations' certification of the British mandate in Palestine prevented the formation of a national Palestinian governing body and many English speaking European Jews came to work in the British administration. Fly below the cloud of propaganda and rhetoric and the principal result of the original Zionist agenda is easily observed: People of uncertain circumstance (not dedicated Zionists) and favored by the Zionists have been transferred from their countries to a new land, while people of more certain circumstances and not favored by the Zionists have been displaced from their lands. The less favored have become refugees and, in many cases, been reduced to poverty. The Jews who immigrated to Israel immediately after 1948 arrived for mainly economic and political reasons and not to fulfill a Zionist mission. Israel even claims the massive number of immigrants from North Africa and the Middle East (Mizrahi) did not arrive voluntarily, but were forced out of their homes. Zionism has not persuaded a great number of Jews to leave their western nations, not deterred them from greatly participating in their nations' economic and social gains and not prevented them from integrating themselves into their nations' cultures. The Economist (Jan. 11, 2007) mentions that only 17% of American Jews regard themselves as pro-Zionist and only 57% say that "caring about Israel is a very important part of being Jewish". In the last decades, Russians from the former Soviet Union, most of whom preferred to migrate to the United States, have been the principal immigrants to Israel. Many of them are dubious Jews or lost their Jewish roots during the Communist era. Orthodox Jews, who came for religious reasons and not to join their secular compatriots in common pursuits, are the fastest growing segment of the Israeli Jewish population. Where they settle, the secular Jews tend to leave. More aligned with Rabbis preaching mystical nineteenth century philosophies, these orthodox Jews isolate themselves from their fellow Israelis and from worldwide Jewry. The dubious Zionists created a dubious Jewish state. The Jewish State By what authority did Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proclaim, "The Palestinians must recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people," and "Jerusalem is the united capital of the State of Israel and the Jewish people?" The Jewish people don't have a central authority and no referendum of its 15 millions has been taken. PM Netanyahu might not care, but many Jews fear that their fellow citizens might one day ask: "You have a country, what are you doing here?" or suggest that Jews are more loyal to a foreign nation and are working for that nation. It is difficult to characterize Israel as a Jewish nation. Avraham Burg, former Knesset speaker and former head of the Jewish Agency has been quoted as saying, "to define the State of Israel as a Jewish state is the key to its end". The term "Jewish nation" has never been adequately defined and there is nothing exceptional in Israel that identifies a specific Jewish morality, culture or Judaic atmosphere The cool and breezy manner in which the Israelis express the words "Jewish state" intends to create a comfortable feeling; nothing hostile towards anyone, just a satisfactory note to Jewish citizens. Cause for alarm is abundant. Israel has no written constitution. Its laws discriminate against its minorities and separate its citizens. (1) The entire Jewish population left Nazareth many years ago and established a new Nazareth. The new Nazareth receives substantial benefits from the government and has grown prosperous and modern. The old Arab Nazareth remains old. (2) In Haifa, the Arab population lives by the sea. The Jewish population lives in the hills. (3) Few Palestinians have been able to rent housing or buy property in West Jerusalem. (4) In Acre, immigrant Jews are able to acquire property but are not allowed to sell the property to Arab citizens. (5) Tel Aviv has contiguous populations but not mixed populations. (6) Few, if any Arabs, have been able to purchase government sponsored housing. (7) The separation of populations results in the separation of activities, recreation centers, schools and education. (8) Although some Arabs are able to obtain college scholarships, the large majority of college scholarships require previous military duty. Since Arabs are not allowed to serve in the Israeli army, few Arabs can obtain college scholarships. (9) Arabs don't obtain many housing loans. (10) The state of Israel owns more than 90 percent of the land. Non-Jewish citizens cannot, except in rare occasions, purchase land. (11) Whenever the Israeli army wants to construct a military base, Arab property is expropriated for the endeavor. (12) Since marriages are performed by a rabbi, a Jew cannot marry a non-Jew within the boundaries of Israel. Separation of ethnicities is most apparent in how Israel and most of the world differ in regarding nationality. It's not just separation. It's a de facto apartheid, which the words "Jewish state" will tend to reinforce. All Americans have both United States citizenship and nationality. Israelis have Israel citizenship, but don't have an Israel nationality. Israel's citizens have either Jewish, Arab, Druze, Samaritan, Circassian, Kara'ite or foreign nationality. Jewish nationals already have overwhelming preference in the Israeli state, Defining Israel as a Jewish state seems ominous; only an attempt to give some meaning to the preference, and reinforce it to an extent that being non-Jewish means you might as well leave Add to the dangerous mix of laws, which favor the favored nationals, the declarations of Israel's leaders. According to the Jewish Daily Forward (March 18, 2009): "Foreign Secretary Avigdor Lieberman was elected to the Knesset on a platform that would require a loyalty oath as a condition of Israeli citizenship. He has suggested transferring Israeli-Arab population centers to the control of a future Palestinian state". Israel today is a nation whose people have conditions, problems, purposes and values that are different from Jews around the world. The Israeli characteristics aren't derivatives of a three thousand year-old part urban and part tribal society - but are associated with a specific 21st century industrial society. The specifics create an Israeli identity that is not aligned with the identities of Jews in other nations. Israel is attempting to make all Jews into good Israelis and redefine the meaning of being Jewish. This includes being agreeable to Fundamentalist Christianity, which is not agreeable to world Jewry, but is Israel's best friend. Israel is strengthening a fervent antagonist of Jewish and progressive peoples. Recall the conclusion of the King-Crane commission, which was appointed by President Wilson in 1919: "a national home for the Jewish people is not equivalent to making Palestine into a Jewish State; nor can the erection of such a Jewish State be accomplished without the gravest trespass upon the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine. The fact came out repeatedly in the Commission's conference with Jewish representatives that the Zionists looked forward to a practically complete dispossession of the present non-Jewish inhabitants of Palestine, by various forms of purchase. "In view of all these considerations, and with a deep sense of sympathy for the Jewish cause, the Commissioners feel bound to recommend that only a greatly reduced Zionist program be attempted by the Peace Conference, and even that, only very gradually initiated. This would have to mean that Jewish immigration should be definitely limited, and that the project for making Palestine distinctly a Jewish commonwealth should be given up." Israelis also make it seem that the route to the "Jewish state" was a natural progression; disregarding their roles in creating the Palestinian displaced persons and the evictions of almost one million Palestinians from their lands. The Displaced Persons Israel did not permit Palestinians who left or were evicted during the 1948 and 1967 conflagrations to return to their homes and lands. Assets, businesses, property and household items were confiscated and the owners were not reimbursed. Israeli historian Benny Morris summarized the evictions well: I feel sympathy for the Palestinian people, which truly underwent a hard tragedy. I feel sympathy for the refugees themselves. But if the desire to establish a Jewish state here is legitimate, there was no other choice. It was impossible to leave a large fifth column in the country. From the moment the Yishuv was attacked by the Palestinians and afterward by the Arab states, there was no choice but to expel the Palestinian population. To uproot it in the course of war. Benny Morris used the correct phrase: ".. if the desire to establish a Jewish state here is legitimate". It was not legitimate. The choice was not between "having a Jewish state and not dispossessing the Palestinians". The choice was between "not having the expanded state that Israel gained" and "dispossessing the Palestinians". Almost all the evicted Palestinians were in the territory granted to the Palestinians. Not since the days of American expansionism has a group of individuals (Israel was not even a declared nation when the confiscations began nor had Arab armies attacked at that time.) invaded another land, seized the territory and cleared the area of the indigenous people. Can anyone believe that Israel is not directly responsible for the Palestinian exodus? Did these people voluntarily decide to leave their homes, face starvation, have entire families commit suicide because of their desperation and then be willing to sit quietly in refugee camps? Are these verified reports of forced removals, terrorizing killings and destruction of more than 400 Palestinian villages only stories? Why were the villages destroyed? Why weren't the villagers allowed to return? Why were vacant homes instantly occupied? In Rwanda, Bosnia, Kosovo and elsewhere, the western nations were firm in demanding prompt return of refugees and fought to achieve that demand. In other situations, refugees had been created, but wanton property and asset seizures were not a rule. In Palestine, Israel seized all properties and assets and allowed newly arrived foreigners to occupy vacant homes. No precedent for these illegal operations exists in the post World War II western civilized world. We have perpetrators telling victims; "Look it's over, let's forget it. You want restitution; it isn't going to happen". Israel has revealed its nature; a nation built on actions normally termed war crimes by world institutions; a nation that does not follow international law; and a nation that does not heed United Nations Resolutions. Distracting and deceiving the world community with contrived and fallacious narratives permits Israel to continue its illegal maneuvers. Setting the record straight will straighten the road to Middle East peace. Dan Lieberman is Editor of Alternative Insight, a monthly web based newsletter. He is a writer of many published articles on the Middle East. He can be reached at: alternativeinsight [at] earthlink.net. Read other articles by Dan, or visit Dan's website. --------18 of 19-------- Obama Disappoints as Middle East Peacemaker The Audacity of Nope By IRA GLUNTS October 6, 2009 CounterPunch Let me make one thing perfectly clear: President Barack Obama definitively demonstrated at the trilateral summit in New York that he will not contribute anything significant to peacemaking between Israelis and Palestinians. When Obama dropped his demand for a freeze on Israeli settlement building, all of which is illegal according to international law, and adopted a softer formulation calling for a show of "restraint," he was telling the world that he is surrendering to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, to his powerful American supporters, and to their wish to continue to suppress any Palestinian aspirations for an independent state. Of course you will not read about this abject American surrender in The New York Times, although a Reuters report that appeared on The Times' web site did characterize the summit as a "dud". However, the self-described pro-peace, pro-Israel organizations and their spokespeople outdid the mainstream media in spinning the summit in a positive direction. J Street, for instance, called Obama's recent statements a "move in the right direction" in an email sent to its mailing list. They also praised the President's performance at the summit in a public statement declaring that they, "applaud the serious commitment President Obama has demonstrated since the first days of his Presidency to personally engage in a sustained and active pursuit of a negotiated, two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict". Daniel Levy (New America Foundation) interprets Obama's capitulation with some tortured logic which whimsically concludes that the chastened President will eventually stiffen-up and actually confront the Israelis in the future. When I was growing up in a tough neighborhood in the Bronx, we all believed that if you were attacked and the attacker intended on using a weapon, he would show it during the initial phase of combat. Applying the same logic, I have to conclude that Obama will never use the weapon of cutting Israeli military aid or of curtailing US diplomatic support. If he intended to do so, he would have shown that weapon before now, instead of suffering the humiliation of dropping his demand for a full freeze on Israeli settlement expansion. It is generally understood by even the least perceptive and biased of Middle East pundits that if Obama does not compel Israel to make peace with the Palestinians, it ain't gonna happen. That is why in an internal memo, a top official in one of those pro-Israel, pro-peace Jewish organizations, who understands Obama's weakness, wrote that the "odds of [Obama's policy] success are very low". Despite this gloomy prognosis the organization over which he presides continues to tell its members what a wonderful job the President is doing in the peace negotiations and to encourage its donors to contribute more money to help them support the President's peacemaking efforts. Referring to Israeli Benny Morris' groundbreaking book about the Nakba (the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes in 1947-49), the Palestinian academic and politician Hanan Ashrawi said at a lecture I attended in the 90s: "When we [Palestinians] told you about it, you said we were crazy, but now that one of your own says it is true, you start to believe it". In order to find out how ineffective Obama is, you do not have to watch al-Jazeera or read Palestinian-American journalists like Ali Abunimah (ElectronicIntifada.com). Just listen to one of our own. And who could be more "our own" than the Israeli-American newspaperman Larry Derfner. Derfner wrote in the Jerusalem Post that Obama has been played for a sucker (freier pl. freierim in Hebrew/Yiddish) by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and that the whole of Israel is laughing at our beloved and venerated young President. Derfner is an Israeli, but not one of those sensitive "shoot and cry" writers, native-born peace party types, who have Hebraicized names like Avraham Hazak*. Those guys always bail out when the going gets tough. During the Gaza war, they could never get it together to call a war crime a war crime and instead justified Israeli aggression as understandable self-defense. No, Derfner is no Avraham Hazak, just check out the sunglasses he sports and the brash expression he wears in that photograph that appears with his column. The guy is pure New York, in the tradition of Jimmy Breslin, straight talk journalism. And unlike the beautiful Israelis like Hazak, he knows America. You can believe him when he says Obama has "caved in to the Netanyahu government on the peace process". The truth is that the real Obama is not the idealist he portrayed himself to be in his Presidential campaign. He is a clever politician who has learned how to accommodate the powerful and not appear too obsequious. He is the Obama that pandered to the members of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) by stating he believed in an undivided Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty. He is the Obama who informed the press in Iowa that he would permit Israel to dictate his policy decisions on the Iranian nuclear issue. Both of these declarations of fealty occurred after signing on Dennis Ross as Middle East campaign advisor. After a period in the wilderness, the blatantly pro-Israeli Ross has become President Obama's closest adviser on Middle East foreign policy. The real Obama will not be the hero of Palestinian/Israeli peacemaking, but may be the first American President who has an illegal outpost named after him. As Derfner predicts, do not be surprised if a settlement soon appears on the West Bank called "Havat Obama". Make no mistake about it. The chutzpah that the American President initially demonstrated by raising expectations about a new American peace initiative in the Middle East by appointing George Mitchell as envoy and then by making the freeze demand, and then suddenly throwing out the bit, is not the audacity of some dope. It is the calculation of a politician who knows how to cater to the powerful in US/Israeli relations, and the name of that game is the Israel lobby. Let me make another thing perfectly clear. Barack Obama's Israel/Palestine initiative will make many understand the futility of hope for a just two-state solution. The interesting question, however, is who are the real "freierim" here? *Avraham Hazak is not a real person. Any resemblance my characterization of him has to any living or deceased Israeli writers is completely intentional. Ira Glunts first visited the Middle East in 1972, where he taught English and physical education in a small rural community in Israel. He was a volunteer in the Israeli Defense Forces in 1992. Mr. Glunts is a Jewish American who lives in Madison, New York. He owns and operates a used and rare book business and is a part-time reference librarian. Mr. Glunts can be reached at gluntsi[at]morrisville[dot]edu. --------19 of 19------- Change we can believe in - works, but only if you're turkey gullible. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 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 vote third party for president for congress now and forever Socialism YES Capitalism NO To GO DIRECTLY to an item, eg --------8 of x-------- do a find on --8
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