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P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 01.28.10 1. Foreclosures 1.28 10:30am 2. Juvenile detention 1.28 3pm 3. Eagan peace vigil 1.28 4:30pm 4. Northtown vigil 1.28 5pm 5. Palestine 1.28 5pm 6. AntiWarMN 1.28 tpm 7. Haiti teach-in 1.28 7pm 8. 2010 session prev 1.29 9:30am 9. Nuke power/KFAI 1.29 11am 10. Palestine vigil 1.29 4:15pm 11. Poetry/jazz 1.29 8pm 12. Daniel Kovalik - Obama's war for oil in Colombia 13. PC Roberts - Rule by the rich 14. Fitrakis/Wasserman - Et tu, ACLU? Defending the money machines 15. Gilad Atzmon - The Holocaust backfires 16. ed - Product recall (haiku) --------1 of 16-------- From: Meredith Aby <awcmere [at] gmail.com> Subject: Foreclosures 1.28 10:30am Stop Foreclosures and Evictions! Thursday, Jan. 28th @ 10:30 a.m. - In room 10 of the State Office Building. House hearing of the Labor and Consumer Protection Division and the Housing Finance and Policy and Public Health Finance Division. The Minnesota Coalition for People's Bailout will have a bill to put a Moratorium on Foreclosures this year. Already, there has been one success - we have secured two "pre-session" hearings. Because of the way the 2010 legislative session is shaping up, pre-session hearings are more important than ever. Please come to these hearings and show your support, for our bill, but of course for all the homeowners who are fighting their foreclosures! Check out our bill! It has a number in the house (HF-2604), but the Senate is not numbering bills yet. http://tinyurl.com/ylh386m Why this bill is needed: HF2604 puts a two-year moratorium on foreclosures. Homeowners are required to pay up to 40% of their income during the moratorium. HF2604 also makes it so that renters in foreclosed properties can keep their leases when a property is foreclosed on. Here are some basic arguments for this important piece of legislation. Save our homes. The banks are stonewalling as people try to make adjustments to their mortgages. The programs we hear about that are supposed to help people help only a small fraction; these programs need major reform. We NEED a moratorium so people and banks have time to get together to work out a deal. It just makes SENSE. Save our Neighborhoods. When houses (or apartments) go empty, everyone suffers. Housing values go down and there are health and safety issues. Empty houses turn into trashed houses. Lower property values mean less money for local governments. Trashed houses mean less money when the banks try to re-sell the house. Keep people housed, keep properties maintained, and even keep some money going to the lender. A moratorium just makes SENSE. Protect innocent renters. Renters need the option of keeping their existing leases. Many renters don't even know their landlords are getting foreclosed on; they have been paying rent, assuming it was going to the mortgage. There are also cases where "landlords" take the security deposit and disappear! Let renters keep the leases. It just makes SENSE. For More Information: Minnesota Coalition for a People's Bailout - 612-822-8020 - www.mn-peoples-bailout.org --------2 of 16-------- From: Peggy Katch <peggy [at] jillclarkpa.com> From: Jill Clark From: Brian Smith [mailto:bk-smith [at] hotmail.com] From: Kedem [at] mncounties.org Subject: Juvenile detention 1.28 3pm Please Attend! HEARING ON JUVENILE DETENTION REFORM Education Session on Juvenile Detention Reform to Minnesota Senate Judiciary Thursday, January 28, 2010 State Capitol, Rm 107 3:00pm - 4:30pm --------3 of 16-------- From: Greg and Sue Skog <family4peace [at] msn.com> Subject: Eagan peace vigil 1.28 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. --------4 of 16-------- From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 1.28 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. --------5 of 16-------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Palestine 1.28 5pm Palestine to Minnesota: Gaza On Our Minds Break the Bonds and Al-Madinah Cultural Center bring to you Gaza Week at the University of Minnesota to mark the first-year anniversary of the invasion of Gaza by Israel. Break the Bonds is the university- chapter of the Minnesota Break the Bonds Campaign, a group put forth to raise awareness about the effects of US support of the ongoing Israeli occupation and to encourage Minnesotans, whose taxes support the occupation, to work together towards justice for Palestinians. Al- Madinah Cultural Center helps educate the University of Minnesota student body by creating a better understanding and appreciation for the diverse culture of Islam and Muslims. Together, we bring you Gaza Week, a week-long series of events dedicated to Gaza, a just peace, and an end to the occupation of Palestine. All events are open and free to the pubic with snacks/dinner provided. Talk by Dr. Hatem Bazian: "The Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Palestinian Diaspora:" Thursday, January 28, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Carlson School of Management, Room L-110 (Honeywell Auditorium), 321 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis. Sponsored by: Break the Bonds and Al-Madinah Cultural Center. FFI: Visit http://mn.breakthebonds.org/ or email palestine.to.minnesota [at] gmail.com --------6 of 16-------- From: Meredith Aby <awcmere [at] gmail.com> Subject: AntiWarMN 1.28 tpm New Members Meeting Thursday, January 28th @ 7pm @ Anti War Committee Office, 1313 5th St. SE, Mpls, room 112c* Come help organize against the war on Afghanistan and against US intervention across the globe. Come to an Anti-War Committee meeting designed for new people! Organized by the Anti-War Committee (612 379 3899) --------7 of 16-------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Haiti teach-in 1.28 7pm Haiti Teach-In: "An Un-Natural Disaster" Thursday, January 28, 7:00 p.m. University of Minnesota, Willey Hall, Auditorium, 225 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis. Join others at a teach-in on Haiti to discuss the history of neocolonialism and U.S. intervention. Speakers include: Daniel Jean Marie who grew up in a Haitian orphanage and is now student in Minnesota active with "Houses for Haiti;" Ruben Joanem, a Haitian immigrant and graduate student at the U of M; April Knutson, Professor of French at the U of M and an expert on Haitian history; August Nimtz, Professor of Political Science at the U of M; Teddy Shibabaw, an activist with Socialist Alternative and contributor to Justice Newspaper. Sponsored by: the Haiti Justice Committee, Minnesota Cuba Committee, Socialist Alternative, Workers International League, and Hands off Venezuela. WAMM is a member of the Haiti Justice Committee. Recommended places to donate to Haiti Releif: The Haitian Alliance is a local group in Atlanta with years of experience of doing relief work for their people. Project South will work with organizational partners here locally to support their relief efforts. For the next 24-48 hours we are asking all members to donate to the Haitian Alliance website at www.transformhaiti.org. 100% of your donations today and tomorrow will be used to cover shipping cost for medical and other supplies to Haiti. Doctors Without Borders http://doctorswithoutborders.org/ Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti www.ijdh.org --------8 of 16-------- From: Julie Johnson <jjohnson [at] mhponline.org> Subject: 2010 session prev 1.29 9:30am 2010 Session Preview 9:30 am - Noon, January 29 Housing Policy Showcase for Advocates & Supporters SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS INCLUDE: Senator Mee Moua Representative Alice Hausman Representative Jeff Hayden For the Agenda,: http://www.mhponline.org/files/2010%20Session%20Preview%20Short%20Agenda.pdf To register: http://www.thedatabank.com/dpg/325/mtglistproc.asp?formid=meet&caleventid=15906 --------9 of 16-------- From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Nuke power/KFAI 1.29 11am FRI.JAN. 29,11am on KFAI's "Catalyst" Two guests talk about the push to END Minnesota's Moratorium on new nuclear power plants: LISA LEDWIDGE of Institute for Energy and Environmental Research's (IEER) working on their plan to be Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for Minnesota's Energy Policy (by 2050) and KEN PENTEL, longtime environmental activist, founder of the new organization ECOLOGY DEMOCRACY NETWORK (best known for running for MN Governor on the GREEN PARTY ticket). As KFAI listener/activist-poet SUSU JEFFERY explains: Prairie Island nuclear power plant, already has 150,000 used fuel rods (each one contains plutonium) and just got the okay for 35 more casks, each cask holds many used "hot" rods. Prairie Island/Xcel is requesting a 15-percent hike in power output. The plant was only licensed for 20 years, now asking for another 20 years (beyond design specifications). AND Xcel is pushing for a MN legislative vote against the moratorium on new nuke plants. CATALSYT:POLITICS AND CULTURE, hosted/produced by Lydia Howell Got a show idea? an announcment? EMAIL: lydiahowell [at] visi.com KFAI 90.3fm/106.7 fm Live-streaming & archived for 2 weeks after broadcast at: http://www.kfai.org --------10 of 16-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Palestine vigil 1.29 4:15pm The weekly vigil for the liberation of Palestine continues at the intersection of Snelling and Summit Aves in St. Paul. The Friday demo starts at 4:15 and ends around 5:30. There are usually extra signs available. --------11 of 16-------- From: Richard Broderick <richb [at] lakecast.com> Subject: Poetry/jazz 1.29 8pm "Hardly Paradise," a collaboration featuring the poetry of Rich Broderick and the jazz of The Fantastic Merlins, on the eve of the European release of their new CD, "How the Light Gets In," a collection of original songs and Leonard Cohen-covers featuring vocalist Kid Dakota. Friday, January 29, 8 p.m., the Black Dog Café in Saint Paul. The Black Dog is located at 308 Prince St., in Lowertown, just across from the Saint Paul Farmers Market. Parking available on the street and in the lot behind the Black Dog ($1 after 5 p.m.). For more information, click on http://blackdogstpaul.com or call 651.228.9274 --------12 of 16-------- A War Against Human Rights and the Environment Obama's War for Oil in Colombia By DANIEL KOVALIK CounterPunch January 27, 2010 This past summer, President Obama announced that he had signed an agreement with Colombia to grant the U.S. military access to 7 military bases in Colombia. As the UK's Guardian newspaper announced at the time, "[t]he proposed 10-year lease will give the US access to at least seven Colombian bases - three air force, two naval and two army - stretching from the Pacific to the Caribbean". And, these bases would accommodate up to 800 military and 600 civilian contractors of the United States. As the Guardian explained, this announcement caused outrage in neighboring Latin American nations and "damaged Barack Obama's attempt to mend relations with the region". This announcement also angered human and labor rights advocates in both the U.S. and Colombia as the U.S. was now solidifying a cozier military alliance with by far the worst labor and human rights abuser in the Western Hemisphere. The human rights nightmare in Colombia, fueled by billions of dollars of U.S. military assistance, includes the forced internal displacement of nearly 4 million civilians - the second largest internally displaced population in the world (Sudan holding the number one position); the extraordinary killing of over 2700 union members since 1986 (by far the greatest number in the world), with 35 being killed in 2009 alone; and the extrajudicial killing of around 2,000 civilians by the Colombian military since President Uribe took office in 2002. As for the extra-judicial killings by the Colombian military, these were carried out as part of the "false positive" scandal - a controversy involving the military murdering civilians and then dressing them up to look like guerillas in order to increase their body count numbers, thereby guaranteeing further U.S. aid. That scandal deepened earlier this month when 31 Colombian soldiers awaiting trial for their role in the killings were released from prison because of the Colombian government's failure to indict them in a timely fashion. While the U.S. has claimed for years that it is fighting a drug war in Colombia, though having to sheepishly admit year after year that its ostensible efforts have not yielded any decrease whatsoever in the amount of coca grown in Colombia or cocaine exported to the U.S., the real reason for the war has always been the control of Colombia's rich oil resources. Indeed, at a Congressional hearing in 2000, entitled "Drugs and Social Policy in Colombia" - a hearing to debate the relative merits of Clinton's new Plan Colombia, pursuant to which the U.S. has sent billions of dollars of military assistance to Colombia - one of the key witnesses invited to testify in support of this policy was none other than Lawrence Meriage, the Vice-President of Occidental Petroleum. Not surprisingly, Mr. Meriage had nothing to say about drugs or social policy in Colombia, but a lot to say about the need for military assistance to protect his oil pipelines. Now, according to a January 19, 2010 Bloomberg article, "The Export-Import Bank of the United States [a U.S. government agency] announced Jan. 19 its approval of a $1 billion preliminary commitment to help finance the sale of goods and services from various U.S. exporters to Ecopetrol S.A., Colombia's national oil company". It should be noted that Ecopetrol is a business partner with L.A.-based Occidental Petroleum. Citing an industry expert, the Bloomberg article goes on to explain that "Ecopetrol is being aggressive in exploration and production," and that, with the help of the financing from the Export-Import Bank, "Ecopetrol will almost double to 1 million barrels daily by 2015 as the company drills more wells in Colombia and neighboring South American nations". As a November 12, 2009 press release from the human rights group Amazon Watch explained, Ecopetrol is currently engaged in oil exploration on the sacred land of the U'wa indigenous peoples and against their wishes. A spokesperson for the U'Wa explained that, as is invariably the case, with Ecopetrol's exploration and drilling comes the Colombian military, as well as paramilitaries, to protect Ecopetrol's operations. As Ecopetrol's own website indicates, it is also involved in oil exploration in Peru and Brazil. As for Peru, Survival International, a UK-based human rights group advocating for the rights of threatened indigenous tribes, warned last year that Ecopetrol's exploration of the Peruvian Amazon jungle threatens hitherto uncontacted indigenous tribes whose very existence will be jeopardized by these operations. As Survival International explained, these uncontacted tribes are "exceedingly vulnerable to any contact with outsiders because of their lack of immunity to disease". Prior contacts between companies and uncontacted tribes have resulted in the mortality of 50% of the tribe. While the current U.S. Administration seems bent on deepening its fatal ties to Colombia in the interest of oil, there is still an opportunity to derail this policy. Pursuant to the statute which created and regulates the U.S. Export-Import Bank, the President of the U.S. (who, by a 1979 Executive Order, delegated such authority to the Secretary of State) may, after consultation with the House and Senate Committees on Banking, determine that an application for credit should be denied by the Bank if the extension of credit "clearly and importantly" impacts U.S. "policy in such areas as international terrorism, nuclear proliferation, environmental protection and human rights." 12 U.S.C. Sec. 635(2)(b)(1)(B). Clearly, the prelimimary decision to extend credit to Ecopetrol adversely impacts human rights and the environment and should be overturned as a result. A movement to halt this extension of credit on these grounds would be a worthy effort for the U.S. peace and solidarity groups. Similarly, there is still a chance to impede the U.S.'s decision to access 7 new military bases in Colombia. With the Administration reeling from the election results in Massachusetts last week, now is the time to try to shame it into reversing course on its predictably devastating policy in Colombia and the rest of Latin America. Daniel Kovalik is a labor and human rights lawyer working in Pittsburgh, Pa. --------13 of 16-------- Don't Look to Washington for Help Rule by the Rich By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS January 27, 2010 CounterPunch The election of Republican Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate by Democratic voters in Massachusetts sends President Obama a message. Voters perceive that Obama's administration has morphed into a Bush-Cheney government. Obama has reneged on every promise he made, from ending wars, to closing Gitmo, to providing health care for Americans, to curtailing the domestic police state, to putting the interests of dispossessed Americans ahead of the interests of the rich banksters who robbed Americans of their homes and pensions. But what can Obama do other then spout more rhetoric? The Democrats were destroyed as an independent party by jobs offshoring and so-called free trade agreements such as NAFTA. The effect of "globalism" has been to destroy the industrial and manufacturing unions, thus leaving the Democrats without a power base and source of funding. Obama and the Democrats cannot be an opposition party, because Democrats are as dependent as Republicans on corporate interest groups for campaign funding. The Democrats have to support war and the police state if they want funding from the military/security complex. They have to make the health care bill into a subsidy for private insurance if they want funding from the insurance companies. They have to abandon the American people for the rich banksters if they want funding from the financial lobby. Now that the five Republicans on the Supreme Court have overturned decades of U.S. law and given corporations the ability to buy every American election, Democrats and Republicans can be nothing but pawns for a plutocracy. Most Americans are hard pressed, but the corporations have only begun to milk them. Wars are too profitable for the armaments industry to ever end. High unemployment is now a permanent state in the U.S., thus coercing job seekers into military service. The security industry profits from the police state and regards civil liberties as a hindrance to profits. By announcing that he intends to continue the Bush policy of indefinite detention, a violation of the Constitution and U.S. legal procedures, Obama has granted the Democratic Party's consent to the Republicans' destruction of habeas corpus, the main bastion of individual liberty. Jobs offshoring is too profitable for U.S. corporations for Obama to be able to save American jobs and restart the broken economy. Americans are being squeezed out of health care not only by the loss of job benefits, but also by corporate takeover of medical practice from physicians. Today medical doctors are wage slaves of corporate health providers that leverage doctors by turning them into supervisors of physician assistants, lower paid people without medical degrees who perform the services that doctors once provided. As neither doctor nor physician assistant has any independence, there is no one to represent the patient's care against the profits of the corporation. Even environmental concerns are being used to create "cap and trade" rights to buy and sell the ability to pollute. Wall Street is licking its lips over a new source of leveraged derivative instruments. The American public cannot even get reliable information about their plight as the "mainstream media" has been concentrated into a few corporate hands that do not permit independent reporting. The media is as dependent on corporate money as are politicians. How can President Obama restart an economy that has been moved offshore? Millions of manufacturing jobs are gone, as are millions of jobs for college graduates, such as software engineering, Information Technology - indeed, any intellectual skill the product of which can be conveyed via the Internet. Even those intellectual skill jobs that do remain in the U.S. are filled increasingly by foreigners brought in on work visas. The wipeout of blue collar and middle class job growth has stopped the growth of American incomes except, of course, those of the super rich. For a decade American consumers substituted increased personal indebtedness for income growth. In order to maintain and to increase their consumption, Americans consumed their assets, such as their home equity. Americans reached their maximum debt load just as the real estate bubble burst and just as the banksters highly-leveraged, toxic financial instruments brought down the stock market and the values of Americans' pensions. The enormous damage done to the U.S. economy by jobs offshoring, work visas, and financial deregulation cannot be offset by government stimulus plans, which expand the debt burdens that are crushing Americans. The federal government's massive budget deficits and the Federal Reserve's easy monetary policy are setting the stage for an inflationary depression to follow a deflationary depression. The Federal Reserve chairman says not to worry about inflation, because the Fed can take the money back out of the economy. But can the Fed take the money out without contracting the economy? The Federal Reserve says not to worry about financing the federal budget deficit. Banksters are buying the Treasury bonds with the proceeds from their sales of their toxic derivatives to the Fed. So what is happening to the Federal Reserve's balance sheet? And when will the Fed have no recourse but to print new money in order to finance the federal deficit? How long can the dollar retain its reserve currency role in such circumstances, and how does the U.S. pay for its imports when this role is lost? Don't look to Washington for answers to these questions. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He is the author of How the Economy was Lost, just published by CounterPunch / AK Press.He can be reached at: PaulCraigRoberts [at] yahoo.com --------14 of 16-------- Defending the Money Machines Et Tu, ACLU? By BOB FITRAKIS and HARVEY WASSERMAN CounterPunch January 27, 2010 The Supreme Court's atrocious Citizens United green light for unlimited corporate campaign spending had a willing accomplice---the American Civil Liberties Union. Why? As long-time supporters, we are horrified by the ACLU's betrayal of political reality and plain common sense. Standing proudly with the victorious corporate hacks on the steps of the SCOTUS was none other than the legendary First Amendment crusader Floyd Abrams. Keith Olberman has called him a "Quisling" for aiding and abetting this catastrophic confirmation of corporate "personhood". The ACLU has long been the go-to stalwart of First Amendment rights. Its list of accomplishments is long, impressive and essential. The ACLU has bravely faced divisive, expensive controversy. Long ago it defended the right of American neo-nazis to march through Skokie, a heavily Jewish suburb of Chicago. The ACLU has also defended the right of such loathsome haters as the Ku Klux Klan to gather and speak. In these and other such cases, the ACLU has been right, and has courageously paid a price. But perhaps the organization has confused those valid First Amendment cases with a Citizens United decision perpetrated by the most virulent judicial opponents of individual speech in the history of the Court. In reference to this case the ACLU says it "has consistently taken the position that section 203 is facially unconstitutional under the First Amendment because it permits the suppression of core political speech, and our amicus brief takes that position again". We respectfully---but vehemently---disagree. Simply put: money is not speech, corporations are not people. Given the immense sums of cash these corporations have to spend, the Citizen's United decision is the equivalent not of guaranteeing individual Nazis the freedom to march, but instead of granting the Party itself the right to drive tanks down the street, guns ablazing. It's not the same as giving individual Klan members the right to hold a rally, but rather for the organization to do public lynchings as part of a terror campaign aimed at taking tangible power. Nowhere in the Constitution do the Founders mention the word corporation. There were six of them at the time of ratification, all strictly limited by state charter to where and what kind of business they could do. They bear scant resemblance to the multi-national behemoths we confront today. Those who wrote and ratified the First Amendment would be horrified by their very existence. The moneyed power of these corporations and their access to the First Amendment through the myth of "personhood" has been the ultimate pox on American politics since the 1880s. It has been reported that the ACLU Board is now considering endorsing limits on campaign spending. Abrams has been reported as arguing that "The worst thing you could do - the absolutely worst thing you could do - is transform a civil liberties organization into a liberal political organization". But this decision has transformed the ACLU into a conservative political organization, working to arm the ultimate enemies of democracy with unlimited monetary and political power. We are confident the activist community can survive this latest assault on democracy. It will not be easy, but it can be done. A good first step would be for the ACLU to face reality and now oppose the false claims anti-human money machines have made on our sacred Bill of Rights. Attorney Bob Fitrakis & Historian Harvey Wasserman have co-authored four books on election protection. Bob's Fitrakis Files are at www.freepress.org, where this article first appeared. Harvey's History of the US is at www.harveywasserman.com. --------15 of 16-------- The Holocaust Backfires by Gilad Atzmon January 27th, 2010 Dikssident Voice Ynet reports: Peres in Berlin, Netanyahu in Auschwitz, Lieberman in Budapest and Edelstein at the UN headquarters in New York all plan to attack the Goldstone report into the Gaza war on International Holocaust Day this Wednesday. Israel's political echelon will once again try to divert attention from the fact that the Israeli crime is beyond comparison. Israeli Propaganda Minister Edelstein told Ynet before leaving for New York. "The connection between the Goldstone Report and the international Holocaust memorial day is not an easy thing". He is indeed correct. The true interpretation of the Goldstone report is that Israelis are the Nazis of our time. "We must learn the lessons from what happened" says Edelstein, "then too, those who yelled out were told that Hitler is a clown and that all the gloomy predictions of the 1930s were nonsense". Someone should advise the Israeli Propaganda man that by now no one regards mass murderer Barak, Nuclear enthusiast Peres, warmonger Livni or ultra racist Lieberman as clowns. We respect them for what they are. Yet, we prefer to see them locked behind bars. In fact, those world leaders around the world who bowed to Jewish pressure and made the Holocaust into an international memorial day must have been convinced that the Holocaust carries a universal message against oppression and racism. They were actually correct, if the holocaust has any universal and ethical meaning, stopping the "Jews only state" and bringing its criminal political and military leaders to justice is the true interpretation of the lesson of the Holocaust. Propaganda Minister Edelstein added "on the Holocaust memorial day of all days, which also marks the battle against global anti-Semitism, we must discuss this connection, because today the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces are accused of harvesting organs and murdering children". The Israelis better internalise that the truth of Israeli brutality is now common knowledge. IDF mass murder of children, elders and women is part of our collective memory. The Israeli institutional involvement in organ harvesting is also well documented and an accepted fact. Minister Edelstein is wrong when he argues that "After World War II and the establishment of the State of Israel, anti-Semitism is not directed at Jews but at Israel and the Israelis. The Goldstone Report, the publications in Sweden about organ harvesting and similar reports, are simply a type of anti-Semitism". Edelstein is wrong because all the accusations against Israel are well grounded. Furthermore, the opposition to Israel, its Jewish lobbies and Jewish power in general is politically oriented rather than racially motivated. In the wake of the "International Holocaust Memorial Day" I will say it loudly and openly. To oppose the Jewish state and Jewish nationalism is the true meaning of the memory of the Holocaust. To say NO to Israel is to say NO to racism. This is what ethics and universalism are all about. 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. 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