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January 27, 2009
January 27, 2009: I can't drive 55-but I turn it today with reflections on my last two BD's,  with gratitude to CBS and The International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
During Israel's war on Gaza an email campaign was launched to end the media blackout with the request that journalists expose Israel's crimes and apartheid.

Thousands contacted the presidents of big Media calling for better coverage.

The campaign got their attention and some journalist have positively responded to our collective pressure.


On Sunday, January 25, CBS 60 Minutes aired an amazing segment exposing Israel's apartheid against Palestinians. 

The piece is by Senior CBS Foreign Correspondent Bob Simon, who is Jewish living outside Tel-Aviv and produced by Robert G, Anderson.

PLEASE watch the show and THANK:


Dear Mr. Simon and Mr. Anderson,

Thank you for exposing Israel's apartheid policies against Palestinians during your January 25, 2009 piece titled: Time Running Out For A Two-State Solution?

It's rare to find impartial meaningful news stories about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by American media outlets.  Your story relayed to viewers the untold realities that are blocking peace progress in that region.

I urge you to produce similar balanced stories on the conflict and occupation.

Thank you again

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And 53:


On a crisp cool day in DC on January 27, 2007 history was made.

The Capital was completely encircled by half a million strong thoughtful, concerned and committed peace and justice activists who rose up to demand Congress DO SOMETHING to bring our troops home.

The New York Times buried the story on page 29, that young and old patriotic Americans had come together to raise awareness that security, peace and justice, can only happen, when there is an end to all war and occupations.


Congresswoman Maxine Waters responded to this reporters question regarding the issue of divestment from Israel to help bring an end to the 40th year of the occupation of Palestine by stating, “This war in Iraq helps us understand we can no longer ignore what is happening in Israel Palestine; it is all connected in the Middle East and we must look at everything!”



Rabbi Lerner reminded the over 1,400 peace and justice member groups and hundreds of thousands of individuals who had traveled from as far as Albuquerque to Vermont, Seattle to Florida and all points in between, that we Americans belong to the one human family of six billion people and that over three billion of us exist on less than $2.00 a day.
 
Over 800 of the patriotic peace and justice activists will remain in DC and descend on Congress on January 29th to state the only way to truly support our troops is to bring them home.

Representatives of Gold Star Families for Peace, Veterans for Peace and Iraq Veterans Against the War shared the stage and inflamed the crowd, “Men and women are coming home from Iraq and they are pissed off! Not one word in Bush’s State of The Union address even mentioned the veterans!"


Activist and Actress Susan Sarandon quoted the statistics that one in three homeless people in America are veterans. That one in four suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and the average wait for them to see a Doctor is two to three months for there is only one Doctor for every 500 veterans. There are currently 53,000 wounded veterans and returning veterans have a 70% divorce rate. Sarandon also pointed out that 65 billion dollars of benefits for veterans have been dropped by this Administration and not a word was mentioned in the SOUA and not one presidential hopeful has yet commented upon this.

Her husband, Tim Robbins added that, “I just spoke with a woman whose 20 year old brother is being sent to Iraq with only two weeks of training instead of the usual twelve.”

Raed Jarrar, Iraq Project Director of Global Exchange informed the engaged crowd, “The only hope to end the Iraqi violence is to end the occupation! I am one half Sunni and one half Shia and I am telling you that both secular and religious Iraqis agree that we want our county back! We want the occupation to end, NOW! Sunni’s and Shia’s have lived together for a thousand years and all Bush accomplished was to build a new dictatorship!”

Co-chair of the Progressive Caucus, Congresswomen Lynn Woolsey received thunderous applause by stating, “It is not about winning or losing; it is about doing the right thing! Everyone knows this except the President! You know what they say is the definition of insanity; persisting in the same behavior and expecting a different result. We don’t need any more study groups, we need HR 508 the Bring Our Troops Home and Iraqi Sovereignty Bill which will bring our troops home and end the occupation in six months. Tell your representatives to pass HR 508!”

Arab American, Nicholas Mouracade who flew from Florida because, “I love America and I served in the Air Force during Vietnam. And now my nephew is in the 82nd Airborne Division and all he and his unit do is guard the oil fields. I’d like to know whose making the money on the 2.5 million barrels of oil being produced every day in Iraq.”

So would the multitudes, who in the spirit of Emma Goldman [who would only join a revolution if she could dance] were led in song and chant by the sisters and brothers of emmasrevolution.com:


“Who lies? Who dies? Who pays? Who profits?”

John Dowell, USMC Retired Captain and Tiger Shark UAV Pilot informed me, “In the last few months I have made more money than I ever have in my entire life. I had been a civilian contractor flying UAV’s for a private company and the money is humongous. But. It is your money for every person born today begins life with a $30,000 debt because of this war. We got here because we the people have not been paying attention. But, it's not too late, we can do something! It’s time for a revolution!”


"Soon after I had published the pamphlet "Common Sense" [on Feb. 14, 1776] in America, I saw the exceeding probability that a revolution in the system of government would be followed by a revolution in the system of religion... The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion."-Tom Paine


 

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January 27, 2009: International Holocaust Remembrance Day


How does the city sit solitary, that was full of people! How is she become as a widow!...
She weeps sore into the night, and her tears are on her cheeks:
among all who loved her she has none to comfort her.
(Book of Lamentations)


Last week, after murdering 1400 people – of whom 400 were children – after bombing hospitals and mosques, schools, universities and humanitarian supplies, and tens of thousand of homes, Israel declared a cease-fire. A shameful parade of European leaders immediately went to Jerusalem to embrace the mass murderers and to pledge their support for the continuing siege of Gaza.

The primary purpose of this massacre was to break the spirit of the Palestinian people until they surrender and accept their fate as lesser human beings. As former Chief of Staff Moshe Yaalon said in 2002, "The Palestinians must be made to understand in the deepest recesses of their consciousness that they are a defeated people." European leaders support this goal, as did previous U.S. administrations, as do the ruling elites of Egypt, Jordan and Saudi-Arabia, despite the fury of their peoples. We wait to see if the freshly inaugurated Obama Administration will break with sixty long years of attack on the Palestinian people armed and financed by the U.S. and Europe.

We grieve with the people of Gaza. We see the faces of the children, of the women and the men; we hear their voices. We also hear the silence of the leaders of Western countries, intermittently broken by evasive platitudes. And we are reminded of the time when the world turned a blind eye while our forebears, our families, were slaughtered.

100,000 Palestinians were made homeless in Gaza this month. Most of them became refugees in 1948 when they were expelled at gunpoint from their towns and villages. Now they are homeless again, even in their land of exile, and at risk of being driven out from Palestine altogether.

Yet on January 27, Holocaust Remembrance Day, the leaders of the U.S. and Europe will be joined in honoring the memory of our dead. Even as we seek to remember and to honor the immensity of that loss, we struggle to find words to convey the hypocrisy of these ceremonies, in which those who are silent today pay homage to the victims of yesterday’s silence.

The radical Jewish writer Walter Benjamin, who died while fleeing the Nazis, wrote, "not even the dead will be safe from the enemy, if he is victorious. And this enemy has not ceased to be victorious." The Third Reich was defeated, and yet, "the enemy has not ceased to be victorious." Racism, mass murder, and genocide continue to be accepted tools of statecraft. Even our dead are not safe. They have been called up, disturbed, dredged from their mass graves and forced to testify against their fellow human beings in pain, to confess a hatred that was alien to them and to offer themselves up as justification for a new cycle of suffering in Palestine. Their ghosts have been enlisted to help displace fellow Jews from Arab homelands, and to bequeath to them that same alien hatred, conscripting those of us descending from Arab lands to become enemies of our own memory and past.

The Jewish British MP Gerald Kaufman spoke in anguish while the massacres in Gaza were taking place: "My grandmother did not die to provide cover for Israeli soldiers murdering Palestinian grandmothers in Gaza." We share and echo that refusal. Let not the memory of Jews murdered by the Nazi regime serve as cover for the attempted destruction of the Palestinian people!

Although the guns are relatively silent, this genocidal assault on the Palestinian people is not over. The siege, the lack of food and fresh water, the disease-threatening broken sewage system, and economic collapse and humanitarian crisis persist in Gaza with the full support of the U.S., Europe and the Egyptian government. As the siege of Gaza continues, so does the slow ethnic cleansing of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the home demolitions, the building of the apartheid wall, the settlement build-up, the economic devastation of the towns and villages strangled by checkpoints, the assault on Palestinian neighborhoods in Jaffa, Akka, Lydda, the Galilee and the Negev, the mass imprisonment of Palestinians (over 11,000), and all the large and small ways by which Israel is seeking to crush the spirit and erase the presence of the Palestinian people in their homeland.

Faced with the threat of annihilation in Europe, Jews resisted. From ghettos to concentration camps and within countries under occupation, Jews led resistance to the Nazi regime. Today, from the ghetto of Gaza to the Bantustans of the West Bank and from the neighborhoods of Jaffa and Akka to cities across the globe, Palestinians resist Israel’s attempt to destroy them as a people. On January 27th, honoring the memory of our dead is for us inseparable from honoring more than sixty years of Palestinian survival and resistance. Only when the Palestinian people regain their freedom will the dead rest safely. Then we will all celebrate another victory for life.



   
 
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