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November 22, 2007
WAWA Blog November 22, 2007: Thanksgiving Day: JFK, Israel, Vanunu, Tom Paine and Doing Something


On a Friday afternoon in Levittown, Long Island my fourth grade best friend, Kat and I took our time getting home on November 22, 1963.

It was eerily quiet and calm in the streets and not until Phil passed us by on his bicycle and yelled, "Kennedy has been shot!"

Did I even have a clue as to why nobody else was outside.


Six days later after that day that changed the world as I had known it, on Thanksgiving Day, LBJ took the oath of office standing next to a very distressed widow and announced that Florida's NASA Launch Operation Center would be renamed the John F. Kennedy Space Center and he asked the public to remain "determined that from this midnight of tragedy we shall move toward a new American greatness."

I was already overfilled three days prior with the repetitive images of JFK being shot and John-John during the motorcade funeral procession. Forty-four years later and I still cannot get that little guy in his short coat with his knees exposed out of my head. John-John saluted the casket as it rolled by, but nobody knew why it had to be that way and life as I had known it all changed.

President Kennedy in his Inaugural Speech inspired this little one of Levittown, Long Island when he challenged my generation and our Nation and I offer but an excerpt:

"I have sworn before you and Almighty God the same solemn oath our forebears prescribed nearly a century and three quarters ago.

"The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe - the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.

"We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans - born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage - and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this Nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.

"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of LIBERTY.


"…we pledge our word that one form of colonial control shall not have passed away merely to be replaced by a far more iron tyranny….we shall always hope…to remember that, in the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.

"…this peaceful revolution of hope cannot become the prey of hostile powers. Let all our neighbours know that we shall join with them to oppose aggression or subversion anywhere…our last best hope in an age where the instruments of war have far outpaced the instruments of peace, we renew our pledge of support - to prevent it from becoming merely a forum for invective - to strengthen its shield of the new and the weak…we offer not a pledge but a request: that both sides begin anew the quest for peace, before the dark powers of destruction unleashed by science engulf all humanity in planned or accidental self-destruction.

"…So let us begin anew - remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof…let us never fear to negotiate.

"Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belabouring those problems which divide us. Let both sides…formulate serious and precise proposals for the inspection and control of arms - and bring the absolute power to destroy other nations under the absolute control of all nations.

"Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Let both sides unite to heed in all corners of the earth the command of Isaiah - to "undo the heavy burdens -. and to let the oppressed go free."

"…let both sides join in creating a new endeavour…a new world of law, where the strong are just and the weak secure and the peace preserved.

"In your hands, my fellow citizens…each generation of Americans has been summoned to give testimony to its national loyalty…Now the trumpet summons us again - not as a call to bear arms…not as a call to battle…rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation…a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty…and war itself.

"In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger…The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavour will light our country and all who serve it -- and the glow from that fire can truly light the world."
http://www.famousquotes.me.uk/speeches/John_F_Kennedy/5.htm





When THAT DAY we call 9/11 happened, I didn’t want to go shop as President Bush instructed we the people to do if we wanted to help. I was also frustrated that the media wasn’t asking my questions.


I wanted to know WHY did a few-and back then it was but a few-people in the world hated Americans so much that they could cold bloodedly murder innocent people.

Bush's refrains that it was our freedom they hated, did not ring true for me, for evil that can target and murder innocent people has deep roots indeed!

I also wanted to do some good in the world and that lead me to the Interfaith Olive Trees Foundation for Peace/OTFFP and that lead me to journey five times into Israel Palestine.

Through a supporter and friend of OTFFP, I was shown a photo of George of Beit Jala/West Bethlehem, taken in 2000, by photographer Debbie Hill.

It is George who adorns the banner of my website.

George was captured the morning after the Israeli army destroyed his bedroom in retaliation for a few hopeless militants who had infiltrated his once peaceful Christian village to snipe across the way into the illegal settlement/colony of Gilo about a mile away.

The shrapnel that pierced the wall of George’s sanctuary read:

“Made in USA”

It was delivered via American made Apache helicopters.

The second I saw George’s eyes, in that photo that was first published by the Florida Catholic, my heart said:

“DO SOMETHING!”

What could I possibly do I wondered, but I did make a copy of the photo, put it in a frame and placed it upon the altar [a bar high table] in the upper room of my home.

Dozens of times a day, I would stop and gaze into the eyes of that little boy of The Little town of Bethlehem: OCCUPIED TERRITORY and beg God to end the insane cycle of violence in the Holy Land for the sake of all the children who live there and free me from the incessant voice that demands I, this little one who came of age in Levittown and now live in Florida :

“DO SOMETHING!”

All these years later, every time I look at George’s eyes-or even think about him-the persistent voice continues the incessant refrain:

“DO SOMETHING!”

When I met George for the first time in June 2005, I vowed to him that the rest of my life will be dedicated to doing all I could to help bring about the end of the occupation of Palestine, which has now entered its 40th year.

In April 2005, two months before my first trip to Israel Palestine, I tuned the TV on and the History channel appeared.

They were broadcasting a show called, “Sexpionage” all about Russian female spies and one from the Mossad.

The very clip that ran before my eyes was of Mordecahi Vanunu being transported to his closed door trial capturing his inspired move to write upon his palm: “HIJACKED” and the Rome flight number he had been on.

It was the first time I had seen that historic clip and also of Shimon Perez in 1986 stating that Israel would never be the first in the Mid East to possess nuclear weapons.

When a black and white photo of a bearded, unkempt and disheveled Vanunu filled the TV screen, I thought his eyes looked just like George’s of Beit Jala’s, and I heard in my heart:

“Do Something!”


Vanunu’s eyes are nothing like George’s, and I met him for the first time six days before my flight home to Florida from my first of five journeys to Israel Palestine.

The night before my flight back to Florida, Vanunu and I had dinner on the roof top of a restaurant in the Old City of Jerusalem, where they serve the fish with skeleton and head in tact, and fries on the side. That was when Vanunu blew my mind for I had never heard what he alluded to:

“Did you know that President Kennedy tried to stop Israel from building atomic weapons? In 1963 he forced Prime Minister Ben Gurion to admit the Dimona was not a textile plant as the sign outside proclaimed but a nuclear plant. The Prime Minister said, ‘The nuclear reactor is only for peace.’

“Kennedy insisted on an open internal inspection. He wrote letters demanding Ben Gurion to open up the Dimona for inspection. The French were responsible for the actual building of the Dimona. The Germans gave the money; they were feeling guilty for the holocaust and tried to pay their way out. Everything inside was written in French when I was there, almost twenty years ago. Back then the Dimona descended 7 floors underground.

“In 1955 Perez and Gurion met with the French to agree they would get a nuclear reactor if they fought against Egypt to control the Sinai and Suez Canal. That was the war of 1956. Eisenhower demanded that Israel leave the Sinai but the reactor plant deal continued on. Kennedy demanded inspections. When Johnson became president he made an agreement with Israel that two senators would come every year to inspect. Before the senators would visit the Israeli’s would build a wall to block the underground elevators and stairways. From 1963 to ‘69, the senators came but they never knew about the wall that hid the rest of the Dimona from them. Nixon stopped the inspections and agreed to ignore the situation. As a result, Israel increased production. In 1986 there were over 200 bombs. Today they may have enough plutonium for 10 bombs a year. Who knows?”

Not until now have I written that Vanunu also told me:

"Israel was behind the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy, because he was exerting pressure on Ben-Gurion to open up the Dimona nuclear plant."

 

I do not know if this is true and I wonder if we the people ever will, but i do believe with all my heart, soul and mind that what our most radical of all of America's Founding Fathers Thomas Paine proclaimed is the very essence of what is America:


"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."

May God Bless America indeed with Common Sense and that we would all do something for our country and our world.



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