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January 27, 2008
WAWA Blog January 27, 2008: "You say you want a revolution"-John Lennon + "If I can't dance, it's not my revolution."-Emma Goldman  UPDATED 8:30 AM EST Jan. 27  with email from Mazin Q+ WORDS of WISDOM from Anna and MLK!

I KNOW, I know, i know that  I am posting more than a day a head of actual time, but as i turn 54 on January 27th, and a year ago to this very day, I began writing my third book: So, This is 53...

TIME is moving very fast for me and music is my guide and I AM NOT TELLING YOU WHAT TO THINK, ONLY HOPING YOU WILL THINK!!!

I begin with words from JC, Emma, Lennon and Dylan who all have been OVER filling my heart, soul and mind,

For my spirit is in Gaza-and in real time as I spill this cyber ink it is only January 25th 7:17 PM EST, and the forecast for the 'Holy'  Land for the morrow is heavy rains,

But i am hoping and praying for clear skies and all good and will be reporting as I receive the news on January 26th from secularists, atheists, anarchists, rebels and revolutioanaries in Isreal Palestine who are doing what Jesus Christ taught his followers they MUST do:

LOVE, forgive and DO GOOD unto your 'enemy' and the least and oppressed,

So, I will begin this rant and rage with what JC said in
Matthew 13:52:

"Every scribe; teacher instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out new treasures with the old."

And follow up on that thought with lyrics from Bob Dylan:

"She put down in writing what was in her mind…It's not dark yet, but it's getting there."

And add a few words of my own and tell you, that in general scribes got a bad reputation because of those who were assigned to copy down the Torah, but added their own words to the commentary and omit other words at their own choosing.

The second definition of scribe as defined by Webster's is a writer or author, and it is that one I claim in being a scribe for I am offering the following old which will be followed with the new as it comes to me in real time as secularists, atheists, anarchists and other Stage Three Soul People convoy and report on their good works to bring to Gaza water filters and food staples and

 "If I can't dance, it's not my revolution."-
Emma Goldman.

Well, you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it's evolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
But when you talk about destruction
Don't you know that you can count me out!

Don't you know it's gonna be

You say you've got a real solution
Well, you know
We'd all love to see the plan
You ask me for a contribution
Well, you know
We are doing what we can
But if you want money for people with minds that hate
All I can tell is, brother, NO WAY!!!

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
Yes, n how many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, n how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before theyre forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin in the wind,
The answer is blowin in the wind.

How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, n how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, n how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin in the wind,
The answer is blowin in the wind.

How many years can a mountain exist
Before its washed to the sea?
Yes, n how many years can some people exist
Before theyre allowed to be free?
Yes, n how many times can a man turn his head,
Pretending he just doesnt see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin in the wind,
The answer is blowin in the wind.

Come gather round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
Youll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin
Then you better start swimmin
Or youll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin.

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance wont come again
And dont speak too soon
For the wheels still in spin
And theres no tellin who
That its namin.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Dont stand in the doorway
Dont block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
Theres a battle outside
And it is ragin.
Itll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin.


 UPDATE 5 PM EST Jan. 26 from an Anarchist Against the Wall

Dear comrades and close activists:

I think the potential of demonstration of today was wasted because of the elitism of the organizers, who restricted the demonstrators in accordance their convenience.

I guess everyone who was today in the border of Gaza knew why, and our aim, we saw a big number of people who went not only to provide food which will be consumed in two days, we are talking about Gaza, a place as you know which suffer from over population and we know that providing them food is not their solution, we don't went to do charity but to support the punished population from Gaza politically, what I saw today?, propaganda of Parlament members, and the same people of always talking in the microphone, all the time about the same subject we all already know.

Organizers ordering us to align as they want, and repressing the spontaneous wish of showing our indignation about the situation. I know they made a very hard work, I saw how my friend Dani from Haifa strived to join people and to help us to go to the demo easily as possible, everyone did something but organizing don't give the right to censure and control the ideology of the demonstrators, if you want to organize because you agree with the aim everyone will be grateful, but not in this way. I feel solidarity with the Palestinian people, but I didn't went to the demo as Palestinian nationalist, or as Stalinist, I went as an anarchist who support the Palestinian struggle just as I support the struggle of indigenous in Chiapas, and I think I have the right to show it, because the struggle is global, always was global and will be like this for ever. At least my aim today, I repeat, was to deliver a political message, because charity won't help them, a committed support maybe yes.

Next time the organizers should say in their invitation their restrictions, what slogans they allow and what not, what flags they allow and what flags they don't,  if they will guide us behind a truck during the demo forcing us to listen what we already know, instead demonstrate, even under risk, because if we are not disposed to take risks for a population being despoil, I think is preferable  to stay in home or to try to get a chair in the Parlament, they may find another way to get donations instead using demonstrators as herd for propaganda. Next time we can to join them, to help them to organize and to decide through direct democracy in what points we agree and what not.

Sorry for my English, salud y comunismo libertario.


Jan. 26, 2008 10 AM EST UPDATE :

Due to military closure order, rally moved to Erez


Army closes down hilltop site of planned Saturday rally at the conclusion of Gaza supply convoy; rally will take place instead outside Erez Checkpoint, after car convoy and protest march by foot Parallel Palestinian demonstration due inside Strip

This morning police suddenly informed organizers of the countrywide Gaza Supply Convoy, due tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 26) that the army has forbidden the holding of the concluding rally on a hilltop overlooking the Gaza Strip (to which no objection was made earlier). The army even intends to surround the site with barbed wire to prevent access. There is no time to lodge a Supreme Court appeal, and organizers decided to have the rally at Erez Checkpoint, use of which is denied to Gazans.

The authorities’ move makes it impossible to have direct eye contact between the simultaneous Israeli and Palestinian rallies tomorrow, but there will still be phone contact and exchange of a message of peace and solidarity across the sealed border.

As noted in earlier messages, the humanitarian supply convoy will set out tomorrow morning, Saturday, 26 January 2008, from Nazareth, Haifa, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Beer Sheva and meet up at 12.00 noon at Yad Mordechai Junction. From Yad Mordechai the protest convoy will go southwards, a long line of trucks, buses and private cars all decked with “Lift the Blockade!”signs. About half a kilometre ahead of the checkpoint, participants will march on foot, carrying signs and personal packages of supplies prepared by Israeli families for the Gazans. At 13:00 the rally will take place outside the locked gates of Erez Checkpoint. Speakers will include Shulamit Aloni, Uri Avnery, Nurit Peled-Elhanan, Issam Makhoul, Fatmeh el-Ajou, Rana Nashashibi, Suliman Al-Hatib and Jeff Halper. The convoy and rally will take place under all weather conditions.

As noted, there will be a phone link with the parallel demonstration due at the same hour in Gaza City at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where the keynote speaker will psychiatrist and human rights activist Dr. Eyad Sarraj. A parallel Palestinian demonstration is also expected in Ramallah. Simultaneous demonstrations will take place in Rome, Modena, Bologna, Grosseto, Naples, Milan, Paris, Poitiers, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, Nantes, Orleans, Cleveland, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, London, Montreal, Los Angeles, Chicago, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Sydney, New York, Phoenix, Seattle, San Diego, Toronto, Cape Town and elsewhere across the globe – with a considerable participation of Jewish groups opposed to the policies of the Government of Israel.

Participating organisations: Gush Shalom, Combatants for Peace, Coalition of Women for Peace, ICAHD – The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, Bat Shalom, Bat Tzafon for Peace and Equality, Balad, Hadash, Adalah, Tarabut- Hithabrut, Physicians for Human Rights – Israel, AIC – The Alternative Information Center, Psychoactive – Mental Health Workers for Human Rights, ActiveStills, The Students Coalition (Tel Aviv University), New Profile, MachsomWatch, PCATI – The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, Yesh Gvul, Gisha, Local Television on the Internet, Committee for Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue, “On the Left Side”, and Faculty for Palestinian-Israeli Peace (Israel).

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not. ... Genius will not. ... Education will not. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."-
Calvin Coolidge

Once upon a time, there was an old widow, who lived in a certain town with a judge who cared nothing about justice, people or God. But an old widowed crone kept coming to him with her plea, "Grant me justice against my adversary."

The judge ignored her until she became such a PIA [pain in the ass] he finally muttered to himself, "Even though I don't fear God or care a hoot about this old crone, she has become such a pain in my ass, I will give into her, just to get her to leave me alone!" [Paraphrased from a story Jesus told in Luke 18 1-5]

UPDATE Jan. 27, from Mazin

Mazin Qumsiyeh

Israel forces injured 8 and kidnapped four at the Friday weekly nonviolent demonstration against the apartheid wall built at the village lands of Bil'in. Those of us who braved cold weather to demonstrate support for lifting Gaza are not faced with rubber coated steel bullets or toxic gases.   There were nearly 100 such demonstrations Friday and Saturday around the world.   In Palestine, Israelis and Palestinians joined forces to demonstrate.  Umm al-Fahm turned out the lights and 1000 Israelis (Jews, Christians, Muslims) made their way to a rally at the border with Gaza demanding freeing of the Gaza Ghetto from the Israeli siege (see ).  Here in CT, we had two demonstrations: in New Haven with 25 people and in Hartford with 80-100 people.  The thousands who participated in events outside of Palestine are some of those who truly believe that "silence is complicity" and who practice what they believe (thus living life to the fullest). Join them/us next time!

The media needs to be challenged and pushed to stop pandering to the illusion of Zionist power.  People especially in the US, Canada, Israel, and England need to be reminded that they can take back the power from the entrencjed elites who serve teh narrow Zionist special interests.  In the US we need to shatter the illusion of a "choice" between leading democrats and leading republicans in the Presidential elections.  It is a game to give the illusion of democracy while business as usual goes on fleecing the US public by lobby interests (look at what happened in the media to those who tell the truth about the downward spiral of the US economy and the role of the Israel lobby: Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich).

By a vote of 30 to 1 (the one being Canada) the UN Human Rights Council criticized Israel on Thursday for its blockade of Gaza (the US and Israel are not participants).  Shame on Canada for voting against human rights and shame on the EU for abstaining.  Time to challenge them.  You have the power as Citizens of those countries to demand that they re-allign their policies to support human rights.  

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(excerpts from a sermon delivered in Minneapolis last Sunday, combined with some recent events)

This week, our country celebrated Martin Luther King Day and the official end to segregation and racial discrimination in this country. As we celebrate certain historic advances, we mustn't forget that these policies are far from over in this country, and that as we struggle against one injustice we are perpetuating another system of discrimination and segregation on the other side of the world in Occupied Palestine, a land where there are separate roads, schools, hospitals, neighborhoods, and legal systems, access to which depends on one's ethnicity or religion.

In his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Dr. King "wept" from disappointment with the laxity of the church and its leaders in taking action against the status quo for fear of being considered "nonconformist." I recently met a young Palestinian Christian dancer (one of those censored in New England last December) who echoed similar frustration with churches around the world who are doing nothing to ease the suffering of Christians and others in the Holy Land. She spoke to a group of church-goers in Old Lyme, Connecticut:

"My name is Mary Qumsiyeh. I am an English teacher from the little town of Bethlehem. My husband works in tourism and I have met many groups that said `We are here to walk in the footsteps of Jesus.' But are they acting the way that Jesus did?

"Our churches are now like museums. Tourists visit, take pictures, and leave. What about the living stories? Jesus in his time was living under the Roman occupation. Today, after 2000 years, we are still living under occupation—now the Israeli occupation that has confiscated 88% of Bethlehem's land. If Jesus were alive today, would he permit this to happen? Jesus helped the oppressed and the ones in need. He made the blind see.

"I ask you all to see how many times in the Bible the word justice is mentioned. And remember that Jesus did not avoid politics. Please spread our message, a message of joy, happiness, and justice, a message from youth full of life, willing to live and die in the little town of Bethlehem."

Thankfully, churches eventually stepped up to play a large and historic role in the civil rights movement, and it's worth remembering how: It was not simply by hoping for change, or by praying for change, or even by voting for change. It was by making change happen, by Christians stepping out of their comfort zones and challenging the status quo even if it meant going to jail or being ostracized.

Making change happen is never comfortable. It's what Dr. King called "tension." He confessed, "I am not afraid of the word `tension.' I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth."

Notice the word "necessary." This necessity is often hard for people of privilege to grasp. We think, "if only we educate our leadership, or the Israeli government, they'll come to their senses..." How much more comfortable it would be if it were just a matter of waiting, and listening, and sharing! But we forget Dr. King's clear wisdom:  "We have not made a single gain without determined legal and nonviolent pressure. Lamentably, it is an historical fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges [until they have to]... Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed."

Today in Gaza, Palestinians demanded freedom from the Israeli siege that has endured for years since the so-called "disengagement" and before. After several days under even tighter isolation by Israel, which had sealed the borders of the small strip and cut off electricity, food, medical supplies, and other lifelines, Palestinians blasted through a wall of their collective prison and flooded into Egypt in search of medicine, soap, fuel, cement, and other desperately
needed supplies.

Some might call blowing up a wall "extreme." In fact, just about any action taken unilaterally for Palestinian liberation is portrayed as such. Martin Luther King was also called an "extremist," and eventually embraced the word, calling on others to join him in creative extremism. Criticism of the status quo will always be dismissed as ideological or extreme, and that's what makes challenging power structures so uncomfortable. We would prefer to affect change through consensus and the blessing of communities that have traditionally supported the status quo, like mainstream Jewish temples and US legislators. But, my friends, this is unrealistic; these groups will hopefully become a part of the movement someday, but they will not lead the movement today. And while it would be nice to wait until a day when it feels more convenient, remember that change will never be convenient for those who are profiting off of the way things are. Let us not forget that Palestinians, like people of color in Dr King's time (and still today), have not had the luxury waiting and choosing a convenient time... Indeed, there is no convenient time. But inconvenience and discomfort are a small price to pay for justice. Remember that prophets have always been scorned in their own time.

In Palestine, that inevitable discomfort—or tension, as Dr King calls it—has taken the form of popular nonviolent resistance met with army brutality, checkpoints, roadblocks, invasions, curfews, house demolitions, and mass imprisonment. In this country, that inevitable tension has taken the comparatively mild—but admittedly unpleasant—form of moral blackmail: anyone who dares criticize Israel's violations of human rights and international law is labeled anti-Semitic. But this is absurd. Occupation, oppression—these things have nothing to do with Judaism, and to oppose them in Israel, Palestine, or anywhere else in the world is simply not anti-Semitic. On the contrary, it is in line with the Jewish tradition of critical thinking, open debate, and social justice, which have been a source of pride for Jews through history.

The Israel/Palestine struggle is portrayed in our media and elsewhere as an endless religious rivalry, but it is no more a war between Jews and Muslims than the civil rights struggle was one between African-Americans and Whites. This is a struggle for justice, one that affects us all and in which we all play a part. In the words of Dr. King, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny."

This mutuality is clear in the collaboration today between Palestinians and the Israelis who support their struggle, working together towards an end to discrimination and the Occupation, towards a common future of integration and coexistence. In the United States, churches are once again taking the lead. The United Methodists, the Presbyterians, and others have started campaigns calling for boycott, divestment, and sanctions against the Israeli government until it complies with international law. This is a crucial campaign not only because it has the potential to be successful in conjunction with Palestinian resistance (after all, it was Black South African resistance supported by international solidarity and divestment that ultimately contributed to the end of Apartheid there), but also because it was called for by Palestinian civil society. This is a Palestinian struggle, and we need to be taking our lead from Palestinians. They have been reaching out for support through the years, particularly this week in Gaza as they were cut off even further from the world. We need to reach back.

Thanks for reading,




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