Don’t believe every headline, but there may be truth to the one on this blog.
The reason? There’s many a happy smile in places like Iran, now that one of our Presidential candidates has joined Noam Chomsky’s cult – the one that uses propaganda to express hate, not just signs in Arabic like “Death to Israel” on long-range missiles.
Chomsky, who has publicly endorsed his friend Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination, has strong views about just which group of Americans (Jews) should be named as the chief target of an aggressive campaign of class warfare against “the rich and privileged”, whom Sanders is daily berating. Continue reading →
On Monday the claims for credit were swirling as the Israeli government condemned a series of four billboards, which appeared on about 500 BDS posters on the London Underground trains. They looked like genuine ads and were allegedly pasted on tube trains by London Palestine Action as part of this year’s Israeli Apartheid Week.
Yair Lapid, leader of the Yesh Atid party and a former finance minister, said commuters “entered the underground and found a series of antisemitic, anti-Israel signs calling us an apartheid state, accusing us of torturing children, or murder, of terrible things.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked Israel’s foreign ministry director, Dore Gold, “… to demand from the British government that the posters be removed,” he told parliamentary colleagues, according to reports in the Israeli media.
When you examine the photos (above and left) of the posters, they appear to be very carefully mounted inside a metal frame, suggesting that the perpetrators spent considerable time posting them. The London Jewish Forum called the posters an act of vandalism and “awful smears that do nothing to contribute to peace and dialogue, placing significant strains on inter-community relations across London”.
London police also called it vandalism and posting on the fly. How can such things happen in the London Underground, you might ask? The answer is that such vandalism – if it was that – cannot go unnoticed. Continue reading →
Tonight is the first Democrat debate on CNN, and participants should, but won’t, chime in on the latest book by Mideast maven Dennis Ross – “Doomed to Succeed: the US-Israel relationship from Truman to Obama.”
Released today, the tome skewers Susan Rice and reveals she is one of the reasons why the Barack Obama White House is dysfunctional when dealing with Israel, and the administration has no coherent policy to solve the never-ending conflict between Arabs and Jews.
Ross has major credentials in any assessment of Rice:
- During President Carter’s administration, Ross worked for Deputy Asst Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz in the Pentagon. There he co-authored a study urging greater U.S. intervention in the Persian Gulf “because of our need for… oil and because events in the Persian Gulf affect the Arab–Israeli conflict.”
- Under President Reagan, Ross was director of Near East and South Asian affairs in the National Security Council and Deputy Director of the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment (1982–84).
- In the mid-1980s Ross co-founded, with the infamous Martin Indyk, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
- Under President George H. W. Bush, Ross was director of the U.S. State Department’s Policy Planning Staff, working on U.S. policy toward the former Soviet Union, reunification of Germany and its integration into NATO, and the 1991 Gulf War. He also worked with Secretary of State James Baker on convincing Arab and Israeli leaders to attend the 1991 Middle East peace conference.
- In 1993 President Clinton named Ross the Middle East envoy. He helped Israel and Palestinians reach the 1995 Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, then brokered the Protocol Concerning the Redeployment in Hebron in 1997. He also facilitated the Israel–Jordan peace treaty.
- Ross was appointed Special Adviser for the Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on February 23, 2009. On June 25 that year the White House announced that Ross was leaving the State Department to join the National Security Council staff as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for the Central Region – the Middle East, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, Pakistan and South Asia.
BDS supporters often call for a boycott of not just goods and folks from the West Bank, but from all of Israel. The following seems to agree with them:
…Arab League Council declared a formal boycott: “Jewish products and manufactured [goods] in Palestine shall be [considered] undesirable in the Arab countries; to permit them to enter the Arab countries would lead to the realization of the Zionist political objectives. … every State of the League should … take measures which they consider fit and which will be in conformity with the principles of administration and legislation therein, such as making use of import balances in this respect in order to prevent these products and manufactured [goods] from entering [these] countries regardless of whether they have come from Palestine or by any other route.” – Wikipedia
While that might sound like objections to so-called occupation of West Bank and Gaza, it is not a document from 2015 or 2005 or 1995 or 1985 or 1975 or 1965 or 1955. Continue reading →
The BDS movement (advertisement above) is just about Israel and its policies towards the Palestinians, we have been told by some American media pundits and politicians.
RadioIslam.org reminds its readers that “Posters/banners are an excellent weapon in the war against Jewish chauvinism and propaganda. Be a fighter yourself and spread these pics through blogs, sites, mails – whatever channels you can access.”
On the issue of BDS they propose sending out these other BDS messages from their website:
If we dig deeper into radioislam.org (and probably most BDS support groups) we find a darker message, as the site suggests on another page. It is no longer an attack on Israel and its policies. It is not about the so-called settlements, or “occupation” of land conquered in war.
It’s hate of Jews.