Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Jewish Protest Letter to The London Guardian: “Who Is The Terrorist?”

As Jewish supporters of Palestinian rights, we have once again watched in horror as Israel escalates its lethal bombardment of the civilian population of Gaza. Numerous people, including children, are being killed or wounded. Israeli casualties came only after Israel, having started the slaughter by killing a 13 year old boy in Gaza on 8 November, shattered a truce by assassinating the military leader who had negotiated it. So who is the terrorist and who wants peace?

BDS Israel

Israel’s political-military leaders cynically escalate the conflict, trying to justify their blockade of Gaza and acting tough in the run up to government elections. Having turned Gaza into an open-air prison, they again punish the Palestinians for electing leaders who attempt to resist the illegal occupation.

Too many of our media collude with the official Israeli version—that the attacks are “targeted” retaliation for rockets launched from Gaza. Despite hand-wringing by some western governments, they encourage Israeli belligerence by labeling Hamas a terrorist organization, supporting the Gaza siege and denying Palestinian rights, both within and outside Israel. We support the peaceful campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) designed to help achieve those rights.

Miriam Margolyes, Alexei Sayle, Mike Marqusee, Seymour Alexander, Jo Bird, Haim Bresheeth, Elizabeth Carola, Ruth Conlock, Mike Cushman, Nancy Elan, Susan Elan, Pia G Feig, Deborah Fink, Sonya Fraser, Claire Glasman, Tony Greenstein, Ruth Hall, Abe Hayeem, Rosamine Hayeem, Selma James, Michael Kalmanovitz, Berry Kreel, Leah Levane, Rachel Lever, Les Levidow, Moshe Machover, Martine Miel, Simon Natas, Diana Neslen, Juliet Peston, Renate Prince, Frances Rifkin, Larry Sanders, Vanessa Stilwell, Sam Weinstein, Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi, Devra Wiseman

What Have We Learned From Guernica?

As a Jew who escaped the Holocaust in a Kindertransport 74 years ago and who voluntarily joined the British army to help fight the evil of Nazism, I utterly condemn the disproportionate response of the Israeli government to the Hamas rocket attacks. I am dismayed that both the British and American governments have given Israel carte blanche for these acts of barbarity in Gaza. Has the world learned nothing since Guernica?

Emeritus professor Leslie Baruch Brent

Guernica. Picasso

So Israel is Democratic? Doesn't That Mean Freedom of Speech?

A young American Jew quietly and calmly voices his opposition to Israel's policies towards the Palestinians, both in the occupied territories and in Israel itself, and is attacked by the Israeli police, who drag him along the road face down and throw him into a police van. What did you do about that, Obama?

Monday, November 19, 2012

An Israeli Attack on a Gazan Family House Kills 11

Four young children killed in an Israeli missile attack. Collateral damage or state terrorism?

Do we Deliberately Kill Children?

But of course, says Obama supporter, Time Magazine's Joe Klein:

This is surprising considering that Klein is usually progressive, and, although Jewish, has criticized Zionist Israel’s belligerence over its attitude to Iran quite recently:

Sunday, November 18, 2012

British Protests Against the Israeli Atrocities in Palestine

The Bogus Zionist Claim to Palestine

Gaza: Baby killed by Israeli bombing

David and Goliath? Which is Which?

Some people are puzzled that anyone can support the Palestinians, because they are always presented as an Arab Goliath facing an Israeli David, but the truth is the reverse. The Israelis are the Goliath! Although they are only a small state, the Palestinians have even less territory, the Israelis having driven the Palestinians from their land, the land they had lived in for thirty or more centuries—the land taken from them by the Israelis. The ancestors of the Palestinians are likely to be the people who lived in the same place when Christ was there, give or take the immigration and emigration that has happened over 2000 years.

The Israelis are a modern technological country supplied with vast quantities of money and arms from the USA, but the Palestinians are not allowed to import anything without Israeli permission, and are deliberately kept third world. When they try to bring anything in from outside by sea—Gaza is on the coast—the Israelis pirate the merchant ships bringing in goods, illegally blockading Gazan waters. You must have seen it in the media. Gaza is, you see, not an independent state at all—that is what the Palestinians want—but it is effectively an Arab ghetto of Israel. All complaints against Israel are suppressed by the USA. The UN Human Rights Council has adopted more resolutions condemning Israel than it has all other states combined. From 1967 to 1989 the UN Security Council adopted 131 resolutions directly addressing Israeli deprivation of the rights of the Palestinians.

So Israel has all the power, the money, the modern weapons. The BBC and Sky make a lot of noise about the Gazans having crude Qassam rockets which they fire into Israel in retaliation for oppression by the Israelis, but these rockets are not guided and not accurate, not reliable and of limited range, being home made. The Israelis, as in this case where they killed the Hamas official whom they were negotiating with about a captured IDF soldier, create provocations to break truce agreements, then blame the Arabs, who, having no professional army, no modern weapons, no airforce unlike Israel’s sophisticated one, and no money, necessarily come off worse.

Why do it? To get more aid and support from the USA, to prepare for another incursion, this time against Iran, and to create a scare to be able to act tough just before an election, as in this case!

Who then in terms of power is the Goliath? It is Israel backed by the USA. To help the Palestinians peacefully, you can:

  • get fairer reporting of the bombing and atacking of Gaza by the IDF (the Israeli Defence Force, Israel’s modern military) at Freeview 083 and 085, Al Jazeera and Russia Today, westernized TV channels that are not so cringingly pro-Israel
  • read more at the Palestine Solidarity Campaign
  • if you think we are only anti-Israeli, note we also support Stop the War which campaigns against all wars, emphasizing the current ones.

Lastly, it is important to realise that the Israelis are not equivalent to Jews. Many Jews, many even in Israel, do not support the actions of the Israeli government. Israel was set up as a consequence of a secular political ideology called Zionism. The most strongly devout religious Jews oppose Zionism, and consider Zionist land grabbing from the Palestinians to be a grave religious error, contrary to God’s will. Besides the Palestinians, we support these Jews who are also friends of the Palestinians.

So both sides are just as bad, eh?

The Bogus Zionist Claim to Palestine

Zionists use the Jewish scriptures as a political weapon, just as they do the Nazi Holocaust. They claim that God gave the land of Palestine to the Jews in perpetuum. When was this? Sometime between 1500 BC and 1200 BC, they think, but nobody knows. The only evidence for it is the book of Jewish scriptures (the Old Testament, to Christians) which reads like an ancient history of the Jews, but which never turned up in recorded history until around 250 BC. Something written over a thousand years after the events it purports to record and sounds mythical rather than historical is overwhelmingly likely to be myth and not history, especially as no other source records it, only the Jewish holy books. So Zionists are claiming a land that has been occupied by the antecedents of the people who lived there, when the Zionists took over on the basis of a myth, for over 2000 years. Those people have more right to the land than the Zionists.

Moreover, pious orthodox Jews oppose the Zionists' claim to the land on the basis of the same Jewish scriptures. They agree that God gave the biblical Israelites the land but then say that God withdrew their right to it because of their sins and because God's plan required the Jews to be dispersed around the world to teach all men. When the Jewish messiah comes (they, of course, reject Jesus as the messiah), he will lead the Jews back to the promised land, and all men will follow willingly. They add that God did not plan for Jews to be murderers of other men, but their teachers.

Even supposing, the Jews did have some entitlement to the land 2000 or more years ago, it is ridiculous that they could claim it 2000 years later on that basis. Under Henry II, only 800 years ago, the British king ruled most of France. Are we to claim all that territory now with any justification? Only 250 years ago, the British king George ruled America. Are we to claim the US now? 2000 years ago, Italy ruled most of Europe and parts of Asia and Africa. Such claims are manifestly absurd, yet that is what the Zionists claim. So, by accepting the biblical argument, people are supporting the Zionists.

For a parallel that might bring the pain of the Palestinians to you, imagine that the Italians supported by some superpower, the USA, China or whoever, had invaded Britain with vastly superior weaponry, and had thrown us out of our homes and made us live in some overpopulated ghetto in an industrial wasteland in South Yorkshire, with no hope of ever getting our homes back. They had then, from time to time fired bombs and rockets at us and invaded us with ground troops. That is what it must be like for Palestinians. Zionists live in our houses and gardens while we grovel in coal tips with scarcely enough food to keep us alive. No one should be fooled by the crocodile tears of the Zionists.

The United Nations is a toothless tiger when it comes to Palestine, because they make their promises and declarations but never force the issue. The facts are that the Zionists in the US have an enormous degree of lobbying power in Washington. If you walk around Jerusalem, many rich Jewish Americans have streets and squares named after them.

Ernest Bevin, sometime UK Foreign Secretary, who was responsible for the British-Palestinian police, told the US that if they forced the British to allow the Jews to enter Palestine in the vast numbers that were trying to push in in 1946-47, there would be bloodshed till the end of time, and he was right. Zionist terrorist gangs like Irgun and Stern bombed Arab villages in Palestine to force the Palestinians to flee, and soon they had nowhere to go except vast refugee camps in Gaza and the West Bank. Gaza has been a vast refugee camp ever since. They also bombed the British, in the King David Hotel, for example, to force them out of the mandate they had undertaken. The US forced the issue by threatening to withdraw the Marshall plan that Britain needed to rebuild after WWII. That would have left Britain impoverished, so the British government were forced to accede to US/Zionist demands. The pair of bully boys have never looked back since. They have kept the Middle East in chaos for their own geopolitical purposes.

A British Jewish Politician Gives His View of the Israeli Attack on Gaza

Sir Gerald Kaufman, a long standing British Member of Parliament and a Jew who was a Zionist and whose grandmother was shot in cold blood by a Nazi, accuses the Zionist Israelis of being Nazis when they attacked Gaza at Christmas/New Year 2008-2009.

Additional reporting by Michael Evison

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The White Poppy Tradition for Peace, Not Glorifying Dying in Battle!

Peace Pledge White Poppies for Remembrance Sunday

Remember the War Dead by the Peace Pledge—Wear a White Poppy!

This year—as unfortunately with the last few—Britain’s annual remembrance day will be held as war rages overseas. As civilians and troops are to be killed on a daily basis in Afghanistan, many ordinary people are becoming uncomfortable with the military hijacking the event to gain more support for the war and future wars, and are choosing to wear white poppies instead of the traditional red ones in protest.

“Stop the War Coalition” convenor, Lindsey German, points to the red poppy being more associated with supporting the military and the continuing wars than remembering the dead. She says:

I think we have had an amazing onslaught by the military this year with bands and service people at train stations putting pressure on people to buy a red poppy. But the red poppy has become associated with supporting the troops and the wars that we are in. And the way the poppy appeal is run now is not like it was in the ’50s when people knew what war meant.

The wearing of white poppies first dates back to the 1920s. The idea of de-coupling Armistice Day, the red poppy and later Remembrance Day from their military culture dates back to 1926, just a few years after the British Legion was persuaded to use the red poppy as to raise funds in Britain. In the 1930s they were sold by the Co-operative Women’s Guild and a secular pacifist organisation, the Peace Pledge Union (PPU), took part in their distribution from 1934. White poppy wreaths were laid from 1937 as a pledge to peace that war must not happen again.

A member of the “No More War Movement” suggested that the British Legion should be asked to imprint “No More War” in the centre of the red poppies instead of “Earl Haig Fund”, and, failing this, pacifists should make their own flowers.

In 1933, the first white poppies appeared on Armistice Day—after WWII called Remembrance Day. The following year the newly founded Peace Pledge Union began widespread distribution of the poppies, and their annual promotion. The Peace Pledge Union noted that the white poppy was not at all meant to insult those who died in WWI. Many of the white poppy supporters had lost family and friends in it. It was meant to ensure their deaths were not in vain by challenging to the continuing drive to war. Peace Pledge Union spokesman, Albert Beal, explained that the wearing of a white poppy…

…shows the concern for the suffering of war but rejects the idea of war. War can, and must, be avoided, and wearing a white poppy shows concerns about anybody killed in war.

Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn adds:

I welcome the white poppy. It was first produced before the the second world war and it’s a pledge not to start wars in the future.

White poppies can be bought at: http://www.ppu.org.uk/whitepoppy/index.html.

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