: to make timid or fearful : frighten; especially : to compel or deter by or as if by threats intimidate a witness
Here is one message:
"You are trully (sic) disgusting and despicable...... and just remember 'karma' what comes around goes around!!! Oh and by the way, if you dumb asses at the King County Metro Pull more shit!!!!! We will be on you like stink on a monkey!!! Cause guess what, we Jews are not the same as the Jews of Europe during the Second World War!! We get pissed off. We take action!!!!!"
I can only imagine the havoc that would accompany this story if the tables were turned. If Muslim people had dared to threaten violence over the rejection of a bus advertisement you would have the FBI crawling in every dark corner of people's lives.
As a general rule, Americans have and do generally accept that democracy means having to put up with things we are not always comfortable with. That is the price we pay for free speech. We have to ensure that even our perceived enemies are granted the right to express themselves in a public forum or we're not worth our own salt.
But when Israel's backers threaten violence; actually state that they will harm an American public transportation system, they get their way, goosestepping right over the First Amendment.
The bus ads are very consistent with freedom of speech, how they are not is inexplicable. In the past similar attempts to launch advertising campaigns of a similar nature were attacked by predictable response.
It is very systematic for any criticism of Israel to be labeled as 'antisemitism' by the pro-Israel lobby.
Groups like the Anti-Defamation League are extremely narrow in their interpretation of statements and events and their knee jerk reaction of stating, 'antisemitism' each time Israel comes under the spotlight for Human Rights violations and war crimes, is a defense worn thin.
I can't speak for all Americans, but I assume most would truly seek to end support for Israel if they were to comprehend the enormity of what it means.
If Americans were forced to live a single day as a Palestinian must; waiting hours at needless checkpoints, being disrespected, humiliated, traveling many wasted miles to drive around Israel's separation barrier walls, which tower more than twenty feet in height and are planted across prime Palestinian farmland... they would demand an end to the practice immediately.
Israel is too big for its britches.
Any farmer who comes within a mile of the wall is shot by Israeli snipers, by accepted policy and protocol. Yet in reality people are frequently shot when they are in the supposedly 'safe' zone. Watch the video, a picture is worth a thousand words. Some Israeli soldiers absolutely only served because they are forced to, others arrive in the disputed territories primed to maim and kill, it is a sad, heavily documented fact.
One popular expression in Israel is, "God gave it to me" and how this ever was sold to the public is unclear, but this self-serving claim has no validity and in fact is the basis for the last 63 years of tragedy that has befallen the Palestinians. The Holocaust lasted a little more than ten years.
I am not disputing the Bible, but as the singer/songwriter David Rovics asked:
"For a long time now, every time I hear an Israeli patriot or apologist
complaining that such-and-such a group or government won't recognize Israel
as a Jewish state, I always wonder -- even if there is a good reason the
Christians, Muslims and atheists of Palestine should live under some form of
Jewish rule, how does one go about recognizing the legitimacy of a state that
itself won't disclose exactly what its borders are? How does that work?
Nobody seems to know. Ask the next Israeli you meet and see what they
say. Where are your country's borders?"
- From: Israeli Geography 101 by Dave Rovics
Another sentiment, more unspoken but none less true, is "Leave or die" and it is an Israeli ethnic cleansing chant, one they really sincerely intend to see through, yet it is tragic as most people in Israel are just ordinary human beings, trying to raise families and see a future exist for their children, but they are represented by a government that has always had apartheid laws for Jews and non-Jews.
Americans should not have to pay for the oppression of other human beings, the Palestinians, with their tax dollars, making sure at the same time that every Israeli is allowed a free college education.
The simple problem is that religions are not meant to be countries or governments of any kind.
There is no chance for equal human rights in a Jewish state, or an Islamic republic, or a Sinhalese Buddhist country. It always leads to one thing: Genocide.
By the same token, Palestinian fishermen and women from Gaza are unable to fish their own waters without being fired upon by Israeli gunboats.
It is so 'far out' and unimaginable that the world does not know more about this, but then that is where the pro-Israel western media comes in, or more specifically, fails to do so.
They (reporters and their staffs at newspapers, TV, radio and Internet groups) absolutely ignore these gut wrenching and tragic stories only because the people being killed and treated inhumanely by Israel, are Muslim.
I am not Muslim, but I love all people equally as my faith tells me to do, and in no way approve of any of Israel's deadly antics, and trust me we are just touching on it, only citing two specific regular illegal acts Israel carries out every day with its U.S. funded military.
For those just gaining an understanding of the situation in Palestine and Israel, just know that you have been 'had' and that one of the significant problems in the United States economy that the subsequent failure of this country is tied to, is a grotesque level of funding for the military, the U.S. domestic war machine is its own problem, but this country is mostly responsible for Israel's arsenal of overkill that is unleashes regularly on its neighbors and the people it occupies.
Those wishing to learn more about the new bus advertisements that will debut shortly in Portland, can contact the Portland campaign at email@example.com.
There will be a public event in Portland, Oregon, 31 August 2011 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at Pioneer Courthouse Square. This will be for the launching of the www.twopeoplesonefuture.org ad campaign.
The ad will be seen on the back of a TriMet bus for 90 days, and will probably be able to extend for another 90 days beyond that based on more donations coming in. The goal is simple: End U.S. Military Aid to Israel.
If you want to know more about what is taking place in Israel, use our key words on the lower right and you will be led to thousands of informative articles and reports.
_________________________________________________________ Tim King: Salem-News.com Editor and Writer Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines. Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Silver Spoke Award by the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (2011), Excellence in Journalism Award by the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs (2010), Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), First-place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Tim has several years of experience in network affiliate news TV stations, having worked as a reporter and photographer at NBC, ABC and FOX stations in Arizona, Nevada and Oregon. Tim was a member of the National Press Photographer's Association for several years and is a current member of the Orange County Press Club. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. As News Editor, Tim among other things, is responsible for publishing the original content of 82 Salem-News.com writers. He reminds viewers that emails are easily missed and urges those trying to reach him, to please send a second email if the first goes unanswered. You can write to Tim at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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