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Hey Israel! Nobody Cares About Your Religion

Is the US giving up its final chance at being a decent nation by fighting any hope for a free Palestine?

Free Palestine
Courtesy: eddana.com

(SALEM) - "We join the House in support of the Obama Administration's opposition to a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state and join it in calling on the Administration to persuade other nations to oppose such a declaration," AIPAC said in a statement today.

The results of the recent talks are something between tragic and not surprising.

The United States supports Israel's terrorism and outlandish treatment of Palestinians.

Is this my country?

Has anyone seen the United States lately?

Somehow it was quietly kidnapped and replaced by an evil villain, and I don't mean Obama specifically, though I believe he is the most responsible.

The poor people of Palestinian are forced to live like animals and the U.S. government represents the exclusive needs of a group of zealots who are just rotten to the core in terms of their behavior.

And like most people who reject this wretched treatment of human beings, I could absolutely care less what religion that we are talking about. Like the lyrics of the band Ska-P in their song (translated from Spanish to English) Intifada!:

Six million Jews killed in the most cruel way
An imperialistic genocide by fascist armies, from history we must learn.
The victims have turned into the executioners, it's turned the other way around.
Colonizing Palestinian lands, again attacking sanity

Don't confuse my position, I'm an atheist and I don't believe in any God.
I don't distinguish people for their race culture or their shitty religion.
It is just that I condemn suffering, injustice and abuse of power.
Palestine is subjected to the most stubborn of wars, Israel's opulence.

I am not an atheist, but I still strongly agree with the highlighted line of text.

Among the elements that further erode the position of the US in fighting or even standing against tyranny, oppression and Israel's state terrorism against the Palestinians, are many points that show an unwavering dedication to Israel, rather than the United States itself.

Yesterday, by a voice vote, with no time requested for opposition on the floor, the House passed a resolution opposing a unilateral declaration of statehood by the Palestinians. H.R. 1734 reads, in part:

Resolved, by the House of Representatives that Congress--

Pessimism on Israel

Your insufficiently pessimistic leading article (Dead but not buried, 16 December) fails to refer to the most ineluctable fact about the stalemate between Israel and the Palestinians: demography. The prime minister of Jordan, whom I met in Amman last month, is the latest international statesman to point to what some of us have been saying for quite a while: that it is only a matter of time before the Palestinians (5.2 million at present) will outnumber Israeli Jews (5.7 million) and, as a prominent British Jewish leader said recently, exhibit Israel as an apartheid state. There will be no turning back, the chances of a two-state solution will disappear incrementally, and the one state that remains will not be Israel. Netanyahu's refusal to have a peace policy will become a suicide note.

Gerald Kaufman MP

Lab, Manchester Gorton

  1. reaffirms its strong opposition to any attempt to establish a Palestinian state outside the negotiating process;
  2. strongly and unequivocally opposes any attempt to seek recognition of a Palestinian state by the United Nations or other international forums;
  3. calls upon the Administration to continue its opposition to the unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state;
  4. calls upon the Administration to affirm that the United States would deny any recognition, legitimacy, or support of any kind to any unilaterally declared `Palestinian state' and would urge other responsible nations to follow suit, and to make clear that any such unilateral declaration would constitute a grievous violation of the principles underlying the Oslo Accords and the Middle East peace process;
  5. calls upon the Administration to affirm that the United States will oppose any attempt to seek recognition of a Palestinian state by the United Nations or other international forums and will veto any resolution to that end by the United Nations Security Council;

Here are Today's Headlines in the Occupation Magazine

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Wishing Qalandiya Away
Joharah Baker - MIFTAH - But this is the hard reality we Palestinians find ourselves in today. My daughter – or any other Palestinian child – should not have to worry about crossing a checkpoint to get home or whether her mother`s permit will be renewed by the Israeli interior ministry. But these I realized, are tangible concerns for her, real fears that obviously take precedence over wishing for a castle or for her prince charming.
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Labour Is Concerned
Amira Hass - ZCommunications - Labour Party representatives who had visited the Ofer military tribunal in the West Bank two weeks ago expressed shock over how the court conducts its hearings. In a parliamentary debate about detained Palestinian minors, they said that given a sample of 100 children, 69 said soldiers beat them and kicked them when they were being arrested. The children were better off pleading guilty regardless of whether they had done something, because if they were detained until the end of proceedings, this could be three times longer than their punishment, the parliamentarians said.
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Middle East peace process: Dead but not buried
The Guardian - Editorial - The Middle East peace process died a quiet, undramatic death with the statement last week that the US had given up trying to persuade Binyamin Netanyahu to stop building on occupied land as a prerequisite to direct talks with the Palestinians. Few, however, are interested in burying the corpse.
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Caution: Children Ahead - The Illegal Behavior of the Police toward Minors in Silwan Suspected of Stone Throwing
B`Tselem - Information Sheet - B`Tselem urges the Jerusalem Police to observe the letter and spirit of the Youth Law while coping with stone-throwing incidents in East Jerusalem. The police must immediately end the arrest of minors at night and the use of violence by special forces during arrests. The police must also ensure that minors are interrogated only in the presence of their parents, and must emphasize options for the rehabilitation of the minors and for preventing injury to them.
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IDF Refuses Palestinians Who Fought Carmel Fire Israeli Entry For Appreciation Ceremony
Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - In his original statement, the fire chief said more politely than what I’m about to say: we were kosher enough to allow all of us to enter Israel to fight the fire. But after it’s over it’s back to business as usual. Israeli Palestinian MK Ahmed Tibi summarized the incident succinctly:
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Breaking the Silence: the occupation testimonies (part I)
Breaking the Silence - +972blog - The collection of 101 testimonies shows the degree of control Israel has over the lives of Palestinians. Unlike previous publications by BTS, this one is not about war crimes. More than anything, the testimonies reveal the banalities of the Occupation: the roadblocks, the nightly raids, the mass arresrs and the daily humiliations which take place everywhere in the West Bank.
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The `Real Jew` Debate
ROGER COHEN - The New York Times - The view that American Jews supportive of Israel but critical of its policies are not “real Jews” is, however, widespread. Israel-right-or-wrong continues to be the core approach of major U.S. Jewish organizations, from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
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Palestinians in Israel would prefer one secular democratic state (but who’s asking them?)
Audrey Farber - Mondoweiss - Palestinians in Israel seem to oppose a two-state solution. It`s not because of Jerusalem, or settlements, or resource distribution, even though these are all issues. It`s not about the borders at all; it`s about what happens inside them. From this perspective, two states means they run the risk of being forcibly expelled and sent to the West Bank. In two states, the Palestinian community in Israel is still a minority, still discriminated against, and possibly under greater physical threat than before. Take, for example, the EU Partnership for Peace Grant.
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Outcry in Denmark over firm`s involvement in occupation
Adri Nieuwhof - The Electronic Intifada - The Danish-British security firm G4S has come under scrutiny after it was revealed last month that it supplies equipment and services to Israel for use at checkpoints and settlements in the occupied West Bank and at Israeli prisons. The company`s own promotional material describes how it has provided "security systems" to the Israel Prison Service, which detains thousands of Palestinian political prisoners.
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Israel`s War on Children
JONATHAN COOK - Counterpunch - In the past year, criminal investigations have been opened against more than 1,200 Palestinian minors in Jerusalem on stone-throwing charges, according to police statistics gathered by the Association of Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI). That was nearly twice the number of children arrested last year in the much larger Palestinian territory of the West Bank. For previous articles since 2004 go to respective sections

Sources:

House urges Obama to block unilateral Palestinian statehood - JTA

Is J Street still relevant?By Jennifer Rubin

Pessimism on Israel

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Duh-Mann December 17, 2010 6:14 am (Pacific time)

Watch this movie:  The Time That Remains (2009).  -

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1037163/

 Tim King: Thanks, be sure to click on the trailer and watch it, I look forward to seeing this.

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