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Jan-18-2011 02:07printcomments

Calling the Kettle Black
Bigotry and Racism in San Fransisco

Pro-Israeli group targets the people they subjugate; portraying all Palestinians as a culture as 'terrorists'.

Peace between Jews and Muslims
Will this scene ever be possible? As long as Israeli supporters bank on bigotry, it does not. All artwork by the amazing Artist Carlos Latuff,
friend of Salem-News.com, in Rio de Janeiro

(SAN FRANCISCO) - A vicious counterattack by the pro-Israeli lobby in the Bay Area of California amounts to fighting fire with fraudulence. The subject at heart is the American taxpayer's funding of Israel's war of terror on the embattled indigenous Palestinian population. It's about the continual building of illegal Jewish settlements on Palestinian land.

People are trying to do something about it, and once again Israel's supporters are relying on outright bigotry and false insinuation to peddle their message. It's terrible and all of us should be ashamed as people, for this type of politics, and for the brutality that the hard earned taxpayers of this strapped nation sponsor.

A group in the Bay Area trying to educate Americans about the violent nature of Israel's occupation of Palestine, took a bold step recently with an ad stating:

Be on our side
We are on the Side of peace and justice

The ad features a Palestinian Designer and an Israeli Social Worker in solidarity. It does not insult or put down "Israelis" as a culture or group, it asks Americans to stop funding their highly criticized military. The advertisement's last message is: "End U.S. Military Aid to Israel".

The group, NorCal Friends of Sabeel, issued a statement tonight explaining the events: "Using our own funds, NorCal Friends of Sabeel recently ran the ad shown below in three BART stations. Two groups joined us with their endorsements Jewish Voice for Peace Bay Area and American Muslims for Palestine. The ad was created by a Chicago group, Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine, which generously shared its resources with us."

I believe the wording of this advertisement is as tame as any expression of this nature could be. The accompanying artwork conveys the same feeling; calm, non-demeaning, and non-defacing. In no way does it reflect the real life Palestinians have to endure under Israel's apartheid laws.

Pretty toned down, considering the fact that Israel's military indiscriminately kills civilians, small children, babies; and ruthlessly employs illegal weapons like white phosphorous on a routine basis.

Let's not forget the war crime charges that Israel faced - that the US has repeatedly, cowardly in the opinion of many, vetoed.

The response? A portrayal of an Islamic man as a terrorist and the words:

Stop Palestinian Terrorism
Teach Peace


Artwork by Carlos Latuff, friend of Salem-News.com.

As NorCal Friends of Sabeel explained, "The ad lists a website claiming that Palestinians teach their children to hate, and that this is the real obstacle to peace not the occupation, not the confiscation of land and water, and not the deadly attacks on Gaza and the flotilla."

NorCal Friends of Sabeel responded: "Although this ad, nonviolent and inclusive in spirit, appeared without incident on many stations and trains in the Chicago Transit Authority this past fall, Bay Area members of the Israel Lobby have responded to our appeal for peace and justice with the ad shown below. It went up in six BART stations this week."

The only reason Palestinians ever have been violent is because their nation is occupied and their land is stolen, continually stolen, for the purposes of building Israel's colonizing 'settlements' to this very day.

This group's approach is diplomatic; in truth "Supporting Israel" today means supporting the Murder of over 1400 people in Gaza, including nearly 400 children.

The devastating attacks labeled as war crimes by the United Nations after a fact finding mission conducted by a Zionist Jew, the Honorable Richard Goldstone, concluded that Israel absolutely on multiple levels, violated international law. Yet the US was there to veto the matter. The UN is rigged and useless.

Israel provoked the so-called Hamas rocket attacks that preceded their attack on Gaza two years ago, by failing to honor a treaty that Israel had signed regarding a border entry.

And for the record, the highly touted 'Hamas rocket attacks' killed a total of 28 people from the time they started in 2001. They stopped the rockets years ago and do not have total control of the Gaza population, so some of these glorified fireworks are still occasionally fired at Israel, but they rarely strike anything.

Palestine's Ethnic Cleansing: American terms

Imagine a Native American family that lives on land in 2011 that has been in their family since the early 1900's, . White people have encroached all around them but this family is still doing what they have always done; living off the land and sustaining.

A white Christian group decides the property the Native Americans live on should be theirs because their Bible says they are special and the natives are savages. One day the Christians arrive with a bulldozer. Even though the Native American family can prove that the property is theirs, they are ordered out, pushed out of their family home physically, with their children screaming, at gunpoint, by soldiers who are forced to serve in the military; immature, and impatient.

Then, as if to completely undermine any respect that could be left for this family, as the Caterpillar bulldozer operators prepare to start their engines, local Christian high school kids are allowed to go into the house and take what the want, while the family is kept back at gunpoint, humiliated and beyond frustrated, surrounded by angry soldiers. The bulldozers go to work, and the historical home of a Native American family is smashed, along with their belongings.

Can you picture this? Of course not, Americans in particular can't imagine anything like this, but it is what takes place in Israel constantly. Some of you reading this know this is the case; you go about your lives, just remember apathy is no talent and holds no rewards in the end. Some read it and can not believe what I am saying, but it is true and all you have to do is look, watch, listen.

Of course the 28 Israeli lives are not to be discounted; but to answer by killing over 1400 people, almost all civilians and police officers, in return, is not even slightly justifiable.

It is only justifiable to those who think that Arab people are somehow worth less. How this bigotry was allowed to become part of Israel's standard conditioning, I can not explain.

I do know that a few decades ago, when all of Palestine was not divided and surrounded by walls with Israeli soldiers in guard towers, there was a more liberal attitude among Israeli citizens. With the right wing in control of the Knesset and settlement building on the rise, the future looks very difficult.

The only consolation may be that it will be equally difficult for all. Another is that Israeli youth are not the same people that came before them, and in many cases they are strongly opposed to the occupation and impressed military service.

Israel has separate laws for Jews and non Jews. There are exclusively Jewish communities and Jewish only roads. The approval of this is the endorsement of behavior very similar to the Nazi's.

I wouldn't care if the Muslims were doing it, or the Christians, or the Buddhists, it happens to be Jewish people under the banner of Israel, and they have gotten away with so much for so long, that aspects of humanity that used to be employed, are long gone.

Palestinian people have to wait hours at checkpoints, they are routinely abused by Israeli soldiers and police.

Even people like our writer Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh, a former Duke and Yale Professor who teaches today in Bethlehem has been arrested repeatedly, always denied water, always disrespected.

Displacement of a Palestinian family - Israel is a 'democratic' state.

We have published hundreds of stories about this type of abuse that have never appeared on any US TV stations or in newspapers despite the fact that the stories are backed up by witness statements, photos and video.

American tax dollars are fueling an oppression the likes of which you can not imagine. For the sake of humanity and everything that is right in the world, Israel's military has to be stopped, regulated; back to the drawing board.

For many years Palestinian people for the most part have laid down their arms are resort to protesting non-violently, and they are shot at and maimed and killed and yet they keep going back and challenging the bullets with their bodies.

It happens every Friday in Bil'in and the crowds of protesters include people from an endless list of nations. Groups like the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) are selfless volunteers who endure a great amount of danger to help the Palestinians.

The Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) are stationed in Palestine and their duties include walking Palestinian children to school in order to protect them from settler attacks.

Don't be fooled by the generally incorrect use of the word 'terrorist' for one man's terrorist is another man's Freedom Fighter and Israel is proving time and time again that the only language they speak involves bullets and weapons.

NorCal Friends of Sabeel asks, "Please help us to counter this effort to demonize Palestinians by supporting our message of peace and justice. We need to spread the word that both Israelis and Palestinians suffer from our policy of unconditional military aid to Israel. We also need to show the face of Israelis who seek justice for Palestinians. Help us to buy more of our ads to display in the Bay Area.

We cannot do this without financial help, and we ask you to donate whatever you can by writing a check to FOSNA (a 501c3 organization) with Bay Area ad campaign written on the memo line. Mail this check to John Erickson /NorCal Friends of Sabeel /1700 Shattuck Ave. #314/ Berkeley, CA 94709.

If you prefer to donate online, you can visit the website www.TwoPeoplesOneFuture.org and click on the button saying New Campaign San Francisco Bay Area. There you will find our own web page with a Donate button. Please be sure to designate your funds for the Bay Area Ad Campaign.

I've included several videos that each in their own ways tells a part of the story of oppression that is taking place right under our noses. Americans would not put up with this type of treatment for one second, and neither should the Palestinians.

Today I think of San Francisco and I see bigotry toward Arab people that is unacceptable. I see pro-Palestinian people who are working with Jewish people for peace, facing a strong, hateful opposition.

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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 numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the 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. 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 65 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 send Tim an email at this address: newsroom@salem-news.com




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honest American February 5, 2011 3:04 am (Pacific time)

When was "palestine" founded and by whom? what was its capital?
what was their currency called and what was its exchange rate?

Tim King: Palestine is the Biblical name for what is now most of the Middle east.  Palestine is the cognate of an ancient word meaning Philistines or 'Land of the Philistines'. According to Wikipedia the earliest reference is in eight ancient Egyptian texts.  This places Palestine's establishment in the 5th Century BC,  The "united states" by comparison, is about eleven times younger, by my estimation.  However Palestine could be much older that 2500 years.  I'm sure you can research the type of currency, I don't have that information and don't know how to possibly address the last question.   


thetumta January 19, 2011 5:38 pm (Pacific time)

Tim,
Why do you let them bait you with Hasbara bs. Don't waste your time as anyone that can't see through it at this point is a waste of time. The virus of European Fascism escaped several decades ago and has found a home in Palestine. As Norm Finklestein has pointed out Germany is now a relatively decent country because the world used force of arms to clean up the mess. These fanatics, the Jewish AlQida(sp)can't be reasoned with. Keep doing what your doing it's excellent, but don't waste your time debating monsters.
Hej! theTumta

Tim King: I know, I just get so frustrated when they misconstrue the facts.  I  appreciate the good advice!


aviefar January 19, 2011 1:56 pm (Pacific time)

All Palestinian Arabs are terrorists or terrorist supporters. The love the Shaitan and eager to worship their suicidical children.

The only available solution for the Israeli - Arab conflict over Palestine (the Land of Israel) is by deviding the land in half. Eastern Palestine, east of the Jordan river with its Amman as Capitol should be the Palestinian Arabs state, and Western Palestine with Jerusalem as its Capitol should be the Palestinian Jews state called Israel. The border between those two states should be Jordan river.

Editor: That is really sick, congratulations and thanks for betraying the ignorant racism that has come to represent Israel today.  Thanks for showing everyone that I am right.  


Patricia January 19, 2011 9:45 am (Pacific time)

Bravo! The truth hurts, but it must come out. I am from the area of America that remembers Wounded Knee, Sand Creek Massacre, Little Big Horn, etc. The genicide must stop now.


Mark January 18, 2011 6:49 pm (Pacific time)

This is insanity and absolute lies on every level.

 Tim King: You mean the Israeli propaganda campaign?

Palestinian extremists have endlessly made up and staged falsehoods against the Israelie people and military since it's very inception.

 Tim King: The 'inception' meaning the exodus of Jews from Europe who fled to Israel and stole land from people who owned it for hundreds of years?  It isn't like we aren't factually accurate, that is your deal.  Exactly how many Jews did the Palestinians kill during WWII when six million people were lost?  What's that... 'zero' you say?  So what caused the Zionists to believe that they somehow can take something that belongs to someone else?  Oh right, Israeli 'superiority' as the 'chosen' people, right?  .  

The jihadist Palestian propaganda machine has been outed over and over again.

Tim King: I seem to recall something from last May; that was Israel's insertion of words  into the alleged radio traffic with the Mavi Marmara.  Talk about outrageous, Israel has no adherence to honesty at all.  First, you can go to this link and read all about it: Mavi Mamara Audio Released by IDF Appears to be Forged - Bonnie King Salem-News.com

Here is an excerpt of the forged audio initially released by the IDF:

ISRAELI SHIP: "This is the Israeli Navy, you are approaching an area which is under a naval blockade."
MAN'S VOICE 1: "Shut up, go back to Auschwitz."
WOMAN'S VOICE: "We have permission from the Gaza Port Authority to enter."

MAN'S VOICE 2: "We're helping Arabs go against the US, don't forget 9/11 guys."

 This is the garbage Israel puts out.  Israel kills and then points fingers at others for doing EXACTLY WHAT ISRAEL DOES.  Of course that was never said aboard the Mavi Marmara, but that is all Israel can come up with.  They have no concept of American culture..  First they attacked unarmed peace activists, killed nine and gravely injured more than 40.  The ship hadn't even left international waters.  And now Israel has launched a new campaign branding the Mavi Marmara crew as 'pirates' when that is exactly what Israel's role amounts to.  Israel's attempts at propaganda strike me as something most people could come up with at the age of ten.  How about the video Israel made right after this mocking the dead multinational peace activists as terrorists to the tune of 'We are the world". 'The IDF is Jack the Ripper' - Israel's Weak Shot at a Propaganda Video....Stupid!Commentary by Tim King Salem-News.com - Israel's weak attempt at a propaganda video.

This  makes me sick, because the IDF is the Nazi trash of today and you think you are better as humans and you can stick that theory where the sun doesn't shine.  Piece by piece, let's keep going.

In their genocidal hatred of all Jews and everything Jewish they use all innocents as human sheilds to achieve their barbaric goals.

Tim King: Genocide?  This is what Israel is guilty of, not the other way around.  Are you a child who has never learned anything or do you believe yourself?    Barbaric, what kind of a racist BS is that anyway?  Bigots think they can brand entire races and cultures with stupid bullshit, and then you think people are buying that 'human shield' piece of  Israeli crap?  While Israel slaughters 1400 people at a whack who are almost all civilians with illegal weapons?  Heartless bastards support what you support.  I hate everything to do with Israel's cruelty and I don't give a flying rip what your religion is.  The one thing that is exceedingly clear is that YOU hate Palestinians and want to kill every last one and guess what?  You will be stopped.  Israel will be stopped, count on it. 

You are upholding some of the most humanly evil individuals in all of human history.

 Tim King: What?  The tiny children and the innocent people your mentality lays waste to, what kind of a moronic point are you peddling?  Hamas quit firing rockets, they are trying to reign in the people of Gaza who keep doing it, and a TOTAL of 28 - twenty eight Israeli citizens have died in these 'rocket attacks'.  Your point has no logic whatsoever, you think like a monster.  The people of Palestine who do rise up have every right to because their nation is occupied, what would you do?  Watch the Israeli occupational forces abuse your father, your mother, and then walk down the street like a good little Arab? 

You come home to find your home bulldozed and say, "That's OK, the Jews are more special in God's eyes than me, so I'll just look for a new home, even though my grandfather built this one".

I am 100% behind the diverse and peace loving people of Israel and our honourable representatives who serve all of humanities interests in the United Nations.

 Tim King: The UN says Israelis are war criminals.  Our research shows that Israel is seething with war criminals.  Check this link: Israeli Military War Crime Suspects Revealed Salem-News.com to see their names and pictures.  They are clogging up your system and I guess it doesn't matter as you are solidly behind the concept of Murdering others.  There is no desire for peace in Israel and you have wasted the chance the Palestinians have offered by laying down their arms in recent years.  Chance for peace are laughed at by Israel.  All Israel wants to do is absorb every square inch of Palestine.  

Shame of all shames be upon you haters of freedom and liberty. May you rot in the hell of your own lies and misinformation.

Tim King: You obviously don't know what shame is, you are cut from the same cloth as the Berliners who let your ancestors go to the concentration camps.  And that is my father's generation who liberated those camps and lost tens of thousands of brave American lives in the process, so have some damned respect.  I normally don't write in red, this is to remind you of the color that spills out of human beings who are killed by oppressive, occupational forces.  

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