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The WSJ defends Israel's deadly apartheid politics, but then what would you expect?
(SALEM, Ore.) - Who should be surprised that the media group named for the biggest curse in America is decidedly pro-Israeli? Why would anyone fall over in shock that the Wall Street Journal laments the role of the killer, while demonizing those who simply seek world peace?
Their newest article, 'Israel and the Surrender of the West' tears into the notion of "world opinion" as if a global view is some kind of liability. I guess it is for Israel after the deadly flotilla incident.
WSJ writer, Shelby Steele, seems to really wrinkle his nose over the bigger picture:
"The most interesting voice in all the fallout surrounding the Gaza flotilla incident is that sanctimonious and meddling voice known as 'world opinion.' At every turn 'world opinion,' like a school marm, takes offense and condemns Israel for yet another infraction of the world's moral sensibility. And this voice has achieved an international political legitimacy so that even the silliest condemnation of Israel is an opportunity for self-congratulation."
There is that darned world opinion meddling again. First it was the Third Reich, then Pol Pot, apartheid South Africa, it is such a pain that world opinion! Really; puhleease!!!
I think hers is more of a 'whirled' opinion.
It is the United Nations itself that stands in condemnation of Israel for war crimes during the winter 2008/2009 attack on Gaza that left over 1400 mostly civilian residents dead. The man who investigated the Gaza attack and wrote 'The GoldStone report' in addition to being a distinguished war crimes investigator, is a South African Jew; the honorable Judge Richard Goldstone.
It was a response to Hamas rocket attacks that killed seven Israelis. Seven Israeli soldiers died during the reprisal attack, 'Operation Cast Lead' from friendly fire, for a total of 14 Israeli dead. 14 lives were avenged by Israel with the deaths of more than 1400 lives, most civilian Palestinians, several hundred children among them.
Israel used white phosphorous and Depleted Uranium (DP) rounds illegally during the savage attack on people already living in a modern day concentration camp.
The Gaza Freedom Flotilla was simply the latest of many similar efforts, to break the blockade of Gaza, which is also illegal according to the United Nations. Some involve overland convoys, some use the sea, none are 'terrorist' missions as so many Israeli agencies falsely suggest.
In fact just today an Israeli cartoonist sent the most ridiculous set of drawings designed to make the peace activists aboard the Mavi Marmara appear to be something dangerous, when that is not the case.
Israel has endless money to fund this propaganda, it takes its toll, and it doesn't hurt to have the Wall Street Journal in the role of troll.
In publishing from this point of view, the WSJ cancels its deal with humanity, if it ever had one. It is about money, greed and capitalism; the stock market, the things that have devastated this nation.
So lambasting those who seek to see an end to injustice oddly fits the WSJ; better than expected, or hoped for. It certainly isn't a reflection of the overall place I hope.
They insult rock bands who have the courage to boycott Israel. In case you didn't know, there is a huge effort underway to boycott Israeli goods, particularly those exported from illegal Israeli settlements on stolen Palestinian land. It is the same old story; social injustice of the highest order.
Israel and Racial Bigotry
Israel maintains different laws for people of different religions, some may think that is OK but it is not OK, morally or socially. Israeli laws mirror South Africa's apartheid laws and they are strictly enforced in the Jewish state. They have built terrible huge walls across the West Bank and they planted them squarely across the farm fields. Today Israeli troops shoot and kill farmers with sniper rifles, this is documented and happens frequently.
Israel is an unjust nation; apartheid laws should immediately be banished. Israeli supporters equate criticism of their deadly attacks on Palestinians as 'anti-Semitic' and that is the most ridiculous lame assertion in the world. In fact it is simply dirty. We deplore Nazi and white supremacist politics and we work with Jewish people, Israeli people specifically, every day. No writers for this publication advocate violence or hate. We simply tell the truth of brutal military politics doled out by the state of Israel. We criticize the amazing 'victimhood' of Israeli citizens who immediately assume that position when under suspicion or when criticized.
Our ranks of writers include highly rated professors, attorneys, authors and educators. Their collective years of studying this issue span decades. The agreed upon bottom line message, is that oppressive politics and their sponsor governments are not acceptable in today's world, nor should they ever have been.
The blockade of Gaza, the scene of the horrific military strike referenced above, should never have been enacted. The Palestinians have been suffering massive discrimination for over sixty years. The United Nations is shrugged aside by Israel and the U.S. It is a real embrace of the unwavering endorsement of unlawful military high-handedness.
The people aboard the flotilla were heroes.
In a general sense, home invaders are not acceptable to human beings, though Israel apparently disagrees. Perhaps Israeli citizens allow people to enter their homes with weapons and stand by calmly as members of their families are shot without raising an objection, I guess that is possible. It is obviously what they stupidly expected of the peace activists; that is far too much to expect and Israel knew it. Instead they knew that the crew would resist a violent boarding and takeover, preceded by the deadly gunfire of illegal cowards.
The Pre-Meditated Murder of Peace Activists
Let's take this apart a little more; the IDF fired on the Mavi Marmara before they ever boarded her. Genuine cowards those Israeli 'commandos' - so inept and the victims of such horrible military planning, that they are in reality and will always be, a superb joke; an absolute laughingstock for all military in the world. So are the defenders of the Israeli terrorists who killed the peaceful members of that crew.
This Israeli public relations campaign to spin unarmed defenders into scary 'dangerous' people with 'sticks' and 'metal rods' as if these were real weapons, is equally laughable. Hell, the not-very-glorious Israeli commandos were disarmed, held captive, not killed, it goes on and on.
The people on the flotilla carried a desire to help people live. The Israelis carried a desire to kill.
They had lists of activists to murder, and that is exactly what they did. After all, the activists were unarmed, regardless of how 'horrifying' Israel portrays their defense. Men with deadly weapons attacking a bunch of activists with laptop computers, that is the bravery of the IDF in full swing.
As a final note, I caught an Israeli statement today that claims the flotilla attack on the high seas was legal because they sought to break the blockade. I have researched this and it is absolutely not true. But Israel did violate international law by attacking the flotilla.
There are regulations established to define how military intervention at sea happens. The document that sets those international laws is the United Nations Treaty: Convention on the High Seas 1958.
According to a review of this document, there is no legal justification for ythe unilateral military assault on the Flotilla Vessel Mavi Marmara, one of six ships comprising the Gaza Freedom Flotilla.
Overtaking a vessel underway against its will certainly equates to the description of "hot pursuit" at sea. Those aboard the vessel say Israel fired at them with live rounds before boarding.
Article 23 in the High Seas Convention states that the "hot pursuit of a foreign ship" is permissible when local authorities have good reason to believe that the ship has violated the laws and regulations of that State, which in this case is Israel.
"Such pursuit must be commenced when the foreign ship or one of its boats is within the internal waters or the territorial sea or the contiguous zone of the pursuing State."
The Flotilla by every account, was in international waters. This being the case, Israel or any other nation had a right to board it, if they believed it was involved in either piracy or the slave trade.
It was clear that was not the case with the Mavi Marmara.
Humanity is not a subject with exceptions. People who are pushed to the very edge of existence can be an unstable lot, that is true; it happened to the Jewish race itself during the Holocaust and we never can or should go a moment without knowing that terrible truth.
People are capable of doing terrible things in awfully clean and well pressed uniforms. It doesn't require a swastika.
Today the shoe is on a different foot and it is time for Israel to raise the bar instead of lowering the boom, on Arab people.
I predict great peace in the future if Israel can just make the credible moves that are necessary, without the ridiculous and insulting stipulations in the Camp David offer of 2000 that Steele refers to; implying that it was the deal of a lifetime:
"To have accepted that offer would have been to forgo hatred as consolation and meaning. Thus it would have plunged the Palestinians—and by implication the broader Muslim world—into a confrontation with their inferiority relative to modernity. Arafat knew that without the Jews to hate an all-defining cohesion would leave the Muslim world".
How and why is this level of prejudice acceptable at the Wall Street Journal? Broadly judging all Muslim people in a single sentence?
The only reason there is hatred is because the Palestinians have had everything stolen, and continue to, with the expansion of illegal settlements and the continual bulldozing of established Palestinian homes. That is why brave Americans and Brits and Irish and Canadians and Turks and people from so many other nations are working together today with Israeli people, to end the Netanyahu government's reckless military nature. And here is the good old sold out American mainstream media, publishing information that is propaganda at best, actual hate-stirring bigotry at worst.
 June-21-2010: Israel and the Surrender of the West
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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. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. You can send Tim an email at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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