U.S. “Personality Assassination” of a Palestinian Ally

The report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, which the head of the mission, Judge Richard Goldstone, presented to the Human Rights Council (HRC) on September 29, prematurely plunged the Palestinian Authority (PA) in a short-lived euphoria over what it first envisaged as a political prize that would hit two major birds of its political adversaries simultaneously, namely the Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu and its Palestinian rival Hamas.

But the report has backfired to put the very survival of PA’s presidency of Mahmud Abbas in the balance and make both adversaries come out winners with Abbas himself as the only looser, thanks to the blundering of the U.S. Administration of President Barak Obama, who seemed to shoot his own diplomacy in the legs by undermining the leadership of the only rubber-stamping ally of his country among the Palestinian polity, and “threatening” as well his own “global public diplomacy options” and “scrupulously graduated approach to whatever passes for a Middle East Peace process.1

On April 3, the HRC adopted (following the adoption on January 12, 2009 of resolution S-9/1 by the HRC at the end of its 9th Special Session) a legislation sponsored by Cuba, Egypt and Pakistan, representing the Non-aligned Movement (NAM), the Arab League (AL) and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) respectively, and established the UNFFMGC “to investigate all violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law that might have been committed at any time in the context of the military operations that were conducted in Gaza during the period from 27 December 2008 and 18 January 2009, whether before, during or after.” Goldstone reported violations of both laws, with recommendation to the UN Security council to adopt the findings, the conclusions thereof, including the recommendation that if either Israel or the authorities in Gaza did not conduct their own impartial investigations of the findings within six months, the UN Security Council should take the matter to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Immediately, Netanyahu mobilized his diplomacy, the U.S. Jewish and Zionist lobbyists to recruit Obama’s administration into a bilateral front against the report, because its advance would, in his words, “strike a fatal blow to the (Palestinian and Arab-Israeli) peace process” and because the report’s fate depends “to a large extent on the attitude of the United States.” The U.S. was forthcoming. On September 27, Israeli Haaretz reported that Israeli and American diplomats went to the UN General Assembly “to bury” the 574-page Goldstone Report, and as a result “it appears all but certain” that the report “will not reach any binding international forums.” The U.S. Jewish weekly, the Forward, agreed. Israelis blackmailed the U.S. by a very thinly veiled threat that the report would be a precedent carrying a “hidden danger” to U.S. war record against civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan: It “basically makes it illegal for democratic countries to defend themselves against terrorism,” Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon told the US ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, at a meeting during which he asked her to remove the Goldstone report from the UN’s agenda. Spokesman of the Israeli Embassy in Washington, Jonathan Peled, was more vocal: “We need to make sure this report does not endanger the U.S. and other countries,” he said.

U.S.-Israel Collusion

The U.S. Administration picked up from there to act as Israel’s proxy. It indicated it will oppose any effort by the HRC to move the report to the U.N. Security Council and all efforts to refer the report’s findings to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague for investigation and possible prosecution. A top White House official told Jewish organizational leaders in an off-the-record phone call that the U.S. strategy was to “quickly” bring the report to its “natural conclusion” within the HRC and not to allow it to go further, indicating that the Obama administration is ready to use the U.S. veto at the U.N. Security Council to deal with any other “difficulties” arising out of the report, adding that his administration also has made clear to the Palestinian Authority that Washington is not pleased with a PA petition to bring the report’s allegations against Israel to the ICC, Jewish participants in the call told Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) on September 23. A week earlier, Susan Rice, described the UNHRC mandate as “unbalanced, one sided and basically unacceptable. We have very serious concerns about many of the recommendations in the report. We will expect and believe that the appropriate venue for this report to be considered is the Human Rights Council and that is our strong view.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters at U.N. headquarters in New York City that Washington considered the “mandate” for the commission and its subsequent report to be “one-sided,” adding that Washington “has grave concerns about the recommendations,” and that the “appropriate” venues to deal with its recommendations are “the institutions within Israel” and “within the international system is the Human Rights Council.”

Similarly, her Assistant for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Michael Posner, called the report “deeply flawed.” Speaking to the Human Rights Council on September 29, Posner said the United States was “confident that Israel, as a democracy with a well-established commitment to the rule of law, has the institutions and ability to carry out robust investigations into these allegations.” (The Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem documented 773 cases where Israeli forces killed civilians not involved in hostilities during the December-January Israeli war on Gaza, but found that Israel has to date convicted only one soldier of a crime – for stealing a credit card.)

On October 1, U.S. presidential envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, reportedly approached a senior PA official and Hillary Clinton called Mahmoud Abbas in a climax of “intensive diplomacy,” which indicates that the pressure was coordinated at the U.S. White House level. Amira Hass reported in Haaretz that Abbas capitulated to American pressure after a visit from the American consul-general on the same day, and phoned Geneva. Pakistan’s representative Zamir Akram told the 47-member Council that the co-sponsors of the resolution wanted the vote to be postponed until the next session in March. The next day, U.S. Assistant Secretary, Esther Brimmer, confirmed the U.S. diplomatic intervention and told reporters: “We discussed with [Human Rights] council members – and in particular, we discussed with council members and the state of Israel, as well as the Palestinian Authority – how to approach the Goldstone report.” A senior U.S. official told AP that the Palestinian decision came after “intense diplomacy” by Washington to convince the Palestinian leadership that going ahead with the resolution would harm the Middle East peace process, and “The Palestinians recognized that this was not the best time to go forward with this.”

Viewed from the Middle East, the United States, which had signed agreements with more than seventy nations worldwide to ensure that American military are immune against national and international persecution in cases of human law violations, was perceived as providing a similar shield that would ensure that the Israeli military are similarly immune and above the international law, and has embroiled the Palestinian Authority in this network of political protection of Israeli suspects of human rights violations against its own people in the Gaza Strip.

A “Palace Revolt”

U.S officials cite the resumption of the peace process as their casus belli. George Mitchell, arrived in the region last Thursday on his fifth tour this year. But the outcome counterproductively boiled down to strengthening the hands of the forces of the opposing camp, namely the Netanyahu government and Hamas, who came out winners, and weakening to the breaking point the pro-U.S. and pro-peace forces, in particular Abbas and his autonomous PA, the only looser.

Coming on the backdrop of the U.S. “intense diplomacy,” which similarly brought Abbas to New York for a summit meeting with Netanyahu and Obama on September 22 against his will and his proclaimed demand for freezing Israel’s Jewish settlement expansion in the West Bank as a precondition for any meetings with Netanyahu, which also had lost Abbas “a lot of credibility with the Palestinian people” (according to Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Abbas-led executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization – PLO), the Obama Administration while acting as the proxy for Israel on Goldstone report has devastated whatever remained of his credibility.

The deferral of the HRC vote on the report has created a palace revolt against Abbas. ABC on October 6 reported he “is in dire political trouble. The U.S. ally is being accused by Palestinians of colluding with Israel and the United States.” His veteran coalition partners of the PLO factions have condemned the move as a moral, national and political “crime.” His government of Premier Salam Fayyad said in a statement Monday that, “We mustn’t give up the opportunity to go after those who committed war crimes during Israel’s attack on the Gaza Strip.” Fayyad rejected a resignation in protest by his economy minister Basem Khoury, an independent Christian businessman. His mainstream Fatah movement was divided between those who condemned the move and those who justified it but nonetheless considered it a mistake that must be undone. Many Fatah leaders held Abbas personally responsible. Fourteen Palestinian human and civil rights NGOs joined the protest, demonstrated and expressed their bitter feelings of betrayal of their nine-month old efforts. Palestinian Diaspora were more free to raise hell over his “national treason;” the council of Palestinian organizations in Europe called on Abbas to step down. Vocal voices called for his resignation. Other voices called for the dissolution of the PA. For the first time in history, an Israeli Palestinian political party (Balad, led by Jamal Zahalka, an MP) called for the immediate dismissal of Mahmoud Abbas. In Beirut’s Daily Star, Rami Khouri wrote: “Abbas caved in to US pressure, making it clear that he was more concerned about his relations with Washington than relations with, well, his own people.” Abbas’ statement that Arab states were aware of his move in Geneva drew a backlash from a major “peace partner” like Egypt, whose foreign minister, Ahmed Abu el-Gheit, had no waste of time in confirming that his country had no knowledge beforehand of the Palestinian decision. Squeezed into a corner, the Abbas presidency finally had to admit on record that the Palestinian leadership was “mistaken,” according to the spokesman of the PLO’s executive committee, Yasser Abed Rabbo, and chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat. The “investigation committee” ordered by Abbas to determine who was responsible for his own decision to defer the HRC voting on the report to next March highlighted only the credibility debacle he is facing now. His decision to redress the “mistake’ and again approach the UNHRC for an emergency session to vote on the report has only complicated this debacle further, positioning him on a collision course with the U.S. and making Mitchell’s mission to make progress toward resuming Palestinian-Israeli talks more unlikely.

Abbas’ internal and external politics were in no less disarray than U.S. politics. Sending George Mitchell on his fifth trip to the region this year would neither contain the damage nor would it revive a good faith for resuming the peace process whose momentum has been defused by the fallout from Goldstone report’s diplomatic controversy. The inter-Palestinian reconciliation efforts sponsored by Egypt, which is an indispensable precondition for a successful resumption of peace talks, received a blow that might prove fatal; Cairo reportedly received a request to postpone the October 26 deadline for signing the Palestinian accord agreement. Obama came out a looser with both Israelis and Palestinians: Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren said on October 8 that in Israeli polls, Obama is scoring the lowest ever; a survey published last month by the International Peace Institute, headed by Terje Larsen, the former UN envoy to the region, has found that the U.S. has 80 percent unfavorable rating from the Palestinians, 70 percent do not support Obama and 56 percent do not expect him to achieve progress in the “peace process.” Obama who has just prematurely won the Nobel prize for peace and was recently applauded for announcing a more cooperative approach to the United Nations has shot himself in the legs by recurring to the traditional U.S. threat of “vetoing” the world community. Similarly his pronounced intention of a turnabout in U.S. approach to human rights, symbolized by his decision to close the Guantanamo detention center, has antagonized the world human rights community, first by ignoring more than 300 American civil organizations grouped in the coalition of The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, which urged his administration to vote in favor of Goldstone’s report in an open letter signed by more than 150 organizations, and second by ignoring a similar plea by a world community of more than 300 organizations. The weaker and less credible Abbas and Obama are perceived, and the stronger Netanyahu becomes, the less credible any efforts for peace making will look, and vice versa.

Abbas Insecure

Palestinian consensus on condemnation has created a volatile environment of insecurity for Abbas. An ongoing personality assassination process has put his personal safety in jeopardy. In the behind the scenes intrigues of the Middle East politics, he might pay with his life for rubber-stamping U.S. advice, to be the second potential victim after late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat for “putting all their eggs in U.S. basket.”

Forcing a voluntarily pro-U.S. regime into a de facto U.S. puppet arbitrarily is the sure way to undermine it literary, or practically when it becomes — as a result of a wide spread opposition — incapable of delivery. This could only be interpreted in either one of two ways. Either the United States has decided to “remove” Abbas as it had done with his predecessor Arafat and replace him in another “change of regime,” or Washington has gravely miscalculated, which is unforgiveable in view of the fact that the Palestinian polity and society are completely vulnerable to U.S. intelligence collecting agencies. It’s worth noting in this context that the U.S. man in the PA, the western donors’ favorite and veteran of the World Bank, Salam Fayyad, has been almost completely distanced from being politically tarnished by the fallout of both the New York trilateral summit meeting and the Goldstone furor. A third interpretation could not be ruled out. For Obama to move forward with his vehemently pursued plan to resume the Palestinian-Israeli talks, he might have found it more easier to further weaken Abbas into dropping his proclaimed conditions for going along with the resumption of talks after Obama’s efforts failed to bring Netanyahu to toe his line on freezing the expansion of Israel’s colonial settlement enterprise in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories in the West Bank of River Jordan.

Obama’s description of anti-Americanism as “reflexive” does not apply to Arabs, in general, and Palestinian anti-Americanism, in particular. An Arab and Islamic consensus has welcomed him at least with the benefit of doubt. The Palestinian regime has been successfully “changed,” particularly since the “removal” of late leader Yasser Arafat, into a pro-U.S. one, with U.S.-trained and Israeli-armed security forces. Most of the Arab rulers are either “allies” or strategic “friends,” and since the collapse of the former Soviet Union, U.S.-channeled finances that bypass governments have sponsored burgeoning pro-U.S. civil society NGOs, which are aggressively promoting American liberal values at the grassroots level among Arabs and Palestinians without competition except from similar European-funded bodies. Wide spread Arab and Palestinian anti-Americanism, which is squandering these assets, is U.S.-made and not Arab-made; it is the product of U.S. foreign policies in the region. Cornering Abbas’ leadership into an impossible embarrassing situation was only the latest example.

  1. According to Ian Williams in Foreign Policy in Focus on September 23, 2009. []

Nicola Nasser is a veteran Arab journalist based in Bir Zeit, West Bank of the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories. He can be reached at: nassernicola@ymail.com. Read other articles by Nicola.

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  1. Mulga Mumblebrain said on October 11th, 2009 at 1:04am #

    The ‘House Negro’s’ policies are dictated to him by his Zionazi controllers. Emanuel, Axelrod, Mixchael Posner, Esther Brimmer et al, from the Zionazi apparatus that runs the ‘first Jewish President’s’ reign, relay instructions from the Zionazi Elders, whose injunctions Obama follows like a well-trained dog. A charismatic, cunning, dog, a confidence-mutt of the highest facility, to be sure, but a front-man, a glove-puppet with the Zionazi hand up his fundamental orifice, making all the moves. The lips dance, the delivery is polished and confident, but it is Emanuel talking.
    Abbas survives, when a whole generation of real Palestinian leaders were liquidated by the Herrenvolk, because he is a stooge. But like all stooges of the Israeli/US global empirium, they only reign, they only exist, as long as the Masters find them useful. Abbas has outlived his usefulness. Time for a Polonium 210 cocktail I suspect, perhaps delivered by Dahlan, my pick as the Palestinian Saddam, Noriega, Mubbarak, Mobutu etc. We have the situation where the House Negro’s facade is rapidly disintegrating, even for the habitually credulous. The fact that he is a puppet of the Herrenvolk can no longer be denied. The destruction of the Goldstone Report, the barking mad and evil abuse heaped on Goldstone by the Zionazis as a ‘self-hating Jew’,the abject complicity and abrogation of even the pretence of standing for ‘human rights’ and ‘freedom’ by the Obama rabble, once the Herrenvolk bark their orders, must be sinking into even the thickest Yankee skull. The US has been reduced to the status as bully-boy and stand-over man at the beck and call of a racist and fascist state which sees itself as superior to the rest of humanity. A state whose ‘religious’ leaders openly proclaim child-murder to be a sanctified act, a ‘mitzvah’ or good deed, and which, never once, in over sixty years, has honoured any undertaking made to the people it is ethnically cleansing, and who it openly describes as human animals. Abbas will go, the killing will go on, Iran will be ‘obliterated’ the Herrenvolk will continue to psychotically proclaim their moral excellence and vilify any who dare disagree, on an on until….what? The establishment of Eretz Yisrael, ‘from the Nile to the Euphrates’ a ‘Jewish state’, Arabrein of course, and a centre for every species of crime, from money laundering, and arms peddling to trafficking in human organs, all subsidised for billions per year by the cattle of the USA, brainwashed from birth to eternal subservience to the Holy Reich. Or to a calamity of generalised religious war, without a guaranteed ‘good’ result for a Judaic Reich, established and maintained in hatred of its neighbours. A cancer, and that is what Israel as it currently exists is, cannot hope to survive as it poisons its hosts, in this case the Middle East and the USA.

  2. dino said on October 11th, 2009 at 2:25am #

    Mulga,you are wrong,no one will dare to hit Iran,no US,not the French clown and not Israel.Iran and Ahmadinejad don’t want to commit suicide,he and the mullahs are very rationale, completely opposed to the kind in which are described by the Western “free press”,and the fact that Iran stands for her rights speak that she is enough strong and that the “free world” know that very well and only bark because always should be an enemy,a danger ,to justify the military budget and… how long still US and her allies struggle with Osama bin Laden.But even Obama could be totally other than you believe he is.Obama is not the mouth of Rahm and he knows well that the Jews didn’t vote for him-and nevertheless he won election-and they will not vote for him in 2012 so i expect that Obama sooner will be in a clear conflict with the demagogue Bibi and his supporters from the Jewish lobby.The large support Israel has is better explained by J.A.Miller article and by the fact that Israeli’s propaganda transformed the conflict between she and Palestinians in a religious conflict and in a “clash of civilizations”.

  3. Don Hawkins said on October 11th, 2009 at 4:12am #

    Then of course you have those missiles in Iran pointed at oil.

  4. Don Hawkins said on October 11th, 2009 at 4:49am #

    We are heading towards an abyss in more way’s than one. It appears that the problems are all interrelated. Thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines. We are at the crossroads we were given a chance by the Universe a miracle some might say and have managed to take that miracle asking for more then more never stopping to thing and using history as a guide that what we are doing is crazy. Well welcome to the twenty first Century where if the facts don’t fit the thinking change the facts. That is called thought control. Some very clever humans they have become not king’s or Queens anymore for the most part but salesmen for a system an out of control system. To save the life forms on this planet another miracle of the Universe as far as we know we have to admit we were wrong one of the hardest things for a human to do. You add the Capitalist system because of it’s nature and to admit we are wrong becomes even harder. Well fear not as on this present path we will not have star ship’s to conquer other World’s in just a few years we will not have food and water and if we use those nuclear weapons on ourselves it won’t matter anyway. There is no easy answers to these problems and that in it’s self is part of the problem. We made it to easy and very easy for some now we are trying to hold on to easy if you can call it that. Here in the States the President fly’s around in air force one and all that goes with that and stay’s in houses that cost how much as people Worldwide are going down the drain in not such slow motion. The bank’s are well capitalized Wall Street seems to be doing alright for now using the same system that got us to this point and why because easy is the game and admitting your wrong hard to do and of course having a soul help’s a lot. It’s Sunday day of rest my ass.

  5. Mulga Mumblebrain said on October 11th, 2009 at 9:39pm #

    Oh well, dino, we’ll just have to agree to disagree. I think if you investigate Obama’s political roots further, you will find he is fully owned by the Zionazis, like Blair and others, including the entire US Congress. I think, if I may be so bold as to say so, that your mistake is in believing that the Zionazis act rationally. I think the early Israeli fascists were cold and calculating in their steadfast resolve to establish a Judaic Reich in ‘Eretz Yisrael’, but they were rational, retreating from untenable expansions as when Begin returned the Sinai, in order to concentrate on absorbing the West Bank and destroying the Palestinians. The Sinai can be re-conquered later. Nowadays the Zionazis have been taken over not by Labor socialists, or Jabotinskyite fascists, but by religious fundamentalist lunatics, akin to a Judaic Taliban. The ascent of the settler movement and its extreme racism, rooted in a religious extremism beyond belief, makes rational policy less and less likely. The attack on Iran would be worse that a crime, it would be a mistake, but I believe that the Zionazi protagonists are clinically insane, so any miscalculation is possible. And, no matter how gigantic the offense, even the use of nuclear weapons, we all know that the Western lackeys of Judaic money power in politics and the media will ‘jump on board’, pronto. They always do.

  6. Shabnam said on October 12th, 2009 at 7:11am #

    Mulga:
    I cannot agree more when you say OBAMA is fully owned by the Zionazis.
    In an interview with Marcy Kaptur, a Congress woman, and Simon Johnson, a professor of MIT school of Management, Bill Moyers revealed that Zionazis run the world corrupt economic system and have NO RESPECT FOR OBAMA who has given them more than trillion $$$ from people savings to doulbe Bankers’ profit while people are being kicked out of their houses and their jobs. Now, the puppet, Obama, is going to expand the market for the business in health care and beyond on American expense.

    The corrupt economic and political system runs by Wall Street where is dominated by the international Zionism where their representatives, Summers, Robert Rubin, Geithner, Bernacki and many others not only rub American people but the world. This interview shows that BARAK OBAMA IS NOTHING AND NOTHING BUT A ZIONIST PUPPET. The fools who support Obama, especially ‘people of color’ , must WAKE UP and be united with the rest of the world to bring down international Zionism and its Mafia that runs the American empire like they controlled the British Empire in the past. Down with Wall Street and its owners, the criminal class.
    ———————————-
    BILL MOYERS: Let me show you an excerpt from the speech President Obama made on Wall Street last month, September. Here is the challenge he laid down to the bankers.

    PRESIDENT OBAMA: We will not go back to the days of reckless behavior and unchecked excess at the heart of this crisis, where too many were motivated only by the appetite for quick kills and bloated bonuses. Those on Wall Street cannot resume taking risks without regard for consequences, and expect that next time, American taxpayers will be there to break their fall.

    BILL MOYERS: A reality check. Not one CEO of a Wall Street bank was there to hear the President. What do you make of that?

    SIMON JOHNSON: Arrogance. Because they have no fear for the government anymore. They have no respect for the President, which I find absolutely extraordinary and shocking. All right? And I think they have no not an ounce of gratitude to the American people, who saved them, their jobs, and the way they run the world. issues for the American people. For companies that have been hurt.

    http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/10092009/watch.html

    For companies that have been hurt. For shareholders that have been hurt. Our government isn’t doing it. That it’s very easy to look at the budget of the F.B.I. in mortgage fraud and securities fraud and say, ‘How serious is the government?’ And until those numbers increase, we will not begin to get justice.

  7. mary said on October 12th, 2009 at 12:51pm #

    …..’after Obama’s efforts failed to bring Netanyahu to toe his line on freezing the expansion of Israel’s colonial settlement enterprise….’

    Monday, 12 October 2009 16:06 UK

    Israelis flatten Palestinian homes

    [Israel has demolished hundreds of Palestinian homes built without permits - photo -http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/46535000/jpg/_46535951_1.jpg ]

    Israeli authorities have demolished two Palestinian-owned structures in East Jerusalem, in defiance of international calls to stop such actions.

    Palestinian reports say a family of five was forcibly evicted from their home in the Beit Hanina district before the building was demolished.

    Israeli bulldozers then destroyed the foundations of another building nearby.

    UN officials say such demolitions violate international law and raise serious humanitarian concerns.

    Israel says buildings subject to demolition orders have been built without permits.

    Palestinians say it is virtually impossible to obtain the necessary approval from Israel’s municipal authorities in Jerusalem.

    The Israeli human rights group B’Tselem , says the authorities have demolished about 420 Palestinian-owned houses in East Jerusalem since 2004 saying they were built without permits.

    Israel occupied the territory in the 1967 war and annexed it soon afterwards in a move that has not been recognised internationally.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    plus on the same page of the BBC website –

    Abbas seeks vote on Gaza report

    Mr Abbas gave a televised speech to explain the Goldstone decision
    Palestinian leader.

    Mahmoud Abbas has called for a session of the UN Human Rights Council to vote on a report accusing Israel of war crimes in Gaza.

    Mr Abbas has faced a week of angry criticism after the Palestinian Authority backed deferring the vote until March.

    On Sunday he said there had not been enough support for the vote.

    Hamas’s leader in Damascus called the issue a “scandal” that would harm Palestinian unity efforts.

    Mr Abbas was speaking in a televised address, widely seen as an attempt to restore his standing in the wake of the withdrawal of Palestinian backing for the report by UN investigator Richard Goldstone….

  8. Michael Dawson said on October 12th, 2009 at 12:59pm #

    Spare us the Nazi propaganda, Shabnam. Israel, like all religious states, is a criminality and a failure. It just happens to be extremely useful to the United States as a distracting force.

    If you want a race war, go have one and leave us out of it.

  9. dan e said on October 12th, 2009 at 1:56pm #

    Bill Moyers is a Nazi?

    Sorry, Michael Dawson, but I can’t find anything in Shabnam’s post that for me evokes anything like ” race war”. Or “Nazi propaganda”.

    I think maybe is is YOU who are trying to function as a “distracting force”. Yes?

  10. Shabnam said on October 12th, 2009 at 1:58pm #

    Michael:
    I am fed up with people like you who want to divert attention away from the zionazis criminals and fixed people’s mind only on ‘imperialism’ and hide the crime of ZIONISM. Why are you so sensitive to zionazis as a criminal class?
    Have you watched the video? You act like other closet Zionists who are in the business of protecting the ‘jewish state’ and present Iraq war as an ‘imperialist’ war discarding all evidence including the statement made by one of the neocon, Philip Zelikow, Bush’s advisor who was in the room with him behind the closed doors with other Zionists while they were planning for Iraq war and he said that: IRAQ WAR LAUNCHED TO PROTECT THE INTEREST OF ISRAEL. You, however, repeat your line of deception meaning “no blood for oil.”
    Why never you direct your nonsense at Gilad Atzmon statement as ‘Nazi propaganda’? Or Jeffrey Blankfor as ‘race war’? You hate to see Israel’s crimes to be exposed and anti-Semites like Robert Rubin or Summers to be criticized, aren’t you? Why don’t you be honest with yourself for a change? You also believe the rubbish of closet Zionists who spread lies that the Iranian election was ‘fraud’ giving no evidence to this day and accept the garbage of Chatham House, designed by the Zionist puppets.
    By the way zionists are not restricted to ‘jews’ only. Why don’t you review statements by Joe Biden who said:A Zionist is not necessary a Jew. I am a zionist but not a Jew. We have a lot of ‘muslim’ zionists including Faud Ajami, the fool.

    http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0329-11.htm

  11. Mulga Mumblebrain said on October 12th, 2009 at 8:13pm #

    I must agree with you Shabnam. I think Michael Dawson is in denial. It doesn’t sit easily in Western minds to imagine that the West is controlled by one tiny tribe. After all, we are democracies, living in the ‘free world’ (apparently, for the Right, the Cold War, like Mohammed Abbas’s presidency, is unending)aren’t we? Relying on the mainstream media for your facts seems so ludicrous, once you have emancipated your mind, as to be unbelievable, but people are lazy, self-satisfied and scared of being called an ‘ani-Semite’ or ‘ a friend of the terrorists’. The only people pushing for a race and religious war are the Zionazis and their stooges, whether Christian Zionists who imagine it will cause Armageddon and the return of Jesus (whereupon their Judaic ‘allies’ get their cosmic comeuppance)or neo-conservative Yankee ‘Full Spectrum Dominance’ fascists, who wish to continue the reign of the Yankee Reich by controlling the hydrocarbon riches of the region. These are all evil, detestable, creatures, racists and xenophobes without compare, and they simply do not care whether the ‘desert niggers’ or the rest of us for that matter, live or die. I think Madeleine Albright gave it all away with her infamous, if candid, attack of candour, when she observed that the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children under the genocidal sanctions regime was a price that ‘Yes’ was worth it. I can’t think of any Nazi who was quite so honest. That she remains a respected figure in Western political circles, tells you all you need to know concerning the reality of ‘Western Civilization’.

  12. Deadbeat said on October 13th, 2009 at 3:13am #

    Just to follow-up on Shabnam point regarding people of color and how the Zionist influence even their perspective of politics. Bill Fletcher wrote a piece last week in Black Commentator where he write the following about Ahmedinejad …

    Idiotic and anti-Jewish remarks by Iranian President Ahmedinejad have been seized upon in order to focus the world’s attention on Iran’s nuclear intent. The fact that President Ahmedinejad often seems out of touch with reality and is cavalier in his concerns and remarks is disquieting.

    This prompted me to write the following comment to Fletcher…

    You write “Idiotic and anti-Jewish remarks by Iranian President Ahmedinejad have been seized upon in order to focus the world’s attention on Iran’s nuclear intent.”

    Yet you never offer a reference to those “remarks” nor provide a single quotation. My guess is because Ahmedinejad never made any “anti-Jewish” remarks.

    Ahmedinejad is guilty of making anti-ZIONIST comments which are very much welcomed. Ahmedinejad is capable of making the distinction between Zionism and Judaism which often gets conflated in order to circumvent criticism of Zionism.

    For African Americans, it is especially important to speak out against the racist ideology of Zionism as it has created a backlash against ALL people of color. The Left especially has been extremely weak confronting this racist ideology and speaking out against Zionism. This weakness by the Left has manifested into a glaring weakness confronting institutional racism in the U.S. which effectually harms African American and all minorities.

    Not once did you use the term Zionism in your article. I think some introspection on your part of the power and influence of Zionism on the American political economy is necessary.

    All people of color must take a confrontational stance like Ahmedinejad and stand in solidarity with him in the struggle against Zionism.

    The response I got from Fletcher …
    Then read some other things that i have written if you are concerned that i do not address Zionism.

    Ahmedinejad is a loose cannon.

    Thanks.

    Bill

    As you can plainly see herein lies why Zionism is extremely influential in the political economy of the United States of America. Perhaps the impetus of Mr. Fletcher’s defensiveness has to do with they years he spent at the Institute for Policy Studies where Phyllis Bennis and the role she and UFPJ played in weakening the anti-war movement.

  13. mary said on October 13th, 2009 at 4:53am #

    MR It’s not your land. It’s their land as we keep trying to get into your thick heads. A little more info for you to digest.

    TEL AVIV CELEBRATES ITS CENTENNIAL OF COLONIZATION……… WHILE GAZA LIES IN RUINS.

    The city of Tel Aviv was not all “built on sands.”

    It was based on the ethnic cleansing of the once proud Jaffa – an important hub city of the Mediterranean, with a port, an industry (Jaffa oranges), an international school system and a lively cultural life for two centuries. It was allotted to Palestine in the UN partition plan of 1947.

    Nevertherless, Jaffa was shelled mercilessly by the Irgun in 1948, causing its inhabitants to flee – they were literally “thrown into the sea”, many ending up as refugees in Gaza.

    Only 4,000 Palestinian Arabs of the 40,000 population remained, now comprising just 4 % of Tel-Aviv-Jaffa’s population, way below the usual 30% of other “mixed cities” like Ramle and Acre. Even these are under threat of infiltration by extreme religious settlers from the West Bank and greedy real estate developers into Palestinian neighbourhoods.

    Palestinians in the now run-down Ajame and Jabaliah eighbourhoods of Jaffa are the subject of intended clearance by the Amidar property company which has imposed fines and eviction orders on the residents for “illegally” improving their houses, that they had refused to allow them to upgrade.

    Large sections of this “vibrant bustling “cosmopolitan city “ was built over the ruins of destroyed Palestinian villages of Al-Sumayil, Salame, Sheikh Munis, Abu Kabir. Tel Aviv University was built over the destroyed village of Al- Manshiyeh. The Faculty Club used to be the house of the sheikh of Sheikh Munis”.

    Today Tel- Aviv and Jaffa has almost been erased of its Palestinian history and place names. Jaffa is now mainly a picturesque artist’s village and entertainment centre with its previous owner’s houses expropriated.

    Tel Aviv Gaza (photos)

    Yes, there is an amazing array of Bauhaus International-style architecture, but this cannot be celebrated without considering the city’s past, and the brutal realities of the Israeli Occupation of the West Bank and Gaza strip. Gaza has been under an illegal and cruel blockade since 2007, and Israel’s war crimes and wanton killings and mass destruction of have been substantiated by the Goldstone report.

    The celebration of the White City, while denying Gaza the building materials to rebuild the thousands of homes, schools, hospitals and factories destroyed by the IDF, is inappropriate and tasteless.

    Architects and Planners for Justice in Palestine (APJP) http://www.apjp.org

  14. kalidas said on October 13th, 2009 at 11:08am #

    Deadbeat has always seen the light.

    Lenin said, if you want to control the opposition, then lead it! …

  15. dan e said on October 13th, 2009 at 11:37am #

    Since I stopped taking the hardcopy daily paper I don’t see my favorite comic strips much any more, so I’ve been grateful to McBozo Wretchie and his decrepisoid pal for providing me with a chuckle at their clownish antics every morning.
    However lately it seems their seemingly inexaustible wellsprings of creativity may be drying up to an extent? Everything they’ve posted recently seems to be pretty familiar. I used to marvel at their powers of imagination, wonder how they came up with all the outlandish “shtick”, but lately they seem to be stuck in a rut, repeating the same old stuff. ??