Singing for Justice as a Life-long Commitment

Recently, those of us who care about justice received with great joy and relief the news that Mr. Gil Scott-Heron canceled his scheduled concert in “Tel Aviv.” In view of the destruction and suffering the Palestinians have endured for the sake of that racist colonial enterprise known as “Israel,” the cancellation of this concert couldn’t have been more just and appropriate.

Some of the individuals who debated whether Mr. Scot-Heron should “play Tel Aviv,” were Zionist settlers in Palestine, who tired us with their customary drivel of how “complicated” things are in “Israel,” and tried to argue that music should be free of political considerations.

Free of political considerations indeed! Have they conveniently forgotten how often they themselves have used art and culture to advance “Israel’s” political goals against the Palestinian people? How many of their “Stand with Israel” events have not been replete with “Israeli” art, “Israeli” food, (stolen from Palestinians, of course) and “Israeli” music? Why require the public to “stand with Israel” and appreciate Jewish culture if, in their view, culture should escape the exigencies of politics?

Not even Jewish religion seems to escape the politicization of culture that Zionists condemn in the Boycott “Israel” campaigns. How many Jewish synagogues can they honestly say abstain from conducting political and/or economic support for “Israel?” If the Zionists truly believed that culture should be “free of politics,” they would refrain from using it as a weapon.

Some of the Come to “Tel Aviv” chorus remind us yet again of Jewish suffering under the Nazis of Europe. Still others try to argue that though they live in Palestine, they’re only “innocent civilians” who are “not responsible” for the strife there.

Apparently they fail to register the fact that the Palestinians were not living in Europe when the Nazis were in power, the Palestinians are not the descendants of the Nazis, the Palestinians did not experience any material gain from the actions of the Nazis, the Palestinians did not in any way assist in the Nazis’ ascension to power, and are therefore not responsible for damages inflicted by the Nazis.

They also conveniently miss the point that since their “innocent civilians” (read settlers) live in homes and on land forcibly taken from Palestinians, and engage in tours of duty in an army which uses violence to secure the dispossession of Palestinians for their benefit, they’re in no position to call themselves “innocent,” or to claim “non-involvement” in the conflict. It isn’t as though they’re in some other country, perhaps colluding with what their army does, but abstaining from direct involvement in the colonization of Palestine. Those “civilians” are the colonizers, the invaders, the direct beneficiaries of every inch of land, every orchard, and every historical relic that is forcibly taken from Palestinians. What’s more, many of them take part in the mobs that hurl refuse into Palestinian communities, destroy orchards, shoot and beat Palestinian children trying to get to school, and write sadistic messages on bombs destined for Gaza. They are the problem! To buy into the notion that these settlers are “neutral” or “innocent” is to engage in willful blindness.

Why should we care about who performs in “Tel Aviv,” or about buying goods from the “Israeli” settler project, or how many “Israeli” dance troupes tour the world? Because as those who urge us to “come learn about Jewish culture” and “stand with “Israel” know, culture doesn’t just affirm identity. It is a weapon in the pursuit of political and military objectives: from securing the conquest of a people, to resisting said conquest.

It’s no accident that the first thing that invaders do is to suppress the history and culture of the people they invade. The U.S. Government’s forcible placement of indigenous Native children in missionary schools, where everything about their history and culture was stamped out, was no accident. Neither was the imposition of English and white culture on Africans brought here as slaves. Neither is the Zionist attempt to clear places like Jerusalem of Palestinian culture and its inhabitants.

We need to cease our cultural and commercial exchanges with “Israel” because oppressive societies thrive on our willingness to do business with them, and culture and commerce are significant elements of that business.

For 62 years, our willingness to dialogue with the Zionist colonization project, to engage in “cultural exchanges” with it, and to purchase goods grown on the land it steals from Palestinians, have cost the Palestinian people dearly. For our actions helped create what the Bushites would call a “new reality on the ground” that legitimizes the usurpation of Palestinian rights, and criminalizes their struggle to recover what is theirs.

Those who have supported other struggles against injustice know very well that said struggles are made even more difficult when one faces a world that sees the oppressors as the injured party.

For 62 years, the Zionists have used their past with the Nazis to silence the slightest criticism of the crimes of genocide, invasion, and racism which they perpetrate against the people of Palestine, even though the Palestinians were in no way involved with the Nazis’ actions.

As the Zionists continue to steal land from Palestinians, destroy their villages and communities, force them off their land at gunpoint, and starve and massacre the Palestinians of Gaza, they behave as if what they endured with the Nazis makes them the sole arbiters of what constitutes oppression and what doesn’t. It’s about time that the rest of us confront their use of that experience as moral currency to keep committing atrocities against people who were in no way responsible for it. It’s high time we stop trading, dancing, singing and painting with this murderous, racist regime. For our willingness to consort with it is part of what allows its atrocities to go unpunished.

Gil Scot-Heron did something worth emulating in his cancellation of the

“Tel Aviv” concert. By canceling, he helped weaken the Zionists’ 62-year taboo of speech against their crimes in Palestine. He reaffirmed his long-held tradition of singing for justice. He refused to become a weapon in the Zionist arsenal against the Palestinians, and remained consistent with a long personal history of support for liberation. Let us hope that others show his courage and follow suit. And most importantly, let us hope that the Boycott “Israel” campaign is able to build a movement that, rather than seeking a “happy medium” for the settlers and the oppressed, can genuinely defend the rights of Palestinians, without abdicating in their name, or dictating limits on what they should struggle for.

Long live those who resist for Palestine!

Boycott “Israel,” the racist colonial project!

Marta Rodriguez has been a Puerto Rican independence activist since the early 1970's and is currently a member of the Boston-based New England Committee to Defend Palestine. Read other articles by Marta.

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  1. jon s said on May 3rd, 2010 at 12:10pm #

    I love those quotation marks! “Tel Aviv” in quotation marks, likewise “Israel”. What is the author implying? That Israel and it’s biggest city don’t really exist? Let’s all stick our heads in the sand and deny reality! If this is the new tactic – to destroy Israel by the use of quotation marks – Israel has very little to worry about.
    Fortunately , mainstream Palestinian opinion is much more rational and realistic.
    As to the racist boycott – from what I can see this spring and summer Israel will be virtually swamped by top performers and artists from all over the world. I don’t remember any year in which the calendar was so full. The racist boycott is a failure – and deserves to be.
    I note that the author supports independence for Puerto Rico. I could support that, too. Oops…I mean “Puerto Rico”. Love those quotation marks!

  2. dan e said on May 3rd, 2010 at 12:39pm #

    “Puerto Rico”: wonder if “jon s” has ever heard of Borica?

    Thank you Marta for making so many solid points. In particular the one about “innocent civilians”. Any ablebodied adult “isreali” found inside the Occupied Territories under international law as accepted by Western governments is a Felon engaged in perpetrating Crimes Against Humanity; therefore it is incumbent on anyone witnessing the presence of such criminals to apprehend them on sight, by force if necessary.

  3. jon s said on May 3rd, 2010 at 9:48pm #

    “Marta” seems to be saying that the category of innocent civilians doesn’t exist in the case of Israelis, thereby justifying terrorism.
    And I can’t resist another dig at those quotation marks. As if you can take a country with a population of around 7.5 million and pretend it doesn’t really exist by putting it in quotation marks. I see that “Marta” is active on a committee based in “Boston”.

  4. Mulga Mumblebrain said on May 3rd, 2010 at 10:14pm #

    Actually, jon, as usual you have things arse-about. In fact your fellow Zionists have begun a despicable campaign to overturn international humanitarian law and replace it with a Judaic parody. They argue that civilians residing in ‘terrorist entities’ (ironically an apt description of Israel) should become legitimate targets for extermination, as in Gaza and Lebanon in 2006. This echoes the Judaic religious injunction, as expressed by the Yesha Council of Rabbis and Torah Sages in 2006, that killing civilians in time of war was not only acceptable, it was a ‘mitzvah’ or religiously ordained good deed.Moreover these Israeli fascists further argue that Israeli Death Forces killers are ‘civilians in uniform’ (of a Holy State, ordained by God) so killing them in any circumstances must become a war crime. The double-standard expressed here, so vicious, so blatant, so clearly racist to the core, really sums up the essence of Zionism, a force for evil exactly alike fascism, Afrikaaner supremacism and Nazism,only even more breathtakingly arrogant.

  5. jon s said on May 4th, 2010 at 11:15am #

    Mulga, in one of your previous posts you stated that Jews “rejoice in ritual murder”. Since I haven’t seen any retraction,apology or regret on your part, I have no intention of addressing you any more.
    In any case I always felt any such dialogue was futile, Matthew, since all you do is repeat the same stock phrases – the Yesha Rabbis, ubermenschen and untermenschen , the Palestinians are 2-legged animals, etc, as if by repeating lies over and over they become the truth.

  6. jon s said on May 4th, 2010 at 11:21am #

    Correction:Mulga’s exact quote was “delight in ritual murder”.

  7. dan e said on May 4th, 2010 at 12:29pm #

    well, “jon s”, if you want to evade the points made against you and your zionist “cause” by Mulga in her comments above, you need to A) provide the date and title of the article under which the comment with the words you quote appeared, and B) provide an excerpt from her comment which enables we readers to put her statement in its original context.
    In reference to your “comment” posted at 9:48, it’s typical of you to erect a strawman, in this case what Marta “seems (to you;) to be saying”. Why don’t you address what she actually DID say?
    I notice you haven’t said anything about what I said in response to your “Puerto Rico” comment, in which I asserted that all Isreali “Settlers” are in fact and in law Felons, who if they refuse to surrender when challenged should be shot on sight as Fleeing Felons.

  8. jon s said on May 4th, 2010 at 1:45pm #

    Mulga’s libel appeared in the long thread that followed “Road Rage” by ER Bills on April22. Check it out. By the way, Mulga is a “he” ,not a “her”.
    As to the settlers, I have little sympathy for them and they are clearly violating international law. Whether they deserve the death penalty is another question.
    I think that my comment on Marta is a reasonable impication of what she wrote.

  9. dan e said on May 4th, 2010 at 2:07pm #

    Well jon s, I went to the Road Rage thread & looked at Mulga’a posts. I did not find the quote you posted.

    Are you possibly paraphrasing Mulga’s actual words in order to provide yourself with an argument? i.e., engaging in more zionistic Word Twisting? If not, please provide the quote verbatim, and the time of day & date Mulga’s comment was posted?

    BTW I was not recommending application of the “death penalty” to zionist “settlers”. As a matter of principle I oppose the death penalty. I was talking about the use of deadly force to prevent terrorists from committing felonies. There is a difference.

  10. jon s said on May 5th, 2010 at 3:42am #

    See the posting from April 29, 11:15PM, line 20 from the top.

  11. Mulga Mumblebrain said on May 5th, 2010 at 4:14am #

    I mean, jon,what is your problem? Israel is dominated by fundamentalist Jews who make no secret of their belief in religiously ordained murder of non-Jews, contrary to international law, which they revile as ‘Christian morality’. Moreover we know that they also sanctify the killing of children, in case they should grow up to oppose the Jews. We know,further, that these beliefs echo the Torah faery stories of divinely ordered genocides of various tribes in Canaan, and of that lovely group psychological projection, Yahweh’s, injunctions to exterminate the Amalek, his eternal enemies. We also know that various racist, clerico-fascist and plain evil Judaic religious zealots have identified the Amalek as either the Palestinians, Arabs as a whole, Moslems or even the USA!!! Moreover we know that Jews ‘celebrate’ two religious festivals, Passover and Purim, that commemorate genocides, by the Jews or their God, of non-Jews.Further we know with absolute certainty that mass murder of defenceless innocents is Israeli state policy, as we have seen since 1947, most recently in Gaza. And, lastly, we know that every Israeli massacre is religiously ordained according to the tenets both of the orthodox zealots who control Israel and the Zionists of more secular bent, who are just interested in a nice little Jewish apartheid state. Every massacre is accompanied by a ritual of lying, self-exculpation, narcissistic whining about ‘anti-semites picking on Israel’ and displays of contempt for international law and decent human opinion.
    Israel and Jewry as a whole are like any other identifiable groups. Some Jews, some Israelis, are wonderful people, humane, compassionate and beneficent. And there are others, clearly, unfortunately, in the ascendant in their communities, who are the exact opposite. However Zionist propaganda has it that Israelis and Jews are incapable of crime, and condemnation of so-called Israeli crimes is simply ‘anti-semitism’. This trick, practised with arrogant determination for decades, has allowed Israel to escape its well-merited punishment by the international community, in alliance with Zionist control of the Western media, politics and finance. jon doesn’t like the opinions expressed here because they have been exorcised from the Western mainstream media by Zionist money power, and he wishes them expunged everywhere. But, fortunately, more and more people have learned the truth about Israel, and in the process learned the truth about their corrupt, Zionist controlled,polities. The jig is up, jon, and no amount of vilification or intimidation will put the djinn back into the bottle. And thanks to dan e for his defence of my position.

  12. jon s said on May 5th, 2010 at 12:21pm #

    The blood libel is no joke, it’s serious, deadly serious.
    When someone accuses the Jews of “delight in ritual murder” – it has nothing to do with arguments for or against Israel and Zionism. It’s a malevolent, vicious accusation ,which echoes back in history to the medieval period, when Jews were accused of ritual murder, in other words of murdering Gentiles as part of their religious rituals. The first of these blood libels occurred in Norwich, England, in 1144 and from then on from time to time throughout the Middle Ages. The blood libel usually resulted in the persecution and murder of Jews by various methods.
    In the 20th century the blood libel surfaced again in Czarist Russia in 1913, in the Beiliss case, and, naturally was a favorite of the infamous Nazi propagandist Streicher. See here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Der_St%C3%BCrmer_Christian_blood.jpg

    Saying today that Jews “delight in ritual murder” is pure, classic, Anti-Semitism, and it’s tolerated here,on an ostensibly left-wing forum.

  13. Mulga Mumblebrain said on May 6th, 2010 at 4:00am #

    Actually jon, there is evidence that some Jews, at some times, did engage in such practices. That ought not to come as any surprise, as most religions have encompassed ritual murder,or sacrifice, at some stage.One need only think of the Thugees, Hindu devotees of Kali,or the autos-da-fe of the burning of heretics by various Christians.The Jews themselves sacrificed animals and Yahweh ordered Abraham to do so to Isaac. That some Jews have committed vile atrocities is undeniable, but can never be used as an excuse to condemn all Jews, many,if not a majority,of whom,would refuse to countenance such activity under any circumstances.The Zionist use of the ‘blood libel’ slander is a crude and contemptible tactic, like the ‘anti-semitism’ slur used to vilify any criticism of Israeli murderousness. In fact I would not be surprised to learn that the unfortunate Goldstone, under ferocious, hysterical and deranged attack by Zionist zealots, has already been defamed as a spreader of ‘blood libels’ as well as being an ‘anti-semite’. After all that terrorist murderer Menachem Begin whined on incessantly about ‘blood libels’ when the truth of Israeli culpability in organising and facilitating the terrorist massacres in Sabra and Shatilla came to light.

  14. Mulga Mumblebrain said on May 7th, 2010 at 10:46am #

    I was just thinking, too, jon, about how the ‘blood libel’ smear was mobilised when the Israeli and other Jewish interests involved in the illegal human organ trafficking business began to be revealed some months ago.I’m sure you’ll agree that, with the continuing revelations concerning this vile trade,and the involvement even of Rabbis in it, that some of the smearers ought to apologise for their earlier vilification of those who,unsurprisingly, turned out to be telling the truth.

  15. jon s said on May 7th, 2010 at 1:25pm #

    Categorically: never did any Jews, at any time, in any place, engage in ritual murder. The rest of Mulga’s lies are just as credible.

  16. Mulga Mumblebrain said on May 8th, 2010 at 12:23am #

    Actually, jon, anyone with sufficient interest can investigate such incidents as the ritual murders in Damascus in 1840, which caused an outroar. They will possibly, as I did, feel a sense of deja vu when they read of Jewish money power buying off the authorities in Cairo and exculpating the perpetrators, who had confessed their crime. These and other ritual murders are apparently the work of clandestine cults within Judaism, and, as I said, ritual murder is common throughout human history. These creatures might be vile, but they are no Aztecs or Moche. And it is plain, as I said, that it is intolerable to blame all Jews for the work of a few zealots.But it is also intolerable for Judaic supremacists like yourself to not only dismiss all the evidence of Judaic cultic murder and then expand that blanket denial of the ‘blood libel’ into a crude and vicious rhetorical device to attempt to suppress all outrage at Israeli and other Zionist atrocities today. As with the ‘blood libel’ surrounding the human organ trade, the truth is plain, but the truth has never been of the least interest to propagandists like yourself. Your faery world where Jews are incapable of crime and their victims and their supporters always ‘anti-semitic’ liars, and the Jews are always the innocent victims of others’ malevolence, is crass enough, but when it is used as a tawdry cover behind which the murder and starvation of Gazan children continues,it becomes truly despicable.

  17. Mulga Mumblebrain said on May 8th, 2010 at 4:08am #

    Your ‘categorical’ assertion that no Jew ever, anywhere, committed an act of ritual murder is so preposterous, so arrogant, so utterly unhinged that I think it sums up the Ziofascist mentality perfectly. How you can claim to know, absolutely, the whole history of all Jews throughout time, only a disciple of that great Jew, Freud, could explain. Still it shows that lovely tactic of the Zionists, the absolute defiance of the facts and the ready resort to enthusiastic lying allied to belligerent invective and vilification. There is a great deal of evidence of Judaic ritual murder, most ferociously suppressed, more ore less in the same manner that there is voluminous evidence of Israeli murderousness and criminality in Gaza, all of which is, likewise, completely denied. After all Israeli war crimes were reported by the UN, the Red Cross, Medicines sans Frontieres, various Western medical staff, Amnesty, Human Rights Watch, Arab journalists, the Gazans themselves, brave and decent Israeli troops and the Goldstone inquiry. Yet, in the face of this tsunami of witness, you Zionists simply commenced screeching, drowning out the truth with the volume and quantity of your vile abuse, and everyone in sight was, naturally, smeared as ‘anti-semites’ and peddlers of ‘bloood libels’. Quite a curious coincidence, I would say. In the end one of the most cogent facts that make one think that Judaic ritual murder may, in fact, have actually occurred is that those who most vociferously deny it are proven and recidivist, conscienceless liars.

  18. jon s said on May 8th, 2010 at 8:57am #

    It’s amazing that now, in the 21st century, on a supposedly leftist forum, it’s necessary to deny the Anti-Semitic blood libel that Jews practise ritual murder! Again: no Jews ever practised ritual murder, including in Damascus in 1840. I can’t believe that it’s actually necessary to confront those lies once again, here and now.
    I would also point out that this kind of blatant Anti-Semitism harms the Palestinian cause. Legitimate and justifiable criticism and protests against Israeli actions lose credibility when coupled with old-fashioned ,medieval-style racist Jew hatred.

  19. jon s said on May 8th, 2010 at 9:37am #

    In addition to my last posting:
    http://www.newstatesman.com/books/2010/03/anti-semitism-blood-jews

  20. Mulga Mumblebrain said on May 9th, 2010 at 2:57am #

    jon, when you are in a hole it is best to stop digging.I note,unsurprised, that you refuse to answer my question as to how you can speak on behalf of all Jews throughout history and vouch for all their actions. Next you’ll be telling us that never, ever, in history has a single Jew farted in the synagogue, such is your amazing omniscience.The blanket denial accompanied by the ‘anti-semite’ slur is an old,old Zionist tactic. We see it in the continuance of the ‘the ‘Nakbah’ never happened, all those Arabs left of their own free will’ lie,concerning 1947,or the even more hilarious ‘Israel has been attacked five (or six or seven, depending on your Zionist enthusiasm) times by its neighbours’ laugh. There are scores of them, all thoroughly refuted, often enough by Israeli historians, but peddled with arrogant presumption and contempt nonetheless. Give the Zionist lie-mongers a few years and their media power and 1947, Sabra, Shatilla, Qana, Gaza will all be consigned to the memory-hole labelled ‘Blood Libels’. It took me a few minutes investigation to discover the Damascus story, a really intriguing case. With the history of Zionist lying and historical revisionism who can doubt that the ritual murder story may indeed be more than an ‘eternal blood libel’-it appears so often,in so many places. But as I say,even if true, it cannot be used as an excuse to blame Jews as a group or agitate for their harm. Only the perpetrators are the guilty. I’ll leave the practice of collective punishment of entire populations to you Zionists who are such masters of it, as the Gazans and the Shia of South Lebanon have discovered.
    Your reference to Mr Julius had me in stitches. I heard this creature on the radio and read him in a newspaper recently, and, blow me down, I soon formed the opinion that here was a particularly arrogant and contemptuous chap, even for a Zionist. I was particularly taken by his assertions that ‘anti-semitism’ was running rampant in the UK, but that there was no such thing as ‘anti-Islamic’ bigotry. Apparently the surveillance of Moslem communities, the multiple arrests, the constant vilification in the media usually led by Zionist Jews and the absolute travesty of the viciously disproportionate sentences inflicted on the demonstrators ‘kettled’ by the filth outside the Israeli Embassy during the Gaza carnage, have either escaped Julius’ attention or (more likely in my opinion) such treatment is considered entirely appropriate for untermenschen in his opinion. Of course the definition of an ‘anti-semitic’ incident is infinitely elastic when Zionist agit-prop is being made.Arguing with a Zionist racist and condemning Israeli child murder instantly becomes an ‘anti-semitic’ outrage on a par with desecrating a synagogue. Its an old Zionist trick.

  21. mary said on May 9th, 2010 at 4:13am #

    As you were saying Mulga….

    http://www.jnf.co.uk/documents/NewTrusteesAppointed.pdf

    The blue flag with the Star of David is flying high above the offices of Mishcon de Reya aka Writs ‘R’ Us.

    btw beware.

  22. mary said on May 10th, 2010 at 1:34am #

    Mulga – we were discussing the JNF. Stupidly, I clicked on to their website after giving you the link about Julius going on the board. I felt sickened when I read that theyare ‘creating’ a forest at Aminadav in the name of the Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks who is an Honorary Patron of the JNF. See Friday 15th October 2010 on this itinerary and feel as sick as me as I read through their planned ‘LegacyMission’.
    (jnf.co.uk/documents/46689LegacyMissionLR2010.pdf)

    I told friends and asked if any of them knew if there was a Palestinian village buried under it (as with Canada Park). One of them responded referring to this from the Palestine Remembered website.

    Abu Nidal finds the original location of Walaja on a map dating from the 1920s.Walaja is located south west of Jerusalem. The village was Occupied in October 1948, but Palestinian and Egyptian guerillas fought off the Israeli battalions and successfully defended their village. Several times they were able to force the Occupation troops to withdraw, but in the end the village was Occupied. (Al Khalidi, Wallid 1992: All That Remains). The village was then destroyed, and Aminadav settlement was built on its lands along with an Israeli park. The people of Walaja, who numbered some 1200 people at that time, were expelled and turned into refugees. Some of them remained in lands of Al Walaja that were not occupied, while the rest left to Jordan, or moved into the refugee camps in Bethlehem. After 1967 the Occupation annexed the rest of Walaja to the Occupation municipality of Jerusalem, but without giving the people from Walaja the right to live in Jerusalem, who were then threatened with expulsion once again. Since the late 80sThe Occupation forces have been using various policies against the people to force them to leave what is left from the village, including house demolitions and repeated arrests against the 3000 people living now in the village, using the pretext that ؟they have West Bank identification cards and are living in Jerusalem؟. The Apartheid Wall, as projected, will surround Al Walaja from all sides isolating it completely from its lands, the original village, and Jerusalem. /…..

    http://www.palestineremembered.com/Jerusalem/al-Walaja/Story1231.html

    This is yet another story of cruel dispossession and occupation.

  23. mary said on May 10th, 2010 at 3:55am #

    Yes I do support the PSC naturally.

    No I do not intend answering your devious question and getting into one of your long diversionary exchanges.

    In the meantime this will please you very much. Israel will be joining fellow Zionists in the OECD club.

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3887453,00.html

  24. jon s said on May 10th, 2010 at 4:50am #

    Mary, I’m not aware of having asked you a question, don’t see any question marks on my posting…
    However, assuming a question was implied, your refusal or inability to answer has it’s own implications…
    And who are the “Zionists” in the OECD? Or is that just an epithet aimed at whomever you don’t like?

  25. mary said on May 10th, 2010 at 4:54am #

    1Your question was there alright. Just no question mark.

    2Your second sentence above is exactly what I was expecting you to say.

    3Berlusconi, et al. Supporters. Espousers.

  26. Mulga Mumblebrain said on May 10th, 2010 at 7:24am #

    Gosh, jon still hasn’t managed to answer my simple question as to how he can vouch for the behaviour of all Jews throughout history. Just the usual arrogant assertion of ‘medieval blood libel’ without addressing the facts. Just like his mentor Begin, who denounced the justified criticism of Israel’s involvement in the Sabra and Shatilla massacres of 1982 as a ‘blood libel’. When will you follow suit, jon,and decry criticism of Sabra and Shatilla and all the other unquestionable Zionist massacres, as ‘blood libels’. It’s only a matter of time. And,please, no lies about ‘anti-Jewish tirades’- my tirades are directed at Jews who behave wickedly, not at the many fine and honourable Jews who abhor racism and cruelty and who are an adornment to humanity. I am listening to one such, David Oistrakh, right now,playing the Beethoven Concerto and Romances. Oistrakh was a humanist, not a tribal bigot and arrogant supremacist. I think you could learn a lot from his like.

  27. jon s said on May 10th, 2010 at 11:17am #

    Mary,
    1. I’ll have to take your word for it since my posting seems to have been deleted.
    2.Which means that I was right? or wrong? or what? I don’t understand why you should have a problem disassociating yourself from the blood libel. Does Mulga think he can put me in a position where I have to “prove” that Jews never practised ritual murder? The burden of proof is on the accuser. Maybe I should accuse Mulga of being a child-molester or a serial rapist, and see if he can “prove” that he isn’t. Anyway, as I’ve said, I have no intention of addressing Muga directly any more. Not because of some childish who-gets-the-last-word thing but because someone who accuses the Jews of ritual murder – I just don’t see the point in having a discussion with him.
    3.OK, if that’s your definition of Zionists.

  28. hayate said on May 10th, 2010 at 12:07pm #

    Cheers to Gil Scott-Heron. A very noble man.

  29. Maien said on May 10th, 2010 at 12:39pm #

    thank-you Mulga and Mary for your efforts with jon s. The good news is that both of you are providing education: facts, issues and a beautiful clear example of the manipulative nature of some commentators. This is the gift.

    I thank you for your tireless efforts to expose the faulty (contradictory) thinking of jon s. Readers are better equipped to recognise talking points and to never accept blindly information regarding the occupation of Palestine and anywhere/thing else that the ‘power brokers’ maintain an interest.

  30. jon s said on May 10th, 2010 at 12:53pm #

    Maien, Feel free to enlighten me : where is my thinking faulty and contradictory?

  31. mary said on May 10th, 2010 at 2:24pm #

    Thanks for that Maien.

    This is an open letter to the OECD asking them to hold back on Israel’s admission.

    http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=282932
    Public figures call for delay in OECD vote on Israeli entry

    This just predated today’s decision.

    Watch the ticker on the top of the page to see what is going on in the Occupied Territories.

    Earlier, a question to the OECD media centre made by us as to whether the decision to admit Israel was unanimous was met with a curt one liner and a reference to a video of the press conference. This consisted of 38mins of mostly a monologue by Angel Gurria. the Secretary General, who squirmed and prevaricated when asked a question as to whether Israel had met the preconditions for entry.

  32. mary said on May 11th, 2010 at 3:10am #

    This also -
    Israel does not yet deserve a place in the OECD
    GEORGE BISHARAT

    May 10, 2010
    Australia missed a chance to defend international law and human rights by voting this week to support Israel’s application for membership to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The OECD was founded in 1960 by states practising democracy and free market principles to discuss and advance mutual interests; Australia joined in 1970. OECD ministers meet in Paris today to decide finally on Israel’s long-pending bid for membership.

    Australia should have opposed Israel’s accession to the OECD on both technical and political grounds. On the technical side, Israel has failed to curb corruption in its arms industry, and has turned a blind eye to violations of intellectual property rights by its pharmaceuticals companies. In the economic data Israel has provided the OECD in its application for membership, it has also counted its Jewish settlers — nearly 500,000 persons — in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, although these persons reside outside of Israel’s borders. The settlers are heavily subsidised by the Israeli government, and their inclusion, therefore, imparts a misleading image of prosperity.

    /……
    ‘George Bisharat is a professor of law at Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, and writes frequently on law and politics in the Middle East.’

    http://holdisraelaccountable.net/2010/05/11/israel-does-not-yet-deserve-a-place-in-the-oecd/

  33. Mulga Mumblebrain said on May 11th, 2010 at 10:26pm #

    mary, Australia supports Israel’s entry into the rich bullies club because Zionist Jews control our media and politics. The Zionist billionaires (between a quarter and a half of our total billionaires, with 1% of the population) contribute disproportionately to the political parties, and, as elsewhere, throughout time, they expect their Sabbat Goy sytooges to obey orders. Australia has disgraced itself with scores of votes supporting the apartheid terror state, somewhat ameliorated by the Ruddites, with the occasional abstemption, rather than proudly joining Micronesia, Palau and the US in standing shoulder to shoulder with the Herrenvolk. Rudd has, naturally, been vitriolically abused for this change,particularly in the Rupert Moloch sewer of News Ltd, where hysterical pro-Israel rants have grown truly deranged, and lately been joined by a nauseating Judeomania where the unique abilities and accomplishments of Jews are grovellingly adored.
    A party that stood up to Israel would be crucified in the media and its political foes drowned in Jewish largesse. So there you go-Jewish Lobby control of politics, the media and finance is every bit as complete as in the US, UK, Canada etc, but never academically investigated and always ferociously denounced in the media, amongst the usual plethora of Islamophobic calls to ban the burqa, send more troops to kill Afghans, ranting against Iran, vilifying the Palestinians etc.It’s like having several elephants in the room, but if you dare point out their presence, well the you’re an ‘anti-pachydermite’.
    I do love jon’s lofty condescension in refusing to deal with my questions. Of course he has been refusing to deal with them awhile now. He refuses to explain that mechanism by which he can authoritatively vouch for the actions of all Jews throughout time with regard to the so-called ‘blood libel’ of ritual killing. I do not know the truth, but very little investigation revealed interesting occurrences like the Damascus killings of 1840, the subsequent trial, confession and the (all too familar to people of our era), intervention of Jewish grandees buying off the authorities and rescuing their confreres.But jon doesn’t wish to discuss. He simply smears, as in linking me to child molestation,even rhetorically.This is an old Zionist smear tactic.I’ve seen Zionazi blogs where I am (to my immense satisfaction) reviled, where I’m called a ‘Holocaust denier’. That’s rubbish, as I have virtually no qualms with the history of the Nazi mass murders, only revulsion at how they have been manipulated by Zionists,lessening the significance of the suffering of non-Jews and other genocides throughout history, and even more wickedly,using the Nazi crimes as some sort of justification for Israel’s bestial policies. The choice of child molestation is an ironic one though, as it rebounds against jon himself. After all the greatest example of organised and vicious child abuse in the world today is the barbaric mistreatment of the imprisoned children of Gaza. Deprived of even toys and books by the evil siege, that vast, pitiless crime of collective punishment, malnourished and terrorised by the sadistic night-time supersonic overflights, these children are the most traumatised such group on earth. And the terrorist entity that inflicts that pain, deliberately, when not actually killing them with horror weapons, enjoys jon’s full support, before and after the act. Moreover the terror state is dominated by religious fanatics who preach that killing civilians is a ‘good deed’ and that children may be murdered if they would have grown up to oppose the Jews.None of this has jon, the so-called ‘Leftist’ ever condemned, indeed he often derides me for raising these facts. Sorry jon, but accusations of child molestation from Zionists are a very bad ‘own goal’., indeed.

  34. mary said on May 12th, 2010 at 5:49am #

    ‘Good on you sport’ as Barry McKenzie* would have said.

    *might be before your time!

  35. Hue Longer said on May 12th, 2010 at 5:04pm #

    good an ya, mary! heheh