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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

 

For Sharon and Israel The Good Times Roll

In Ha'aretz Aluf Benn likens Mahmoud Abbas to "A Beggar At Sharon's Red Light." Unfortunately, an apt description of the Palestinian leadership. I suppose if Palestinians had a viable and dignified leader with integrity Israel would have killed him or her by now. And the New York Times in "U.N. Is Gradually Becoming More Hospitable to Israel," proclaims an "end to the disdain with which the country has historically been treated at the United Nations." Everything's coming up roses for the colonial state and its comeback kid leader.

One of the first items on the agenda for the UN's new darling, Sharon, and his buddy Kofi Annan "is to disband three special committees that are considered forums for Israel-bashing - the Secretariat's Division for Palestinian Rights, the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices."

Well, they've got something there. Because the state of Israel with its checkpoints, with its apartheid wall, with its extrajudicial assasinations, with its various and sundry murders, with its administrative detentions, mass arrests, invasions, and other horrors it metes out to Palestinians and "Palestinian Rights" are mutually exclusive.

The state of Israel as it exists with its instant citizenship for any Jew on the planet but its shoot to kill policy for any Palestinian "infiltrating" his ancestral home and the "Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People," are mutually exclusive.

So, any decent person sitting on one of these committees questioning Israel's barbaric actions to maintain Jewish supremacy in the land that was stolen from the indigenous people is an Israel basher.

But, while eight thousand Palestinians languish in Israeli prisons, while kids looking for menial jobs in Israel because Israel's occupation has strangled Gaza's economy are left by IOF to bleed to death after lethal force is used against them, let's all sing lamentations for Israel's unfair treatment at the UN. The New York Times,' the maven of a heinous corporate journalism that is sending our planet to hell, quotes Harold Tanner, chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, "Many positive things have occurred over the past year, yet it is still far from being fair and equitable for Israel."

Lest we are remiss in our treatment of Israel; if we begin to think of Palestinians as part of the human family with rights to move unhindered in their own land, with the inalienable right to return home, with rights to medical attention instead of bleeding to death, with rights to work in their own olive orchards, with rights to resist land theft, with rights to a trial instead of instant death, with rights to give birth in a hospital instead of by the side of a road, rest assured the New York Times will stir our consciences away from this wrong-headheadness, and steer us back to being "fair and equitable" for Israel.

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