When Allison tried to persuade whom she thought was the foreign desk news editor that running a headline in the LA Times
stating that the relative calm had been broken by the Palestinians was inaccurate in light of the fact that eight Palestinians had been killed during the "ceasefire," he hung up on her. This reminds me of an experience I had in 1967. I was thirteen and wanted to pipe in on a radio talk show on behalf of the Palestinians. The host in the central valley town in California told me that my argument had as many holes as Swiss Cheese, then hung up on me. His last name was "Faust"; how appropriate. I hope he's greeting people in Walmart, now. Shortly after that, I discovered the works in the Baker Street Library of the brilliant Alfred Lilienthal. Allison has the right idea. During a unit on colonialism, I showed my students a couple films from the first intifadeh, Voices of Palestine
and Stolen Lives
. They wanted to know why the U.S. supports Israel, and they were outraged that the U.S. finances the government whose "kinder, gentler" policy back in 1987 was to merely "break the bones" of the demonstrators. I wish that the leaders in the PA showed as much integrity as Allison does; they seem to be inept at protecting their people, while displaying inordinate skill grovelling before mass murderer Sharon and torturer Bush.
I admire Allison Weir for the hard work that she does attempting to educate Americans about occupied Palestine. Certainly, the mainstream media cannot be relied upon in this regard. http://www.ifamericansknew.org
Please check out her latest story: "The Meaning of 'Calm': Relativity, LA Times Style." She also notes that The Jerusalem Post
reports that those killed in the nightclub suicide bombing are members of an IDF unit which carries out operations in the occupied territories.