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Jeremy R. Hammond, Foreign Policy Journal, June 17, 2010

A Palestinian boy throws a stone at an Israeli  tank in the  occupied West Bank.

Myth #1 – Jews and Arabs have always been in conflict in the region.

Although Arabs were a majority in Palestine prior to the creation of the state of Israel, there had always been a Jewish population, as well. For the most part, Jewish Palestinians got along with their Arab neighbors. This began to change with the onset of the Zionist movement, because the Zionists rejected the right of the Palestinians to self-determination and wanted Palestine for their own, to create a “Jewish State” in a region where Arabs were the majority and owned most of the land.

For instance, after a series of riots in Jaffa in 1921 resulting in the deaths of 47 Jews and 48 Arabs, the occupying British held a commission of inquiry, which reported their finding that “there is no inherent anti-Semitism in the country, racial or religious.” Rather, Arab attacks on Jewish communities were the result of Arab fears about the stated goal of the Zionists to take over the land.

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Sometimes it’s better to just hop on your old horse,  get rid of that new saddle and light one up.

Who’s to say that the POTUS really has any power or ever has. Poppa Bu$h’s kid, Duhbya, proclaimed that he wanted to be the War President before he was elected and he were one. When he called for war in Iraq, millions of people demonstrated, but operation Shock & Awe was put in place. Not because it was his idea, but because the shadow government with ties going clear back to the Ronnie Raygun movie set wanted to begin the occupation of the Middle East. So Duhbya called himself the commander in chief, stumbled through his speeches, and signed everything that came down the pipes. decimating every environmental law that we the sheeple fought many years for and enabled the horrors of Homeland Security.

Before Obama was elected it became evident that AIPAC would have influence on his office when Hillary said that Obama would be a good friend to Israel,which he confirmed on the podium. To clinch his allegience to corporate government the elected Democratic congress was bought and paid for by lobbyists while the senate was compromised by Joe Lieberman.

“This Time We Went Too Far”

Truth and Consequences in the Gaza Invasion

counterpunch March 3, 2010

By NORMAN FINKELSTEIN

Editors’ Note: This article is excerpted from Norman Finkelstein’s important new book about the Gaza conflict, “This Time We Went Too Far” published this month by OR Books. To purchase a copy of the complete book please visit OR Books. This book is not available from bookstores or other online retailers.

Public outrage at the Gaza invasion did not come out of the blue but rather marked the nadir of a curve plotting a steady decline in support for Israel. As polling data of Americans and Europeans, both Gentiles and Jews, suggest, the public has become increasingly critical of Israeli policy over the past decade. The horrific images of death and destruction broadcast around the world during and after the invasion accelerated this development. “The increased and brutal frequency of war in this volatile region has shifted international opinion,” the British Financial Times editorialized one year later, “reminding Israel it is not above the law. Israel can no longer dictate the terms of debate.”

One poll registering the fallout from the Gaza attack in the United States found that American voters calling themselves supporters of Israel plummeted from 69 per cent before the attack to 49 per cent in June 2009, while voters believing
that the U.S. should support Israel dropped from 69 per cent to 44 per cent. Consumed by hate, emboldened by self-righteousness, and confident that it could control or intimidate public opinion, Israel carried on in Gaza as if it could get away with mass murder in broad daylight. But while official Western support for Israel held firm, the carnage set off an unprecedented wave of popular outrage throughout the world. Whether it was because the assault came on the heels of the devastation Israel wrought in Lebanon, or because of Israel’s relentless persecution of the people of Gaza, or because of the sheer cowardice of the assault, the Gaza invasion appeared to mark a turning point in public opinion reminiscent of the international reaction to the 1960 Sharpeville massacre in apartheid South Africa.

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