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January 22, 2019

'Strategic Threat' To Israel - Progressives Lose Fear Of Speaking Out On Palestine

Two weeks ago the Zionist lobby targeted civil rights activist Angela Davis for her support of the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions movement (BDS). Following lobby pressure the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Alabama canceled its annual gala at which Davis was to receive a prestigious human rights award. This created a huge backlash. The city council of Birmingham unanimously adopted a resolution "recognizing the life work of Angela Davis". The Institute's chair, vice-chair and secretary had to resign from the board.

Following that scandal the gates of hell opened and, on Sunday, the New York Times published a column that criticized the Apartheid policy of the Zionist entity in the Middle East.

Time to Break the Silence on Palestine
Martin Luther King Jr. courageously spoke out about the Vietnam War. We must do the same when it comes to this grave injustice of our time.

Written by Michelle Alexander, a civil rights lawyer, author of The New Jim Crow, and now a regular NYT columnist, the piece reaches back to Martin Luther King. It compares MLK's courageous early opposition to the Vietnam War to today's reluctance of people who are 'progressives except for Palestine' to oppose the policies of the so called Jewish State:

It was a lonely, moral stance. And it cost him. But it set an example of what is required of us if we are to honor our deepest values in times of crisis, even when silence would better serve our personal interests or the communities and causes we hold most dear. It’s what I think about when I go over the excuses and rationalizations that have kept me largely silent on one of the great moral challenges of our time: the crisis in Israel-Palestine.


Alexander appeals to those who support civil rights to speak out against the Zionist Apartheid policies:

We must not tolerate Israel’s refusal even to discuss the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes, as prescribed by United Nations resolutions, and we ought to question the U.S. government funds that have supported multiple hostilities and thousands of civilian casualties in Gaza, as well as the $38 billion the U.S. government has pledged in military support to Israel.

And finally, we must, with as much courage and conviction as we can muster, speak out against the system of legal discrimination that exists inside Israel, a system complete with, according to Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, more than 50 laws that discriminate against Palestinians — such as the new nation-state law that says explicitly that only Jewish Israelis have the right of self-determination in Israel, ignoring the rights of the Arab minority that makes up 21 percent of the population.

The column goes on to describe how the movement for the rights of Palestinians is growing, and how those who support it come under pressure. The well written piece closes with a promise to follow up on the issue:

I cannot say for certain that King would applaud Birmingham for its zealous defense of Angela Davis’s solidarity with Palestinian people. But I do. In this new year, I aim to speak with greater courage and conviction about injustices beyond our borders, particularly those that are funded by our government, and stand in solidarity with struggles for democracy and freedom. My conscience leaves me no other choice.

The Zionist lobby will surely try to press the New York Times, which usually advances absurdly pro-Zionist positions, to fire Michelle Alexander or to at least censor what she writes. If neither happens the lobby will have a big problem.

The column, and that fact that it was published by the New York Times, changes the Overton window on Palestine. Positions that were earlier condemned or smeared as anti-semitic, will now become discussable.

But the real problem for the Zionist lobby is even larger. If the civil rights movement follows Davis and Alexander and actively supports pro-Palestinian positions, it will influence the political position of the Democratic party and the general position of the United States towards Israel. Democratic candidates that are 'progressives except for Palestine' or like Kamala Harris more AIPAC than J Street, will become unelectable. Sure, it will take some years to take effect. But it's a sea change.

The reactions by the Lobby reveal its fear. The Israeli ambassador attempted to pinkwash the issue:

David M. Friedman @USAmbIsrael - 17:42 utc - 20 Jan 2019
Michelle Alexander has it all wrong in today’s @NYT. If MLK were alive today I think he would be very proud of his robust support for the State of Israel. An Arab in the ME who is gay, a woman, a Christian, or seeking education & self-improvement can’t do better than living in Israel

Friedman's predecessor as ambassador, now the Israeli deputy minister in charge of public diplomacy, responded with a more brutal position:

Michael Oren @DrMichaelOren - 18:16 utc - 20 Jan 2019
Replying to @USAmbIsrael @NYT
Ambassador Friedman is right but Israel has to take serious steps to defend itself. By equating support for Israel with support for the Vietnam War and opposition to MLK, Alexander dangerously delegitimizates us. It’s a strategic threat and Israel must treat it as such.

Oren is in charge of the Israeli lobby organizations revealed in the four part movie The Lobby USA:

To get unprecedented access to the Israel lobby’s inner workings, undercover reporter “Tony” posed as a pro-Israel volunteer in Washington.

The resulting film exposes the efforts of Israel and its lobbyists to spy on, smear and intimidate US citizens who support Palestinian human rights, especially BDS – the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

It shows that Israel’s semi-covert black-ops government agency, the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, is operating this effort in collusion with an extensive network of US-based organizations.

That Oren calls Alexander a 'strategic threat' means that she must be destroyed. Oren will use all his might and secret organizations to defeat the 'threat'. The Zionists will surely pull out the big guns against her. They will smear, intimidate and harass Alexander. The will threaten the NYT with 'consequences'.

Will they win?

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A buddy of mine dated this Israeli woman he met at one of those "Dead Sea" mall kiosks they use to infiltrate their spies into our country, and when I mentioned that if we gave the Palestinians some M1 tanks and F-16 fighters that they'd be a lot less likely to resort to the more desperate forms of asymmetrical warfare they're constantly accused of by Israel she very nearly lost her mind. The mouth-breathing wannabe Nazis polluting this comment thread remind me a lot of her.

Posted by: SlapHappy | Jan 23 2019 18:03 utc | 101

Circe @79

I wasn't calm I was seething. I am happy with how you replied to NO but I wanted to highlight that NO was really preparing the ground for genocide (not for NO's benefit but anyone unsure[?!?!] or someone thinking Trump's magic sauce will do the trick). Chevrus @81 probably made the point better.

However, I can't agree with b. It's not simply trolling; it's preparing the ground to ((subtlely and not so subtely) gain acceptance for the genocide of the Palestinians and such positions are getting to much airing or to little challenge these days. Your reply certainly does reflect my own revulsion of the views expressed by NO.

Posted by: ADKC | Jan 23 2019 18:13 utc | 102

@101 SlapHappy
The human body is an excellent fertilizer.Have you ever seen a grave yard that looks like Sahara ?

Posted by: Den Lille Abe | Jan 23 2019 18:13 utc | 103

Korybko's analysis of Syria's UNSC statement isn't what many want to read but is based on the reality of the overall situation and Nuttyahoo's actual reason for his aggression--the upcoming elections he's likely to lose.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 23 2019 18:16 utc | 104

@59 kalen... thanks for drawing my attention to marek edelman... i didn't know of this story and appreciate you pointing it out.. here is a wikipedia overview on him..

@94 Zachary Smith.. this is a hasbara joker that posts at moa regularly - they always change their name and they always write in small case letters like me.. in fact, they were using my name a few months back, lol.. just ignore them..

Posted by: james | Jan 23 2019 18:23 utc | 105

Dear Bernhard. Zachary Smith at #94 makes a remark about some troll Nathaniel at #92. But a look at #92 shows no Nathaniel. It's someone else. In the meantime James at #105 puts in a word of sympathy for Zachary's views of Nathaniel at #92. Except there's a statement about RT over there.

So, dear Bernhard, please censor away. It's your site, and moreover you are a balanced sort. But please help us keep our bearings. Delete offending posts, but keep the number blank or with a [deleted] note. Don't reassign the number.

Posted by: sarz | Jan 23 2019 19:14 utc | 106

@106 (I hope) sarz...

I second that motion!

Posted by: pokum | Jan 23 2019 20:15 utc | 107

Let’s see if the NYT’s allows Norman Finklestein to write some contributing articles.

Posted by: Giap | Jan 23 2019 20:23 utc | 108

@104 karlof1

I gave Korybhko a read because you've cited him a couple of times lately. I always said I could start reading him again, and figured I'd get the lead from someone like you. But I'm afraid I remain disappointed.

Yes, he's correct about the Syrian statement, and Netanyahu is obviously playing to domestic politics to salvage his career - but why is Korybko still fighting this straw man of the "alt media"? And why must he characterize Russia as being "allied with Tel Aviv" - as if Russia is not even more so allied with Syria? Russia may have a million expats in Israel, but she has military bases in Syria.

It's a shame that Korybko tilts at windmills. It makes him wrong on the nuances of Syria's position with regard to Russia, and these are nuances that he should be pointing out, as others such as the Saker, Magnier, Crooke, b and many others quite capably do.

And then there are the nuances of Russia's position with Israel that cannot be contained in sound bites or drawn with simple brush strokes. Korybko's mind is well equal to the analysis, but he seems to have a bee in his bonnet that skews all his takes on situations.

The day Korybko stops attacking the straw man of "alt media" and stops defending himself against criticisms from that alt media - which may exist but which he never cites specifically and which I have never seen - is the day he will return to being a useful analyst.

Posted by: Grieved | Jan 23 2019 20:29 utc | 109

Bart Hansen | Jan 23, 2019 12:03:08 PM | 92

Scrubbed you say. Way too late

Posted by: William Bowles | Jan 23 2019 20:38 utc | 110

sarz | Jan 23, 2019 12:16:14 PM | 93

Judaic power? Wrong! British Imperial Power, the gateway to India, the 'The Jewel of the Empire' and of course, suppress the Arab uprisings (see Lawrence of Arabia [sic])

Posted by: William Bowles | Jan 23 2019 20:41 utc | 111

Den Lille Abe says:

Have you ever seen a grave yard that looks like Sahara

yeah, at Sky City, Acoma Pueblo.

Posted by: john | Jan 23 2019 21:07 utc | 112

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Posted by: Bart Hansen | Jan 23 2019 21:20 utc | 113

II's horse is already out of the barn, methinks.

Posted by: lysias | Jan 23 2019 21:45 utc | 114

Grieved @108--

Yes, I noticed his little jab, too, but discounted it as I agreed with his analysis. I also noted he provided the full text of what Syria's UN rep said instead of the cherry picking done by others, which might be the cause for his little jab. Of course, Trump, Pence, Pompeo, and their vassals further shattered what remains of the UN Charter by recognizing a nobody as Venezuela's president. A longtime goal of the Neocon/Isolationists is to drastically weaken and/or leave the UN so they can act unilaterally without any sort of rebuke. Unfortunately, the system cannot perform as envisioned when the primary Outlaw Nation has a perpetual Get Out of Jail Free Card that keeps it for being properly sanctioned. Before the Nuclear Age, there was a method of dealing with this situation, but I cannot currently conger up a rational solution. Ultimately, the only real way to alter the current situation is for a Sea-change to occur within the US polity so it can adopt a moral position akin to that of the mid 1930s regarding the distribution of power.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 23 2019 21:52 utc | 115

Israel is built on a fiction, on Western guilt (fake), on the ‘never again’ syndrome, except of course, Israel is the again bit of never.

Israel’s ‘Jews’ are mostly white, Europeans and as with most European colonials, Arabs are just niggers, not human. As the Israelis say, “cockroaches’.

And convenience, Israel is convenience, Jews are a convenience.

Finally, it’s all about power, money, capitalism. It’s ALWAYS about power, money, everything else is bullshit. Lies built on lies.

My granddad, Raphael Barovsky, was a penniless slippermaker, and a drunkard according to my mum. I have only one photograph of him, hammering at a shoe that should have been tossed away. But he was also some kind revolutionary as well, as was my grandma, Ethel. Both came from a shtetel, one in Ukraine, the other in Lithuania.

It’s all about class.

There’s fake news and there are fake countries. Israel is a fake country. Jews are a fake race. Stolen land. The Palestinians deserve justice that perhaps, one day they will get.

Words fail me. I weep for Palestine. I weep for my family, exterminated who knows where, there are no graves. Many years ago, in the 80s I think it was, my mum went to Kiev and found a solitary uncle of hers, a professor of history at Kiev University. I don’t know his name, stupidly I never asked her. So for that they exterminate Palestinians? I don’t think so. They do it for land, for power. No more, no less.

That's it, I can't say any more.

Posted by: William Bowles | Jan 23 2019 22:24 utc | 116

114 Cont'd--

For reasons similar to those regarding Korybko, I stopped regularly visiting The Duran, but decided to give it another chance since one never knows and discovered this: "The Integrity Initiative and the British Roots of the Deep State: How the Round Table Infiltrated America," which IMO you and others will find curious. Here's the author's central thesis:

"The exposure of the British hand behind the scenes affords us a unique glimpse into the real historical forces undermining America’s true constitutional tradition throughout the 20th century, as Mueller/the Five Eyes/Integrity Initiative are not new phenomena but actually follow a modus operandi set down for already more than a century. One of the biggest obstacles to seeing this modus operandi run by the British Empire is located in the belief in a mythology which has become embedded in the global psyche for over half a century and which we should do our best to free ourselves of.

"Debunking the Myth of the 'American Empire'

"While there has been a long-standing narrative promoted for over 70 years that the British Empire disappeared after World War II having been replaced by the “American Empire”, it is the furthest thing from the truth. America, as constitutionally represented by its greatest presidents (who can unfortunately be identified by their early deaths while serving in office), were never colonialist and were always in favor of reining in British Institutions at home while fighting British colonial thinking abroad."

I have more than a few quibbles to make with the author, particularly his assessment of Trump, but he does advance some notions that have support here. I'll need to reread it closer as it does follow The Duran's ideological bent with which I disagree.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 23 2019 22:30 utc | 117

@Karlof1 and Grieved

Might you not concur that the nature of the Christmas Day attack against Syria raises some doubt about the notion that these acts of aggression are primarily undertaken to achieve domestic political points for Netanyahoo's re-election hopes?

It is established that the timing of that strike had occurred during the approach of two civilian airlines into proximately-situated Beirut and Damascus airports suggests as some sources have speculated, that the strike may have been calibrated with the intent of a Syrian missile accidentally shooting down one of the planes resulting in front-page deaths of scores of innocent passengers. This resembles criminal connivance more than just a show of bravado to bolster a flagging political image and more to restore the former rage of the conflict, or at minimum, to keep US boots cemented on Syrian ground thus increasing the possibility for US forces to be drawn into direct confrontation with Iranian elements. Such a possibility could ignite the kind of war with the Islamic Republic which ideologically-driven Israeli zealots have long been pining for and one which Hillary had threatened to 'obliterate Iran'.

Posted by: metni | Jan 24 2019 0:51 utc | 118

@116 karlof1

Yes, I saw that one and I have it bookmarked for some quiet time to study it.

There is quite obviously a persisting school of thought that says all of the nastiness is actually run by the City of London. In which case much of what we see in DC is grandstanding of much greater emptiness than we thought.

I'm not averse to this school of thought, but it goes so much against the way everything looks, even through our own critical lenses, that I'll need some, um, schooling in it ;)

It would in a way be very useful to locate the bottom of the rabbit hole. I suspect we could then trace out the difficulties - or ease - for those at the top of the pyramid to control all their fiefdoms and minions. I suspect it's not easy, and that plans often go awry.

But to be able to map it all, and watch it in real time, would be the ultimate gift of the Internet to the poor.

Posted by: Grieved | Jan 24 2019 0:55 utc | 119

metni @117--

At the time, I entertained both possibilities and still do. There's speculation that Syrian retaliation caused a somewhat berserk moment in the Zionist's latest attack prompting a wild fusillade that mostly went awry, but I haven't tried to confirm it. The Zionists sent up more jets again today but did nothing, perhaps reflecting the effectiveness of Syrian retaliation, which is one aspect of his aggression Nuttyahoo seems to forget about and the negative political consequences it has for him. Dimona is illegal under the NPT, so Syria could cite that fact and say it would be doing the world a favor by taking it out instead of threatening to hit Ben Gurion Airport. That would necessarily force a discussion of Zionistan's violation of the NPT in the UNSC that's long overdue.

Grieved @118--

At the bottom of the rabbit hole is a worm hole that connects with a lava tube leading to Shangri-La, or so I'm told by Jules Verne, HG Wells, and Isaac Asimov.

Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 24 2019 1:37 utc | 120

"Guaido also thanked the presidents of Chile, Brazil, Paraguay, the foreign ministries of Peru, Argentina and Colombia, as well as European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, European Council President Donald Tusk, and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini for their support." So it appears the EU has folded. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova: “The example of events in Venezuela shows clearly how the progressive Western community actually treats international law, sovereignty and non-interference in internal affairs of states – by handpicking the government there.”

Posted by: JNDillard | Jan 24 2019 8:09 utc | 121

@ Karlof1 #22:
Will they win? No. Have they won? Yes.
The perfidy that is Albion has been mixed and matched with that synagogue of satan: zionism.
They have won through secrecy, networking and propaganda/publicity/PR (subversion).
Part and parcel of the zionist entity is formed by the Kosher Nostra.
The Aangirfan blog is strong in relating deep events and connecting the dots:

Posted by: Mishko | Jan 28 2019 21:04 utc | 122

How quick would a Mossad assassination team or the Zio Fifth Columnist visit me if I started a Go Fund Me page to raise money for a Clean Them Out assassination team.

Posted by: renfro | Jan 28 2019 21:07 utc | 123

Don Bacon #35:

Blacks are overrepresented in prison populations because they commit more crimes. Heavier penalties for possession and use of crack were imposed at the request of blacks.

Posted by: Col. B. Bunny | Jan 29 2019 3:44 utc | 124

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