"Cowardice asks the question - is it safe? Expediency asks the question - is it politic? Vanity asks the question - is if popular? But conscience asks the question - is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it’s right." - Martin Luther King, Jr., February 6, 1968.

"Cowardice asks the question - is it safe? Expediency asks the question - is it politic? Vanity asks the question - is if popular? But conscience asks the question - is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it’s right." - Martin Luther King, Jr., February 6, 1968.

It’s true that many lesbians do like cats, but many are also proud dog people!

It’s true that many lesbians do like cats, but many are also proud dog people!

One of the myths of the creation of Israel is that Arabs launched a war of annihilation against the Jews after the British Mandate ended on May 15, 1948. But as this documentary shows, the Jews were carrying out ethnic cleansing against the Arab population months before the British Mandate ended. Hundreds of villages were already destroyed and Palestinian Arabs forced to flee for their lives in the months leading up to the British pullout. This was all part of a scheme called Plan Dalet to drive the Palestinian Arabs out of the country in order to assure a Jewish majority. 

One of the many Zionist myths is that the Jews were simply colonizing a barren wasteland in Palestine. This documentary from Al-Jazeera shows the reality.

The aftermath of an airstrike on a beach in Gaza City on Wednesday. Four young Palestinian boys, all cousins, were killed. CreditTyler Hicks/The New York Times

The aftermath of an airstrike on a beach in Gaza City on Wednesday. Four young Palestinian boys, all cousins, were killed. CreditTyler Hicks/The New York Times

“Gaza … is a maximum-security facility. It is difficult to visit and impossible to leave. We allow in essential food, water, and electricity so that the prisoners don’t die. Apart from that, we don’t really care about them—that is unless they approach the prison fence, or the “forbidden” perimeter, where anyone who wanders too close is shot, or if they try to throw something over the fence. Indeed, they occasionally throw some homemade bombs made of things they’ve managed to smuggle into prison, and when they fall on our heads, it is really unpleasant. So we send our snipers to the watchtowers built around the prison and shoot them like fish in a barrel until they calm down. And when they finally do calm down, we cease firing because we are not the kind of bastards who shoot people for fun,” – Noam Sheizaf.

“Gaza … is a maximum-security facility. It is difficult to visit and impossible to leave. We allow in essential food, water, and electricity so that the prisoners don’t die. Apart from that, we don’t really care about them—that is unless they approach the prison fence, or the “forbidden” perimeter, where anyone who wanders too close is shot, or if they try to throw something over the fence. Indeed, they occasionally throw some homemade bombs made of things they’ve managed to smuggle into prison, and when they fall on our heads, it is really unpleasant. So we send our snipers to the watchtowers built around the prison and shoot them like fish in a barrel until they calm down. And when they finally do calm down, we cease firing because we are not the kind of bastards who shoot people for fun,” – Noam Sheizaf.

The Library of Congress has an extensive collection of online photographs showing Palestine in the early 20th Century. These images document the reality of Palestinian existence prior to the seizure of these lands by Zionists.  Here’s the website: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/

People always say, “It’s so complicated” when they talk about finding peace in Palestine. But it’s really not that complicated.
Peace will come to Palestine when the people of Israel finally are willing to admit that their land was taken by force from the Palestinian people who lived there for centuries. And when the Israeli people recognize that they must make amends for that wrong, the healing can finally begin.

People always say, “It’s so complicated” when they talk about finding peace in Palestine. But it’s really not that complicated.

Peace will come to Palestine when the people of Israel finally are willing to admit that their land was taken by force from the Palestinian people who lived there for centuries. And when the Israeli people recognize that they must make amends for that wrong, the healing can finally begin.

Enough. I’ve been a lifelong supporter of Israel, but they’ve finally lost me. It’s blindingly obvious now that they have no intention of behaving fairly towards the Palestinians. I’m now in favor of boycott, disinvestment and sanctions against Israel until they end their cruel treatment of the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. Only international pressure will convince this regime to change its ways.
Photo: Shayma al-Masri, 4, a Palestinian girl injured in an Israeli air strike that killed her mother and two siblings, is treated in Gaza City. Photo: Mohammed Salem/Reuters

Enough. I’ve been a lifelong supporter of Israel, but they’ve finally lost me. It’s blindingly obvious now that they have no intention of behaving fairly towards the Palestinians. I’m now in favor of boycott, disinvestment and sanctions against Israel until they end their cruel treatment of the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. Only international pressure will convince this regime to change its ways.

Photo: Shayma al-Masri, 4, a Palestinian girl injured in an Israeli air strike that killed her mother and two siblings, is treated in Gaza City. Photo: Mohammed Salem/Reuters