Opposing Apartheid On Earth Is Now Illegal.

By Jerry Alatalo

PalestineAlphabet Is it an exact analogy to describe the Israeli apartheid nation with its decades-old criminal, dehumanizing, racist policies toward the Palestinian people as the world’s largest “gated community”? In an increasing number of the world’s regions, publishing the previous words represents a criminal act. This sorry state of affairs isn’t a scene from the book “1984” by George Orwell, but is actually happening in the real, nonfictional world today.

After decades of irresolution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, advocates of freedom, equality and sovereignty for the Palestinian people have been left with only one option in fighting the good fight, the same successfully used to bring down apartheid in South Africa: Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS). In France, it is now against the law to become involved in the BDS Movement; in France, it is now illegal to call for an end to apartheid on this Earth.

In the 2016 campaign for President of the United States, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich addressed the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), staying within the bounds of the “law” and trying to outdo each other in praise of Israel. Bernie Sanders didn’t attend the meeting, wanted to deliver his address to the crowd via video conference, but was turned down because “we don’t do that anymore”.

Sanders’ unique position among the remaining presidential candidates – essentially saying in a press conference/”AIPAC speech” days later that Palestinians are people, too – could have, if said in France, now Canada, gotten him into legal hot water for being “antisemitic”. If he were a professor in certain parts of California or other states in America, the mere mention of Palestinians as people like everyone else in the human family might get him censured or fired. In layman’s terms, on the issue of Israel apartheid it at times seems the world has gone stark-raving mad.

Unfortunately, the history of the Middle East revolves around the region’s tremendous natural resource wealth, in particular oil and natural gas, who controls it, and who profits from its sale – all people living in the region or a small group of the world’s extremely wealthy and powerful. Wars and violence of horrific scale have been carried out for the mentioned control and profit, resulting in the region’s innocent residents enduring indescribable suffering for what seems forever – including the people called Palestinian.

The psychological, philosophical and/or spiritual human characteristics of Clinton, Trump, Cruz and Kasich which prevents them from expressing an ounce of compassion or empathy toward the Palestinian people is hard to imagine, much less accurately describe. Year after year Israel continues annexing Palestinian lands, building more settlement communities, and every other year bombing Gaza to the ground – “mowing the lawn”, according to Israel’s less honorable elders. Year after year American politicians and their Western allies “scold” or “express concern” about Israeli actions, while doing nothing effective to resolve the situation equitably and honorably for the benefit of Palestinians and Israelis alike.

The Israel-Palestine conflict has become an eternal “Catch-22” situation, powerful and wealthy people seem opposed to resolution of the crisis, and immeasurable efforts of men and women of goodwill through the years has seemingly gone to waste. Human evolutionary movement feels glacial, war has yet to become abolished, but still there are reasons for being optimistic. Desperate attempts to criminalize the actions of people telling the truth about what’s occurring on Earth are perceived as just that: acts of desperation.

Lies told by corrupt leaders and politicians get caught and disseminated around the Earth in minutes or hours, therefore providing billions of people with the truth required for right action – an evolutionary development, a giant leap forward, in a process which in the past took years or decades. From such a perspective events take on a new, more positive meaning and assures civilization’s road ahead moves onward and upward.

While in 100% agreement with author Max Blumenthal and his statements during a recent interview on The Real News Network, it seems important to clarify one minor misinterpretation of Bernie Sanders’ words by Mr. Blumenthal. During the MSNBC interview Sanders, in talking about the BDS movement, mentioned with regard to antisemitism that there was “some of that” and later “some level of antisemitism” – not, as Max Blumenthal described Sanders’ remarks: “…lot of antisemitism out there”.

It’s highly regrettable that using one’s free speech right in fighting for the basic, God-given human rights of other men, women and children inhabiting the Earth has become a crime in certain circles. Israel is an apartheid state. From any reasonable perspective such a situational reality in the year 2016 is the real crime.

(Thank you to TheRealNews at YouTube)

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AIPAC Conference: The Film You Won’t See.

By Jerry Alatalo

Book4Alphabet The Real News covered an event recently where men and women discussed America’s relationship with Israel, and trying to answer a proposed question of whether it was good or bad for the American people. During one of the presentations the following documentary film, “Valentino’s Ghost”, became the focus and several short clips were shown to the audience. The film in its entirety was available for viewing on YouTube with a length of 1-hour 48-minutes, and it’s a guaranteed good bet the film won’t “premier” during the upcoming AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) conference.

The film has received praise and awards in European countries and other regions of the world, but film festivals in the United States have been cautious or fearful of retaliation from powerful Zionist organizations, therefore refusing to show “Valentino’s Ghost”. Even the Sundance Film Festival has buckled and declined including the documentary, suggesting to its producers that the film “is too political”.

The film will cause those who’ve received their news of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Middle East affairs from the corporate media to reconsider all they’ve come to know and take for granted. Documentary films, in particular those made with high quality production standards like “Valentino’s Ghost”, are perceived by many as a powerful tool for communicating information about the world’s complex and difficult to understand issues and phenomenon.

Films of this quality and power have the potential to make a real and significant difference when it comes to widely distributed increase of understanding on issues like Israel and Palestine, terrorism, Islamophobia, and wars in the Middle East.

Every remaining presidential candidate will speak at the AIPAC conference but for Senator Bernie Sanders. The Sanders campaign told conference organizers he wished to speak via video conference to accommodate his busy Western states campaign schedule, but were given the response that AIPAC has recently ended its practice of addressee remote participation.

It’s appreciated that readers have time constraints, often trying to keep up on reading followed blog posts, so posting nearly 2-hour videos is something we try to refrain from. Making note of the film’s title “Valentino’s Ghost” and watching it later when time becomes available is a worthwhile option, especially for those concerned and frustrated about highly manipulated, extremely biased, historic media reporting on Israel, Palestine and the Middle East.

The men, women and children of the Middle East have experienced far too much sadness and pain for decades, and the basis or foundation for beginning to turn the tragic situations in the war-ravaged region around is the total truth – told without spin, slant or reservation. “Valentino’s Ghost” goes a long way toward establishing that long-awaited, much-needed, truthful foundation.

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The full documentary had been posted on YouTube violating copyright and is no longer available there. To view, visit www.valentinosghost.com for details. Here is The Real News post which provides clips from the film plus an excellent and thoughtful discussion about Israel’s influence.

(Thank you to TheRealNews at YouTube)

Israel-Palestine: From Edward Said (2003) To Ban Ki-Moon (2016).

By Jerry Alatalo

“Truth is the summit of being; justice is the application of it to affairs.”

– RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1803-1882) American poet, philosopher

PalestineAlphabet In perhaps his strongest condemnation to date, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon spoke out recently against Israel’s continued illegal settlement-building actions on the occupied territories, calling on the international community to work toward resumption of negotiations leading to an independent nation of Palestine – “…before it’s too late”.

The late Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York Dr. Edward Said (1935-2003), a well-known and highly respected humanist intellectual Palestinian activist until he passed away from leukemia in 2003, will be remembered as an academic with complete integrity. Mr. Said kept political issues out of the classroom, but will forever remain for Palestinians and people seeking peace, freedom and dignity around the world a bold, truth-speaking heroic leader.

For most men and women who’ve become knowledgeable about the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict, successful, mutually agreed upon resolution of the decades-old, seemingly intractable differences between the two peoples is the ultimate key for bringing peace to the entire Middle East region.

A considerable percentage of men and women involved with issues of human rights, war and peace, international relations and equality among the world’s people believe a resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict is key to creating the conditions for establishing peace on Earth.

Unfortunately, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – instead of publicly acknowledging and agreeing with the UN Secretary General’s urgent plea to stop settlement expansion, for determined international effort which results in a long-awaited and sought agreement where two states live side-by-side in peace – responded that Ban Ki-Moon’s statement would “encourage terrorism”.

The recent success of the P5+1 negotiations over Iran’s peaceful nuclear program provides the perfect template for resolving the similar decades-old Israel-Palestine conflict. The same nations which participated in the Iranian negotiations can easily reproduce that successful effort to arrive at a peaceful agreement between Israelis and Palestinians. Will Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and United States’ leaders rise to the historical occasion, siding with Ban Ki-Moon’s wise reasoning, and publicly advocate for P5+1 negotiations over Israel-Palestine?

Considering the massive amount of human suffering which people have experienced in the Middle East since 1948 and establishment of the state of Israel, and considering the current violent state of affairs in the region, the potential positive-result answer to that question should come very easily: “absolutely yes”. The innocent men, women and children of the Middle East, whose lives have been too often torn apart by wars due to their being born on lands under which exists massive natural deposits of oil and natural gas, deserve true peace.

Dr. Edward Said put forth tremendous effort while he lived to bring peace to Palestinians, Israelis and all people in the Middle East. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon is calling for peace now in 2016, and he calls on the international community to make it happen.

The late Edward Said and Ban Ki-Moon, along with millions of men and women around the world – joined by a rapidly increasing number of others with every passing day – have called on all with good hearts to act now in the interest of peace. Who on Earth can argue against peace?

(Thank you to Palestine Diary at YouTube)

Edward Said delivering a lecture at the University of Washington in 2003, the year he passed away.

(Thank you to Nizar Abboud at YouTube)

Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at the United Nations in 2016.

UN’s Geoffrey Feltman On Israel-Palestine: ‘We Can No Longer Accept This Reality.’

by Jerry Alatalo

“Look gently on each other, and behold the world in which perception of hate has been transformed into a world of love.”

“The holiest of all spots on Earth is where an ancient hatred has become a present love.”

A COURSE IN MIRACLES

cropped-world-map1.jpgAlphabet Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs of the United Nations Geoffrey Feltman addressed the Security Council recently about increasing tensions and violence between Israelis and Palestinians. These developments come one year after last summer’s Operation Protective Edge, where for 51-days Israel’s military carried out what some have come to perceive as genocide against the Palestinian people living in Gaza.

After the killing, violence and bombing stopped last August, over 2,000 Palestinian men, women and children had perished, and when United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon saw the results in Gaza he thought the destruction was like something out of World War II. The Secretary General, speaking at a meeting of the world’s nations for raising the billions of dollars required to, once again,  rebuild Palestinian homes and businesses after massive bombing and destruction by the Israeli military, told all who attended the meeting, “Let us make this the last time”.

Only a small percentage of the billions of dollars pledged at that meeting have actually been delivered, and very little reconstruction has taken place in Gaza in the twelve-month period since Operation Protective Edge ended in August 2014. Palestinians in Gaza have over the past twelve months lived in extremely harsh conditions, the international community has not honored commitments made to provide financial help to rebuild, and now people in the region face the risk of a repeat of Operation Protective Edge and the seeming bi-yearly Israeli military bombardment of Gaza.

The Palestinian people could be compared to the boxer in movies who receives blow after blow after blow on the ropes, but refuses to lose no matter the pain his opponent inflicts upon him. Boxing metaphors aside, the United Nation’s Geoffrey Feltman is entirely right to say “We can no longer accept this reality”.

Mr. Feltman points out that Israeli decades-old illegal destruction of Palestinian buildings and homes, forced displacement of Palestinians, and construction of settlements in the occupied territories has continued despite calls for a halt of illegal actions from an increasing number of people from around the Earth.

Many long-time observers of Israel and Palestine believe the United States government has the power to end the 70-year confrontation by sanctioning Israel through the cutoff of $3 billion/year in aid (primarily military), but, instead of taking that action to bring about a lasting resolution to the conflict, recently upped the annual aid to Israel by $1.5 billion.

One can only describe circumstances related to the recently negotiated P5+1 Iran nuclear agreement as astonishing in that the country of Iran has long-renounced possession of nuclear weapons because such weapons are in direct contradiction of Islamic law, while most observers understand that the state of Israel possesses anywhere from 100-400 nuclear weapons. Part of that astonishment derives from the fact that President Barack Obama, when asked if Israel possesses nuclear weapons, was unwilling to respond with the truth and say “yes”.

Given another instance of increasing tension and risk of escalating violence in Israel-Palestine, as well as ongoing and seeming endless war in the Middle East region, the number of people around the world who agree with Geoffrey Feltman that “we can no longer accept this reality” is growing rapidly, and that includes finally resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict, ending war in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, etc., and establishing a nuclear weapons/weapons of mass destruction free zone across the entire Middle East region.

Under-Secretary General Geoffrey Feltman said the following about the once-again precarious, current Israel-Palestine situation, but his sentiments also apply to the region as a whole. Mr. Feltman spoke to the reasons for repetitions of violence in the West Bank and Gaza, and strongly suggests the time to end the violence is now.

“(Recurring acts of violence are the) inevitable product of the failure to make the tough choices necessary to resolve the conflict. They are the ramifications of the failure to prioritize the pursuit of a shared future built on trust rather than fear. We can no longer accept this reality. It is time to reverse the perilous tide we are now facing, and restore – to Israelis and Palestinians alike – the hope that is in danger of being stifled by those promoting their hate-driven agendas.”

Men, women and children in the Middle East have been on the ropes taking punches through wars for far, far too long. Literally millions have perished over time, while many millions more have become forced to live their entire lifetimes with the horrific consequences. If powerful moral action is not taken, many more will die and suffer.

Humanity must now rise to the occasion and become like the referees who, mercifully, place their bodies between the boxers – to end the suffering.  

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(Thank you to Nizar Abboud at YouTube)