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Israel and Palestine – The Never Before Campaign

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Interesting video just sent in via email. It comes from the Never Before Campaign YouTube Channel:

U.S. non-profit invests tax-free millions in East Jerusalem land

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Interesting article on how one group is evading US taxes as a tax-exempt non-profit organization. What are they doing with the money collected? They’re buying up Arab-owned land in East Jerusalem… clearly something quite political in nature. Non-profits, however, are forbidden from engaging in such activity.

Here’s the link:

==> U.S. non-profit invests tax-free millions in East Jerusalem land

Cynthia McKinney “Kidnapped” by Israeli Forces

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Pay special note to the comment about the difference between the corporate media response to the pirates in Somalia, the recent British-Iranian run-in, & this incident… very, very different responses.

A humanitarian aid ship which set sail for the Gaza strip has been seized by occupying Israeli forces today. The Israeli military abducted 21 human rights workers from 11 countries including former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and Noble laureate Mairead Maguire. The passengers and crew, though traveling in international waters, were forcibly dragged toward Israel.

Update: Cynthia McKinney has since been released… I wonder how much she’ll be allowed to say…

US Activist Needs Brain Surgery After Being Injured By Israeli Military

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

I find this story interesting on several levels…

  • 1 – It highlights one individual. Usually our media highlights one individual when that individual is Israeli. It’s bittersweet to see someone with individual coverage when they are protesting Israeli apartheid and aggression. I look forward to the day when our media cover one individual Palestinian or one Palestinian family.
  • 2 – Crowd control measures and anti-protest measures are not benign. I am tired of media coverage that mentions “rubber bullets” and “tear gas” as afterthoughts.
  • 3 – The reason for the protest was actually mentioned… although probably not enough. “They traveled to the West Bank to rally against the Israeli-erected barrier that could cut off Palestinian villages from valuable farmland.” No mention of starvation, inequality, military occupation, etc. No mention that the land belongs to families that depend on it for food.
  • 4 – There were no quotes from people that would inflame the situation even more. Usually there’s what appears to be a deliberate attempt to get emotion reactions from both sides of any conflict… to give the appearance of objectivity… but we know better. Conflict sells. And finding the most emotional, irrational, non-articulate person to speak is par for the course. It’s nice to see an article (despite tragic news) that is not hitting par.
  • 5 – The comments that follow the article are disgusting… from both ends of the spectrum.

Here’s the link:

==> U.S. activist Tristan Anderson ‘hanging by a thread’ after being injured in protest on Israel border <==

Worth Revisiting – Israeli Lobby in US

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

As Iran comes into focus again, it may be time to revisit the Zionist lobby’s role in US Foreign policy. Check out this video from

“In the study ‘The Israel Lobby & U.S. Foreign Policy’, the authors of the paper, Professor Stephen Walt of Harvard University and John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago, charge that the United States has willingly set aside its own security and that of many of its allies in order to advance the interests of Israel. In addition the study accuses the pro-Israeli lobby, particularly AIPAC of manipulating the U.S. media, policing academia and silencing critics of Israel by labeling them as anti-Semitic.”

Here’s a transcript of the video, if you’re interested:

==> Study Alleging Dominant Influence of Israeli Lobby Sparks Heated Fallout <==

And here’s a video going over AIPAC’s pressure for war with Iran…

Boycotting Israeli Goods Having Effect

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

OK. With the amount of emails that I get swamped with every day, it is hard to really quantify what has value and what does not. I find myself increasing my filters for what I open and what I choose to delete. And, then of course, there are those emails that you open and find a list of recipients a mile long… The message has been cycled and recycled several times. With those, I usually click open and click delete almost in under one breath.

However, I might allow a certain type of email, or blog post, or Twitter tweet through my filters a little more frequently, now. And that is the boycott Israel email. This company supports them, that company is owned by a Zionist. I never know how much to trust the sources of those emails. The cynic in me imagines a corporate exec sitting in his penthouse office laughing at the Muslims for circulating untruths he started about his competitor… remember those La Muhammad emails about Coke? C’mon. Do you really believe that someone put that much thought into the logo?

Anyway, this is all one big, long-winded way of saying… good job. Jazakum Allahu khair. It appears that your/our efforts at boycotting Israeli goods and corporate sponsors is being felt. Here’s a link to someone named Tony Greenstein’s blog with words of encouragement:

==> Boycott of Israel is Starting to Bite <==

And here’s a link to an excerpt from Jews sans frontieres (an anti-Zionist blog):

==> Israeli economist (Shir Hever): boycotts beginning to bite <==

If this blog post is true, jazakum Allahu khair. If it is not true, jazakum Allahu khair. Either way, it’s all about your intentions to please Allah by doing your part to end suffering and injustice in the world – wherever it may be.

Israeli Snipers Shooting At Unarmed Farmers and Internationals

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

These videos were posted at Palestine Think Tank in an article by Mary Rizzo. Israeli snipers fire on unarmed farmers and internationals. They keep shooting despite mega-phone announcements that they were firing on “unarmed civilians”. See for yourself…

They might claim that they were rubber bullets or something, but they are still high-speed projectile steel balls with a thin covering of rubber. They’re still deadly and the people they are shooting at are unarmed and clearly do not pose a threat. The international peace workers are even wearing fluorescent colors to stand out.

Don’t tell me that these soldiers don’t know what they are firing on.

Is A Major War A Possibility In 2009? The Historical Antecedents

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

I do not mean to inflame an already uncertain and fearful public, but when you look at history, economic decline preceded the major World Wars. Well, this article from Dr. Frederic F. Clairmont (a prominent Canadian academic and researcher) cites several factors – Arms Races, Israel and the Middle East, US-China Relations, the financial markets, and the dynamics of overproduction. When taken together, these things point to a potential for war on a large scale.

But then again, take a look at the world right now… there already is war on a large scale.

Anyway, here’s the link: Is A Major War A Possibility In 2009? The Historical Antecedents

Keep in mind though… we should not be worriers, talkers, or time-wasters. Worrying about these things, wasting time discussing world politics in our gatherings, etc… all useless. What we should be worrying about are the things we can control and the things we will be asked about on the Last Day. Financial crisis, Sino-US relations, arms races, political outcomes in Israel… I’m not going to be asked about any of those.

In fact, now that I’ve typed this… it got me thinkin’ about some of the things I will be asked about. And one of those things is my relationship with my neighbors. I’m going to invite my neighbor over for dinner… finally, after 5 years of living here. What are you going to do?

Israeli Apartheid Week Posters Banned

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Carleton University and the University of Ottawa have banned the posting of Israeli Apartheid Week Posters. You can read more here: Second Canadian University Suppresses Free Speech Rights and Bans Israeli Apartheid Posters

Here’s a quote from the above link on what you can do about it:

We call on student organizations, social justice groups and concerned
individuals around the world to support students at the University of Ottawa
and the broader fight for freedom of expression.

Please take the following actions:

Email/Fax/Call the President of the University of Ottawa, Allan Rock,
demanding that he immediately restore the Charter rights of students and
send a copy of your message of support to the Director of the Communications
Office, Andree Dumulon. Please send a copy of your letter to

Allan Rock: email, fax (613)562-5103, phone

Director of communications: email, phone (613)562-5800
ext. 315