where do i begin?

So I have been obsessing about that David Horowitz bit I posted from “Riz Khan” on Al Jazeera English the other day. When you think about it, what Horowitz is engaging in is really Hitler’s “big lie” scheme. I think that the more he says “Jordan is a Palestinian state” the more he thinks people will believe him. It’s ironic, actually, when you think about the fact that he produces a pamphlet used in U.S. synagogues and churches called “Big Lie” which is chock full of pages of lies about Palestine and Palestinians. He’s using the typical Zionist trick of twisting the narrative around so fully to its opposite and repeating the propaganda just enough so that people will believe him.

Speaking of Big Lies, one of Bush’s cronies was on Al Jazeera English’s “Inside Iraq” this week peddling Big Lies about Iraq. I was going to try to transcribe a bit of this–and double check the guy’s name–but it seems that this week An Najah has decided that streaming video is blocked on our campus server (though last week I had no problem doing this). The debate is between Robert Fisk and a man whose name, I believe, is Brad Lakeman (I know his name is Brad, but I can’t recall his last name exactly). But in a nutshell here is what Brad tells us: “America isn’t a colonizing power”; “What we do because of our power, our might is…” help people around the world who call upon us to help others because they can’t help themselves–or something to that effect; and, apparently, the U.S. invaded Iraq because Iraq “violated over 14 United Nations Security Council Resolutions.” Watch for yourself and see–it gets worse:

But if invading another country’s sovereign territory can be rationalized on violation of UN Resolutions someone please tell me why the U.S. has not yet invaded the Zionist state which has a far longer history of this, with far more brutal consequences than Iraq or any other country on the planet. Here is just a sample:

Resolution 252 (1968 ) Israel
Urgently calls upon Israel to rescind measures that change the legal status of Jerusalem, including the expropriation of land and properties thereon.

262 (1968 ) Israel
Calls upon Israel to pay compensation to Lebanon for destruction of airliners at Beirut International Airport.

267 (1969) Israel
Urgently calls upon Israel to rescind measures seeking to change the legal status of occupied East Jerusalem.

271 (1969) Israel
Reiterates calls to rescind measures seeking to change the legal status of occupied East Jerusalem and calls on Israel to scrupulously abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention regarding the responsibilities of occupying powers.

298 (1971) Israel
Reiterates demand that Israel rescind measures seeking to change the legal status of occupied East Jerusalem.

446 (1979) Israel
Calls upon Israel to scrupulously abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention regarding the responsibilities of occupying powers, to rescind previous measures that violate these relevant provisions, and “in particular, not to transport parts of its civilian population into the occupied Arab territories.”

452 (1979) Israel
Calls on the government of Israel to cease, on an urgent basis, the establishment, construction, and planning of settlements in the Arab territories, occupied since 1967, including Jerusalem.

465 (1980) Israel
Reiterates previous resolutions on Israel’s settlements policy.

471 (1980) Israel
Demands prosecution of those involved in assassination attempts of West Bank leaders and compensation for damages; reiterates demands to abide by Fourth Geneva Convention.

484 (1980) Israel
Reiterates request that Israel abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention.

487 (1981) Israel
Calls upon Israel to place its nuclear facilities under the safeguard of the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency.

497 (1981) Israel
Demands that Israel rescind its decision to impose its domestic laws in the occupied Syrian Golan region.

573 (1985) Israel
Calls on Israel to pay compensation for human and material losses from its attack against Tunisia and to refrain from all such attacks or threats of attacks against other nations.

592 (1986) Israel
Insists Israel abide by the Fourth Geneva Conventions in East Jerusalem and other occupied territories.

605 (1987) Israel
“Calls once more upon Israel, the occupying Power, to abide immediately and scrupulously by the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Times of War, and to desist forthwith from its policies and practices that are in violations of the provisions of the Convention.”

607 (1986) Israel
Reiterates calls on Israel to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention and to cease its practice of deportations from occupied Arab territories.

608 (1988 ) Israel
Reiterates call for Israel to cease its deportations.

636 (1989) Israel
Reiterates call for Israel to cease its deportations.

641 (1989) Israel
Reiterates previous resolutions calling on Israel to desist in its deportations.

672 (1990) Israel
Reiterates calls for Israel to abide by provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention in the occupied Arab territories.

673 (1990) Israel
Insists that Israel come into compliance with resolution 672.

681 (1990) Israel
Reiterates call on Israel to abide by Fourth Geneva Convention in the occupied Arab territories.

726 (1992) Israel
Reiterates calls on Israel to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention and to cease its practice of deportations from occupied Arab territories.

799 (1992) Israel
“Reaffirms applicability of Fourth Geneva Convention…to all Palestinian territories occupied by Israel since 1967, including Jerusalem, and affirms that deportation of civilians constitutes a contravention of its obligations under the Convention.”

904 (1994) Israel
Calls upon Israel, as the occupying power, “to take and implement measures, inter alia, confiscation of arms, with the aim of preventing illegal acts of violence by settlers.”

1073 (1996) Israel
“Calls on the safety and security of Palestinian civilians to be ensured.”

1322 (2000) Israel
Calls upon Israel to scrupulously abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention regarding the responsibilities of occupying power.

1402 (2002) Israel
Calls for Israel to withdraw from Palestinian cities.

1403 (2002) Israel
Demands that Israel go through with “the implementation of its resolution 1402, without delay.”

1405 (2002) Israel
Calls for UN inspectors to investigate civilian deaths during an Israeli assault on the Jenin refugee camp.

1435 (2002) Israel
Calls on Israel to withdraw to positions of September 2000 and end its military activities in and around Ramallah, including the destruction of security and civilian infrastructure.

I believe that is far more than 14, the number Brad cites as warranting an invasion. For inquiring minds this came from a list that included other countries’ violations such as Turkey, Morocco, Croatia, and Sudan.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama chose his vice presidential candidate yesterday and Al Jazeera English, though not regular Al Jazeera was all over this story. They broke into the regular news to cover it live. First: am I the only one who is completely grossed out by his–either Obama’s or his fans–cooptation of César Chávez’s “si se pude” or “yes we can” chanting? Obama’s choice–Joseph Biden–has been a big supporter of the invasion and occupation of Iraq and a big-time supporter of the Zionist state. He couldn’t give enough praise to his competitor John McCain yesterday either. And to boot: his son is about to be deployed to Iraq. Ha’aretz has some brief analysis of this suggesting that they are happy with the pick, which does not bode well. Not that it did before. What is nice is a piece Azmi Bishara has in Al Ahram this week on Obama (thanks Tam Tam :-* ).

In other news that Y-net story I posted yesterday was obviously erroneous. As soon as I returned home to Nablus from Al Quds I saw the reports on Al Jazeera (hardly covered on Al Jazeera English, but Al Jazeera 3aidi broke into their evening broadcast–what the English station did for Obama as you can see where priorities like…). Although I don’t support the Free Gaza boat, I have a friend on it so I was worried until I saw that she had arrived safely and was indeed on one of the ships (there is a picture of her on Leila Hadad’s blog). I still am puzzled by and appalled that the boats brought only hearing aid batteries (banned by the Zionist state because supposedly they could be used to make bombs–can’t manure also be used to make bombs?) and balloons. I especially don’t understand that last one. But why couldn’t they have brought, say, anesthesia? I mean, if part of the point is to highlight the siege against Gaza that has gone on, really since the Israeli Terrorist Forces (ITF) pulled their settlements out to relocate them to the West Bank, then why not bring in anesthesia? This, too, is banned by the ITF a clear indication that those kind Israelis Obama and Biden love to cozy up to want Palestinians to feel pain. Bringing in a supply of anesthesia could highlight how bad the siege is and how cruel and inhuman the Israelis are. But balloons. That’s great. I’m sure that’s really helpful. And as much as I hate to say it, Y-net addresses this issue (thanks Tam Tam!).

One final note. Classes actually started today at An Najah University. I taught my first class this morning, a conversation class, and this afternoon I have my drama class. But I want to know one thing: after teaching in English departments in a few different countries now: why is it that the female/male ratio is so imbalanced? I actually thought I had a class full of only women this morning until two men walked in. It makes for an interesting dynamic to be sure. Just wondering.

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