The price Afghanis pay for US drug trafficking

Afghanistan (Steve McCurry) Nov 7 2014

When US-NATO invaded Afghanistan in October 2001, the rationale was retaliation for 9/11, to hunt down Osama bin Laden hiding in a cave & kill him, & to rout out Al-Qaeda & kill them. We’ve heard several other reasons as the US extemporizes it’s way through an illegal occupation for now 13 years. While Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said the US should “get the people who attacked us” but she never explained why that entailed bombing out the whole country & facilitating drug trafficking. Obama called the war the necessary war but he’s never explained what it is necessary for.

Now we’re told the US continues to run thousands of drone sorties to help the Afghan government build up their own military & build Afghan institutions so the country has good governance–because we all know from the Pentagon that Afghanis are too primitive to do it themselves without the prod of massive bombing. That also explains why US military planes fly tons of drugs out for processing in other countries.

Switch & bait has become an invaluable propaganda device; during Israel’s Operation Ethnic Cleansing in Gaza Zionists beat it to death asking why over a million people around the world marched in solidarity with Palestinians but paid little heed to Syria. They emphasized their point by comparing death figures between Gaza & Syria. This was not an expression of solidarity with the people of Syria either against Assad or the US but an attempt to make Palestinian solidarity activists appear anti-Semitic.

Although Palestinian solidarity protests dwarfed those against US wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, & elsewhere, the antiwar movement never made such detestable comparisons but was among the most active builders of Palestinian solidarity. There was no axe to grind, no ulterior motives involved, no second-guessing of political movements, but only an understanding of the connections & the need for solidarity.

The important question of why the antiwar movement is so weak when the need is so great has not been sufficiently addressed in any political venue so that activists can understand & not be discouraged. But Palestinian solidarity forged new allies, new collaborations, & brought in tens of thousands of new forces who can help regenerate not just the antiwar movement but the entire movement for international solidarity. The gospel & iron law of social transformation is “An injury to one is an injury to all!”

This photo of a bombing victim in a Kabul hospital shows the price Afghanis are paying not to keep the streets in the US safe from Al-Qaeda but to keep them flooded with illegal drugs from the international drug trade which the US government facilitates. That is not a matter of conspiratorial speculation but is fully documented, including by Congressional hearings held by John Kerry.

(Photo by Steve McCurry)

Beam me up, Scottie: Part 2

Karl Rove Nov 7 2014

Our man Rove looks like an overgrown Boy Scout & a complete putz. In the words of another Texas putz, Senator Lloyd Bentsen, “Karl Rove, you’re no cowboy!” Now you know why in Texas dumb-assed Democrats look so good in comparison. It answers all your questions about George Bush–& then some. But it does raise other questions better left unanswered about the political character of Texans.

Beam me up, Scottie!

John Boehner & Mitch McConnell (J. Scott Applewhite:AP) Nov 6 2014

Somebody is always badgering me about ridiculing the elite, whether it’s Betty Windsor’s mutant clan or politicians. I like to pretend it’s political satire when it’s just plain old garden variety scorn. But hey, what’s fair is fair! Or should I frankly say, we have reason to be alarmed. These two bozos–& there’s no way anyone can call them handsome–are US senators Boehner & McConnell. I’d say this calls for a lot more than ridicule; I’d say we have reason to panic. These guys are what some refer to as “lesser evils” but they’re indistinguishable from Beelzebub & Lucifer–or more aptly, circus clowns. Beam me up Scottie!

(Photo by J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Slanders against the Hong Kong movement for democracy

Hong Kong protest art Nov 6 2014 (from BBC)

Although Hong Kong protests for democracy continue after nearly a month & a half, there is relatively little coverage & almost no photojournalism of a very significant movement for democracy directly challenging Beijing control. Thousands of protesters continue an Occupy encampment blocking traffic in key sections of the city.

China, for obvious reasons, is conducting a campaign to smear the movement as bankrolled & orchestrated by the US & various left groups have made a mockery of theoretical analysis by echoing this campaign. This has been reflected in media reports also.

It is not inconceivable that Beijing, in league with the Hong Kong tycoons, would attack protesters even more aggressively than they already are. Solidarity with protesters is essential & the vicious & misguided political campaign to discredit their cause cuts across that.

This issue of baiting social movements & even the Arab uprisings is important to understand. Because if international solidarity is destroyed with slanders, there is no hope for social transformation. I repost my response to these slanders to discredit those who don’t know their ass from their elbows about political movements:
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“Many articles insist the Hong Kong democracy movement is orchestrated by the US State Department, because the National Endowment for Democracy (NED)–which is a US government agency likely chock full of CIA operatives–fed money to some organizations & activists. Those who make these allegations have read too many John LeCarre novels or listened too much to Alex Jones–& have participated in politics too little. Of course the US government is involved; they have vested interests in the outcome. But suggesting these protests are CIA street theater rather than a profound social movement for democracy is politically shabby & plays into the hands of reaction.

The CIA & other US agencies have a long-standing policy of intervening in political movements all over the world. There are volumes written on this, some books now decades old. All the most important social movements (including the US Civil Rights, women’s, labor, antiwar, & socialist movements) are/were infiltrated by provocateurs using bribery, blackmail, & other corrupting practices. It’s what undercover operatives do. That does does mean the entire movement is compromised nor does it render the entire movement bankrupt.

Too much has been written by conspiracy thinkers claiming the Arab uprisings are a sting operation of Mossad & the CIA; many circulated rumors that the Brazil anti-World Cup protests of millions were taken over by fascists; competing political forces have made a cacophony of dissenting analyses of Syria & the Ukraine. Now, based on a shred of evidence & massive speculation, some are on a band wagon denouncing the Hong Kong movement because the NED dished out dough to some participants. Does it surprise anyone that Beijing is making the exact same claim?

Some people who make these claims about the Hong Kong protests are Maoists, shamelessly attempting to cover for the undemocratic regime in China. Many are libertarian thinkers who have no respect for working people as the agents of social transformation & think they are only pawns in international espionage. Where will this nonsense end!? Those who don’t recognize the compelling realities of a mass social movement demanding democracy need to get out of the game & take up crocheting. Conspiracy models of social uprisings serve reaction, not justice. In many ways it’s just a shade away from the Zionist claim that Hamas rockets are the problem in Gaza rather than Israeli apartheid & ethnic cleansing.

In 1968, the Soviet Union invaded Czechoslovakia to suppress the movement for democracy called the Prague Spring. Both Soviet & capitalist media reported the movement as anti-socialist–of course because that deceit served the interests of both. It justified suppression for the USSR & it discredited socialism for the US. But what the movement was demanding was democracy; they wanted democratic freedoms & the end of a police state. The point of the comparison is that misrepresenting & discrediting progressive movements is an old game that always plays into the hands of reaction, undercuts solidarity, & buttresses continued tyranny.

So who are these protesters in Hong Kong? They’re students, union organizations, & unaffiliated working people. Likely a section of them are even anti-communist & identify capitalism as democratic. Call it heresy, but that doesn’t invalidate their struggle for democratic suffrage one iota. They’ve been out on the street now for nearly three weeks (since Sept. 28th), setting up an Occupy encampment in Admiralty, the central business district & venue of financial institutions & government buildings. They also set up encampment in Mong Kok, a major commercial district with high end retailers & catering to the tourist & entertainment industry, particularly the sex industry, with brothels, massage parlors, nightclubs, & bars run by criminal cartels.

Democracy activists paralyzed commerce & traffic in both districts with makeshift metal, bamboo, & umbrella barricades. Since billions of dollars of business are transacted in Hong Kong & at least 44 banks were closed due to protests, business analysts are worried about the negative economic impact of the protests. Some alarmists speak of the need for financial markets to move to Singapore to escape the instability; some are concerned foreign investors will shy off. A few expressed indignation at the illegal character of the protests which defy a local ordinance that protests of more than 50 people must have police permits. It’s a good thing those analysts are good are making money because they stink at politics.This could be taken as a petulant & pissy complaint. But of course, it’s because they answer to the capitalist tycoons who run Hong Kong like a mafia. What’s regrettable is they differ so little from the Chinese “socialist” regime.

The People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese government, issued a condemnation on October 1st which also calls the movement “an illegal gathering” which is “disrupting social order & harming Hong Kong’s economic livelihood.” It goes on to threaten that if the protests continue the “consequences will be unimaginable.” When you have the untenable situation of Hong Kong called “one country, two systems” & you can’t tell the difference between the two political systems, & when you have ostentatious wealth juxtaposed to thousands living in basement chicken coops, you gotta ask, ‘just where does the socialist side of that equation manifest’? And you have the cauldron that foments revolution.

It’s not certain which of the two systems governs Hong Kong’s riot cops because they act just like the ones at Tiananmen Square in 1989 & those we’ve experienced in all the political uprisings around the world. Starting last Tuesday, police using pepper spray & tear gas moved on the Admiralty & Mong Kok encampments, drove out the protesters, & armed with bolt cutters, chainsaws, & sledgehammers, dismantled the barricades.

Media has been reporting about scuffles between democracy activists & disgruntled local residents or supporters of the Beijing regime who counter-protest, attempt to remove the barricades blocking the streets, & attack the protesters. Let’s get real! They’re more likely to be goon squads hired by the brothel owners or bouncers at the local strip clubs than neighborhood people or political reactionaries. Multinational businesses can’t ply potential clients with booze & prostitutes if they have to traverse barricades & encampments to get to the brothels.

Protesters using the umbrellas that have come to symbolize their movement as weapons & shields against pepper spray & tear gas battled with riot cops & retook Mong Kok on Saturday morning. They retook Mong Kok, but do the protesters stand a chance of forcing the regime’s hand? Will political power in Hong Kong remain in the hands of a tiny elite of capitalist tycoons in league with the undemocratic regime in Beijing? Maybe for now they will only squeak out minor concessions; maybe Beijing will continue to let capitalist tycoons run the place. But a movement has emerged, the forces of social transformation have assembled. If that wasn’t making Beijing & the tycoons sweat bullets, Beijing would not have put up an internet firewall to prevent millions of discontent Chinese on the mainland from witnessing the undoing of the monstrosity called “one country, two systems.”

For our part, we salute the protesters in Hong Kong & extend our fullest solidarity.”

(Photo from BBC; the movement expresses itself in street art using the umbrella, iconic of their movement, as a motif)

Selfies and the soul

Bahrain selfies (Mohammed Al-Shaikh:AFP) Nov 6 2014

There’s a very special artistic genre called “selfies” & you never view them without admiring the vanity of human beings. Which apparently is immense, as it is hilarious. Before the selfie, who knew this closet vice was so extreme?

These are Bahraini Muslims in the village of Sanabis posing for their selfie. They’ve just been through a few years of wrenching social upheaval & extreme police repression but why let that stand in the way of vanity?

You’ve gotta love the follies of the human race.

(Photo by Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP)

US solidarity with 43 disappeared student teachers in Mexico

McAllen protest Nov 5 2014

Tens of thousands continue protests across Mexico demanding the government find the 43 student teachers disappeared on September 26th. They chanted: “They took them away alive & alive we want them back.” In Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero state where the students disappeared, protestors blocked all three highways leading into the city for several hours. Protestors elsewhere plan to “seize” toll booths on federal highways. Classes were suspended at universities across Mexico including 52 campuses in & around Mexico City. This is only the first of three days of planned protests.

Yesterday federal cops arrested the fugitive mayor of Iguala (where the assault & kidnapping took place) and his wife who have long been suspected of ties to organized crime & are now accused of ordering the hit on the students. Of course the drug-associated corruption doesn’t stop there but goes all the way to the top where pretty-boy president Enrique Peña Nieto presides over what is quickly becoming a narco-state & a model of neoliberal catastrophe.

The US is up to its eyeballs in bankrolling & providing logistic support to the Mexican military–which has killed over 60,000 civilians & disappeared over 26,000 people in the past 8 years under the guise of the war on drug trafficking. We don’t know if those figures include the thousands of undocumented immigrants from Central America murdered & disappeared. The Mexican regime can’t explain why in the same period drug production & trafficking has increased substantially. Marijuana production alone is reportedly up 35% since the beginning of this travesty.

Because the US is so involved in Mexico, it is important for people here to rally in solidarity with the disappeared & beleaguered students & teachers who are in the leadership of this struggle.This photo is a solidarity rally held today at the Mexican Consulate in McAllen, Texas on the border with Mexico. Once again, honor was paid to the disappeared by holding up their photos & lighting candles for each one.

(Photo by Gladys Ornelas)

Chuckles in Mexico

Chuckles (Chris Jackson:Getty Images) Nov 5 2014

The usual explanation for conflict between Palestinians & Israel over the Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem is religious. That is, that the site is the third holiest in Islamic tradition & the holiest in Judaic tradition since it is claimed to be the original site of Solomon’s Temple said to have housed the Ark of the Covenant but destroyed in 587 BCE. It also plays a role in Christian tradition since the Mosque was taken over by Crusaders (1099) & used as horse stables & headquarters for Templar Knights. The Judaic & Christian claims are hardly compelling; they’re more akin to farce.

Even if it was the site of the temple (there is no archaeological evidence for this despite repeated excavations), this would not give Judaism a historic or religious claim any more than those of Celtic heritage can lay claim to the Rhineland where they originated. As for claiming old horse stables from the ill-begotten Crusades as a religious site, the diplomatic person would call that “grasping at straws.” The rest of us are rolling on the floor laughing in scorn. Does anybody really think they’re going to ride to heaven on that one?

There was an actual temple on the site between 516 BCE & 70 CE, when the Romans destroyed it. The Al-Aqsa Mosque has been there since 705 CE. The dispute around Al-Aqsa is part of Zionist attempts to create a religious heritage that does not exist in any meaningful way to justify destruction of the mosque. The only religion that has a claim to that site is Islam. All the other claims are baloney.

When Israel was established in 1948, East Jerusalem (where Al-Aqsa is located) came under the control of Jordan but was occupied by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War. After that war, Zionists under the leadership of Rabbi Shlomo Goren (the chief rabbi of the Israeli military & later chief rabbi of Israel) began cut & pasting Biblical verses to claim the area for building another temple. In 1983, Goren & several other rabbis claimed to have seen the Ark of the Covenant in an excavation under the mosque when in fact nothing but a few shards & animal bones have ever been found. The Zionist regime had the good sense to seal the chamber with cement so no further inspections could make fools of their right-wing rabbinical squad.

Constructing a third temple requires the destruction of Al-Aqsa but the real intention of course is to destroy all Palestinian claims to Jerusalem. To accomplish this, Zionist myth-makers began courting allies among right-wing Christian dispensational Evangelicals with an Apocalyptic theology that takes Biblical prophecies literally that the second coming of Jesus will be heralded by the reestablishment of Israel & the construction of a third temple.

After the 1967 war, Evangelical fiction writers began speculating how Al-Aqsa could be destroyed: Hal Lindsey wrote “Late Great Planet Earth” (in 1973), an end-time prophecy of famines, wars, earthquakes, Antichrist rule, & Armageddon war preceding the second coming; Salem Kirgan wrote “666” (in 1970), where the Antichrist vaporizes Al-Aqsa with a ruby laser ring; Charles Colson wrote “Kingdoms in Conflict” (in 1987), where American Evangelicals bankroll Israeli Zionists in blowing up the mosque. This is where fiction & right-wing politics shade into derangement. But they make clear the shared commitment of Zionists (& here the crackpot wing is indistinguishable from the others) is to destroying Al Aqsa.

As a result of Zionist collaboration with dispensationalist Evangelicals, many Zionist Christian groups have been formed in the US & elsewhere; many members of the Lost Tribes of Israel have been identified by Evangelical missionaries in Peru, Ethiopia, India, & elsewhere to promote settlements in the West Bank (here fiction shades into idiocy); sister-city relationships have been forged with Zionist settlements; thousands of Evangelicals pilgrimage & march in Jerusalem every year; in 1969, one Australian Evangelical attempted to torch the mosque. Most importantly, Israel & AIPAC have developed strong religious allies among Christian nut cases.

The profound sarcasm in this alliance is that the religious vision of dispensational Evangelicals requires the mass conversion of Jews to Christianity–or their annihilation in the battle of Armageddon. It doesn’t get more anti-semitic than that. Or more repugnant. What the hell would Jesus say!?

And those are the reasons why Israel continues to prevent Palestinian access to Al-Aqsa but still allows right-wing Zionists to guide tours of the mosque; why they militarily attack Palestinians defending their rights to the mosque; & why defense of the mosque is part of the struggle against Israeli apartheid.

Here Israeli riot cops prevent a Palestinian man from entering Al Aqsa for prayer (last Friday). Males under 50 have long been barred access to the mosque & must pray in the public streets. Israel ordered the mosque closed down for all after the shooting of an ultranationalist Zionist who campaigns for Jewish prayer rights at the site.The Palestinian suspect was killed by cops in a shootout at his home. Why they suspected the young man is not certain but it doesn’t take much & Israeli authorities figure murdering mere suspects will spare the expense of one of their kangaroo courts.

Support Palestinian justice by boycotting all Israeli products (barcode beginning 729); by supporting the cultural boycott of Israel; by demanding “No US aid to Israel!”

(Photo by Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images)

What the conflict over Al-Aqsa mosque is really all about

Al Aqsa (Gali Tibbon:AFP:Getty Images) Nov 3 2014

The usual explanation for conflict between Palestinians & Israel over the Al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem is religious. That is, that the site is the third holiest in Islamic tradition & the holiest in Judaic tradition since it is claimed to be the original site of Solomon’s Temple said to have housed the Ark of the Covenant but destroyed in 587 BCE. It also plays a role in Christian tradition since the Mosque was taken over by Crusaders (1099) & used as horse stables & headquarters for Templar Knights. The Judaic & Christian claims are hardly compelling; they’re more akin to farce.

Even if it was the site of the temple (there is no archaeological evidence for this despite repeated excavations), this would not give Judaism a historic or religious claim any more than those of Celtic heritage can lay claim to the Rhineland where they originated. As for claiming old horse stables from the ill-begotten Crusades as a religious site, the diplomatic person would call that “grasping at straws.” The rest of us are rolling on the floor laughing in scorn. Does anybody really think they’re going to ride to heaven on that one?

There was an actual temple on the site between 516 BCE & 70 CE, when the Romans destroyed it. The Al-Aqsa Mosque has been there since 705 CE. The dispute around Al-Aqsa is part of Zionist attempts to create a religious heritage that does not exist in any meaningful way to justify destruction of the mosque. The only religion that has a claim to that site is Islam. All the other claims are baloney.

When Israel was established in 1948, East Jerusalem (where Al-Aqsa is located) came under the control of Jordan but was occupied by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War. After that war, Zionists under the leadership of Rabbi Shlomo Goren (the chief rabbi of the Israeli military & later chief rabbi of Israel) began cut & pasting Biblical verses to claim the area for building another temple. In 1983, Goren & several other rabbis claimed to have seen the Ark of the Covenant in an excavation under the mosque when in fact nothing but a few shards & animal bones have ever been found. The Zionist regime had the good sense to seal the chamber with cement so no further inspections could make fools of their right-wing rabbinical squad.

Constructing a third temple requires the destruction of Al-Aqsa but the real intention of course is to destroy all Palestinian claims to Jerusalem. To accomplish this, Zionist myth-makers began courting allies among right-wing Christian dispensational Evangelicals with an Apocalyptic theology that takes Biblical prophecies literally that the second coming of Jesus will be heralded by the reestablishment of Israel & the construction of a third temple.

After the 1967 war, Evangelical fiction writers began speculating how Al-Aqsa could be destroyed: Hal Lindsey wrote “Late Great Planet Earth” (in 1973), an end-time prophecy of famines, wars, earthquakes, Antichrist rule, & Armageddon war preceding the second coming; Salem Kirgan wrote “666” (in 1970), where the Antichrist vaporizes Al-Aqsa with a ruby laser ring; Charles Colson wrote “Kingdoms in Conflict” (in 1987), where American Evangelicals bankroll Israeli Zionists in blowing up the mosque. This is where fiction & right-wing politics shade into derangement. But they make clear the shared commitment of Zionists (& here the crackpot wing is indistinguishable from the others) is to destroying Al Aqsa.

As a result of Zionist collaboration with dispensationalist Evangelicals, many Zionist Christian groups have been formed in the US & elsewhere; many members of the Lost Tribes of Israel have been identified by Evangelical missionaries in Peru, Ethiopia, India, & elsewhere to promote settlements in the West Bank (here fiction shades into idiocy); sister-city relationships have been forged with Zionist settlements; thousands of Evangelicals pilgrimage & march in Jerusalem every year; in 1969, one Australian Evangelical attempted to torch the mosque. Most importantly, Israel & AIPAC have developed strong religious allies among Christian nut cases.

The profound sarcasm in this alliance is that the religious vision of dispensational Evangelicals requires the mass conversion of Jews to Christianity–or their annihilation in the battle of Armageddon. It doesn’t get more anti-semitic than that. Or more repugnant. What the hell would Jesus say!?

And those are the reasons why Israel continues to prevent Palestinian access to Al-Aqsa but still allows right-wing Zionists to guide tours of the mosque; why they militarily attack Palestinians defending their rights to the mosque; & why defense of the mosque is part of the struggle against Israeli apartheid.

Here Israeli riot cops prevent a Palestinian man from entering Al Aqsa for prayer (last Friday). Males under 50 have long been barred access to the mosque & must pray in the public streets. Israel ordered the mosque closed down for all after the shooting of an ultranationalist Zionist who campaigns for Jewish prayer rights at the site.The Palestinian suspect was killed by cops in a shootout at his home. Why they suspected the young man is not certain but it doesn’t take much & Israeli authorities figure murdering mere suspects will spare the expense of one of their kangaroo courts.

Support Palestinian justice by boycotting all Israeli products (barcode beginning 729); by supporting the cultural boycott of Israel; by demanding “No US aid to Israel!”

(Photo by Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images)

Egypt: the southern flank of Israeli apartheid

Egypt demolitions Oct 31 2014

This photo of the Egyptian army blowing up homes on the Egyptian side of the Gaza border is proof positive the US gets it’s money’s worth out of the $1.5 billion in annual military aid to Egypt–military aid used to buttress authoritarian rule in Egypt & Israeli control over Palestinians in Gaza. On Tuesday, authorities ordered Egyptians living along the border with Gaza to evacuate so they could blow up their homes to set up a buffer zone “to stop weapons & militant trafficking” between Egypt & Gaza. This keeps Egypt as the southern flank of US policy in the region & enforcers of the Israeli embargo on Gaza. Egypt also indefinitely closed the Gaza crossing so Palestinians cannot leave. This is a noose around the necks of Gazans.

The buffer zone will include water-filled moats 500 meters (1,640 feet) wide along the 13 kilometer (9 mile) border between Egypt & Gaza. It’s not sure if they’ll be throwing alligators into those moats just to make sure nothing goes in & no one comes out of Gaza. The purpose of the buffer zone & the moats is to thwart tunnel diggers, a vital way Palestinians smuggle in medicines, foods, & other vital needs banned by the Israeli embargo. Under the Morsi regime, those tunnels were flooded with sewage; under Israel’s Operation Ethnic Cleansing, most were bombed out.

Egypt also claims this is to keep Hamas from meddling in Egyptian politics by supporting “Islamic militants” fighting the regime. Hamas remains the all-purpose whipping boy to justify barbarisms against Gaza. But isn’t the traiterous Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas in charge now in Gaza? Shouldn’t that ease restrictions rather than tighten them up?

The worst of it is the Egyptian uprising expressed fullest active solidarity with Palestinians which is one reason the US Pentagon worked so laboriously with the Egyptian generals to undo the uprising. Israel cannot survive without militarizing the entire region in its defense. Neoliberal policy in the Middle East has turned Israel into an unstable armed fortress & bastion of reaction & social hatred rotting at its core.

The Israeli embargo is war by other means against Gaza; it is an ethnic cleansing device of barbaric execution. It must be politically opposed & exposed for all the world to see. That is where the cultural & economic boycott (BDS) of Israel comes in. Let’s speak frankly: those stunted political minds who oppose BDS because it will hurt the working class of Israel have their heads stuck up the nether regions of Zionist barbarism & after Operation Ethnic Cleansing should extract their heads & hang them in shame.

Build the boycott of Israel & continue to demand “No military aid to Israel!” “No military aid to Egypt!”

(Photo from BBC; photographer not identified)

The Israeli “chickenshit” and “Arab Rock Throwers”

Arab Rock Throwers (2) Oct 30 2014

Netan-psycho is reportedly bristling that a US official called him a “chickenshit” which means a worthless, contemptible, & cowardly person. It seems so wrong to let him get off describing only the best side of him. How could they ignore that he’s also deranged? For what he did in Operation Ethnic Cleansing in Gaza, for the ongoing embargo of Gaza, & for what he’s doing in the West Bank he qualifies as a monster & war criminal in a league with Bush, Obama, Pinochet, & all the other contemptible murderous figures in human history.

Palestinians in the West Bank stand unarmed before one of the mightiest military machines in the world with only rocks to defend themselves. Now Netan-psycho is pushing to stiffen punishment for rock throwers which would include financial sanctions on the parents of rock throwers, 10 years in jail for throwing rocks at moving vehicles, & 20 years in jail for throwing rocks at moving vehicles with intent to injure. Throwing rocks at an Israeli soldier means 5 years in jail.

The report in the Israel National News (which is run by nutcake religious Zionists) claims the rock throwers have caused serious injury & even death, including to “scores of Israeli children & infants”. One wonders why there’s been no coverage of these deaths even in Zionist media which is prone to invention & exaggeration when it comes to Palestinian self-defense. The article, which favors the new sanctions, says they’re not just hurling rocks but fist-sized rocks, bricks, chunks of concrete, & cinder blocks. What treachery & insolence against bulldozers, armored wheel loaders, tear gas, skunk bombs, grenades, rubber bullets, & live ammo!

The punishment for Palestinians, including little kids, for throwing rocks has always been draconian. Hundreds of kids & teens are sitting in the Israeli gulag for throwing rocks against Zionist settlers & their military protectors who poison Palestinian wells, assault them, pull up their olive trees, expropriate their lands.

For our part, we salute the rock throwers for incredible determination & fearlessness because they are sitting ducks for being shot or arrested–& that includes Palestinian children.

Build the hell out of the cultural & economic boycott of Israel (barcode beginning 729) & demand “No military aid to Israel!”

(Photo entitled “Arab Rock Throwers” from Israel National News)

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