Israel: An Apartheid State? Part 1

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I just completed Former US President Jimmy Carter’s book titled “Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid” for my book discussion group. Carter has gotten a lot of criticism for his use of the term “apartheid”. Anyone who takes a look at Israel’s policies towards the Palestinians will agree that they indeed are a form of apartheid.

Jimmy Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his decades of efforts of seeking peaceful solutions and promoting social and economic justice, and also, is the only US president to have successfully negotiated a peace agreement between Israel and an Arab country (with Egypt in 1979).

But he is not the only person nor the first person to call Israeli policies towards the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories as “apartheid”. It is silly to simply dismiss such criticism as “anti-semitism”.

1. Former Israeli Knesset member and Jewish peace activist, Uri Avnery, gives a striking and detailed comparison:

Uri Avnery: Israeli and Apartheid.

Excerpt:

“The “vision” of Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert amounts to the establishment of a “Palestinian state” that would be nothing more than a string of Palestinian islands in an Israeli sea. It is easy to detect a similarity between the planned enclaves and the “Bantustans” that were set up by the White regime in South Africa–the so-called “homelands” where the Blacks were supposed to enjoy “self-rule” but which really amounted to racist concentration camps.”

2. Israeli Jewish professor Oren Ben-Dor who teaches law and politics in the UK, calls Israeli Apartheid “Core of the Crisis”:

Israeli Apartheid: Core of the Crisis..

Excerpt:

“It is no accident that the barrier being built by Israel in the West Bank is called by Israelis the “gader hafrada”. Like the Afrikaans word “apartheid”, the Hebrew word “hafrada” means “separation”. The Israeli barrier separates Jewish settlements from Palestinian villages, usually also separating those villages from their farmland.”

Gas Prices in the USA

I took this photo on the way to the Grand Canyon (I’ll post some more photos and videos of the trip later) in Arizona. This was on the border of California and Arizona near a place called Needles (CA).

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We can thank Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney for helping make gas prices so high – I’m sure his buddies in Big Oil are very appreciative of his efforts and contribution to the instability in the Middle East.

Israel/Palestine conflict has led to Arab upon Arab fighting. We make it possible by paying billions to Israel to carry out their ethnic cleansing of Palestine. Then not recognizing the legitimately elected government (Hamas).

Iraq is in the midst of a the civil war. Shia shrines being destroyed and Sunni mosques attacked in retaliation. 82% of Iraqis want us out.

While Bush and Cheney threaten to bomb Iran, they also fund the terrorists groups who are against Iran.

Afghanistan – no sign of Bin Laden, but last week American troops bombed a school with children. They would have grown up to be terrorists anyway right, Mr. Cheney?

Move Over Hrithik Roshan, Kashif is Here!

Some people call him “A real life Pakistani Pedro”. A reference to the character Pedro in the film “Napoleon Dynamite”.

Kashif Menon is a sandwich shop manager who came from Pakistan and has lived in the US for six years. He signed up to appear on the show “America’s Got Talent” and actually performed. He’s learnt English, and although his dancing could use a few improvements was able to mesmerize the audience and judges. I guess they’ve never actually seen a Bollywood film.

I thought it was pretty heartwarming, and whatever his faults or no matter how silly it looks it was pretty entertaining and definitely will make you smile. Give the kid a break.

Watch the video below and judge for yourself.

America’s Got Talent is an American reality television series on the NBC television network. It is a talent show that features amateur singers, dancers, magicians, comedians and other performers of all ages competing for the advertised top prize of US$1 million. The show debuted in June 2006 for the summer television season.

U.S. arming Sunnis in Iraq to battle old Qaeda allies

Of all the dumb moves made by the US government in this fake “War On Terror”, this is way up there.

“With the four-month-old increase in American troops showing only modest success in curbing insurgent attacks, American commanders are turning to another strategy that they acknowledge is fraught with risk: arming Sunni Arab groups that have promised to fight militants linked with Al Qaeda who have been their allies in the past.”

Click below for full article:

U.S. arming Sunnis in Iraq to battle old Qaeda allies – International Herald Tribune

Don’t be surprised when these weapons turn on our soldiers. That’s why it is called “blowback”.

In Afghanistan IN THE 1980’S, the US supported warlords and the Islamist groups in their fight against the Soviet Union’s invasion. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Osama bin Laden,were among these who got billions of dollars of funding from the CIA via Pakistan. They received military training from Pakistan too paid by the CIA.

Robin Cook, former leader of the British House of Commons and Foreign Secretary from 1997-2001, wrote in The Guardian on Friday, July 8, 2005,

“Bin Laden was, though, a product of a monumental miscalculation by western security agencies. Throughout the 80s he was armed by the CIA and funded by the Saudis to wage jihad against the Russian occupation of Afghanistan. Al-Qaida, literally “the database”, was originally the computer file of the thousands of mujahideen who were recruited and trained with help from the CIA to defeat the Russians.”

Bin Laden went on to form al-Qaeda and the rest of the Pushtun mujahideen formed what became the Taliban.

The training and arms that that al-Qaeda and Taliban received (courtesy of the US taxpayer) was used against the US when the US soldiers were on the receiving end of US Stinger Ray rocket launchers in 2001.