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The decision to ban Finkelstein hurts us more than it hurts him.

The above sentence says it all! Finkelstein will go on, he will survive this semi ordeal, he comes from ‘survivors’, he is one as well….

But can Israel survive such idiotic policies? THAT is the question. How long will it be before the world wakes up to the FACT that Israel is not at all ‘the only Democracy in the Middle East’… in fact, it is not even a Democracy!

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”, the immortal words taken from FDR’s first Inaugural Address are very fitting in this instance…. but the question remains, Just what is Israel afraid of?
The answer is simple… THE TRUTH!

Israel does not want the truth to be known… the whole concept of zionism would lose whatever credibility it thinks it has…. It is people like Norman Finkelstein that will make that happen one day… that’s why the following is asked;

Who’s afraid of Finkelstein?
By Haaretz Editorial

On Friday morning, the State of Israel refused to allow Prof. Norman Finkelstein, an American Jewish political scientist, to enter the country. Finkelstein was arrested at the airport and questioned by the Shin Bet security service for several hours. A day later, it became known that he had been banned from entering Israel for 10 years, for security reasons. Finkelstein managed to meet with a lawyer, who told him his chances of changing the decision were slim. When the Shin Bet decides that someone constitutes a security risk, the courts do not intervene.

According to the law, both in Israel and in other countries, no one has an intrinsic right to enter a country of which he is not a citizen. Immigration authorities have the power to keep a tourist from entering the country for reasons known only to themselves, and do not even need to provide an explanation. In Finkelstein’s case, the disturbing issue is neither the legality of keeping him out nor the authority to do so, but the reasonableness of the decision. Considering his unusual and extremely critical views, one cannot avoid the suspicion that refusing to allow him to enter Israel was a punishment rather than a precaution.

It is difficult to sympathize with Finkelstein’s opinions and preferences, especially since he decided to support Hezbollah, meet with its fighters and visit the graves of some of its slain operatives. But that does not mean he should be banned from entering Israel, since meetings with Hezbollah operatives do not in themselves constitute a security risk. True, the right to enter Israel is not guaranteed to noncitizens, but the right of Israeli citizens to hear unusual views is one that should be fought for. It is not for the government to decide which views should be heard here and which ones should not.

The decision to ban Finkelstein hurts us more than it hurts him. Every once in a while, the state suffers an attack of excessive sensitivity regarding its visitors. In 2002, it was Romanian flautist Gheorghe Zamfir who was kept out of the country by the Interior Ministry. The interior minister at the time, Eli Yishai, explained that Zamfir had expressed anti-Semitic views and that his entry into Israel would “hurt Holocaust survivors.” Avraham Poraz, who succeeded Yishai, overturned the decision.

When the person refused entry is Jewish, the absurdity is even greater. After all, Finkelstein could realize his right to immigrate to Israel as a Jew, in accordance with the Law of Return. Since he is Jewish and has no criminal past, it is doubtful whether he could be prevented from receiving Israeli citizenship.

The Shin Bet argues that Finkelstein constitutes a security risk. But it is more reasonable to assume that Finkelstein is persona non grata and that the Shin Bet, whose influence has increased to frightening proportions, latched onto his meetings with Hezbollah operatives in order to punish him.

And the decision is all the more surprising when one recalls the ease with which right-wing activists from the Meir Kahane camp – the kind whose activities pose a security threat that no longer requires further proof – are able to enter the country.


Almost to the day… plus 75 years, nazi style atrocities take place in Israel…. similar to those that happened in Germany.

1933… Germany…

In a symbolic act of ominous significance, on May 10, 1933 the students burned upwards of 25,000 volumes of “un-German” books, presaging an era of state censorship and control of culture. On the night of May 10, in most university towns, nationalist students marched in torchlight parades “against the un-German spirit.” The scripted rituals called for high Nazi officials, professors, rectors, and student leaders to address the participants and spectators. At the meeting places, students threw the pillaged and unwanted books into the bonfires with great joyous ceremony, band-playing, songs, “fire oaths,” and incantations.

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2008… Israel…
Orthodox Jews set fire to hundreds of copies of the New Testament in the latest act of violence against Christian missionaries in the Holy Land.

Israeli authorities and Orthodox Jews frown on missionary activity aimed at Jews, though in most cases it is not illegal. Still, the concept of a Jew burning books is abhorrent to many in Israel because of the association with Nazis torching piles of Jewish books during the Holocaust of World War II.

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When will this madness stop? Has humanity not learned a thing? Will they ever??

Has the time not come for SOMEONE to teach the lesson before all of the mistakes of history are repeated?


I received an email from a reader which I must share…. in it he asked for feedback on the subject, I am sure there are others that would be interested in this….

The email follows…

I’m curious to know if you are aware of any censorship issues within the Google search engine itself?

I was born in Lebanon, grew up in the States, and recently (four years ago) returned to live here….I have been keeping a diary http://www.inquisitor.com/NYDiary/ and I recently opened up my pages to google, and noticed a jump in hits and then–nothing.

below is the story….any feedback is greatly appreciated!




Recently I signed up for “Google analytics”, which allows you to monitor who is hitting your pages and see what keywords are “working” and if there are any problems with your pages.

It helped me mostly to clean up my code and page identification; I couldn’t care less about the commercial aspects of things. I made a few changes to how the site was working, including removing a global ban on “robots” searching through the whole site and not just the front pages.

Google quickly came in and sucked up everything.

And I noticed the hits going up, especially on the search term “Beirut diary”, which made me glad–I was determined to get a spin-free version of things out there….in fact, because the site in general is linked from the outside a lot, “Beirut Diary” had my pages #1 in Google searches on the term.

But then something weird happened. Instead of progressing with the other keyword searches, the Beirut searches stopped. Meaning, no searches on “Beirut diary” bring up anything from the web site before the third or fourth page in their search listings.

I was thinking this was their algorithm that prefers commercial web sites, but then it wouldn’t make sense that it “all of a sudden” shifted.

Unless they are monitoring this stuff.

I’m still trying to figure it out, and *perhaps* there is some weird algorithmic answer, but I still find it very strange.

Below is a graph that was included in the mail… http://www.inquisitor.com/

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The view from Jerusalem

By Linda Haddad in Jerusalem

Al Jazeera’s Linda Haddad took to the streets

of Jerusalem and visited Bethlehem’s Aida

refugee camp to ask Arabs, Jews and

Christians for their thoughts on the

Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This is what they

had to say….

Abdullah Hamad Oda, Jerusalem,

restaurant owner

What used to be a five
minute journey to work
now takes Abdullah
45 minutes

Peace is never going to happen

because the Jews don’t know

peace. [The Israelis] would not

build this wall in front of my

restaurant if they wanted peace

with me. [The Israelis] just want

to take our land and what am I

supposed to do?

The Arab traitors who claim to be our

leaders have not done anything for [the Palestinians].

How can we do anything? Nothing comes out of

our hands. All of the Arab leaders are traitors …

we need a leader like Salahuddin so he can free

us from the Israeli occupation.

Now we are just waiting for God to do what he can

do and no one else. We can’t depend on anyone.

The Palestinians are trapped and we can’t do a thing.

They put up this [wall] to take our land because it

is an inconvenience to us. I live in Jerusalem and

my restaurant is [in Ram]. It used to take me five

minutes to drive to my work everyday before this

wall was put up. Now it takes me 45 minutes, if

I’m lucky. This is not peace, I am sorry, it is just not peace.

Uri Givoni, Modiin, tour guide

Uri believes the Palestinian
refugees of 1948
made a mistake by leaving
their homes

I generally believe that the past should stay in the past.

Many people make mistakes in their lives and they think it is reversible and it is not – it is not reversible on a personal level, national level or a political level.

Leaders and families made a colossal mistake by leaving their homes in 1948. They believed what the radio stations were saying – the propaganda of the Palestinian

radio stations telling the Arabs in this region

to leave their homes.

[Palestinian refugees of 1948] made a colossal

mistake and that’s it.

Asher Biton, Jerusalem, candy shop owner

Asher says Jews and
Palestinians can
live together

All what is going on here is from the big heads and they complicate things.

If I need to go to the old city I should be able to go. [Arabs] come to [Mahaney Yahude market] and I don’t mind it.

You see, we all live among each other and I don’t mind it. It is possible because it is happening as anyone can see. Jews and Palestinians can all live together.

This conflict is all political.

One day, I really hope we can have

peace – we need it.

Drew (withheld his last name), Arizona, student

Drew believes integration
is the key to
understanding between
Jews and Palestinians

I am an American Jew and I came to Jerusalem on a visit through the Birthright group.

I think the best chances for peace in this region is for the Israelis and Palestinians to live more among each other.

They need to integrate and then maybe they can understand one another, instead of them living in separate areas.

Also, a lot of what [Israelis and Palestinians]

believe is not of their own understanding or

experience. They tend to believe what other

people have been telling them all the time.

They need to live among each other and integrate

and then they will realise they have a lot more in common.

Joseph and Betty Lukinsky, American Jews,

Jerusalem, retired professor and a volunteer

Betty says the Palestinians
should have a state
but must recognise
Israel’s right to exist

Joseph: If the Palestinian people stop terrorising Israelis, then Israel will stop the occupation and then we can all have peace.

The Arabs had many chances to create a Palestinian state.

Abu Ibil said: “The Arabs never loose an opportunity to loose an opportunity.” You know they lost out on the Arab partition plan – they lost it by refusing it – and then [the Arabs] attack Israel and Israel has won each

war with the Arabs.

The first thing the Palestinians need to stop doing

is firing the rockets into Israel, then they need to

recognise Israel – then there might be a chance

for peace.

Betty: Oh the Palestinians should really have a

state of their own. I really wish the best for both

sides but the Palestinians just need to recognise

Israel’s right to exist.

They should become our partners. It is the people

with power on the Palestinian side that do not care

about their own people.

They should put their money into infrastructures,

proper housing and water, better schools, things like that.

We really do get along with the Palestinians here,

and we hope the best for them. The Arabs at this

bakery I go to are the most sweetest men.

The man who fixes things in our home is a Palestinian

and we have become just dear friends.

We hope we can see peace in our lifetime.

Tony Sabella, Jerusalem, tour guide

Palestinian refugees have the absolute right to

return to the 1948 borders.

This shouldn’t be an odd thing to people. Every human

being has a born right to return to their homeland,

where they were born.

Never ever, no past should be forgotten. No one

can tell any Palestinian they do not have a right

to their homeland.

Peter Sara, Jerusalem, waiter

Peter says the
situation is one of
war not occupation

Never forever! You want to know why? I want your whole hand, and you give me a few fingers from your hand.

Can’t be peace, but we must live all together all the time – no solution.

Maybe in the year 3000 you might see peace.

This is not an occupation – this is a war! King Hussein made a big mistake – he gave

the land to the Jews.

Yasser Arafat went and came like a

yo-yo – he did nothing!

The political place is dirty. So you see,

this is a war and we are never going to

have peace. No solution.

Nasser Abu Sbeih, Jerusalem,

restaurant owner

Nasser does not believe
Palestinian refugees
will ever be
allowed to return

The Palestinian refugees of 1948 never will be back to Palestine. Israel won’t let them be back.

There is room for all of the refugees but Israel says there is no room. We would like for them to be allowed back to their homes. They are our families – we want to be with our families.

There will be more and more Jews in this land. The Israeli government bring people

from Russia, Poland, Ethiopia and promise

them a home, a job if they convert.

If Israel allowed the Palestinian refugees to

come back, that would mean by 2050, if we

are all allowed to vote, the president of Israel

will end up being an Arab and Israel today

does not want that.

If Israel is a democracy and they let everyone vote,

Israel will become an Arab country, not a Jewish one.

And this is why Israel will never let the refugees return.

Hamdi Jwalis, Jerusalem, gift and

souvenir shop owner

Hamdi says there
is room for a
two-state solution

It is a simple answer – if you change all of the leaders in the Arab world, then we may have peace with Israel.

What is taken by force from you should be taken back by force.

If [the Palestinians] stay the way we are now we will be all kicked out of our homes very soon.

The Jews bring in other Jewish immigrants and take

our land. Where are we going to go?

There is room for a two-state solution. Everyone

fairly takes their parts of land and is treated fairly.

When I walk out of my store and a young soldier

asks for my Israeli identification and does not treat

me like a citizen, then there is something wrong.

Treat me like a citizen – all they want to do is

give [Palestinians] a hard time when we walk outside.

Ezedadin Iz Eddin Abdel Men’em El-Shaikh Qasem,

Jerusalem, spice shop owner

Ezedadin asks how he can
have peace with the
people who took his
home from him

No, no. [Peace] is forbidden with the Jews and you want to know why? It has nothing to do with religion. They came here to my home where I am living, and they take it. How can I have peace with them when they have taken my home away from me?

I am a refugee from Lid. If I took [George Bush’s] home what would the US do? What would the American people do?

Everyone is hungry for their land. Palestinian

refugees’ land is being farmed by Jews and they

make a lot of money from it, and what do the

refugees get from their land being farmed?

Nothing – we are hungry.

If the Americans want us to live in peace with

the Jews, why don’t they try giving their land

to them first? We had nothing to do with the

Jews – they were never our enemy – we were

not responsible for the Holocaust.

I have all my papers to my home still in Lid and

I can prove which home is mine but the Jews

have it now.

If I want to send money to my family in Gaza,

they question me. We have no rights.

Israel? What is Israel? It is a name of a prophet,

not a land. This is bad.

I do not care what Bush says, this is our land.

I live in Bethany and it takes me two hours to

get to Jerusalem so I can work in my spice shop.

You know why it takes me that long? Because of

the wall the Jews built and the check points.

My mom is 85 years old and in a wheel chair.

At the check points they make me take her out

of her wheel chair so they can scan her through

a machine. I will take you to the check point and

show you this machine – is this peace?

Teresa Harris, Atlanta, Georgia US,

insurance claims adjuster

There is only one solution to achieving

peace and that is Jesus Christ, the prince pf peace.

Until Jesus comes, there will not be peace.

There will not be real and lasting peace.

Jesus died for the Jews, the Gentiles, and for

the Muslims. He died for the sins of this world.

This hatred between the two here is coming

from demonic powers and not from Jesus.

He will bring peace.

Before he returns there will be a big revival

and everyone will recognise in the Messiah.

Maysa (withheld her family name),

Jerusalem, social worker

If the Israelis and Palestinians want peace for

sure then peace will happen.

With everything going the way it is now –

like in Gaza. I mean, Israel won’t even recognise us.

They don’t even see a Palestinian. They need

to recognise us first. Israel needs to see me –

why can’t they see me? Do I not exist?

When I exist in their eyes, then we can all live in peace.

Hagop Antreassian, Jerusalem,

ceramic and pottery shop owner

Hagop says the conflict is
a global issue with
Jerusalem at its centre

Justice – with justice will come peace.

We have to educate for peace, justice and co-existence, educate the now generation and the unborn child.

There is lots of hatred and lots of blood. But when you educate the masses, your work on policy becomes easy.

The way we educate our children must change. Peace just doesn’t come from here.

It’s not just an Israeli Palestinian issue –

it’s a global one.

They have to solve the Jerusalem issue –

the centre of the conflict. We have peace talks

on everything except Jerusalem. And who ever

claimed Jerusalem never got it. Jerusalem has

always exchanged hands because it never belongs

to any one person. It is forbidden to belong to a nation.

It belongs to humankind.

I really don’t think I will see peace in my lifetime.

Ghada Azzeh, Aida refugee camp,

volunteer at the women’s centre

in Aida refugee camp

Ghada says both Palestinians
and Israelis must seek peace
for the sake
of their children

If there was no government for both sides, we might be able to make peace between us. The politicians are the ones who complicate things.

You know, sometimes, we think there will never be peace, but we have to believe in peace if we want our children to live life to the fullest.

And if I want this for my children, for the

Palestinian children, then I must want it too

for the Israeli children too – all have to think like this.

Palestinians and the Jews must think for each other

and not just for themselves to achieve peace.

But it is the governments and people who have

power who don’t think this way.

Michael Newman, Jerusalem,

business consultant

Michael says the Palestinian
leadership needs
to stop missile attacks
on Israel from Gaza

From the Palestinian side, we need leadership to sit down, plan, organise and build something. Palestinian leadership need to build infrastructures for their people: better schools, hospitals, roads.

The Palestinians also need to stop the missiles attacks coming out of Gaza, control their fanatics, and again, build something for the betterment of their people.

On the Israeli side, we are going to honour to

the letter the issue of settlements.

The success of Zionism was one nation, one army,

not a bunch of factions. So you see, Palestinians should

stop being victims and should live up to their obligations

of peace negotiations.

Cary Jarrett, Dallas, Texas, retired

From a biblical perspective, this land belongs to the Jews.

Like it says in the good book, from the

Euphrates to the Nile, this land

Cary believes there will
only be peace when
everyone accepts that the
land belongs to Jews


to the Jews.

And only when everyone accepts these words will there be peace – lasting peace in Israel.

As a Christian Zionist, I am here to help the Jewish needy and to do my part in making sure this land belongs to the promised people, our friends, the Jews.

Diana Ayad, Aida refugee camp,

stay at home mother

Diana talks about the strains
of everyday life
for Palestinians in Aida
refugee camp

Let me tell you about the complications and the stress the Israelis put us through every day, and then someone can tell me if we have a chance for peace.

Look at this wall the Jews built, trapping us like we are not human at all. Our children used to run to the other side and play. With this wall there is no room for children to run around freely and play like kids.

My cousin lives on the other side of this wall and

has some medical problems – she needed to do a

surgery. We wanted to accompany her to hospital

before she did her surgery to wish her well – the

Israelis would not let us leave to the other side –

they never approved our permits.

One of my daughters graduated college, she had

a perfect score. She can’t find a job in this town,

and she’s not allowed to leave it so she can’t find

a job outside.

The Israelis will turn the water off on us throughout

the weeks. Water is life. Can you live without water?

Days go by without water and we have to preserve

the little we have for drinking and cooking. So there

are days where we can’t even shower.

But we have it easy on this side – look at what is

happening to our brothers and sisters in Gaza?

You think there will be peace anytime soon?

I don’t think so.



When it comes to Israel , Europe is hypocritical, submissive and obsequious
Comment by Khalid Amayreh in Ramallah

In comparison to the madman in the White House, Europe may look less bellicose, less confrontational and less unreasonable in its overall approach to contentious international issues.

However, when the issue is the Palestinian plight, the US and Europe look very much like tweedledee and tweedledum.

In recent months and years, European leaders from Germany’s Merkel, to France’s Sarkozy, to Britain’s Brown and Italy’s Berlusconi were shamelessly pandering to Israeli savagery to the extent of embracing relentless Israeli criminality against the Palestinian people , including the ongoing genocidal ethnic cleansing in the occupied Palestinian territories, particularly in the Gaza Strip.

True, the European tone of speech often sounds less odious especially when compared with the unmitigated saber-rattling coming from Washington. But, in the final analysis, the outcome in both cases is similar. In fact, the US and Europe collaborate and even collude to effect the same unethical goals often by playing the old game of Mutt and Jeff (good cop and bad cop), with their persecuted victims, whether in Palestine, Sudan or Iran.

But Europe has been playing the “good-cop role” so miserably that many people in the Middle East ( I am speaking of ordinary people, not the dignity-free American puppet regimes) are wondering whether Europe, too, has been taken over by the war-minded neocons.

To be sure, no Palestinian or Arab is demanding that Europe, especially countries such as Germany, adopt a hostile stand toward Israel.

However, European states, including Germany, should, regardless of all other considerations including the heavy legacy of the holocaust, make it abundantly clear to Israel that blockading the Palestinians, starving them and killing them are criminal acts that go far beyond the pale of what is acceptable.

Some European officials do make occasional statements criticizing Israeli atrocities and draconian actions against helpless Palestinians. However, European reluctance to act on these statements suggests that the EU is not serious about adopting an honest approach to Palestinian question.

If Europe wants to be serious and honest with regard to Israel’s manifestly criminal behavior in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip, it should tell the thuggish Israeli leadership that the strangulation of Gaza is as evil as the strangulation of the Ghetto Warsaw in 1943.

It should tell Israel that starving and tormenting and killing innocent people under the pretext of punishing Hamas for not recognizing the manifestly criminal state is incompatible with the international law and human decency.

It should tell Israel that strangling the Palestinian economy in the West Bank by erecting more than 500 Nazi-like roadblocks outside every Palestinian town, village, hamlet and refugee camp is a crime against humanity which Europe can’t tolerate.

Europe should tell Israel that barring tens of thousands of Palestinian intellectuals, journalists and writers from traveling abroad is unacceptable.

Israel routinely indulges in every conceivable violation of Palestinian dignity and human rights, and Europe is not unaware of the situation as hundreds of European observers, monitors, diplomats and activists based in the occupied Territories regularly communicate to their capitals the bleak reality of the Israeli occupation.

Hence, European inaction or reluctance to call the spade a spade so long as Israel is concerned is not due to ignorance of reality in Palestine, but rather to a willful European decision to play blind, deaf and dumb and look the other way, thus effectively leaving the Palestinians alone to face their fate at the hands of a state that is very much a crime against humanity.

In recent weeks, Israel said it would build thousands of fresh Jewish-only settler units all over the West Bank, including occupied Arab East Jerusalem. This constitutes a brazen violation of the Quartet-sponsored “roadmap” and the spirit of the entire “peace process” between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

And while the decision drew angry reactions from some peace-minded Israeli circles, such Gush Shalom (Peace Bloc), the capitals of Europe were totally silent.

To be honest, French Foreign Minister Bernard Koshner, who is a Jew, criticized the colonial expansion during a investment conference in Bethlehem in the West Bank last week. However, the cordial embrace of Israel by French President Sarkozy seems to have convinced the Israeli leadership that whatever criticisms of Israeli crimes uttered by the French foreign minister should be dismissed outright as insincere PR ruse geared toward Arab consumption.

On May 23, the United Nations reported that the number of Israeli roadblocks in the West Bank increased by 7 per cent since Last September. This is despite repeated pledges and undertakings by the Zionist state to ease Palestinian movement.

The UN office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Jerusalem reported that the overall number of roadblocks and other barriers increased from 566 on September 4, 2007, to 607 on April 29, 2008. Israel, the report said removed 103 obstacles, but constructed 144 new closures.

Again, there has been no word of condemnation from the capitals of Europe, the very capitals that been boycotting the Hamas movement for refusing to recognize the legitimacy of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and genocidal ethnic cleansing of its native inhabitants.

Paradoxically, this shameful silence comes amid a loud chorus of European calls for reviving the moribund Palestinian economy, mainly due to Israeli restrictions on mobility and accessibility.

Tony Blair, the hopelessly dishonest former British Prime Minister has used every conceivable occasion to promote his “economy-first” theory with regard to the Palestinians, mainly in the hope that economic inducements would entice the Palestinians to compromise on such paramount cardinal issues such as the right of return for the refugees and East Jerusalem.

However, despite all his meetings with Israeli officials and highly optimistic pronouncements, all he has been able to achieve is to get the Israeli army to remove one or two roadblocks out of more than 500.

This is the man who has been striving to convince the world that building a prosperous Palestinian economy under a Nazi-like Israeli occupation was a choice worth pursuing.

Needless to say, a morally-inconsistent European approach toward the Palestinian plight doesn’t auger well, neither for Europe nor for the world at large.

Indeed, if Europe, along with the US, continues to allow the “forces of the jungle” to determine the rule of the game (international politics), then all states will have to draw their conclusions because survival is paramount for nations as well as individuals. And if strength only respects strength, then everyone will have to be strong or risk extinction or at least enslavement by the powerful.

I am saying this because what America and Europe seem to be telling the Palestinians is that as long as you are weak, you will continue to be killed, raped, persecuted and starved to death, otherwise you’ve got to settle for a life of perpetual enslavement by the “chosen people.”

Some states, such as Iran, have already got and internalized the message, and sooner or later, other states will follow suit.

Is this the ideal world Europe would want to see?

PHOTO OF THE WEEK ~~ 25/5/08

Israel prepares for peace with Syria

Israeli tanks maneuver in the Golan Heights
Photo: AP



Words by Mark Twain

Illustrations by the United States Government

Compiled by Michael Rivero

of What Really Happened

“O Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth to battle — be Thou near them! With them — in spirit — we also go forth from the sweet peace of our beloved fire sides to smite the foe.
O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells;
help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead
help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain;
help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire;
help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst,
sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it
— for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet! We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him Who is the Source of Love, and Who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen.”

— Mark Twain, “The War Prayer”.

From another angle, a photo of the Iraqis killed by the invaders while trying to surrender.

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Israeli authorities imprison, deport and ban Jewish professor from Israel

by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC News

Norman Finkelstein, a prominent U.S. Professor who is an outspoken critic of the Israeli occupation, was denied entry into Israel Friday, and banned from the country for ten years.

Professor Norman Finkelstein
Professor Norman Finkelstein

The Israeli government claims that Israel is the state of all Jews worldwide, but have a history of denying entry to those Jews who are outspoken in their criticism of Israel. Finkelstein was forced to resign from his post at DePaul University in Chicago, in the U.S., last year, after U.S. Zionists began a campaign of defamation against him.

The campaign against Finkelstein came after he published a book called “The Holocaust Industry”, in which he made the case that there is a contingent of people and groups within the Jewish community that use the memory of the Holocaust for their own political gain, and to silence criticism of Israel’s policies.

Finkelstein also wrote “Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History”, in which he challenges the ideas of pro-Israel zealot Alan Dershowitz. Finkelstein argued in the book that some proponents of Israel, including Dershowitz, misuse the term ‘anti-Semite’ in order to stifle dissent on the question of Israeli policies.

On Friday, when Finkelstein arrived at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, he was taken aside for questioning, and then placed in a holding cell overnight before being deported to the U.S. He told the press, “I was kept in a holding cell at the airport for approximately 24 hours. It wasn’t a Belgian bed-and-breakfast, but it wasn’t Auschwitz either. I had several unpleasant moments with the guards at the airport and in the holding cell, but since martyrdom is not my cup of tea, I’ll spare you the details.”

He insisted that he is “not an enemy of Israel”, and that Israel has absolutely no reason to exclude him from the country. Said Finkelstein friday, “Apart from my political views, and the supporting scholarship, there isn’t much more to say for myself: alas, no suicide missions or secret rendezvous with terrorist organizations. I’ve always supported a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders.”

Other Jewish critics of Israel, including Jamie Spector, Adam Shapiro, Starhawk, Kate and Raphael Bender, and others, have been deported by Israel over the last several years due to their criticism of israeli policies.


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It is called…. FEAR OF THE TRUTH!

Taken from a comment on THIS post… by RadicalFilms

This Video also shows the reason Israel fears him…. again, because he speaks the truth.


Ironic that a Blog that goes on and on, post after post about and against Internet censorship gets accused of just that.

The following is from my page called ‘Comments Are Not Free’…take special note of the sentence in red…

Comments Are Not Free

any form of racism including (real) antisemitism…

any zionist propaganda …

any form of sexism…

obscenities of any kind…

personal attacks on myself or anyone that comments…

Disagreements are welcome, discussions are welcome, but any of the above will not be published…. so save yourself the time and effort and stop sending them.

Call this censorship if you like, call it anything you want… but learn to live with it! Comments are not free on this Blog!

To be attacked by zionists for my views is to be expected.. to have so-called friends do it is a completely different matter. One so-called ‘friendly blogger’ is obviously not happy with my policy on comments and posted the following on his blog… Wake Up From Your Slumber. Read the post if you like, but be warned that it is quite obscene.

Normally I would not respond in any way to such matters, but the Blog in question has a huge readership, and I felt they were entitled to an explanation. To comment on their Blog, one is required to register… is that alone not a form of censorship…. but I digress..

The obscenities are not those of the author, but are taken from emails received by Norman Finkelstein, which appear on his site. Regardless, they are obscenities and will not be posted on my blog. What the author of the post fails to tell his readers is that I emailed him after deleting his comments, a short but sweet sentence…

obscenities will not be posted.

Steve (DesertPeace)

Needless to say there was no response to this, but apparently it angered him enough to post what he did on his blog.

All I can say is that my policies will not be changed by the infantile rantings of one unhappy reader. My blog is here to convey a message, not to insult or turn people away.

As the bottom line of my Comments Are Not Free page states…
Call this censorship if you like, call it anything you want… but learn to live with it! Comments are not free on this Blog!


They say this, but do thatBUT… it’s expected so NOTHING is done about it. It’s like we are dealing with a child, we know he lies, but….
BUT WHAT!!!!! We are literally letting Israel get away with murder! It’s time to put an end to this NOW!
Below is just the latest example of ‘getting caught in the act…..’

UN says more roadblocks were installed by Israel in the West Bank

by Saed Bannoura

The United Nations stated in a press release on Friday that Israel increased the number of roadblocks in the Palestinian territories since September last year although it officially pledged to reduce them.


The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that since September 2007  until April  this year the Israeli army installed 41 additional roadblocks, and that the total number of roadblocks is now 607 while the number was 566 in September last year.

The UN report indicated that Israel erected 144 new checkpoints and removed 103.

The UN added that these roadblocks are restricting the mobility of the Palestinian people and goods and that even UN staff living in the West Bank are affected by these roadblocks as they hinder them from entering Jerusalem.

In spite of Israeli allegations of easing restrictions imposed on the Palestinians, closures, repeated invasions, and roadblocks in addition to the Annexation Wall continue to obstruct the freedom of movement of the Palestinian people and even bar them from reaching the farmlands.

When The US secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, visited the region recently, Israel vowed to remove 50 roadblocks in the occupied West Bank.

The International Community uttered repeated calls on Israel to ease the restrictions on movement as part of peace talks with the Palestinian Authority.

Israel claimed that it removed 61 roadblocks but the OCHA said that the army only removed 44 roadblocks.

These numbers do not include the temporary roadblocks which the soldiers install frequently on Palestinian roads and remove them later on before they install them again in other areas.

The UN report comes shortly after the French Foreign Minister, Bernard Kouchner, slammed Israel for the large number of roadblocks in the occupied West Bank. He stated that these roadblocks are impeding any Palestinian economic development.

The statements of Kouchner came during the Palestinian Investment Conference in the West Bank City of Bethlehem. He stated that Israel is still restricting the movement of the Palestinians and added that Israel must “practice more efforts to ease the restrictions without endangering its security”.

Israel claims that it cannot speed the easing on restrictions of movement “because Palestinian fighters are still posing threats”. Yet, the vast majority of the roadblocks are isolating Palestinian cities, villages and refugee camps from each other and are not even close to the Green Line which separates between the West Bank and Israel.



The only thing realistic about the following headline is the reference to Hillary as Number 2… we all remember what that means from our childhood years 😉

As Race Wanes, Talk of Clinton as No. 2 Grows

Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Friends of former President Bill Clinton, with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton this week in Louisville, Ky., say he thinks that Senator Barack Obama, if chosen as the Democratic nominee, could help unite the party by picking Mrs. Clinton as his running mate.

While Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and her advisers insist that she is determined to win the Democratic nomination, friends of the couple say that former President Bill Clinton, for one, has begun privately contemplating a different outcome for her: As Senator Barack Obama’s running mate.
Read the rest of this rather amusing report HERE


Google is not satisfied with just shutting down anti zionist blogs…. their virus has spread. New targets are now sites that speak of US and UK war crimes in Iraq….

It seems that somebody might be admitting zionist involvement in the Iraq war….

See below to read the message from Google’s latest victim….



This is to report that my blog “EUROPEAN TURKMEN FRIENDSHIPS” has been locked by Blogger this morning, I can no longer add new posts and they threaten to delete my blog!

Obviously, someone did not appreciate me posting articles exposing US-UK war crimes in Iraq , having added URUKNET, The Cat’s blog, France-Irak Actualité, BRussells Tribunal etc. to my favourite blogs and posting some of Layla Anwar’s writings…

The last posts I added were:

Depleted Uranium Shells used by US Military in Iraq

Petition for the Iraqi Prisoners detained in US detention centres in Iraq

Number of Iraqi Deaths due to US invasion

Children in US custody in Iraq held without due process

Communiqués for the Defence of Tariq Aziz

They want us to turn our heads and SHUT UP while thousands of Iraqis and Palestinians are dying because of the OCCUPATION of Iraq and Palestine . Denouncing these atrocities is incompatible with their ‘Terms of Service’ (please see below).

This is the message I found this morning when I wanted to publish a new post:


View Blog in New Window View Blog

1,110 Posts, last published on 21-May-2008

This blog has been locked due to possible Blogger Terms of Service violations. You may not publish new posts until your blog is reviewed and unlocked.

This blog will be deleted within 20 days unless you request a review.

I have requested ‘a review’ and am waiting for ‘their decision’.

Best Regards,


I have started this new blog because my first blog : EUROPEAN TURKMEN FRIENDSHIPS which I started in March 2007 has been locked by BLOGGER.

Some of the Web sites censored by Blogger & Google:

A Mother From Gaza
An Arab Woman Blues
Axis of Logic
Crimes and Corruptions of the New World Order News
Wake-up From Your Slumber
What Really Happened

Action Alert! Uruknet, one of the most important sources of un-censored news about the occupied Palestinian territories and the Iraq war was removed from Google News on April 24, 2008, and was recently hacked. They are still on line providing important news, but your support is needed. Please visit this link: http://www.uruknet.de/?p=-6&l=e, and send a speedy form letter to google.news. Ask that Uruknet and the other sites be reinstated. The above sites recognize the genocidal repression of the Palestinian people that is being carried out by Israel. A small but very vocal group known as Zionists wants to silence this information. PLEASE POST THIS APPEAL.


By Brad Golding, Australia via
I knew it would happen eventually….but I’m not the type of person that says “I told you so”… especially not to myself…

The doorbell just rang… it was a group of ‘concerned citizens’ from the community with a petition they wanted me to sign. They are bothered by the Muezzin’s call to prayer in the mosque down the hill from where I live. The strange thing was that all three of these ‘concerned citizens’ were supposedly observant Jews, one from the former Soviet Union, one from England and the third from Brooklyn.

I just stood there looking at them, not believing what I heard from them… I said, “you are bothered by a call to prayer…. do you have any idea what is being said in that call?” I then proceeded to tell them…

1 Allah u Akbar, Allah u Akbar
Allah is Great, Allah is Great

2-Ash-hadu al-la Ilaha ill Allah – Ash-hadu al-la Ilaha ill Allah
I bear witness that there is no divinty but Allah

3 Ash-hadu anna Muhammadan Rasulullaah
I bear witness that Muhammad is Allah’s Messenger

Ash-hadu anna Muhammadan Rasulullaah.
I bear witness that Muhammad is Allah’s Messenger

4 Hayya la-s-saleah – Hayya la-s-saleah
Hasten to the prayer, Hasten to the prayer

5 Hayya la-l-faleah – Hayya la-l-faleah
Hasten to real success, Hasten to real success,

6 Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar
Allah is Great, Allah is Great

7 La Ilaha ill Allah
There is no divinity but Allah

I asked them if they knew who Allah is…. the response was “their God”. “Their God???” I responded…. “Not YOUR’S???” I informed them very politely that it was the same Guy they were talking about… and told them that it appeared they were in effect trying to outlaw God in the community.

I reminded them, the Russian in particular, of what happened in his own country when synagogues were closed down and prayer declared illegal in many places…. I asked him if that’s what he wanted to see here. “No!!!, of course not!!! But why do they have to disturb the entire community with their call to prayer?
“Entire community??? Doesn’t that mean EVERYBODY?” …. “Well it doesn’t bother me in the least bit!”
I reminded them that this was going on for centuries…. long before our arrival to their country… it was not something new just to disturb their ‘uninvited’ guests.

I told them that I was disturbed when I hear there is a closure of the Palestinian communities, a closure that prevents the locals from coming to my community to shop for essentials…. sometimes for weeks at a time. I told them I was disturbed watching a wall being built around the communities in question, cutting the locals off from their own families. I told them I was disturbed watching my neighbours acting towards these locals the same way we were treated just over 60 years ago in Eastern Europe… And finally I told them that I was very much disturbed at their attitudes and felt that what they were doing was a very serious action which can only lead to a continuation of the present situation… a situation which at one time was called ‘the final solution’.

Needless to say, I did NOT sign the petition, and at least one of the three won’t be canvassing any longer with the other two…. a small victory in my eyes, but not yet enough to call it the final one….


Remi Kanazi – Poets for Palestine book is released

Illustration by Nasri Zacharia, Day of the Martyr
Palestinian Identity –
By Remi Kanazi

I was born overseas
A refugee
With little knowledge of myself or my ancestry
Growing up in American society
I conformed to the mentality
I watched MTV
Envied actors and people who drove Mercedes
I didn’t listen to Public Enemy or read Edward Said
Comprehend the need for autonomy
I was a dark kid, trying to be a white kid, acting like a black kid
In my middle-class economy
But my mom didn’t speak this language perfectly
And I was reminded with certainty
My name wasn’t Ali or Punjabi MC
Not Khalid, Rashid, or anyone from Aladdin’s family
I was just me

Poets For Palestine, a collection of poetry I’ve been editing for the last two years, is finally coming out!

This is the first anthology to bring together poetry, hip hop, spoken word, and art to pay tribute to Palestine; included are: Mahmoud Darwish, Amiri Baraka, Suheir Hammad, Patricia Smith, Naomi Shihab Nye, D. H. Melhem, Nathalie Handal, E. Ethelbert Miller, Tahani Salah, Ragtop from the Philistines, the N.O.M.A.D.S., Fawzia Afzal Khan, Annemarie Jacir, Ibtisam Barakat, Kathy Engel, Junichi P. Semitsu, Melissa Hotchkiss, Alicia Ostriker, Marilyn Hacker and many more!

Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the dispossession of the Palestinian people, this collection presents 48 poems and includes 31 powerful images created by Palestinian artists. As important, this anthology features a array of ethnically diverse voices who use their words to elevate the consciousness of humanity.

All the proceeds from the book will go toward funding future cultural projects that highlight Arab artistry in the US.

Check out the website for excerpts, sample art, and to pre-order your copy today at www.PoetsForPalestine.com!

Remi Kanazi

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Israeli Authorities demolish apartments in Jerusalem, intend to demolish 22 more

by IMEMC News

Bulldozers belonging to the Jerusalem Municipality demolished on Wednesday a number of flats that belong to two residents in Al Tour Arab neighborhood in East Jerusalem. The Israeli Authorities also handed 22 residents notices of intentions to demolish their homes.


The attack was initiated when Israeli policemen and members of the Border Guards Units in addition to Special Forces, surrounded Al Tour neighborhood and barred the residents from approaching the area.

The family of resident Amin Ibrahim Al Abbasy, stated that Israeli bulldozers demolished their house in Anbar Street without any prior notice.

Ibrahim Al Abbasy said that he was informed on Monday that last year he was informed that Israeli authorities decided to demolish his home, but he was not given an official notice with a set date for the demolishing of his property. He filed an appeal to the Israeli High Court of Justice which in turn rejected it.

Al Abbasy built his home in 1996 and was living in it along with his wife and seven children. It had four apartments, each apartment was 400 square meters and included three rooms and bathroom. Two of the four apartments were completed and two others were still under construction.

Moreover, Israeli bulldozers demolished the house of Majid Zaki Al Salaima, in Al Sahl Street in Jerusalem.

He was not at home and his neighbors phoned him telling him that the army, accompanied by bulldozers, is surrounding his property. He contacted his lawyer who phoned the Jerusalem Municipality and its officials told him that they do not intend to demolish the house. Yet, on the ground, the house was leveled.

The demolished property included two apartments, 85 square meters each, and each apartment included two rooms in addition to bathrooms and living rooms. 14 family members were planning to live in them.

Al Salaima, his wife and their eight children, were planning to live in one apartment while his son Hamza, 35, was planning to live in another apartment with his wife and three children.

He stated that , without any prior notice, municipality personnel hanged a notice on his door informing him with intentions to demolish the house.

He filed an appeal and the municipality decided on February 21, 2008 to demolish his house under the claim that a 30 centimeters of a four meter corner of the house was not including in the original construction plan which was approved by the municipality. He was given a period until July 20, 2009 to license the additional section or demolish it.

Al Salaima added that he demolished the additional section last week and only left a small section to support the rooftop. “I was planning to place a special corner in order to support the rooftop before I remove the additional section”, he stated.

It is worth mentioning that Al Salaima lives in a small house in Shu’fat refugee camp, and had to construct a new house in order to live in with his family. 50.000 Jordanian Dinars was the cost of the construction of the two apartments.

“The occupation is racist, Zionist, does not want any Palestinian to remain in Jerusalem”, he stated, “The Jerusalem municipality discriminates against us, it places the laws and it violates them”.

Moreover, the Jerusalem Municipality issued ordered to demolish 22 houses in Al Farouq and Al Loza neighborhoods in Silwan town, east of Jerusalem. The municipality claims that the houses were illegally constructed.


Empirical evidence George W. Bush is a fascist

Jesse Hemingway

The Republican Party lays claim to represent big business and capitalism I can prove that in fact George W. Bush is a fascist. There are ideological currents within the Republican Party yet capitalism is fundamentally driven by elements of unobstructed business practices by the government and going concern. Economics is a social science contained by certain laws with out these laws it could not be recognized as a specific discipline. Capitalism is a system in which the government is mutual exclusive from industry, business traffic, and economics. Fascism is the integration of the government into one or more of these elements industry, business traffic, and economics. George W. bush is directing the government to intervene in one or more these elements of industry, business traffic, and economics to undermine market forces and economic principles.

George W. Bush has seized dictatorial control and has compromised the United States Constitution by his actions of disregarding the voice of both houses of congress. We the United States are presently in a severe energy crisis the oil industries have recorded consecutive enormous profits. The oil industries are continuing to receive unneeded subsidies from the American taxpayers; for financial relief to the oil industries from when they where also in a similar state of crisis years back. As the American taxpayers are feeling the brunt of this present energy crisis the oil industry refuses to yield their taxpayers subsidies the oil industry has only one person protecting them that is George W. Bush. George W. Bush protection to the oil industry is unreasonable.

Both houses of congress have voted and proposed to transfer the present subsidies the oil industries are receiving to alternative energy programs those programs would enhance a variety of methods of alternative energy while these programs would also increase our vital national security. This is also a principle of economics law of substitutions which is a natural occurring event in ecomomies. Although, this law of substitutions can not occur when the industry that are in competition is either an oligopoly or monopoly which should be recognized by even a C student from Yale in economic that would be George W. Bush. For George W. Bush not to demand the oil industries to relinquish these subsides from the American taxpayers is clearly an act of classical fascism.

Fascism :A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism.

A political philosophy or movement based on or advocating such a system of government.
Oppressive, dictatorial control. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/fascism

What is capitalism?

Capitalism is a social system based on the recognition of individual rights, including property rights, in which all property is privately owned. Under capitalism the state is separated from economics (production and trade), just like the state is separated from religion. Capitalism is the system of of laissez faire. It is the system of political freedom.



May 22, 2008 Ira Jesse Hemingway holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in safety management. He has serving in the U.S. Navy and worked in the chemical industry. He is the author of “Friendly Fire on Holy Grounds: the Stockpile Conspiracy”. In his book Mr. Hemingway investigates a lead left behind by the fallen president John F. Kennedy and invites readers to decide the truth for themselves. For more information, visit www.jfksfriendlyfire.net Also available online at Barns and Noble and Amazon. Read review.


14 Warning signs of Fascism

1. Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism. It was usually coupled with a suspicion of things foreign that often bordered on xenophobia.

2. Disdain for the importance of human rights. Through clever use of propaganda, the population was brought to accept human rights abuses by marginalizing, even demonizing, those being targeted.

3. Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause. The most significant common thread among these regimes was the use of scapegoating as a means to divert the people’s attention from other problems, to shift blame for failures, and to channel frustration in controlled directions.

4. The supremacy of the military/avid militarism. A disproportionate share of national resources was allocated to the military, even when domestic needs were acute.

5. Domestic spying. Secret surveillance of and gathering dossiers on its own citizens.

6. A controlled mass media. Whether directly or indirectly, these regimes exercised power to ensure media orthodoxy. Methods included the control of licensing and access to resources, economic pressure, appeals to patriotism, and implied threats. The leaders of the mass media were often politically compatible with the power elite.

7. Obsession with national security. National security apparatus was under direct control of the ruling elite. It was usually an instrument of oppression, operating in secret and beyond any constraints. Its actions were justified under the rubric of protecting “national security,” and questioning its activities was portrayed as unpatriotic or even treasonous.

8. Religion and ruling elite tied together. Most of the regimes attached themselves to the predominant religion of the country and chose to portray themselves as militant defenders of that religion. Propaganda kept up the illusion that the ruling elites were defenders of the faith and opponents of the “godless.”

9. Power of corporations protected. The corporate structure was a way to not only ensure military production, but also as an additional means of social control. Members of the economic elite were often pampered by the political elite to ensure a continued mutuality of interests, especially in the repression of “have-not” citizens.

10. Power of labor suppressed or eliminated. Since organized labor was seen as the one power center that could challenge the political hegemony of the ruling elite and its corporate allies, it was inevitably crushed or made powerless.

11. Disdain and suppression of intellectuals and the arts. Intellectuals and the inherent freedom of ideas and expression associated with them were anathema to these regimes. Intellectual and academic freedom were considered subversive to national security and the patriotic ideal.

12. “Normal” and political crime were often merged into trumped-up criminal charges and sometimes used against political opponents of the regime. Fear, and hatred, of criminals or “traitors” was often promoted among the population as an excuse for more police power.

13. Rampant cronyism and corruption. This corruption worked both ways; the power elite would receive financial gifts and property from the economic elite, who in turn would gain the benefit of government favoritism.

14. Fraudulent elections. Common methods included maintaining control of the election machinery, intimidating and disenfranchising opposition voters, destroying or disallowing legal votes, and, as a last resort, turning to a judiciary beholden to the power elite.


The old lie that Palestine was dry desert waiting for a people is just that–a lie. This clip for all people to see the Beauty of the Palestinian People before they were ethnically cleansed and murdered and made into refugees by the State of Israel.
Music Joaquin Rodrigo, lyrics Helmut Lotti, sung by Lotti
All Photos (b&w) from

Remembering the Nakba

Sami Bishara Mashney

In 1948, the Zionists violently stole Palestine. This is known as the Nakba
(the catastrophe).

The Independent Monitor

“Daddy, daddy, seedo (grandpa) died, seedo died!”

These were the pleading words, excitedly uttered in March 1999 by my very young daughter and son, frantically running towards me, as I exited my car with a gallon of milk for them to drink which I just purchased from the nearby grocery store.

My father Bishara Mashni (seedo) lived with us in Anaheim, CA after a long journey which started in 1908 when he was born in Ramallah, Palestine. When my father’s health deteriorated, the doctor wanted to transfer him to a “skilled nursing facility.” I was skeptical and I asked a few questions. I was assured that it is not a bad place. So, I agreed. There, I realized that this was a nursing home where powerless unwanted humans are warehoused like chattel. The eyes and facial expressions of the employees were cold, loveless and even maniacal. The residents lacked power, love and affection. They depended totally on the non-existent mercy of the employees. I told my wife Manal that I will not leave my father there and will transport him to my home even if he dies in my car. She agreed. Then, I literally carried my father to my car with his oxygen tank in tow and took him home to die of old age while being respected, loved and surrounded by my mother, sister, daughter-in-law, grandchildren and myself.

Before he died, he spent a few months with us. I installed in his room handrails which he grabbed on to walk around. When he lost his bowel control, I used to immediately clean him up. Every Sunday, I would stand him in the bathtub, holding to the rails and give him a nice warm bath despite his protestations. While cleaning him, I reflected on the fact that I just graduated from changing my toddler children’s diapers and saw myself as an unbreakable link between my parents and my children.

Born in Ramallah, Palestine before the discovery of penicillin, my father was the sole survivor of his eight siblings who, except for my father, all succumbed at very young age to common childhood diseases which are easily preventable or treatable today.

At age 16, my father taught English for the Catholic archdiocese in remote villages in Jordan. A few years later, like many Palestinians pursuing a livelihood, he immigrated to Havana, Cuba where he remained there for 24 years. In Cuba, he worked in the textile industry and published an Arabic-Spanish newspaper called Sawt Al-Sharq (voice of the orient).

His writings in the 1940s were critical and premonitional of the Zionist scheme to steel Palestine from the Palestinians. In 1948, the Zionists violently stole Palestine. This is known as the Nakba (the catastrophe). As a direct result of the Nakba, the majority of Palestinians were transformed from comfortable landowners to penniless dispossessed refugees.

In 1950, my father returned permanently to Ramallah, Palestine and married my mother. They had six children. From that point on, he once again taught English in Palestine and Jordan and also worked as an English and Spanish translator till the late 1970s. He educated many generations and I met many people who, after knowing who I am, told me that my father taught them.

As a young child, I was continuously very sick for four years. My mother tells me that whenever I had to see a doctor, my father would carry me on his back and walks for 12 miles to the nearest doctor.

We all love our parents and I do too. My father had a reputation of unmitigated honesty. My mother told me that once, after being paid by his employer his monthly salary, my father went home to realize that he was inadvertently overpaid ten Jordanian dinars. So, he immediately takes a taxi to his employer and returns the overpayment.

My father instilled in us the value of education and always told me that “education is a weapon. You can lose all your property and belonging, but you will never lose education once you acquire it!”

One question continues to perplex my mind is why did my father in 1967 choose me—out of six siblings—when I was 11 (when Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza) to be his assistant when he buried deep in the ground his treasured old copies of his newspaper Sawt Al-Sharq for fear that the Israelis will harm him if they discovered them. I never asked him that question and it only occurred to me after his death.

Unlike the majority of Palestinians, my father was one of the lucky ones who did not lose their homes and property when the Zionists occupied Palestine in 1948 and 1967 till today and perpetrated the Nakba (1948 catastrophe) and the Naksa (1967 catastrophe) on us.

Growing up in Ramallah, I saw with my own eyes the Laji’een (refugees), who fled their homes and orange groves fearing the advancing murderous Zionist terrorist groups who committed several massacres to scare the Palestinians to flee Palestine and leave it to the Zionists to selfishly have it for themselves alone to create their racist “Jewish” state when the world is moving away from Apartheid and racism. The refugees arrived penniless and with only the items they could carry while trekking the long torturous journey on foot with their children, elderly, the sick, etc.

Whenever I think of my father, I think of all Palestinians who suffered much more than my father did, who, as children, had to sell sticks of gum and Aspirin tablets in the streets to make ends meet, who could not afford to go school and had to menially work as ‘Attaals (human carriers), and carry on their backs other people’s groceries for a few piasters to feed their children and elderly.

These Palestinian people suffered much more than my dad and many died without being respected, loved and surrounded by loved ones. No Nakba movies were made about them like the cathartically countless Holocaust movies made by the same people who supported and continue to shamelessly support the Nakba visited upon us by the Apartheid Jewish state. History is yet to be written and Zionists will be hunted down tomorrow like Nazis have been and are being hunted now. Stay tuned!


May 21, 2008 Sami Bishara Mashney is an American attorney of Palestinian descent and is the publisher of The Independent Monitor, the national newspaper of Arab Americans.


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