Palestinians Can Learn From the African-American Struggle




On Reality Asserts Itself, Ali Abunimah, founder of Electronic Intifada, says that Palestinians need to know that even in a country with formal legal equality, the reality can mean mass incarceration, economic inequality and racism …



“I wanna go to Miami” used to be the favourite Jewish wine ….. now it’s “Why don’t they love our occupation and atrocities”?
I told you yesterday that the ‘victim card’ was ready to be pulled out ….. well, here it is.
But first, here’s how the vote went ….

Voted for the resolution: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Comoros, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Honduras, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kirghistan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Qatar, Russia, Russia, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Sweden, Switzerland, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, UAE, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Voted against the resolution: Canada, Czech Republic, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Panama, and the United States.

Abstained: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Colombia, Croatia, Dem. Rep. of Congo, Estonia, Fiji, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malawi, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Poland, Korea, Moldova, Romania, Rwanda, Samoa, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Togo, Tonga, United Kingdom, and Vanuatu.


Israel dragged through UN like a sack through a market

Thursday’s UN vote was the international community’s warning light to Israel, as much as a show of support for the Palestinians. Germany, France, Britain, Italy and other friendly countries delivered messages to Israel with their votes – their patience with the occupation has worn off.

By Barak Ravid
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the United Nations Generally Assembly th UN.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the United Nations Generally Assembly at UN Headquarters, in New York, November 29, 2012. Photo by Reuters

Israel’s leaders competed with each other Thursday over who will utter the most disparaging remark about the Palestinian move in the United Nations. Never have so many press releases been issued over an event that they themselves characterized as meaningless.

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon outdid his peers. “This day is the day of the historic rout of the Palestinians,” Ayalon declared in tones reminiscent of Iraq’s propaganda minister’s boasting victory over the Americans as tanks poured through the streets of Bagdad.

Thursday’s UN vote was the international community’s warning light to Israel, as much as a show of support for the Palestinians. Germany, France, Britain, Italy and other friendly countries delivered messages to Israel with their votes – their patience with the occupation of the West Bank has worn off, they have had enough of settlement construction and there’s no faith in Israeli declarations of hands outstretched in peace and a desire to advance toward a Palestinian state.

Israel’s collapse in the UN and humiliating diplomatic rout is the result of a consistent policy led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It began with his refusal to accept the two-state solution. His speech at Bar-Ilan University, to which he was dragged by American pressure, may have voiced his readiness for the establishment of a Palestinian state, but was never brought to the government for approval.

From then on Netanyahu ran away from any diplomatic initiative presented to him, refused to seriously debate the core issues of a permanent settlement, wasted time by raising excuses and preconditions, and avoided presenting the Palestinians and Western friends with an Israeli peace plan. Without a political initiative, Netanyahu was dragged – and with him the whole country – to the UN General Assembly vote like a sack through a market.

Netanyahu, who boasted of his achievements such as conscripting the world against the Iranian nuclear program and U.S. support for the operation in Gaza, failed to convince the Palestinians and international community that he is serious about the peace process. Most Western leaders do not believe him and blame him for the diplomatic deadlock.

Netanyahu’s claims the Palestinian victory in the UN is a symbolic event that will change nothing on the ground convince no one except for the writers at the Israeli daily newspaper Israel Hayom (owned by Sheldon Adelson, Netanyahu’s staunch supporter). Anyone with eyes in his head can see the diplomatic failure from afar. Having sowed wind during the past four years, on Thursday he reaped a storm.

But Netanyahu’s diplomatic failure, as with all failures, will remain an orphan. The prime minister will not take responsibility, and neither will his foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, whose incitement campaign against Abbas only pushed more and more countries to support the Palestinian move in the UN.

Lieberman, who presents his travel schedule and meetings as evidence that Israel is not isolated, has revealed that Israel’s standing in the world is not based on the number of frequent flyer points he has amassed.

The Netanyahu government has acted like a frog in a pot on a stove. For four years the water was warm and comfortable. But in a moment – Thursday at the UN General Assembly – the water boiled. By then it was already too late. Sadly, the next government will probably be even more extreme right-wing and cannot be expected to change direction.

Palestinians gather near an Israeli military tower at the Israeli separation barrier at the main entrance of the West Bank city of Bethlehem to watch the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the UN.
Palestinians gather near an Israeli military tower at the Israeli separation barrier at the main entrance of the West Bank city of Bethlehem to watch the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the UN.AFP


Hopefully the truce  declared between Israel and Gaza will last longer than THIS one did ….
Article 4. The United States having thus described and acknowledged that lands belong to the Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas, and Senecas, and engaged never to claim the same, nor to disturb them, or any of the Six Nations, or their Indian friends residing thereon, and united with them, in the free use and enjoyment thereof; now, the Six Nations, and each of them, hereby engage that they will never claim any other lands within the boundaries of the United States, nor ever disturb the people of the United States in the free use and enjoyment thereof.
The reality was …..

Thanks Giving .. A poem by Tom Karlson

“I suppose I should be ashamed to say that I take the western view of the Indian. I don’t go so far as to think that the only good Indian is the dead Indian, but I believe nine out of every ten are, and I shouldn’t like to inquire too closely into the case of the tenth.”

Teddy Roosevelt




That original sin

Our original sin

Not a talking snake sin

No Adam or Eve sin


This original sin

This first holocaust sin

This First Nation

60 million

Double helixed


Long gone sin

200 languages silenced sin

This good, dead, jailed, Indian sin




310 million All-Americans

Sit at the table

Football and eats

Giving thanks


And a parody written by Michael Rivero of WRH


Types With Tired Fingers

I have recently had a religious epiphany. I have decided to convert to the Sun Dance faith. This is a religion practiced by many of the North American native people for thousands of years. It’s easy to be a Sun Dancer; you can see the Sun! That’s a definite plus compared to religions relying on that imaginary playmate in the sky.I have long felt a kinship with my newly adopted religion and people as you can see in this photo of myself and my wife from the early 1990s.


In the spirit of traditional naming custom I have taken an aspect of my life as a blogger and adopted my new Native American name, “Types With Tired Fingers.” Because I am now religiously connected with the original people of the North American continent, who have been there for thousands of years, I hereby call on the United States Government to withdraw and return this land to its rightful traditional owners, myself included. After all, “We” were here first!

Sounds silly, doesn’t it?

And it is. My actual ancestry is a blend of Sephardic, French, and English. There is a family legend regarding a teensy bit of Huron blood, but no real documentation to support it. I am not actually a Native American. And pretending to their religion does not make me one.

Yet this very same silliness underlies the Israeli claim to Palestine. The Jews who migrated to Palestine after World War 2 are not descendants of the Hebrews you read about in the Bible. They are descended from Khazars in central Asia, near present-day Russian Georgia, who converted to Judaism in 800AD. Khazaria fell a century later and the descendants of the converted Jews migrated northward into Russia and west into Europe. This group of Jews, called Ashkenazi, are not descended from any of the 12 tribes described in the Bible. DNA tests confirm this, as does their pale skin that makes it clear they are not originally from the Middle East.

Thus, Israel’s claim to the lands of Palestine rests solely on the fact that they have adopted the religion of a people who lived on that land thousands of years ago. One might just as easily adopt the religion of Ra and on that basis lay claim to Egypt.

Of course, common sense says that simply adopting the religion of the Sun Dance does not give me a claim to the lands of the United States. Were I to worship Ra (or Aten), likewise does not give me a claim to the lands of Egypt. Worshipping Sol Invictus does not give me claim to Italy.

And worshipping Yahweh does not give the Khazars any real right to Palestine.

Just something to think about.


Occupy Wall Street Spreads Beyond NYC

It’s now been three weeks since the “Occupy Wall Street” protests began in New York City’s Financial District, and the movement has grown, spreading to other cities in the U.S. Protesters have organized marches, rallies, and “occupations” from Boston to Boise, Los Angeles to New Orleans, Seattle to Tampa. Using social media, handmade signs, and their voices, they are voicing anger at financial and social inequality and protesting the influence of corporate money in politics. Seattle police recently arrested 25 protesters camping out in Westlake Park, following on the heels of 700 arrests on New York’s Brooklyn Bridge last week. Collected here are a some of the scenes from these protests across the U.S. over the past week, as the movement moves forward with no signs of slowing. [44 photos]


Protestors march through downtown Boise, Idaho, Wednesday October 5, 2011. Activists have been showing solidarity with movement in many cities, including Occupy Boise. More than 100 people withstood an afternoon downpour in Idaho’s capital to protest. (AP Photo, Idaho Statesman/Darin Oswald)

Daniel Todd from Brooklyn, a Wall Street protester, sits in a park in the financial district on his third day at the gathering on September 30, 2011 in New York City. “We are overpopulated as a nation and are killing our planet. We need to use our resources better and to build urban farms to feed city residents. I believe in the American Constitution and communal living” said Todd. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) #

A large group of protesters affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement attempt to cross the Brooklyn Bridge, effectively shutting parts of it down on Saturday, October 1, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Rose Bookbinder) #

Police arrest a protester on New York’s Brooklyn Bridge during Saturday’s march by Occupy Wall Street on October 1, 2011. Protesters speaking out against corporate greed and other grievances attempted to walk over the bridge from Manhattan, resulting in the arrest of more than 700 during a tense confrontation with police. The majority of those arrested were given citations for disorderly conduct and were released, police said. (AP Photo/Stephanie Keith) #

Members of labor unions and others join Occupy Wall Street during a march in Lower Manhattan as they arrive near Zuccotti Park, on October 5, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle) #

Occupy Wall Street activists and union members stage a protest near Wall Street in New York, on October 5, 2011. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images) #

Union members and Occupy Wall Street protesters demonstrate near Wall Street in New York City, on October 5, 2011. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images) #

Occupy Wall Street protesters march towards Zuccotti Park in New York’s Financial District, on October 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) #

A woman carries a sign as members of trade unions join Occupy Wall Street protesters as they march to Foley Square, on October 5, 2011 in New York. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images) #

Protesters participating in the Occupy Wall Street movement march against the centralization of power and money in Salt Lake City, Utah, on October 6, 2011. About 300 people participated in the march stopping to chant outside banks throughout downtown. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Laura Seitz,) #

Joshua Whisenhunt, a volunteer facilitator for the first day of Occupy Austin, instructs a crowd outside city hall about communicating with hand signals on Thursday afternoon October 6, 2011 in Austin Texas. (AP Photo/Thomas Allison – Daily Texan) #

Brighton Wallace takes part in an “Occupy Austin” protest at Austin City Hall, on October 6, 2011, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) #

Protesters hold banners while shouting slogans during a late afternoon march through downtown Los Angeles on October 3, 2011 in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York City. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images) #

85-year-old Julia Botello and two other protesters chant as they leave a Bank of America just before police begin arresting demonstrators for occupying its lobby on October 6, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The demonstrators are marching to major bank offices to protest the role of Wall Street banks in the federal budget crisis and in solidarity with protesters in New York and other US cities. (David McNew/Getty Images) #

A couple kisses during a march in support of the New York Occupy Wall Street protests outside City Hall in Los Angeles, California, on October 3, 2011. (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson) #

A man shouts slogans as protesters occupy a Bank of America branch during a “Make Wall Street Banks Pay” protest march in Los Angeles, California, on October 6, 2011. Los Angeles Police said they arrested eleven people for trespassing at the branch. (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson) #

Protesters chanting “we are the 99%,” march in downtown Tampa, Florida, in support of the Wall Street protest against financial greed and corruption, on October 6, 2011. About 400 protesters gathered singing and waving signs at passing motorists. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) #

Anti-corporate protesters display banners and placards as they take part in “Occupy DC” protest against corporation at the Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC, on October 6, 2011. Protests against corporate power in the US took root in Washington on Thursday, with several hundred people occupying Freedom Plaza outside city hall to demand progressive reform. The Stop the Machine rally — midway between the Capitol and the White House — echoed the demands of the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York that Thursday drew more than 5,000 people as well as labor-union support. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images) #

A protester displays a sign during the “Occupy DC” protest in Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC, on October 6, 2011. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images) #

Protesters hold candles during a vigil as a part of the “Occupy DC” protest against corporations at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC, on October 6, 2011. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images) #

About one thousand people gather and form a large “99%” in the middle of Freedom Plaza during an “occupation” of the plaza on October 6, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) #

Protesters sit in Freedom Plaza, forming a human “99%” shape during Occupy DC in Washington, on Thursday, October 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) #

Protesters shout slogans during a rally outside Houston’s City Hall Thursday, October 6, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in Dallas, Houston and Austin on Thursday as cities around Texas joined the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations demanding an end to corruption in politics and business. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) #

In Las Vegas, Nevada, Nicole Kalkofen (left) holds up a sign while participating in an Occupy Wall Street protest, on, October 6, 2011. Union officials, college students and homeowners facing foreclosure marched down the Las Vegas Strip in support of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) #

Protesters shout slogans as they participate in an Occupy Wall Street demonstration on Thursday, October 6, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) #

A woman who identified herself as Janelle K. holds up a sign during an “Occupy Las Vegas” demonstration on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 6, 2011. (Reuters/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus) #

A man holds a protest sign during a march to Foley Square on October 5, 2011 in New York City. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images) #

Commuters walk through Zuccotti Park in the financial district where Occupy Wall Street protesters are encamped in New York, on October 4, 2011. The protests have gathered momentum and gained participants in recent days as news of mass arrests and a coordinated media campaign by the protesters have given rise to similar demonstrations around the country. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) #

Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street campaign march into the courtyard of New York Police Department headquarters in New York September 30, 2011. More than 500 people were gathered ahead of the start of the planned late afternoon march to One Police Plaza, the center of police operations, in downtown Manhattan. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson) #

A New York City police lieutenant swings his baton as he and other police try to stop protesters who breached a barricade to enter Wall Street after an Occupy Wall Street march on October 5, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle) #

Protesters affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement rally before marching through Lower Manhattan on October 5, 2011 in New York City. Thousands of protesters including union members and college students from an organized walkout joined today’s rally and march. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) #

People with the Occupy Wall Street protest in Zuccotti Park form a circle and meditate on October 5, 2011 in New York. The Occupy Wall Street protests started Sept. 17 with a few dozen demonstrators who tried to pitch tents in front of the New York Stock Exchange. Since then, hundreds have set up camp nearby in Zuccotti Park and have become increasingly organized, lining up medical aid and legal help and printing their own newspaper. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle) #

Protesters affiliated with “Occupy NJ” chant during a protest outside the Goldman Sachs building at 30 Hudson Street October 6, 2011 in Jersey City, New Jersey. The protesters marched approximately a quarter of a mile along the waterfront chanting and beating drums. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images) #

People march near City Hall Thursday, October 6, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Organizers of what is being called Occupy Philadelphia say Thursday’s demonstration is meant to be a stand against corporate greed. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) #

Chris Garvey, left, talks to some of the members of the crowd near City Hall Thursday, October 6, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) #

Dakota Lonewolf flies an upside-down U.S. flag as he takes part in a protest at an “Occupy Seattle” encampment in downtown Seattle’s Westlake Park, on October 5, 2011. People protesting the current economic situation and other causes have been camped in the park for several days, mirroring demonstrations in other areas of the country. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) #

Police arrest a man who refused to leave a tent pitched at an “Occupy Seattle” protest encampment in downtown Seattle’s Westlake Park,on October 5, 2011. On Wednesday afternoon, police moved in and took down all of the tents, and arrested those who refused to leave them. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) #

A protester screams as a Seattle Police officer pushes down on his head, on October 5, 2011, as police try to remove a tent pitched in downtown Seattle’s Westlake Park during an “Occupy Seattle” protest. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) #

People parade down Tulane Ave. during the Occupy NOLA parade in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street protests on October 6, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The group started at Orleans Parish Court before heading past City Hall and onto Lafayette Square. (AP Photo/The Times-Picayune, Matthew Hinton) #

Occupy Boston protesters gather outside a building in the Financial district in Boston, Massachusetts, on October 5, 2011. The group is part of a nationwide grassroots movement in support of the ongoing Wall Street protests in New York. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) #

Julien Jacque of Miami, left, Matt Laverge, of Worcester, Massachusetts, and his dog Mya, talk outside their tents in the Occupy Boston encampment on the Rose Kennedy Greenway across the street from the Federal Reserve building, in Boston, Massachusetts, on October 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds) #

Dasha Taraban, 23, takes down signs from the Free Stamp after Occupy Cleveland held a rally on October 6, 2011, in Cleveland, Ohio. The group is one of several across the country mirroring the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) #

In Portland, Oregon, demonstrators show support for the Occupy Wall Street movement against corporate power on October 6 2011. Demonstrators marched downtown Thursday afternoon, disrupting traffic and businesses. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl Stevens) #

Demonstrators supporting the Occupy Wall Street movement against corporate power protest fill Pioneer Square, in Portland, Oregon, on October 6 2011. Protesters marched downtown on Thursday afternoon, disrupting traffic and businesses. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) #