Trump has become arguably the most hated man south of the border after describing Mexican immigrants as criminals, drug sellers and rapists. Trump masks sold in Mexico depict the real estate mogul with his mouth agape and a caricature blond hairdo.
Try to remember the time as you sit down to your festive holiday dinner ….
And to those south of the border that still celebrate Columbus Day …. you too have things to remember
© By Tom Karlson
Financed by Iberian Jewry
the Admiral, Christian or Jew, Spaniard or Italian
leads 120 men in the
Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria
sailing south and west
Milton Freedman and his Chicago University goons
in charge of propaganda, interrogation, discipline,
race and class consciousness
Prescott Bush and George Armstrong Custer
compose the voyage manifesto and mission
below deck are the sun-dried souls of
Rasputin, the Popes, Sylvester the Second and Benedict the Ninth
in charge of rape, incest, and family values
Pinkerton and J Edgar Hoover
spying, pimping, and procuring stool pigeons
finance, mergers, and loans
Robert E Lee’s horse Traveler
will show the way home
where Ferdinand and Isabella’s bishops
find Jews to murder and maim, books to burn, Moors to exterminate
Columbus will trade
measles, diphtheria, small pox, and malaria
for gold and land
as he works out the science of genocide on Hispaniola
never forgetting the University’s tools of slavery colonization
religious fanaticism and free market capitalism
On this Eid al-Adha I present a poem that I wrote about 15 years ago .. it is very fitting today as Palestinian families are divided both by an imposed closure and the wall itself.
MY FAMILY IS DIVIDED
© By Steve Amsel
A wall has been built,
I cannot see my neighbor
I know not when he needs my help
I know not when he is hungry.
My brother’s child cannot come for an afternoon snack
I cannot bring it to him
The wall is in the way
Dividing families and loved ones.
“They” told us the wall is for protection.
Must our children go hungry?
Must we be jobless?
“They” say we are the enemy.
Is going to work a crime?
Is going to school a crime?
Try to tell a child that hunger is a good thing.
If the wall stays up
There will be an enemy
Uneducation and hunger leads to resentment
Resentment will lead to revolt.
Learn from your history my friends
Learn that walls are not the solution
Learn that unity is strength
And learn that justice triumphs over evil always.
July 17, 2015 at 10:08 (Holidays)
And if you try to change it you land in jail
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!
“When God created us He didn’t say ‘You’re a Muslim, you’re a Christian, you’re a Jew’.” “We are all humans and I wanted to share the good precious holy moments of Ramadan with other people. Everyone has a different view and perspective we need to share it together to remove the anger and the sadness in the area.”
Muslims, Jews hold joint iftar meals for Ramadan fast
Jewish families hosted by Palestinian families for post-fast meal; ‘I wanted to share the good precious holy moments of Ramadan with other people,’ says Arab woman hosting Jews for iftar.
As the call to prayer marking the end of the day-long Ramadan fast echoed from a nearby mosque, the two dozen people sat down and began eating. There were many traditional Arab foods, and conversation flowed easily. It looked like any post-fasting dinner table in the Arab world.
What was unique here is that most of the guests had never met the hosts, Bronka and Aref Tahboub, before this night. The Tahboubs had opened their home to a group of Israeli Jews who wanted to experience the iftar meal.
“There are so many things here that we don’t control,” Aref told The Media Line in fluent Hebrew. “But Arabs and Jews have to live together. I’ve worked with Jews all my life and I want my children to get to know Jews.”
The meeting was organized by Kids4Peace, a grassroots organization that brings Muslim, Christian and Jewish children in Jerusalem together. About 25 Jewish families signed up to be hosted by Palestinian families, along with their children.
The Tahboubs have three children, two boys, age 14 and 11, and a daughter who is 9, and all three children are fasting. While it is only compulsory to fast from puberty, many children choose to start earlier.
“They see all of their neighbors fasting, and they want to do it too,” Bronka, an English teacher told The Media Line. “Ramadan is a special time for us. We believe that the gates of hell are closed, and the sky opens the doors to our prayers.”
Ramadan also marks the time that Muslims believe Allah revealed the Qur’an to the Prophet Mohammed, who was illiterate. As it based on the solar calendar, rather than the lunar calendar, it rotates through the seasons. Muslims fast from dawn to dusk. Mohammed used to break his fast with a date, and Muslims today do the same.
At the Tahboubs in the upscale East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, the Jewish guests quickly feel at home.
“It starts with me being a citizen of Jerusalem,” Duel Peli, a lawyer whose daughter attends Kids4Peace told The Media Line. “Jerusalem is a mixed city with people from different ethnic origins and different nationalities. I live in this city I want to be friendly with as many of the different populations as I can.”
He says that being part of Kids4Peace, which divides the children into groups of one-third Jewish, one-third Christian and one-third Muslim, has been an eye-opening experience for him. The parents have parallel workshops to the children, who go to summer camp together in the US.
“I find myself in the minority which is an important feeling for me to have,” he said. “It makes me understand what it is like to be a minority in Jerusalem and in Israel.”
The population in Jerusalem is two-thirds Jewish and one-third Arab, divided between Muslims and Christians. The meetings have continued despite more than a year of tensions in Jerusalem, which began last June when Hamas terrorists kidnapped and killed three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank. Jewish extremists then kidnapped a Palestinian boy, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, from Shuafat, a neighborhood less than a mile from Beit Hanina. Bronka Tahboub says she knows Mohammed’s father well, and visited him after his son was killed.
His death, and the fighting between Israel and Hamas last summer in Gaza, during which several rockets were fired toward Jerusalem, has negatively affected her nine-year-old daughter Leen, who for the past year has refused to sleep in her own bed.
Yet Bronka says the tensions have only strengthened her resolve to reach out to her Jewish neighbors.
“When God created us He didn’t say ‘You’re a Muslim, you’re a Christian, you’re a Jew’,” she said. “We are all humans and I wanted to share the good precious holy moments of Ramadan with other people. Everyone has a different view and perspective we need to share it together to remove the anger and the sadness in the area.”
After dinner, as the kids played soccer outside, Bronka took out a water pipe and began puffing on melon and mint scented tobacco. As the water pipe made its rounds, the tensions in Jerusalem between Arabs and Jews seemed far away.
Rambling down Memory Lane…….
No commentary necessary …..
June 17, 2015 at 15:07 (Holidays)
© By Tom Karlson
they sang and prayed,
naming that day in May,
257 Union men captured, starved
mass-graved, bodies twisted,
joined at hip arm and head, this
Charleston South Carolina
Babi Yar Confederate style burial
re-interred with honor and memory
by 10,000 Freedmen
in 1865 that first day of mourning
the first Memorial Day
today we are at Jones beach
it is Memorial Day
we are fifty souls
remembering our dead, the dead
hundreds of Long Islanders
thousands of North Americans
a million Iraqis and Afghanis
families stroll past
some look, others visionless
all have come to eat, drink,
and salute that insatiable war-beast
they watch the Blue Angles
spin, flip, dive, and swoop,
aging chicken hawks
beg boys and girls to sign up for
the navy, the marines, the air force
the Turkish flotilla
bringing aid to Gaza
the Israeli attack,
nine dead on Memorial day
steelworkers are strike Little Steel,
police-guards-scabs open fire
one hundred clubbed
on Memorial day
let us remember all our Memorial Days
© By Tom Karlson
Julia Ward Howe calls out
Peace and Reconciliation this day, Mother’s Day
No more war-remember-
620,000 sent to the Promised Land,
600,000 armless, eyeless, legless Jonny’s
Dancing days are done
Mother’s day a day for peace
In this new millennium
The United States of North America
Howe is forgotten
Peace is terrorism
Reconciliation is a tool of the fool
The newly dead and near dead
Camping on sunless streets
With plastic bowls filled with spare change
Here Hallmark runs this show
3 billion on flowers
100 million for cards
2 billion on gifts
4 billion on meals
Capitalism can sell
Yes capitalism must sell
peace next year?
May 1, 2015 at 14:12 (Holidays)
Hugo Gellert’s original silkcreen, Allegory of Peace and Victory is a trial or working proof published between 1940 and 1950. Gellert almost exclusively uses two screens of red and black. Obviously, Hugo Gellert used the red screen as his base and then applied his outline blacks — note the inadvertent spots of black ink appearing on the baby’s legs and stomach. He then completed the design in pencil by drawing the outside dimensions and lengthening the flame above the baby’s left hand. This original silkscreen is printed upon thick, laid paper and with large, full margins, as described. Allegory of Peace and Victory is a fine example of the graphic art created by the Hungarian/American artist, Hugo Gellert.
Did you ever wonder what the difference is between Easter and Passover?
In THIS video, Jon Stewart explains it all …. a must watch if you want a smile on your face for the rest of the week.
From the Los Angeles Times
Jewish people of the world, it’s time to step it up. That’s the message Jon Stewart delivered to his fellow tribe members Monday on “The Daily Show” in a humorous rant about Passover’s public relations battle with Easter.
“As the father of mixed-faith children who are exposed to both Christian and Jewish holidays, I can’t help but feel that we Jews are getting our [tuchuses] kicked out here,” he began.
Stewart argued that, having “already conceded defeat in the Christmas versus Hanukkah kerfuffle,” it was time for Jews to think about rebranding one of their most cherished holidays. The key to victory, he claimed, is winning over the kiddies, and Passover could really use some help with this demographic.
Stewart summarized the Easter “holiday sales pitch” this way: “OK, kids. Easter weekend is an observation of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, so, buh-bam! A basket with candy!”
The Passover meal is a much harder sell to most kids, Stewart argued, because Jews commemorate the emancipation of the ancient Israelites by eating food fit for, well, a slave. “Hey, 5-year-olds! Basket filled with candy and jellybeans, or horseradish still in root form? Would you like the treats a magical bunny brought you, or the bone from a dead baby lamb?”
Stewart urged his fellow Jews to “take it up a notch” when it comes to youth marketing. After all, it’s not like the story of Passover is totally uncool. “Moses parting the Red Sea? How have we not turned that into an amusement park?” he wondered.
Most critically, Passover could really use a make-believe character to rival the Easter Bunny. To that end, Stewart proposed “Passover Pete, the guitar-playing, pizza-eating lion.”
Having already declared war on Christmas, Stewart appears to have moved on to another Christian holiday. The Easter Bunny better watch his back.
DesertPeace and Associates wishes all of our Jewish readers, family and friends a Happy Holiday.
Please don’t Passover Palestine this year!
A Passover Seder is a service held at home, as part
of the Passover celebration of liberation, to share the
Passover story together in order to recognize peoples’
right to freedom.
During the evening, as part of the Passover Seder, four
questions are asked, traditionally by the youngest child
to teach the next generation to question as a way to
The idea of Passover is also about becoming free
personally from our internal constraints. Asking
questions makes manifest that quest and shows our
courage to exercise our freedom.
On Passover we learn that when people without their
freedom question authority, they are at great risk.
It is therefore essential for those with privilege to
question, to wonder aloud. We ask these four questions
on behalf of people in struggle for their liberation and
right to freedom.
ENCOURAGE OTHERS YOU KNOW AND LOVE, TO JOIN YOU IN TALKING ABOUT A TRUE LIBERATION FOR ALL…
Click on link below to see the reality of Passover for Palestinians
And to our Christian readers, family and friends, A Happy and Meaningful Easter.
Read in above link how your Christian Brothers and Sisters in Palestine will be forbidden to pray at their Holy Sites due to the closure. Pray for them as well.
You might appreciate the following report written by Mike Rivero (Click on link)