Hmm, I wonder if she saw the light…
Recently, UNESCO, the organization supposed to preserve the world’s cutural heritage and promote peace, made a few political decisions that were against its mandate. As a result, Israel and Japan withdrew their financing and stopped collaborating with UNESCO. The text below is a letter sent by the Canada-Israel Friendship Association to the directors of the organization in Paris:
Years ago, UNESCO was established with the noble goal to facilitate cultural exchange and mutual understanding among the countries in the world in order to establish peace and harmony. Article 1 of its constitution boldly states:
“The purpose of the Organization is to contribute to peace and security by promoting collaboration among the nations through education, science and culture in order to further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.”
Unfortunately, today the reality is quite different. By betraying its original principles, UNESCO has turned into a tool of imposing the political agenda of its most aggressive members through distortion of the very same cultural issues that it was supposed to protect. Recently, we witnessed a new development in that disturbing trend that affected two of its outstanding members – Israel and Japan. What UNESCO does by misinterpreting cultural issues that concern those two countries is far from creating mutual respect and peace. It creates animosity and confrontation.
The recent resolution to strip Israel and the Jews of their heritage in Jerusalem is disturbing. It declared Temple Mount and the Western Wall Arab Muslim heritage sites. Over 3,000 years of Jewish history were wiped out with a simple vote. If UNESCO was guided by science and objectivity, it would have noticed the extensive archaeological, historical and Biblical evidence that links Jews with that part of Jerusalem. Temple Mount was the place were the First and the Second Temples once stood. One of the remaining walls of the Second Temple still is the most revered place of worship in Judaism, visited every year by millions of people.
It is a sign of utmost cynicism to deny the connection of the Jews with Temple Mount. At the same time, the arguments of the group, which sponsored that anti-Jewish resolution, are beyond questionable. The only link of Islam with the area was the “vision” of its founder, in which he was miraculously transported there, without ever actually visiting the place. If the Koran is used to establish that connection, then the Biblical evidence has much more credibility because it shows the actual Jewish presence in more details, which are confirmed historically.
As it is the case in many areas in the world, a decision that affects the interpretation of old historical facts often has tangible negative consequences. The denial of the Jewish heritage by an international organization emboldens various Arab extremist groups, which see it as a justification for their murderous activities.
People and organizations that hold such views are often hypocritical. On one hand, they promote views that harm the actual Jews, while on the other hand they do not shy away from exploiting past Jewish suffering to promote just as vigorously their political agenda. The event, most frequently used for that purpose, is the Holocaust. The Temple Mount resolution, adopted with the majority of the Muslim members and their supporters, was just the first blow against Israel.
A second blow was delivered in a document against Japan, concerning the so-called “comfort women”, which alleges that between 80,000 and 200,000 Asian women (the presenters are unable to provide a definitive number) have been forced into sex slavery by the Japanese government during World War II. This was stated in the Nomination Form for presenting documents as part of UNESCO’s International Memory of the World Register, under the name “Voices of the ‘Comfort Women’”. Among other things, the nominators stated in section 5.2:
“The ‘comfort woman’ system, which has become recognized through the gradual accumulation of fragments of evidence, is a wartime tragedy comparable to the Holocaust and the Cambodian genocide, not in terms of the numbers of victims, but in terms of the depth of the victims’ suffering and their enduring humiliation.”
An examination of the facts will clarify the validity of the statement, but even before going there, it is clear how the Holocaust has been exploited irresponsibly. Those who use it here distort and denigrate its meaning. There have been many interpretations of that unique catastrophe that befell on the Jews, but the concise remarks by Eli Cohen, former Israeli Ambassador to Japan, in a letter to a Japanese journalist, summarize the problem quite well:
“There was no comparison to the Holocaust. No nation in the world planned with cold heart how to murder a nation systematically. Jewish kids, women, men, even if they were only partially Jewish, like only mother or only father or even if you grandmother or grandfather was a Jew. They built a system to look for every Jew wherever he is and just murder him/her. And the whole German nation was involved. It continued for years when nations like Poland, Austria, Italy and others cooperated in this massacre and only few brave people were ready to help Jewish people and risked their lives to hide or save miserable escaping Jewish people all over Europe. This never happened in the history of human kind and I hope it will never happen with no other nation.”
For the record, Japan didn’t cooperate in that massacre. On the contrary, it helped Jews. At the San Remo Conference in 1920, Japan co-signed the resolution to create the “Mandate for Palestine” that paved the road to “the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people”. Shortly before World War II, Japan promoted the idea of creating a Jewish state on its territories (the so-called Fugu Plan) which didn’t materialize due to the resistance of the Jewish leadership in the USA. Still, Japan managed to save thousands of Jews. Best known is the case of Chiune Sugihara, the Ambassador of Japan to Lithuania, who issued transit visas to about 6,000 Jews. After they arrived in Japan, their visas were periodically renewed by the Japanese government. Japan also hosted thousands of Jews in some of the occupied territories, notably Shanghai, despite the fierce objections of Hitler’s regime.
Still, the war record of Japan is a sensitive issue, but when talking about the past, especially when someone is accused, facts are more important than emotions. Considering that point, it is necessary to take into account the facts to determine whether the “comfort women” case equals the Holocaust.
The actions of Japan in the occupied countries were thoroughly investigated after the war. The guilty parties faced an international tribunal in Tokyo. Though one of the judges, Justice R.B. Pal from India, found some of the charges excessive and issued a dissenting opinion, Japan accepted the findings and the verdict in an agreement signed after the end of the American occupation in 1952. At no point during the trial was the alleged government conspiracy to enslave sexually 200,000 women brought to the judges’ attention and it is impossible to assume that they would overlook something so important.
The American authorities, which occupied Japan for nearly eight years, practically ruled the country and had unobstructed access to its archives. They were interested in bringing down the Japanese politicians of the war period and didn’t hide that, as we can see it in the infamous photograph of General Douglas MacArthur with the Emperor of Japan, where the General stands next to the Emperor with hands in his pockets. Most government ministries were purged of the old bureaucracy. A notable victim of that “downsizing” became the Holocaust hero Chiune Sugihara, who was fired and forced to make a living as a door-to-door light bulbs salesman.
The issue of the army brothels was investigated by the American authorities. Declassified documents show that the conclusion was that in most cases they employed paid prostitutes. Again, there was no sex slave conspiracy uncovered.
In the 1960’s, Japan negotiated a reparations settlement with South Korea, signed in 1965. Consequently, a large sum was paid in full in several installments. During that period, South Korea didn’t raise the “comfort women” issue, and neither did China. That happened only in 1991.
According to section 3.4 of the submission form,
“until 1991, the issue of the `comfort women’, and the systematic, coercive nature of the sexual slavery that they suffered, was not generally known to the world. Under the strong patriarchal ideology prevailing in many parts of Asia, women’s sexuality was a taboo subject, and women who lost their chastity often had no place even within their family, thereby subjecting the victims to a strong social stigma and pressure not to speak about what had happened to them.”
This is not a plausible explanation of a delay of nearly fifty years. It fails to mention that in 1949, China was taken over by a totalitarian communist government and transformed into a society with a new morality, where “chastity” and “patriarchy” were obsolete concepts, actively eradicated. The People’s Republic of China had always been involved in a propaganda war against Japan. “Comfort women” would have been a perfect propaganda point and any patriarchal considerations would be out of the question. China has no qualms about attacking its foes, a fact clearly displayed even in the submission discussed here. It was started by China but includes applicants from several countries. One of them is referred to by the derogatory name “Chinese Taipei” but it is actually the “Republic of China,” commonly known as Taiwan. Even in a document intended to “restore” justice, China manages to put down one of its co-applicants, which shows what type of countries dominate UNESCO.
The “comfort women” issue became important only after China and South Korea acquired significant local economic power to compete with Japan. It was just one of the tools to create animosity against their competitor. In that sense, the situation is similar to the BDS (Boycott-Divest-Sanction) movement against Israel, whose goal is to discredit and isolate the country over phony “apartheid” issues. Just like the case of Israel, the driving force are various NGO’s and groups, which create the impression of a vast popular movement, even though they will fall apart without government financial support.
So far, the proponents of the movement have failed to produce convincing documents about the sex slave conspiracy. Even the documents presented to UNESCO in the submission are kept secret by the organization and the applicants. In 1993, the Japanese government, in the so-called “Kono Statement,” confirmed the existence of the wartime army brothels, but that was nothing different from the information collected by the Americans on the issue. There is nothing good in the existence of such establishments, but that is far from the claim of causing another Holocaust.
Despite the lack of evidence about mass atrocities, the applicants still insist in section 3.4 that a Holocaust has taken place:
“The revelation over the last 25 years of the factual truths of the matter has created diplomatic conflicts, including in relation to the demands from the victims, and organizations supporting them, for a formal apology from the Japanese government in the manner of the German government’s apology for the Holocaust.”
Compare this with the real Holocaust, where the facts started to come out in the early 1940’s, despite the reluctance of the Western media to cover them. Visiting Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, is a haunting experience. The visitors are overwhelmed by all the information, collected since the war. Millions of documents, photos, movies, and recordings tell the horror of the catastrophe. It is not surprising that many are trying to imitate the impact, applying it unsuccessfully to their own agenda.
Though the notion of a “comfort women” Holocaust has no basis in reality, the applicants don’t stop, in section 5.2 they claim that they have opened new frontiers to a wider discussion of sex slavery:
“The still pervasive and systematic sexual violence and sexual slavery perpetrated during armed conflicts of today, both internal and inter-state, are similar in nature to the atrocities suffered by the ‘comfort women’. Encouraged by the courage of the ‘comfort women’, victims of rape in places such as the former Yugoslavia, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Cambodia, have spoken about their sufferings in various formats, including their testimonies at the tribunals and hearings relating to the crimes committed against these women. Increased awareness of the ‘comfort women’ issue has also led to new studies being carried out in related areas, for example on the issue of sexual violence and forced prostitution during the Nazi Holocaust.”
If it follows the logic of that statement, UNESCO may need to consider for condemnation some countries absent from the list. The 1959 invasion of Tibet by the People’s Republic of China ended with the deaths of about 1.2 million Tibetans, rapes of tens of thousands of women and the total destruction of the Tibetan Buddhist culture. That comes much closer to the concept of the Holocaust than what Japan was condemned for. Even worse, the government of Mao Zedong caused the deaths of tens of millions of its own people during the Great Leap Forward in 1957. Unlike Japan, which has become an exemplary peaceful country, China has attacked most of its neighbors at different times and continues to do so. These disastrous policies continue with the repressions against the followers of Falun Gong – thousands of them are arrested and killed and their organs harvested.
In the 1960’s, the South Korean army fought in the Vietnam War. It was confirmed by the Vietnamese government that Korean soldiers have raped thousands of women, however, there is no information about entering documents of that event into the “Memory of the World” program. The crimes of the North Korean government against its own people are even more bloody.
Other catastrophic events, like the expulsion of 800,000 Jews from Muslim countries in the late 1940’s and the confiscation of their property, still haven’t caught the attention of UNESCO. Right now, thousands of Yezidis are killed by Muslim extremists and their women sold into sex slavery, yet UNESCO doesn’t seem to notice that either.
The organization, supposed to promote cultural mutual understanding, has fallen under the control of countries that perpetrate some of the worst abuses in the modern world. It is no wonder that some democratic countries refuse to finance such a betrayal of the principles of mutual respect and cooperation. If UNESCO is to preserve its relevance in the world, it should return to its original principles.
© 2016 Canada-Israel Friendship Association
We are nearing the end of the 2016 US Presidential campaign. Its length was the same as any other before it, but this one felt much longer and frustrating. The passions awakened by the ups and downs in candidates’ confrontations set in motion forces that we don’t usually see in presidential campaigns, including armies of trolls and just opinionated people, powerful hackers and even the FBI. We learned about Hillary Clinton and her entourage things that we should have known years ago.
Hillary’s ongoing troubles with the FBI reminded me of my own experiences. In the summer of 2015, I received a phone call from my domain registrar, Enom, notifying me that my personal registration information has been subpoenaed for an FBI investigation. The call was genuine. I should explain here that after registering a domain, the contact information of the owner (name, address, phone, etc.) must be publicly available. For a fee, the registrars offer private registration that lists their contact information but by law they are required to provide domain owner’s information when requested by courts or law enforcement agencies. I have private registration only for the domain of the site where you are reading this article (blogwrath.com). Since site’s topics revolve around fighting anti-Semitism and exposing Muslim and leftist extremism, you can imagine that I receive regularly hate mail, including death threats. A few months ago, I was “honored” by a death threat that came directly from the offices of Press TV in Tehran. The last thing I want to see a Muslim savage or a deranged lefty with a baseball bat or worse, knocking on my door.
So, the FBI found it necessary to get my information. If the domain was publicly registered, I would have never known about the investigation. The caller assured me that didn’t mean I was a suspected criminal. It was “comforting” to hear from him that the RCMP has received the same information, especially when I knew that the RCMP division in Manitoba published, with the help of two shady Muslim organizations, an “anti-terrorist” booklet, which claimed that Muslim radicalization was not a big problem, if it was kept within the radicalized mind, and that the terrorist pillar of Islam – jihad – was a noble concept.
In a way, it was flattering that my infrequently updated website received such an attention and, at the same time, it was sad that people trying to tell the truth about the forces working for the destruction of our society are scrutinized and followed in the supposedly free North America. It felt almost nostalgic to recall the same experience with the local KGB in my communist homeland years ago.
The caller also said that I could get details, if I hire a lawyer to make an official inquiry. I didn’t do that.
I recalled that phone call time after time when the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private server began in early 2016. It made me observe more carefully the methods of the FBI. At the beginning, they demanded that Hillary turn over all e-mails from the server. Only later did we learn that after being subpoenaed, Clinton’s staff used their time to delete whatever they didn’t want us to see, while telling the world that most of those messages were about yoga routines, Chelsea Clinton’s wedding and other insignificant issues.
It turned out that many of the e-mails, collected from other sources, were classified. The State Department, acting for the Clintons, tried to bribe the FBI into reclassifying the messages to avoid prosecution. The FBI refused and continued the investigation, but in an odd way. Many people pleaded the fifth and key witnesses were granted immunity without providing anything in return. The FBI allowed some of them to destroy their devices, like laptops and phones.
Next came the “accidental” meeting on a tarmac between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton, who supposedly talked about their “grand kids”. A new miracle happened a few days later; despite the evidence, the FBI Director James Comey announced that no crime was committed with the server and the classified e-mails, which contradicted to cases with other people sent to jail for lesser violations.
Then Comey was grilled during a congress testimony and confirmed that Hillary Clinton lied in multiple media interviews. Still no charges.
Surprisingly, about a week ago, the FBI reopened the investigation. About 650,000 e-mails were found on a computer owned by the perverted husband of Hillary’s assistant Huma Abedin, who was being investigated for possible pedophilia. Yesterday, Comey exonerated Hillary again – his people didn’t find anything illegal in the e-mails on Anthony Weiner’s computer. Interestingly, it took the FBI only about a week to investigate 650,000 e-mails, as opposed to the many months needed to go through the 30,000 previously known e-mails. The Clinton Mafia probably made him an offer he couldn’t refuse (after all, according to Wikipedia, he has five children). The system is completely corrupt.
The 650,000 e-mails on Wiener’s computer were probably their life insurance in case the Clintons turned against them. Th folder containing the messages was called “Life Insurance”. The Clintons worked over 40 years to build that criminal organization, which includes many people that work for them. The Clinton Foundation was the machine that collected the money in exchange for favors.
Upon leaving the White House in 2000, the Clintons were dead broke, as they admitted. In a few short years, they became multi-millionaires, worth about $150 million. Billions of dollars coming from all over the world, including terrorist states like Saudi Arabia and Qatar, flow into the foundation, providing a significant cut to the Arkansas Mafia family. When Hillary was Secretary of State, the family sold influence by charging $150,000 to $400,000 for phony speeches. Some of their closest friends, like Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, worked both for the State Department and the foundation. That’s why they needed a secret private server.
Edgar Hoover, the founder of the FBI, is often attacked by historians for dirty methods in fighting crime. He also collected documents to blackmail his opponents, if needed. But he never imagined that his organization will hit such a low bottom. Under Comey, the FBI is no different than a police station in a small town, paid by the local drug cartel to stay away from their business. (Of course, I don’t discard the option that there are probably a few honest agents, but their silence is deafening.)
Americans pride themselves in establishing the clever structure of their government. The Founding Fathers have designed a system, which creates gridlocks when different branches of power clash, thus preventing dictatorship. In Canada, on the other hand, if a party has an absolute parliamentary majority, the Prime Minister has near dictatorial powers. And that becomes a real problem, if a village idiot like Justin Trudeau occupies that position.
That was a good idea in 1770’s, but the creators of the Constitution made one wrong assumption – that most people are honest and they will elect other honest people in the government. Besides, the government at the time didn’t play the same role. Other than keeping order, there was not much of interference and people ran themselves their personal affairs and businesses.
There were aberrations, like for example in 1960 when the old bootlegger Joe Kennedy used his shady ties with the Mafia and the labor unions to snatch the election victory from Richard Nixon and make his son John a US President. Over e decade later, Nixon himself was caught red-handed during the Watergate break-in, but all that was just the beginning.
The founding fathers never anticipated that one day the government will control almost every aspect of people’s lives. That the Supreme Court will find in the Constitution the imaginary right of men to marry each other. That an enormous number of people will depend on government salaries or handouts for their living and over 94 million will be out of the work force. For such people, it doesn’t matter whether politicians are honest, if they provide free money.
There are no more gridlocks when most of the branches are controlled by the Clinton Mafia – FBI, State Department, Department of Justice, Congress and even Border Security that keeps the borders open to ensure a constant flow of illegal voters. Even President Obama encourages the illegals… pardon me, the “dreamers”, to vote.
Clinton family’s path to power is littered with dead bodies, rape victims and wrecked lives. They lie, cheat and steal, and that’s the only way of life those grifters know. They even fabricated the story of ‘Katie Johnson’ who filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump for “raping” her when she was 13. That allegedly happened on the infamous “rape island” maintained by the pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, a good friend of the rapist Bill Clinton. The liars had to drop the false lawsuit. It turned out the whole thing was made up by the Arkansas Mafia.
And the most disturbing part is that the Clinton criminal enterprise is fully supported and financed by large banks, international corporations and the entire media machine.
Regardless of what you think about Donald Trump, we should thank him for standing up against the Clinton Mafia and the crooked political system that allows such human refuse to fly so high. In that system, the rights of the ordinary working people come far behind the rights of sex perverts or alien invaders.
Trump may or may not win, but if he wins, there is at least a chance that the country may improve. With a Clinton win, it will turn into a Mafia fiefdom reserved as a playing field of international corporations and foreign invaders.
© 2016 Blogwrath.com
Last Thursday, Toronto’s downtown “Palestinian” club Beit Zatoun hosted the outspoken anti-Israeli member of the Knesset (MK) Basel Ghattas. The venue is known for its hostility against Israel. Such events are the norm there – a few years ago they hosted another loudmouth from the Knesset, Jamal Zahalka. Earlier this year they provided platform for the virulent anti-Semite Ken O’Keefe.
The only Jewish organization to confront the event was JDL-Canada. Its members and sympathizers stood across the street from the club with police officers dividing both sides. That didn’t stop a few lefties from provoking confrontation.
Ghattas came to Canada to promote the latest “initiative” against Israel, the newest “flotilla” to Gaza, which this time will be known as “Women’s Boat to Gaza”. As it was the case with the previous boats, this will be another attempt to “break” the blockade of Gaza. Toronto was Ghattas’ second stop, a few days earlier he appeared at a leftist event in Montreal, which was also picketed by JDL-Canada.
Such presentations attract many more extreme lefties than actual Arabs. The audience consisted almost exclusively of white leftists who are seen time after time on similar occasions. A person, probably a woman, attending the talk is a constant presence in the Queers Against Israeli Apartheid group. This year they marched with the extremists of Black Lives Matter in the annual Dyke March.
Another old anti-Semitic “friend” showed up as well. Here he tried again to attack the Jews but the police stopped him from crossing the street, as they did during some of his previous escapades.
JDL-Canada had a few supporters inside Beit Zatoun willing to engage Ghattas in an argument over his views. However, as soon as they started, they were promptly kicked out.
The best news from the event was that Beit Zatoun, the anti-Semitic club, will be closing its doors in November, 2016, but they will hold plenty of events until that time. That was stated in the introduction by one of the organizers.
So, what are the views that Dr. Basel Ghattas advocates and why do they cause such a reaction from the non-leftist segment of the Jewish community?
I obtained a recording of the event. When listening to it, it becomes clear that Mr. Ghattas is very open about what he wants politically. I’ll go into the details soon, but the summary of his ideas is that he considers Israel an occupying force. The victims of the occupation are not only Gaza and the West Bank, but also the so-called “Israeli Arabs” in Galilee (even though they are Israeli citizens). Both Hamas and the Palestinian Authority are pathetically inefficient in opposing the sinister right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu. Negotiations have not worked and the end of occupation (or rather the end of Israel) will be achieved either by war or social activism and sanctions. The BDS movement and actions, like the flotilla to Gaza, are major elements of that strategy.
Here I should note that these are not the ideas of an extreme PLO functionary. Mr. Ghattas is a parliamentarian – he is one of the leaders of the Arab bloc in the Knesset. Elected politicians are expected to serve their country, yet he doesn’t hide his efforts to destroy the country that let him reach such a high position. He is paid by his homeland that has entrusted him with legislative power. When such a person consistently sabotages his country, his behaviour, in plain language, is called treason. I don’t think that any member of the parliament in a European country would be allowed to do for long what Mr. Ghattas does. It looks like the Israeli government is either excessively tolerant or completely blind. Both options are disturbing.
In his speech he outlined the basis of his struggle. He said that though Israel doesn’t comply with the UN resolutions, it is still very sensitive to international reactions to its policies. Ghattas gave as an example a case heard by a Hague tribunal involving Palestinian water rights. Many countries ignore that judicial institution, but Israel sent government representatives to defend its case. The same applies to the flotillas – while the boats are small, Israel’s reaction is as if it has been invaded. Such actions have psychological effect on Israel. The BDS movement, which is international, has similar effect. The Canadian group that supports it is big and plays a leadership role. They are his heroes.
At that moment, somebody from the audience interrupted him to defend Israel. In the heated verbal exchange that followed, Ghattas insisted that the Canadian BDS supporters want peace and democracy in “Palestine”, that’s why they were his heroes, while the person who interrupted him was on the side of the occupation.
After the commotion ended and the offending lady was kicked out of the lefty lair, Ghattas continued on the same topic. The Canadian BDS groups support his cause and now, with the new government, there is a potential to change the policies toward Israel despite the efforts of the Jewish lobby. (Justin Trudeau always pays lip service to supporting Israel but maybe Ghattas knows more about the true intentions of the new government.)
He added that BDS is very important not just because of the economic impact but also because of Netanyahu government’s reaction. They try to turn the tide around through propaganda using the world Jewish organizations – billions of shekels are allocated in Israel’s budget for the purpose. The pressure must continue because Israel is sensitive to accusations of human rights violations. Ghattas didn’t like this government. It is the most right-wing government in decades, formed with Likud’s majority. It has included extreme right-wingers like Lieberman that nobody thought possible years ago. (Maybe the consistent “Palestinian” violence despite all compromises changed Israelis’ minds…)
Ghattas sees this as the Israeli reality. This government will last and it cannot be changed – no hope for resolving the conflict, Netanyahu will maintain and manage it. The Palestinian society is divided between Hamas and Fatah. Criticism – the Palestinian Authority depends on Israel. Ghattas asked Abbas to stop the security agreement with Israel. But he knows that without Israel’s support the PA will collapse within 24 hours. No political force in the Palestinian society exists that can reach reconciliation. At least, he can’t see this happening within the next few months. If that happens, it will have serious impact on the Israeli government. In 2014 Netanyahu stopped transferring taxes to the PA as well as the release of prisoners. Unfortunately, Europe has other priorities and doesn’t deal with that when they deal with Syria, Iraq, Islamophobia, terror. International organizations can play a role in ending the occupation. Members can bring attention to the continuing oppression of 4 to 5 million Palestinians, deprived of their basic rights. Gaza Palestinians live in the largest prison in the world.
(I should note again that Ghattas is an “Israeli Arab” and Israeli citizen, so his dealings with Abbas, citizen of the future “Palestinian State” raise a few questions. As we will see below, some “Israeli Arabs” are ready to demand land in Israel, which at this point is not disputed officially by the PA).
Two things need to be the main focus: international activities, where the BDS movement and the flotilla are a major tool. The second tool are the Palestinians inside Israel. There are 1.5 million of them, they have their own political parties, even though the Zionists didn’t want them to remain in 1948 after the partition. Israel occupied more territories after the war and some Palestinians remain there. The Nazareth area should be Palestinian.
Then he went into the usual litany about the apartheid treatment in Israel. Still, Ghattas admitted that the freedom of speech in Israel can be used against the country. Because of it, the Palestinians in Israel can be much more active than the Palestinians in general. However, they all are Palestinians and have to unite and resist. The Palestinian diaspora, Palestinians in Israel and even the Jewish supporters can work together. They won 13 seats in the Knesset – showing the world that they can unify and manage their differences, Islamists and communists came together to share a common ground.
After Ghattas’ speech, a previous participant in the Gaza flotilla explained the purpose of the movement. They are often asked why they don’t enter Gaza through the Israeli checkpoints, but the idea is to challenge the situation because the indigenous people never ask the oppressor for permission. The members of the flotilla are the freedom fighters of today, solidarity demands going back. It’s like the civil rights movement in the USA in the 1960’s. And of course, he asked for money to finance the venture.
Then came the questions and answers session. In one of his responses Ghattas stated that the division of the Palestinian politics was so disastrous that it could be called a second Nakba. Palestinians must start a reunification by throwing away the old movements.
Then he went into details about how he saw the process of destruction of Israel. In a colonial society change can be achieved in two ways. One of them is war, military resistance, which means a lot of blood and killing. He doesn’t see it happening and doesn’t want it to. He is against war and killing. The Palestinian people in their 100 years of resistance saw that only popular resistance might bring results. The other way is boycott and sanctions, the same that happened with South Africa. Iran surrendered after sanctions, the same could be done in Israel’s case. It is difficult, the world is not ready, Canada tries to criminalize BDS, but imposing sanctions on South Africa was also difficult. Nancy Reagan considered the idea crazy. Yet without boycott and sanctions, the apartheid regime couldn’t be dismantled. That’s what should happen, it is hard, but piece by piece, with incremental pressure from the ground, they can do it from the campuses in Europe and the United States. This will break Israel; he knows the Israelis very well. He worked in Israeli technological institutions. If much lighter sanctions are imposed on Israel, not like those imposed on Iran, that will have stronger effect that will be felt faster than in South Africa. The Israelis react like oxygen to the actions of the world. During the war in Gaza, the Ben Gurion Airport was closed for 24 hours, the Israelis went crazy, they were stuck in Europe and Istanbul. It was a sign of what might happen if there are sanctions on Israel. A Canadian newspaper wrote about his statements at the World Social Forum about BDS and the Israeli newspapers started sending him questions. What do you want? He replied: I am a man of peace. The other option – war, killing, what do you expect, the Palestinians to continue living under this situation with no resistance? If the world doesn’t help them, what are they to do? People who do not resist occupation, do not deserve to be people.
In another answer he criticized the citizenship law that prevents the Arab family reunification. It is promoted as a measure to fight terrorism but it is discriminatory toward Arab women who don’t participate in terrorism. (People who regularly read the news will have some disagreements with the last statement.)
A question about the Palestinian Authority brought up the issue of Mahmoud Abbas. Years ago he threatened to resign; he should have, if he had self-respect. He can’t live forever. What happens when he goes?
Ghattas replied that currently there are various institutions in the West Bank, unlike in the times of Yasser Arafat when everything was much more centralized. He stated that he didn’t know what to say and I didn’t care about the PA. The PA is a structure that has no real authority in the region, the Israeli Army has the power and goes anywhere, into Ramallah, Nablus, Bethlehem. What authority is this? What agreement of peace is this? Abbas was interviewed a few months ago on Channel 2 and he gave the most insulting interview. Ghattas: And I wrote about it, that my leader, the Palestinian nation’s leader, even under occupation should show some pride, some dignity. But he was saying give us one week and we can show you that we can make order in our cities, not in Area C, but in Area A. So, whatever happens with that structure, is not going to make a difference. The only question that matters is whether the PLO with its current structure would continue or change. But the Palestinian movement and the diaspora would add new points of reference to the Palestinian struggle. If you give up struggle and accept only negotiations, you have only one strategy – negotiations. We cannot win through negotiations. Can you convince Netanyahu to give up the West Bank? No. To take out 300,000 settlers? No. It’s like the provincial governments you have in Canada. All the Palestinian people want to change the nature of the Palestinian leadership.
That was a disturbing statement. Abbas, with all his hypocrisy, still wants to create the impression that he plans to curtail the terrorist activities. Ghattas outright rejects that as a weakness. Probably, the violent “resistance” is a preferred option. And I should say again, those are the views of a Member of the Knesset, not of an obscure PLO operative.
In 2014, the Israeli journalist Caroline Glick published the book “The Israeli Solution”, where she proposed the unification of Israel and the West Bank under the control of the government. The idea caused serious objections because the annexation could bring more violent Arabs into the country. Listening to Dr. Basel Ghattas makes it clear that even without that action, things are getting worse in Israel. Even the Arabs who benefit from all the privileges of the Israeli citizenship are turning against their country in the name of an uncertain extremist future.
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Treating with respect those who help you is a trait shared by all civilized peoples in the world. Disrespecting such helpers shows a crisis of society’s values. If such a person is killed by those who received his help, it is a sure sign that the laws of the jungle have taken over the country.
That’s exactly what happened in supposedly the most civilized country in the world, the USA. A few days ago, the press reported the arrest of Deon Frasier, 17, and Michael Dupree-Tyler, 19, in connection with the murder of Chadwick Garrett, 45, all from South Carolina. The duo robbed and killed Mr. Garrett right after he helped them haul their vehicle out of a ditch. All three of them were black.
Yesterday, further details about the case emerged after the murderers appeared in court.
It was late evening when the two scumbags somehow got their Dodge Durango in a ditch. Garrett saw them and stopped his car there at 11 p.m. and offered to help them for $20. They agreed. After he removed the vehicle from the ditch, he inquired about the money. At that moment, Frasier pulled out gun and fired multiple shots at Garrett who soon died. Needless to say, the gun was stolen.
After that, both drove away to their apartment without any remorse. A witness who identified the car helped the police to track and arrest them.
Frasier has a long rap sheet of arrests for theft, burglary, and assault. At the time of the murder, he was free on $10,000 bail for possession of a stolen vehicle.
The victim, Chadwick Garrett, was an ordinary working man who lived with his family and have been working for years for a temporary staffing service providing skilled and unskilled labour. Apparently, permanent jobs for common people are quickly disappearing in South Carolina, as everywhere else.
The newspaper covers a conversation initiated by Chadwick’s father during the court hearing:
His father, Moses Garrett, spoke at the teens’ bond hearing with several family members behind him to show support.
“It’s so sad; these young babies here, they’re getting more and more terrible out there on the streets,” he said.
“You guys killed a man. Only cowards carry guns.”
Dupree-Tyler briefly responded to the family before being cut off by the judge. Frasier, whose hearing was after his co-defendant’s, tried to respond but was not permitted to speak.
“With all due respect to the family, they coming at me the wrong way because I haven’t murdered anyone,” Dupree-Tyler said.
Garrett said he took pity on the teens because of their age.
“I don’t think it was so much (a) robbery as it was hatred of your own brother,” he said, adding that he wished he could have had a better father.
It was well put – “hatred for your own brother” means complete breakdown of the moral code of a society.
Unfortunately, this will receive very little attention from the press and the elites. If one of the sides were a policeman or a white person, the usual suspects would have been all over the case. Obama, Black Lives Matter and the Black Panthers will be frothing about the “unfair system”, “systematic racism” or the “nasty crackers” who mistreat the “brothas”.
Since all players here are black, the social justice warriors are not interested. For sure, none of these problems will be resolved in the foreseeable future…
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