Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Israel, You're Really Pissin' Me Off, Man
First it was shooting Muhammad al-Durrah, a 12-year-old Palestinian boy, dead in Gaza back in 2000.
Then it was running over 23-year-old Rachel Corrie with a 60-ton, armor-plated, American-made bulldozer in Gaza in 2003.
Now I read that Israel a) is hosting Glenn Beck, that loony freak who makes me embarrassed to be a white man, for a "Restoring Courage" rally in Jerusalem this August, and b) just attacked a Malaysian ship named “The Spirit of Rachel Corrie” in international waters as it headed to Gaza with 4.5 miles worth of plastic sewage pipes to help restore Gaza’s devastated sewer system.
Beck said the purpose of his event is to stand against the “force of darkness” and the “gates of hell” that he said were threatening Israel.
I don’t even understand that. Ask a Palestinian who the “force of darkness” is and you might hear "the Israel Defense Forces” in response.
The ship, which was sponsored on this humanitarian voyage by Perdana Global Peace Foundation, left Greece on May 11 and was fired upon by Israeli and Egyptian ships and forced to anchor in Egyptian waters. Eleven anti-war activists and journalists were on board.
Back on March 23, I wrote about Israel and said I thought it was sad that veteran Washington reporter Helen Thomas was fired for criticizing Israel (especially when Pat Buchanan gets to spew his anti-Semitic crap ad nauseam). I lamented the power of Israel’s Washington lobbyist, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and pointed out that as of 2008, Israel was the Number One recipient of US foreign aid. I also said I didn’t think the Israel Defense Forces needed to come on so strong all the time.
I’d settle for someone convincing that pro-Israel floozy, Joe Lieberman, to stop ranting and drooling about bombing Iran.
I’m not a Holocaust denier. I’m not anti-Semitic. I’m not unmoved by the plight of persecuted Jews and I think everyone is entitled to a homeland.
Speaking about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, President Obama said today that the U.S. will continue seeking "an equitable and just solution to a problem that has been nagging the region for many years."
A promise from a politician who’s scheduled to meet with AIPAC this coming Sunday. How encouraging.
Sources: The Global Realm, USA Today