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Twitter Battles

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on September 24, 2011

I’ve taken a few days off from cyberspace to reflect…

They say the political battle for 2012 is going to be fought in cyberspace and twitter, we have already seen the impact of the age of information and instant communication.  We have watched the Arab Spring unfold before our very eyes starting with a vegetable vendor in Tunisia lighting himself on fire out of frustration.  The world sat transfixed for 18 days and watched the now world famous Tahrir Square Revolution, and the demise of a tyrant.  Bahrain a tiny country still struggles, they have not given up.  Libyan freedom fighters with the help of NATO are taking back their country.  In Syria, a vicious battle rages, we rely on You Tube Videos and tweets to tell the story since no journalist are allowed.  Finally we watched as the Palestinians took their hopes for dignity, freedom and justice to the UN and asked for statehood.  We also watched Pres. Obama threaten a veto, and did nothing short of wrapping himself in the Israeli flag and dance the Hora.   The US threatened countries who supported the Palestinian bid with cutting off funds, as well as the Palestinians themselves.

What happened to the Barack Obama who was in Cairo a few years ago encouraging the Arabs to embrace democracy, self determination?  He was playing to the the domestic market, he was playing to AIPAC, he was playing to the powerful Jewish lobby and the mis-information that the right has sent out – claiming that Barack Obama didn’t support Israel.  Which was far from the truth.   Winston Churchill said “A lie gets half way around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on.”  We’ve seen that with the birther issue.

In the midst of the Arab Spring, the Arab Awakening and the shifting sands of diplomacy and power in the middle east, Barack Obama has chosen to be on the wrong side of history.

One of the dangers in not blindly supporting Israel is one is automatically labelled as anti – Semitic.  The truth is the narrative that most of us have heard regarding the Palestinian issue has largely been framed by the Israelis – with a background always touching the holocaust. In no way do I deny the Holocaust, we as human beings cannot forget the horrors that occurred.   We cannot remain silent when we see ethnic cleansing going on…and that includes when the victim becomes the victimizer.  The situation in the occupied Palestinian territories is at a tipping point.   Nothing short of a slow holocaust has been occurring.   It is no longer a back story in a newspaper as it was 10 years ago, the new information age has made sure we see it all.   9/11 brought the middle east to the forefront.  There is no excuse for us as Americans not to be educated on the entire issues, from the beginning, and here’s a surprise, that is before  1948.

I am absolutely disgusted with Pres. Obama on this issue, when I voted for him I was voting for a change, not the same Bush policies towards the Palestinian issue that did nothing but cause the US to lose credibility in the middle east.  We were making significant headway in restarting our relationships in the middle east until  now…we have just lose the battle at the most crucial time.

Does that mean I don’t support Pres. Obama for re-election?  No.  I support him for re-election, because the alternative is unthinkable.

When I watch a Tea Party audience cheer at an uninsured man dying, in no way can I support that type of mentality.

When I watch a Tea Party audience boo a gay soldier serving his country, and not one Presidential candidate called them on it at the time…in no way can I support that type of mentality.

When I listen to people like Michele Bachmann hype lies on cervical cancer vacines, in no way can I support that type of mentality.

The list goes on..I will support Barack Obama for re-election,  he is the lesser of two evils.  The other evil is so vile and vicious, the founding father’s must surely be turning in their graves.

But what you will hear me tweeting and blogging about more is the Palestinian issue, and it is not anti Semitic to tell the truth.  It is a long complicated history, and there is enough blood on everybody’s hands.  Nobody is innocent,   as one of my favorite people in the twitterverse @ilikewoods in  says in her bio .. I believe the truth is out there, and I am going to spread it like mustard!   That is exactly what I intend to do.  I know I am going to make some people uncomfortable, I know I am going to lose some followers, and I’m ok  with that.  If the truth makes you uncomfortable, then don’t read my blog, don’t follow me on twitter.  If you want to understand, engage in productive dialogue, challenge the  false narrative that has been pounded into you with the truth and facts, then welcome.

Truth is such a rare thing, it is delightful to tell it.  ~Emily Dickinson



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Egyptian – Israeli – Turkish Dynamics or Shifting Sands

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on September 10, 2011

Israeli Embassy in Cairo

One of the first things that strikes you when you look at the Israeli Embassy in Cairo is that it is in a residential building.  I remember the first time the embassy was pointed out to me I was somewhat shocked.  I thought about US Embassies, and the level of security surrounding them, and wondered what the people who lived in the building thought about an Embassy being located there, virtually being used as human shields.   I didn’t think much more about it until recently…..

Before I address last night’s rampage on the Israeli Embassy, we need to review history.  I offer a brief snapshot of a very complicated part of the world.  Each of the areas plays a part in the events of the Israeli Embassy in Cairo being  attacked.

Egypt – Israel Peace Agreement

Egypt was the first Arab nation to sign a peace treaty with Israel in 1979.  This bold move cost then President Anwar Sadat his life,  and Egypt was ostracized from the Arab community.  The peace treaty also cost Yitzhak Rabin his life.  Both  men were assassinated by extremist from within their own countries.   The agreement paved the way for the return of Sinai to Egypt.  For over 30 years peace has been maintained, Israelis have often commented that it was a “cold” peace, but peace is peace.

The Gaza Factor

Gaza Strip

The ever evolving borders of  Israel since its inception has led to the Gaza strip being in essence sealed off – between the Mediterranean Sea,  Israeli borders on two sides and an Egyptian border on the other.  The population is about 1.6 million people in an area approximately 140 miles, most of them descendants of refugees.  In March 1979 when the peace treaty was signed between Israel and Egypt, the treaty provided for the withdrawal by Israel of its armed forces and civilians from the Sinai Peninsula, which Israel had captured during the Six-Day War, to the 1906 international border. The Egyptians agreed to keep the Sinai Peninsula demilitarized. The Gaza Strip remained under Israeli military administration until 1994  when under the Oslo Accord a phased transfer of governmental authority to the Palestinians took place.   In February 2005, the Israeli government voted to implement a unilateral disengagement plan from the Gaza Strip. The plan began to be implemented on 15 August 2005, and was completed on 12 September 2005.   You may recall George W. Bush calling for free and fair elections in the middle east, and that is exactly what happened…in a twist of irony the US kicked in the door of democracy and Hamas came to power.  The US wanted democracy, but didn’t like who showed up.   As Israel continued to choke the people of the Gaza Strip by not allowing supplies in, the now  famous Gaza tunnels were a natural outcome.  Everything from food, medicine, livestock and yes, arms runs through the tunnels.

The Gaza War or Operation Cast led was a three-week bombing and invasion of the Gaza Strip by Israel, and hundreds of rocket attacks on south of Israel which started on December 27, 2008 with a surprise air strike from Israel.  Israel’s stated aim was to stop rocket fire into Israel and arms import into the Gaza strip.  Israeli forces attacked police stations and other Hamas government buildings in the opening assault, striking in the densely populated cities of Gaza, Khan Younis and Rafah.   An Israeli ground invasion began on January 3.  Infantry commanders were given an unprecedented level of access to coordinate with air, naval, artillery, intelligence, and combat engineering units during this second phase.  Between 1,166 and 1,417 Palestinian and 13 Israeli deaths, 4 from friendly fire.  In September 2009, a UN special mission, headed by the South African Justice Richard Goldstone, produced a controversial report accusing both Palestinian militants and Israeli Defense Forces of war crimes and possible crimes against humanity, and recommended bringing those responsible to justice.  In January 2010, the Israeli government released a response criticizing the Goldstone Report and disputing its findings.   In 2011, Goldstone wrote that he no longer believed that Israel intentionally targeted civilians in Gaza. The other authors of the report, Hina Jilani, Christine Chinkin and Desmond Travers, rejected Goldstone’s reassessment.

As a side note, with all the promises including, from the US to rebuild Gaza, it hasn’t been done.  Hard to rebuild when Israel won’t allow cement in.

Gaza Humanitarian Aid, Flotillas and Turkey

There have been many humanitarian groups inside Gaza the past 10 years, one of which is the International Solidarity Movement.  A young American woman named Rachel Corrie had taken a year off to travel to Gaza and join the ISM.   She was killed in the Gaza Strip by an Israel Defence Forces (IDF) bulldozer when she was standing or kneeling in front of a local Palestinian’s home,  acting as a human shield, attempting to prevent the IDF from demolishing the home. The IDF stated that the death was due to the restricted angle of view of the IDF Caterpillar bulldozer driver, while ISM eyewitnesses said “there was nothing to obscure the driver’s view.”  Her family has had a wrongful death suit in the Israeli courts, where they have accused the IDF of withholding information.  (Read more about Rachel Corrie and her family at http://rachelcorriefoundation.org )

Part of the humanitarian efforts have also been Freedom Flotillas to Gaza.  Ships including one named after Rachel Corrie have attempted to land in Gaza and offer aid.   The the Mavi Marmara aid ship was bound for Gaza on May 31, 2010, was intercepted in international waters by IDF, 9 people were killed, including a Turkish  American Furkan Dogan, who was shot with four bullets in his head and one in his chest at close range.   The UN has released its findings, which in short say both parties were wrong, Israel had used excessive force, and they had a right to stop the flotilla.  The report of course is being challenged. ( http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/09/2011978161147706.html)  Turkey has dismissed the Palmer-Uribe Report because its conclusion about the siege contradicts previous statements and reports by the United Nations, including the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council and statements by the U.N. secretary-general. Furthermore, the Palmer Report, contrary to some claims, is not a legally binding document to be voted on at the U.N. nor is the panel a court that can issue a juridical view on Gaza. But by giving a carte blanche to Israel’s piracy in international waters, it has disregarded international law and undermined the fundamental principles of justice and freedom for all including the Palestinians.   Turkey has asked for an apology from Israel.  Israel has refused.

The Netenyahu government’s refusal to issue a formal apology to Turkey has led to a swift reaction from Turkey. Prime Minister Erdoğan ordered the implementation of five measures against Israel including the lowering of diplomatic relations and freezing of military agreements. “No country is above the law,” said Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, referring to  the Israeli exceptionalism in regional and global politics.  PM Erdoğan described Israel as acting “like a spoiled child in the face of all U.N. decisions.” The prime minister also said Turkey has no quarrel with the people of Israel and Jews around the world. Refusing to apologize and then claiming to want to repair relations with Turkey, as Mr. Netenyahu said recently, is not only an oxymoron but also self-delusional. As PM Erdoğan has declared on various occasions, Turkish-Israeli relations will not be normalized until and unless Turkey’s three conditions are met. Turkey keeps the door of diplomacy open, but it is up to Israel to pass through it or close it.  Turkey has also announced it will beef up its naval presence in the Mediterranean  – Egypt and Turkey will hold a joint naval maneuver in Turkish territorial waters by the end of the year. Erdogan is scheduled to go to Egypt on Monday.. Erdogan, meanwhile, continued to up the ante, saying in an Al Jazeera interview that Turkish warships were directed to protect Turkish ships bringing humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, and that from now on “we will not allow our ships to be exposed to Israeli attacks, as was the case with the Mavi Marmara, because if this happens Israel will meet the appropriate response.”

Now let’s go back  to the Rafah Border

On Aug. 18, in violation of the peace treaty, Israeli forces crossed into Egypt in pursuit of  “militants” – ultimately this claimed the lives of five Egyptians.   This is not the first time Egyptians have been killed by Israel.  It happened quite often, and was always given minimal press coverage under Mubarak – as if Egyptian blood was cheap and plentiful.  Things have changed.  Egypt wanted an apology, seems like a reasonable request.   The response?  Israeli Def. Min. Ehud Barak  said in an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 News, Israel’s most widely-watched TV news network … “I didn’t apologize to Egypt, I expressed regret.”    Barak’s exactly statement was:  “Israel deeply regrets the deaths of the Egyptian officers.”  This was not enough for Cairo.  Egypt threatened to pull its ambassador.   Barak noted the importance of the Israel-Egypt peace agreement and expressed appreciation for the “discretion and responsibility” shown by Egypt.  “The peace agreement between Israel and Egypt is of great importance and strategic value to stability in the Middle East,” Barak said.  Barak’s statement came after he held a special situation assessment with IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and other security and intelligence officials.   Barak ordered the IDF to investigate the incident after which a joint investigation will be conducted with the Egyptian military to determine the circumstances of the incident.

The idea that Egyptian blood is cheap, is a seminal point.  Under Mubarak no protest would have ever been tolerated at the Israeli Embassy…but on Aug. 23 there came a new folk hero, dubbed the Egyptian Spiderman or Flagman.  He climbed  13 stories… with nothing  to assist him to remove the Israeli flag and replace with the Egyptian flag.  “This is for Palestine. This is for Egypt. This is for every Arab. This is for every free person,” one Twitter user posted.

About Last Night…

Now let’s look at what happened last night.  Another Friday, another protest.  This time under the heading of  “Correcting the Path of the Revolution” .. frustrated at the slow pace of change, and for some let’s be honest protesting has become a career and lifestyle.   Some have found fame in Tahrir and simply cannot move forward.  The military has been in my opinion,  been wrongly accused by protesters.  It was the military who saved this revolution.  All you have to do is look at Libya and Syria to see what happens when the military doesn’t side with the people from the beginning.  The military deserves much more respect than it is getting from the protestors.  They have done exactly what they said they would do.

The revolutionaries deserve so much credit for having the guts to stand up to tyranny, but they do not have the ability to speak with one voice, the demands change day to day, and there is no readily identifiable leader.  This is a problem.  The continual sit ins and tent city erected in Tahrir was a problem, it would be like putting a tent city on Wall Street.  It would not be tolerated in the US.  It was an obstruction to business and movement forward.  Finally, the military said enough and cleared out Tahrir.  The military never denied the protesters the right to protest peacefully, let’s be very clear about that.  The military not wanting to be accused of using excessive force on civilians pulled out of Tahrir Square completely for Friday’s protest.

Enter the mob mentality….as the day progressed marches began to the Interior Ministry and to the Israeli Embassy.  Things quickly got out of control as the mob mentality ensued.  The beautiful thing about the revolution is it was about Egypt, about Egyptians.  There was no hating America, no hating Israel.  Last night was about wanting the world to know that Egyptian blood is not cheap…and then something went terribly wrong.  The embassy had recently been barricaded by huge cement slabs after the “Flagman” incident.  The barricade was destroyed.  The embassy was entered.

JERUSALEM, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Israel appealed for American help in guarding its Cairo embassy after Egyptian protestors stormed the building housing it on Friday.

A statement from Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said that in conversations with U.S. counterpart Leon Panetta and Obama administration envoy Dennis Ross he had “asked them to protect the embassy from the demonstrators”. (Reporting by Dan Williams; Editing by Jon Boyle)

This absolutely inflamed me.  Why is it the United State’s responsibility to protect an Israeli embassy in Cairo?

In essence, there are two  diplomatic ties under severe strain with Israel and both critical to Israel.  Why?  Because Israel has refused to apologize.  That spoiled child, digging their heels in and refusing to acknowledge they were wrong.  This is a self inflicted wound on Israel.  From the beginning of the Arab Spring they have refused to acknowledge the neighborhood is changing.  Let me be very clear, this is not about being anti Semitic, or not believing Israel has a right to exist in peace, this is about the facts.  This is about Israel growing up, moving from the victim archetype to the empowered survivor archetype.  The world is changing, there is a new paradigm in place.  You can either embrace change and be part of a positive outcome, or you can stand against it and watch your own downfall.

Israeli ambassador Yitzhak Levanon, staff and family members arrived home on Saturday but one diplomat stayed in Egypt to maintain the embassy, an Israeli official said.  Four officers and 42 soldiers were injured in the Israeli Embassy clashes between protesters and security forces on Friday evening. There are three dead and 1049 injured, the Ministry of Health announced on Saturday.  Egypt is on high alert.  Rumors are flying the Egypt’s Prime Minister may resign.

There is no such thing as democracy in a box.  Egypt will get there, there are going to be some serious bumps in the road.  We saw one last night.

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Iranian Warships Pass Thru Suez Canal – Israel Angered

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on February 22, 2011

This will be a relatively short posting.  Iranian warships have passed through the Suez Canal, and Israel is angry.  And?  While Israel is concerned about the  new Egyptian government honoring its peace treaty with Israel it evidently doesn’t extend that same concern to honoring any other international treaties?  The bottom line is: Under international treaty, it may be used “in time of war as in time of peace, by every vessel of commerce or of war, without distinction of flag.  Period. End of Story. Deal with it.



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How to Set the Mood for Success – Mid East Peace Talks

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on August 31, 2010

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef - age does not always promise wisdom

With age we expect a certain amount of wisdom to come, sometimes this is painfully just not the case.  Take for example, an 89 year old Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, founder and spiritual leader of the Shas political party, Rabbi Yosef is one of the most powerful religious figures in Israel.  On Saturday he said  “May our enemies and those who hate us be gone from this world. May the Holy One Blessed Be He strike them down with plague, them and those Palestinians, evil ones and enemies of Israel….Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas] and all these evil people should perish from this world…”God should strike them with a plague, them and these Palestinians.”  Can we say that this was just a one time slip of the tongue so to speak?  Maybe, if it hadn’t been for the fact that in April 2001, he called  for the annihilation of Arabs…”It is forbidden to be merciful to them. You must send missiles to them and annihilate them. They are evil and damnable,” he said.

Probably the most alarming thing here is this man is a crazy spiritual leader.  Once you put God into any equation it is highly flammable.  Of course if anybody were to call for the destruction of Israel -i.e that crazy bastard Mahmoud Ahmadinejad all hell breaks loose.  But here’s the difference – Rabbi Yosef is a leader, a recognized spiritual lead of the very powerful Shas political party in Israel.   Israel is obviously directly involved, Iran is not.   Is he the voice of a few extremists or does he represent the majority?  One might even say that in essence this call for a genocide of the Palestinian people is akin to Hitler justifying  the holocaust of the Jews by using Godly and Biblical reasoning.  One of his most revealing statements makes this quite clear:

“Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.”  Mein Kamp

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Israel Eases Blockade – Exactly What Does That Mean?

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on June 21, 2010

Israel Easing Blockade?

Bowing to international pressure Israel has decided to “ease” the blockade.   “From now on, there is a green light of approval for all goods to enter Gaza except for military items and materials that can strengthen Hamas’ military machine,” Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev said. Great, but  what does that mean exactly?  Does that include cement to rebuild homes?  Or would that be something that would be deemed military use?  Of course the list is not published yet.

What about the goods flowing the other direction?  What about allowing the Palestinians some type of economic empowerment?  I often think of George W. Bush and his statement about Japan being one of our strongest allies.  Yes, after dropping two nuclear bombs on them, that is quite a feat – and no I am not being flippant.  Once people are economically empowered alot can happen.  The US currently has an unemployment rate hovering around +-10%, and people are angry.   Take that 10% and multiply it by 4, over 40% of the people in Gaza are unemployed.  They do not have the option of moving to look for work, they are trapped.  If you are unemployed in Texas, you can always pick up and go look for work in California.  If you are unemployed in Gaza, you can’t pick up.  When you have 80% of the population relying completely on charity for daily living, you have removed dignity, you have removed hope.

Give people economic empowerment, and dignity you give them hope.  I am a skeptic, I admit, nothing ever seems to be in the “light of day” with Israel, there is always an alternate agenda in play, but one can always hope.

“I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be. ”
Thomas Jefferson

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US Warships Pass Thru Suez Canal – Political Muscle Flexing?

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on June 20, 2010

US Warships Thru the Suez Canal

Rumors…traffic in the Suez Canal was halted for several hours in order to allow US Navy vessels, which included an aircraft carrier – some say the USS Harry Truman, which carries infantry troops, armored vehicles and ammunition, to pass from the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea.

It was further reported that eyewitnesses detected an Israeli warship among the vessels. No confirmation has been received from Egyptian authorities.

This report has been circulating for the past 24 hours, the origin is attributed to an online newspaper Al Quds al-Arabi, published in Arabic in the UK.  The facts around all of this are rather murky at this point.

While this in itself may not be an unusual event, given the current political and regional tensions brought to the world by Israel and their blockade on the Palestinian people, it may just add more heat to a fire that has been steadily simmering.

Other reports earlier in the week indicated that Egypt allowed an Iranian flotilla full of humanitarian aid thru the Suez Canal – even tho Israel had asked Egypt not to let the Iranian ship thru.  Further rumors say at least one if not two aid ships from Lebanon were headed to Gaza.  Egypt said it could not legally prevent the flotilla from using the canal due to international treaty laws.

Other reports have indicated that on the flotilla from Iran there are Republican Guards – keep in mind those reports are coming from Israel, which would give a perfect excuse for using any force “necessary” to stop the flotilla.

If in fact, the above rumors are true, then this is lighting the fuse on a powder keg just waiting to explode.  Israel may have succeeded in finally uniting the Arab countries – at the expense of the USA.  It begs the question, will the US “engage” the Iranian flotilla?   What role does the US Navy have in this event?  Are we prepared to light the fuse for the sake of our “special friendship”?  Are we just flexing political muscle?

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Food For Thought – Gaza Blockade

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on June 9, 2010

no frig full of food in gaza

Do you think this is what a refrigerator looks like in Gaza?

The Monkey is getting ready to depart for foreign waters, I have been given a wonderful opportunity this summer and I am going to take advantage of it.  So in preparation for leaving, I am cleaning out my refrigerator, and while I am tossing and carefully opening those little plastic containers (secretly wondering if it will kill the cat if I give it to her) it occurs to me, that those people in Gaza do not  have a refrigerator full of food, let alone the luxury to throw anything away.

This post has been poking at me for quite some time, and this is as good of a time as any to address it.  There has been much more coverage lately of the plight of the people in Gaza – Palestine because of the flotilla raid.  I think perhaps alot of people just assumed that of course the basics of life are allowed in, after all this is 2010 and Israel certainly has compassion, right?  What has come out is that in fact the basics of life are not allowed in to 1. 5 million people for the past 3 years.  Israel has refused to give an accurate list of what is or is not prohibited, and what is allowed in today, may not be allowed in tomorrow.    The  Israeli ambassador to the US – Michael Oren was directly questioned by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer regarding this policy:

BLITZER: A lot of people understand that and appreciate it. What they don’t understand, there are some of the lists of prohibited items that Israel won’t allow into Gaza. I’ll give you an example. The economist reported things like ginger, nutmeg, canned fridge, dried fruit, fresh meats, seeds, and nuts and they go on, musical instruments, newspapers, wood for construction. Is that true that Israel won’t allow these kinds of materials into Gaza?

OREN: The important thing here is that Gaza is getting all these materials through other means, through tunnels under the Egyptian border. We assure that there is no shortage of food or medicine in Gaza. We have 100 trucks a day, at least, going over our border, carrying food and medicine. There’s no shortage of either of these things.

BLITZER: But are these things prohibited from going through?

OREN: You know, Wolf, I don’t have a list in front of me. I hear also things from Hamas and Gaza, from the free Gaza movement. The fact of the matter is our commitment is to assuring this food and humanitarian aid, you know — Gaza strip is a hostile entity to us, and I don’t see where the United States during World War II felt a great need to supply, you know, chocolate to the German people, either.

BLITZER: What do you think of this European Union proposal that they would take over inspecting these ships going into Gaza. They would make sure there’s no security threat to Israel. No weapons or missiles or rockets or missions (ph) or anything like that. They would do the job, and Israel would no longer have to deal with these ships coming, and the EU would check the ships?

(read the entire interview here)

He obviously doesn’t even know what is or is not allowed in.

To deny that there is a humanitarian crisis in Gaza is obscene, the equivalent of denying the holocaust.   For the past three  years 1.5 million people trapped in Gaza have relied on less than a quarter of the volume of imported supplies they received in December 2005.  The UN relief agency for Palestinian refugees Unrwa’s list of household items that have been refused entry at various times includes light bulbs, candles, matches, books, musical instruments, crayons, clothing, shoes, mattresses, sheets, blankets, pasta, tea, coffee, chocolate, nuts, shampoo and conditioner.  (Source BBC)

The blockade is not designed to prevent Hamas from commandeering supplies to launch attacks, it is designed for collective punishment.  I was torn between laughing and crying when I watched an interview of a UN relief worker, saying things like coriander, was not allowed.  What will Hamas do with coriander?  Launch salad rockets?  Tahini, a staple in the middle east made of sesame seed is allowed in, but Halawa is forbidden.  (If you have never had Halawa you have not lived, it is a delicious creamy almost like peanut butter candy made from sesame seeds.)  Anything that would give some sense of normalcy is forbidden.

Here are the facts on Gaza:

The Gaza Strip, a narrow piece of land on the Mediterranean coast, is home to a population of more than 1.5 million. Gaza covers an area of just 360 square kilometres and is considered one of the most densely populated areas in the world.

An estimated 1.1 million people, or three-quarters of the entire population, are Palestine refugees registered with UNRWA. About half a million refugees live in Gaza’s eight refugee camps

Facts and figures

  • 1.1 million registered refugees
  • Eight camps
  • 228 schools with 206,000 pupils
  • Two vocational and technical training centres (Gaza and Khan Younis)
  • 20 primary health centres
  • Six community rehabilitation centres
  • Ten women’s programme centres
  • Ten distribution centres

That’s it folks, that is as good as it gets in Gaza.  Yet, Israel can say we have no humanitarian crisis in Gaza.


As I looked at my bottled water, sparkling in my refrigerator, another statistic hit me – 95% of the water in Gaza is not drinkable.


Looking at my clean refrigerator, knowing that if I so chose right this very minute I could leave my home, and go out for dinner, go to a supermarket, restock my refrigerator, turn on my tap water and watch clean drinkable water flow out, open up the yellow pages and select from well over 20 primary health care centers….

Here’s the reality 3 years after 60,000 homes in Gaza were destroyed by Israel, there has been no rebuilding, Israel won’t let the cement in to rebuild with.  How can you build a country, a city, a community when the basics of life are not being met?

Here’s a refrigerator from Gaza…

Remeber there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza according to Israel.

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Helen Thomas – A Woman with A Pair! Get the hell out of Palestine!

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on June 7, 2010

This monkey has a new hero, her  name is  Helen Thomas and she has covered the white house for almost 60 years, the woman is living history.  She is probably one of the few individuals who remembers, and actually covered the creation of the state of Israel.   She was known for her famous press conference closing line, “Thank you, Mr. President.” – but as of late and in her most recent books she is direct, and her directness came into play on May 27, 2010…she was asked for any comments on Israel…she responded with “Tell ’em to get the hell out of Palestine, remember these people are occupied  and it’s their land, not German, not polish…”

She is absolutely right, and maybe that is the biggest lesson for EVERYBODY, diplomacy is not working with Israel, it is time for the world, it is time for the US to be direct.  She stated it beautifully and to the point, since when is it a problem to be direct? I’ll tell you when, when it comes to Israel, because we – the US in particular feel some type of misguided empathy, some type of responsibility for the holocaust, and Israel wears this badge with honor and has fully immersed itself into the “we are the victim” mentality.  The world has many badges of disgrace to wear, from the American Indians,slavery,the holocaust, the Rwanda massacre, Serbia, the list goes on.

Perhaps some day the world will wear the badge of shame with regards to the Palestinians, I wonder how many of them have to die before we do something?  Is there a magic number that makes us say stop it?  Is there a magic event that has to happen for the world to say enough?  During the holocaust, the world was not fully engaged of the actual horrors that were occurring, death camps hidden away.

George Patton, that great American hero, when he entered into Buchenwald, was encouraged by one of his aids to leave, reminding the General that he still had a war to fight.  Patton responded with…”wait I want to make sure I understand.”  It was horrific, without a doubt. So disgusted that he immediately enacted a strict policy forcing all German citizens in neighboring cities and towns to tour the camps to witness the result of their hateful nationalism, other generals followed Patton’s lead when liberating  other concentration camps.

Patton later acted as  a military governor he spoke of other violations of principle, “Today we received orders . . . in which we were told to give the Jews special accommodations. If for Jews, why not Catholics, Mormons, etc? We are also turning over to the French several hundred thousand prisoners of war to be used as slave labor in France. It is amusing to recall that we fought the Revolution in defense of the rights of man and the Civil War to abolish slavery and have now gone back on both principles.”

In today’s world it is hard to hide things away, the internet brings the world to your doorstep, we no longer have the excuse of “I didn’t know” .  We do know.  We are witnessing a slow holocaust, it is playing out in front of us every day.  The victims have become the oppressors, and where is the cry for justice?

Perhaps it was the spirit of Patton the possessed Helen, or perhaps it was simply she had seen enough and it was time for somebody to speak the truth.

Here’s the video – although I confess I wonder what was edited out, I wonder if this is in fact the full video…and of course the title of video has a nice spin…but none the less here’ssssssssss Helen!~




WASHINGTON, June 7, 2010 – Helen Thomas announced Monday that she is retiring, effective immediately.

Her decision came after her controversial comments about Israel and the Palestinians were captured on videotape and widely disseminated on the Internet.

Thomas later issued a statement: “I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians. They do not reflect my heart-felt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon.’’

Thomas will mark her 90th birthday on Aug. 4.

Yea but Helen you went out with a bang!  Hats off to you!!!

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Americaspeakingout.com – The GOP Taliban

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on June 4, 2010

america speaking out

Americaspeakingout.com - that is if you can tow the Republican Party line

For those of you who have been reading this blog for awhile, it is obvious that Israel’s actions have absolutely inflamed me.  I don’t deny it.  More importantly, I have made a commitment to myself that I will seek the truth, regardless of the fact that it will without a doubt push me outside my comfort zone, and I will make my opinion known to those in “power”, democrat or republican.  Sarah Palin recently tweeted about a new site Washington isn’t listening to the people. Speak out at http://www.americaspeakingout.com/ and take back your government. #speakingout 10:37 AM May 25th via web.  Obviously anything from Sarah Palin is taken with a grain of salt and a healthy dose of suspicion.  I felt compelled to investigate.  It is a site under the leadership of the Republican party, you know what, that’s ok, Republicans are supposed to be the people’s representatives too, right?  Right?  I signed up, and promptly posted the following:  When is the US going to realize that by pampering Israel we continue to put each and every American at risk in the world and abroad? We should have been much more forceful in the UN statement. Solve the Palestinian problem and you will take out the fuel for extremism. I am convinced that those rabid supporters of our special relationship with Israel are more concern about the PAC money. It is time for us to be truly fair and objective. If the Iranian navy had boarded a vessel in international waters we would have been up in arms! Same standard for every country!

All went well…so the next day I signed in again…and decided to ask why the US was not taking a more vocal stance about an American citizen being killed on the flotilla.  And you know what?  I got a little message box that said, this content is inappropriate.  It would not let me post it.  Keep in my I am a 40 plus year old woman, the post was not vulgar, it was not littered with profanities.  It simply asked a straight forward question.  So yes, this got this monkey’s panties in quite a wad.  I posted the following:

Tell me if an idea has no profanity, it is based purely in fact why would it be deemed inappropriate and not able to publish? Or does the GOP not believe in freedom of the speech?….just asking

I got the following responses…

think it has something to do with keywords(My key words were Israel, flotilla)

1.48K Act Pts
The GOP believes in free speech — the kind you can purchase. Money is speech. The rest of us — those they think speech involves the free exchange of ideas — are not welcome at the table.  (A monkey has to agree)
625 Act Pts
They have some incomprehensible filtering system set up to prevent offensive comments, but it’s clearly overly zealous. Contrary to wxnil’s wholly unfounded insinuation, it has nothing to do with the nature of the comment. People trying to post conservative comments are getting blocked too.

wxnil, don’t make stuff up to attack people.  (It’s hard to be a believer huh?  Must be a filtering system sponsored by AIPAC)

My opinion on Americaspeakingout.com …*snort* yea right.  Reminds me of a Frasier episode..
Frasier: [responding to a caller] Roger, at Cornell University they have an incredible piece of scientific equipment known as the Tunneling Electron Microscope. Now, this microscope is so powerful that by firing electrons you can actually see images of the atom, the infinitesimally minute building blocks of our universe. Roger, if I were using that microscope right now, I still wouldn’t be able to locate my interest in your problem.
Trust me they aren’t listening, they have no interest in your problem, your ideas or concerns, they have never listened and I wouldn’t hold my breath that will listen.
This monkey is thinking about opening a website ..  Monkey4officeandipromiseiwontlisten.com

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The Jewish Lobby AIPAC – or Welcome to the United States of Israel

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on June 4, 2010

I have repeatedly stated the reason we – the US has this “special relationship” with Israel is PAC money, political influence.   I invite you to get a large cup of coffee, pull up a chair, and sit down and watch, listen, learn.

John J. Mearsheimer, PhD  an American professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago.  He is a New York Times Best Selling author of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy. His co – author Stephen Martin Walt is a professor of international affairs at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  Along with a host of other politically prominent people speaking out on the realities of the influence of AIPAC.

(There are many versions of the following documentary online, chopped into smaller segments, I choose this one, simply because the video quality is the best)

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