Friday May 24, 2013
They Want Us to Stop Advocating for PalestineTim King Salem-News.com
Sumud - be steadfast, trust your instincts and follow your heart when attacks from within take place .
(SALEM, Ore.) - No required amount of brain energy is needed to reach this conclusion; that Israel wants all of us who write about their apartheid politics to go away, dry up, disappear. They fear our gritty reports about Palestine that slice right up the middle and expose the guts of the Israeli operation to ethnically cleanse land they have taken and claimed as their own for 63 years.
What government already well known for state terrorism would sit around with its thumb up its back side while brave human beings expose their human rights violations - without doing something about it? Israel has endless resources both governmental and financial and is well known for exploiting those assets in bloody and regrettable ways.
American taxpayers fund Israel to the tune of $4 million a day, while their own economically unravels, but that money doesn't change that fact that there is a stark cultural breakdown between Israel and the U.S. It doesn't matter how many Americans move back and forth between the two places; Israelis have their way and Americans have theirs and when Israel sets out to dazzle us with what they believe is brilliant bullshit, we with our eyes open see through it at light speed. Israel has agents and representatives all over the globe, and they are well entrenched in the so-called Palestinian Liberation movement.
Nobody should be surprised by that, but who are they?
Of course in a game of outright deception, it is very hard to know for sure. Actions speak louder than words, even if the 'actions' are only words.
The first thing to look at is who inside the movement is problematic, and then determine why they have priorities that outweigh the liberation of Palestine. It seems fair to conclude that there are a limited number of reasons.
Certainly many are egomaniacs and that is bad almost always, because everyone in life can't be in charge; each person who wishes to control a situation can not in fact do that. In a successful venture some are leaders and some are followers and in the middle are many individual roles, mostly for the journalists, not so much for the activists aboard a ship headed for Gaza with the clear hope of defeating Israeli military policy for the betterment of their fellow human beings. This is where things get serious.
Israel maintains an illegal blockade or 'siege' of all of Palestine and they have no intention of changing this 'prison policy' for the coastal Gaza Strip.
Some seem to believe that the answer is to simply get in a boat, head for Gaza, and when Israel attacks, killing innocent people who are unarmed, to wait for your bullet. The sad truth is that if no TV cameras record it, and no broadcasters and/or Internet groups carry it, then nobody really even knows about it. Therefore it is key to align these brave acts with media attention or all is in vain, since this a movement that seeks to move small mountains.
Others know media coverage is paramount and history shows time and time again, that TV cameras lead to political change. This group also believes it is correct to approach the situation non-violently, but that anyone in this spot has a right to defend their person and property if Israeli soldiers come storming aboard like pirates, before the ship has even entered Gaza's territorial waters.
It is a bad joke that this should become a centerpiece of division within the movement.
Many reading this know the particular case at hand; the ship was the Mavi Marmara and the reporter/activist in this movement who defended that ship from Israeli commandos is Ken O'Keefe. In the U.S., he has had more success getting this in front of people than anyone alive except perhaps for Alison Weir, who is a tireless advocate for Palestine. Each of these extremely talented activists has a knack for public exposure and helping people comprehend the intense violence that their tax dollars fund in Israel. A little exposure to a person like Ken O'Keefe can quickly help an American understand that "supporting Israel" is wrong by every possible account.
My message is this: if it walks like a duck....
And there is even a dose of irony in that, because one thing we are unhappy with Ken O'Keefe about, is his reluctance to duck when the Israel soldiers start firing at him. There is a hint of Duvall on a Vietnam beach calling for his 9'6" Yater Spoon (surfboard from scene in film Apocalypse Now) in this person who totally disregards (Not really but so it seems) his own personal safety to bring a light to those who would be hard pressed to define the word, and those are the people of Gaza, eternally shelled and attacked by Israel, every day, while western media only mentions the occasional Gaza 'rocket attack' - which all told have claimed a total of 28 Israeli lives in all history. Some place the number at 14 - you get the point.
Those who attack Ken O'Keefe only hurt Palestine - the people of Gaza specifically; it is a direct connection, and their long hours spent in slander attacks on activists for Palestine like Ken, aid Israel. Ken's indisputable record makes their point a little like saying Gandhi only wanted a following, or Mandela only cared about getting a personal reward...
The slander teams went right to work when Vik Arrigoni was murdered in Gaza last April, spinning all kinds of nefarious lies that belittled this great man and made a mockery of his heroic accomplishments. It was about his sex life, his integrity, his 'real' motives - same as Ken. Not a word of that garbage was true and the people who wrote that terrible drivel about Vik need to be slapped for their arrogant lies that benefit no entity but the Zionist state. I see a pattern.
Dr. M. Dennis Paul has been writing about the attacks on Ken with a degree of refinement that you won't see with me, and I am glad he has that side of it, because the quest is supposed to be in solidarity, united for a common goal of humanity.
I lose track of that, because I see the effectiveness of the slander and note a scattering of belief systems. We all know from George W. Bush and the war on Iraq that if a lie is stated often enough...
Instead of solidarity, I feel increasing anger toward those who seek to deface the character of the world's most articulate, finely tuned freedom fighter.
And I hope all of you Facebook addicts eventually figure out what a negative day that really has led to for all of us. Facebook is a slander machine and it is friendly toward Israeli policy also, do we forget this? So is YouTube, so is Google. They are not against ethnic cleansing, apartheid and Genocide, but we clearly are. Follow your heart, follow the work of movement leaders with integrity like Ken O'Keefe, and when the slander campaigns are raging, remember his concept of TJP, 'Truth Justice Peace' because that is the order it goes in. Let's get the spies out of this movement.
Anna O'Leary in Ireland and others are engaged in gathering more details and it is building a clearer picture of what is taking place. While we can't be sure, we know a few names of those who have led this campaign against Ken and they are well known in the community. I have no idea why I am reluctant to list them, it seems counterproductive, but those who choose to publish the names in comments are welcome to do so. Stay Human - Restiamo Umani.
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