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The right to criticize Israel
Published December 7, 2000
While we're over here, stewing about our election, the Israeli
government continues to kill Palestinians and to strangle the rest economically
simply because the Palestinians have the audacity to demand an end to
33 years of illegal and military occupation.
Let me tell you something else that's interesting: The United Nations
has condemned Israel for using excessive force. The United Nations
Commissioner of Human Rights has condemned Israel for using excessive force.
The Physicians for Human Rights, an independent human-rights
organization, after examining wounds in Palestinian hospitals, has condemned
Israel for using excessive force. Amnesty International has condemned
Israel for using excessive force.
The United States secretary of state, Madeleine Albright, says,
however, that Israel is a victim of aggression and is only defending itself.
Now that lady is either nutty or evil. If she's so disconnected from
reality that she thinks that people with no army, whose dead number 250
and whose wounded exceed 5,000, are a threat to the most powerful
military state in the Middle East, she's nutty. If she's deliberately lying,
Furthermore, if the United States government treated American Indians
or blacks in precisely the same way in every detail that the Israeli
government treats Palestinians, people would be screaming to high heaven.
I confess I'm mystified how decent Americans can condone the brutality
and abuse that Israel inflicts on innocent Palestinians. If you're
thinking that you don't have the right to criticize a foreign government,
let me set you straight: Your government has given a cumulative total of
85 billion of your tax dollars through the years to the Israeli
government. I think that buys you a right to criticize.
The truth is, I fear, that Palestinians won't get their independence
until Americans get theirs. The Israeli occupation forces hold down the
Palestinians, and our government appears to be the captive of the
Israeli lobby. You might write your congressman and senators and remind them
that they ran for office in the United States, not in Israel, and that
they took an oath to defend America, not Israel. You might also tell
them that it is not in our national interest to be seen the world over as
a flaming hypocrite, nor is it in our national interest to alienate 1.1
billion Muslims who happen to control more than 60 percent of the
world's oil reserves.
As an aside, let me clear up a matter. In reprimanding a politician for
a racist slur against Palestinians who had killed two Israeli
undercover agents, I suggested that he use the same slur against Israeli killers
of Palestinians. The case I cited was a man whom people in Ramallah
believe was kidnapped and beaten to death either by settlers or Israeli
soldiers. The Physicians for Human Rights, at the request of an Israeli
human-rights group, examined the X-rays and pictures, talked with
doctors and family, and came to the conclusion that his injuries were caused
by an automobile accident. All of the Palestinian doctors involved in
the case, however, disagree with the report and say they plan to issue
their own report. So there you have it: a medical disagreement.
At any rate, examples of Israelis killing Palestinians are plentiful
enough. There are the children shot to death, not to mention the 28
Palestinian men and women killed by a Jewish settler in Hebron a few years
ago. When the Israeli terrorist paused to change magazines in his
weapon, surviving Palestinians overpowered him and beat him to death with his
The other Israeli settlers who were mighty proud of their mass killer
turned his grave into a shrine.
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