Friday, April 20th, 2012
Posted by Jim W. Dean
Only Israel Can Delegitamize Israel - And It’s Doing a Good Job!
“Should we be unable to find a way to honest cooperation and honest pacts with the Arabs, then we have learned absolutely nothing during our two thousand years of suffering and deserve all that will come to us.” … Albert Einstein
An Experienced Protestor – Uri Hits the Dirt to Dodge the Rubber Bullets and Gas
Uri Avnery is back with us again with a two front report. An Israeli Colonel gun butts a Danish bicycle protestor in front of a bunch of video cameras and makes the nightly world news on Israeli hospitality.
If Israelis were treated like this by ‘take your pick’, just imagine what the likes of a Murdoch media empire would to with that.
Uri also shares with us the IDF’s heroic defense of the Ben Gurion airport from sixty “Flytilla” activist who slipped through the European airport outgoing flight screening. VT is happy to report that no Jews were forced into the sea.
There was no report of the Flytilla crowd being Iranian agents attempting open a Western Front against Israel as a strategic game changer for Israeli Highway to Hell determination to attack Iran.
Bibi Netanyahu was milking the holocaust for all that he thought he could get. If he does not lighten up the ‘H’ word will have about as much credibility as the anti-semite smear. It is is fast becoming a laughing stock due to it’s overuse by Jewish and Zionist bullies the world over.
Uri and Bike – During His Early Irgun Career
Uri is very popular here at VT. First, we like the older folks who have ‘been there and done that’. And secondly, we all wish we could write like he does, but alas we have not walked in his shoes.
But we do enjoy sharing his work with our readers because there is a virtual black out on him in the American media, or should I say Murdoch media or Israeli Lobby media?
So off we go to Uri our veteran dot connector with the resume going back to his Irgun days as a teenager where he reveals for the first that I have seen in his columns some of what he did for them.
Few of us were hiding guns for terrorists during our boy scout days. Our mothers would have killed us, and I am not sure that was against the law in the old days.
I seem to remember a phrase, “I brought you into this world, and I can take you out!” Mothers had such wonderful ways for showing their attachment to us back in the 50′s.
“Stupid and Mean and Brutal” … Uri Avnery April 21, 2012
Still Fighting for Peace and Justice in his Eighties
“In blood and sweat / A race will arise to us / Proud and generous and brutal…” Thus wrote Vladimir (Ze’ev) Jabotinsky, the founder of extreme right-wing Zionism, who was also a writer and a poet. Present-day Likud leaders see him as their forefather, much as Stalin saw Karl Marx.
The world “brutal” stands out, because it seems implausible that Jabotinsky really meant it. His Hebrew was not very good, and he probably meant something like “hard” or “tough”.
If Jabotinsky saw today’s Likud, he would shudder. His was a 19th century mixture of extreme nationalism, liberalism and humanism.
Paradoxically, brutality is the only one of the three traits that is prominent in our life today, especially in the occupied Palestinian territories.
There is nothing there to be proud of, and generosity is something associated with the despised leftists.
THE ROUTINE, everyday brutality that governs the occupied territories was caught on video this week. A searing flash in the darkness.
It happened on Route 90, a highway that connects Jericho with Beth She’an along the Jordan River. It is the main road of the Jordan valley, which our government aims to annex to Israel one way or another. It is reserved solely for Israeli traffic and closed to Palestinians.
There is a Palestinian joke about this. During the post-Oslo negotiations, the Israeli team insisted on retaining this road. The Palestinian chief negotiator turned to his colleagues and exclaimed: “What the hell, if we have got 89 other roads, why insist on this one?”
A group of young international pro-Palestinian activists decided to demonstrate against the closure of the road. They invited their Palestinian friends to a jolly bicycle ride along it. They were stopped by a unit of the Israeli army.
For some minutes they faced each other: the cyclists, some with Arab keffiyehs (headdresses) draping their shoulders, and the soldiers with their rifles.
Colonel Shalom Eisner getting ready to sucker punch the Dane.
The drill in such a situation is for the army to call the police, who are trained for this job and who have the means for non-lethal crowd dispersal. But the commander of the army unit decided otherwise.
What happened then was shown on a video clip taken by one of the protesters. It is clear, unambiguous and unequivocal.
The officer, a lieutenant-colonel, is standing opposite a fair-haired young man, a Dane, who was just looking on, neither saying nor doing anything. Nearby, protesters and soldiers are standing around. No sign of violence anywhere.
Suddenly the officer raises his rifle, holding it horizontally, one hand on the butt and one on the barrel, and then he drives the squared-off end of the magazine hard into the young Dane’s face.
The victim falls backward on the ground. The officer grins with satisfaction.
IN THE evening, Israeli TV showed the clip. By now, almost every Israeli has seen it a hundred of times. The more one sees it, the more one is shocked. The sheer brutality of this completely unprovoked act makes one flinch.
Eisner Delegitamizes Israel – Not What They Pay Him For, or Is It?
To veterans of demonstrations in the occupied territories, there is nothing new in this incident. Many have suffered brutality in many different forms.
What was unusual in this case was that it was caught on camera. And not a hidden camera. There were quite a lot of cameras around. Not only those of the protesters, but those of army photographers, too.
The officer must have been aware of this. He just did not give a damn.
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