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Obstructing Peace Netanyahu Style

Posted by uscsjp on June 16, 2009

Dave Brown, The Independent, The Daily Cartoon, Tuesday 16 June 2009

Dave Brown, The Independent, The Daily Cartoon, Tuesday 16 June 2009

Democracy Now!: Netanyahu Outlines Vision for a Demilitarized Palestinian State with Israel Controlling the Borders and Airspace of Palestine

“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered what was billed as a major policy speech on Sunday, accepting the creation of a Palestinian state on the condition that it would be completely demilitarized and have no control over its airspace. He also said that Israel would refuse to engage with Hamas. Palestinian officials condemned Netanyahu’s speech, saying it closed the door to permanent status negotiations…”

Democracy Now!, 15 June, 2009

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/6/15/netanyahu_outlines_vision_for_a_demilitarized

See Also: The Electronic Intifada

Obama in Cairo: A Bush in sheep’s clothing?

US President Barack Obama speaking at Cairo University, 4 June 2009. (Chuck Kennedy/White House Photo--courtesy of The Electronic Intifada)

US President Barack Obama speaking at Cairo University, 4 June 2009. (Chuck Kennedy/White House Photo--courtesy of The Electronic Intifada)

“Once you strip away the mujamalat — the courtesies exchanged between guest and host — the substance of President Obama’s speech in Cairo indicates there is likely to be little real change in US policy. It is not necessary to divine Obama’s intentions — he may be utterly sincere and I believe he is. It is his analysis and prescriptions that in most regards maintain flawed American policies intact.

Though he pledged to ‘speak the truth as best I can,’ there was much the president left out. He spoke of tension between ‘America and Islam’ — the former a concrete specific place, the latter a vague construct subsuming peoples, practices, histories and countries more varied than similar.

Labeling America’s ‘other’ as a nebulous and all-encompassing ‘Islam’ (even while professing rapprochement and respect) is a way to avoid acknowledging what does in fact unite and mobilize people across many Muslim-majority countries: overwhelming popular opposition to increasingly intrusive and violent American military, political and economic interventions in many of those countries…”

Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 5 June 2009

http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10576.shtml

And Finally, From CounterPunch:

The End of Free Speech?

Criminalizing Criticism of Israel

By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

“On October 16, 2004, President George W. Bush signed the Israel Lobby’s bill, the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act.  This legislation requires the US Department of State to monitor anti-semitism world wide.

To monitor anti-semitism, it has to be defined.  What is the definition?  Basically, as defined by the Israel Lobby and Abe Foxman, it boils down to any criticism of Israel or Jews.

Rahm Israel Emanuel hasn’t been mopping floors at the White House.
As soon as he gets the Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 passed, it will become a crime for any American to tell the truth about Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and theft of their lands.

It will be a crime for Christians to acknowledge the New Testament’s account of Jews demanding the crucifixion of Jesus.

It will be a crime to report the extraordinary influence of the Israel Lobby on the White House and Congress, such as the AIPAC-written resolutions praising Israel for its war crimes against the Palestinians in Gaza that were endorsed by 100 per cent  of the US Senate and 99 per cent  of the House of Representatives, while the rest of the world condemned Israel for its barbarity.

It will be a crime to doubt the Holocaust.

It will become a crime to note the disproportionate representation of Jews in the media, finance, and foreign policy.

In other words, it means the end of free speech, free inquiry, and the First Amendment to the Constitution. Any facts or truths that cast aspersion upon Israel will simply be banned…”

CounterPunch, 7 May, 2009

http://www.counterpunch.org/roberts05072009.html

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