Tuesday, September 18, 2012
To the Editor:
Yom Kippur is the highest of Jewish holy days. During these days of repentance and atonement Jews ask forgiveness for their own wrongdoings and give forgiveness for wrongs committed against them. It has been documented extensively by historians, human rights organizations and the UN that since 1948 the Jewish State of Israel has stolen Palestinian land and water, humiliated, impoverished, imprisoned, and killed innocent Palestinian men, women, and children. Are the Israeli Jews and their American supporters asking forgiveness for these sins? Or are they busy justifying, rationalizing and self-righteously proclaiming the need for these abominations?
I am hoping and praying that my own anger, resentment, and bitterness towards Israeli sins will be forgiven. And I am trying to move towards a place of forgiveness in my own heart for those supporters of Israel who are responsible for the unnecessary pain, suffering, and devastation inflicted upon innocent Palestinians. Finally, I hope Palestinians will find forgiveness in their hearts for me since it is the actions of my own government and my tax dollars that allow and encourage Israel in itís ongoing oppression and persecution of the Palestinians.
Posted by Fred at 8:31 AM
In a US political climate awash in corporate money, there is one immensely powerful interest group that always lies beneath the surface.
The poster boys for these immense gifts to major parties and candidates are the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson. Their fortunes read like crime novels, combining bribes of governmental officials, money laundering, manipulating the world’s gasoline futures, environmental destruction, and assaults on the rights of working people. And they bring the same zeal and lack of ethics into the buying of our elections.
There is one aspect of their perfidy, however, that lies hidden from public view. Our media won't touch the one area of their "philanthropy" that is most damaging to the interests of our country as a whole, and that is their support of rightwing racism and militarism in Israel.
All three billionaires are intimately connected to Israel, and support its government's extremist view about getting rid of all Palestinians because God gave the land to Jews.
Adelson, billionaire casino magnate with ties to organized crime, paid Newt Gingrich 10 million to say that Palestinians were an “invented” people. Now all three are preparing to spend even more on candidates who will go to war with Iran.
What will it take before Americans stand up to this blatant corruption of our political system by outside influences? Another war because three billionaire, Zionist ideologues have the money to buy elections? Weren't the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan enough for the Israeli lobby?
Posted by Fred at 8:30 AM
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif dies at Guantanamo
Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif was one of the poets whose poems we read when we had our readings of poems by Guantanamo inmates. This was his poem:
They are criminals, increasing their crimes.
They are criminals, claiming to be peace-loving.
They are criminals, torturing the hunger strikers.
They are artists of torture. †They are artists of pain and fatigue,
They are artists of insults and humiliation.
They are faithless - traitors and cowards
They have surpassed devils with their criminal acts.
They do not respect the law, They do not respect men,
They do not spare the elderly, They do not spare the baby-toothed child.
They leave us in prison for years, uncharged, Because we are Muslims.
Where is the world to save us from torture?
Where is the world to save us from the fire and sadness?
Where is the world to save the hunger strikers?
But we are content, on the side of justice and right, Worshiping the Almighty.
And our motto on this island is, salaam.
Posted by Fred at 9:19 AM