Friday, June 21, 2019

Last night I had the strangest dream

Last night I had the strangest dream. My country had turned into a Christian nation, and everybody who wasn't part of the church, lost most of their rights. 

Suddenly, only Christians could drive on our nation's major highways. Only Christians could buy property. Our legal system had split into two forms of justice, one for Christians and one for the nonbelievers. In fact, nonbelievers were put under military justice, with few rights and long prison terms for being another religion. Even their children were routinely rounded up and sent to jail.

Some of the prisons for the nonbelievers were immense open air camps behind barbed wire. Christians could shoot into such camps at will, often killing men, women and children. Their fields were destroyed and we cut their food supply to keep them all at the brink of starvation. We didn't let them fish in international waters and routinely shot at their boats. Life for millions of non-Christians was made short and brutish, a sort of punishment for not being of the right faith. 

A funny thing had happened to my Christianity. I knew my religion was full of wise teachings, but I couldn't remember any of them. Now my beliefs were nothing but love for my country and hatred for all non-Christians. I didn't allow anyone to challenge my beliefs either. To me, anyone who questioned what my country had become were simply anti-Christians. 

Last night I dreamed my country had turned into Israel. 


Fred Nagel

BDS will end Israeli apartheid

To the Editor:

Israel is a rogue nation which repeatedly violates international law,  UN resolutions, and the human rights of Palestinians and Bedouins.   This outlaw and criminal  behavior  would not be possible without the  support of the United States and our taxpayer dollars ( $3.8 billion per year).  Since 1967 Israel has demolished 55,000 Palestinian homes - in 1948 Israel demolished 60,000 homes and terrorized  850,000 Palestinians into abandoning their land and homes.  Since 1967 the Israeli army (IDF) has militarily occupied  Gaza and the West Bank, and imposed a brutal blockade on Gaza,  intentionally causing shortages of food, water, electricity, and medical supplies.  This  year peaceful, non-violent  border protests by desperate Palestinians  were met with Israeli army sniper fire that killed over 200 Palestinians  including journalists,  medics, and  disabled demonstrators  in wheelchairs - IDF snipers  severely wounded  more than 20,000 protesters! 

With the relentless, violent and illegal theft of occupied Palestinian lands, homes, and farms  to build apartheid, Jewish only settlements  there are now over 500,000 Jewish settlers occupying over 200 settlements, outposts, and neighborhoods.   Israel has been condemned widely by the international community for it’s brutal ethnic cleansing and creation of an apartheid state where only Jews have full citizenship and rights.  

The non-violent BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions)  movement is attempting to pressure Israel to end it’s military occupation, secure equal rights for all (Jews and Arabs), and to allow Palestinians to return to their  stolen lands.  A boycott ended South African apartheid - hopefully, BDS will end Israeli apartheid. 


Eli Kassirer
New Paltz, NY

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Comments to the Dutchess County Legislature

Greetings to the Dutchess County Legislature.  I’m Gregory DeSylva from Clinton. My comments are about the County partnering with Israel.  I’m leaving copies with documentation here for you.

In 1944, Palestinian Arabs were 69% of the population of the Holy Land [1] and they owned 9 times more of the land than Jews [2].  

This changed radically around 1948, when the creators of the Jewish state ethnically cleansed 711,000 [3] Arabs from the 78% of the Holy Land that became Israel.   According to Ilan Pappe, Israeli Historian, they achieved this through at least 31 massacres of Arabs [4] – sometimes including women and children - terrorizing hundreds of thousands more into fleeing their villages. They then destroyed 418 of these villages [5] to keep the Arabs from returning to them and shot dead a great number unarmed Arabs who still tried to return home [6].

Due to this ethnic cleansing, in 1949 the new Jewish state contained only 14% Arabs [7].  Today, about 20% of Israelis are Arabs, but they’re second-class in terms of where they can own property, education, jobs, and in other regards.

In 1967, Israel extended its reach to the last 22% of the Holy Land through its military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, where many of the 1948 refugees had taken refuge.  Subsequently, it has destroyed 49,320 Arab houses [8] and other structures in the West Bank, creating over 300,000 more refugees [9].  Quickly, Israel began colonizing these remnants of the Holy Land in defiance of international law [10].  Today, over 600,000 Jewish settlers illegally live there [11], and Israel keeps building settlements for more.  To make room, it destroys the homes and livelihoods of the remaining Palestinians, squeezes them into virtual ghettos, and dominates them with an iron fist. Yes, apartheid has come to the Holy Land! 

Dutchess County should not ignore these gross injustices. It should not put business before human rights. It should not partner with Israel until the Palestinians have equal rights to, and in, the Holy Land.

[1] based on Survey of Palestine, Chapter VI, Table 1    
[2] based on The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, by Ilan Pappe, Table 1, p. 295
[3] United Nations Conciliation Commission Report of Oct. 23, 1950
[4] The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, p. 258
[5] Palestinian Refugees: The Right of Return, by Naseer Aruji, p. 50.
[6] Foreign Affairs, Vol. 32, July 1954, p. 556 
[7] Israeli Central Bur. Of Statistics “Statistical Abstract of Israel No. 55”2004
[8] ICAHD.org home page: estimate based on UN OCHA data.
[9] Palestinian Refugees: Mythology, Identity & the Search for Peace, by Robert Bowker  
[10] 4th Geneva Convention Article 49: “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.” 

[11] Human Rights Watch.org “Israel and Palestine Events 2018”

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

U.S. Vets Expose Irish Govt Complicity In War Crimes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlOioJoxO9o


Tarak Kauff and Ken Mayers are two US Army Veterans and members of US Vets for Peace who felt called to come to Ireland to help expose the Irish Governments complicity in US led war crimes in the Middle East and North Africa. They were imprisoned for 13 days without bail and their passports were taken off them affectively holding them hostage in Ireland pending a trial. This legal action is in stark contrast to the treatment Clare Daly and Mick Wallace TD's got for essentially the same crime (both spending only 2 hours in a cell). Please show solidarity and help to spread the word about this hypocrisy. Go to www.afri.ie or www.shannonwatch.org for more information about upcoming fund raising events, trial dates or vigils.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Israel is a rogue nation

To the Editor:

Israel is a rogue nation which repeatedly violates international law, UN resolutions, and the human rights of Palestinians and Bedouins. This outlaw and criminal behavior would not be possible without the support of the United States and our taxpayer dollars ( $3.8 billion per year). Since 1967 Israel has demolished 55,000 Palestinian homes - in 1948 Israel demolished 60,000 homes and terrorized 850,000 Palestinians into abandoning their land and homes. Since 1967 the Israeli army (IDF) has militarily occupied Gaza and the West Bank, and imposed a brutal blockade on Gaza, intentionally causing shortages of food, water, electricity, and medical supplies. This year peaceful, non-violent border protests by desperate Palestinians were met with Israeli army sniper fire that killed over 200 Palestinians including journalists, medics, and disabled demonstrators in wheelchairs - IDF snipers severely wounded more than 20,000 protesters! 

With the relentless, violent and illegal theft of occupied Palestinian lands, homes, and farms to build apartheid, Jewish only settlements there are now over 500,000 Jewish settlers occupying over 200 settlements, outposts, and neighborhoods. Israel has been condemned widely by the international community for it’s brutal ethnic cleansing and creation of an apartheid state where only Jews have full citizenship and rights.  

The non-violent BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) movement is attempting to pressure Israel to end it’s military occupation, secure equal rights for all (Jews and Arabs), and to allow Palestinians to return to their stolen lands. A boycott ended South African apartheid - hopefully, BDS will end Israeli apartheid. 

Eli Kassirer

Saturday, April 13, 2019

The thrill of being overlords in the Promised Land

It is a bright new day in Dutchess County. Some of our most important leaders are joining forces to link the county and its educational institutions to the "only democracy" in the Middle East, Israel.

Important things happen when great minds get together. The president of Vassar College seems to have discussed plans with the Deputy Consul General during her trip to Israel. Now, many more leaders on on board, including our county executive, and decision makers at the Culinary Institute and IBM. Here are some suggestions for how this visionary group might partner with the apartheid state.

Israel already trains many U.S. police forces in military tactics and weaponry. Maybe the police in Poughkeepsie and Beacon could patrol in armored vehicles rather than on bikes. Checkpoint technology might also benefit these communities. People of the wrong color or religion could be made to wait in long lines and be inspected before they travel out of their areas. Israel's high tech surveillance industry could be used to track goings on within these inner city ghettos.  

On a cheerier note, Dutchess County could benefit from all the Israeli products that support the occupation, like Jaffa oranges, Ahava cosmetics, Sabra hummus and Psagot wines. Nothing like the taste and feel of products that come from appropriated territories. The Culinary Institute could even create a "settlement restaurant" where diners could experience the thrill of being overlords in the Promised Land. 

You would have to be a real anti-semite not to be enthused. 


Fred Nagel

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Sitting in a foreign jail

Some veterans talk about serving their country by flying the flag and buying a red poppy. Nothing wrong with that approach. 

Others end up sitting in a foreign jail so America's youths don't get chewed up fighting in this country's endless wars for oil. 

Tarak Kauff, local Army veteran and member of Veterans For Peace, is in the second category. Tarak and a Vietnam veteran, Ken Mayers, were holding up a banner at Shannon Airport when they were arrested and later denied bail. They now share a cell in Limerick Jail. 

Their banner reads: "U.S. Veterans say Respect Irish Neutrality. U.S. War Machine out of Shannon Airport - Veterans For Peace." Shannon is a refueling stop for planes flying young GI's to the Middle East. 

After centuries of ruthless British rule, one might think that Ireland would be more sympathetic to the victims of American's endless wars abroad. Why is Ireland helping to send U.S. troops to Iraq and Afghanistan? And why is Ireland locking up U.S. veterans protesting occupation in the Middle East?

Why don't you ask the Irish Embassy why? Call: 202 462 3939 and leave a recorded message.


Fred Nagel