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Senate Prepares to Put Flotilla Activists on "Terrorist List"--U.S. Blessing for Israeli Murders & Future Murders

I was distressed to come across these passages by Ira Chernus in truthout. Will many people even on the Left close their eyes on this one? Let humanitarians and peace activists twist in the wind on behalf of their Israel loyalty? Let our government give Israeli violence a pass which will guarantee the perpetration of future violence with U.S. protection "on the record"?

There's a similar move brewing in Congress, this one aimed at discrediting the flotilla movement by keeping all its participants out of the US because they are "terrorists." Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are circulating a bipartisan letter calling on Obama to put the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH) on the US "terrorist" list.

At a press conference pushing this effort, Rep. Eliot Engel justified Israel's blockade of Gaza and its attacks on ships trying to break the blockade, using the familiar mantra: "The United States must stand with Israel as it seeks to carry out legitimate acts of self-defense." "Legitimate acts of self-defense" will surely be the conclusion of the Israeli probe, too.

Chernus:

The popular picture of Israel as a defenseless ghetto, packed with innocent, vulnerable Jews surrounding by raging anti-Semites, is the big lie that lets all the little falsehoods about Israeli policy flourish.

[snip]

It also insures that little or no harm will befall the big lie with which all Israeli governments have justified their violence against Palestinians and the ensuing cover-ups. And it encourages the Israelis to count on the big lie to justify future violence against the many flotillas yet to come.

The same big lie is part of the reason the U.S. government so often stands, and lies, with Israel - even when that policy obviously runs counter to U.S. interests and alienates the U.S. from the international community, as in the current case of the flotilla investigation. How big a part the lie plays is anyone's guess. There's no way to prove it. But it would be dangerous to underestimate it.

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Submitted by libbyliberal on

comment from kevin3g at buzzflash.net:

They came first for ACORN
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't in ACORN
Then they came for the Gaza blockade activists
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Gaza activist
Then they came for me
and no one was left to speak up.

Submitted by Fran on

When the Terrorist Watch List first came out, it turned out that they were watching some Quaker groups. (I am a little vague since this was a few years ago now. I think they were Meetings for Worship. as opposed to peace, activist or political groups.) This was pretty funny because peace is a major component of our witness. (So, we could hardly be terrorists!) But I guess, to our government, that is subversive (and that is what they are really talking about).

Well, I certainly hope so!

Maybe, if our government keeps taking positions that are so ridiculous, it will highlight the insincerity of many of our policies.

Submitted by libbyliberal on


http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25789.htm

Yvonne Ridley:

The Los Angeles Times reveals that UC Irvine has told its university students that the Muslim Student Union will be suspended for one year because it dared to criticize Israel and protested during a speech given by the Israeli Ambassador. So there you have it – freedom of speech is now banned.

The unprecedented action also sends out a chilling message to students across the USA who might consider demonstrating, rallying or protesting against the Zionist state and its supporters. Free speech, it seems, is a thing of the past in Barack Obama’s America.

And should you be in any doubt, read a story about the latest decision to emerge from the US Supreme Court.

In a majority 6-3 ruling it becomes virtually impossible for anyone to put food into the mouths of malnourished babies in Gaza or to give money to a charity to do the humanitarian act for you.

Insane as it sounds, it is now a crime in America to work for peace and human rights in Gaza because the day-to-day running of The Strip is carried out by the democratically-elected Hamas government. Therefore it would be virtually impossibly to bypass Hamas to operate in Gaza.

In an astonishing McCarthy-like ruling any American who even offers advice to banned organizations like Hamas, including legal assistance and information on conflict resolution, will be prosecuted as terrorists. Be afraid, be very afraid … this is happening in the USA, here and now.

Barack Obama’s barmy administration reckons that even giving advice intended for peaceful purposes will amount to "material support" for terrorism. "The supreme court has ruled that human rights advocates, providing training and assistance in the nonviolent resolution of disputes, can be prosecuted as terrorists," said David Cole, a Georgetown university law professor who argued the case before the court. In the name of fighting terrorism, the court has said that the first amendment [on free speech] permits congress to make it a crime to work for peace and human rights. That is wrong."

The ruling is designed to intimidate Palestinian supporters and their fundraising activity. Some have already been prosecuted and jailed for raising cash for social groups dealing with issues such as housing and welfare in Gaza.

The government's case was enthusiastically argued in February by Elena Kagan, who is now the Obama administration's nominee to the supreme court. She said: "Hizb’Allah builds bombs. Hizb’Allah also builds homes. What Congress decided was when you help Hizb’Allah build homes, you are also helping Hizb’Allah build bombs. That's the entire theory behind the statute.”

How soon, and I am serious, before Congress makes us have to make loyalty oaths to Israel? To be a humanitarian about the plight of Gaza is to be an enemy of the US? If this is allowed by the so-called Left it is a betrayal. It is "out-good-Germaning" the Good Germans. How ironic, too.