UPDATE FROM THE
Israel Lobby Watch
COUNTDOWN TO APARTHEID
Jeff Halper, The Electronic Intifada, 27 May 2006
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s address to both
houses of Congress was perhaps the most skilled use of
Newspeak since George Orwell invented the term in his
novel 1984. Just as Orwell’s totalitarian propagandists
proclaimed WAR IS PEACE and Israeli government signs
placed at the Wall (sorry, fence) at the entrance to
Bethlehem greet Palestinians with the blessing PEACE BE
UNTO YOU, so Olmert declared in Washington: UNILATERAL
REALIGNMENT IS PEACE.
Israel Lobby Watch
EHUD OLMERT, UNREASONABLY REASONABLE?
Eugene Bird, CNI, 28 May 2006
The Palestinian ambassador Afif Safieh, since his
arrival in Washington several months ago, has often
used the line "We Palestinians have been unreasonably
reasonable" in the approach to retrieving their land
for achieving peace. Was Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in
his appearance before a joint session of Congress
unreasonably reasonable in suggesting that negotiations
could go forward because he was willing to give up some
of his dream of having all of the Holy Land? Well,
maybe. Yesterday's speech by Olmert was the sixth time
that an Israeli head of government has been given the
honor of appearing before a joint session of Congress
in the last thirty years.
SUMMER TIME AND THE LIVING'S UNEASY
Zachary Wales, The Electronic Intifada, 26 May 2006
On Wednesday afternoon, 23-year-old Sama was stepping
out of a taxi in Ramallah's bustling Manara Circle,
when machine gun fire erupted. An undercover Israeli
Defense Force (IDF) kidnapping mission, aimed at a
senior Islamic Jihad figure, had run amok. Sama took
cover in a side-street as the events unfolded. It
started with youths hurling stones at the IDF agents --
they were disguised as locals -- and setting their car
ablaze. Within minutes, about 11 armored IDF jeeps
arrived, surrounding the Lo'Lo'A building on Manara,
where the agents supposedly were. Two IDF helicopters
came on the scene to provide further backup as the IDF
made its violent withdrawal.
Israel Lobby Watch
INTERVIEW WITH PROF. NORMAN FINKELSTEIN
Christopher Brown, The Electronic Intifada, 25 May 2006
Well I think to begin with I don't think that anyone
believes that American coverage of the Israel/Palestine
conflict is evenhanded. I don't even think that
journalists and editors who are responsible for that
coverage believe it. The coverage in the American media
of the Israel/Palestine conflict is, frankly, useless.
I don't read it at all, I'll be perfectly honest, and I
stopped reading it. I don't read the editorials, I
don't read the op-eds, and I don't read the news
columns. You learn absolutely nothing from it.
CRUSHED BY GATE OF OCCUPATION
Sam Bahour, Live from Palestine , 24 May 2006
Thaer was awaiting his family to visit from Beit Lekya,
his village that is besieged by Israel’s Separation
Wall. He was not sure who exactly would be his visitors
this time or what kind of news they would bring. He was
busy in his cell thinking of how to receive his family.
He never thought in his worst nightmares that, instead
of the joy of receiving his family, he would receive
the news of his daughter’s fatal injury which led to
her death. At home, Thaer’s daughter Rafida was rushing
to her fate. She woke early in the morning and then
woke her mother, wanting to get an early start on the
long trip to her father.
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