imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Publish RSS
Tell the NSA: StopWatching.US

Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

CopWatch LA

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List





IMC Network: www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech
printable version - json version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles
link:

Israel's Racist of the Year Award

by Stephen Lendman Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 at 11:35 PM
lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net

Israel

Israel's Racist of the Year Award

by Stephen Lendman

Israeli racism is longstanding. It's institutionalized. Imagine honoring it. Israel did so. It finds new ways of reaching new lows. It disgraces itself in the process.

It shouldn't surprise. It's common practice. Jews alone matter. Arabs are considered subhuman.

Mondoweiss co-editor Philip Weiss headlined "Defense of separation wall = Prize for service to humanity."

"Israel honors New Republic literary editor Leon Wieseltier."

He's "in the money." He got the million dollar Dan David prize. It's from a Tel Aviv University foundation. It's awarded for innovative and interdisciplinary research. It's been done since 2002.

Israeli critics are excluded. Past honorees include Tony Blair and Al Gore. They're war criminals. They deserve prison time, not awards.

Wieseltier's a notorious racist. He supports occupation harshness. He opposes Palestinian liberation. He's against their right to resist. He shames himself for doing so. It doesn't surprise. More on him below.

He worked for former New Republic (TNR) owner Martin Peretz. He served as editor from 1974 - 2011. In 2012, he sold out to Facebook head Chris Hughes.

He turned TNR into a pro-Israeli mouthpiece. He supports its worst crimes. He calls Arabs "violent, fratricidal, unreliable, primitive, crazed and barbarian."

They created a "wretched society." They're "cruel, belligerent, intolerant, (and) fearing." Palestine's "an utter fiction," a "fraudulent nation-state," he claims.

They're "murderous, grotesque, (and) can't even run a post office." Their societies "have gone bonkers over jihad."

They "feign outrage when they protest what they call American (or) Israeli atrocities."

They "behave like lemmings, (and) are not shocked at all by what in truth must seem to them not atrocious at all."

"I can’t imagine any venture requiring trust with Arabs turning out especially well. That is, you will say my prejudice, but some prejudices are built on real facts, and history generally proves me right. Go ahead, prove me wrong," he dares.

"Muslim life is cheap, most notably to Muslims. And among those Muslims led by the Imam Rauf (leader of those seeking to create the Muslim religious center near ground zero) there is hardly one who has raised a fuss about the routine and random bloodshed that defines their brotherhood."

"So yes, I wonder whether I need honor these people and pretend that they are worthy of the privileges of the First Amendment which I have in my gut the sense that they will abuse."

Working for Peretz requires accepting his racism. Wieseltier had no problem doing so. His views remain hardline. He's a million dollars richer for them.

Dan David's Prize board called him:

"a foremost writer and thinker who confronts and engages with the central issues of our times, setting the standard for serious cultural discussion in the United States."

His latest column shows why Dan David approves. On February 15, he headlined "Good Fences, Bad Neighbors: Israel and the Palestinians."

He claimed walls make Israel safer. "Since threats encircle Israel, the barriers encircle Israel." They do so for protection, he says. "Their efficacy from the standpoint of security cannot be denied."

Saying so doesn't wash. Security never was at issue. Land theft and ethnic cleansing alone matter.

Wieseltier supports neoconservative extremism. He's ideologically reactionary and hardline.

He supports Israel's worst crimes. He suppresses information exposing them. He once called TNR "cops" policing beltway discourse on Israel. He features invectives against Israeli critics.

"Orientalism" is one of Edward Said's most important books. Wieseltier called it "little more than the abject canards of Arab propaganda."

He says Palestinians aren't willing "to recognize the historical grandeur of compromise." He "yearns for serious Palestinian diplomacy." He blames them for Israeli crimes.

He defends US imperialism. He belonged to the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq. It prioritized destroying the cradle of civilization.

He's a former Project for the New American Century member. Uber-hawks infested it.

It reinvented itself as the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI). Policies remain unchanged. Permanent war and imperial dominance are prioritized.

He attends AIPAC conventions. In 2008, he participated on a panel with Michael Oren. In July 2009, Obama appointed him US ambassador to Israel.

He and Wieseltier defended Israeli lawlessness. They defended the indefensible. Their views were shamelessly one-sided.

"The absence of peace does not constitute the failure of Zionism," said Wieseltier.

"I’m one of those Jews for whom Zionism remains a beautiful word."

Saying so suppresses vital truths. Zionism menaces Jews and non-Jews alike. It menaces humanity.

It's corrosive, destructive, racist, extremist, undemocratic and hateful. It's repugnant, indefensible and malignant. It's contemptuous of fundamental rule of law principles, moral values, and ethical standards.

It claims Jewish supremacy, specialness and uniqueness. It says Jews are God's "chosen people."

It espouses violence, not peaceful coexistence. It chooses confrontation over diplomacy. It prioritizes strength through militarism, intimidation, and naked aggression.

Wieseltier criticized Obama for not destroying Syria like Libya. "How can the president dine out on Libya if he is not prepared to do the same for Syria," he asked?

He blames Assad for Washington's crimes. He wants him ousted. He said Obama "should aid and arm the Free Syrian Army." He’s doing so generously already.

Earlier he excoriated liberals. He denounced their "wholesale repudiation of Bush's foreign policy, including the rejection of anything resembling his 'freedom agenda.' "

"Whatever one's views of the Iraq war," he added, "it really does not seem too much to ask of American liberals that they think a little less crudely about democratization - not only about its moral significance but also about its strategic significance."

He assails writers critical of Israeli lawlessness. He calls them anti-Semitic. He says waging war on Hamas is just. It "maintains its terrorist and theocratic sway over Gaza," he claims.

It's Palestine's legitimate government. He suppresses uncomfortable truths. He turns them on their head. He's well paid to  do so.

He prioritizes keeping Israel Jewish. Doing so requires denying Arabs all rights. His commentaries stop short of saying of what they imply. They define his racist ideology. His moral bearings are lost. Perhaps he never had them in the first place.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour

http://www.dailycensored.com/israels-racist-of-the-year-award/
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Local News

Los Angeles Joins Nationwide March Against Mainstream Media #MAMSM A20 3:04PM

Has KPFK's GM Duncan just dis-appeared? A20 12:35PM

Michael Ruppert dead. A18 6:17PM

Pacifica voting in secret with no accountability? Is this part of KPFK ? A18 3:39PM

Kassim Alhimidi convicted of murder A17 8:33PM

Members of Bundy Family Explain Bundy Ranch Stand-Off With Bureau of Land Management (BLM) A17 1:03AM

Here's some interesting privatization connections in regards to the LAUSD District 1 race A15 4:25PM

Rock, Rap & Speakout vs Poverty, Prisons & War A13 3:16PM

Report Back: 4th Annual Hahamongna Walkabout A13 2:33PM

Pacifica Exe Director position is in confusion still putting KPFK at risk A10 3:52PM

Bernard Duncan, prior GM of KPFK is still in play A08 5:01PM

San Diego May Dai Workers Film Festival A06 5:11PM

Southern California Joins Worldwide Wave Of Action A05 2:31AM

Pacifica board members named here, who attempted ousting ED A04 1:06PM

LA Weekly promotes a slanted view of Pacifica/ KPFK A04 10:36AM

More Info about Pacifica, which holds KPFK's license, etc. A03 2:08PM

Listen to KPFK's staff talking to Pacifica Exe Director M29 7:31PM

Pacifica IS also KPFK, so let's not ignore what going on M29 5:42PM

Reported excerpts of Pacifica's - and that's KPFK's - incidents happening - update M29 5:14PM

Repost from Counterpunch re Pacifica - KPFK too involved M29 2:10PM

Forever intertwined: KPFK, WBAI, Gary Null ? M28 4:10PM

Why is KPFK still failing to thrive ? M28 3:32PM

GLOBAL DAY of ACTION for the Indonesian Rainforests! M27 3:06PM

Opponents of SB County Jail's Letter Ban to Share Progress, Next Steps M27 9:58AM

Pacifica Radio, Rwanda, and DR Congo M26 2:29PM

International Multicultural Literary Magazine Features Armenia in Spring Issue M25 11:14AM

Why is KPFK still failing to thrive ? M24 9:10PM

Home-less-free occupying is not a free ride either M24 8:46PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Well, the #MyNYPD hashtag sure backfired quickly A23 9:07AM

US Threatens Russia A23 12:48AM

Outrageous Pro-Kiev Op-Ed A23 12:46AM

Mormon Perspective on #BundyRanch, U.S. Federal Government, and Divinity of Constitution A22 2:10PM

Propaganda alert: US and UN object to the holding of presidential elections in Syria A22 10:45AM

Livestreamer @PMBeers interviews Bundy Ranch supporters during BLM stand-off A22 8:13AM

Cold War 2.0 A22 12:51AM

Marwan Barghouti on Sham Peace Talks A22 12:50AM

Will Hundreds of Years of Contract Law be Eradicated in Santa Ana Court? A22 12:32AM

F*ck One Democratic state A21 10:55PM

Uranium Madhouse unleashes The Duchess of Malfi in Hollywood A21 8:48PM

Major BDS Donor Owned Shares of Caterpillar While Campaigning for Divestment A21 8:23PM

There Is A Petition For Single Payer Health Insurance A21 2:10PM

Proposal: Piketty and Saez Meme Project A21 1:24PM

The Great Shakespeare On Animal And Plant Rights A21 12:40PM

John Johnson A21 10:25AM

Kropotkin Prison A21 4:58AM

The Earth a Common Treasury for All A21 3:38AM

Kiev Breaks Easter Truce A21 12:44AM

Unacceptable State-Sponsored Murder A21 12:43AM

"Believing without Seeing" A20 4:13PM

Trolling ...what is that ? A20 1:01PM

Canada Targets Russia A20 11:45AM

Russia Bashing Continues A20 12:45AM

Koch Brothers-Style Free Society A20 12:43AM

Arythmie du capital A19 5:33AM

Dissent within after article, Profound Arrogance at UN. A19 4:20AM

Dissent within after article, Profound Arrogance at UN. A19 3:25AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2003 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy