The Palestinian Situation From Someone Who Saw It First-hand


I will be the first to admit I have a bad case of tunnel vision when it comes to the Palestinian conflict. This in itself makes it nearly impossible to choose a worthy candidate in a nation where allegiance to Israel is a prerequisite to becoming electorally viable.

 

I will also admit the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is probably the furthest thing from the minds of most Americans, who have more immediate worries such as mortgage payments, inadequate or non-existent medical coverage and/or loved ones deployed to some illogical war zone.

 

However, the Israeli occupation of Palestine is in so many ways a summary of the disasters plaguing the United States today. The staggering cost of aiding and abetting the Israeli government, to the tune of $30 billion over the next ten years, is both an economic drain and a major component of our failed foreign policy.

 

American taxpayers are not only forced to funnel hard-earned dollars to military and economic aid for Israel, but are also providing substantial assistance to the Fatah party, as reported last year by Christian Science Monitor.

 

According to CSM, “Senior US officials in Washington promised ongoing military support for secular Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas amid his power struggle with Islamist Hamas as part of an $84 million aid package largely aimed at improving the fighting ability of an elite corps of loyalists from his Fatah Party.”

 

Such action is used to exacerbate and prolong civil strife, whereby the lack of security in the Palestinian territories can be utilized as a perfect excuse not to establish a Palestinian state. With no official state and no defined borders, Israel is free to grab more land at will, whittling away at the last 20% of historical Palestine .

 

Additionally, the same Israeli lobby that demands Congress’s unflinching support of the Jewish state helped sell us the now over $650 billion Iraq War, a figure which pales in comparison to the human cost. Those who deny Israeli influence in the fiasco must remember former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s statement after the fall of Baghdad : “That’s one enemy of Israel gone.”

 

Next on their hit list is Iran . According to U.S. News and World Report, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is coming to New York next week to attend a “pro-Israel, anti-Iran rally.”

 

 

 

At one point, I was actually leaning McCain-Palin’s way; or rather leaning away from Senator Barack Obama and his expressed solidarity for the “brave citizens of Sderot.” His spineless denial of former friends who were pro-Palestinian activists in Chicago didn’t exactly raise his stock with me, either.

 

However, there is one thing Obama does have going for him: he is not of the Zionist “Christian” ilk that brought us eight years of George W. Bush. Lest we forget, McCain and Palin belong to the special evangelical breed that believes all Jews have to congregate in “Greater Israel” before Jesus Christ can return to earth. These views have been downplayed by the McCain-Palin ticket, as pointed out by conservative political activist George Ajjan on his website, http://www.ajjan.com.

 

In his analysis of Palin’s Republican National Convention Ajjan states:

 

“If Sarah Palin is the evangelical Christian’s dream candidate, you’d never guess it from this speech – she used the word God twice, exactly as many time as Barack Obama did in his keynote remarks last week.”

 

Alaska ’s governor may be more savvy than was our illustrious President about airing her beliefs. However, on August 17, 2008 at the Wasilla Bible Church attended by Palin and her family, the congregation was singing in Hebrew and blaming Palestinian reprisals against Israelis as “judgment from God” rather than the American-backed occupation.

 

All of which brings us back to our choice—or lack thereof—in the 2008 election: a candidate who supports Israel on the basis of warped religious beliefs versus a candidate who supports Israel on the basis of grabbing the Jewish community’s votes and money. Either way, the American people lose.

 

Tammy Watts Obeidallah

 

  1. #1 by Ed of St. Lou. on September 26, 2008 - 4:57 am

    Is it possible that Sarah Palin is a crypto Jew posing as a Christian?

    Sarah Palin question: What is sarah palin’s maiden name? Wikipedia says her name was Sarah Louise Heath in the entry for Sarah Palin.

    Ordination and Consecration of Rabbi Anne Heath

    http://agudathachim.org/calendar/pr02.htm

    Little Known Fact: Sarah Palin’s maiden name is Connors.

    Another website says Little Known Fact:Sarah Palin’s *real* maiden name from before her secret, first, failed marraige is actually Cheney(!).

    Is the Cheney comment simply someone making a political joke? or is she possibly a relative of Dick Cheney? Some believe that Cheney is the Jew Khaney. I wouldn’t put it past these traitor’s to slip in a relative of the Jew Cheney.

    This is an interesting comment from Tammy above. She wrote:

    Alaska ’s governor may be more savvy than was our illustrious President about airing her beliefs. However, on August 17, 2008 at the Wasilla Bible Church attended by Palin and her family, the congregation was singing in Hebrew and blaming Palestinian reprisals against Israelis as “judgment from God” rather than the American-backed occupation.

    I wonder if she speaks yiddish like her kin in Russia?

    The bottom line is we don’t have a clue who this woman is! We don’t even know for sure what her maiden name was?

    All I know is that she will continue the slaughter of the innocent non-jewish semites worldwide including those in Palestine.

    Check out this article from Alex Jones website.

    Israelis, McCain Neocons Behind Anti-Islam “Obsession” DVD

    http://www.infowars.com/?p=4866

    Palin believes kill kill kill those Muslims for it is the will of God ( her god is lucifer ).

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  4. #4 by Ed of St. Lou. on September 29, 2008 - 4:13 am

    I had an interesting day today. My wife and I were invited to my cousin’s engagement party. She is marrying into a redneck family from around Kansas City, Mo. We were watching the Rams get smashed for the eighth game in a row. My cousin’s new inlaws started talking about politics because of the recent election. The future brother-in-law of my cousin mentioned the terrorists in Palestine. He said that Israel along with the U.S. should kill every man, woman, and child in Palestine. I was sitting next to this redneck and I said why would you say such a thing. He looked at me and said ” Don’t you believe that they are all Terrorist’s?” I opened up my big mouth and said “No!” I asked why he included the killing of all of the Palestinian women and children? He said that they are armed with explosives. I said you gotta be kidding! He said ” If their not Terrorists now, they will eventually grow up to be Terrorists.” I said ” Where did you get all of this?” He told me that he was in Gulf War One.

    He acted as if he was going to literally punch me in the face for even questioning him. This redneck was literally a mind controlled idiot. There are millions of young and old like this man. When he simmered down. I explained that the U.S. government was in on the bombing of Pearl Harbor. That Reagan knew that the Israeli’s killed the 800 Marines in Beirut. That only a few days ago that it came out that Sirhan, Sirhan couldn’t have shot Robert Kennedy, because the shots came from the back, and Sirhan was in front of him. That the Personal Lawyer of Pres. Johnson claims that Johnson was in on the murder of Pres. Kennedy. That there were 200 Israeli Spies in Amerika who most likely were involved in 9/11. That there were 8 white vans of Israeli’s arrested on 9/11, with tons of explosives. I went on and on, with fact after fact. And when he left his head was reeling!

    One of the things that he brought up was how Iran wanted to blow Israel off the face of the earth. He got angry when I pointed out that that was not the interpretation that Iranian president, Mohamoud Ahmadinejad meant. I said that when we wanted to get rid of Communism we didn’t mean killing every innocent Russian, rather it was the ideology that we wanted to get rid of. And the Ideology that even many Orthodox Jews want to rid itself of is ” Zionism!”

    This article below helps to prove my point to this Mo redneck.

    http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/showthread.php?t=142332

    Iranian leader says he opposes Israel, not Israelis
    By Nazila Fathi

    Thursday, September 18, 2008
    TEHRAN: The Iranian president, Mohamoud Ahmadinejad, took the unusual step on Thursday of explaining that while he strongly opposed the state of Israel, his hostility did not extend to the Israeli people.
    “We have no problem with people and nations,” he said. “Of course we do not recognize a government or a nation for the Zionist regime.”
    Ahmadinejad has long been seen as a threat to Israel, especially since he angered the West and Jews worldwide in 2005 when he repeated a slogan from the early days of the revolution, saying “Israel should be wiped off the map.”
    But on Thursday, he defended his vice president for tourism, Esfandiar Rahim Mashai, who created a storm of protest among legislators and senior clerics over the summer when he said that Iran was a friend of the Israeli people.
    Analysts viewed Ahmadinejad’s public support for Mashai’s remarks as a sign that Iran might be softening its position amid increasing pressure by the West over its nuclear program.
    “It looks like the remarks are a policy,” said Saeed Leylaz, a political analyst in Tehran. “Despite the opposition, they were repeated, no apology was made and the president supported it today,” he added. ”
    In mid-July, Mashai, was quoted as saying that Iran was “a friend of Israeli people.” He then repeated the comment in August, saying there was “no hostility toward the Israeli people.”
    Ahmadinejad backed up the comments at a press conference Thursday, arguing that what Mashai said was “the position of the government.”
    Ahmadinejad made clear his opposition to Israel, saying that while “some say the idea of Greater Israel has expired, I say the idea of lesser Israel has expired too.” He also called the Holocaust a “fake” and accused Israel of perpetrating a holocaust on Palestinians.
    But he added that the people who lived in Israel were tricked to move there, and that the Zionist government used them as a shield to protect itself.
    “We are opposed to the idea that the people who live there should be thrown into the sea or be burnt,” he said. “We believe that all the people who live there, the Jews, Muslims and Christians, should take part in a free referendum and choose their government,” he said.
    Mashai is a close political ally of Ahmadinejad and his daughter is married to Ahmadinejad’s son.
    Iran’s supreme religious leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final word on state matters, has maintained silence over Mashai’s remarks despite the anger they have inspired. Several senior clerics and some 200 members of Parliament called on Ahmadinejad to dismiss Mashai.
    Opposition to Israel is one of the founding principles of Iran’s Islamic government. Iran does not recognize Israel and only refers to it as “the Zionist regime.”
    At the news conference, Ahmadinejad also restated his government’s refusal to suspend uranium enrichment, which the United States and other Western countries contend is intended for atomic weapons. Iran insists it has a right to develop nuclear power for civilian purposes.
    Earlier this week, the International Atomic Energy Agency issued a report saying that Iran had substantially improved the efficiency of its centrifuges that produce enriched uranium. The agency also acknowledged that it had failed “to make any substantial progress” in its investigation of Iran’s nuclear program. The report may bolster efforts by the United States, France and Britain in their push this fall in the Security Council for new set of sanctions against Iran.
    Ahmadinejad’s comments came ahead of his trip next week to New York to address the United Nations General Assembly. Jewish groups have said they would hold an anti-Ahmadinejad rally to coincide with his trip.

  5. #5 by LP Pandora on October 2, 2008 - 8:23 am

    This is a short, well-written article in which many interesting facts about Israel/Palestine are clearly presented. I have only one question and I wish someone with sufficient knowledge — perhaps Tammy Obeidallah or Mark Glenn— would try to answer it.

    Question: How much land EXACTLY, in percentage terms, would the Palestinians get in the (admittedly unlikely) event of a Palestinian state being established RIGHT NOW?

    We know for a fact that the West Bank and the Gaza strip, taken in their entirety, constitute 22 per cent of historic Palesine. Apparently this is the MAXIMUM the Palestinians can hope to obtain if the Israelis agreed to withdraw behind the Green Line. But this 22 per cent has been plundered and chunks of it nibbled away by the Israelis over the last few years. It has been suggested that a Palestinian state, if established tomorrow, would be a wretched pocket-handkerchief state consisting of no more than 10-20 per cent of historic Palestine.

    I have no precise and authoritative figure, however, and I am wondering if anyone else does? The figure 10-20 per cent is too vague.

  6. #6 by Xanadu on October 5, 2008 - 1:21 pm

    Ed of St. Lou. Says:
    September 29, 2008 at 4:13 am

    “I had an interesting day today…”

    Hi Ed of St Lou!

    I was very impressed by your little anecdote and took the liberty of re-posting it (giving you full credit) on another website. If you wish to see it there and check if there is any response to it, turn to xymphora.blogspot.com: top thread, “The Jews have got their hooks in the Dagoes”, (October 5). Comments posted @ 9.10 and 9.12 am.

    I have edited your anecdote slightly in the interests of brevity. I hope you don’t mind.

    Sincerely,

    Xanadu.

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