An Israeli story
"Civilization is not self-supporting. It is artificial. If you are not prepared to concern yourself with the upholding of civilization -- you are done." (Ortega y Gasset)
The warrant for the third intifada is being prepared
Remember this little boy who was killed by Israeli soldiers, except that he wasn't ?? Get ready for Act II, and the manufacturing of outrage.
More will come, and the compulsive consumers of rage and hatred will gobble it up like candy. They need their hourly fix in order to be able to justify the deliberate, premeditated targeting of Israeli kids for annihilation.
"Nabil A. Shaath, the Palestinian commissioner for international relations, said in an interview that the West Bank leadership was “doing our best to keep calm” and that “violent confrontation absolutely is not our plan.”“I don’t know how much people can be contained,” Mr. Shaath said of the Jaradat case. “I don’t think anybody is planning an intifada. The question is how much accidents, incidents like this might lead to an anger that can explode.”
Yasser Arafat’s widow, Suha, admitted that the late Palestinian leader planned the second intifada, in an interview with Dubai TV earlier this month, according to a translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
“Immediately after the failure of the Camp David [negotiations], I met him in Paris upon his return.... Camp David had failed, and he said to me, ‘You should remain in Paris.’ I asked him why, and he said, ‘Because I am going to start an intifada. They want me to betray the Palestinian cause. They want me to give up on our principles, and I will not do so,"Any genuine peace loving activist out there ought to realize by now that all it needs for Palestinian plight to end is a will to peace, which will translate into a very simple principle: All we Palestinians want is to be Palestinians. We will no longer kill, seek to kill, educate to kill or want to kill any Israeli Jew. Once that paradigm shift takes place, every obstacle that causes Palestinian suffering will fall away like a dry scab from a healed wound.
"As’ad AbuKhalil, a Lebanese-born professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus, dispelled what he considered common Western misconceptions of the Palestinian resistance movement to Israeli occupation, such as that the Palestinian resistance had always been violent.
“The Palestinian people have been in a state of resistance for over a century,” he said. “But the movement began its resistance nonviolently, in the same ways as the rest of the civil rights movements throughout the world—petitions, demonstrations, sit-ins, peaceful letter writing campaigns, poetry—in the 1930s.”
"Incidents included the riots of April 1920, the riots in Palestine of May 1921, the 1929 Hebron massacre and Safed massacre, and the 1936-1939 Arab revolt in Palestine. "Here is another, fuller account of the historical record.
"As the airliner cruised over northern Egypt, a large sandstorm below forced the crew to rely completely on instrument navigation. A short time later, around 13:44, the pilot suspected that he had made a navigational error because of a compass malfunction: he could not find an air traffic beacon, and could not ascertain the plane's current location. He did not report his worries to the Cairo air control tower. Instead, at 13:52 he received permission from Cairo to begin his descent. Pushed by strong tailwinds, the aircraft had drifted east, and was flying over the Suez canal. Sinai (to the east of the canal) had been occupied by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) were on high alert; Israel was in a state of war with Egypt at the time, and thought it suspicious that no Egyptian missiles had been fired at the plane, nor MiGs scrambled to intercept it.At 13:54, Flight 114 entered airspace over the Sinai desert, cruising at 20,000 feet (6,100 m). Two minutes later, two Israeli Air Force F-4 fighters were scrambled to investigate and they intercepted the airliner at 13:59. The Israeli fighter pilots attempted to make visual contact with the passenger airliner's crew, and tried to communicate to them by signaling with their hands, dipping their wings and firing warning shots, that they should follow the F-4s back to Rephidim Air Base. The 727 crew's response was interpreted as a denial of that request. The 727 turned back to the west, and the Israeli pilots interpreted this as an attempt to flee.
The Israeli F-4 pilots fired bursts of 20mm rounds with the F-4's cannon. The rounds severely damaged control surfaces, hydraulic systems, and the wing structure itself. Flight 114 crashed while attempting an emergency landing in an area covered with sand dunes. Following an explosion near the right main landing gear during the crash, 108 of the 113 people aboard died.
AftermathThe co-pilot, who survived, later said that the flight crew knew the Israeli jets wanted them to land but relations between Israel and Libya made them decide against following instructions. In direct contradiction to the co-pilot's own account the Libyan government stated that the attack occurred without warning. Israel's air force claimed that Flight 114 was a security threat, and that among the possible tasks it could have been undertaking was an aerial spy mission over the Israeli air base at Bir Gifgafa."
Birds of a Feather ...
Dr. Mearsheimer, of "Israel Lobby" fame, is on record schmoozing with and pandering to, rabid antisemites and other mad dogs (when it comes to Israel, his very own particular bête noire.)
Here are two examples:
"To give you a better sense of what I mean when I use the term righteous Jews, let me give you some names of people and organizations that I would put in this category. The list would include Noam Chomsky, Roger Cohen, Richard Falk, Norman Finkelstein, Tony Judt, Tony Karon, Naomi Klein, MJ Rosenberg, Sara Roy, and Philip Weiss of Mondoweiss fame..."
"Gilad Atzmon has written a fascinating and provocative book on Jewish identity in the modern world. He shows how assimilation and liberalism are making it incredibly difficult for Jews in the Diaspora to maintain a powerful sense of their 'Jewishness.' Panicked Jewish leaders, he argues, have turned to Zionism (blind loyalty to Israel) and scaremongering (the threat of another Holocaust) to keep the tribe united and distinct from the surrounding goyim. As Atzmon's own case demonstrates, this strategy is not working and is causing many Jews great anguish. The Wandering Who? Should be widely read by Jews and non-Jews alike.'"
"I had a chance to ask John Mearsheimer yesterday at the University of Chicago about his experience since the publication of his article (with Stephen Walt) and later book about the Israeli lobby. He permitted me to cite on the blog: he told me that he had published 11 op-ed pieces in the New York Times before the appearance of the article on the Israeli lobby. Two of those were solicited by the Times. He said that after the appearance of the article, he has not published one op-ed piece and the ones he sent were rejected. He said that his speaking engagements went through a steep decline as a result. But it was refreshing to see him not intimidated by the Israeli lobby that he wrote about. I suggested that some academic should write a book similar to the book that Paul Findley wrote about the US Congress. "
"People have been asking me about him a lot as of late: in the UK and the US. I make it very clear: this is somebody that we should reject from the pro-Palestinian advocacy movement. He is anti-Jewish and his offensive language against Jews and Judaism should be categorically rejected. I would put the name of Israel Shamir in the same category. Anti-Semites belong to the Zionist side, and not to our side."Clearly the prof. is a man of deep and binding convictions. He is quite happy to accept the word of a man who had enthusiastically endorsed the writings of an author whom AbuKhalil deemed an irredeemable antisemite of the worst kind. Of course, the greatness of knowledge and moral perspicacity of AbuKhalil are impossible to emulate. Consider the lengths he is willing to travel in his quest for the annihilation of Israel. He is even willing to sit with and quote approvingly the utterances of an antisemite and a Zionist like Mearsheimer.
Sidebar on a matter of bloggery:
It appears as though at least my blog dashboard was hacked soon after I published this post. I noticed that links were added where there had been none and those links lead to some pages from "behind the scenes" blogspot.
On the same day, I received a suspicious phone call from someone claiming to call from California, from this number: 253-802-0308.
Hostdime.com Lax (188.8.131.52) [Label IP Address] 0 returning visits
Los Angeles, California, United States
(No referring link)
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|It is my custom to publicize any unusual occurrences that take place in and/or around my blog. If anybody has a plausible explanation or speculation about what all this means, I'd be very grateful for his or her contribution.|
Let me remind you that a few weeks ago my blog was shut down for a period of over a week due to some complaint lodged against it by some readers. The only explanation I got was that there was some malware in one of the Contentious Centrist posts and once removed by Blogspot's technicians, my blog was re-instated.
So it is all a big mystery to me. It might have a perfectly innocent explanation but then again, it might have a perfect explanation that is not so innocent.
Update: Within minutes of posting the above, my StateCounter registered this:
Apes that can fly and Oranges
Academic Excellence, Angry Arab style
I've written about Prof. AbuKhalil, who who teaches American students at an American university of a good standing in California. I think there is no need to spread another layer of icing on the
case cake of the good prof's credentials and suitability for the job of educator at an academic institute at a Western, democratic country. But here is a cherry:
Yesterday, I told my students in American Government class that I came to America in 1983, with two dollars in my pocket. I said that I came here in a boat and that I peddled my way through the ocean. They were listening intently and did not realize that I was kidding until I added: there were sharks all around me and a monster from outer space was attacking me from above. Ha ha.