‘Oprah’ supports racism in solidarity with Zionism?

May 25, 2007

via Sabbah

According to the Israeli press, Oprah is going to Israel for a “solidarity” visit.
Coming from someone like Oprah, she should be sympathizing with the
oppressed and above all, not showing solidarity with a racist state.
Most surprising is that the word “apartheid” has no meaning for her or
“ethnic cleansing.”

Wiesel called on Winfrey to visit Israel, where “the major war against terror is currently taking place.”

in her speech, Winfrey said she sympathized with the suffering of
the people of Israel, and that she intended to accept Wiesel’s
invitation and come with him to Israel.

Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Gillerman, who attended the event, said
that a visit of a figure with such influence on the international media
could help bring an end to the indifference towards the terror threat
faced by Israelis. (Source: YNet)

It is sad to believe that Oprah believed these Zionist lies about
fighting terror. Someone needs to tell her that Israel is the terrorist
state which kills the Palestinian children everyday and commit war
crimes every sunrise and that Palestinians are not terrorists but
freedom fighter struggling for decades to return their stolen lands and
live in peace.


Please write to her and send whatever information you can including reports from human rights organizations (Example: Yesterday’s Amnesty report)
and/or articles. Even recommendations for books that might educate her.
I’m sure she will change her mind if she knows more about the racist
state she intend to visit.

This is a page where you can write your thoughts:

Also, you can send your ideas in for a future show, which might be
about the suffering of the Palestinians, and their Nakba. This is a
page where there are a few email addresses:

I always knew some underhanded shit was up with that pseudo-humanitarian Eli Wiesel.  Since I saw him on Oprah once with a show covering the holocaust and his campaign to end the suffering of the people of Darfur, I was wondering… why the hell can’t he see through the blatant oppression happening in Israel.  Blatant Segregation and Inequality and yet he’s supporting the state wholeheartedly while shifting focus to other lands, which I think is a deliberate attampt to change the media agenda away from Palestinian suffering, not that other conflicts are any less deserving of coverage.  But this media and PR war is getting sickening.

I don’t like Oprah much, but many people follow her show religiously… for someone like her not to see the disconnect here is very disturbing.  I seriously think that her allegiance is to her show and her making a good appearance rather than to any true moral values.  So if you like the Oprah show, please write to her and let her know that this is just wrong and she should think about it seriously.



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Open Letter to Rolling Stones against Playing in Israel

May 21, 2007

I got this from Sabbah and Jews sans Frontieres

Please circulate and forward widely

Boycott IsraelThe following letter is addressed to the Rolling Stones who are planning a concert in Israel. At this point we are soliciting endorsements from artists, cultural figures, intellectuals and cultural organizations, and others who wish to lend their support.

Please send endorsements to info@boycottisrael.ps , with your name/name of organization, city and country.

Boycott Israel – Don’t Play another “Sun City”!

An open letter to the Rolling Stones regarding their planned gig in Israel

18 May 2007

Dear Rolling Stones,

The Palestinian arts community received in disbelief media reports of your upcoming performance in Israel, at a time when Israel continues unabated with its colonial and apartheid designs to further dispossess, oppress, and ultimately ethnically cleanse Palestinians from their homeland. If the news is accurate, we strongly urge you to cancel your plans to perform in Israel until the time comes when it ends its illegal occupation of Palestinian territory and respects fundamental human rights as well as the relevant precepts of international law concerning Palestinian rights to freedom, self-determination and equality.

Performing in Israel at this time is morally equivalent to performing in South Africa during the apartheid era. We all remember how leading Rolling Stones musicians played a prominent role in enforcing a cultural boycott of apartheid South Africa in the 1980’s, and participated in recording the timeless song, Sun City, which had a singular influence on raising public awareness about apartheid and its injustices. As Archbishop Desmond Tutu, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights Prof. John Dugard, and South African government minister Ronnie Kasrils have repeatedly declared, Israel has created a worse system of apartheid than anything that ever existed in South Africa.

Indeed, Israel’s policies throughout its illegal military occupation of Palestinian territory, which have surpassed their South African counterparts, include house demolitions; Jews-only colonies and roads; uprooting hundreds of thousands of trees; indiscriminate killings of civilians, particularly children; incessant theft of land and water resources; denying freedom of movement to millions under occupation, cutting up the occupied Palestinian territory into Bantustans, some entirely caged by walls, fences and hundreds of roadblocks. Sixty years since the Nakba, Israel’s planned campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Palestinian people, and 40 years into its military occupation of Palestinian and other Arab territory, Israel has consistently and relentlessly violated basic human rights and relevant precepts of international law with utter impunity. Moreover, Israel’s war of aggression against Lebanon last year caused more than one thousand civilian deaths, not to mention massive destruction to infrastructure and decimation of entire residential neighbourhoods.

The resounding failure of the international community to date in ending Israel’s occupation, collective punishment, and other forms of oppression was what prompted Palestinians to appeal to international civil society to bear its moral responsibility to put an end to injustice, just as it did against apartheid South Africa. To this end, Palestinian civil society has almost unanimously called for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it fully complies with international law and recognizes the fundamental human rights of the people of Palestine. A specific call for cultural boycott of Israel was issued last year, garnering wide support. Among the many groups and institutions that have heeded the Palestinian boycott calls and started to consider or apply diverse forms of effective pressure on Israel are the Church of England; the US Presbyterian Church; a group of top British architects; the British National Union of Journalists in the UK; the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU); the South African Council of Churches; the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in Ontario; Aosdana, the Irish state-sponsored academy of artists; celebrated authors, artists and intellectuals led by John Berger; and Palme d’Or winner director Ken Loach. Is it too much, then, to expect conscientious artists like the Rolling Stones to similarly uphold the values of freedom, equality and justice for all by supporting the growing boycott against Israel?

We appeal to your moral principles and your record of standing up for human rights and human dignity. We sincerely hope that you shall cancel this ill-conceived and particularly harmful concert in Israel.


The Undersigned:


Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel

This is especially important.  The Rolling Stones are known for their stance against racism and oppression in past years and this would seem like a very big misstep on their part.  The Occupation and Repression of the Palestinians is the most ghastly hate crime and it’s unfathomable that it is allowed to continue in our modern times of Democracy and advocacy for Peace.

Although, I would like to see them playing “Street Fighting Man” in Nablus, Gaza and the West Bank 🙂



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The Language of Losing a Palestinian Baby

May 14, 2007

days ago, Israeli military went into a refugee camp and a violent
exchange took place between soldiers and Palestinian fighters. During
the gunfight a pregnant Palestinian woman was shot and lost her child.
This is how various international media reported it:

A pregnant Palestinian woman lost her baby after being
shot by Israeli troops during a raid in the West Bank city of Nablus,
Palestinian officials said. Maha Katoumi, 30, was injured when Israeli
troops and Palestinian gunmen exchanged fire at the Ein Beit Ilma
refugee camp, witnesses said. An Israeli army spokesman said the
military was checking reports that a pregnant women had been shot. He
said the clash came when improvised grenades were thrown at soldiers. [BBC]

Israeli forces shoot pregnant Palestinian woman. A
pregnant Palestinian woman lost her baby on Thursday after being shot
by Israeli occupation forces during an incursion into the West Bank
city of Nablus, Palestinian security and health officials said. A
bullet hit the head of Maha Katoumi’s eight-month-old fetus when
Israeli troops opened fire at Palestinian fighters in the Ein Beit Ilma
refugee camp. Katoumi, a mother of three, was in the third trimester of
pregnancy, Palestinian medics said. One doctor showed the dead fetus to
a Reuters television crew. [Tehran Times]

A Palestinian in her seventh month of pregnancy
miscarried Thursday due to wounds she sustained from crossfire during a
clash between Israel Defense Forces and armed Palestinians in a West
Bank refugee camp. Maha Katoumi, 30, was seriously wounded when IDF
soldiers fired at militants, who were hurling improvised grenades at
them. She is currently in intensive care. Doctors say her wounds caused
her to lose her baby. [Haaretz]

A pregnant Palestinian woman was seriously wounded on
Thursday morning in Nablus after she was shot by IDF soldiers,
Palestinian sources reported. The woman, who was seven months pregnant,
lost her baby. An IDF soldier and a 16-year-old Palestinian teenager
sustained light wounds in the incident. According to the IDF, Golani
troops spotted several armed Palestinians in the city’s Ein Beit Ilma
refugee camp and a gun battle erupted. [Jerusalem Post]

A pregnant Palestinian woman was wounded and lost her
baby during fighting on Thursday between Israeli troops and gunmen in
the West Bank, local medical officials said. Residents of Ain Beit Alma
refugee camp in the town of Nablus said Maha Katoumi, 30, had been shot
and wounded by Israeli soldiers who fired at gunmen attacking them with
explosives. [Reuters]

A Palestinian woman has lost her unborn baby after she
was caught in the crossfire of a shootout between Israeli soldiers and
Palestinian fighters in the occupied West Bank. The woman’s husband,
holding a box containing the baby’s body, told reporters that when the
shooting started, his wife went to fetch their other children from
another room. “As she stood up, the bullets entered her body, she flew
from the bed to the bathroom,” he said. Doctors at a local hospital
said Katoumi, in her eighth month of pregnancy, lost the baby. [Al Jazeera]

As far as I can tell, American media did not report it.

Thanks to Black Iris

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February 16, 2007

Boycott Apartheid Israel

Apartheid in the Holy Land

December 29, 2006

An article by Desmond Tutu – posted in the Guardian

In our struggle against apartheid, the great supporters were Jewish people. They almost instinctively had to be on the side of the disenfranchised, of the voiceless ones, fighting injustice, oppression and evil. I have continued to feel strongly with the Jews. I am patron of a Holocaust centre in South Africa. I believe Israel has a right to secure borders.  What is not so understandable, not justified, is what it did to another people to guarantee its existence. I’ve been very deeply distressed in my visit to the Holy Land; it reminded me so much of what happened to us black people in South Africa. I have seen the humiliation of the Palestinians at checkpoints and roadblocks, suffering like us when young white police officers prevented us from moving about.   On one of my visits to the Holy Land I drove to a church with the Anglican bishop in Jerusalem. I could hear tears in his voice as he pointed to Jewish settlements. I thought of the desire of Israelis for security. But what of the Palestinians who have lost their land and homes?  I have experienced Palestinians pointing to what were their homes, now occupied by Jewish Israelis. I was walking with Canon Naim Ateek (the head of the Sabeel Ecumenical Centre) in Jerusalem. He pointed and said: “Our home was over there. We were driven out of our home; it is now occupied by Israeli Jews.”   My heart aches. I say why are our memories so short. Have our Jewish sisters and brothers forgotten their humiliation? Have they forgotten the collective punishment, the home demolitions, in their own history so soon? Have they turned their backs on their profound and noble religious traditions? Have they forgotten that God cares deeply about the downtrodden?  
Israel will never get true security and safety through oppressing another people. A true peace can ultimately be built only on justice. We condemn the violence of suicide bombers, and we condemn the corruption of young minds taught hatred; but we also condemn the violence of military incursions in the occupied lands, and the inhumanity that won’t let ambulances reach the injured.  
The military action of recent days, I predict with certainty, will not provide the security and peace Israelis want; it will only intensify the hatred.  Israel has three options: revert to the previous stalemated situation; exterminate all Palestinians; or — I hope — to strive for peace based on justice, based on withdrawal from all the occupied territories, and the establishment of a viable Palestinian state on those territories side by side with
Israel, both with secure borders.
We in South Africa had a relatively peaceful transition. If our madness could end as it did, it must be possible to do the same everywhere else in the world. If peace could come to South Africa, surely it can come to the Holy Land?  My brother Naim Ateek has said what we used to say: “I am not pro- this people or that. I am pro-justice, pro-freedom. I am anti-injustice, anti-oppression.”   But you know as well as I do that, somehow, the Israeli government is placed on a pedestal [in the US], and to criticise it is to be immediately dubbed anti-semitic, as if the Palestinians were not semitic. I am not even anti-white, despite the madness of that group. And how did it come about that Israel was collaborating with the apartheid government on security measures?  People are scared in this country [the US], to say wrong is wrong because the Jewish lobby is powerful — very powerful. Well, so what? For goodness sake, this is God’s world! We live in a moral universe. The apartheid government was very powerful, but today it no longer exists. Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Pinochet, Milosevic, and Idi Amin were all powerful, but in the end they bit the dust.  Injustice and oppression will never prevail. Those who are powerful have to remember the litmus test that God gives to the powerful: what is your treatment of the poor, the hungry, the voiceless? And on the basis of that, God passes judgment.  We should put out a clarion call to the government of the people of Israel, to the Palestinian people and say: peace is possible, peace based on justice is possible. We will do all we can to assist you to achieve this peace, because it is God’s dream, and you will be able to live amicably together as sisters and brothers.  

Desmond Tutu is the former Archbishop of Cape Town and chairman of South Africa’s truth and reconciliation commission. This address was given at a conference on Ending the Occupation held in Boston, Massachusetts, earlier this month. A longer version appears in the current edition of Church Times

Where is the Palestinian Mandela?

December 14, 2006

Michael Kinsley’s Guardian article arguing that Israel is not an Apartheid State, did have a rebuttal by some people who wrote a couple of letters which called him out on pertinent aspects…

also asks “where is the Palestinian Mandela?” It is no argument to
defend the systematic oppression of a community of people by lamenting
that they don’t behave as well as you feel they should under that
oppression. If human rights were restricted to those people fortunate
enough to be led by someone of the stature of Nelson Mandela, we’d all
be in trouble. But again, just for the record, Mandela did endorse a
bombing campaign, and our own prime minister of the day described him
as a terrorist (while Israel sold guns to South Africa).

if the Israelis are desperate for a Palestinian Mandela, how about
Marwan Barghouti for a candidate? Now where is the Israeli De Klerk?

Sabbah points out a ketter by a former US Senator which confirms that support for Israel by the US Senate is indeed based on fear.

now… the country which claims NOT to be an apartheid state refuses
South African Nobel Laureate and Arch Bishop, Desmond Tutu, permission
to lead a fact-finding mission to investigate Israeli-Palestinian
violence. (Al Jazeera)

find the lack of co-operation by the Israeli government very
distressing, as well as its failure to allow the mission timely passage
to Israel,” Tutu said. “We have, in our view, been turned down.”

they are so hard-core on their position on NOT being an Apartheid
state, shouldn’t they be excited to invite an expert on apartheid to
give them a good clean endorsement of their position? Or do you think
they have something to hide? Duh!

Kabobfest points out this cool write-up… The International Herald Tribune ran an oped by Leila El-Haddad, a Palestinian journalist and the blogging genius behind the Raising Yousuf blog.

In ‘Meanwhile: Gaza, my home and my prison‘,
Leila personalizes Gaza’s slow transition towards a refugee-camp strewn
prison. It has been this way for some time, but the degree of
imprisonment and enforced suffering is growing.

And finally… some Palestinian Hip-Hop is on the rise at San Francisco State University… check out this excellent Slide show with audio track. Brilliant 🙂

On Iraq, President Bush said Wednesday he would “not be rushed” into a decision
on a strategy change for Iraq, saying that in a round of consultations
he heard both some interesting ideas and some “ideas that would lead to

Well that’s good I think, last time he “rushed”
he invaded Iraq, luckily he’s taking his time now, since the longer he
takes, the more Iraq is leading to their defeat…and I also suspect
that the ideas which lead to defeat are exactly wthe ones which call
for withdrawal. Watch out for the spin 😛


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How much longer will the world accept Israeli terrorism?

November 19, 2006

One country bombed two countries. Such impunity might astound were it not business as usual. In response to the few timid protests from the international community, Israel said mistakes were made.How much longer will horrors be called mistakes?This slaughter of civilians began with the kidnapping of a soldier.

How much longer will the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier be allowed to justify the kidnapping of Palestinian sovereignty?

How much longer will the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers be allowed to justify the kidnapping of the entire nation of Lebanon?

For centuries the slaughter of Jews was the favorite sport of Europeans. Auschwitz was the natural culmination of an ancient river of terror, which had flowed across all of Europe.

How much longer will Palestinians and other Arabs be made to pay for crimes they didn’t commit?

Hezbollah didn’t exist when Israel razed Lebanon in earlier invasions.

How much longer will we continue to believe the story of this attacked attacker, which practices terrorism because it has the right to defend itself from terrorism?

Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Lebanon: How much longer will Israel and the United States be allowed to exterminate countries with impunity?

The tortures of Abu Ghraib, which triggered a certain universal sickness, are nothing new to us in Latin America. Our militaries learned their interrogation techniques from the School of the Americas, which may no longer exist in name but lives on in effect.

How much longer will we continue to accept that torture can be legitimized?

Israel has ignored forty-six resolutions of the General Assembly and other U.N. bodies.

How much longer will Israel enjoy the privilege of selective deafness?

The United Nations makes recommendations but never decisions. When it does decide, the United States makes sure the decision is blocked. In the U.N. Security Council, the U.S. has vetoed forty resolutions condemning actions of Israel.How much longer will the United Nations act as if it were just another name for the United States?Since the Palestinians had their homes confiscated and their land taken from them, much blood has flowed.

How much longer will blood flow so that force can justify what law denies?

History is repeated day after day, year after year, and ten Arabs die for every one Israeli. How much longer will an Israeli life be measured as worth ten Arab lives?

In proportion to the overall population, the 50,000 civilians killed in Iraq—the majority of them women and children—are the equivalent of 800,000 Americans.

How much longer will we continue to accept, as if customary, the killing of Iraqis in a blind war that has forgotten all of its justifications?

Iran is developing nuclear energy, but the so-called international community is not concerned in the least by the fact that Israel already has 250 atomic bombs, despite the fact that the country lives permanently on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

Who calibrates the universal dangerometer? Was Iran the country that dropped atomic bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima?

In the age of globalization, the right to express is less powerful than the right to apply pressure. To justify the illegal occupation of Palestinian territory, war is called peace. The Israelis are patriots, and the Palestinians are terrorists, and terrorists sow universal alarm.

How much longer will the media broadcast fear instead of news?

The slaughter happening today, which is not the first and I fear will not be the last, is happening in silence. Has the world gone deaf?

How much longer will the outcry of the outraged be sounded on a bell of straw?

The bombing is killing children, more than a third of the victims.

Those who dare denounce this murder are called anti-Semites.

How much longer will the critics of state terrorism be considered anti-Semites?

How much longer will we accept this grotesque form of extortion?

Are the Jews who are horrified by what is being done in their name anti-Semites? Are there not Arab voices that defend a Palestinian homeland but condemn fundamentalist insanity?

Terrorists resemble one another: state terrorists, respectable members of government, and private terrorists, madmen acting alone or in those organized in groups hard at work since the Cold War battling communist totalitarianism. All act in the name of various gods, whether God, Allah, or Jehovah.

How much longer will we ignore that fact that all terrorists scorn human life and feed off of one another?

Isn’t it clear that in the war between Israel and Hezbollah, it is the civilians, Lebanese, Palestinian, and Israeli, who are dying?

And isn’t it clear that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the invasion of Gaza and Lebanon are the incubators of hatred, producing fanatic after fanatic after fanatic?

We are the only species of animal that specializes in mutual extermination.

We devote $2.5 billion per day to military spending. Misery and war are children of the same father.

How much longer will we accept that this world so in love with death is the only world possible?

Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan writer and journalist, is author of “Open Veins of Latin America” and “Memory of Fire.”