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Trying to Make Sense


[1/17/2013 12:00:00 AM]

By Jafar M Ramini

A chill has covered our land recently leaving children exposed, cold and hungry in refugee camps. Yet there is another, even greater chill emanating from Tel Aviv.

The Zionist occupiers of our land are embarking on yet another election. All indications point towards victory for the Likud/Beitinu coalition. This devilish alliance between Netanyahu and Lieberman carries with it the most existential threat to our people in Palestine and beyond. A coalition of the far right political parties in Israel means more suffering for the Palestinians, more land grabs, more settlements and more Jewish only inward migration.

Have a look at this:
http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/watch-there-was-no-palestinian-people-big-donor-birthright-israel-tells-max

This link shows beyond any shadow of doubt that the Zionists are consolidating and pushing forward with the ethnic cleansing of Palestine. This to me is easy to understand because it’s part and parcel of their ongoing policy. What I find perplexing and difficult to understand is not what the Zionists are doing, but what the Arabs and the International community are not doing.

Is their inertia because they too are under Zionist occupation? Is the whole world under Zionist occupation? This might sound cynical, if not outright provocative but please bear with me.

I am sure that you are all aware of the fury of the Zionists over the appointment of Chuck Hagel as the new Secretary of State. A fury that made Mark Regef, spokesman for Mr. Netanyahu, say openly that if this appointment went ahead, Israel would wield the veto that it holds over Washington. Yes, little Israel has power of veto over the mighty goliath that is the United States of America.

What made Mr. Hagel unsuitable in the eyes of the veto wielding Jewish lobby in Washington was this quote made back in 2006:

“The political reality is that the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here. I am a United States senator, I am not an Israeli senator.”

Mind you, this was the very same Chuck Hagel who was a signatory to a $40 billion aid package to Israel. But that doesn’t count. He dared to speak out.

Yet, all is not lost. There are still people in Washington who are willing to stand up and call it how it is.

I came across an enlightening and informative interview with a Jewish American on the Russia Today America TV programme, ‘Breaking The Set” with Abbey Martin.

The gentleman in question was Mark Bruzonsky, publisher of Middleeast.org. This is what he had to say when asked about the strength of the Jewish lobby:

“I’ve been in Washington a long time. My first job out of graduate school was to represent the World Jewish Congress, so I’ve been involved in this for a long time. They rely on intimidation, they rely on blackmail, and they rely on letting people know that if you cross them your career is in jeopardy.

They do it with journalists, they do it with politicians and they have been extremely successful. AIPAC is merely the tip of the iceberg. You’ve got the President’s conference of major Jewish American organizations. Then there’s the American Jewish Congress, the American Jewish Committee, Commentary Magazine, two think tanks, one with the Republicans and the hard liners, the other with the Democrats. It’s a whole range of inter-working, interlocking organizations.

It started from the Holocaust and from Jewish impotence in the thirties and forties over what happened to the Jewish people in Europe. Then there was the fight in the 40s over whether or not the US would support the creation of a Jewish state. Everybody’s forgotten that the biggest person in foreign policy was General Marshall and he opposed it. He even told President Truman, “ If you, President Truman support the creation of a Jewish state there will be unending war in the Middle East. It will be against American interests, and I your Secretary of State will resign.”
He was willing to resign over this. So this fight has been going on for a long time.”

Abbey Martin: “How much influence does the Jewish lobby really wield on Washington politics and actual policies that are implemented?”

M. B. “A lot of people will find this hard to believe, but to answer your question honestly as I have come to experience it, when it comes to matters relating to Israel or matters relating to the Middle East, their influence is almost total.

“ They have such ways of manipulating the press and politicians and of forcing people. What’s more, they have many fallback positions. Sometimes they appear not to get their first goal, but they have many other goals that are also acceptable to them.

“It’s not just American Jews, by the way, Christians United For Israel (CUFI), which AIPAC helped organize seven years ago, is an extremely powerful force in this country and their convention is even larger than AIPAC’s convention.

“Chuck Hagel may have his views, but after the hearings they will turn this all into a propaganda fest for themselves. They will force Hagel to mouth all of their slogans and support all of their positions.

“Of course he doesn’t really believe any of it, but he will have to oblige. The President doesn’t want to be pushed in this direction either, but in a sense the Jewish lobby is more powerful than temporary politicians like the President or the Secretary of State. They’ve been around for forty or fifty years.

“In June, 2008, it was a critical time for Obama, when people were deciding between him or Hillary. Obama had a private meeting in a hotel right here in Washington with none other than the board of directors of AIPAC. That day, three hours after the meeting ended, Rahm Emmanuel who had taken Obama to the meeting with AIPAC, gave a press conference announcing that he had switched his allegiance from the Clintons to Obama. That was the day that we knew that AIPAC and the Israeli lobby had decided to back Obama.”

We now know the results, Obama won the election, Rahm Emmanuel was appointed Obama’s Chief of Staff and Israel got Obama where it wanted him. In The White House being a good representative of Israel’s interest, doing what he’s told.

And finally, to my fellow Arabs and citizens of the world, I offer the wisdom of Voltaire.
“ If you want to know who rules over you look around and see who you are not allowed to criticise.”

Jafar M. Ramini
Salam Wa Laisa Estislam
Peace Not Capitulation

  • 1 Abdulillah 1/17/2013 1:40:15 AM

    Brother Ramini, you say it like it is always. My only answer to this work is this. "They plan and God/Allah plans and he is the best of all planners". This manipulation I predict will turn for the worse for them over-time. Slowly first a peep of discontent, than a roar or anger follows any manipulator, especially one that is bent on hegemony and exclusion of anyone and anything besides himself.

  • 2 Dabas 1/17/2013 9:23:30 AM

    The Israelis and the Palestinians could not be further a part in terms of competence, clear vision, harnessing the support of their respective population, resolve to achieve their declared goals and more importantly, the willingness to do and sacrifice to accomplish their objectives. How many useless meetings the Palestinians need to hold in Cairo so they can present a united front? The world simply doesn’t take them seriously anymore. One Prime Minister of neighboring country just declared the Palestinian refugees in his country are citizens with full rights and obligations. Netanyahu did not ask for that gift, but I am sure he is delighted that he is no longer to worry about couple of millions of Palestinian refugees knocking on his door.

  • 3 Alexandra 1/17/2013 1:51:25 PM

    "He dared to speak out." That is the most telling phrase in this fascinating and insightful article by Jafar Ramini. To dare to speak out is, in terms of Washington politics, like daring to throw yourself in the deep end while the sharks are circling. Remember Helen Thomas, former highly respected White House correspondent who in May 2010 said that the Israelis should "get the hell out of Palestine." She was 89 years old at the time, but was still not allowed the so-called right of free speech. She apologised. In his book "They Dare To Speak Out", former Congressman Paul Findley identified the intimidation and pervasive influence of the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on American politics, policy, and institutions. His political career was stopped in its tracks. While his book,published in 1985, resonates today as never before. Now, in stark contrast to the cynical marketing drive by the Israelis to attract young Jews, anyone from anywhere to occupied Palestine, Mark Bruzonsky joins the ranks of the brave and the honourable. Thank you, Jafar Ramini, for helping swell the ranks.

  • 4 Davina 1/17/2013 1:58:52 PM

    I agree with Abdulillah in that things will turn for the worse over time for Israel. The most disturbing comment by Mark Bruzonsky to me is: "but in a sense the Jewish lobby is more powerful than temporary politicians like the President or the Secretary of State." This falls true with his statement regarding their fall back positions....their plans have been set for decades and that is the sole purpose they work toward and they believe they will out-wait the Palestinians and anyone else who crosses their path to ethnically cleansing and gaining all of the land of Palestine. They overlook that the patience, resilience and courage of the Palestinians far outweighs that of Israels. They also overlook that the rest of world is starting, slowly, to become wise to their antics and propaganda.........their day will come when great men, or ordinary men, are brave enough to lead their countries with a measure of honesty and integrity and their foreign policies reflect that...much like those of George C Marshall.

  • 5 Mahmoud El-Yousseph 1/17/2013 5:08:15 PM

    Very insightful and educational piece by brother Ramini. Hand Salute from another Palestinian veteran living in exile.

  • 6 Cobra Vivolo 1/17/2013 7:44:10 PM

    Thank you Jafer Ramini for this most excellent article. I think all U.S citizens should read it.

  • 7 Ibn Kofr Raai 1/17/2013 8:08:27 PM

    Our teachers in Jordan were telling us about zionist control of the world way before we had internet and youtube telling us about the illuminati, new world order and the rothschild's greed and urge for worldwide domination. Those teachers back then were rediciculed by many for such theories....................look at where we are now !!!!!!

  • 8 Brock Abdo 1/17/2013 8:12:02 PM

    Excellent Article. Arabs and Palestinians are far from the Zionists' propaganda and what they are willing to do to wash their young and Kids minds and fill them up with lies and false information to conquer the Palestinian People.

  • 9 Laura Abraham 1/17/2013 11:08:48 PM

    A good piece, Jafar. I can only say that we have to keep working to educate as many people as we can about the truth. As more and more people begin to understand that the actions of Israel are not only inhumane and illegal, but also threaten regional and world peace, Israel and its supporters will become more isolated and public opinion will have to be taken notice of. People across the world who care about human rights will not cease their work to bring justice for the Palestinian people.

  • 10 DJ 1/18/2013 1:14:39 AM

    "I am sure that you are all aware of the fury of the Zionists over the appointment of Chuck Hagel as the new Secretary of State. A fury that made Mark Regef, spokesman for Mr. Netanyahu, say openly that if this appointment went ahead, Israel would wield the veto that it holds over Washington. Yes, little Israel has power of veto over the mighty goliath that is the United States of America."Thats an interesting quote, however, its actually taken from a satirical (comedy) website known as The Onion which is completely made up. The quote is not real and Israel does not hold a "veto" over US policy. In the past Iranian news has also taken quotes from The Onion and tried to use them as if they were real. I understand the confusion since we have also seen American politicians and news be fooled by some of these stories in the past as well. You might want to consider taking that portion of the article out since it is based on a completely false statement

  • 11 Jewy McJew 1/18/2013 3:15:51 AM

    This is too funny. Thank you Onion!

  • 12 UMM 1/18/2013 3:24:24 AM

    You article references The Onion, a satire website.

  • 13 Robby 1/18/2013 7:26:14 AM

    To # 10 DJ: Of course this is satire, but after reading the comments here no one seems to care. Hard to tell who is more naive, the author or the readers.

  • 14 Jafar M Ramini 1/18/2013 1:08:09 PM

    Thank you my friends for your valued input. Abdulillah, your piety and kind reasoning is welcome always. But please allow me to say that we, the Palestinian people, need to rely on our own endeavours if we are to endure and overcome. Dabas, though I can hear the cynicism in your voice, nontheless I quite agree that Hamas and Fatah have made us the laughing stock of the world and the sooner we get rid of them the better. Any suggestions? For the rest of you, your understanding and your warmth and support for our plight is quite humbling. Thank you very much indeed. DJ, point taken, my friend. I am not going to apologise for using this quote. It was intended to highlight the Israeli hold on Washington, which we all know is the case. If you need any further evidence of this, other than the book that Alexandra recommended, "They Dare To Speak Out" please read "Kings Counsel"by former CIA agent, Jack O'Connell in which he emphatically says that for any appointment of note in the government of Washington that affects foreign policy, defence or security the list of candidates must be passed on to the Israeli embassy for approval.In my book this is more than veto power.

  • 15 g2 1/18/2013 5:39:27 PM

    You're still missing the point of the Onion piece, possibly because you don't understand American satire. It is not making fun of Israeli power over America. It is making fun of those who claim Israel has that kind of power. Taking a theory or a position to a comical extreme to highlight how stupid it is is a common form of political humor. John Stewart and Stephan Colbert do it all the time. See Colbert's response to the Egyption theory that Israel was behind the shark attacks off Sharm el Sheik for another example.

  • 16 Jafar M Ramini 1/18/2013 7:50:18 PM

    I wrote my comment above before I saw the comments 11,12 and 13. Typical of the hardened Zionists I come across every day on various forums, I thought. But, thank you for your comments. Please allow me to illustrate further the points I am trying to high light in my article.Please have a look at this:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4gymxY2zM8&feature=youtu.be

  • 17 Anna Elliott 1/21/2013 12:50:55 PM

    Thank you again Jafar,for his excellent educational article. Zionist Israel utilises every device to portray itself both as historically unique,and embattled. While militarily arming itself with all that the US can provide,including nuclear capability.Israel manages to defile all but the most extreme form of Juduaism,and insult the victims of the Holocust by its accusation of anti-semiticism to explain away all oposition of its nationalistic oppression of the Palestinians. Just as Himmler attempted to use Tacitus`s Germania,to describe a mythical,and pure German race,so Israel becomes more and more extreme,and ridiculous in its ambivalent construction of the Jewish State. It will be recognised as such,and despised as such by more and more of people of conscience in the world.

  • 18 Abdulillah 1/21/2013 5:22:24 PM

    To those who thought that they are cute and called us all naive for not catching the Onion piece and do not get satire, my only answer to them is you are correct that we are naive but not for the reasons you have stated. We are naive to have under-estimated your contempt for life, especially when you widow our women and kill our children indiscriminatly from the air. Where we under-estimated your ability to be so inhumane as to steal land which has and will never by yours because you were thrown out of your own land in Eurpoe, and you came to our land but were not turned away as you were from other western nations like the USA where boats filled with you were not allowed to dock in New York. Yes you may find it laughable but we all know you for who you are, and your time is coming as any liars and manipulators rope runs short. We understand you very well. Your ambition for power and control is unlimited and unchecked. By the way smarty pants, the Onion has always used satire of this sort to show their readers that there are the likes of you that actually beleive that there is no Palestinian people, but that went over your head as well. By the way in 1918, David ben Gurion & Y. Ben Zvi (first Prime minister and president of Israel)wrote a book about the history of Israel which they both agreed with professional historians that there was no exile in the 1st and 2nd centuries AD unuder Roman times. That over 90% of the Jewish population residing in Palestine at that time continued to reside in Palestine. Further they also agreed and that in the 7th century AD after the Islamic conquest of Palestine many Jewish people residing in Palestine converted to Islam. It was not till later when the likes of you from abroad started to steal our land did we revolt. But that you will never admit because you are who you are, one of the liars and manipulators of the truth.

  • 19 Alexandra 1/22/2013 12:53:03 PM

    May I point out to those who made comments 11, 12,13 & 15 that when life is more outrageous, more extraordinary and more deplorable than art could ever invent, political satire becomes embroidery, not the real deal. One of the greatest satirists of the 20th century, Tom Lehrer (Jewish American) said that "political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Prize." That was in 1973. Today, when Kissinger's cynical antics appear almost child-like compared with the blatant lying and hypocritical white-washing of the present Israeli administration and their spokesperson, Mark Regef any writer trying to practice true satire has a tough job. No matter what they have to say, the object of their 'humour' is way ahead of them. If, as the author of 'Kings Counsel', Jack O'Connell writes 'every appointment in Washington related to Middle East affairs, security or defence must be passed by the Israeli embassy for approval' is true, is that not power of veto? Or worse? Instead of making cheap jibes at Jafar Ramini, a thoughtful, concerned and passionage advocate for peace you concentrated on opening your eyes, your hearts and your minds to what is really happening we would have no need for sarcasm.

  • 20 Jafar M Ramini 1/22/2013 7:29:13 PM

    There is a saying in writing and journalism about commenting on any subject ' Give him a hook to hang it on'. My friends, the fabrications and propaganda coming from the Zionists' camp provides one with a huge coat hanger. I shall stop here and let that veteran journalist and White house correspondent Helen Thomas say it for us all. Watch this please. http://youtu.be/2M1Qo83CoGU

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