CBS and 60 Minutes tell the truth

On Sunday, January 25, I was surprised to see 60 minutes actually calling the Israelis out on their practices in the West Bank which have been likened to apartheid.

Here is the video

Here is the story where you can comment

Please do. And let CBS know that you want to see more of this type of content which was produced by Robert Anderson. I have a difficult time seeing this country, Israel, as being touted as the “democracy” of the Middle East. There is nothing democratic about taking over these people houses, their lands, and allowing these viral settlers to spew their hatred and continuously disobey their government and international laws.

Perhaps if Israel can’t control the settlers, they should just be prosecuted by the ICC for war crimes. It’s illegal for an occupying army to settle their own people in occupied land and the settler leader seemed clear that they would rebuild, rebuild, rebuild and revolt if anyone tried to dismantle their settlements.

Sorry, just doesn’t seem like a Judeo value.

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A well done photo essay – pretty much says it all

Thanks to Desert Peace for posting it. See it here. And we wonder why there are terrorists after us….

Polls – as promised

I have created two new polls.

One asks if the ICC should investigate Israel for war crimes – take it here

The second asks if aid to Israel should be withheld until significant progress has been made towards peace – take that one here

Thanks for your support.

Day One – Obama’s Middle East Strategy

According to Reuters, Obama jumped right into the Middle East today with this action

Obama made clear his Middle East strategy would be different from Bush, who was faulted by critics for taking a largely hands-off approach to peacemaking for much of his eight years in office. A final failed push for a peace deal was widely seen as too little, too late.

Obama spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Jordan’s King Abdullah not long after he stepped into the Oval Office for the first time since his historic inauguration as the first black U.S. president.

He is expected to name a Middle East envoy soon, with former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell widely considered his choice for the job.

Perhaps it’s a bit too soon to expect Obama to talk to Hamas, but I welcome Mitchell who realized you had to talk to the IRA and the UDP to get the Northern Ireland peace deal done.

Hopefully he’ll get down to business before someone breaks the ceasefire. Frankly, it would make the Iraq withdrawal easier and  give us a lot more support from places like Iran and Syria, who we need if we want anything in the Middle East to succeed.

I’ll put up a petition soon.

History of Palestine as told by world bodies

I am putting several links on my blog so that people who are interested can read the history of the conflict from uninterested third parties who also happen to have the original documents and maps regarding this issue.

Please take the time to educate yourself. There’s far too little fact-based information out there and way too much opinion disguised as fact.

One

Two

Three

Resolution 181

Resolution 242

Resolution 3236

More history

More history

More history

Resolution 338

Resolution 1397

Read the history, decide for yourself what is right and what is wrong.

Down with the talking heads!!!

Dennis Kucinich is calling for a cease fire – support his efforts

Support Rep. Kucinich’s resolution calling for cease fire in Gaza. Groups wishing to endorse the Kucinich resolution should send their endorsement directly to his Congressional office at: Diala.Jadallah@mail.house.gov.

Has Obama’s Briefing Book Feature been hijacked?

I have been on the briefing book section since it opened, before I got the email from Valerie Jarrett. At that time, posts about withdrawing aid from Israel and calling for an immediate ceasefire were near the top of the list. There were many, many posts and a rare comment against the ideas. I could go to the search enginge, type in Israel, and voila – they would all appear.

Today I find that many of those same posts are hard to find. If you type in Israel most posts about the Gaza genocide do not appear – now you must type in Gaza to find them.

More disturbing, many of the posts, particularly those that have over 4000 votes, don’t appear typing in either keyword.

I wrote the following to the transition team regarding disappearing posts:
I have commented on several posts related to the current “conflict” in Gaza and our backing of Israel unconditionally.

On Monday, when this feature was rolled out, these posts could be easily found by typing Israel or Gaza.

Now, when typing Israel, these posts no longer appear, nor do they appear by typing Gaza. They appear only if I go into the section that summarizes what I have been doing.

One in particular is “Hold Israel to the same moral standard that we hold ourselves to.”

Try to find it. Sorry, but until this is corrected and I receive a response, I reserve the right to notify the press (I myself am a freelance journalist) that this process is being subjugated, probably by someone employed by the Obama administration, which of course, defeats the whole point of this exercise.

I would like the search engine fixed. I would like to be able to test it myself after notification that it has been fixed. I would like an internal investigation into what happened to it, and the person responsible fired for subverting democracy.

Thank you,

Julie Segraves

Check for yourselves, those that have contributed or voted. Then write to the transition team (go to the bottom of the page and click on contact).

We must take back our country for our own national security interests.

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