Lawrence Davidson analyses the conditions that have led to the institutionalization of abuse of power, including the creation and rationalization of criminal conspiracies, by US presidents sworn to uphold the law.
About Lawrence DavidsonLawrence Davidson is professor of history at West Chester University. He is the author of numerous books, including Islamic Fundamentalism and America's Palestine: Popular and Official Perceptions from Balfour to Israeli Statehood.
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To date, Israel’s leaders and Zionist supporters have shown an amazing capacity to ignore all criticism. The newly re-elected prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has let it be known that he has no intention of watching The Gatekeepers. It is also questionable how many of those who voted for him, or other right-wing politicians, will bother to seek the documentary out.
Haneen Zoabi is insisting that the Israeli State cease identifying itself with the interest of a single constituency and start representing the interests of the nation as a whole. What this is all about, she says, are “the values, the humanistic, universalistic values of freedom, of equality, of justice.” But there is nothing “universalistic” about Zionism and so, for her efforts, she is castigated and threatened. Such is the state that Zionism has built.
Wherever the Israelis and their Zionist cohorts are leading us, it is not into the light, it is to someplace very very dark. Israel is the last surviving heirs to the dreadful racist heritage.
He has been telling the unsettling truth about Israeli behavior for four years now, with another two to go. Repeatedly he has documented Israeli violations of international law and its relentless disregard for Palestinian human rights.
In a sane world this work would make Richard Falk a universally acclaimed defender of justice. But ours is not a sane world.
All those reacted negatively to Falk’s latest report are well positioned, well paid representatives of nations and multinational businesses are reduced to sounding like lawyers defending the mafia.
Israel litany of savage behaviour, from the ethnic cleansing started in 1948 to the starvation war waged on Gaza and numerous acts of wanton, petty cruelty.
By Zionist pressure, billboard companies refuse to display pro-Palestinian ads. Israel ethnic cleansing Palestine, the American public never hears about it.
Mitt Romney might be the most brazen political liar. Americans are being lied to about foreign policy and Millions have been killed and maimed. Obama is no better.
There is speculation that, if Mr. Obama is reelected, then Prime Minister Netanyahu’s indiscreet behavior might result in “a sea change in U.S.-Israeli relations.” Unfortunately this is highly unlikely. The system of “lobbification” is solidly in place at the national political level. The standard retribution practiced by the Israel lobby against a recalcitrant American politician is to try to get him or her kicked out of office. Usually this is done in a low-key way and most Americans don’t even know it is happening. But this time the act of revenge, driven by an egocentric and bellicose Israeli Prime Minister, is being carried out in full public view.
Barack Obama is afraid of the political shadow to his right and will not move against even the most psychopathic actors, especially at election time. Our leaders will do nothing to address our own behavioral and policy shortcomings. Thus, the dangerous likelihood of more provocations igniting the deep anti-American anger in the Muslim lands will go on and on.
Lawrence Davidson argues that the Obama camp’s obsession with pre-empting attacks from domestic Israel flag-waving fos through appeasement is now such that they are no longer concerned with the damage this does to their natural allies.
Lawrence Davidson argues that behind the Israeli court ruling that Rachel Corrie, the US peace activist who was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer while trying to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home, lies a culture of pathological racism that considers all Palestinians and their allies as terrorists.
The settlers don’t give a damn about international opinion – no more than does al-Qaeda, to which they have an unsavory resemblance. Led “by fundamentalist religious leaders who do not recognize the state of Israel and its laws,” they are driven by religious fanaticism and have no respect for governments or their agents. It is their ideological conviction that all of Palestine (including, by the way, Jordan) must be Jewish as soon as possible.
Journalism has become “corrupted” by editors and reporters who value the prestige of being associated with important centers of power more than the uncensored practice of their craft. There is a crisis of legitimacy within the mainstream press, a rightful crisis of legitimacy.
Just in the past few weeks the Knesset has spat out a number of bills aimed at restricting the voices of Jewish opponents and to make it more difficult for them to secure appointed offices. Part of a continuing line of similar legislation, these new potential laws represent scenes in the final act of this tragedy.
It is easy to cheer for a leader when the victims of his on-going violence remain invisible. However, the question remains, how is this invisible status maintained in a country with a “free press”?
Why do our political leaders act in such duplicitous and hypocritical fashion? Obama is probably going to appear as embarrassing hypocrite in all future relevant and objective histories.
The situation for those Palestinians under Israeli domination is likely to get worse before it gets better. And it is going to take a force of catastrophic intensity to really change Israeli behavior.
Has anyone noticed that the political air is wafting rancid lately? That is the smell of modern barbarism. Modern barbarism is a malodorous umbrella concept. Underneath the umbrella are lots of fetid phobias, isms and behaviours: Islamophobia, homophobia, xenophobia, semi-fascism, scapegoating, stereotyping, bullying, libelling and a growing, aggressive intolerance of everything and everyone who is not to the liking of the modern barbarian.
The only thing that stands between all of us and the next holocaust is international law and treaty provisions such as universal jurisdiction. But who cares? Not the U.S. or British governments and not the Zionists.
Why senior politicians & bureaucrats avoid honestly speaking out their minds on crucial matters of war and peace while they are in a position to put their views into practice?
Turkey decided to downgrade its diplomatic relations with Israel and suspend military ties with the Zionist state after Tel Aviv’s refusal to do the decent thing and apologize for murdering unarmed civilians on the high seas.
Lawrence Davidson analyses the culture behind efforts by Zionist lobbyists in the United States to censor free debate of Zionism and Israel’s policies through pressure, blackmail and smearing the advocates of free speech as “anti-Semites” or “self-hating Jews”.
Lawrence Davidson argues that while leveling charges of incitement at the Palestinian educational system, Israelis themselves have been practicing on their own children a form of indoctrination that vilifies Palestinians and Arabs.
Lawrence Davidson explains why most Americans “neither see themselves as others see them nor look honestly into their own faces”, and in consequence, “are led to collectively act in self-destructive ways”.
Lawrence Davidson argues that the deadly influence of Israeli special interests groups on Western governments, especially that of the USA, means that advocates of justice for the Palestinians have only one recourse: civil society actions such as the Gaza humanitarian flotillas.
If the historical goal of the state of Israel is to provide the world’s Jews a secure national home, a place of refugee in a world of real or potential anti-Semitism, it seems to have failed. It has failed not because this writer says so, but because an increasing number of its own Jewish citizens say so.
Lawrence Davidson traces the flaws built into the International Criminal Court that allow some states to get away with crimes to the exceptionalism and superiority complexes afflicting countries such as Russia, China and the US, which is also “tied so closely to the criminal behaviour of the Israelis that it has dedicated itself to protecting Israeli nationals as well”.
Israeli officials found Falk’s statement highly insulting. Soon after the Rapporteur made his presentation to the Human Rights Council, Israel’s envoy to the UN mission in Geneva, Aharon LeshnoYaar, labeled Falk an “embarrassment to the United Nations.”
There is no doubt that Julian Assange and Bradley Manning suffering constitutes a message that if you inform the public of what the United States government is doing, our police and intelligence agencies will track you down and turn your life into hell.
The resolution had over120 cosponsors (just about the entire non-Western world) and the support of every other member of the Security Council. The only thing wrong with it was that it singled out the Israelis as the culprits and was thus anathema to the politicians in Washington. For the Obama administration, it was a supremely embarrassing moment.
Through his stubbornness Hosni Mubarak has managed to transform himself from a 30 year old “loyal ally” into an 82 year old liability. Almost all dictators cling to power as long as they can.
Netanyahu and Mubarak deserve each other. They are both perfectly willing to kill a lot of people to get what they want and they throw temper tantrums when others suggest this is wrong.
If the recent events in Tunisia and Egypt tell us anything it is that predicting the beginning of mass unrest is very difficult. Indeed, it is probably easier to predict the stock market. What one can do, however, is describe conditions that are likely to create a context conducive to such unrest. What might those be?
We all live lives that are relatively local and, in terms of an understanding of outside (foreign) events, we rely on the reports of others. That means, except for our immediate experience, our realities are heavily influenced by our media environment. That environment might entail serious and objective research or it may consist of daily doses of Fox TV. In either case that, in part, is how the universe inside our heads comes about and it, in turn, motivates our behavior. The whole process can bring us down to earth or send us into the realm of fantasy.
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