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June 26, 2007

I cut my teeth listening to my father's Frank Sinatra albums and came of age on The Beatles and Bob Dylan,

Most all the time, I hear music well up within me,

And today, it has been two songs penned by George Harrison:

All things must pass
All things must pass away
All things must pass
None of lifes strings can last
All things must pass
All things must pass away…

Watch out now, take care
Beware of greedy leaders
They take you where you should not go
Beware of darkness…

Today's blog contains my final words about Mordecahi Vanunu, but first I post a scalding indictment on George W. Bush, written by Charley Reese, who had a thirty year career at the Orlando Sentinel; my hometown paper that I no longer subscribe to.

In Charley's final column in the Orlando Sentinel he wrote:

"Another question people ask is why I changed my position on the Israeli-Palestinian question. The answer is quite simple. Initially I believed the Israeli version of the country's history. A new generation of Israeli historians, however, began to publish works that proved the official Zionist version was made up of lies and half-truths.

"The Palestinians had indeed been done a grave injustice. After that revelation, I contacted Palestinians who live in this area, and they very generously gave me their time and insights. It is not pleasant to realize you've been so wrong, not only about Israel's history, but about Palestinians as human beings. You won't find any better people…

"I've always believed a journalist has a duty to keep tracking the truth even when it tracks into unpopular territory." July 29, 2001

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/opinion/columnists/orl-oped-reesefinal072901.column

June 25, 2007 Palestine: Freedom Is What They Want

http://www.antiwar.com/reese/

by Charley Reese

You might recall how President George W. Bush was wont to wax eloquent on the virtues of democracy and how often he spoke of spreading democracy to the Middle East.

You might not recall that there was a free and fair election in the occupied territories last year. Palestinian voters overwhelmingly chose a Hamas government over a slate of candidates offered by Fatah, a secular Palestinian organization.

They didn't make this choice out of religious beliefs or because they preferred "terrorists" to politicians. They made the choice because they were fed up with the corruption and brutality of the Fatah faction. They made the choice because Hamas had and still has a reputation for honesty and for a wide-ranging and compassionate health, education and welfare program.

Alas, President Bush discovered that he didn't like democracy after all. In his mind, democracy is only good if the election produces the results he wants it to produce. He immediately cut off aid and contact to the Palestinians, boycotted them and began a campaign to get other countries to withhold aid. These actions only harmed innocent Palestinian people. Since Hamas officials, unlike Fatah, were not in the habit of squandering public money on personal luxuries, the only people deprived by Bush's actions were ordinary people.

Now the president is pretending that the Fatah gunmen, whom he has been arming, were just sitting peacefully in the shade recently, trying their hand at knitting or crocheting, when all of the sudden those bad Hamas guys came up and started shooting. Regardless of Bush's lies, the truth is that Hamas fought back in self-defense. Between Fatah's gunmen and Israeli assassins, the Hamas guys must have felt like targets in a shooting gallery.

The Gaza Strip is a hellhole. It's a small patch of land, 41 kilometers long and about 6 to 12 kilometers wide. Its 360 square kilometers are crammed with 1.4 million Palestinians, about 1 million of them refugees from Israel's earlier wars. Unemployment is over 50 percent, and the poverty level is 60 percent. Nearly 18 percent of all children there suffer from malnutrition.

Israel controls its water supply and its air and land routes, and subjects its people to frequent closures, not to mention military attacks. It's true that some members of Hamas have resorted to terrorist acts, but the ratio of Israelis killed by Palestinians is small in comparison with Palestinians killed by Israelis. In the year 2006, according to B'Tselem, a respected Israeli human-rights organization, 660 Palestinians, including 141 children, were killed by Israelis, while only 23 Israelis were killed.

Try to visualize, if you can, 141 children. That's about the population of four average classrooms. Now visualize a heap of dead children. Those shot in the head are probably not recognizable, but you can see the bullet holes in the young, tender bodies of the others. If you can visualize this, then maybe you will get an inkling of the suffering inflicted on Palestinians by the Israelis.

The Palestinians don't deserve this. Their only sin was to be born in their own country, a country that was coveted by European Zionists and taken from them with the help of British colonialism. The fact that most American politicians prefer the indignity of acting like a crowd of timid foot-kissers for the Israeli lobby adds our own guilt to that of the Israelis.

Americans should remember the cliché "what goes around, comes around." Nobody gets a free pass to sin against humanity. The rest of the world sees us as we are. Other countries see the hypocrisy, the lies, the deliberate negligence of the American press. They see the callous disregard for death and suffering. To use the vernacular, we ain't making any friends in heaven or on Earth.

The tragedy is that nobody has to destroy Israel to provide justice to the Palestinians, but if they don't get justice, then Israel will eventually destroy itself, just as one of its best intellects has predicted. Palestinians want what William Wallace and our own ancestors wanted – freedom.

 
First Published at:
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Bye Bye to Brother V,

Once upon a time, I met a hero of mine named Mordechai Vanunu. The saying goes you should never meet your heroe's but I am glad I met one of mine, for he inspired me to put up this website. Not by any encouragement he ever gave me, but because in June 2005, I got to learn about his childhood and journey into Christianity and that he was just a regular guy who did something extra-ordinary and he has paid a high price.

For every story Vanunu told me about his life, I thought of one of mine; and although they were very different stories, they were a parrallel to what he said.

But, I did not tell him any of my stories, except for two.

I told him that when I was a child, my dream was to grow up and become Brenda Starr, the ace investigative journalist of the Sunday Comics. Vanunu had never even heard of Brenda and he looked at me like I was nuts, when I explained who she was and that I was convinced that his story would wake up American Christians about the truth in the Holy Land, and I was going to do all I could to tell them about it, just like Brenda would.

I also told Vanunu how a little boy of Beit Jala, a suburb on the west side of the Little Town of Bethlehem, irrevocably changed my life and how he-Vanunu got caught up in my mind with that little boy of Bethlehem.

If you are new to this site, it is George's face you see on the WAWA Banner. The photo was taken in 2000, by photographer Debbie Hill, the morning after the Israeli army destroyed his bedroom in retaliation for a few hopeless militants who had infiltrated his once peaceful Christian village to snipe across the way into the illegal settlement/colony of Gilo.

The shrapnel that pierced the wall of George's sanctuary read 'Made in USA' and was delivered via American made Apache helicopters.

The second I saw George's eyes, in the photo that was first published by the Florida Catholic, my heart said "DO SOMETHING!"

What could I possibly do I wondered, but I did make a copy of the photo, put it in a frame and placed it upon the altar [a bar high table] in the upper room of my home. Dozens of times a day, I would stop and gaze into the eyes of that little boy of Bethlehem and beg God to end the insane cycle of violence in the Holy Land for the sake of all the children who live there and deliver and release me from the incessant voice that demands:

"DO SOMETHING!"

All these years later, every time I look at George's eyes-or even think about him-the persistent voice continues the incessant refrain:

"DO SOMETHING!"

When I met George for the first time in June 2005, I vowed to him that I would do all I could to help bring about the end of the occupation of Palestine, which has now entered its 40th year.

And so I have traveled four times and am heading back for a fifth to Israel Palestine, but this time I want to learn more about the altruism, persistence and good works of many more Israeli and Palestinian justice and peace activists, such as those connected with Tay'oush, Gush Shalom and IPCRI, this time.


In April 2005, two months before my first trip to Israel Palestine, I tuned the TV on and the History channel appeared. They were broadcasting a show called, "Sexpionage" all about Russian female spies and one from the Mossad.

The very clip that ran before my eyes was of Vanunu being transported to his closed door trial depicting his inspired move to write upon his palm: "HIJACKED" and the Rome flight number he had been on.

They also showed a black and white photo of a bearded, unkempt and dishelved Vanunu and his eyes looked just like George's of Beit Jala's, and immediately I heard in my heart:

"Do Something!"

It was not until I met Vanunu, did I learn his eyes are NOT at all like George's deep brown eyes, but what I have done is follow Vanunu's historic FREEDOM OF SPEECH TRIAL, which has been completely ignored by the USA Media and I stream video of Vanunu in the spirit of Article 19 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which Israel agreed to uphold and was contingent upon their statehood:

"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."

A few weeks ago Vanunu emailed me his final email to me to respect his privacy and delete those videos from my site. I emailed him back, that I will respect his privacy and never contact him again, but the videos will remain as they are history and they are the 'do something', I was called to do.

Vanunu has deleted me from his email list, but I already knew that on June 25, 2007, he would receive his FREEDOM OF SPEECH sentence and so, yesterday I checked his site and he posted this FYI:

 Hi .
Today the court hearing was about the sentence.
The Judge heard both side’s lawyers.
The prosecutor wants Prison time sentence. But it seems he will not get it.
My lawyer want a symbolic punishment.
The Judge will give his decision on July 2. Next Monday.
-vmjc

Follow his story @

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For I have no faith the USA Media will report it.


"If governments do not report the truth, and if the media does not report the truth, then all we can do is follow our consciences. Daniel Ellsberg did, the woman from Enron did, and I did."- Vanunu to me, June 2005.


My conscience is clear that I did all I was called to do for Vanunu and now I say good luck to him and bye bye.

 


   
 
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