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WHERE DID IT ALL BEGIN?

By John Hickox, Dufur, OR
Palestine land lossThis is not an easy subject but it is one that must be discussed.

The most recent episode of Israel’s bi-annual atrocities in Gaza has faded from the news. How can that be? An estimated 2106 citizens of Gaza were killed! Israel admits that “as many as 72% were civilians.” That means that 1516 non-Hamas men, women, children and babies were killed by rockets and bombs launched from American made Apache helicopters and F-16 jets.

Here are some important things to remember about this whole sordid affair:

1. It did not begin with three teen-age settlers being killed by Palestinians. It did not begin with a Palestinian teenager being burned alive by Israeli forces. It did not begin with the 6 day war in 1967 or any of the other events that may come to mind. It began with the brutal ethnic cleansing of hundreds of Palestinian villages by radical Zionists in 1949. So whenever you hear about a recent attack on Palestinians by Israel that “Israel is merely responding” to some Palestinian action or other, remember that it’s the other way around. Since the beginning, on May 1, 1949, the original unacceptable action was Israel’s killing and forced eviction of a majority of the Palestinian people.

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HOPE FOR THE MIDDLE EAST

by John Hickox, Dufur, Oregon
palestine stampAre you ready for good news about the Middle East? It’s here! For the first time since 1948, it’s okay to boldly speak out in support of the Palestinian cause. Even Thomas Friedman is doing it! A link to his recent New York Times column follows:

The Third Intifada,  February 5, 2014, Wednesday

The weapons of this uprising in the Middle East are nonviolent.

One of the surprising, even shocking, things Mr. Friedman says:

It’s obvious that a Third Intifada is underway.  It’s the one that Israel always feared most–not an intifada with stones or suicide bombers, but one propelled by nonviolent resistance and economic boycott.

Friedman is right.  Benjamin Netanyahu (and Ariel Sharon before him) was happy when the opposition was defined by suicide bombers. Every bus explosion translated into millions of dollars from members of the American Jewish community.