The Huffington Post November 18, 2010
The breathless will-they-won't-they coverage wasn't quite as extreme this time, but there's still been way more attention paid to the latest
The actual bribe -- oh, sorry, I meant to say "incentives" -- being offered to
** F-35 Stealth Bombers free of charge to Israel, that is -- this offer will cost U.S. taxpayers $3 billion more, money that could instead pay for 600,000 new green jobs here at home.
Then there's the guarantee that the
What it all means is that the Obama administration is promising to interfere with and prevent any effort to hold
** So basically, the
And what does
On the other hand, sneezing at the "settlement freeze" isn't such a bad idea. It simply isn't serious. Settlement expansion - which translates into house demolitions, land grabs, and population expulsions - will be allowed to continue at its current record pace in Occupied
**So with U.S. complicity, Israel's illegal settlements -- all of which are illegal, whether in the West Bank or East Jerusalem, whether tiny outposts or the giant settlement cities -- will continue.
With 500,000 illegal settlers in the
Unfortunately the Obama administration seems not only to recognize, but to welcome the reality that the
We will have to take those words seriously too. Stay tuned to the action alerts of the U.S. Campaign to End Israeli Occupation for the latest.
I have been traveling again, most recently up to
Quite fascinating to see how the Israel-Palestine discourse is changing up there -- not quite as rapidly as here in the
But what's exciting is the huge escalation in human rights activism in
Finally, with all the unchanging grim news on the policy side, the discourse shifts are racing ahead. For any of you who may have missed it, I urge you to take a look at this amazing four-minute video of "young Jewish and proud" -- an extraordinary portrait of a new generation of already experienced activists. These young people -- organized by Jewish Voice for Peace -- stood to confront Netanyahu as he addressed the heart of the
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"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs