Friday, October 05, 2007

You can't make it up. Demonising Desmond The Lobby, Israel and Apartheid

So when two eminent academics like Walt and Meersheimer trace the way the pro-Israel lobby works, the non-existent lobby springs into action to deny them a platform and distort their words. For a rational Israeli response see Uri Avnery's review But one has to wonder, is it a Goebbels style "Big Lie" or actively practiced Orwellian doublethink that leads Israeli supporters to stomp with the full force of the lobby on anyone who suggests that the lobby has power?

Tied in to this is the shock and horror that greets anyone like Carter, who points out that Israel is modelling its occupation on Apartheid South Africa, or publicly remembers that the Apartheid regimes diamonds went out via Israel while its weaponry, including nuclear, came back throught the same channels.

Most American Jews have a proud progressive record on issues like the war in Iraq, and on Apartheid. How much longer will they allow loud-mouthed cheque-wielding Likudniks to speak on their behalf.
Check this out - demonising Desmond Tutu.

From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)

Published on 10/03/2007

Tutu Appearance Canceled amid Jewish Concern

A speech by Archbishop Desmond Tutu was canceled after local Jews expressed concern about his views on Israel.

The spring visit to Minnesota's University of St. Thomas was canceled because local Jewish groups were upset by comparisons Tutu had made between Israel and Hitler, according to a report in City Pages, a Minneapolis alternative weekly.

University officials reportedly canceled the appearance after consulting with a spokesperson for the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas and with several rabbis on the faculty.

The uproar apparently was linked to a speech Tutu made in Boston in 2002. A news release from the Zionist Organization of America, which condemned Tutu's remarks, cited a report from Ha'aretz that quoted Tutu as saying that "Israel is like Hitler and apartheid". A transcript of the speech available online does not include the Hitler quote.

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