“palestinians:” A People Invented

 

“The history of the Palestinian people goes back as far as”… This is where Arab “historians” disagree. Some say the “Palestinian people” have a proud 4000-year history; others say 10,000 years, 30,000 years, and even –don’t laugh- 200,000 years, which makes the Neanderthals pretty young people compared to the “mysterious Palestinians”. But although Arab historians do not agree on the “insignificant” details like the age of the “Palestinian people”, they do agree that this people is incredibly ancient-far more ancient than Jews, Romans or Greeks. In the glorious history of the “Palestinian people”, there is only one “small” problem; nobody in history ever found them.
In 721 BCE, Assyria conquered the Kingdom of Israel. This is a historical fact nobody denies. Of course, the “Palestinian people” heroically fought against the aggressors and caused them heavy losses? Well, not exactly. Not a single Assyrian Chronicle, not even a single clay tablet, mentions this noble people. Could it be that hundreds of thousands of “Palestinians” were heroically fighting the Assyrian invaders – and these invaders did not even notice it? At the same time, those same Assyrian Chronicles are full of reports about the battles with the Israelis. So, Assyrians very well found Israelis, but did not notice any “Palestinians”? Well, Assyrians did not notice any “Palestinian people”. Most probably, because the King Sargon II was a Zionist. And what about Babylonians? The same mystery awaits us when we start reading the Babylonian Chronicles about the conquest of the Kingdom of Judah between 597 and 582 BCE. Jews are there at every second page. And “Palestinians”? There is not a word about them. Babylonians did not find them, either. But of course Persians found “Palestinians” and left to us the detailed description of this wonderful people, of its rich culture, interesting habits, language…? Alas. They did not. The Persian Chronicles are telling us about Jews, about how Cyrus granted them the permission to return to Jerusalem, about how Persian satraps ruled in Judah and Israel… But about the “Palestinians” – not a word. What makes the “quest to find Palestinians” even more amusing is that Alexander the Great passed all along the coast of Palestine from Tyre to Gaza in 332 – but did not find a single “Palestinian”: only Jews. Where the heck did the “Palestinians” hide? Well, OK, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, even Alexander the Great: it was so long ago! But what about the scrupulous and methodical Romans? The same story.
Romans explain in great detail how they were besieging Jerusalem, scrupulously informing us about how Jews were desperately defending it. They describe the Jewish revolts and how they quelled them and provide information about how Jews were fighting against them in Masada, about how Romans divided Judah and renamed it Palestine, about how they renamed Jerusalem in Aelia Capitolina…They tell us about a lot of things – but they do not say a single word about some “Palestinians”. Moreover, although they renamed the land in “Palestine”, they went on calling its inhabitants as they were called for thousands of years: Jews. So, “Palestine” became the official name of the land, but its inhabitants remained Jews. Just a moment, and where were the “Palestinian people” when Arabs came? Its a million dollar question. Modern Arabs say they are “Palestinians”. And what did the Arabs of the 7th century, those who conquered Palestine, say about this? Do you know any document written in the period of the Arab rule in Palestine that would say a word about some “Palestinians”? I do not. And nobody does, because such a document does not exist. The situation becomes really amusing! Arabs today are foaming about how their forefathers lived in Palestine since the Time Immemorial, and their forefathers did not have any idea about their glorious and ancient past there.
Well, after all, the Arab rule in Palestine did not last long. Just 300 years after the Arab conquest, Turks –first Mamluks and then Ottomans- threw them out. Under various names – Seljuks, Mamluks, Ottomans- the Turks ruled in Palestine for 600 years. Quite enough time to find such a numerous and glorious ethnic group as the “Palestinian people”. Did the Turks find them? Alas! The Turkish official statistics accurately puts the number of Jews, Arabs, Circassians and Bosnians in Palestine, providing detailed information about the number of Muslims, Christians and Jews – yet they never mention any “Palestinian people”. Ok. Assyrians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, Persians and Arabs did not happen to notice any “Palestinian people”. Turks, in those 600 years they ruled in Palestine, did not find them either. And where was this incredibly ancient and unbelievingly heroic people hiding after 1917? The numerous League of Nations Commissions (later UN Commissions) did not find them; all the League of Nations documents of that period are only about Jews and Arabs, but there is not a word about any “Palestinians” as a separate people. Maybe the politicians of the Western countries talked about “Palestinians” then? No, they did not. Delegates from 11 nations went to the area and found what had long been apparent: two conflicting groups, Arabs and Jews, whose national aspirations could not be reconciled. “Palestinians”? Who are they? But the politicians of the Arab counties, of course… Alas. The politicians of the Arab countries were very clear on this subject. “We consider Palestine as part of Arab Syria, as it has never been separated from it at any time. We are connected with it by national, religious,
linguistic, natural, economic and geographical bonds.” (First Congress of Muslim-Christian Associations, February 1919) The representative of the Arab Higher Committee to the United Nations submitted a statement to the General Assembly in May 1947 that said, “Palestine was part of the Province of Syria,” and that, “politically, the Arabs of Palestine were not independent in the sense of forming a separate political entity.” In 1937, a local Arab leader, Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, told the Peel Commission, which ultimately suggested the partition of Palestine: “There is no such country as Palestine! ‘Palestine’ is a term the Zionists invented! There is no Palestine in the Bible. Our country was for centuries part of Syria.” “Palestine and Transjordan are one.” King Abdullah, Arab League meeting in Cairo,12 April 1948 So the Arabs in the 1940s did not notice any “Palestinians”. Moreover, they did not “notice” any “Palestine” either! OK. In the 40s, the Arab politicians did not find any “Palestinian people”. It’s no surprise; nobody could find them. But maybe they “found” this mysterious “Palestinian people” later? They did not. Syrian President Hafez Assad addressing the Palestinian leader, the Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), President of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) and “Father of the Palestinian People” Yasser Arafat, explained to him: “You do not represent Palestine as much as we do. Never forget this one point: There is no such thing as a Palestinian people, there is no Palestinian entity, there is only Syria. You are an integral part of the Syrian people,
Palestine is an integral part of Syria. Therefore it is we, the Syrian authorities, who are the true representatives of the Palestinian people.” Of course, the Palestinian leader, “Father of the Palestinian People” and so on, rejected these insinuations with indignation and… Actually, no, he did not. Moreover, Arafat himself made a definitive and unequivocal statement along the same lines as late as 1993, when he declared that, “The question of borders doesn’t interest us… From the Arab standpoint, we mustn’t talk about borders. Palestine is nothing but a drop in an enormous ocean. Our nation is the Arabic nation that stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea and beyond it…The P.L.O. is fighting Israel in the name of Pan-Arabism. What you call “Jordan” is nothing more than Palestine.” Not long ago, Azmi Bishara (the ex-Knesset member exiled from Israel for passing sensitive information to Hezbollah during the Second Lebanon War) who is anything except Israel’s friend said the same: there is no Palestinian people. “The truth is that Jordan is Palestine and Palestine is Jordan.” – King Hussein of Jordan, in 1981 “Palestine is Jordan and Jordan is Palestine; there is only one land, with one history and one and the same fate,” Prince Hassan of the Jordanian National Assembly was quoted as saying on February 2, 1970. Abdul Hamid Sharif, Prime Minister of Jordan declared in 1980, “The Palestinians and Jordanians do not belong to different nationalities. They hold the same Jordanian passports, are Arabs and have the same Jordanian culture.”
But the Arabs, who lived in Palestine since, as they assure us, the Time Immemorial, of course did not let Syrian and Jordanian dictators deprive them of their proud Palestinian past? You will be surprised, but they let them. And they had very serious reasons for this. Do you know that until 1950, the name of the Jerusalem Post was THE PALESTINE POST? That the journal of the Zionist Organization of America was NEW PALESTINE? That the Bank Leumi’s original name was the ANGLO-PALESTINE BANK? That the Israel Electric Company’s original name was the PALESTINE ELECTRIC COMPANY? That there was the PALESTINE FOUNDATION FUND and the PALESTINE PHILHARMONIC? And all these were JEWISH ORGANIZATIONS, organized and run by JEWS. In America, the Anthem of the Zionist youngsters sang “PALESTINE, MY PALESTINE”, “PALESTINE SCOUT SONG” and “PALESTINE SPRING SONG”. Until the mid/late 60s, to call an Arab a “Palestinian” would mean to insult him because until the mid/late 60s, the word “Palestinian” was commonly and unanimously associated in all the world with Jews, and the entire world knew: Palestine is just another name for Israel and Judah, like for example Kemet was just another ancient name for Egypt. Arabs who lived in Palestine identified themselves as Arabs and were insulted when someone called them “Palestinians”: we are not Jews, we are Arabs, and they used to respond.
Let’s Set Things Straight There is a country in the Far East. The people who live there, (and they have lived in this country for many centuries), poetically called it “The Land Of The Rising Sun”. Then the Western travellers and geographers came to this country and gave it another name. Why? Maybe they were not poets, or maybe they came there on the sunset, or maybe they could not pronounce the original name in the original language… Did the people who lived there change because Western travelers and then politicians and journalists started to call their country by another name? No. They were those same people and they went on calling their country “The Land Of The Rising Sun”. And the West calls it Japan. There is a country in the Middle East. The people who lived there for many centuries called it “Eretz Israel”- The Land of Israel. Then the people from the West came- and gave to it another name. Did the people who lived there change? No. They were those same people and they went on calling their country “The Land of Israel”. And the West calls it Palestine.

For more of my insights regarding Israel and “palestine,” click HERE.


“palestine?”

 

“Palestine?” More like, “Fakestine.” That’s right, folks, it’s time to bust the myth that Palestine is a real place with a real history. I know, I know, some people may have their conspiracy theories and emotional attachments to this “land,” but let’s face it, it’s all just a trendy fashion statement.

First things first, let’s clear up some common misconceptions. You may have heard about the so-called “occupation,” “apartheid,” and “genocide” happening within the borders of Israel. But here’s the thing, these are just buzzwords thrown around by people who clearly have no idea what they’re talking about. In fact, there is no evidence of any of these things happening within the post-1967 boundaries of Israel. So, let’s put that rumor to rest, shall we?

Now, let’s get to the root of the issue, Palestine itself. The truth is, Palestine as a distinct state or nation has never existed. That’s right, I said it. It’s all a figment of someone’s imagination. Many people claim that Palestine has a rich history and culture, but the reality is, there is no solid evidence to back this up.

But didn’t Palestine have a place on the map? Well, sort of. You see, back in ancient times, the area referred to as Palestine was a region that encompassed parts of modern-day Israel, Jordan, and Egypt. It was never a designated nation with a distinct identity. It wasn’t until the 20th century that this name was used to refer specifically to the land of Israel. And even then, it was mainly used as a geographical term, not a political one.

So, where did this whole “Palestinian” identity come from? The truth is, it’s a relatively new concept that only gained popularity in the late 1960s. It was around this time that the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) was formed, and suddenly, everyone wanted to be a “Palestinian.” It became a symbol of resistance and rebellion, and being a “Palestinian” was seen as cool and edgy. It’s like the hipster trend, but with a political twist.

But let’s not forget, Israel has had a continuous presence in the land for thousands of years. It has a well-documented history and ties to the land, unlike this so-called “Palestinian” identity. The Jewish people have been living in the land of Israel for centuries, and there is no denying their connection to it.

So, what’s the big deal, you may ask? Well, the problem is that this fabricated identity of “Palestinian” has been used as a tool to delegitimize and demonize Israel. It’s a way for certain groups to push their agenda and paint Israel as the “oppressor.” But the fact is, the land belongs to Israel, and it always has.

In conclusion, calling Palestine a “real” place with a “real” history is just plain wrong. It’s time to stop buying into this fashionable, made-up identity and start acknowledging the facts. Israel is a real country with a real history, and it’s time to give credit where credit is due. Let’s put an end to this charade and embrace the truth. It’s time to say goodbye to Fakestine and hello to the real deal.

For more of my insights regarding Israel and “palestine,” click HERE.


The “Two State Solution” has existed for almost 95 years

 

Regardless of what any U.N. representative, American politician, E.U. representative, member of the International Court of Justice or anybody else says otherwise today in 2024, THE boundaries displayed on this map  were established back in the 1920’s, are the still-valid LEGAL (permanent international laws established) boundaries/borders of ‘Jewish land (Israel)’ in the white-shaded color, and ‘Arab land (Jordan/Palestine)’ in the darker-shaded color to the right of it. THIS is the ‘Two-State solution’ that we keep hearing people mentioning today … it was already established nearly 95 years ago. The darker-shaded ARAB portion of the land, is the  ‘Arab Palestine State’. Arabs were granted legal rights of ownership to it by the League of Nations, and therefore had a right to rename it to being  ‘Jordan’, years later. Jews and NOT ARABS (and not ARAB ‘Pali pretenders’) were granted legal rights of ownership to the white-shaded color portion, and had a right to name it as  ‘Israel‘, in 1948. Jews in the 1800’s and early 1900’s leading up to this historic ‘1922 League of Nations Mandate’ (international laws established, that granted portions of this land to Jews and Arabs), had established numerous Jewish communities in the white-shaded area. Among them, were…

*** Petah Tikva
*** Rosh Pinna
*** Rishon le Zion
*** Gedera
*** Zichron Ya’acov
*** Nahlat Shiva (1869)
*** Mea Shearim (1873)
*** Yemin Moshe (1892) … and many others.

At no time in recorded history leading up to this historic 1920’s period (map), were there ever any documented ‘Palestinian villages/communities’ established by a ‘Palestinian people’, that were named with ‘Palestinian names’ coming from a distinct ‘Palestinian language/alphabet’ … as having ever existed at any time, anywhere in the land of Israel.

I think that the reality of the situation is dire, however if you believe that the cause of this is to be clearly placed on Israel, I think you are not cognoscente of the facts. Israel is responsive to any threats that the inhabitants of Gaza or the West bank. It will neutralize if it can with minimum force if it can. A state of War exists between the inhabitants of these settlements. So long as these Arabs who are Jordanian or Egyptian do not recognize Israel’s right to exist, there will never be peace. Israel is not going anywhere.  The leadership of Gaza and “West bank” are in a state of denial and wish to inhibit all peace negotiations. The leadership of Hamas and PLO/Fatah (propped up by Iran) are the real criminals and are utterly corrupt. The peace will come when the Arabs of the region acknowledge that Jordan is a part of “Palestine” and that they already have their state.

For more of my insights regarding Israel and “palestine,” click HERE.


You really can be Progressive AND Zionist!

 

I was looking at the vote count for H.R. 8034, which happened April 20th. “Israel Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2024

I compared the “Yea” votes to the roll call of members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus

Some people say that you can’t support Israel and call yourself Progressive, or they say you are not a Progressive if you favor Israel. Well, GUESS WHAT?!?!?

There are 95 members of the House who are also members of the Progressive Caucus. On H.R. 8034, SIXTY of them voted “YEA”, Two “Present” and Thirty-Three voted “NAY.”

That means that a majority of Progressive House members believe you can support Israel and be a Progressive as well.

Someone on the Humboldt Progressives Face Book group said that Progressive Zionist is an oxymoron. I guess that someone was WRONG.

For more of my insights regarding Israel and “palestine,” click HERE.


Is Israel practicing Apartheid, Ethnic Cleanising, Genocide, or Occupation?

 

There are distinct definitions for each of these accusations. Let’s examine the definition of each, the characteristics of the conditions, and then examine whether or not Israel is committing these acts.

APARTHEID
South Africa was the country that first instituted Apartheid beginning in 1948.  The first law enacted forbade interracial marriage. In fact the entire apartheid system was based in racism, defining the rights and privileges that White South Africans would enjoy as opposed to those which Black South Africans could enjoy or suffer.

According to Cornell (University) Law School, “Apartheid refers to the implementation and maintenance of a system of legalized segregation in which one racial group is deprived of political and civil rights. Apartheid is a crime against humanity punishable under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.”

This is a somewhat watered down definition of Apartheid.  In South Africa (the country which invented (and named the system) Apartheid had the following characteristics:

  1. Black South Africans could not marry, or have sexual relations with Whites. The reverse was true as well.
  2. Black South Africans were denied the vote.
  3. Black South Africans were excluded from the professions. They could not practice medicine (as Doctors, Nurses or any other health care professional).  They were not allowed to teach children, They could not serve in the miliary, or be police or fire fighters. In fact the occupations they were allowed in was exceedingly narrow.
  4. Blacks could not serve as public officials, or for that matter any level of government.

What about Israel?
First, you have to realize that some Palestinian Arabs are citizens of Israel, and some are not.  Confusing the two groups is where charges of Apartheid are delineated. The Israeli Bureau of Statistics states that 21% of Israelis are Palestinian.  The total population of Israeli citizens is, according to the world bank and the United Nations is 9.3 million. That means that there are 186,000 Israeli citizens who identify as Palestinian. In Jerusalem there are 362,000 Palestinians who do not hold Israeli citizenship, but hold permanent residency status.
Second, apartheid was a system devised to keep “coloreds” and “whites” separate. Jews and Arabs are from the same race. In fact many Jews are people of color themselves. Ethiopian Jews are in fact Black.

1) Marriage:  Any Jew may marry any Palestinian they wish, and vice versa, providing of course that the object of their affection reciprocates. Likewise, there is no prohibition regarding sexual relations.
2) All Israeli citizens have the right to vote.
3)  Israeli citizens have the right to pursue any profession they wish. 21% of Doctors working in Israeli hospitals and clinics are Palestinians.  23% of nurses working in Israeli Hospitals and clinics are Palestinians. Palestinian Teachers work in Jewish schools (and Jewish teachers work in Palestinian schools).  3,000 to 5,000 Palestinians voluntarily serve in the IDF (Although service in the IDF is mandatory for most Jews, Muslim, Christian and Ultra Orthodox Jews are exempt).
4) Current members of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament including Palestinians ( link to Wikipedia).

Palestinian members of Israel’s Supreme Court have included Khaled Kabub (1st Muslim Justice of the Court) and Salim Joubran, who served from 2003 to 2014.  The Court consists of 15 Justices, who are nominated by the President of Israel and confirmed     by the Knesset.

Now, it is true that Palestinians who do not hold Israeli citizenship (or who have refused it) do not have the same rights as those who are Israeli citizens (though there is no discrimination as far as health care professionals or teachers are concerned). They are also restricted as far as where they can go, and for how long.  Keep in mind that in the United States new immigrants do no enjoy the same rights as citizens do. This is true in any nation on our planet.

My point is that if Israel was practicing apartheid, the same restrictions suffered by non-citizen Palestinians would also apply to Palestinian Israeli citizens.

ETHNIC CLEANSING and GENOCIDE
According to the United Nations
there is no precise definition of this concept or the exact acts to be qualified as ethnic cleansing. A United Nations Commission of Experts mandated to look into violations of international humanitarian law committed in the territory of the former Yugoslavia defined ethnic cleansing in its interim report S/25274 as “… rendering an area ethnically homogeneous by using force or intimidation to remove persons of given groups from the area.” In its final report S/1994/674, the same Commission described ethnic cleansing as “… a purposeful policy designed by one ethnic or religious group to remove by violent and terror-inspiring means the civilian population of another ethnic or religious group from certain geographic areas.” . . .Furthermore, such acts could also fall within the meaning of the Genocide Convention.”

Israel has been accused of both of these crimes (interchangeably).  I suppose one could see them as one and the same, and I suspect that when people say “ethnic cleansing” they are really saying “genocide” and vice versa.

What about Israel?
Israel has been accused of doing this to  it’s Palestinian population continuously since before the 1948 Arab-Israel War.  How are they doing?  If true, one would expect the total Palestinian population to have systematically declined over time as the result of Israel’s policy.  The Arab population of Pre-Israel Palestine (1947) was 1,320,000.  As of  2021 that population had increased to 4,906,308, an increase of 371.69%. If “genocide” or even “ethnic cleansing” of the Palestinians is Israel’s goal, they are doing a piss-poor job of it. You would think, having been tutored by experts (Germany’s National Socialist Party) they would be somewhat more successful.

They’re not.  This is because Israel does not now, nor have they ever engaged in either genocide or ethnic cleansing, nor would they ever have thought of this.

OCCUPATION
Here’s a little history:  In 1907. the Jewish National Fund was established to purchase land in what would eventually become Mandatory Palestine, and ultimately became the modern State of Israel.   I remember collection plates being passed around at my Synagogue to collect such funds.  Ninety percent of Samaria/Judea (renamed “the West Bank” by Jordan when they occupied it from 1948 to 1967) was purchased from absentee Arab landlords between 1921 and 1945 (who were very happy to sell “worthless desert land” to the “foolish Joos.”).  There are deeds and other documentation issued by the regional representatives of the Ottoman Empire and the British Mandate for Palestine in existence and on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.  As happens in the United States, if a landlord sells his property to another party, and that land is being rented out, the tenants of that property are oftentimes evicted.  Such was the case with much of Samaria/Judea.

Although Israel was victorious in the Arab-Israel War of 1948, Jordan still managed to take control of Samaria/Judea (the “spoils of war”). Jews living there were exiled, including a large portion of residents of East Jerusalem.  Historical Synagogues were destroyed. Cemeteries were desecrated.   The InterContinental Hotel, which stands at the top of the Mount of Olives (and faces the Eastern Gate of the old city) was originally built with some grave stones and markers from the adjacent Jewish cemetery; a huge cemetery which occupies the entire Kidron Valley, from the road in front of the Hotel right up to the Eastern Gate. According to Wikipedia, the hotel was rebuilt/expanded in 2018.

On June of 1967. Arab countries surrounding Israel once again invaded only this time the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) were victorious (after only six days) and liberated Samaria/Judea, as well as Gaza, the entire Sinai peninsula and the Golan Heights. Thus Samaria/Judea were restored to their rightful owners.  In other words: ISRAEL DOES NOT OCCUPY THE WEST BANK. A COUNTRY DOES NOT OCCUPY LAND THAT WAS THEIRS IN THE FIRST PLACE.

For more of my insights regarding Israel and “palestine,” click HERE.


How can you be a Progressive and a Zionist?

 

Aren’t these two ideological positions mutually exclusive? Not at all.

First let’s define what each of these ideologies consist of.

What is a Progressive?

I believe that the Congressional Progressive Caucus are the experts when it comes to defining what Progressives believe. They define a Progressive as one who:

1) Advocates  justice, dignity, and peace for all.

  • Progressives believe that government must be the great equalizer of opportunity for everyone. Progressive House members are committed to passing legislation that advances justice, dignity, and peace for all people.
  • Realizing the goal of a universal, high-quality, Medicare For All health care system for all.
  • Advocating the right of every American to retire with security and dignity.
  • Ending poverty and income inequality and securing a living wage for all people.
  • Protecting the fundamental right to organize.
  • Ending mass incarceration and advancing equal justice under the law.
  • Taking urgent, inclusive, and transformative action on climate change.
  • Upholding the fundamental reproductive rights of all people.
  • Ending our forever wars, cutting the bloated Pentagon budget, and prioritizing diplomacy.
  • Advancing humane, fair and just immigration laws.
  • Advancing racial justice and equity.
  • Tackling systems of oppression and dismantling structural racism and discrimination.

2) Embedded in our nation’s history is a painful legacy of oppression, racism, and genocide. Progressives believe that elected leaders have an obligation to confront this legacy and dismantle the systems of oppression and discrimination that allow racism to persist in this nation. In order for any legislation to be truly inclusive and transformative, it must advance the goal of racial justice.

  • Advocating racial justice and equity in every policy.
  • Supporting a truth commission and reparations to address and repair the continued effects of slavery and discrimination.
  • Transforming our budgets and priorities to reinvest in Black, Brown, and indigenous communities and reimagine the role of institutions that exacerbate injustice and inequality.
  • Challenging harmful stereotypes and efforts that demonize immigrant, Black, Brown, indigenous, and LGBGTQ communities and actively opposing any legislation or policy that marginalizes those communities.

3) Taking on systems that privilege the wealthy and powerful to demand a government and economy that works for the people.

Progressives believe elected officials should be beholden to the people, not to wealthy donors and powerful CEOs. Progressives reject pay-to-play and revolving door politics and fight for a democracy where the power is in the hands of the people, not concentrated among the rich and well-connected. Progressives reject the failed politics of the past that prioritized the deregulation of financial industries and big polluters and tax breaks for the wealthy and big corporations over the well-being of the public. Progressives support bold policies to close the gap between the rich and everyday Americans and ensure our government delivers essential services to every person in this country.

  • Ensuring regulation of industry with strong consumer protections.
  • Strengthening oversight of financial institutions.
  • Democratizing our society by getting money out of politics, eliminating political corruption, and protecting and expanding access to the ballot box.
  • Ensuring that all of our economic and tax policies address or decrease income inequality.
  • Protecting the federal government’s role in delivering essential goods, taking on monopolies, and disciplining markets.

4) A commitment to sweeping, transformative change.

Recognizing that the problems facing this country are enormous, Progressives are committed to delivering solutions that meet the scale of the crisis. Faced with decades of disinvestment in working class communities, unprecedented income inequality, and a federal budget that fails to meet the needs of millions, Progressives believe that Congress must take sweeping action to deliver the bold policies that this moment demands. The challenges facing this nation are structural — and Congress must be deliberate and explicit in dismantling these institutional barriers to prosperity, peace, and justice.

  • Demanding bold and visionary legislation to address the needs in every community and rejecting incrementalist approaches that fail to deliver urgent transformative change.
  • Opposing counterproductive and false narratives on government deficits that have led to decades-long disinvestment in low-income communities, communities of color, families, and working people.
  • Reversing decades-long disinvestment in low-income communities, communities of color, families, and working people.
  • Delivering structural change that unrigs the rules for working people and forces the wealthy to contribute to our shared prosperity.

What is a Zionist?
In general it is a person who advocates for the return of the Jewish people to their homeland and the resumption of Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel.

Since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, Zionism has come to include the movement for the development of the State of Israel and the protection of the Jewish nation in Israel through support for the Israel Defense Forces.

From inception, Zionists advocated tangible as well as spiritual aims. Jews of all persuasions – left, right, religious and secular – formed the Zionist movement and worked together toward its goals.

The fact is, Zionists have always been Progressives  and this is why Jews have historically taken a liberal stance on social issues and why a majority of Jews in the United States are members of the Democratic Party.

I have read, from people on both the Left and the Right, that  Progressive Zionism is an oxymoron. But these are people who wish to divide the Jewish community by saying a Zionist cannot advocate for Progressive values or that a Progressive cannot advocate for Zionism. But the truth of the matter is that a true Zionist naturally advocates for Progressive values (in fact Zionism itself is a Progressive value) and a true Progressive is naturally supportive of the Jewish peoples right to  a homeland in their indigeonous, historical territories.

For more of my insights regarding Israel and “palestine,” click HERE.


Why are Progressives so vulnerable to the Band Wagon fallacy?

 

As a progressive, it can be disheartening to see how easily some of our fellow liberals fall prey to the band wagon fallacy when it comes to the ”

“palestinian”-Israeli conflict. Despite our commitment to social justice and critical thinking, many of us have become vulnerable to this flawed logic, which only serves to perpetuate the injustice faced by “palestinians.”

So, why are progressives so susceptible to this fallacy when it comes to the “palestinians?” The answer lies in our deeply held values and beliefs.

Progressivism is rooted in a strong sense of empathy and the desire to fight against oppression in all forms. We are champions of marginalized and oppressed communities and strive to create a more equitable and inclusive society. As such, it is only natural for us to empathize with the plight of the Palestinian people, who have been subjected to decades of displacement, violence, and discrimination.

Additionally, progressives value diversity and are constantly seeking to understand different perspectives and experiences. This can be a double-edged sword when it comes to the Israeli-“palestinian” conflict. On one hand, it has allowed us to see the “palestinian” narrative and recognize the systemic injustices they face. However, it has also made us vulnerable to the band wagon fallacy, where we jump on the popular and dominant narrative without fully examining the facts and complexities of the situation.

Sadly, the Israeli-“palestinian” conflict is often portrayed as a black and white issue, with one side being the oppressor and the other the oppressed. This narrative is further perpetuated by the media, which tend to oversimplify the complex realities on the ground. As progressives, we must recognize that this binary narrative is not only inaccurate but also harmful.

Furthermore, as progressives, we are passionate about social justice and speaking out against injustice. This passion sometimes leads us to act impulsively, without taking the time to fully understand the nuances of the situation. In the case of the Israeli-“palestinian” conflict, this can result in blindly supporting the “palestinian” cause without fully examining all the facts and perspectives.

But here’s the thing, our desire to fight against oppression should not blind us to the fact that the “palestinian”-Israeli conflict is a complex and multifaceted issue. It is not a simple case of good versus evil, and we must resist the temptation to jump on the band wagon of popular opinion.

It is vital that, as progressives, we approach this issue with critical thinking and a nuanced understanding of the historical, cultural, and political complexities at play. We must resist the urge to oversimplify the situation and instead engage in open and honest dialogue with people from both sides of the conflict.

Moreover, it is crucial for us to recognize that supporting the “palestinian” cause does not mean demonizing or delegitimizing the state of Israel. We can and should speak out against human rights violations and injustices, but we must also acknowledge Israel’s right to exist and defend itself.

In conclusion, the band wagon fallacy only serves to undermine the efforts of progressives in achieving social justice and equality for all. As advocates for marginalized communities, it is our responsibility to approach the Israeli-“palestinian” conflict with critical thinking, empathy, and a willingness to consider all perspectives. Let’s not let our passion for social justice blind us to the complexities of this issue and fall prey to the band wagon fallacy. Only then can we truly work towards a just and peaceful resolution for all parties involved.

For more of my insights regarding Israel and “palestine,” click HERE.


A question Progressives dare not answer

 

If Israel is guilty of the “occupation” of “palestine”? What is the solution? Israel’s opponents desire to eliminate Israel. “From the river to the sea” they say. So should Israelis just pack up and go back to where ever? If this is true for Israel, why isn’t it also true for the United States? “From the ocean to the ocean, free our tribal lands.” That could be the Yurok pledge. Just because our country is 247 years old and Israel is only 75 years old isn’t important. Justice is justice, right?

For more of my insights regarding Israel and “Palestine,” click HERE.


“…a tissue of lies.”

 

This post is an answer to criticism of my previous post, Genocide and Hypocrisy
Charlie is my critic, and his writings appear after my sharing Genocide and Hypocrisy on the Facebook group, Humboldt Progressives.

Charlie:  “The first paragraph is a tissue of lies, ”
Moi: 
Ok, well let’s look at it carefully.

My first sentence:  It seems that the whole world is focused on Israel and “Palestine.”   Ok, well that admittedly is a bit of hyperbole.  The “whole world” is obviously not focused on the Middle East.  But a lot of folks are, and certain news outlets seem to put news of the Gaza/Israel War upfront and center, but although there is a great deal of attention, it is certainly not “the whole world.” One point for Charlie.

My second sentence: “Groups on both the Left and the Right accuse Israel of the most heinous crimes, among them being GENOCIDE or more subtly, ETHNIC CLEANSING.”
This is relatively true. (The Left Wing) Google the word “genocide” and the Israel/Gaza conflict is mentioned in the fifth reference. The ADL offers a list on their website, Most of these groups have the word “palestine” or “palestinian” in their titles.  But if you look around, you can find others. On the Left:  Communist Party of the USA, Democratic Socialists of America,  and surprisingly, they are the only two. I looked at the IWW, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and a few others.  Reference is made to the HAMAS/Israel War on all of these, but you really have to dig to find it.  The issue is not on their home pages at all. The bottom line is that for most Left Wing organizations, Israel/”palestine” has become a non-issue or an issue on the back burner. Another point for Charlie.

The Right Wing:  I scanned some of the worst of the Right Wing sites, American Nazi Party, was antisemitic, but nothing about Israel.   I looked for a website for the Ku Klux Klan, but found nothing. I am guessing that this has to do with the fact that Israeli Hackers took the Klan site down! Family Research Council: They had nothing to say either way concerning Israel.  This is surprising, as I thought I would find very pro sentiment on the Christian Nationalist organizations site.  CN’s believe we should support Israel in order to bring about the return of Christ. Some of them actually believe that Donald Trump is the second coming of Christ. Boy, are they misguided! This search was a dead end.  Now that’s three points for Charlie.

Charlie: “….the rest mostly hysterical accusations.”
Moi:  There is nothing like an adnominal attack to make things interesting. This possibly means that Charlie didn’t actually read past the first paragraph.  Can Charlie read? No bother. Here, underlined,  are links for each “hysterical accusation” I made:

SYRIA: Since 2011, 500,000 have died, I was off a little. The death toll stands at 507,000.

UKRAINEIn it’s retreat the Russian army is leaving behind mass graves and other evidence of atrocities committed against Ukrainian citizens.

ETHIOPIASince 2020, mass killings, rape, starvation the destruction of schools and medical facilities, forced displacement and arbitrary detention . . . .

CHINA: More than 1 million Uyghurs have been raped, tortured and killed . . .

MYANMARSince 2017, 730,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh. Those remaining face killings, rape, torture, arson, enforced disappearances, extortion, and the withholding of medical care and food.

SUDAN:  10,000 killed, 4.5 million displaced, 1.2 million (mostly women and girls) fled to neighboring countries.

IRAQ:  50,000 Kurds dead, 4,000 villages destroyed.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC50,000 dead. 1.5 million displaced.

YEMEN: 100,000 killed, 40,000 direct casualties

So, Charlie, do you still think these are “hysterical accusations?”  <sigh> If that’s how you feel about it, then that’s how you feel about it. IS THAT HOW YOU REALLY FEEL ABOUT IT?

I might be wrong, but I think Charlies problem is that he just hates Jews, and since Jews aren’t bein accused of these other atrocities, they don’t actually exist.

For more of my insights regarding Israel and “Palestine,” click HERE.


Democracy Now! — is now Hamas Now!

 

Democracy Now used to be a Progressive bastion of well written and accurate news source for all things Progressive and democratic. At least this was true ten years ago.  Over the past ten years however, it has become less and less “accurate” and much more so a voice for anti-semitism and anti-Zionist propaganda.

Tonight I visited their website (democracynow.org) and noticed that the ‘headlines” section was heavily weighted against Israel and for “palestine.” There were eleven articles, all weighted with anti-Zionist propaganda, as opposed to another eleven articles on almost any other topic. The anti-semitic articles were loaded with the usual buzzwords:  “apartheid,” “settler colonialism,” “genocide,” “ethnic cleansing,’’ “occupation,” ad infinitum, ad nauseum.

They didn’t mention the growing fashion trend in Gaza and Judea/Samaria of Burkas.  They didn’t mention the number of LGBTQ Arabs that were thrown off the tops of high rises in Gaza, or the number of children being used as human sheilds by Hamas terrorists who were subsequently killed. They are in total denial of the October 7th massacre or the torture, rapes and beheadings that occurred that day against unarmed civilians (and documented via body cams worn by the terrorists). Democracy Now(!) didn’t mention the 1,000s gunned down at the Re’im Music Festival.

You see, Democracy Now!s Amy Goodman maintains that Israel can do nothing right. She believes that the Jews need to be eliminated from “the river to the sea’ and that every lie ever told about Jews for the last 2,000 years is correct.  She believes that Hitler should have finished the job (on the other hand, she will simultaneously deny that the Holocaust ever happened).

Progressives have lost what once was a fair and accurate news source.  That just leaves us MSNBC, and even they are starting to drink the “palestinian kool aid.”

For more of my insights regarding Israel and “palestine,” click HERE.