God raises them, the devil brings them together. Photo: NBC.
In the weeks after October 7, the Israeli government spent its time bombing hospitals, mosques, schools, refugee camps, and entire neighborhoods. Generations of families were wiped off the face of the earth. At one point, an average of 3 or 4 minutes was killed by a Palestinian child.
Anti-Semitism, in the broad sense of the term, refers to discrimination, hostility, prejudice and hatred towards Jews, based on a combination of religious, racial, cultural and ethnic prejudices. In a narrow sense, anti-Semitism is a specific form of racism and discrimination. But anti-Zionism is something completely different, it is the opposition to Zionism or Jewish ultranationalism that advocates the creation and maintenance of a nation-state of its own in the Mediterranean Levant, the State of Israel, to the detriment of the indigenous Palestinian population. The great scientist Noam Chomsky (Jewish) argues that pro-Israelis try to equate anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism, in order to silence opposition to the colonialist and genocidal policies of the State of Israel.
"I'm a Zionist," then-Vice President J. Biden told Shalom TV in 2008. "You don't have to be a Jew to be a Zionist." In 2013, J. Biden appeared before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) to summarize the Obama administration's support for Israel during the first term: "We have conducted the largest and most regular joint military exercises ever conducted. We have invested $275 million in Iran Dome, including $70 million in the production of the missiles."
When Israel launched its brutal assault on Gaza in 2014, then-State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki offered a defense of Israel's actions, saying that "no country should be expected to stand idly by while rockets are fired at it." That December, Biden spoke to the Saban Forum in Washington and admitted that "if there wasn't an Israel, we'd have to invent it." He then devoted most of the rest of his speech to stirring fear over Iran's nonexistent nuclear weapons program, mentioning that country more than 50 times.
After assuming the presidency, Mr. Trump officially recognized Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, occupied Jerusalem as Israel's capital, signed a letter pledging not to disarm Israel's nuclear weapons arsenal, and cut off humanitarian aid to Palestine.
In 2019, Israel launched airstrikes on Gaza, and Mr. Trump quickly came to their defense, writing that the U.S. supports Israel "100%" and adding, "To the people of Gaza: these terrorist acts against Israel will only bring you more misery."
Clown, even if he is dressed in silk. Photo from The New Yorker.
The following year, Mr. Trump proposed his "Deal of the Century" to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict once and for all. As the Associated Press reported in January of that year, it implied "the creation of a Palestinian state in parts of the West Bank, but would allow Israel to annex its settlements in the occupied territory. The plan would allow the Palestinians to establish a capital on the outskirts of East Jerusalem, but would leave most of the city under Israeli control."
Unsurprisingly, such an absurd proposal was overwhelmingly rejected.
When J. Biden took office in 2021, one of his first acts was to restore aid to Palestine cut off by D. Trump. Unfortunately, it was all downhill from there.
Fighting broke out between Israel and Hamas in May of that year, resulting in the death of 248 Gazans, including 66 children. J. Biden's direct subordinates in Washington, D.C. (about 500 in all) implored him to do more to protect civilians. Instead, he reaffirmed Israel's "right" to "self-defense."
As Al-Jazeera said on May 21, 2021: "As the Palestinian death toll rose and Israel's bombardments destroyed buildings across the territory, calls to action grew louder and louder, and thousands of people demonstrated in cities across the United States demanding an end to Israel's attacks."
Two years later, in October 2023, history repeated itself: a similar story, but with an infinitely more terrifying outcome. Another Hamas attack, but this time Israel responded by killing more than 14,000 Palestinians, the vast majority of them women and children.
As in 2021, J. Biden defended Israel's right to "defend itself" by cutting off food, fuel, and water to a population of two million people, while refusing to call for a ceasefire until a few days ago, allowing Israel to reduce Gaza to a pile of blood and smoldering rubble. J Biden also proposed sending billions more in aid and gave Israel unprecedented access to U.S. weapons stockpiles, already quite diminished by supplies to Ukraine.
In late October, Mr. Trump told the Republican Jewish Coalition that the United States supports Israel "without hesitation, without reservation and without any apology" in its goal of "decimating" Hamas. Mr. Trump also blamed Hamas' attack on Iran and promised to impose sanctions against the country, without perceiving that J. Biden has already beaten him to it.
But, to be true to the truth, there are some differences between the two politicians over recent events in Israel. For example, Trump claims he will ban Palestinians from entering the United States and will also ban pro-Palestinian protests on college campuses.
J. Biden, despite his colossal mediocrity and senility, has not proposed a travel ban (that is reserved for Cuba), and he did his part on the university question by sending a strong letter to campuses reminding them that they are obligated to fight hate speech against Muslims and Jews. Of course, it took him more than a month to do so, a month he spent repeating almost every propaganda claim coming out of Israel, including the never-verified claim that Hamas beheaded babies. Trump also repeated the claim, telling a crowd in Florida in October how "44 babies had their heads cut off. Did you hear about it? Those are babies." When it became known that it was a hoax, he did not excuse himself for having said it.
However, both men seem to have no problem repeating Israeli propaganda, as well as giving the country a blank check to commit war crimes with U.S. taxpayer dollars. And both are bringing the U.S. closer to a terrifying war with Iran.
American voters will suffer more bloodshed in Palestine, whether D. Trump or J. Biden wins in 2024. As usual, the most difficult decision will be whether you prefer your warmonger to have a 'D' (Democrat) or an 'R' (Republican) next to their name.
The massacre in Gaza since October 7 is nothing new under the sun. This is an image of the barbaric Zionist attack of 2009. Photo by Times.
Rep. Massie Votes Lone Against Bill Equating Anti-Zionism with Anti-Semitism
The resolution, which passed by a vote of 412 to 1, says that denying the "right to exist" of the modern state of Israel is anti-Semitism. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., was the lone to vote against a resolution that equates criticism of the modern state of Israel with anti-Semitism.
The bill states that the House "reaffirms that the State of Israel has a right to exist" and "recognizes that denying Israel's right to exist is a form of anti-Semitism."
Massie explained his opposition: "I agree with the title 'Reasserting the State of Israel's Right to Exist' and much of the language, but I will vote No on the resolution because it equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism is deplorable, but broadening it to include criticism of Israel doesn't help anyone, not even Israel," he wrote.
The resolution claims that the Jewish people are "native to the Land of Israel," not to mention that the modern state was founded primarily by recently emigrated European Jews who expelled more than 700,000 native Palestinian Arabs from the land in 1948. Massie has voted against other Israel-related legislation, including a bill to give Israel an additional $14.300 billion in military aid to support its war in Gaza. Because of his position, Massie has been targeted by the Israel lobby.
"Why does Israel historically receive more foreign aid than any other country? Because they have the most aggressive lobbyists working for them. I voted NOT to send another $14.300 billion overseas, so now they're running ads on radio, TV, and Facebook. I will not vote to give them their money," Massie wrote on Nov. 16.
For those who want to see the text of the spurious "bill" proposal, I include it below.
Roll Call 677 | Invoice Number: H. Res. 888
28 NOVEMBER 2023, 19:30 PM | 118TH CONGRESS, 1ST SESSION
Reaffirming the right of the State of Israel to exist.
THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
November 21, 2023
Reaffirming the right of the State of Israel to exist.
● Whereas the Jewish people are native to the Land of Israel;
● whereas throughout history and during the reign of multiple kingdoms, the Jewish people were persecuted and expelled from the Land of Israel, forced to live as Diaspora minority communities in other lands;
● whereas Diaspora Jewish communities were historically violently persecuted and, in some cases, expelled from other countries in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia because of their religion;
● While the Nazis attempted to annihilate the entire Jewish population of Europe during the Holocaust, murdering 6,000,000 Jews during this time;
● whereas this genocide provided a new urgency to re-establish a Jewish homeland for the Jewish people after the Holocaust, where they would not be a vulnerable minority, where they could freely practice their faith, and where something like the Holocaust could never happen again;
● whereas the modern State of Israel was established on 14 May 1948;
● whereas even after the establishment of the State of Israel, other countries and terrorist entities continued to attack Israel, rejecting its right to exist and calling for its destruction; and
● Whereas Israel is the only Jewish state and therefore, despite persistent external threats, Israel's existence provides Jews with a place to live free from persecution and discrimination:
Resolved, that the House of Representatives—
(1) reaffirms the right of the State of Israel to exist;
(2) recognizes that denying Israel's right to exist is a form of anti-Semitism;
(3) rejects calls for the destruction of Israel and the elimination of the only Jewish state; and
(4) condemns the Hamas-led terrorist attack on Israel.
As can be seen, this is a completely pro-Zionist, deceitful and historically false bill, in the midst of a pro-Israel and anti-Palestinian propaganda campaign of the highest intensity and lack of scruples.
The most conscientious part of the American people does not allow itself to be cajoled. Activist Marty Goodman (Jewish), a great friend of Cuba and the Palestinian people. Photos by M. Goodman and J. Oro.
Journalists are prime targets for the Zionist aggressor who does not want truthful information about his crimes in Gaza.
The numbers alone are appalling. Journalists have been killed in droves in the war between Israel and Hamas at a rate of more than one every day since October 7 — at least 53 so far, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
This has been the deadliest period for journalists in the 30 years that the New York-based organization began keeping these chilling statistics.
But it's not all about statistics. There's also the reality that the loss of journalists translates into less information. And that lies and propaganda love emptiness and unverifiability
And, of course, there are the people themselves. Each with a life, a career, a family, hopes and a mission, now cut short. They include Roshdi Sarraj, a journalist and co-founder of Ain Media, a Palestinian company, who was killed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza. Or Issam Abdallah, a Reuters cameraman, killed near the border with Lebanon while documenting the bombing between Israeli forces and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. RSF representatives, at a meeting at the White House this week, urged Joe Biden to do more to support journalists.
The most conscientious part of the American people does not allow itself to be cajoled. Large pro-Palestine demonstration in New York. Photos by M. Goodman and J. Oro.
The overwhelming majority of those killed appear to be Palestinian journalists killed in Israeli airstrikes. As of Monday, CPJ estimates that of the 57 journalists and media workers known to have died during the current war, 50 were Palestinians, four Israelis, and three Lebanese.
RSF has pleaded with the Biden administration to exert more pressure on the Israeli government to protect the lives of civilians, including journalists. RSF also objected to the difficulty of getting the necessary supplies (chargers, phones and camera equipment) to those working in Gaza.
"Meanwhile, journalists in Gaza are not allowed to leave, and the only outside media outlets allowed in have been invited to join the Israel Defense Forces and submit to strict rules controlling what they can see and share," the organization said in a statement.
Especially painful for the world of journalism at large is the loss of Belal Jadallah, the press freedom advocate who made a major contribution to a CPJ report published in May, "Deadly Pattern." It revealed a complete lack of accountability in the killings of journalists by the Israeli military over the past two decades.
57 journalists killed, 50 of them Palestinians, during the attacks. Photo: CPJ.
Jodie Ginsberg, the organization's president, said in an interview Sunday that because of the extreme dangers since the first week of October, "there wasn't a single international journalist working in Gaza" until just a few days ago. That meant that almost all the information coming into the world from inside Gaza came from Palestinian journalists, the same ones who have been targeted.
For the time being, Ginsberg said, journalists remain in grave danger and the death toll continues to rise.
The idea that anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism are the same is completely absurd, even perverse. The meaning of today's Zionism, which has nothing to do with Theodor Herzl's conception of having a national home for the Jewish people, well correct and acceptable to all, but in having a colonialist enclave of Yankee and European imperialism, in the Middle East, spearhead of "unipolarism" in the region.
All of this is used to cheat world public opinion, especially American public opinion, so that it can approve Israel's actions and allocate tens of billions of dollars to help Zionism kill Palestinians.