Falling Stars Raise $65 million for Apartheid, Occupation and Ethnic Cleansing in One Year

LOS ANGELES: On Thursday November 4th, a fundraiser in aid of the occupying Israeli army featured B list Hollywood actors such as Jason Alexander, Antonio Banderas, Liev Schreiber, Jason Segel and Gene Simmons and brought in a whopping “$31 million, as some 1,200 people turned out for an annual Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) gala.”

In fact, just last November, yet more falling stars raised over $33 mill: “Barbra Streisand, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Pamela Anderson were among 1,200 guests who attended the annual Friends of the Israel Defense Forces event at which the unprecedented sum was raised. “It is incredibly touching to see how advocacy for the FIDF has grown in Los Angeles,” said Haim Saban, the American-Israeli philanthropist who chaired the gala.”

Only in entertainment land, master of creating false illusions LOS ANGELES (a city it may be more accurate to call Los Oscuro Angeles, or city of dark/fallen angels/devils!?) is it possible to raise nearly $65 million for an illegal occupying army in one year. Not to mention this occupying welfare state, is already the largest recipient to US aid in the tune of over $3 billion a year – and is currently seeking another $50 billion from US tax payers over the next 10 years!

It seems clear that Hollywood is divided zionist/occupied territory: primarily by those needing a career boost, that follow the script of execs beholden to Israel to gain power in Tinseltown. An article titled, Simmering Conflict in Hollywood Over Israel, revealed how this process works “celebrity criticism of Israel led to recriminations from pro-Israel stars and threats to blacklist those who spoke out against the military operation.”

Pleading ignorance is no excuse, everyone knows Israel is an occupying army, guilty of violating countless UN resolutions and international laws – since its inception. At the least to do or say nothing of the crimes committed by an illegal occupying army, is to be complicit in its crimes. To raise 10’s of millions of dollars for it, is directly supporting state sponsored terror, guilty of no less crimes than those of the nazis.

We would condemn in strongest terms (which we should), and call to boycott:  who raise funds to support the occupation of Palestine – in no uncertain terms. Here they even sink so far as to boast about sending foreign mercenaries to colonize and terrorize the Palestinian people, on their own land:

The evening focused on the IDF’s lone soldiers, who leave their families and native countries behind to serve in the army, and included testimonies from the mothers of fallen soldiers. It also featured a presentation from a US veteran on the impact of Israeli medical technology on the lives of Americans.

But no need really, as they are clearly writing themselves into the dust bins of history as fallen stars- that will do anything for a buck!
geneThat’s OK – we’ve got Hollywood royalty of the likes of – Penelope, Javier, Riri and Selena and KimK., among others ❤

Spanish actor Javier Bardem, nominated for best actor in a drama for his work in

Spanish actor Javier Bardem, nominated for best actor in a drama for his work in “The Sea Inside,” arrives for the 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

keeping it far classier. Now we just need to ask them to put on a fundraiser for Palestine! 😉

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Meanwhile, some great news from PORTLAND! Unlike opportunistic Hollywood and those doing it for political and or economic gain, normal every day citizens along with the Human Rights Commission upheld their endorsement of an ‪#‎OccupationFree‬ Portland.

Following a 3.5 hour hearing last night (Wednesday 11/4), the HRC held strong to their endorsement of Occupation-Free Portland’s letter to the City Socially Responsible Investments Committee to put Caterpillar, G4S, Hewlett-Packard and Motorola Solutions on the City’s Do-Not-Buy list for these companies human rights violations in the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands.

#YAY #BDS #Winning

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Dreams of Return Dashed by the Bearded Traitor

I am Palestinian. Just because I happened to be born in America, due to my family who decided to flee their homeland following the 6 day war with Israel, I am sitting here. Waiting. Stuck in Al-Arish, 20 kilometers from the Rafah/Gaza border, for 10 days now waiting to get permission to enter Gaza.

Their rules for entry are unclear and confusing and with no reason given – I have been denied permission to enter Gaza. I have been denied entry NOT by the Israelis. NOT by the US government. NOT by the relentless Egyptian military who has refused to loosen the Rafah border one bit, since the great Egyptian revolution. I have been denied entry by the Gaza gov’t, Hamas – who has slowly and steadily been tightening their grip on the strip, and increasing in power and repression Daily – while under international blockade!

With such overwhelming odds such as an international blockade making it extremely difficult to rule, I felt it was important to give the Hamas government a chance to prove themselves. But not only has the “Palestinian parliament, which has a large Hamas majority, not convened” their “term effectively ended in January 2010, so it currently lacks constitutional legitimacy”1. Repeatedly, they reveal their true intention in one thing and one thing only – getting and keeping power and control over their lil fiefdom.

In providing some hope, their are those daring to speak out, such as Gaza Youth Break Out (GYBO) who wrote the Gaza Manifesto. But many of the youth have been targeted and imprisoned by the Gaza authorities, for doing so. It’s fine for those in solidarity to blame Israel and US to a certain point, then it is up to Palestine activists everywhere to draw attention and highlight this fact. We can no longer remain silent, the youth of Gaza need our support for opposing such oppression!

I never thought I would defend the corrupt PA, but imagine if one day they began to refuse entry to foreigners, for arbitrary reasons, and those coming in solidarity to resist the Israeli occupation and international embargo. That is exactly the case with Hamas! I believe their would be an immediate outcry by activists worldwide. In fact, the only reason Hamas won such an overwhelming majority of support is, according to GYBO: “We were tired of Fatah government’s corruption, wanted a change and hoped Hamas would be that change. That PRECISELY gives us the right to shout our anger at them, because they are responsible of us, responsible of our well-being, our security.”

It seems clear that Hamas is the next link in the chain of the victim becoming the oppressor. When will activists, rise up and start calling out the abuse of power, control and oppression from WITHIN Gaza?! It is up to us to FIRST stop building our own chains, that snakes and binds itself around our communities, and those who should be our most natural allies. And, if it is not stopped now – their grip on power will only grow stronger and more cemented in place making it much more difficult in the future.

Obviously, their are some perfectly good civil servants within the gov’t, but those in charge are running Gaza like a typical oppressive regime and police state. This has predictably already resulted into fear, mistrust and infighting amongst activists! Allah yustor.

So much for solidarity…it clearly appears the Gaza government has sadly become that which we, who are struggling for justice, must add to the long list of those to fight.

DREAMS OF RETURN

Dashed by the bearded traitor
from his decorated prison pen.

All I can do is sit and write
poems of exile
like so many of my brothers and sisters stuck in plight
denied, exiled and banished of the most basic human rights

Stuck in limbo
Waiting in vain

Where do we go from here
Or is it too late
did we already miss the train??

1. Hamas fears Palestinian elections will expose its waning popularity, Ha’aretz Feb 13, 11

Solidarity vs. Liberalism


Norman Finkelstien is called an ‘American Radical’, but I believe a far more appropriate term for him, and those who share his views is ‘American Liberal’. No doubt Finkelstein has gone to great lengths to research, document and disseminate the ongoing atrocities and war crimes committed by Israel, and is a highly effective and powerful advocate for Palestine. His thorough, meticulous approach is unparalleled (except by Noam Chomsky who also takes almost identical positions) and he has done so at great personal cost to his professional career as his advocacy caused him to lose tenure at DePaul University.

With great power, comes great responsibility

What is severely missing is a strong, principled stand. It is with this in mind and international solidarity with the Palestinian people day, in which I make the following remarks. It is my hope that the thousands of activists who idealize his work, and eagerly invite him him to speak will begin to challenge him on his many problematic contradictions.

In theory Finkelstein is said to believe in the one-state solution as an ideal. However he has always been an outspoken advocate for the two state solution, while not taking a strong, prinicipled stand on the right of Palestinians to return to their homelands, and is against boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS). He takes these positions, which incidentally are the most commonly held liberal Zionist positions, but are most importantly, in direct opposition to Palestinian solidarity calls: http://www.bdsmovement.net/bdsintro.

He has made these suggestions for many years now and believes, like so many liberals, that we take a more “practical” or “realistic” approach and adjust our language to fit international consensus. He also asserts that we should place our hope in international bodies such as the UN and the ICJ, despite their historic inability and/or political unwillingness to uphold their own laws, as they relate to Palestine. Not withstanding the irony, that under international law and in UN resolutions clearly state the right of return of all refugees displaced by war.

In this time the realm of people power having clearly seen we can not depend on governmental or int’l bodies to correct injustice as the people of the world are rising up and taking matters into our own hands, it is difficult for anyone to predict what is ‘possible’ or not. He also goes on to illustrate how it is the US and Israel who hold all the power in these organizations, yet provides no such recommendations as to how if or why they would change their position.

Among another one of his other bizarre and shocking suggestions is that, rather than educate international community about the racist ideology of Zionism, he says we’re going to turn people off if we talk about it!  Would the civil rights, women’s rights or any other movement in the USA have succeeded if they backed down because they didn’t have popular support?? He also uses the logic that India has a prevailing caste system and gives the example of  so many of the other countries such as China and Saudi Arabia which are unjust. Neither of which is a recipient, much less the largest recipient of US tax dollars – without which (plus US arms) they would never have had so much power.

Just as we don’t want a state based on religious purity, we also don’t want to be ideological  purists. We have gone too long and come too far, to compromise on our most basic rights now and there are certain things that are compromiseable, and others which simply, are not. I understand wanting to be practical to achieve political gains. However, Palestinians have already been down that road and in the process, given up so much and have received less and less in the process. We should learn these very important lessons from history, and is why we must only support advocates that are based in solidarity, rather than compromising and paternalistic; no matter how well intentioned.

During this most historic time in the the world, the Palestinian cause must join the movements all over the world rising for justice, who are truly creating and redefining what is possible. It s incumbent for any advocate of Palestinian rights to continue to work to bring these solidarity struggle together, in strategic ways. Movements such as the international solidarity movement (ISM-www.palsolidarity.org), the Flotillas (http://www.freegaza.org/) and the Global March to Jerusalem (http://www.globalmarchtojerusalem.org/gmtj/?page_id=34) are perfect examples of those who to take such principled positions and actions and act as true allies to the Palestinian people.

Salam, justice and solidarity.

*The definition of Zionism is the belief in the right of a Jewish state to exist, which itself is an inherent contradiction. It is impossible to reconcile democracy, equality and justice with separate laws for non-Jews. The definition of apartheid is ‘separate’ laws for non-Jews.

Norman Finkelstein: American Radical – http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/2011/04/2011412103819678591.htmlI