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  1. • It must have been an unenviable challenge for the Israel Foreign Ministry to endeavour to try to discredit the report of the eminent South African Jurist, Judge Goldstone, who has an impeccable record in the field of human and civil rights, both at home and abroad. The first insuperable problem was that he is not only a recognized authority on international human rights legislation and convention, but he is Jewish! So the standard allegation of anti-Semitism, was impossible. They could not attack his professional record, which was impeccable. So what action could be taken in damage limitation?
    • The matter has suddenly become urgent. If the world fully accepts the report, then Israel is branded a human rights violator and a perpetrator of war crime. The international community has been shocked at the allegations of gratuitous killing of hundreds of innocent children and over a hundred women in three weeks of unchecked violence, together with the destruction of Gaza’s infrastructure including ‘houses, factories, wells, schools, hospitals, police stations and other public buildings’.
    • The Report alleges ‘an overall and continuing policy aimed at punishing the Gaza population, and a deliberate policy of disproportionate force aimed at the civilian population.’ That, the Report states, ‘could lead a competent court to find that the crime of persecution, a crime against humanity, has been commited.’
    • The Israeli Government is in deep trouble as the allegations become more widely known, because there are few who now believe its denials and fewer still, its continuing propaganda. And there is a palpable sense of shock as the evidence unfolds as to what transpired in those three weeks of state-sponsored killing and destruction, under the pretext of self-defence.

  2. Alterman: “So the paradox is that while American Jews remain committed liberals — they voted overwhelming for Barack Obama…— they fund and support a neoconservative-dominated lobby when it comes to the Middle East.”

    I don’t call it paradoxical; I call it hypocrisy of the highest order.
    These Jews [not all Jews], the Jews Alterman is referring to, speak out about food deprivation everywhere on the planet from Darfur to Denver, everywhere that is, except Palestine.
    They condemn human rights violations everywhere except Palestine.
    They are in favor of justice everywhere except Palestine.

    They are ‘tribal’ Jews, the ones who ask first, “Is it good for Israel? Is it good for the Jews?”
    Bertoll Ollmann speaks of there being two kinds of Jews after the Holocaust: those who said ‘This must never happen to Jews again’ and those who said, “This must never happen to anyone again’.

    So the Jews of which Alterman speaks are NOT ‘committed liberals’. They are conditional liberals – advocates of liberal values as long as it doesn’t touch on Israel.
    They turn my stomach.
    As we used to say in the civil rights era, give me an out-and-out reactionary any day over a “liberal”. At least with the former one knows where one stands.
    Or, check out Phil Ochs song, “Love me love me I’m a liberal”, for an accurate, if dated, description of a liberal.

  3. The Alterman piece didn’t appear in the dead tree edition of the NYT, which is sort of funny, when you consider the readership would likely be interested in it.

    It’s in what the website calls the “global” edition of the NYT, as opposed to the US edition.

  4. Thanks Donald, I get the dead tree version and did not see it.

    “Jeremy Ben Ami of J Street is playing this very well….”

    I heard him on the radio not long ago ( On Point/Tom Ashbrook/WBUR- Sept 16th) in a back and forth with Marty Peretz. Ben Ami was quite admirably self-contained all through as Peretz seemed to lose it- insisting he had the “correct” viewpoint and that J Street was an “epi-phenomenon”. This exchange should have been proof enough for listeners that day of the bullying, brainwashing and hijacking of Jewish opinion and it’s representation.

  5. OH Lord, CBN is reporting that Congress members are deciding not to attend the “anti-Israel JStreet conference”.

    It has been announced that General Jones will be a keynote speaker.

    If you want to get an idea of what he may be saying in his keynote speech, go to the website for the American Task Force for Palestine.

    His keynote speech from the gala last night is posted there.

    This whole effort to derail the conference is looking like the Keystone Cops running around. No one needs to answer me when I wonder why AIPAC is doing this. The answer is, because they can. The next best answer is “because”. The real answer is “desperation”

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