The New Apartheid Expert: Pink Floyd Frontman Roger Waters..says..

Amid the  Human Rights cataclysm overthrowing all the venerable despotic regimes in the Middle East, I heard on , the ‘brave words’ of Roger Waters the Pink Floyd frontman.

Interviewed by Riz Khan he says among other things (or vagaries)  that he is against Israel’s apartheid regime, that he is not antisemitic but against occupation. He also says that …”They’re annexing huge parts of the West Bank. So all this talk is they’re quietly getting on with taking over the whole of the land, and what happens then to the Palestinians?”…see here on YNET (Roger Waters: Join Israel boycott)

The "Catbird Seat" site: "We are committed to exposing the Zionist Lobbies control of American policy for the Middle East."

(Photo from the “Catbird Seat” site, holding the credo: “We are committed to exposing the Zionist Lobbies control of American policy for the Middle East.”)

It would be futile to try to argue with Roger Water that in any true agreement  almost 90 % of the West Bank is and remains Palestinian, see here (former American President Clinton) and here (former Israeli PM Olmert)

It would also be futile to tell Roger Water that his attempt to transplant South Africa’s apartheid to Israel is nothing more than a lack of total understanding of what the real apartheid was. For a more impartial view see here on Wikipedia “Israel and the Apartheid Analogy”.

Perhaps you forgot,  Mr Waters: the late British Empire reigned in Palestine for many decades. Your enlightened kingdom is the father of a brutal colonialism and of every possible form of occupation. Remember the ship Exodus, the Jewish emigrants swapping the Nazi concentration camps for  the British Empire concentration camps  in Cyprus. Here the demarcation ‘wall’ was the ocean..

Now again, it is futile to think that such historical facts deserve any consideration when you are being interviewed on AlJazeera and become a self appointed expert on apartheid, occupation and walls.

( The musical Pink Floyd ‘..Wall” was pretty better..)

Now, If we quote explicitly from the “Israel and the Apartheid Analogy” article then people with much more credits (than Roger Waters) about what apartheid was and is, denounce his falsification of the reality in the West Bank, long before he gave his last concert in Israel:

Malcolm Hedding, a South African minister who worked against South African apartheid, believes the barrier fence has nothing to do with apartheid and everything to do with Israel’s self-defense. He said that Israel has proven its desire to reach an accommodation with the Palestinians while granting political rights to its own Arab citizens within a liberal democratic system, but that the Palestinians remain committed to Israel’s destruction. By contrast, he says, it was a tiny minority in South Africa that held power and once democracy came, the Nationalist Party that had dominated the masses disappeared

.”Sudanese human rights activist Simon Deng has also criticized Tutu for referring to Israel as an apartheid state, stating that Arabs in Israel enjoy a variety of rights that blacks in apartheid-era South Africa did not, including the right to vote, and that Palestinians are only stopped at checkpoints to prevent attacks. Deng asks why Tutu criticizes Israel for apartheid policies it does not have, but ignores actual apartheid practices in other countries such as Iran, Saudi Arabia, and especially his own country Sudan.”..

BTW, if talking about the checkpoints in the west bank they are greatly reduced because of the cooperation of the Palestinian and the Israeli to maintain the security needs of both sides.. I quote:

…”Israel says it has significantly reduced the number of roadblocks in the territories since they peaked some five years ago when terrorist attacks were more prevalent and the security barrier between Israel and the Palestinian Authority had not yet been completed. Today, there are 13 roadblocks around Jerusalem and some 40 others, most of these on the border, but also a number in the heart of the West Bank. “..

…“The days of long lines don’t exist anymore. The IDF has learned the lessons and has even set up special units to deal with roadblocks,” Lt.-Col. Avital Leibovitz, an IDF spokeswoman, told The Media Line. “The lines of the past years you don’t see anymore. Of course, you can wait sometimes for 20 minutes, but that can happen to you in any traffic jam.”…see here for the full article “Palestinians turn to technology to avoid roadblocks”.

Roger Waters, as a new member on the list of celebrities boycotting Israel, you are a member of a minority group, and as such you have the right to say what you want. But I would expect from such a good musician to make better home work before he is interviewed on AlJazeera by Riz Khan.

Photo source: ‘MIX

The Palestinian Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Game

(Source here)

After the ignoble Palestinian terrorist  attack, in which  the Fogel  family – father, mother and their 3 little children from the Itamar settlement, where brutally massacred in their sleep, you ask yourself: how can you make pace with such an horde of predators?

It seems that in the aftermath  of the massacre, Arab-Israeli Lawmaker Ahmed Tibi,   pretty well understood that this sort of satanic ‘heroism’ is the shortest road to nothing including the nothingness of a Palestinian state, so he says:

“The Palestinian nation is ashamed”… and more… “A struggle must be moral, conscionable and fair. There are rules to the struggle against the occupation.”see here “Tibi: Palestinians ashamed of Itamar attack”

Now here is a curious historical event dating from 1921, concerning another facet of the Israeli-Arab conflict, and related in some way to the impossible road taken by those assassins who call themselves freedom fighters..

Contrary to my practice I will quote integrally this little piece of history found on IsraCast and named “Winston Churchill on Palestine” :

( Photo credits: on Google and Flicker)

…In March 1921, twenty six years before the The United Nations General Assembly voted to partition Palestine,  Mr. Winston Churchill visited Palestine and met a delegation of Muslim leaders. They protested that the ultimate objective of political Zionism was to give the natural resources of Palestine to the Jews. They pointed out that the Arabs had occupied Palestine for over a thousand years. They asked Churchill to use his influence to correct what they considered a great injustice.

‘You ask me to repudiate the Balfour Declaration and to stop (Jewish) immigration. This is not in my power … and it is not my wish … It is manifestly right that the scattered Jews should have a national center, and a national home to be re-united, and where else but in Palestine, with which for three thousand years they have been intimately and profoundly associated?
We think it will be good for the world, good for the Jews, good for the British Empire, but also good for the Arabs who dwell in Palestine…they shall share in the benefits and progress of Zionism.
I am told the Arabs would have done it for themselves. Who is going to believe that? Left to themselves, the Arabs of Palestine would not in a thousand years have taken effective steps toward the irrigation and electrification of Palestine. They would have been quite content to dwell–a handful of philosophic people– in the sun-scorched plains, letting the waters of the Jordan continue to flow unbridled and unharnessed into the Dead Sea!”

Well isn’t here more than irony in Churchill’s proposal that the Palestinian ..”share in the benefits and progress of Zionism.”?

I wouldn’t go so far. The Palestinians, I would like to believe, know very well that  there are many forms of cooperation , see here for instance:

..”On the side of the Jordan Valley road the extensive agricultural activity is visible from afar. Dozens of greenhouses and long lines of palm trees add ornamentation to the roadside view and demonstrate the economic cooperation between Israel and the Palestinians, which is carrying on quietly, far from political problems.”..

…”According to Snokrut (former Palestinian Economy Minister), ‘This is an Israeli-Palestinian connection that has created trust between the two sides. We are working with no enemies here. We have joint creation with many companies from the Israeli economy – we buy their technology and seedlings and through them export to Europe and the US and even have Israeli agronomists here.’ “…see more:  “Joining forces on agriculture”.

So, President Mahmoud Abbas and PM Fayyad, make your own Palestinian choice : to be Dr. Jekyll or to be Mr. Hyde… The game is open.

Tomato greenhouse in Jordan Valley (Photo: Elior Levy).

Talent is not a Panacea against Stupidity, see former Dior’s John Galliano

From a  seemingly  remote event, located  in the fashion world, without apparent bloodshed and no crude oil, we get another reminder about good old Europe, reminder  created by John Galliano, Dior’s well know  fashion genius .

In a virulent antisemitic tirade, he says “I love Hitler” see the video below.

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.See below another video..

..He could have said  “The Truth in Hate: I hate Hitler”. But no, he is a fashion genius…working for Dior. He has the right to be stupid. For him it is of good  fashion to be antisemitic. Perhaps this is his  “Truth in Fashion”..(paraphrased on Derrida’s book ‘The Truth in Painting’).

But for the Dior perfume and clothing  empire it was bad and suicidal to employ an antisemitic design genius . The name of the game was to maintain her immaculate reputation, so came the immediate retaliation, the sacking of John Galliano, aiming to ‘kill’ at once the erupting scandal.

But how far away from today’s Galliano’s love of Hitler – the bloodshed and cruelties embodied in the Nazi’s  genocides, are only apparently veiled  by the years, I quote this comment from ‘the London Evening Standard’:

“I am in my eighties and served and with the American 8th Army Air force in England from 1943 to 1946. What John Galliano had to say about his “Love for Hitler” is not a Jewish issue but rather an English issue. Is their no one left in England that remembers the V-2 rocket bombing of London. The destruction of Coventry by Hitler’s bombers. The tens of thousands of civilians killed in these raids. What Galliano had to say was a slap in the face of all the Englishmen and women that died fighting Hitler.
– Larry, Florida, USA, 02/03/2011 08:26 For more see here on ‘the London Evening Standard’  “.

So is there any moral in Galliano’s antisemitic fashion catwalk?

Well, I don’t think so.  People will continue to buy Dior fashion. Galliano’s talent  of love for Hitler has surely many friends awaiting a ‘New Fashion’ wave leader.

The story is that  talent is not a panacea against stupidity. After Galliano disarmed himself of his creative assets not much remained.

Libya’s battle against Gaddafi .. and where are you… Judge Goldstone.

After the Tunisian and Egyptian uprising and the overthrow of their respective rulers Ben-Ali and  Mubarak, the Libyan uprising leaves us in the reign of a twilight of incertitude about the Middle East next social convulsion to be delivered by facebook, and Twitter.

So, what did we actually not know, to be so shamefully ignorant about what is going on under our nose.

Well to say something intelligent, they, the commentators, TV, newspapers etc., gave our ignorance  a name: a sudden social Big Bang, ex nihilo, with a domino effect. No we are reassured, we have a new anchor to stabilize our drifting ignorance. We are able to made a judicious choice about the next falling domino.. Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, ..who knows?

In fact. From human historical consideration:  did anyone  predict the fall of the Berlin wall and the disintegration of Stalin’s Russia? Or from natural causes: did anyone ever predict the exact hour of an earthquake or a tsunami?

Now this last  sort of ignorance can be called legitimate ignorance. Our predictive powers are modest in contrast to the innumerable factors  governing mother nature probabilistic evolving.

From the movie “The  Battleship Potemkin

But as to our  social ignorance? The Libyan uprising is a good example pointing to the European ‘trade-in market’ with his privileged tendency to buy ignorance about Libya in cash money together with the crude oil (see here on “Business Pundit”) . This sort of ignorance is far from being legitimate: it is shameful and deliberate.

It has to do with human rights, oppression, big money. To ignore deliberately  what the Gaddafi regime did and is doing now at this very moment by killing his own people, (see  Hisham Matar) trying so to save by any means his evil  and cruel regime, is putting the enlightened world on the same foot as Gaddafi himself.

It would now be bon ton to ask : “Where are you Judge Goldstone” , you the defender of the human rights . There is much work at stake.. in Libya, (see here “Is Arab violence permitted?“).

Drawings of Added and Missing Knowledge

Let me  just say a the very beginning that this post is about Chris Marker’s film “La Jetee”, WW3 and  the pseudo-comics drawings in black , white and gray I made of the film. And  If I may quote Geoff Manaugh’s  book “The Bldg Blog” see here, he said :

…” In other words, forget academic rigor. Never take the appropriate next step. Talk about Chinese urban design. the European space program, and landscape in the film oh Alfred Hitchcock in the span of three sentences– because it’s fun, and the juxtaposing might take you somewhere..”…

..Then my juxtaposing  of things of all sorts  may indeed lead to unpredictable results for the worst or for the best…

The arrest of the Russian spy ring in the USA resurrect a relic from the old cold war style between the USA and Russia. . With this antecedent in mind, the “flotilla  war” between Turkey and Israel is a sort of new ‘relic’ to be enshrined in the temple of terrorist provocation produced by the Brothers Hanya,  Hamas leader and the Turkish PM Erduan.

Now, from Jeremiah A. 14 we know the verse: “And the Lord said to me: the north will open all the evil inhabitants of the land”, and in our case it is very tempting to  call  the axe of evil Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas, and his new recruit Turkey’s  ‘flotilla war’, the prelude to a possible WW3.

Chris Marker’s 29 minute film, La Jetée, is a very special film about the aftermath of WW3 . The movie first appeared in 1962 in the era of the Cold War, an era which also gave birth to the Internet.

Marker’s vision of life just after WW3 in La Jetée is set in the underground passageways of Paris. Aboveground the planet is uninhabitable because of radioactivity.

What impressed me most at first view in his movie, was the visual darkness on the screen. The atmosphere of claustrophobic darkness in daylight. The imminence of the apocalyptic in the seemingly pleasantness of the survivors  everyday life . My own feelings are visual feelings. They where forced upon me without knowing the narrative of the movie, having muted by inadvertence  the soundtrack . And so I began drawing  what I see on the screen without knowing the narrative.

Chris Marker says:

..” Marker shot La Jetée during gaps in the shooting of Le joli mai (1963), an anatomy of May ’62 in Paris. In a 2003 interview, he said of La Jetée, “It was made like a piece of automatic writing . . . I photographed a story I didn’t completely understand. It was in the editing that the pieces of the puzzle came together, and it wasn’t me who designed the puzzle.” This could be taken as a tribute to editor Jean Ravel, but also as a testament to the unconscious forces that appear to drive the story: La Jetée can certainly be read as an allegory of psychoanalysis, in which a supine subject searches in his unconscious for the origins of his trauma.”…see more here on criterion.com.

But my own feelings are indeed only a trompe  l’oeil because the film is a science fiction story about time travel and memory without the today high-tech pyromania and extravagance:

…” La Jetée‘s narrative—in which an unnamed hero, living in a Parisian postwar radioactive wasteland, is sent back in time by scientists to find sustenance or a source of energy—is a Möbius strip, returning paradoxically to its point of origin to swallow its own tail and engender itself once more. Because these missions follow the route of inner space, via the travelers’ memories, “the man whose story we are telling” is considered an especially apt subject: he is fixated on a single memory. As a child, he witnessed an unexplained scene of violence at Orly Airport, involving a man falling and the shocked reaction of a beautiful woman.”…see more here on criterion.com.

Anyway, the discrepancy between the complete film  narrative, sound and pictures, and what I first saw on my muted mac screen, blocked my rational judgment  of any inevitable meta dissection exemplified by the following quotation :

…”However, as each one of La Jetée’s static images lasts considerably longer than 1/24 of a second, on celluloid each still in La Jetée actually comprises dozens of replicas of itself. In presenting us with a series of frozen images, Marker dramatizes a breakdown of time’s invisible flow into a succession of visible moments that might be considered the individual atoms of time, and of our experience of time. Indeed, when the film’s hero journeys into the distant future, that new world is represented as a series of microscope images“…

Such meta dissection of the movie and knowing his narrative would fix and amplify in my mind an imposed story of La Jetee.

So when  viewing the film on my mac screen, (the screen affecting the picture by his own hardware specifications),  and pausing the screening at  pictures without reference to their original story, I create my own visual impression composed of missing knowledge: sound and narrative; and added knowledge: the axis of evil , the flotilla, ww3 , the Russian spy ring included in this post–  both missing and added knowledge injected into the drawings  new  incertitudes  of relevance and irrelevance. Or would I say is it the sole viable procedure to remain in the no man’s land of lost and new identities and found objects?

Here are a few of the drawings.

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“The underground”

As a footnote I bring here what JG Ballard wrote on Chris Marker’s film:

Text by jg Ballard

Text by JG Ballard

See more On JG Ballard on Wikipedia.

Cold Icelandic Ash and Ahmadinejad’s Hot Ash

The Icelandic-European ash crisis is not coming to an end. The press and the visual media produces pictures like the ash map  (below) and literary phrases like  “…the towering fountain of ash from an Icelandic volcano…” a citation from the New York Time, see ” Air Travel Crisis Deepens as Europe Fears Wider Impact..”

From the New York Times

The biblical reminiscence from the above NYT press citation “… towering fountain of ash…”  lead us from the ash to ..”for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” (Genesis 3:19).

Post Headlines  like Lebbeous Woods’s ‘Ascending Darkness‘ addressing the ash crisis and alluding to the SF series Babylon, fit well into more biblical keywords:  earth, fire and ground and wind, redefined into  the perpetual  volcanic convulsions of mother earth and their unpredictable brutal  attack staging the real horror movie:  “… darkness was over the surface of the deep….”Genesis 1:2

The brutal impersonal eruption of the Icelandic volcano (Eyjafjallajökull) shows us once more that our own human volcanic eruptions are risible gestures in contrast to the autonomous incomprehensible life of mother nature.

Even  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech, showing his destructive obsession about Israeli , I quote:

“This is the will of the regional nations that after 60 odd years, the root of this corrupt microbe and the main reason for insecurity in the region be pulled out.”.. see “Uproot corrupt microbe Israel“,…

will not deter the inexorable course of the secret movement of Earth’s underground armies stationed  in the Middle East. The common denominator of their impersonal Sodom and Gomorrah scenario  does not taking into consideration who is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and where is Iran. In this context the same can be said on Israel . And we don’t forget Europe’s flight crisis..

Anyway Ahmadinejad’s  rogue words instill  an new  Islamic ‘social order ‘ map: a man made gathering of hot ash  hanging over our heads like Damocles sword.

Ash in the sky

BTW, the name of the Icelandic volcano: Eyjafjallajoekull means “My fingers are on the wrong keys on the keyboard” in Icelandic, see here on “Greg Laden’s Blog‘.

Sexual Harassment Made in Egypt, a New Form of Erotic Terrorism

In an article published by  the Israeli newspaper ” Maariv, nrg” named (loosely translated from Hebrew as..) “Sense and Sensibility”, I found  the following YouTube video clip:

So the video clip’s advice is that young Arab men, in particular Egyptian men, should sexually harass Israeli girls. Under the impact of  such a gallant advice , I did  some  further inquiry on sexual harassment in Egypt and found that, I quote:

..”[In Egypt], “out of a sample of 1,000, 83 percent [are] reported being verbally or physically abused” or in plain English are subject to sexual harassment,”.. see the article here.

Adding more information from the same article:

..”With more and more women in schools, the workplace and politics, roles have changed but often traditional attitudes have not. Experts said in some places, like Egypt, harassment appears sometimes to be out of vengeance, from men blaming women for denied work opportunities.

Amal Madbouli, who wears the conservative face veil or niqab, told The Associated Press that despite her dress, she is harassed and described how a man came after her in the streets of her neighborhood.

‘He hissed at me and kept asking me if I wanted to go with him to a quieter area, and to give him my phone number,’ said Madbouli, a mother of two. ‘This is a national security issue. I am a mother, and I want to be reassured when my daughters go out on the streets.’

From another source quoting the above video clip here is an excerpt:

Egyptian lawyer Nagla Al-Imam gave to Al-Arabiya TV on October 31, 2008. He urges young Arab men to sexually harass Israeli girls “wherever they may be” as a new means of “resistance.”..

Nagla Al-Imam said: “This is a form of resistance. In my opinion, they are fair game for all Arabs, and there is nothing wrong with it.”

“[The message of this sexual harassment is] leave the land so we won’t rape you.”

The last quoted paragraph  in accordance with the above video clip is a succulent piece of imbecility, because if sexual harassing of Israeli women is a new form of resistance against Israel then what is sexual harassing of Egyptian women by the same Egyptian men ? Is it resistance against Egypt? Against President Mubarak ….against women….

Anyway, if out a sample of 1,000 , 83 percent of Egyptian women reported sexual harassment by Egyptian men then those new erotic freedom fighter are well fit for their new job against Israel.

…The Look…

Does the Palestinian West Bank boycott the Israeli Occupied Territories?

Does the West Bank boycott the occupied territories?

The above phrase ‘looks’ like the ‘Drawing Hands’  from Escher: the West Bank hand  drawing his involvement with Israel and vice versa.. Israel’s hand drawing her involvement with the occupied territories..

Drawing hands, Echer
Drawing hands, Echer

(Drawing Hands, Escher).

With this picture in my mind, I read  one of the last announcement to boycott Israel, I quote …” The  Spanish Housing Ministry has disqualified Ariel University Center from the international Solar Decathlon contest, on the grounds that the university is “located in occupied territories.”see here.

Well yes the Ariel University Center is located in the West Bank in the occupied territories. But does all those ‘beautiful people’ in Spain ask themselves, if their preaching to boycott Israel  has any real repercussion in the West Bank (..the occupied territories)?

Surprisingly perhaps, here is an answer by:

…”The governor of Bethlehem, Salah Tamari [said,]“Israelis are paranoid because of their past, while Palestinians are paranoid because of their present,” Mr. Tamari said. “But we are doomed to live together or blessed to live together, depending on your point of view. It is true that the economy is improving slightly. But beyond that, I’m afraid very little is getting easier.“ see here.

Or in more optimist words by the  Bethlehem’s mayor Victor Batarseh:

It has been the best year since 1999,” …. “Our hotels are full, whereas three years ago there
“ was almost nobody. Unemployment is below 20 percent. But we are still under occupation.”,see here.

This shows the gap between unscrupulous cowardly armchair professional boycotts of Israel,  and what happens in everyday life in the West Bank. If we want to understand the difficulties of those who are “doomed to live together or blessed to live together,…” as said by the governor of Bethlehem, Salah Tamari, then ‘doomed’ can be transformed into something closer to ‘blessed’.

The boycotters, mainly from Europe and Scandinavia, have  no idea of what’s really going on in the West Bank. Reading boring economic reports from Palestinian and Israeli statistical sources is only a nuisance to their obsession  to denounce Israel as the bad guy.

Here is a example of such a boring nuisance. The “Report of the Government of Israel to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee New York, September 22, 2009” ,see here, ,  shows valuable information about the  actual… (blessed)… relation between  the West Bank and Israel. The information about the West Bank economy comes in part from the Palestinian Bureau of Statistics:

…”This relative economic growth and an improved quality of life are demonstrated by a flourishing of economic, cultural and social activities, including the opening of a shopping mall and a cinema complex in Nablus, the project to build the city of Rawabi, and increased activity of cafes and restaurants throughout the West Bank. According to official Palestinian sources,1 since 2008, foreign investment in the West Bank has increased by 600%, as a result of economic conferences held in Bethlehem and Nablus and the improved security situation on the ground. A sharp increase in cement consumption reaching, during the first half of 2009 alone, a figure exceeding by 18%, amounts consumed in all of 2008, reflects the high volume of construction activity on the ground.
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During the first quarter of 2009, the Palestinian GDP increased by 5.6% compared to the parallel quarter in 2008 (despite early estimates by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, predicting that the annual GDP would shrink by 3.1%). According to IMF estimates, economic growth in 2009 is expected to reach 7%. However, if the trend of growth recorded in the first quarter of 2009 continues, annual economic growth for 2009 could even surpass these relatively optimistic IMF forecasts. This increase continues despite the global economic crisis. Most economic sectors contributed to this acceleration in economic activity.”….

So to return to the question: does the West Bank boycott the ‘Occupied Territories’, I quote from the article “Green Shoots in Palestine II” published by the NYT and written by Thomas L. Friedman :

…”..many Israelis were no doubt surprised to read this quote in the Maariv daily from Omar Hashim, deputy chairman of the Chamber of Commerce of Nablus, the commercial center of the West Bank: “Traders here are satisfied,” said Hashim. “Their sales are rising. They feel that life is returning to normal. There is a strong sense of optimism.”…

…“You can feel the movement,” said Olfat Hammad, the associate director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, who lives in Nablus and works in Ramallah. “It is not a burden anymore to move around to Ramallah for business meetings and social meetings.” Nablus recently opened its first multiplex, “Cinema City,” as well as a multistory furniture mart designed to cater to Israelis. Ramallah’s real estate prices have skyrocketed.

“I have had a 70 percent increase in sales,” Maariv quoted a Nablus shoe store owner as saying. “People are coming from the villages nearby, and from other cities in the West Bank and from Israel.”…see here .

And how do the Palestinian West Bank residents cope with the their own difficulties? From the site “Ramallah Syndrome” here is a excerpt from a discussion:

…”- Alessandro
Maybe a point is the definition of resistance. We always refer to the first intifada as a model, the only model, which can be a problem. Lisa’s articles and also Nasser’s article say there is a different form of resistance today. Then you didn’t go to the cinema because you were resisting, now it’s different. It’s not only negative. We are also a part of that, we are also having a life. It would be stupid to have the same model as the first intifada for the sake of it. But it has to be said that the opposite is also stupid, when you are building your career on Palestine, on the tragedy of Palestine, and having a normal life. And honestly, everyone here even though they are under occupation, is enjoying his or her life to some level, so you can also resist and have a normal life. The Lebanese have always managed to balance resisting and also trying to enjoy life. I don’t think it’s completely wrong.”… see here,

(extracts from conversations N. 1/Oct. 2008 and N. 2/Dec. 2008)

So the discussion and the doubts arising from  economic prosperity without resistance is the lesser of evil for many, but  for the belligerent Palestinian leaders it is an anathema, I quote (“Beware ‘economic peace” by Sever Plocker in Ynet) :

…”The economic normalization threatens the revolutionary and radical elements within Palestinian society, and they swore not to allow this normalization to take root. It’s perceived by them as indirect reconciliation with the occupation. A national liberation movement, and certainly a national-religious one, withers away when the masses go out to shop rather than to demonstrate.

The reinforcement of a Palestinian middle class, which may fall in love with a routine life, reject the ongoing struggle, and enjoy its proximity to the large Israeli market is anathema in the view of the militant leadership, and not only there. The tensions between economic and personal progress and a diplomatic and national dead-end tear Palestinian society apart.”… see here.

Another observer, Daniel Schueftan in his article “The Palestinians did it again”  put a direct emphasis,, on ..I quote:

…”The Palestinians are proving yet again that even the responsible elements among them cannot act in a constructive manner in order to build society and promote stability, welfare, and an agreement with Israel. They cannot do it because, as it turned out again, at the moment of truth we see the irresponsible, violent, and demagogical radicals who incite and fan the flames gain the upper hand.”…

…”Prime Minister Salam Fayyad is attempting, for the first time, to utilize the generous foreign aid for constructive aims and build a functioning society. President Abbas and his people realized (belatedly) the gravity of the terror curse and Hamas’ existential threat. Under their political patronage, the United States trained Palestinian security forces (the so-called “Dayton forces”) who are doing well in the fight against terrorism and its infrastructure.”…

…”However, this is where the self-destruction mechanism that has been thwarting the Palestinian people since it was formed almost 90 years ago came into action: An irresponsible and belligerent minority turns to violence, radical elements promise a zealous public immediate satisfaction via “victimization demagoguery,” and this immediately prompts the responsible elements to assume a defensive posture and be neutralized in the political arena.”….see here.

These are only a few glimpses 0n what really happens in the West Bank between The Israelis and the Palestinians despite all the security frictions all the animosities and mistrust. This is also a pointer to what can be done with hard work from both sides.

Will this convince the ‘enlightened’ Spanish and other European  boycotters? My bet is no, for the simple reason that their only aim is to harm Israel not to help the Palestinians…Their belligerent destructive boycott is also harming Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s attempt to build  a new Palestinian economy…. So as the old adage says ..”While dogs bark, the caravan passes.”

Hope and Emotions Accompany the Video Statement of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit

The bare facts.

The  “proof-of-life” video statement by Gilad Shalit.  The price for the video information: twenty terrorist women swapped for Gilad. The hope: his return home to his family in Israel as soon as possible .

Here is the full text of the video statement of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, captured and held hostage by the Hamas since June 2006.

…”Hi, I am Gilad Shalit, son of Aviva and Noam Shalit, brother of Hadas and Yoel, from Mitzpe Hilla, ID number 300097029. Today is Monday 14 September 2009.

As you can see, I’m holding in my hand today’s Palestine newspaper, 14th September 2009, which is published in Gaza.

I’m reading the newspaper in order to find information about myself, and I hope to find information about my release and return home soon.

I have been waiting and yearning a long time for the day I will be released.

I hope the current government headed by Benjamin Netanyahu will not waste this opportunity to finalise the deal and that as a result I will finally be able to realise my dream and be released.

I want to send my regards to my family, to tell them that I love them and miss them a lot, and yearn for the day that I will see them.

Father, Yoel and Hadas, do you remember the day when you arrived at my base in Ramat Ha-Golan, on the 31st December 2005, which, if I’m not mistaken, is called Revia Bet? We did a tour around the base. You took a picture of me on top of the Merkava tank, and on top of one of the old tanks at the entrance to the base.

Afterwards, we drove to a restaurant in one of the Druze villages, and on the way we took a picture on the side of the road with the snow-covered Mount Hermon.

I want to tell you that I am well in terms of my health. The mujahideen of the Izzeddine al-Qassam Brigades are treating me fine.

Thank you very much and see you again.”… source

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