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I Thought these links were interesting– a different connection between Amerikan racism and neo-liberal support for Israel. 
These two articles come from rense.com, which seems to be positioned between the  neo-liberal (realist school of foreign policy ), and the neo-Nazi camp. The position on palestine of the realists is essentially zionist, in that it differs from the neo-con position, only on the degree of support for Israel, calling for balance, never challenging the pre 1967 borders, and asserts that the reason to oppose the current position of the U.S. vis a vis Israel is U.S. interests, constantly attacking the neo-cons for being more aligned with Israel than the U.S.– as if that were the key question. It begs the question: if current policy were in U.S. interest, would it be okay?   
Isn’t the real issue, self-determination and human rights? 
And what about findley’s quote below? When has the U.S. been beloved worldwide? what about U.S. intervention in Vietnam (which, as a congressman, Findley supported); in Central america (which Findley supported); in apartheid South Africa (which Findley supported), in occupied amerika (which Findley supported!)

“Once beloved worldwide, the U.S. government finds itself reviled in most countries because it provides unconditional support of Israeli violations of the United Nations Charter, international law, and the precepts of all major religious faiths.”-former U.S. Congressman paul findley. 

Neo-liberalism disagrees with neo-Naziism, in the degree to which it condemns “Jewish”  power and world domination; sometimes differentiating between zionism and Jews, though not always.  Neo-Nazis see Jews and Judaism as essentially evil and this evil is the causative factor, often citing obscure passages from Talmud or referencing hoaxes like the “Elders of Zion.”  Both groups are concerned that Zionist Jews (as opposed to other Zionists) have dual and competing allegiances,  compromising Amerikan interests for the interests of a foreign power.  Neo-Nazis  also question the significance and number of Jewish deaths at the hands of the Nazi regime during WWII and deny that there was a specific program to destroy the European Jewish population, that all wars have casualties, and Jews were not singled out for extermination, but simply died as a consequence of war.  
Both neo-liberals and neo-nazis see amerika as a victim of outside interests and colonization, not aggressors.  glaringly reflected in the similarities between the Israeli and Amerikan narrative. Zionists repeatedly refrain that Israel is a small country surrounded by hostile Arabs. Amerikan white supremacists, once surrounded by “hostile savage natives” now lament that Amerika is controlled by forces outside, or outside groups from within,  that muddy amerikan democracy and interests.

Realists are not white supremacists in the KKK nazi tradition; it is too simplistic to paint them with the same brush, though they do share many core positions. They are white supremacists in the arrogant assumption of their own entitlement and correctness: the rightness of whiteness; the assumption of U.S. supremacy and interest as its own ethic; the acceptance without question of U.S. hegemony and power. The problem with supporting Israel, to the realists, doesn’t lie in human rights or social justice, but because they (the realists), see such support as a threat to continued U.S. global hegemony.  It’s a strategic question, not a moral one, nor one that requires personal sacrifice or loss of privilege;  quite the opposite.  In this regard (to paraphrase activist, Naomi Jaffe) the neo-cons are the idealists.  The realists understand the limits of U.S. global domination and militarism, as well as the price, including the inability of the U.S. to contain popular uprisings and movements within the Americas.  The neo-cons wish to expand empire as if there were no limits or consequences to the empire itself.  

I provide these links, not as an endorsement of their positions, because mine is quite contrary to the thesis of either of these articles, but rather to expose the iniquity and agenda of these schools of thought. 

Politics does make strange bedfellow. But I think it is extremely important to consider who someone is, before jumping into bed with them.


-Emma Rosenthal

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 i often hear it stated (especially by neo-liberals such as findley, carter, weir, if americans knew, etc) that us. support for israel is against all u.s. values and is hurting the image of the u.s around the world; as if u.s. policy toward israel were so different than the policy that forged this nation, created bantustans (reservations), committed genocide, and is the belly of the beast of world domination and empire. as if all antipathy towards the u.s. is merely the result of u.s. policy in one small region, since 1967. this argument is racist on so many levels. on the surface it is anti-jewish as it perpetuates the stereotype of jewish power, not within any dialectical analysis, but from some magical source, unconnected to any other base of power, magically forcing the u.s to work against its “own interests.” the argument is also racist because it negates the incredible role the u.s. has played historically, not only within the confines of official expanding territory, but in imperial wars, neo and traditional colonialism, incarceration (the new slavery), free enterprise zones, etc. and how that policy is consistent with u.s. policy towards palestine and palestinians. this event: From la Frontera to Gaza. promises to make some of the connections between the situation in palestine, where a wall and a border has crossed what was an open palestinian homeland, and the situation in the southwest where a wall and a border crosses the territories and homelands of several indigenous populations, as well as the area that was once mexico.


From la Frontera to Gaza: Chicano-Palestinian Connections

Monday March 30 2009

12.00-3.30 pm

Taper Hall of the Humanities (THH) 101

Free and open to the public

During the Israeli offensive on Gaza, it was often asked, “What if a terrorist group were lobbing rockets into San Diego out of Tijuana?” The analogy was tendentious and misrepresented both situations and their histories. But are there really connections between the Chicano and the Palestinian situations?

What connections exist between the histories of “Occupied America” and of Occupied Palestine?

–Are there analogies between the wall being constructed along the US border with Mexico and the separation wall that cuts through the occupied West Bank—both being constructed by the same Israeli firm, Elbit Systems? (http://rachelcorriefoundation.org/site/2008/01/23/up-against-the-wall-from-palestine-to-mexico/)

–What is the impact of the security state and the control of movement of people on US Latinos and both Palestinians and Arab Americans?

–Are there comparative dimensions to educational inequalities affecting both Chicanos in the US and Arab Israelis, both of who form substantial minorities that suffer from discrimination against their cultures and languages and significant under-representation in the upper levels of education?

–What lessons can be drawn from the practice of boycott by Cesar Chavez and the UFW for the current movement for the boycott of Israel? How does boycott work, what is its status as an instrument of non-violent struggle, when and why should a boycott be pursued?

These and other questions will be explored by the panel of speakers, which will be followed by three more focused workshops: History of Palestine, Boycott as a Non-Violent Tool, and The Right to Education.

12.00 –1.30 pm, THH 101: panel discussion with Manuel Criollo, Jose Fuste, and Manzar Foroohar

1.30-3.00pm: Focus Workshops in the Von KleinSmid Center

History of Palestine: VKC 105, with Manzar Foroohar

Boycott as a Non-Violent Tool: VKC 108, with Manuel Criollo and David Lloyd

The Right to Education: VKC 151, with Rana Sharif and Jose Fuste

The Panelists:

Manuel Criollo, Bus Riders Union lead organizer, son of immigrants from El Salvador, life-long resident of Pico/Union neighborhood of Los Angeles where he knows “just about everyone.” Manuel received a BA from University of California, Santa Barbara, was elected to the BRU Planning Committee before joining staff. His work focuses on grassroots leadership development and mentoring organizers-in-training and new organizing staff, he is also a co-host of the Voices from the Frontlines radio show, and key staff liaison with regional elected officials including the LA mayor and County Board of Supervisors.

Manzar Foroohar is Professor of History at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Her work focuses on Modern Latin America, Modern Middle East, and the Comparative Political Economy of Latin America and the Middle East. She has recently returned from a visit to Palestine.

Jose Fuste is a graduate student in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC San Diego. He runs the blogsite Pensamiento Cimarrón/Maroon Thinking, which has recently focused on Palestine and the invasion of Gaza: http://marooning.blogspot.com/2008/12/gaza-war.html

David Lloyd is Professor of English at USC and a member of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and of Teachers against Organization.

Rana Sharif is a Ph.D. student in Women’s Studies, UCLA. Currently, her research focuses on the ruptures and inconsistencies of the everyday, mundane, and habitual in the Occupied West Bank Territory of Palestine. She investigates the ways in which temporal and material consequences to occupation forfeit heteronormalcy and reconstitute subjectivities. Rana is an Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies and a contributor to KPFK’s Radio Intifada.

This event has been sponsored by: the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity, Chicano and Latino American Studies, and USC Students for Justice in Palestine.

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Matos Roy Chaderton, Venezuela’s Ambassador to the Organization of American States, speaks of numerous members of the Jewish community who have supported the struggles of peoples against imperialism and Zionism, and he rejects any attack against the Jewish people.

Watching television footage of one of the necessary and legitimate protests against the Israeli Embassy in Caracas, I spotted a lone sign with a slogan that left me thunderstruck. The slogan was something like: “We condemn Hitler for not having completed his work of extermination. . . .”

The frightening message, totally alien to the Bolivarian process and the Chavista commitment to liberty, democracy, equality, and social justice, shows that, every now and then in our struggles and protests, “loose cannons” come dog us and that we have to detect them and neutralize them and expel them like any foreign body.

Those hidden anti-Semites are much like other “loose cannons” such as professional anti-clericalists who shout, “Get thee behind me, Satan!” when they encounter a believer, incited by the undeniable fact that a majority of the Venezuelan Catholic hierarchy refused to use their potential capacity to become a bridge between Venezuelans in the opposing camps and instead embraced the ultra-right-wing Creoles and the immoral dictatorship of the media. What’s lost on these pseudo-Chavista infiltrators is the deep Christian foundation of our socialist process and the social fact that most Venezuelan Catholics, including nuns and priests at the grassroots, are committed to the Bolivarian revolution.

None shall ever be permitted to use the recurrent crimes against humanity committed by the mediocre and murderous militarist elite of the State of Israel as justification for twisting the just rebellion of the Palestinians and solidarity with them into anti-Semitic aberrations.

No leftist has the right to forget that the Jews — historically persecuted, not by the Muslims who for centuries opened their doors for them, but by first the Christian crusaders, then the inquisitors, and finally the Nazis — have a historical tradition of pioneering solidarity with social rebellions and progressive thought. Never forget such illustrious Jews as Karl Marx, Rosa Luxemburg, Leon Trotsky, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, and Bob Dylan. Never forget the participation of Jews, even at the cost of their lives, in civil, labor, social, and anti-war struggles in the United States or struggles against the ultra-Catholic military dictatorships in the Southern Cone. Never overlook the fact that, in the United States, against the organized anti-Chavista campaign supported by the “Israel lobby” in that country, American Jewish intellectuals have spoken up: the most famous intellectual in the world, Noam Chomsky, so often cited by President Chávez, and Joseph Stiglitz, a winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics, who has supported us in our struggles against the dictatorship of neoliberalism.

But even if there had been no progressive Jew in history, which isn’t the case, it would still be a mortal sin to silence the Jews or call for their extermination. What we must do is to discuss, openly and face to face, the Zionist deviations and the systematic violations of human rights of the Palestinian people. The killing of innocents or righteous fighters in Gaza cannot be solved by applying the radicalized lex talionis which is precisely the barbaric adventure undertaken — with the cruelty of criminals and electoral opportunists — by the Israeli battalions.

Repeatedly during the Fourth Republic in Venezuela, crypto-Nazi groups were established, which occasionally vandalized synagogues and other Jewish buildings with anti-Semitic symbols and slogans (e.g., “MSN,” “Tradition, Family, and Property,” etc.). In general, those were ultra-radical Catholics — of whom Hitler was one — of the upper-middle class, who, instead of setting up a vulgar corner bar decorated with a bullfighting theme in their home, opted for a Nazi corner with flags and swastikas, old editions of Mein Kampf, Wehrmacht helmets or Gestapo caps, and sometimes also a fine Luger awaiting an opportunity to kill a Jew. To my surprise, by the way, some compatriots from the Jewish community in Venezuela, whether due to anti-Chavista conviction or sheer lack of awareness, have ended up marching in protest against our Bolivarian government side by side with those crypto-Nazis, inflamed by the poisons spewed by the media’s dictatorship.

In those days, too, the Venezuelan diplomats, at the United Nations and other international forums, supported the vast majority of decisions in favor of the Palestinian cause. We just abstained, as in fact I personally did more than once, from any draft resolution containing untenable ultra-radical propositions. I especially remember that, during my time as a member of the Venezuelan Mission to the UN, I organized a meeting, in 1978 at the Tudor Hotel New York, between a group of Venezuelan diplomats, recent graduates guided by the director of our School of International Studies, Carlos Guerón, a Jewish Venezuelan, and the head of the Washington office of the Palestine Liberation Oraganization, Hassan Rahman.

In this international political battle, we, who have a balanced attitude to the problem but are committed to the Palestinian people, come across two manipulative visions that we must not accept. One comes from those who insist on the Holocaust denial as if it were a matter of statistics. One wonders: at what number does the Holocaust begin? Six million? Four million? Two million? One million? Half a million? The controversy would be laughable if it were not tragic. For me there is no doubt that there was a policy of extermination of the Jews in Christian Europe. To trivialize it is to disrespect the memory of its victims and the truth, as it would be to deny the genocide in Armenia, in Rwanda-Burundi, in Hiroshima-Nagasaki, or in Palestine, including the genocide of the indigenous population in Latin America.

The other is the blackmail that gets imposed on us, through the international media dictatorship, which accuses any persons or organizations of being anti-Semites when we raise our voice for the Palestinian cause and denounce the ghettos and concentration camps in Palestine, whose inhabitants are being exterminated by those in search of a final solution, with the First-World “Christian” support, deliberately massacring Arab children in order to eliminate future “terrorists.”

Familiar as I had already been with the suffering of the Jewish people since my childhood, through my conversations with my family and my readings, upon arriving at my first diplomatic assignment in Warsaw, the first thing I noticed was the climate of terror sown, among the already decimated Jewish community in Poland, by the anti-Semitic purges designed by the then Interior Minister Mieczysław Moczar in 1968, which affected even key Jewish leaders of the Polish Communist Party. Familiar as I am since my adolescence, through my personal dialogues and readings, with the suffering of the Arab-Palestinian people who have been forced to pay for the crimes committed by the Nazis, I cannot but recognize what has been done to the Gaza ghetto as a policy of genocide.

There is much more to say about all this, but for now it’s enough that we are filled with spiritual oxygen, and we proclaim the brotherhood of Muslims, Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, and atheists, all who believe and pray, and all who don’t believe and don’t pray. Meanwhile, the specters of historical anti-Semitism, particularly in Europe, including the Vatican, are stirring again.

Roy Chaderton Matos, born in 1942, is Venezuela’s Ambassador to the Organization of American States (since 15 April 2008). He began his diplomatic career under the Rafael Caldera government as Secretary of the Venezuelan Embassy in Poland (from 1969 to 1972). Under the Hugo Chávez government, he was Foreign Minister from 2002 to 2004; Ambassador to France from 2004 to 2006; diplomatic advisor to Francisco Arias Cárdenas, Venezuela’s Ambassador to the United Nations, in 2006; and Ambassador to Mexico in 2007. The original article “Chavismo: Cristiano, Antinazi, Pro-Musulmán y Pro-Judío” was published by Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias, Radio Nacional de Venezuela, TeleSur, and YVKE Mundial on 30 January 2009. Translation by Yoshie Furuhashi.

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New York Times

September 13, 2008

Death Penalty Is Upheld in Publicized Georgia Case

ATLANTA — A Georgia parole board on Friday upheld the death sentence of a man convicted of killing a Savannah police officer in 1989, despite a group of witnesses who recanted their testimonies against the convict.

It was the second time in two years that the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency for the man, Troy A. Davis, despite his lawyers’ claims of police misconduct.

Mr. Davis, 39, is scheduled to die by lethal injection in Jackson, Ga., on Sept. 23, unless the United States Supreme Court agrees to hear an appeal.

A county jury in 1991 convicted Mr. Davis in the 1989 murder of Mark Allen MacPhail, an off-duty police officer moonlighting as a security guard who was shot to death while responding to a late-night fight at a Burger King in Savannah.

Mr. Davis testified he was at a nearby pool hall and left before Officer MacPhail arrived. The prosecution offered no murder weapon, DNA or fingerprints tying Mr. Davis to the killing but instead relied heavily on testimony from witnesses. Since the trial, seven key witnesses have recanted, saying they were bullied by investigators into lying under oath.

The case has received international publicity; 20,000 people signed petitions asking that Mr. Davis be spared the death penalty.

“Troy’s case represents everything wrong with the death penalty — from procedural obstacles to racial bias to witness mishandling to inadequate counsel,” said Jared Feuer of Amnesty International.

The head of the Southern Center for Human Rights, Stephen B. Bright, a law professor at Yale, called the decision “shocking.”

“For somebody to be executed,” Mr. Bright said, “we really should be sure beyond doubt that the person is guilty.”

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There are dead who light up the night

of butterflies,

and the dead who come at dawn

to drink your tea

as peaceful as on the day your

guns mowed them down.

O you who are guests in this place,

leave a few chairs empty

for your hosts to read out

the conditions for peace

in a treaty with the dead.

-Mahmoud Darwish, from Speech of the Red Indian



* Palestine Aid Society Invites you to a Celebration of the Life and Works

of Palestinian Poet and Hero Mahmoud Darwish

1941 – 2008

*Saturday, August 30, 2:00 p.m.
*Glendale Public Library Auditorium
222 E. Harvard St., Glendale, CA — 2nd Floor*

*Violin Performance Dr. Nabil Azzam will premier his new composition*
* “Elegy for Mahmoud Darwish”
Comments by:*
* Historian Dr. Mahmood Ibrahim, Cal Poly Pomona*
*Professor Gabriel Piterberg, UCLA*
*Professor Hamoud Salhi, CSUD*
*Professor Bice Harris, Occidental College*
*Rev. Darrel Meyers*
*Donald Bustany of KPFK’s “Middle East In Focus”*
*and many more*

*Poetry Readings by:*
*Egyptian-American actor/activist Nasser Faris*
* Hip-Hop stars Nizar (“Ragtop”) Wattad*
* and Omar (“Offendum”) Chakaki*
**Program in English
*Admission Free*


The Arab Community in Southern Californi invites you to a community-wide event;

commemorating Mahmoud Darwish as a poetic

treasure to Palestine and the Arab World.

His award winning poetry exemplifies perfectly

his unique ability to not only articulate the

people’s struggle for justice and liberation,

but also contribute to it through his

powerful words.

Mahmoud Darwish published his first book of

poetry at the age of 19. Although he was

widely recognized as Palestine’s national

poet, his work masterfully covers other topics such as love and romance. His work was internationally recognized and celebrated with translations in over 20 languages.

His life, work and legacy stand as a shining example to poets and scholars everywhere of how to contribute, while reflecting on a people, a nation, a culture, a society and it’s struggle for justice and liberation.

“Darwish is the Essential Breath of the Palestinian people, the eloquent witness of exile and belonging….”

Program includes: Comments from family and friends of Mahmoud Darwish from El Birweh, recitals of Darwish’ poetry; and a eulogy to be delivered by renowned Iraqi poet and friend of Mahmoud Darwish, Lamee’a Abbas Amara

When: Sunday, August 31, 2008 – 4 PM

14299 Firestone Boulevard
La Mirada, CA 90638

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An Evening to Celebrate the Life of Our

Compañero Don White


Sunday, August 10th

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Immanuel Presbyterian Church

3300 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90010
Corner of Berendo Street, 2 blocks west of Vermont Avenue)


Dennis White, Sonali Kolhatkar, Blase & Theresa Bonpane, Margaret Prescod, Jim Lafferty,

Mimi Kennedy, Maria Armoudian, Carlos Escorcia, Angela Sanbrano, Ross Altman,

Aris Anagnos, Carlos Jiménez, Francisco Martinez, Cole Miller, Jose-Luis Orozco,

Frank Dorrel, Sabina Virgo, Dennis Davis, Berny Moto, Mario Avila & others.


A Film about Don in His Own Words ~

By Peter Dudar & Sally Marr

PARKING: Available across the street at the United Teachers Los Angeles Union Hall
Vermont & Wilshire Red Line Stop
ORGANIZED BY: El Comité de Companeros de Don ‘Blanco’

Beloved by Everyone in the Peace & Justice Community of Los Angeles ~

April 18th, 1937 ~ June 19th, 2008

More Information Call: 310-838-8131

Don White           Photo by emma rosenthal

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Don White Film Tribute

Don’s contribution to the Human Rights Movement was so far reaching that we are creating a 10-minute film called 
For Don’s August 10th Memorial we’re collecting visuals of Don from everyone, editing footage, 
and adding Spanish subtitles.
Could you please donate to the budget for his film?
Don raised so much money for all of us over the years, this tribute is a wonderful way of saying, “THANK YOU!”
Your name will be listed in the credits under COMPANEROS!

Peter Dudar & Sally Marr 
Email: mail@arlingtonwestfilm.com Phone: (323) 650-8166

Please make checks payable to:
Peter Dudar
1302 N. Sweetzer Ave. Flat 203
Los Angeles, CA 90069

Donations over $100 can be tax deductible. Write check to: IDA (Int. Documentary Assoc.)
Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated.


An Evening to Celebrate the Life of Our

Companero Don White

SUNDAY, AUGUST 10th ~ 6:00 PM

Immanuel Presbyterian Church
3300 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90010
(@Berendo Street, 2 blocks west of Vermont Ave.)

MC’s Will Be
Theresa Bonpane, Jim Lafferty, Sonali Kolhatkar,
Angela Sanbrano, Mimi Kennedy & Carlos Escorcia
PARKING:  Available across the street at the United Teachers Los Angeles Union Hall
PUBLIC TRANSIT: Vermont & Wilshire Red Line Stop
ORGANIZIED BY: El Comité de Companeros de Don ‘Blanco’

Our Beloved DON WHITE ~ Has Passed On ~ PRESENTE

Senor Don Blanco

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