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Imagine - A tribute to Ron Paul’s 2009 radio address “Imagine” by Former IDF Officer

*Posted in full with authors permission*

"I grew up in Israel and served as an IDF officer. It took me years to realize that we had been brought up on lies, myths and propaganda and that Palestinians are no different from native Americans, blacks in S. Africa and other indigenous populations who were abused and dispossessed by European colonialism. Demolishing the Zionist myths and propaganda is the first step towards de-constructing the exclusionary colonial state and achieving historic justice and lasting peace."

Imagine by Ahad Haadam

(A tribute to Ron Paul’s 2009 radio address “imagine”)

Imagine that someone one day showed up at your doorstep and claimed the house in which you have been living with your family for generations as his own because he believed that his ancestors had lived in it 2000 years ago.

Imagine that he beat you up and kicked you and your family out of the house so you were forced to move to the shed in the backyard.

Imagine that this person surrounded the house with barbed wire and put well armed guards all around the house to prevent you from trying to move back into the house.

Imagine that when your tried to regain your house he would portray himself as a victim and appeal to his wealthy relatives to send him money and arms to “protect himself against your aggression”.

Imagine that this person beat you up routinely, abused you and made your living conditions unbearable.

Imagine that when you complained, he’d laugh and say “don’t like it? You can always leave”.

Imagine that each year that person narrowed the patch of land around the shed and surrounded it with 20 ft concrete walls with machine gun towers.

Imagine that you had to burrow tunnels under the wall to bring food to feed your children.

Imagine that when you fought back, he’d call you a terrorist and portray himself to the world as a victim.

Imagine that the person who dispossessed you had a wealthy and powerful uncle across the sea who sends him weapons and money and encourages him to continue to oppress you.

Imagine that the entire world was sympathetic to your plight but was powerless to help because of fear of his powerful uncle.

Imagine that the person claimed that he’d agree to let you live in the shed if you forgo your rights to the house and invited you to negotiate over the small patch of land around the shed.

Imagine that while you are negotiating that person narrows the tiny patch of land, cuts your water pipeline and sends his guards to abuse you and your family.

Imagine that you are an American taxpayer and your money goes to support, arm and finance the Apartheid State of Israel and to oppress Palestinians.

Imagine that American media were complicit in obfuscating and hiding the truth from mainstream viewers. That they helped propagate a false image of Israel as a victim of violence from “terrorists” whereas in fact the natives of Palestine have been dispossessed, expelled, their land and property confiscated and are now living in refugee camps or under an indefinite military rule and Apartheid without basic human rights.

Imagine that American politicians enabled Israel to continue oppressing, dispossessing and shielded Israel from any international sanctions as a result of Israel’s defiance and violation of UN Resolutions and the Geneva Convention.

Imagine that your Congressman supported this evil and gave 27 standing ovations when the Prime Minster of Apartheid Israel spoke before Congress.

Just imagine.

http://dancingwithpalestinians.wordpress.com/2011/12/24/imag...

Also by Ahad Haadam:
A Brief History of Gaza
http://dancingwithpalestinians.wordpress.com/2012/11/19/a-br...



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Gaza & Warsaw - no difference.

Gaza is starting to look a lot like the Warsaw Ghetto during WW2:

Racially profiled
Walled off
Congested
Restricted movement
Economically stunted
Isolated
Bombarded
Killing zone

Would you expect this from a nation who was born out of persecution? Is this a case of an abused child growing up to repeat the cycle and abuse others?

Look at this German newsreel on the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Does it look any different? Honestly, what is the difference between the Warsaw Ghetto of 1944 and Gaza today?

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo

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Israelis on Facebook wish death for Holocaust survivors

Israelis on Facebook wish death for Holocaust survivors against 'Protective Edge'

Nope, it’s not The Onion.

A few days ago some 300 Holocaust survivors placed an ad in the New York Times condemning the massacre in Gaza. My colleague from Local Call, John Brown, has selected a few of the responses on Facebook that Israelis posted in response to the ad.

I’ve translated a few from John’s selection:

David Cohen: Those aren’t Holocaust survivors those are probably collaborators with the Nazis.

Shmulik Halphon: He’s invited to go back to Auschwitz.

Itzik Levy: These are survivors who were Kapos. Leftist traitors. That’s why they live abroad and not in the Jewish State.

Vitali Guttman: Enough, they should die already. They survived the Holocaust only to do another Holocaust to Israel in global public opinion?
more:
http://972mag.com/nstt_feeditem/israelis-on-facebook-wish-de...

There are also prominent Israelis and members of Knesset that have openly called for Genocide, the murder of mothers and children, concentration camps and even rape as a weapon.

Seriously, WTF???

Holocaust families criticise Israel over Gaza
More than 300 Holocaust survivors and their descendants have issued a statement condemning what they call Israel's "genocide" in Gaza.

The International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network placed the statement as an advertisement in the New York Times.

Jewish Holocaust survivors from around the world call for justice in Gaza
http://ijsn.net/press-release-jewish-holocaust-survivors-fro...
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28916761

If Wars Can Be Started by Lies, They Can Be Stopped By Truth.

Protesting the Warrior Culture

Orthodox Jews Protest: Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews filled the streets in lower Manhattan on Sunday to protest Israel's proposal to draft strictly religious citizens into its army.

"Their whole world and their whole lifestyle is peace and love and in doing mitzvahs," he said, using the Yiddish word for good deeds.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/09/orthodox-nyc-jews-p...

Against the war: the movement that dare not speak its name in Israel - Thousands of people gathered in Tel Aviv to protest against attacks on Gaza, 26 July 2014.

Thus public opinion went ballistic when Gideon Levy attacked those who were bombing Gaza by inverting the well-known Hebrew phrase "Hatovim La tayyis" – which means: the best ones go to the air force – by writing "Haraim La tayyis": the worst ones go to the air force. Even in a time of peace this would be seen as a provocative statement, a heresy against what Levy sees as Israel's real religion: military security. But in its current mood, this is not the sort of thing that you can easily say out loud.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/06/gaza-israel-mov...

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo

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"Thank you, It is an honor."

I sent the author a link to the post and let him know it was on the front page for most of the day. He sent back a reply "Thank you, It is an honor."

Thank you all for taking the time to read and comment!

If Wars Can Be Started by Lies, They Can Be Stopped By Truth.

Kind of ironic. An IDF Officer feeling honored that his

message was well received by our community, when it was he who honored DP by allowing his article to be posted here in full. I hope there are more people in the IDF waking up, as well.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

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Combatants for Peace

There are many Israeli and Israel+Palestinian Peace groups as well as many Jewish Peace groups! One day I will compile a list of them all but here is a one I just found:

Combatants for Peace
http://cfpeace.org/?page_id=2


Combatants for Peace Promotional Film by idanbarir

If Wars Can Be Started by Lies, They Can Be Stopped By Truth.

why are we...

dragged into this conflict? To be brutally honest. I could give two chits about Palestine or Israel.

I care about Americans first. It doesnt make me an extremist.. just an American. I don't see the world lining up for Israel or Palestine.

My world view is fk em both. Their actions on either side don't make Americans safer.

'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul

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The U.S. is Right in the Middle

The current massacre on the Gaza Strip and ongoing illegal occupation would not happen without the $3 billion+ a year Israel receives from the U.S., unconditional support from our Congress- including cover for War Crimes being committed and also by U.S. supplying military support such as F-16 fighter planes and Apache attack helicopters, hellfire missiles etc..

It is with the US backing that a civilian population is being collectively and ruthlessly targeted by an illegal occupying superior force and thousands of innocent lives are being ripped to pieces.

Here is an article to help you understand:
Israel, Gaza and Palestine: What Americans Need to Know
The Truth Has Been Hidden from Americans

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/07/americans-need-know-i...

~Peace

If Wars Can Be Started by Lies, They Can Be Stopped By Truth.

Take a look at the lines

http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/worldwide-protest-israeli.html

All human life is sacred, imo.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

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Many Reasons to Doubt Hamas Vet’s Claims

*Within days of the kidnapping and murders Hamas had stated there was a rogue militant wing that often acted on its own and the Israeli intelligence agreed this was the case, they named the culprits and bombed their homes.

Many do not realize there are at least half a dozen different resistance groups which are not under control of Hamas, some of which are 'agent provocateurs' for Mossad.

Also do not forget the murders of Palestinian youths in May by IDF, one 10 yr old on a bicycle, two teens shot by snipers one of which was caught on camera by CNN. Still Hamas did not break cease fire that had lasted for 19 months of no rockets fired.

Many Reasons to Doubt Hamas Vet’s Claims

Experts say there is plenty of reason to question Arouri’s claims, not the least of which being that, after 15-plus years in Israeli prison starting in 1992 followed by exile, there is no sign he had any operation control left in the movement.

The timing is bizarre, as Israeli intelligence already said they don’t believe Hamas did it. Furthermore, Arouri’s claim that the Brigades succeeded in “imprisoning the three settlers in Hebron” doesn’t fit with the facts.

http://news.antiwar.com/2014/08/21/many-reasons-to-doubt-ham...

The following explains the timeline very well:

Israel’s Real Target is Not Hamas
It's Any Possibility of Palestinian Statehood
http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/08/15/israels-real-target-i...

Claim by Saleh al-Arouri, a founder of Hamas's military wing, is doubted by experts and not supported by other Hamas sources
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/21/hamas-kidnappin...

If Wars Can Be Started by Lies, They Can Be Stopped By Truth.

Same Mistake US made during 9/11

If that is the case, that Hamas was guilty of the murders, then Israel has the intelligence capability to track them down and bring them to justice... or assassinate them if they want. Mossad has proven their ability to operate covertly with precision in the past: Adolf Eichman, Entebbe and the retribution for the Munich Olympics.

The current response is way off balance... over the top. No one can justisfy the current military action that kills and displaces thousands of innocent people in Gaza based on a crime committed against 3 innocent Israelis.

The US did the same after 9/11. We could have kept it quiet and taken out the perpetrators one by one... or put them on trial. War did nothing to right the wrong. It inflamed an entire region.

"One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas" Victor Hugo

IDF's most

recent 'gift'


http://youtu.be/5h-pVjP0q-M

leaking gray matter... .o/

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

The Horror!

Warning before viewing: The baby's brains are blown out.

If anyone doubts the savagery going on in Gaza, watch that video, now that you've been warned what you will see, among the other horrors.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

truly, for anyone with even an ounce of PR-savvy, in what

frakkin' world, does the IDF delude all this will win them any international brownie points, even with their loud propaganda of labeling everyone and anyone they murder as a "Hamas militant," "terrorist," etc when in the 21st century smartphone/cam-ubiquity era, when it's clear that most of their victims are all innocent civilians, and particularly women & children??

hell, not just IDF, ALL wars are in point of fact, war on innocent civilians. Always. There has never been any war in history, where civilians aren't the target, because they're what keeps the warmachine going: supplies & political & 'moral' support. So, why WOULDN'T your 'enemies' target your civilians in wars?? such utter nonsense. can't believe people still have the nerve to separate civilians...as if they're some wholly separate alien entity in context of war in the 21st century, with gazillions of historical fact testifying otherwise.

truly wonder if these lunatics have any self-preservational sense, even at a superficial level, a PR-savvy. do they simply not give a fcuk, or actually delude that the rest of the world is stupid enough to buy into their every word, when on par, IDF wins no popularity contest.

the sheer insanity of their 'no knock'-raid analog: the 5min pre-'warning' with 'mini' ordinance, before a ginormous one, comes down on their roof obliterating everything... ALL PAID FOR WITH OUR, as in Americans' STOLEN WEALTH & DEBT SLAVERY, no less!

So, all this AIPAC-bendovers' BULLSHIIT nonsense about how 'we' should mind our own biz and let IsisRaEl be? Well, even from a strict Constructionist Constitutional minarchist POV, until these motherfcukers make amends for USS Liberty massacre, and Israel/IDF STOP getting ANY stolen American wealth for no-bid corporatist contracts, and they STOP being subsidized sekurity theatre welfare queens, and STOP being illegal squatter welfare biitches subsidized by stolen Americans' wealth in form of aid & dollars & debt slavery-ensured guarantees, and STOP meddling in my America's internal affairs, they can all STFU and kiss my ass.

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

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HAMAS made me do it!

HAMAS made me do it!
http://mondoweiss.net/2014/08/hamas-made-me-do-it.html

Yep, kill 2,000 people, steal more land and say the dead killed themselves, the aggressor blames the victim. Wash, Rinse, Repeat. Ughh! Now there is a new theme: Netanyahu’s new theme: Hamas equals ISIS
http://mondoweiss.net/2014/08/democratic-netanyahus-equals.html

If Wars Can Be Started by Lies, They Can Be Stopped By Truth.

guess according to them, the kids should've picked different

parents from different region in the DNA lottery slot machine lever from inside the womb: like 'should've picked better parents,' as if children have such unicorn choice to begin with:


http://youtu.be/5rXPrfnU3G0

Plus, ain't it always like a rapist/pedophile/murderer to be blaming their wholly innocent victims, for their EVIL acts?? AS IF others just being themselves, provoked the counter-party into doing all manner of evil TO them!!??

It's the hoplophobes' analog of "the gun made me do it!"

In what universe, does that lawyer officiated rationale fly?

Oh right... this one.o/

F'ng lunatics. all of 'em!

P.S. Phil was on Scott Horton show yesterday:

08/20/14 Philip Weiss

Philip Weiss, founder and co-editor of Mondoweiss.net, discusses how social media is educating Americans on Israel-Palestine issues, and how Israel is unknowingly losing the PR battle for hearts and minds internationally.

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 23:04 — 10.6MB)

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

Hallelujah! The majority of

Hallelujah! The majority of people only want to live in peace.
It is the minority of sociopaths in government and business that direct the violence and theft.

"The United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that." — Alan Greenspan

Imagine

a media more interested in the plight of the "prisoners" in Gaza, and the school girls kidnapped in Nigeria, rather than the shiniest new sound bite.

Locasta

HUGE BUMP!

Hope to see this post on the Front Page. Unfortunately, it isn't hard to imagine those despicable acts, at all.

Does it strike anyone else odd that Gaza is being ignored right now, as the MSM focuses on other things. Not to say those things don't merit some attention, too. But, come on!

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

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In Photos: Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza

Yes, it's sad that that the media can divert attention from the mass slaughter going on in Gaza. Not that they report it fairly in the first place. Over 2,000 people, many of which are women and children being ripped to shreds with weapons and backing from the U.S... over 10,000 wounded/maimed. Members of Israeli Knesset openly calling for Genocide, rape and concentration camps, nothing to see here, no biggy.. business as usual.

Worldwide protest against Israeli attack on Gaza
The huge world wide protests are not shown here in the U.S. but here are some photos from around the globe:
http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/worldwide-protest-israeli.html

Here's another article by Ahad Haadam that's worth a read in full, shows the typical discourse on right and left:

Bill Maher and Conservative Agree on Israel and Gaza, Or Why Maher is a Piece Of *hit ( 10 reasons )

Does Bill Maher pretend to be an idiot, or is he really one? This is the question that came to my mind when I watched his latest puke-worthy fawning piece about Israel. The smug talk show host, for whom the expression “progressive except Palestine” was coined, reached new depths with his contempt for Palestinians and support for their oppressors.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article39171.htm

In case you missed, great statement by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu:

TUTU: My plea to the people of Israel – Liberate yourselves by liberating Palestine

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, in an exclusive article for Haaretz, calls for a global boycott of Israel and urges Israelis and Palestinians to look beyond their leaders for a sustainable solution to the crisis in the Holy Land.
http://sabbah.biz/mt/archives/2014/08/18/tutu-plea-people-is...

~Peace

If Wars Can Be Started by Lies, They Can Be Stopped By Truth.

Holy....!!! Gazillions of people all over the world!

Wow! While I could "imagine" the words in the post, I couldn't imagine ALL those people shown in those photographs! I was very pleasantly surprised by it.

Anybody reading this, click on the link in the comment above. Huge!

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

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largest active outcry by citizens around a single cause ever

Beautiful sight, gives me hope! In the statement given by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu :

"The past weeks have witnessed unprecedented action by members of civil society across the world against the injustice of Israel’s disproportionately brutal response to the firing of missiles from Palestine.

If you add together all the people who gathered over the past weekend to demand justice in Israel and Palestine – in Cape Town, Washington, D.C., New York, New Delhi, London, Dublin and Sydney, and all the other cities – this was arguably the largest active outcry by citizens around a single cause ever in the history of the world."

"Ultimately, events in Gaza over the past month or so are going to test who believes in the worth of human beings."

"The State of Israel is behaving as if there is no tomorrow. Its people will not live the peaceful and secure lives they crave – and are entitled to – as long as their leaders perpetuate conditions that sustain the conflict.

I have condemned those in Palestine responsible for firing missiles and rockets at Israel. They are fanning the flames of hatred. I am opposed to all manifestations of violence.

But we must be very clear that the people of Palestine have every right to struggle for their dignity and freedom. It is a struggle that has the support of many around the world.

No human-made problems are intractable when humans put their heads together with the earnest desire to overcome them. No peace is impossible when people are determined to achieve it."

"Peace requires the people of Israel and Palestine to recognize the human being in themselves and each other; to understand their interdependence.

Missiles, bombs and crude invective are not part of the solution. There is no military solution"

full statement:
http://sabbah.biz/mt/archives/2014/08/18/tutu-plea-people-is...

If Wars Can Be Started by Lies, They Can Be Stopped By Truth.