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Another American anniversary in July

US independence day always reminds me of the American military blasting Iranian civilian flight 655 out of the sky killing everyone aboard, 290 innocent people. The responsible American warship was in Iranian waters, and the US tried to cover up details of the shoot down for years.

July 3 (1988) is the actual anniversary, so I may be somewhat tardy in posting this by a few hours.

However, with Trump’s Washington daily hiking tensions toward the Islamic Republic of Iran, it’s critical that everyone remember the long deep history of US political & military atrocities on Iran, like the murder of the innocent children, women and men on Iranian Airlines Flight 655.

You cannot honestly celebrate America today without also remembering the too many lives, past & present, the US has taken from this earth.

With that in mind, I honor the dead of Flight 655 on American Independence Day and ask the forgiveness of the people of Iran on the anniversary of that terrible day.

https://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/2017/07/03/the-forgotten-us-shootdown-of-iranian-airliner-flight-655­/

 

Stopping Misogynists 101

Misogyny is shot through the white American male population. I see it, you see it, every day.

Another horrific aspect of US society is the degree of cowardice among most people.

Hardly anyone, women & men alike, have the guts to look these women-hating bastards in the eye when the situation demands it.

When was the last time you did anything, or saw someone do so?

Most of these bad guys will back down when confronted.

Sometimes they don’t. But that shouldn’t matter.

If I see someone threatened, all disgust & venom on me if I do not act.

So many of these badboy misogynst sadistic fucks can be easily stopped & removed from the general populace.

But my ever-detestable Americans, both women & men, have largely allowed this human garbage to skate through life.

Did my parent’s generation do the same, or is most of today’s violence on women basically a product of Weinstein movies, Grand Theft Auto, and mechanized porn? No joking around.

Not only that, far too many Americans in fact sustain and even celebrate their aggression as something to emulate.

The stereotypical WWE male Type A hyper-aggressive, pro-military super-competitive, fascist ethos is enthusiastically wined and dined in America, with no thought given to how that maniacal mindset plays out in male/female relationships.

A significant portion of America absolutely creates and fosters misogynist assault-driven rapists and mass murderers as blood angry appendages of my sick, twisted nation.

My question: is this a uniquely American problem or more widespread?

And if it is worldwide, is that because of America’s recent cultural dominance?

In these times, it’s critical we talk through these issues which affect everyone everywhere.

Again, I believe a reason for so much violence on women is the result of moral and physical cowardice on the part of people in a position to make a difference but who refuse to act. []

Shot in the back. Israeli military murders uniformed female nurse serving wounded.

Those Israeli bastards murdered a uniformed female nurse tending to wounded. She was clearly visible & hands up & obviously unarmed.

And an Israeli fascist sniper took careful aim, and shot 21-year-old Razan al-Najjar through the chest, from the back.

The Nazi snipers of Warsaw & Leningrad had more humanity than the Israeli snipers of Gaza. That’s some godawful company there, Tel Aviv.

The Israeli military is nothing but lowlife human rights-abusing civilian-murdering detestable scum on the level of Syria, Colombia, Sri Lanka, Honduras, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia armed forces.

Not really a military as much as a civilian terror organization. State-supported death squads and torture units. Absolutely contemptible with no positive attributes.

None.

Lowlife murdering soulless human scum.

Only a low-rent no-pride military has the cruelty to sniper a clearly identified female nurse through the back.

Of course, our blind American support of apartheid Israel now has us in bed with war criminals who murder these innocent women and children and seniors in the practice of ethnic cleansing.

The so-called state of Israel has become a sadistic monster capable of any war crime. It must be heavily sanctioned and isolated.

The Palestinian people need international protection.

And they need it now.

—Lawrence Maushard, Peoria, IL., June 4, 2018

Razan al-Najjar

Illegitimate Israeli occupation & blind American support

 

I’ve just returned from more than a month in occupied Palestine. What I saw and experienced was appalling and illegal, much of it made possible by American taxpayers.

In the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City, where I stayed much of the time, I witnessed heavily-armed Israeli forces constantly rousting people by demanding their paperwork, searching their belongings, and subjecting them to hands-on-the-wall pat downs, all for looking like the Palestinians they are.

— On the first Friday of Ramadan, Israelis closed all streets around the Old City to vehicle traffic and marched machine-gun toting troops down the sidewalks and main thoroughfares past Muslim pilgrims and residents in a jackbooted parade clearly intended to instill fear and intimidation.

— Long lines of Israeli police gleefully attacked our completely peaceful protests of the US Embassy relocation to Jerusalem, an embassy move in contravention of all international law and diplomatic norms. Israeli forces threw demonstrators to the ground, pummeled, and dragged them on the pavement. They did this repeatedly in an attempt to disperse and scatter the peaceful demonstrators, but we only renewed our efforts and did not flee.

— On Nakba Day — anniversary of the 1948 forceful ethnic cleansing by Zionist forces of nearly one million Palestinians from their homes into refugee conditions — Israeli occupation forces attacked our peaceful street demonstration in Bethlehem with tear gas and rubber bullets. The peaceful protest included women, children and seniors, all forced to scatter in wild panic after the tear gas rounds were shot into the middle of our crowd. Ambulance sirens wailed throughout the chaotic afternoon. The Bethlehem attack was only a day after another Israeli military massacre in Gaza that killed 60 people and wounded more than 2,500,

— I saw Israeli armed forces controlling all access points to the Al Aqsa Mosque grounds in occupied East Jerusalem, the holiest site in all Islam behind only Mecca and Medina. I saw Israel make a point of displaying scores of heavily-armed forces around the Lions Gate entrance to the Old City as thousands of worshipers streaming out after midday Ramadan prayer services, making sure to film the crowds and observe from adjacent cemeteries rather than provide medical and watering stations in the broiling heatwave.

Whatever you think about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, let’s get one thing straight: there is no war going on. After the 1967 war, Israel took control of East Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza, and the Golan Heights. Since then, Israel has been a military occupation force on a subjugated Palestinian population.

As a military occupation force, Israel is required by international law to follow certain standards and obligations. No objective fair-minded third-party observation believes Israel is following its legal requirements or even attempting to do so.

What I was not able to witness first hand includes a litany of growing crimes and discriminations against Palestinians including redrawing borders, refusal of family reunifications, prohibitions on child ID registration, systematic discriminatory home demolitions, and residency plans designed to forcibly expel Palestinians from Jerusalem and elsewhere in order to meet Zionist Jewish majority demographic goals.

As one veteran observer there told me, “Those efforts to forcibly transfer Palestinians are increasing. Definitely. Definitely increasing. We are seeing it increasing with the laws in Jerusalem, but also the bedouins who are being forcibly transferred around Jerusalem. From Hebron being heavily colonized. Like in 1948, it’s the same idea.”

Israel receives more annual funding, at least $3B, and loan guarantees, at least $8B, than any other foreign nation. It is also the largest cumulative recipient nation of US foreign aid since WWII. America funds the continuing occupation of Palestine, pure and simple.

One more thing, this time with a very personal twist. My hometown and current residence is Peoria, Illinois, the historical base of Caterpillar, Inc., the world’s largest mining and earthmoving equipment manufacturer.

On May 25, a wide coalition of Cambridge University student groups demanded that the school end its partnership with Caterpillar Inc. and other firms due to the companies role in enabling violations of international law by Israel and other countries.

For decades, Caterpillar has knowingly sold equipment, especially its D9 bulldozers, directly and otherwise to Israel which weaponizes the equipment and uses it for Palestinian home demolitions and other activities recognized as crimes by the international community.

The Presbyterian Church USA, Quaker Friends Fiduciary Corporation (FFC) and The United Church of Christ have all passed successful divestment resolutions against the company.

Caterpillar also has been removed from the MSCI’s Environmental, Social and Governance indices. MSCI is a leading provider of socially responsible investing indices that funds use to monitor, and determine, their investments.

And TIAA-CREF, a leading financial services organization that manages nearly $500 billion in assets, has removed Caterpillar, Inc. from its socially responsible investment portfolio and sold its Caterpillar shares.

Apparently, the occupation is not so very far away. []

 

 

 

Israeli troops marching down Saladine Street, a major business artery in occupied East Jerusalem, on first Friday of Ramadan in a provocative jackboot display. Peaceful Palestinians dive for cover as first tear gas attack hits directly among a group of unarmed protesters far from the military launch vehicle & personnel and behind the frontline vanguard of marchers on Nakba Day 2018 in Bethlehem.  (L. Maushard video stills)Lions Gate exit of Ramadan pilgrims subjected to heavy Israeli armed presence & film survellience. Rising tension evident as times during hours long procession during heatwave. (L.Maushard photo.)