Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Israel gets what Israel wants (from the US)
Why do I say this? In searching for material on Maryland’s mayor who recently stripped Maryland’s citizens’ right to free speech to criticize Israel, I found more than I was looking for. There are now 22 US states that have active legislation banning state business with companies that support the BDS movement (boycott, divest, sanction) Israel. This is almost half of the United States now under direct Israeli control in matters of US free speech (and the lack of it). I can’t believe it. I don’t want to believe it. But it’s true.
The US has catered to Israel so much for so long I suspect Americans are under the impression that Israel is another part of the US government. Certainly American governments, on both state and federal level, have lost their senses. Look at all the fuss made over some US football players not standing for the US anthem while the US government itself disregards the US Constitution by trading away the right of free speech to a foreign country. What irony.
Obama made some small effort at push back on the ability of Netanyahu to completely guide the US (which mainly was, and still is, to bomb Iran). Trump is a sucker for Israel. In spite of the rest of the world agreeing that Iran is living up to its commitments on the nuclear agreements, Netanyahu wants Iran bombed and never stops telling Americans that it should be bombed and hints that the US should do this. Trump does indeed love Israel. His bromance is not with Putin as the Democrats repeatedly and boringly insist, but with Netanyahu. He stands ready to do Netanyahu’s bidding. Trump’s constant bashing of Iran appears to me like a grooming of the world for a pre-emptive strike against that country.
But where is Canada in this? Is the Trudeau government just following the lead of the US who listens to Netanyahu and the Israel lobby, even when their voices go against Canadian and American best interests? And in fact, the best interests of the world? I worry that is the case. There has been one bill surreptitiously passed in the Canadian parliament that leans in that direction. Next time.
Wednesday, November 01, 2017
How Texas Fell to an Israeli Coup
I heard from a reader who chastised me for expressing worry upon discovering that the state of Texas had been declared “A Friend of Israel”. The reader assured me that the government of Israel was good, kind, and generous to Palestinians who did not realise how good they had it, and that I was simply brain washed. So why am I so concerned? Isn’t it better to be friends with Israel than enemies?
Before we can decide that, we must first find out what being a “friend” of Israel means, both to Israel and, in this instance, to the state of Texas. To the people of Texas trying to recover from Hurricane Harvey it means they can’t get state aid unless they sign a document stating that they do not now, and have no intention of, joining the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction movement (BDS). BDS is a global movement that strives to hold Israel accountable to international legal standards in their relations with Palestinians.
But the pro-Israel lobby has found a neat way to override this movement that is gaining traction both in Canada and the US through pouring money into US state elections. They have found Texas politicians who are willing to forget about the US constitution (as long as their gun toting rights aren’t messed with). We are seeing the wholesale stripping of the US Constitution that protects free speech and free assembly being financed by US citizens themselves.
I wonder about the young Texans who are in war zones, pumped up by the belief that they are fighting for freedom, for democracy, and for their constitution while their home state is being politically gutted by corrupt politicians who don’t give a damn. As a dual citizen I am furious about this coup pulled off abolishing Texans’ rights to freedom of speech, without so much as a whimper by the US political “right” or “left”. I claim the US Constitution as my own.
But Texas isn’t the only state to think so little of the constitution that they can trade it away so readily. There is another US state whose corrupt politicians have fallen on their own swords of ignorance and expedience in regard to Israel; a decision I believe will come back to bite them. And the government of Canada is breathing in too much of that same Texas air to suit me. But that’s another post. Next time.