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By William A. Cook My Catbird Seat –

“I keep reading between the lies”

(Goodman Ace)

Rupert Murdoch’s recent speech before the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) gathering at their gala dinner, opened with this flattering observation: “You have championed equal treatment for all races and creeds.”

What he omitted from that statement is the ADL’s treatment of the Palestinian people under Abraham Foxman, its national director, who “…uses high-mindedness and unfounded anti-Semitism hysteria as cover for backing Jewish supremacy and the right of Israelis over Arabs, including by occupation and belligerently enforced apartheid” (Steven Lendman, Socio-Economic History Blog). Murdoch omits a needed clause at the end of that statement: “except for the Palestinian people and their beliefs and their rights under international law.” Indeed, Lendman’s article refutes virtually every one of Murdoch’s claims, laying bare the truth behind Murdoch’s talk: see nothing, hear nothing, speak nothing against Israel or suffer the condemnation that comes with the label “Anti-Semite.”

“We live in a world where there is an ongoing war against the Jews,” intones Murdoch as he castigates all peoples as inherently discriminating against Jews everywhere. “Ongoing war against Jews” not “a rising tide of valid criticism against the Zionist controlled state of Israel with its current government’s defiance of the United Nations’ reports on crimes against humanity as published by the Goldstone Report, Amnesty International, the International Red Cross, the HRC report on the attack on the Mavi Marmara in May, and most recently the UNHRC by Dr. Richard Falk, the UN Representative for the Palestinian people.” No, Murdoch euphemistically conjures up a “war” against Jews, a suffering, weak, victimized people at the mercy of the world’s hate.

But there is no war; there is criticism, valid, righteous criticism that decries the wanton havoc inflicted on the Lebanese with Israel’s invasion of that nation in the fall of 2006; valid, righteous criticism that watched in horror the devastation of the defenseless people of Gaza at Christmastime in 2008/9 as their homes, schools, mosques, food, water, and gas supplies lay devastated under the bombs and missiles dropped upon them from the skies; valid, righteous, humane criticism that lamented the deaths of children and mothers and the old and infirm who had no place to run or hide encircled as they were by the Israeli war machine; valid, righteous, and incredulous criticism of the brutal attack against the humanitarian aid workers on board the Marmara as it made its way to help these very people yet found themselves guilty of interfering somehow with Israeli security as they brought a modicum of relief to a blasted people. None of these people hated the Jews; indeed, Jews joined those criticizing the government’s overbearing slaughter of the innocent including those who joined with me in the aborted ‘Boat Brigade” that was to follow the Mavi  Marmara to Gaza in June. How convenient to stamp “hate” on all, that by that condemnation they must be silenced.

Not content with such slander against innocent people indignant at the unconscionable brutality of the Israeli war machine, Murdoch chooses to slide silently by the horrific massacres inflicted on the people of Palestine during the Nakba, insisting that Israel suffered decades of “straightforward” military force by those attempting to “overrun Israel.” He should read the reality of those days as described by Dr. Ilan Pappe in his work, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. This was the beginning of the genocide against the Palestinians as recorded in The Plight of the Palestinians recently published by Palgrave Macmillan that continues to this day.

“Then came phase two: terrorism. Terrorists targeted Israelis both home and abroad—from the massacre of Israeli athletes at Munich to the second intifada,” continues Murdoch, forgetting to mention Israel’s terrorism against its neighbor Jordan that elicited this response by the UN: “The United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 228 unanimously deploring “the loss of life and heavy damage to property resulting from the action of the Government of Israel on 13 November 1966?, censuring “Israel for this large-scale military action in violation of the United Nations Charter and of the General Armistice Agreement between Israel and Jordan” and emphasizing “to Israel that actions of military reprisal cannot be tolerated and that, if they are repeated, the Security Council will have to consider further and more effective steps as envisaged in the Charter to ensure against the repetition of such acts”(Six Day War, Wikipedia); nor did he mention the terrorism Israel perpetrated against the Palestinians in Beirut in 1982 where they watched the unfolding massacre of 3000 as their personally equipped allies, the Phalanges, mauled and raped and killed the abandoned Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps, enjoying the slaughter so much they kept the skies alight throughout the night so their savage friends might not interrupt their savage servility. Instead of providing actions taken by Israel against its neighbors that gave rise to retaliatory actions, Murdoch decries how the world has risen to attack innocent Israel as though none suffer at the hands of Israel’s ruthless war machine.

Listen to Murdoch’s rant against the world: “the war has entered a new phase…a soft war to delegitimize Israel…the battleground is everywhere…to make Israel a pariah.” All media, all multinational organizations, all NGOs have joined forces as armies of terrorists to inflict WW III on Israel that stands alone against the forces of evil. Why? To rid the middle east of Israel. How? By spreading anti-Semitism throughout the world. Who? Polite society in the form of “progressive intellectual communities.” Indeed, Murdoch bemoans “…anti-Semitism today enjoys support at both the highest and lowest reaches of European society—from its most elite politicians to its largely Muslim ghettoes.” Where is this obvious? In Norway where the government forbids a German shipbuilder from using its waters to test a submarine being built for Israel; In Britain and Spain who boycott an OECD tourism meeting in Jerusalem; In the Netherlands where there is a reported increase in anti-Semitic incidents; and in the European poll that listed Israel ahead of Iran and North Korea as the greatest threats to world peace.

Given the veto power of the United States in the UN, a veto that has prevented any action on any resolution that has condemned Israel’s illegal and/or inhumane policies and military actions against Palestinians and its neighbors over a period of 63 years, the actions listed by Murdoch by European nations are but modest reflections of the frustration that exists throughout the world about the impunity this rogue state enjoys precisely because America “stands united in full support of Israel” regardless of its merciless behavior toward its neighbors in the mid-east. Yet Murdoch is afraid that the United States might be weakening in that support, one of the prime reasons for giving this talk before the ADL. “Some believe that if America wants to gain credibility in the Muslim world and advance the cause of peace, Washington needs to put some distance between itself and Israel. My view is the opposite.” For some totally unexplainable reason, Murdoch seems to think that a continuation  of 63 years of force—of land confiscation, of theft of Palestinian aquifers, of home demolitions, of imprisonment of thousands without due rights, of abolition of civil rights, of humiliation and disrespect that comes with hundreds of checkpoints, soldiers who mock and deride civilians, who are indifferent to the suffering of a mother about to give birth as she is prevented from getting to a hospital, of the psychological pain a child endures, a pain that lasts a lifetime, when the soldiers break down the door and force the father to the wall incapable of protecting his family from such ruthlessness, of life lived behind a wall, a wall that testifies to the fear that Murdoch expresses in his talk to the ADL, a pathological fear imbedded in his very soul, and a wall that imprisons the youth of Palestine who grow to manhood locked behind concrete and steel and watch towers and guns—such is the view that Murdoch brings to Americans if peace is to be achieved in Israel.

One cannot but think that something is amiss here. Murdoch sees only through his own eyes, and he sees fear, a fear that has infected his entire being, a toxic residue of hate against the world brought on by ingesting every day another dose of Abraham Foxman’s diatribes against the world. Perhaps it would be worthwhile to look through the eyes of the world that Murdoch condemns. Norman Finklestein makes the point in his book, This Time We’ve Gone too Far:  he cites the yearly resolutions of the UNGA that have condemned Israel for not returning to a legal position regarding its neighbor, Palestine.

Yearly, the US and Israel stand alone against the world as the people of the world view the catastrophe that is the occupied territories; recently, the world condemned Israel for its wanton destruction of Lebanon, and again only the US and Israel saw this action as justified yet Israel suffered no consequences for this illegal invasion of its neighbor; following the Christmas invasion of Gaza, the world rose against Israel’s inhumane behavior and only Israel and the US stood in support of that merciless destruction condemning the Goldstone Report and preventing justice form being exercised; then came the flotilla of mercy to Gaza and Israel and the United States alone in all the world refused to comply with the UNHRC recommendations or permit international investigations from determining truth. And so it goes.

There must not and will not be criticism of Israel because that is by virtue of the name of the state, a Jewish state, damnation of the Jews. How convenient. Thus does Murdoch erect his own wall of fear around the people of the world should they dare to find fault with the government of Israel. He hides truth thereby behind slanders and lies, seeing all behavior through his own eyes instead of viewing truth as it is seen by his neighbors who suffer the wrath of Israel. Should he take that black veil off his eyes might he not see neighbors capable of love and joy, desiring to live in peace in a homeland large enough to accommodate them, and willing to share the resources of Palestine equitably that all might live a fruitful life.

William A. Cook is a professor of English at the University of La Verne in southern California and author of The Rape Of Palestine: Hope Destroyed, Justice Denied, Tracking Deception: Bush Mid-East Policy and The Chronicles Of Nefaria.  He is editor of MWCNEWSHe can be reached at: wcook@laverne.edu. www.drwilliamacook.com. The Plight of the Palestinians: a Long History of Destruction by Dr. William A. Cook is out now, available to order from Palgrave Macmillan!

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9 Comments

  1. Rev. Phred on the 31. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    Oh please, Dr. Cook. Murdoch sees exactly what is happening; he has no veil, and he is a major gatekeeper for the criminal Rothschild State of Israel. However, it would seem that rather large cracks are appearing in his gates, thank God. Otherwise, an extremely good article.

  2. D Costa on the 31. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    In the above article William A Cook demonstrates his ability to present the truth without mixing it with half truths and baloney as it is done by some truth polluters in the truth movement.

    Rupert Murdock is unable to enjoy his immense wealth–by living his life the usual way many rich Gentiles do. He has to agitate, lie and deceive–and be a party to help cover up Israel crime–and the crimes of Zionist Jewish extremists like warmongering liar: Bill Krystol and other warmongers–for which he has committed his wealth through the lying and deceiving Fox channel–and he has joined the terrorist organization we know as the ADL–to escalate his lying and deception.

    Rupert Murdock and other Zionist communist marxists give us a break! We have had enough!

  3. Joe Smith on the 31. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    “Anti-Semite”?

    Whenever some Bozo tries to pin that label on me I always whittle them down to size with a dictionary definition of “Semite –

    (noun) – a member of any of various ancient and modern peoples originating in southwestern Asia, including the Akkadians, Canaanites, Phoenicians, Hebrews, and ARABS.”

    “Jew Hater”?

    No, I don’t hate anyone, but I do loathe anyone who wears his “holier than thou” religion on their sleeve.

  4. D Costa on the 31. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    “Edwin Wright: Zionist Jews Worked to Capture US Government

    The Truman Library

    I might mention here that I have found Zionism very deceitful. There is a double meaning in all the words Zionists use, and [Chaim] Weizmann himself said one time, ‘Let the British or anyone else talk about Zionism and they can use our terminology, but we know what the meaning of it is. It has one meaning to us, one meaning to the Gentiles.’ They’ve always had this double-entendre in everything that they have done. Whenever they use words you have to try to find out what is the context in which they are using these words.

    Domestic issues are not based on intelligence, but on self interest of a smaller group, and I think in this connection I think I should mention specifically two. One was what we called the China Lobby, a very odd and indiscriminate group of people who never were really organized, but had a tremendous influence upon government. They eventually were captured by Senator [Joseph R.] McCarthy. The other were the Zionists, who were more organized. They had been working for a long time to capture the U.S. Government; to use it for purposes of developing a Jewish state. In other words, we had two lobby groups in America who knew little about the area at all, who had certain ideological concepts of society and America. When the people from the fields reported what was unpopular to these groups, they were fired.

    …when the election was coming up in 1946 in New York, the group of New York Jews called upon Mr. Truman. [Alan Taylor, op. cit. p.93] Emmanuel Cellar was the head of this committee. Rabbi Steven Wise and several others were in it. They called upon Mr. Truman and said, ‘We have just been talking with Mr. [Tom] Thomas Dewey. He is willing to come out and declare for a Jewish state, and we are going to turn our money and urge the Jews to vote for him unless you beat him to it.’ Then Emmanuel Cellar pounded upon Mr. Truman’s desk and said, ‘And if you don’t come out for a Jewish state we’ll run you out of town.”

    The above was taken from David Duke.com where you will be able to read the reat of the article.

    “Citing the sanctions bill as an example, New York Democrat Gary Ackerman, argued that Israel’s best bet for addressing any concerns about Obama’s policy would be for Democrats to retain power. “I’m not saying that if the Republicans take the House it would be doomsday for Israel, but if they want positive influence on the White House, that’s us,” said Ackerman, who chairs the subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

    Ackerman and other Jewish Democrats point to the forceful criticisms they conveyed to the White House when they thought that Obama was leaning too hard on Israel.

    “If you need the president, you need us as chairs of the committees,” Ackerman said as he listed what he called the “first-class team” of Jewish pro-Israel Democrats who chair key House committees: Berman at Foreign Affairs, Barney Frank at Financial Services, Henry Waxman at the Energy and Commerce committee, Sander Levin at Ways and Means, and Ackerman himself in his role as head of the Middle East subcommittee. “We are all pro-Israel and we all have major, major, major influence in the executive branch.”

    The above was taken from the ugly truth website which proves that all Zionist Jewish politicians are hellbent on their love for Israel and the Democratic Party has more Jews than the Republican Party–who are all lovers of Israel–who want to carry out Israel’s agenda while abusing American voters and wasting American tax payer money for Israel and Jewish interests. M J Rosenberg’s recent article is lacking in truth.

    We the people should insist that all aid to Israel must be discontinued regardless of who wins elections and No More wars for Israel and no more sanctions to Iran by either party–and no more lies and deception from Zionist Jewish agents and/or mainstream media owned and controlled by Zionist communist marxists.

    American voter needs to understand that Zionist Jewish interests and pandering to Israel by giving billions in aid have cost America too much.

    The real problem is the Zionist problem which means fighting wars for Israel, giving aid to Israel and believing the lies of mainstream media owned and controlled by the same group of people–and our government, military, FDA, CDC, FBI, CIA, police are all hijacked by the same people and we have allowed the Federal Reserve and mortgage industry to be run by the same people who have looted America–and the Israel loving politicians and those sell outs for the cause of Israel have done nothing about these things. This same group of people also spread false propaganda through magazines, by writing newspaper columns and various confusing articles such as the recent article of M.J Rosenberg and the 98% of the population need a break from these people at least for 10 to 15 years which can give time for them to heal their hearts and minds–to get rid of the toxicity from their lives. What we need is a real break from these people because their interests dont match those of the rest of the population. Like Minister Loise Farrakhan said to Mike Wallace of 60 minutes: “You need to be quiet”!

    Rupert Murdock is too arrogant and we should not feel bad for not being polite to this ego-centric man.

    And we should say to him: “Rupert Murdock shut up and sit down”!

  5. DodgyOne on the 31. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    What can be said that will be heard by those with ears that have filters that sound a shrill siren of warning to defend the castle in the sky from the attack of that most horrendus of conditions. Carefull now, all, some may need to run and hide at any moment, a flashing here and a dash over there nervous anticipation rides with blessedly naked, dare you take a peek to see the beauty, the wonderous form uncorruptable innocent and pure, never touched by the vile.

    Those most hideous of creatures, those riders and imaginary drivers on that apparently invisible yet monstrously gigantic beast that stomps on innocence, murders beauty and poisons the fountains of inspiration. The poisoned souls of the most depraved who masterbate at being called the elite, the leaders and the inspired are heeded and needed by those sucking on the sewer pipes and feed lines spewing out putred puss from the toxic reactions brewing inside the belly of the beast. But can they take a chance and detach themselves from the hideous swill just for a second inorder to catch a glimpse of those elfin riders flashing about with such freedom and flights of wonder. No most can’t for in detaching themself for a peek all that is seen is a fountain a spray of the putrid vomit as they let loose the pressure built in their guts, hiding the vision they thought to catch, quickly they re-attach to again fill the void with more filth from a sick and depreyved beasteous source of de-inspiration, murderocks media from the dark side.

    Look up in the sky, a flash … is that … is that … wooooowsh A message from the elfin ? saying The Apocalypse is one of Your Best Friends. Careful you don’t spew on him/her, keep the zipper closed -> http://smokingmirrors.blogspot.com/2010/10/apocalypse-is-one-of-your-best-friends.html

  6. Ross on the 31. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    Rupert Murdoch will be 80 next March and hopefully old age will temper his arrogrance and power lust.He probably believes his own BS,thinking that the grim reaper will never come for him.

  7. DrHabibKhan on the 20. Jul, 2011 remarked #

    After all these revelations the question is how to neutralize his nefarious designs? And hold him accountable for the damage he caused to humanity.

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