— Stephen Lendman
Editor's Note: Stephen Lendman has rightfully not wasted too much of his precious time regurgitating and taking apart word for word the racist prescriptions as cited in Martin Sherman's disgraceful op-ed calling for "permanent punishments" to Palestinians; proudly displayed on the JPost website. Stephen Lendman comes with good repute, solid credentials, professional expertise and moral courage, to challenge the likes of Sherman in any venue and I commend him for doing so in precisely the manner he has. I hope he comments about this on his Radio show. Those who donot know who Sherman is, should know.
I present below another example of inspiration and moral courage, young Owen Jones :
"As long as there are people with integrity and moral courage in this world, there is still hope" writes Rima Tarazi, Director, General Union of Palestinian women: "Bless you, Owen Jones"
What really happened in Gaza 14-22 November 2012 by Owen Jones
Life under occupation for decades: Palestinian workers queue to enter Jerusalem at a Bethlehem checkpoint November 2006. IMAGE: ActiveStills. Homepage image: Emiliana, as photographed by Blake Dunlop.
Scurrilous Martin Sherman’s Racist Hate Commentary in JPost
Israel’s Jerusalem Post (JPost) is notoriously right wing. It publishes hateful anti-Palestinian commentaries.
Martin Sherman held various IDF operational positions. He was one of Yitzhak Shamir’s ministerial advisors.
He lectures at Tel Aviv University. Students are advised to avoid him.
His anti-Palestinian hatefulness is visceral.
On December 13, Jerusalem Post (JP) gave him op-ed space. He took full advantage. He lashed out viciously against Palestinian rights.
He denounced their UN initiative.
His article is titled: Into the Fray: Ill-considered, inappropriate and inadequate
He said Israel must respond to Palestinians. It must impose “permanent penalties.” They should have “real and lasting” effects. Abrogate Oslo, he suggested. Let the PA “fall apart.”
Attack Palestinian “diplomatic aggression” harshly. Cease “every service and merchandise” provided. “In other words, no water, no electricity, no fuel, no postal services, no communications, no port facilities, no tax collections or remittances” should be supplied.
He barely stopped short of urging stepped-up genocide.
Imagine thoughts this harsh, cruel and lawless. Imagine writing them. Imagine an Israeli broadsheet publishing them.
Know well what Palestinians face. Sherman and JP aren’t exceptions. They reflect the worst of militarized police state occupation. They support it. They display their racist hate openly.
Read the full article here and scroll down to read the comments of Israeli readers, sickening in its self-righteous ignorance and bigotry.
It warrants unrestrained condemnation.
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Commentator Rex Williams is correct in his assertions:
Sherman Martin , Executive director of the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. What a grand title. Another front for racial bigotry.
The really disappointing factor after reading both the article and the comments from Israelis supporting the JPost writer's viewpoint is that there was not one word of interest in a resolution of the question that forced a vote in the UN, 138 to 9 just recently. Not one. I have always considered that the Israel government did not reflect the more rational and realistic thinking of the average Israeli, but this is obviously not so. That to me is the saddest part of this almost fascist attitude to progress in Israel and a resolution of a problem that due to the veto of the US, solely, has enabled 66 UN Resolutions to be ignored over time.
Why is it that for the past sixty years, Israelis have taken all they could extract from a sympathetic world after WWII, a world that supported their efforts, a world that against the better judgment of many set up the area known as the state of Israel and which has now abused their trust and every effort made to assist them with a homeland. When it was time for a level of understanding and some degree of responsible and humane payback for efforts over this period, the state of Israel was and still is found wanting and at the same time, able to tolerate the writings of a man like Sherman. Not just tolerate but actively support.
Israel has an outstanding obligation to show in some small way that it appreciates all that the people of the world have done for them over time. What better way to do so than to resolve this inhumanity to another people, a situation that will certainly be resolved one day, be absolutely assured of that.
Let us hope that Israel sees the error of their ways before they lose the support of the whole of mankind, to their continuing detriment. The support by people everywhere for the principles on which Israel was formed is seriously on the wane. Please accept that fact. Any Israeli that doesn’t recognize that fact is out of touch with reality.
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