Hideous. Sadistic. Vicious. Murderous. That is how Noam Chomsky describes Israel’s 29-day offensive in Gaza that killed nearly 1,900 people and left almost 10,000 people injured. Chomsky has written extensively about the Israel/Palestine conflict for decades. It’s another one of the periodic Israeli exercises in what they delicately call "mowing the lawn". That means shooting fish in the pond, to make sure that the animals stay quiet in the cage that you’ve constructed for them, after which you go to a period of what’s called "ceasefire".
"In the Occupied Territories, what Israel is doing is much worse than apartheid," Chomsky says. "To call it apartheid is a gift to Israel, at least if by 'apartheid' you mean South African-style apartheid. What’s happening in the Occupied Territories is much worse. There’s a crucial difference. The South African Nationalists needed the black population. That was their workforce. … The Israeli relationship to the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories is totally different. They just don’t want them. They want them out, or at least in prison."
"An eye for an eye" has always been the motto of those who live under the Mosaic Law--injury for injury, injustice for injustice, death for death. There was love and mercy and forgiveness even under the Mosaic Law, but those who practice it today have focused on justice and judgment rather than mercy and forgiveness, and their justice has become injustice and their judgment has become the slaughter of the innocent and the butchery of the helpless.
Ted Rudow III, MA
Palo Alto, CA
Charlie, no, there is not help. Why does everyone say, "There is help"? People: please stop lying. There is no help.
What if situation in Gaza were reversed?
Gaza is controlled completely, like the West Bank, because it is totally surrounded by Israel. Israel could not be imposing the kind of chokehold it has on Gaza if it were not surrounding; if its military were not surrounding Gaza, and not just on the territory, but also on the air, on the sea. No one there can make a move without coming into contact with the Israeli IDF; you know, outside this imprisoned area where Gazans live.
What if the situation were reversed, and the Jewish population were locked into, were told, "Here, you have less than 2 percent of Palestine, so now behave. No more resistance. And let us deal with the rest"? Is there any Jew who would have said this is a reasonable proposition, that we cease our resistance, we cease our effort to establish a Jewish state, at least on one-half of Palestine, which is authorised by the U.N.?
"Hamas is no more a 'terror organisation' ... than the Zionist movement was during its struggle for a Jewish homeland. In the late 1930s and 1940s, parties within the Zionist movement resorted to terrorist activities for strategic reasons." “The fact is that Israel had, pre-state -- in its pre-state stage, several terrorist groups that did exactly what Hamas does today." Henry Siegman
Ted Rudow III, MA
Palo Alto, CA, USA
Gaza is controlled completely, like the West Bank, because it is totally surrounded by Israel. Israel could not be imposing the kind of chokehold it has on Gaza if it were not surrounding, if its military were not surrounding Gaza, and not just on the territory, but also on the air, on the sea. No one there can make a move without coming into contact with the Israeli IDF, you know, outside this imprisoned area where Gazans live.
What if the situation were reversed, and the Jewish population were locked into, were told, "Here, you have less than 2 percent of Palestine, so now behave. No more resistance. And let us deal with the rest"? Is there any Jew who would have said this is a reasonable proposition, that we cease our resistance, we cease our effort to establish a Jewish state, at least on one-half of Palestine, which is authorized by the U.N.?
"Hamas is no more a 'terror organisation' ... than the Zionist movement was during its struggle for a Jewish homeland. In the late 1930s and 1940s, parties within the Zionist movement resorted to terrorist activities for strategic reasons." The fact is that Israel had, pre-state—in its pre-state stage, several terrorist groups that did exactly what Hamas does today."
ISA.1:17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
Ted Rudow III, MA
Every Nation Has a Right and Duty to Protect Its Citizens
So May Taylor thinks citizens of the world's only Jewish State should passively wait for the Palestinian Arabs to kill them via rocket attacks and kidnappings? I don't.
On June 12, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped by Hamas members. The Israeli government began an intensive search. That same day, Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups renewed rocket attacks, followed by attempted infiltration through tunnels.
Hamas has been committing a double war crime – intentionally targeting civilian centers in Israel and intentionally placing its weapons in civilian neighborhoods in Gaza.
On June 15, Israel struck terrorist targets in Gaza. On June 30, in the West Bank town of Hebron – where the first Hebrews, Abraham and Sarah, are buried – the murdered bodies of Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel were found.
Norman Solomon (Bohemian “Rhapsodies & Rants 7/23-29,14) criticizes the Israeli Government for searching for the perpetrators and destroying rocket launchers. Mae Taylor piles on the criticism. In a “morally skewed universe,” Solomon calls terrorists “party activists” and implies that Israel has the approval of The New York Times and the U.S. Government to “Kill more.”
Actually, the Palestinian unity government still receives U.S. funding. The “moderate” Palestinian Authority -- Hamas’s partner in a unity government -- celebrated the kidnappings in its official publication (http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=11706).
"Moderate" Fatah promises "to turn Tel Aviv into a ball of fire" (http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=12198)
Hamas TV broadcast a sermon, "it is Muslim destiny to exterminate the Jews" (http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=12218)
Ms. Taylor complains about schools in Gaza being hit by Israel. The third UN school in Gaza was found to be storing rockets (http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/07/29/THIRD-Rocket-Arsenal-Found-At-UN-School-In-Gaza)
Jewish “settlements” in Gaza go back to at least 145 B.C.E. There has been an almost continual Jewish presence until 2005, when Israel gave up all of Gaza. Since then, Arab terrorists have launched more than 10,000 rockets (including the Iranian Fajr-5) and nearly 5000 mortars into Israel from Gaza, killing 65 Israelis, wounding almost 5000 and traumatizing thousands.
Tons of humanitarian goods are transferred from Israel to Gaza, despite these ongoing attacks. Israel’s responses are proceeded by leaflets, phone calls and other means to warn civilians to evacuate targeted buildings. A recent analysis found 82% of reported Gaza “civilian” fatalities were male; 45% age 18-28. (http://www.israellycool.com/2014/07/20/analysis-of-gazans-killed-so-far-in-operation-protective-edge/) Civilians? Hmm?
Jews have lived in the land of Israel continually in an independent state or under the rule of others since the return from Egypt. “Zionism” is the 2000 year old Jewish aspiration of a re-established independent Jewish state in their ancient homeland.
There was no sizable Arab presence in the land until the Muslim invasions, about 1800 years after the return of the Jews.
Despite these stronger Jewish claims to the land, Jews have been willing to “share” the territory with the Arabs. But the Arab and Muslim response has been disproportionate in words and violence.
In 2012, Hamas representative Fathi Hamad said, "For the Palestinian people death became an industry…. We desire death as you desire life."
By protecting it’s citizens – the first responsibility of any government – Israel chooses life.
What is so controversial about that?
The Solomon Screed
Norman, it's even worse than you thought. Rep. Huffman, who defeated you soundly in the Democratic primary, was actually a co-sponsor of the resolution supporting Israel, and, head held high, appeared recently at a rally in support of Israel's actions at Temple Emanuel in San Francisco.
Why do liberals like Rep. Huffman, and even the Progressive Caucus, who joined in the Congressional "seal of approval", and the sainted New York Times, never a great friend of the Zionist state or its leaders, see things so differently from you?
Could it be that they realize that the regrettable death of civilians in Gaza is the fault of the terrorist group Hamas, which the Gazans mistakenly elected to lead them, and whose recipe for victory is to "desire death more than you value life", as a member was once quoted as saying. Apparently they believe that firing missiles from apartment complexes and storing weapons in mosques and schools is the best way of helping their charges achieve immortality. It is not the Israelis, or the U.S., that places little value on human life, but Hamas, which for years has timed its rocket attacks on Sderot to coincide with the beginning and end of the school day, hoping to kill Israeli children on their way to and from school. The U.S. supplies Israel with weapons to defend themselves against this murderous group, and, to all accounts they are doing it with as much respect for the lives of civilians at the target sites as they can. Using building supplies that Israel allowed through its blockade for humanitarian purposes, Hamas has built a huge network of deep tunnels underneath Gaza for storing weapons and hiding Hamas leaders from Israeli bombs. No civilians are allowed in these tunnels. Hamas wants the Gaza population to remain in place as collateral damage for Israeli attacks, to be waved in front of the sensationalistic international press and for the convenience of propagandists like you.
You had your moment in the spotlight. Now have the grace to retire into obscurity, neither with a bang nor a whimper.
"What a country we live in: In open-carry states, a mostly white group of chubby second amendment “gundamentalists” have taken to carrying actual assault weapons into retail and fast-food outlets with not much pushback from police, while in California, a 13-year-old Latino kid gets shot and killed by police while openly carrying a toy gun in a semi-rough Santa Rosa neighborhood. Meanwhile, there’s a school shooting practically every week—and thus the battle lines are drawn between arming everybody and, gee, how about some sane gun laws?"
No child is allowed to open carry. No one in CA can own a non-neutered semi-automatic rifle. Open carry activists usually inform police of their actions beforehand. There is not a school shooting every week, but over 50% of gun homicide victims are african-american. How about constructive policy rather then your anti-NRA "gun laws" that do nothing to help anyone! Talk about drinking the kool aid. Strawman much?
If you cared at all about ending gun violence, you would be talking about poverty, the war on drugs, black on black crime, and the failure of anti-gun policy. But you're not. You're repeating talking points that don't make sense, you're demonizing your enemies and your tugging at the heartstrings of racism in the United States. Unbelieveable.
Deeply affected.* Smh.
Why are you listing shows after they happen...? Not even a review..
Lake Berryessa is not a National Monument!
Proponents of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area, knowing that Congressman Thompson’s highly unpopular bill will never pass Congress, have begun an anti-democratic strategy to bypass Congress and have the President declare Lake Berryessa a National Monument under the Antiquities Act - simply by a stroke of his pen!
Lake Berryessa does not meet the basic standards of an NCA. And it especially doesn’t meet any criteria to become a National Monument.
The main problem affecting Lake Berryessa in all this chaos is that it was included in the original silly Berryessa Snow Mountain NCA in the first place. Lake Berryessa is like the tail of a dog that can't seem to wag the rest of the dog's body. The lake is not even connected on the map to the rest of the proposed NCA/National Monument which stretches far into Northern California. Just look at the map yourself!
At a minimum, Lake Berryessa should be removed from the boundaries of any proposed National Monument or NCA and the NCA should be renamed the Mendocino Snow Mountain NCA.
The Antiquities Act states that National Monuments should contain “historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest” and be “the smallest area compatible with the proper care and management of the objects to be protected.” Lake Berryessa meets neither criteria and clearly falls into the “Rural Developed Setting” under the government’s own Water and Land Recreation Opportunity Spectrum Users' Handbook (WALROS) quoted below. This designation should immediately exclude it from National Monument or NCA consideration. And Lake Berryessa and the surrounding areas are already highly protected.
"A rural developed area is beyond a metropolitan area and the suburban ring of development. Rural developed areas may serve as "bedroom" communities for urban areas and may contain working farms, ranches, and towns. In this setting, primary road networks are common. Although development will be prevalent and common, the setting has a pastoral sense because of an interspersing of forests, water resources, hills, valleys, canyons, wetlands, open spaces, and agricultural lands. Naturally appearing shoreline edges are common, although various water controls or other structures are also common. Recreation management is prevalent and common but not as extensive as in an urban setting.”
Lake Berryessa is a man-made lake with no special historical or environmental significance, created by a minor dam and surrounded by bedroom communities and private land. It has historically been a major public recreation destination. Although I have been a long-standing critic of the Bureau of Reclamation in the past, its recent actions show that Reclamation is doing an excellent job in managing the future development process for the revitalization of the lake. Reclamation’s last Public Forum presentation in Winters of the status and results of the ongoing planning process for the lake’s redevelopment were extremely thorough and professional. It included drafts of detailed Market Assessment and Financial Analysis, Conceptual Site Plans, and Infrastructure Design Report. These are all available for review at their web site: http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/berryessa/updates/index.html
How would a National Monument designation affect residents, property owners, and ranchers in the boundaries? How would the designation affect the NBRID, the Berryessa Highlands, and the potential Community Services District being planned for that region?
A National Monument is traditionally managed by the National Park Service, but the Bureau of Land Management has often been designated as the manager in the legislation. A National Monument designation would force out the Bureau of Reclamation - as would Thompson’s other bill in Congress. His management transfer bill, HR4166, does not enjoy popular support among the people affected and has never had any significant public input. What would be the cost of the transition and who would pay for it? How long would it delay the present process? What specifically can the BLM do better an faster than the BOR?
What happens to current Reclamation employees, some long-term, who care as much about the lake as do local residents? Their lives would be seriously affected, their jobs could be eliminated, their families could be uprooted for no good reason.
A National Monument designation could severely restrict public access to and future development at the lake - as could an NCA designation. The usual radical exclusionist suspects have already been floating the idea that some of the resorts should not be reopened at all, reopened with limited amenities, or reopened for day use only.
It sounds like Mr. Neillands hasn't evaluated the data and yet he's telling the public to doubt the results. Is he acting as a spokesperson for the Department, or offering his own opinion? The article doesn't say. I like seeing the Bohemian report on a scientific debate but not if it's just speculation by a scientist not involved in the research.
Did you stop to think about who is paying for your healthcare? If you can't pay for yours, then someone else not only pays for theirs, but for yours also. Maybe someday you can make enough money to be forced to buy healthcare for others.
Three cheers for the Climate Protection Campaign and Sonoma Clean Power! It's so nice to know that we're leading this historic movement. Dear Ann, more POWER to you!
Sonoma County Go Local Cooperative
I've been there, I slept inside the building overnight...and it is in fact haunted.
To respond to the above comment, the 650 number only includes workers directly employed by the casino, and only those casino worker's who are able to be in the union. This may not be 100% correct but I believe all management, admin positions, card dealers, security and others are excluded. A conservative estimate of this group is 350, it could be up to 600. There are also at least 200 if not 300 workers at the non-casino restaurants who are also not included. Conservatively that puts the total number of jobs at 1200. Additionally, there will be a hotel made in the future and those will be 200-300 jobs easily. So while 1500 jobs is perhaps a better estimate than 2000, it is NOT 650. You need to stop spreading biased information to promote your cause. Also you need to blame the evil company Stations because they laid off HUNDREDS of workers in December. Had they not done that, the 2000 figure may still be accurate. Please do some unbiased research, your activism (which I support) will be more powerful with accurate data.
ONLY 650 GRATON CASINO WORKERS (WAITERS, JANITORS, HOSPITALITY WORKERS AND COOKS) ELIGIBLE FOR UNION MEMBERSHIP? We thought they created "2,000" jobs. Waiters, janitors, hospitality workers and cooks (but the restaurants are all privately owned!) are the bulk of the available jobs there. So where's the other 1,350 jobs? Here's the truth: The 2,000 jobs figure would have only happened if the large hotel planned for the casino had opened. That was where the "2,000 jobs" figure came from, but the hotel was not built, and Graton casino never corrected the figure. Check the original stories and documents going back to 2003. You'll see we're right. Visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Graton…
Fantastic! I love the Bohemian and it's mission. Thanks for carrying on the torch, in fearless and fun-loving fashion. And just between us, I'm looking forward to one day seeing my band Team Venus featured in the music section. Certainly that was NOT a plug, just a casual aside... ;-)
a fearless and fun-loving reader
weareteamvenus.com (whoops... how did that get in there? So tacky...)
Good points, Tom, but it's worth keeping in mind that there are situations when a bicyclist or group is in no way acting out of "self-entitlement" or aggression by occupying a lane when safe to do so. As drivers we should keep this in mind and not bug out and honk a horn whenever we have to wait 10 seconds to pass.
Bridges are key examples: many, like this bridge out of Pt. Reyes if it's the one on Shoreline Highway south out of town, have no bike lane. Just because a stripe exists somewhere on the side of the road does not mean that you can safely pass.
In June this year, you cannot legally pass a bike without 3 feet of clearance, minimum. On a bridge like that—it's totally unsafe to pass anyway. The dude honking in a case like this was likely the aggressive instigator, although he may have not realized that, and was not necessarily deserving of a beat-down. Clearly, everybody needs to chill a bit. I'm just pointing out that occupying a lane, in some situations like a blind curve or bridge, are the correct thing to do per California's motor vehicle code, and not a display of aggression.
Say it, Redwood baby! That's what I'm talkin' about!
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