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Monday, April 30, 2012

Obama to give medal of freedom to novelist who accused Israel of genocide

President Obama has got Israel's back again with that knife.

He's presenting a medal of freedom to British novelist Toni Morrison. Link
The Nobel-winning author is one of 13 recipients of the prize this year, alongside Bob Dylan, former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright and Israeli president Shimon Peres, said the White House.

"These extraordinary honourees come from different backgrounds and different walks of life, but each of them has made a lasting contribution to the life of our nation," said Obama. "They've challenged us, they've inspired us, and they've made the world a better place. I look forward to recognising them with this award."
But in 2006, Morrison accused 'apartheid Israel' of committing 'genocide.'
Toni Morrison was one of 18 FAMOUS WRITERS including 3 Nobel Laureates who in an Open Letter published worldwide in 2006 slammed Apartheid Israel’s Palestinian Genocide as “[Israel’s] long-term military, economic and geographic practice whose political aim is nothing less than the liquidation of the Palestinian nation”:

“The latest chapter of the conflict between Israel and Palestine began when Israeli forces abducted two civilians, a doctor and his brother, from Gaza. An incident scarcely reported anywhere, except in the Turkish press. The following day the Palestinians took an Israeli soldier prisoner--and proposed a negotiated exchange against prisoners taken by the Israelis--there are approximately 10,000 in Israeli jails.

That this "kidnapping" was considered an outrage, whereas the illegal military occupation of the West Bank and the systematic appropriation of its natural resources--most particularly that of water--by the Israeli Defense (!) Forces is considered a regrettable but realistic fact of life, is typical of the double standards repeatedly employed by the West in face of what has befallen the Palestinians, on the land allotted to them by international agreements, during the last seventy years.

Today outrage follows outrage; makeshift missiles cross sophisticated ones. The latter usually find their target situated where the disinherited and crowded poor live, waiting for what was once called Justice. Both categories of missile rip bodies apart horribly--who but field commanders can forget this for a moment?

Each provocation and counter-provocation is contested and preached over. But the subsequent arguments, accusations and vows, all serve as a distraction in order to divert world attention from a long-term military, economic and geographic practice whose political aim is nothing less than the liquidation of the Palestinian nation.

This has to be said loud and clear, for the practice, only half declared and often covert, is advancing fast these days, and, in our opinion, it must be unceasingly and eternally recognized for what it is and resisted.

PS: As Juliano Mer Khamis, director of the documentary film Arna's Children, asked: "Who is going to paint the 'Guernica' of Lebanon?"

John Berger
Noam Chomsky
Harold Pinter
José Saramago
Eduardo Galeano
Arundhati Roy
Naomi Klein
Howard Zinn
Charles Glass
Richard Falk
Gore Vidal
Russell Banks
Thomas Keneally
Chris Abani
Carolyn Forché
Martín Espada
Jessica Hagedorn
Toni Morrison.
The Israeli kidnapped was Gilad Shalit. There was no 'Palestinian' doctor kidnapped.

But I would venture to guess that there is a better chance that Bob Dylan won't show up at that ceremony as a result than that Shimon Peres won't show up. And that's the problem. As long as our 'leaders' allow us to be abused, we will continue to be abused.

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6 Comments:

At 7:10 PM, Blogger Will said...

Matthew 7:15-20-

15Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

16Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

17Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

19Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

20Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.


Just wait till he's more flexible.It's a pitty Israel has such weak leadership for the moment.

PS: I agree with the Bob Dylan part.
Israel will pay a very , very high price in the future.

 
At 7:35 PM, Blogger Ashan said...

I too would be surprised if Bob Dylan showed up. He once refused to shake Comrade Hussein's hand. He's also very pro-Israel - note his poignant pro-Israel song about the lies, distortion and goading lobbed at Israel, "Neighborhood Bully". He also had his son's Bar Mitzvah at the Kotel.

 
At 8:44 PM, Blogger Penguin Lover said...

People like Toni Morrison should be lampooned for every false accusation made against Israel and for every hypocritical instance of consorting with dictators and terrorists. They nave no morals or ethics when it comes to pursuing their favorite cause - the vilification of Israel. They would kiss the devil's ass if it got them an inch closer to Israel's destruction. And they would do all this while proclaiming a commitment to honesty and fairness.

 
At 12:48 AM, Blogger Captain.H said...

Interesting to read who also signed that letter, including Noam Chomsky, Harold Pinter, Howard Zinn. All very hard leftists, they hate America and Americans as much as they hate Israel and Jews.

Once, years ago, when browsing in a book store, I read the flyleaf of Zinn's "A Peoples History of the United States". I'm a history buff and it sounded interesting and led one to believe that the history was of everyday Americans throughout our nation's history.

On reading the book, I got three chapters in, skimmed some of the rest, then did what I never before or since have done. I threw that book into the garbage. It's a pack of lies and venomous hatred of America. So, it's not at all surprising that he would also sign onto a pack of lies and venomous hatred about Israel. At our best, both America and Israel stand for many of the same democratic and Judeo-Christian religious values.

 
At 2:06 AM, Blogger RonPaul KicksAss said...

Bob Dylan said he, "Made a bargain with the chief commander...on this world and the world you cannot see." The other people mentioned, look like they are in the same boat.
As for Israel, quit fighting with Palestine!
I am voting for Ron Paul! End the wars! ALL OF THEM!We have ALL spent enough money killing people and causing destruction. How about love and rebuilding? FOR EVERYONE!

 
At 5:31 AM, Blogger Sparky the Wonder Dog said...

Obama may be an inch wide but he's a milliliter deep.

 

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