JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THAT GROTESQUE REFRAIN IN AMERICAN POLITICS: “THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A PALESTINIAN” USED TO EXCUSE ETHNIC CLEANSING AND GARNER POLITICAL CAMPAIGN FUNDS – AMERICA’S EXTREMELY FLEXIBLE IDEAS OF DEMOCRATIC AND HUMAN RIGHTS   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

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“US must prevent ‘slow motion genocide’ of Palestinians”

 

I don’t agree with the word “genocide,” but the ugly term “ethnic cleansing” certainly applies.

I think we must never forget the terrible words of Israeli Premier Golda Meir, former American school teacher, “There is no such thing as a Palestinian.”

That grotesque refrain was picked up and repeated by many others.

Not many years ago, the regrettable American politician, Newt Gingrich, trying to win the Republican nomination for President, was repeating it in speeches on the campaign trail.

That was after his receiving nearly 20 million dollars in campaign donations from American oligarch, Sheldon Adelson, a man who embraces the same ideology.

Other American politicians, too, have repeated the 1984-like claim.

Former House Majority (Republican) Leader, Dick Armey, said some years ago it would be just fine if Israel drove all the Palestinians out of their homes.

So much for American concepts of fairness and rights.

They apply only at home, as we see in operations of its brutal empire, and often not even at home as its history of intense racism and the privileges of money demonstrates.

America’s ideas of democratic and human rights are extremely flexible, to say the very least. They may be made to fit many different circumstances, something demonstrated by Guantanamo and the CIA’s Black Site Torture Gulag abroad. Also highlighted by America’s now-standard practice of industrial-scale extrajudicial killing by drones in many parts of the world.

Ideas flexible even down to the humble right to the peaceful enjoyment of your own home, something Palestinians are deemed not qualified to enjoy, but something taken so seriously inside the United States that a house intruder can legally be shot and killed by an armed owner.

Posted May 23, 2020 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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