WH Campaign Shields Israel’s Occupation Ferocity

by James M. Wall5df355fe1140afeeaf4c94124c02e5744793660e

So obsessed is U.S. media with this year’s headlong dash for the White House, that Israel’s increase in settlement construction has gone by us like a snake sliding into a back yard recycling bin.

The Paris-based news agency, AFP reported from Jerusalem this week that “the number of West Bank settlements Israel plans to build” has more than tripled “in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the same period last year”.

Israeli-based Peace Now, a settlement watchdog, said in a statement “that between January and March, projects for 674 housing units passed at least one of the steps in the planning approval process, up from 194 in the first quarter of 2015”.

The absence of media attention to such a development is no surprise. The mainline media narrative on Israel/Palestine is already conditioned to treat Israel as a 51st U.S. state, surrounded by “terrorists”.  

With attention directed more than usual to a domestic conflict between and within two political parties, what happens in Israel/Palestine stays in Israel/Palestine. Local U.S.conflicts are better copy especially if they involve name calling and ugly innuendos.

It is not just the settlements. At the end of March, Israel’s Knesset, voted in favour of a “Suspension Law” designed “to allow lawmakers to suspend an elected member of the Knesset (MK) with a three-quarters majority”.

The impact of this Israeli law on American readers/viewers has slid by virtually unnoticed as our major media focuses on the imbroglio between Clinton, Sanders, Trump and Cruz.

Does any of this sound familiar to situations confronted on American campuses, church law-making bodies and in political elections?

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said at an Likud Party meeting, the law is “meant to remove MKs [members of the Knesset] who stand against Israel and for terrorism.”

Under the new law, the grounds for suspension of an MK member would “include negating the existence of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state, inciting racism, and supporting armed struggle by a hostile state or a terrorist organisation against the State of Israel”.

The Knesset “suspension law” is designed to remove any MK member who dares to speak, or act, in what Israeli law deems “is against Israel and for terrorism”.

According to Israeli sources, the “suspension bill originated” after three Israeli-Palestinian MKs from the Balad Party visited families of Palestinians killed during attacks against Israelis.

This adds pressure on those MKs who wanted to pay condolences to the grieving families. The clear implication: You want to be an Israeli-Palestinian member of the Knesset? Stay away from Palestinians who are not Israeli citizens.

Housing demotions were also increased against the captive Palestinian population in the West Bank. The Palestine News Network reports: 

Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) destroyed 523 Palestinian homes and civilian structures in the West Bank since the start of 2016, with an increase of 275% from last year, a Palestinian center reported Sunday. 

According to the report by the Land Research Center (LRC), the Israeli occupation army demolished 188 civilian structures sheltering 854 Palestinians. Nablus province, in the northern occupied West Bank, hit a record high of 58 in the number of demolished homes.  

In case you had not noticed, the Israeli “suspension law” merely codifies the Knesset’s war against any and all who do not display absolute loyalty to the state. 

The hatred embedded in that law have surfaced in bills proposed and passed, in U.S state and city legislative bodies, demanding allegiance to an American version of Israel’s “suspension law”. They even use essentially the same language passed by the Knesset. 

The MK “suspension law” has long been operative in all corners of the U.S. Are there church journalists alleged to be anti-Semitic for questioning Israeli policies?. Of course there are. 

Are there university professors dismissed or fired for failing to give allegiance to a specific foreign power? A professor from a college within bike-riding distance of my home, ran into trouble for displaying solidarity to Muslims. She is no longer at the school..

What’s does this have to do with Israel’s “suspension law”?  If you had to ask, you have not been paying attention. Supporting Muslims is tantamount to questioning the right of Israel to exist. How is that possible? Ask your pro-Israel friends.

Hillary Clinton, a United Methodist member since her childhood in the town of Park Ridge, Illinois, has pledged to work to stop BDS agitation if she is elected. How do we know this?

She said so in a letter to Haim Saban, a strong pro-Israel Hollywood figure and one of Clinton’s major contributors.

In Truthdig, Sandy Toland reports that with Saban’s $6.4 million destined for her campaign war chest, Clinton wrote to her benefactor to express her “alarm” over BDS, “seeking your thoughts and recommendations” to “work together to counter BDS.”

If it is wrong for a foreign power to buy loyalty from American politicians, is it not also wrong for American police chiefs and Christian pastors to accept Israel’s free trips to a foreign nation?

Are these freebie trips to Israel designed to educate? Of course they are not.  They are a form of hashish which creates an addictive bond to a foreign power. For pastors it can mean slanted sermons. For police chiefs it can lead to massive purchases of military assault weapons to “keep the peace” in our cities.

Rulers of the Roman empire once deluded their subjects into ignoring their poverty and suffering through elaborate circuses.

Our media today is feeding this nation a political circus which features four politicians fighting over insults and childish name calling, a diversion made all the more diverting when candidates’ wives come into play. 

The media knows what its subjects will read, watch and buy. Meanwhile, Israel’s occupation ferocity, shielded from an indifferent American public, grows more oppressive by the day, and especially, by the night.

About wallwritings

James M. Wall is currently a Contributing Editor of The Christian Century magazine, based in Chicago, Illinois. From 1972 through 1999, he was editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine. Jim launched this new personal blog April 24, 2008. If you would like to receive Wall Writings alerts when new postings are added to this site, send a note, saying, Please Add Me, to jameswall8@gmail.com Biography: Journalism was Jim's undergraduate college major at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. He has earned two MA degrees, one from Emory, and one from the University of Chicago, both in religion. He is an ordained United Methodist clergy person. He served for two years in the US Air Force, and three additional years in the USAF reserve. While serving on active duty with the Alaskan Command, he reached the rank of first lieutenant. He has worked as a sports writer for both the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, was editor of the United Methodist magazine, Christian Advocate for ten years, and editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine for 27 years.
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6 Responses to WH Campaign Shields Israel’s Occupation Ferocity

  1. mgm says:

    So what is new, our political system has already embraced the Zionist stand on Palestine, and only time will tell foe how long. Nothing ever lasted for ever.

  2. Sami Joseph says:

    Nothing short of a bloodless coup d’état, will give back to the American people what they deserve. Anyone daring to take on the powerful Zionist lobby will in effect be taking on the most dangerous crime syndicate in the history of mankind which has, for all intents and purposes, hijacked a most powerful superpower rendering it to an appendage to their pet project. How else can anyone explain the demeaning behaviour of elected representatives when addressed by the ignoble Netanyahu?

  3. An excellent post, Jim. Thank you.

  4. Jack Graham says:

    The United States Constitution allows either chamber of Congress to expel a member on vote of two-thirds on grounds and procedures not specified, but restrained only by parliamentary practice and history at the time of the American Revolution. The Israeli suspension law gives a member of the Knesset more rights than a member of Congress. The trouble is not the Israeli suspension law, but the odious spirit of Likud-style Zionism which has infected the government and major news media of the United States, and made the United States a servile to Israel in a special relationship which is suicidal to both countries. This special relationship might have been justified as part of the geopolitics of the Cold War, but the Cold War has been over for a quarter century, and we have still not snapped out of it. The trouble is that our politicians in both major parties are bought, compromised, and intimidated by AIPAC which is not a lobby, and does not even speak for American Jews, but is a corruption-peddling agent of an obtuse faction of a foreign power whose objectives are harmful to the good name and national interests of the United States, and dangerous to peace between Israel and her Arab neighbors.

  5. Let’s call it like it is. Israel is an Anti Gentile state with Over 50 laws that discriminate against NonJews. NonJewish land is taken at will to build Settlements and even Roads For Jews Only. To put it even more bluntly, Israel is a state based on Jewish Supremacy Laws. Israel is fascist.

    That out government supports Apartheid Israel and our politicians, foremost Hillary Clinton, are servants of Israel and AIPAC, shows how low our country has sunk.

  6. oldkahuna says:

    Two additions to your good writings, Jim:

    To talk about Israel being “democratic” and “totally Jewish” is impossible.
    It is also against federal and international law for our “aid” to Israel to be used against their own citizens.

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