On a cold, wet Seattle night, I was walking through campus with my friend, arguing about the situation in Palestine. He understood my point of view, as I understood his. However, he attempted to discredit my argument in one way: He claimed I did not see the situation from Israel's point of view.
Unfortunately, I have. The wesite, www.masada2000.org, is the most consolidated Web site of Israeli propaganda and misinformation. It is Israel's point of view.
It is sad to see my fellow Americans following blindly behind our presidents, claiming that we need to help our "friends in Israel," as Bush likes to put it. This track of thought is widely accepted by the American public, for the simple fact that most do not truly know what is happening overseas. The American people accept what the news media tell us what our president tells us, and what pro-Israeli extremist organizations such as (AIPAC) American Israeli Public Affairs Committee or the (ADL) Anti-Defamation League tell us.
On the AIPAC Web site, you'll find tons of useful information about all attacks the Palestinians have made on Israelis. They also mention attacks the (IDF) Israeli Defense Force has made on Palestinians. Seem objective? Nope. They only mention "terrorists" killed by the IDF, never children who are shot, or bystanders. They won't tell you the justification for shooting a 14-year-old child who was throwing rocks at an Israeli soldier. The boy was killed.
The media will not objectively mention the recent deaths of three Palestinians, among them a 10-year-old schoolgirl. But you ask, "What about the Israeli children killed by Palestinians?" Around 375 Palestinians and 69 Israeli Jews were killed in six months from September 2000 to March 2001. March was around six months ago, so doubling those statistics roughly 750 Palestinians and 140 Israelis were killed in the past year. In other words, about five or six Palestinians die for every Israeli, yet Israelis receive the vast majority of media coverage.
Another question that may be asked is, "Since the United States is the number one financial supporter of Palestine, why does it dislike us so much?" The answer is simple. On average, Israel receives approximately $5.5 billion a year from the United States (www.hotpolitics .com/tax4israel.htm). The estimated number of people in the United States is about 285 million. If we say 300 million people live in the United States and $5 billion is sent to Israel, and assume everyone pays taxes, then the average taxpayer pays around $17 each year to Israel. In reality, probably less than 200 million people pay taxes, so the per-taxpayer total would be much higher, in the $25-30 range. Americans supply Palestine with about $100 million per year. Using our 300 million population figure, that is about 33 cents per American, around 2 percent of what we give Israel.
America's relationship with Israel is not quid pro quo. What do we get out of our alliance - a democratic republic in the Middle East? Baloney. Israel isn't a republic; it is a mala fide theocracy. Only Jews can be voted into office, despite what they claim. The founders of modern Israel, the Zionists, were part of a political movement dedicated to establishing a Jewish country. We get nothing out of supporting Israel. If we were to oppose Israel, we would gain 56 allies, 56 Muslim nations that would instantly support the United States in all its endeavors. We lose 56 allies to support one country that oppresses and kills the natives.
We Americans are so closely inspecting what is happening in Afghanistan that we forget the source of the problem. Our divine government foolishly supports the pseudo-democratic theocracy of Israel. Not once has the majority of Americans questioned our foreign policy toward Israel. However, all is not lost. We questioned South Africa. Before that, we questioned Germany. It is only a matter of time before we step up united, to declare that we will no longer support Israel or what it stands for, but will support justice and what it stands for.
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