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(Article originally published here on June 1, 2010 in response to the attack on the Mavi Marmora ship. The sentiments still apply, perhaps even more.)

I am a Jew and I am outraged and ashamed by the acts Israel has perpetrated. I am not a self hating Jew, not an anti-semite, as some religious extremist Jews have accused me and other Jews who criticize Israel.

I am a Jew who knows right from wrong, who can see that the band of evil idiots in Israel who are making decisions are doing the wrong thing, doing things that are bad for the Jewish people. I stand up now declaring that Israel does not act in my name. AIPAC, the lobbying group for Israel does not act in my name.

I was ashamed and outraged when Israel attacked Gaza, killing over 1000 innocents. I told my son it would be like him throwing a balled up peice of paper at me and me coming back with a hammer smashing him in the head and face repeatedly.

There's no other way to explain it. The Israeli leadership have become psychopaths, without conscience. I know that there are Jews who are bigots, who see the Palestinians as less than human. These are usually the same racist haters who listen to Rush Limbaugh like the Christian racist haters who treat all Muslims and blacks the same way. It's not a Jewish or Zionist thing. People who like to hate Jews tend to think that way. Sorry, It's not the case.

Israel is now controlled by a small minority of extreme, ultra-orthodox Jews. They have the power because they have small minority power bases in the Knesset that they use to help larger groups to gain power-- as long as these fringe groups get specific things they want. These ultra-orthodox are extremist fundamentalists, just like the crazy, rabid right wingers we have here in the USA.

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It is time for the US to deal with Israel, facing the reality that these extremists are controlling too much. The US should tell AIPAC that the curtain has been lifted, it no longer will be paid attention to and it should go away.

There are a few million Jews in the US. They're a powerful voting bloc and they tend to vote liberal-- about 75-80 percent. An awful lot of them are very unhappy today. If you know any, talk to them. If you are one, speak out, as a Jew, that you refuse to allow Israel to act as though it represents the Jewish people. Demand it. NOT IN MY NAME!! Tell them.

The members of congress are terrified of Israel's main lobbying arm, AIPAC, and jump like frightened puppies when AIPAC barks. I've written about this before, that AIPAC IS Bad for Israel, but it is also bad for the Jewish people. Israel's crimes against humanity have done more to increase anti-Semitism in recent years than any other cause.

AIPAC's reign of fear over congress must stop. It will only end if constituents show that they care. Whether you are Jewish or not, tell your representatives that Israel's actions against the Palestinians and Humanitarians aiding the Palestinians must not stand. I wrote some ideas on how to fight back against AIPAC here. One thing that is still true, attacking Jews and going into anti-zionist rants will only help AIPAC. This is about Israel, not Zionism. Attacking Zionists or Israeli Jews in general does smack of anti-Semitism and serves the Israeli propagandists, even if it may make some who hate Israel feel good. If you want to help the people of Gaza talk Israeli crimes. If you want to vent your spleen and help Israel and AIPAC, talk Zionists and Zionism.

We are facing terrible times, with the possibility that Gulf could become a dead zone and a president who does not have what it takes to call what the Israelis did wrong.
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That must change. We need to go to the local offices of the members of the House of Representatives and show them, with big numbers, that Israel does not have a blank check. It is time to pull the plug on the bottomless money we've been sending to Israel. Force them to change their policies by voting out the insane leaders who believe that they can commit the CRIMES they've committed and the US will do nothing.

It is time. It is past time.

 

Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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Thanks Rob!You are one of the few who would be so ... by Bill Johnson on Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 at 7:39:35 AM
Seems the ultra-conservative Zionist Jews controll... by Meryl Ann Butler on Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 at 8:35:31 AM
Thanks, Rob. Perfectly said. I too am Jewish and I... by Sheila Parks on Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 at 9:28:02 AM
Rob, as a humanist I stand firmly by your side. An... by Gary Brumback on Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 at 9:32:00 AM
I should have repeated in my comment above what my... by Gary Brumback on Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014 at 7:47:19 AM
Gary, Your answers are infinitely "more realistic"... by Daniel Geery on Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014 at 12:31:16 PM
Rob, This appears to a non-Jew, from the outside ... by Kevin Tully on Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 at 10:16:36 AM
Kevin, I'm sure you are sincere and heart-felt in ... by Gary Brumback on Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 at 10:47:08 AM
Gary, I'm not sure I understand what you are tryin... by Kevin Tully on Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 at 2:03:30 PM
Rob,Morally sane, courageous and informative: When... by Herbert Calhoun on Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 at 10:58:06 AM
When S. African Bishop Tutu, who helped pilot the... by Richmond Shreve on Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 at 11:14:16 AM
Richmond, Tutu is still alive. What is he doing ab... by Gary Brumback on Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 at 11:38:21 AM
@Rob KallDo you consider this video of Judith Weis... by Chris Cook on Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 at 1:56:33 PM
Powerful video...especially the poem she reads at ... by x_Warrior on Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 at 7:41:26 PM
I know what you mean. I felt the same way when I s... by Frank Inbun on Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 at 2:05:25 PM
I suggest that the people of the US pressure the ... by Christie on Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014 at 8:28:28 PM
Not in the name of the United States and certainly... by Lance Ciepiela on Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014 at 10:31:22 AM
People like Rob are humanists first and Jews secon... by K V Ramani on Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014 at 11:13:56 AM
I am a Jew who knows right from wrong, who can see... by Michael Dewey on Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014 at 11:53:03 AM