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Obama, the "Denier" of Israel's Crimes

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I listened to President Obama's speech to AIPAC Sunday, March 4, 2012, while sitting outside the Washington Convention Center where AIPAC was holding its annual conference. We at OCCUPY AIPAC hooked up a PA system to a computer and listened to the live stream while watching tens of thousands of Israel's American supporters arrive for their yearly intimidation of the U.S. Congress and the U.S. President to fund and protect Israel. 

Much of the focus for others writing about the President's pandering speech to AIPAC will be about the Iran nuclear program and, if weaponized, the threat to Israeli and U.S. security, in that order. I will leave the Iran nuclear program to them while I will write about a part of his speech that pertains to a part of the world that I know personally.

But one last comment about Iran -- Obama said the Iranian government denies the Holocaust.

I would say that the Iranian government is not the only "denier."  

President Obama and his advisers are the "deniers" of incredible Israeli violence and horrific violations of international law. 

In his speech, Obama said, "When the Goldstone report unfairly singled out Israel for criticism (after Israel attacked Gaza), we challenged it."

Having been to Gaza within days after the 22-day Israeli attack on Gaza that killed 1,440, wounded 5,000 and left 50,000 homeless (13 Israelis were killed -- five of them by Israeli fire), I know the Goldstone Report is accurate in its recording of endless Israeli attacks on Gaza by air, land and sea. President Obama must not know that the Goldstone report comments on the actions of all parties, not just the Israelis. How would Obama know whether the report is accurate or not, when not one Obama administration officer has visited Gaza to observe the destruction first-hand, nor have they asked any of the American citizens who have traveled to Gaza for their observations.

In another event concerning Gaza, Obama recounted, "When Israel was isolated in the aftermath of the flotilla incident, we supported them." I was a passenger on one of the six ships in the 2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla. I know personally that Israeli commandos brutally attacked all six ships in the flotilla. On the Mavi Marmara commandos executed nine passengers and wounded 50 more.

There were only civilians on the ships and there were no weapons on the ships. Israeli commandos murdered an American citizen, shooting him five times. Despite the repeated requests of the family of the U.S. citizen, 19 year old Furkan Dogan, the Obama administration decided it did not need to conduct its own investigation but would rely on the Israeli government investigating itself. Israel was isolated by the world after its criminal behavior against the Gaza flotilla -- and for good reason! I will add that the Obama administration did not contact any of the American citizens on the flotilla to ask for their comments on the Israeli attack other than a brief consular visit in the Israeli prison where we were held.

Obama said the U.S. protects Israel from "one-sided resolutions" in the United Nations Human Rights Council, yet the U.S. and Israel stand virtually alone as the rest of the nations of the world see clearly Israel's outrageous actions that are condemned by the Human Rights Council. 

Obama stated the United States stands against divestment and boycott of Israeli goods, yet as boycott, divestment and sanctions actions by citizens demanding that organizations look at human rights records of companies in which they have invested, despite what Obama says, Israel is beginning to feel the pinch as citizen "sanctions" on Israeli companies that steal resources from Palestinian lands are implemented.

Finally, Obama said that the U.S. opposes those who "delegitimize" Israel. Yet it is the State of Israel that, by its illegal actions against Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, delegitimizes itself -- Israel does not need anyone to help in delegitimization. 

Obama ended that section of his speech with "when the chips are down, I have Israel's back," no doubt hoping that AIPAC supporters will contribute substantially to his re-election campaign because of his perpetual "denial" of the criminal actions of the state of Israel ... a "denial" dangerous for the national security of both the United States and the State of Israel.

Ann Wright is a 29 year US Army/Army Reserves veteran who retired as a Colonel and a former US diplomat who resigned in March, 2003 in opposition to the war on Iraq. She served in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia and Mongolia. In December, 2001 (more...)

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Israel is a patsy and proxy of US government and h... by aberamsay on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 at 3:57:17 PM
requiring probably an article to support it. Near ... by Daniel Geery on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 at 6:16:04 PM
Great article by Ann.  I'm outraged and in de... by Bob on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 at 4:03:07 PM
     Thank you Ann for speakin... by William Crain on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 at 5:18:13 PM
I am not Jewish, I an not related to anyone who is... by Ronald J Riley on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 at 8:39:18 PM
How dare you speak the truth regarding Israel and ... by Natalie Oberman on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 at 11:00:56 PM
Natalie Oberman You have ridiculed yourself many ... by aberamsay on Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 at 3:01:00 AM
 ..... gotta love em!... by Natalie Oberman on Friday, Mar 9, 2012 at 7:51:10 PM
1.If this had happened in America... Actually, ... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 at 10:32:59 AM
"Actually, under the pretense that we had to defen... by Ronald J Riley on Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012 at 8:01:21 PM
That's a great one sided view of Israel if I ever ... by michael payne on Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 at 6:09:38 PM
When the muslims quit launching rockets and settin... by Skeptic1 on Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012 at 12:45:36 PM
I prefer to "look forward" - ShhhhhhhWhen asked ab... by Lance Ciepiela on Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 at 9:28:01 AM
Thanks for another important and great article! An... by Bob Johnson on Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 at 10:32:22 AM
Palestinian condition is in large part self inflic... by Ronald J Riley on Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012 at 7:40:25 PM
I would like to hear more from you about what is h... by michael payne on Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 at 10:49:29 AM
"About sixty-one percent of the contents of ... by Skeptic1 on Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012 at 12:56:40 PM