We can yet win…Ibrahim Turner
With all the requests for the Palestine Photos after the article, “Are you a coward like me?” I was caught up in a whirlwind of activity.
The surprisingly large number of people who sent for the photographs that brought about the contacts with others is gratifying. The one link that I would like to publish more widely is an American Jew called Anna Baltzer and her website, which is very professional, and more to the point full of non-hysterical facts, writings, presentations and pictures of what it’s like to live in the West Bank and Gaza. Link.
The website of Anna contains many things, not least of which is that she is available for presentations at campuses or town halls across America. But the main thrust, as I see it, is that she advocates divestment and boycotts.
This is the Achilles Heel of the regime currently in power in Israel, notwithstanding the fact that 53% of ordinary Israelis want the government to talk to Hamas. The power and warmongers have an agenda, which we all know about and the will never give up this power willingly. It will have to be taken from them.
There are a few pieces of information that I want to highlight.
One is from an article with Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappé
(On the Future of Israel and Palestine - An Interview with Ilan Pappé and Noam Chomsky - By Frank Barat) and in it he said that in his last visit to Israel he found a new mood there. People in Israel are terrified of boycotts and divestment.
Barat: During my recent trip to Israel/Palestine it became obvious (talking to people, reading newspapers, watching the news) that something scared Israel a lot: a Boycott. Are you in favour of this type of actions and do you think that they could bare fruit?
Ilan Pappé: Yes I am and I do think it has a chance of triggering processes of change on the ground. Link.
The other piece of information comes from a lecture given by Norman Finkelstein, actually from the questions and answers after the lecture about the media. He answered a question about the media not being truthful and with the people and being owned by just a few corporations.
His answer surprised me and I think will surprise many others.
He said that in the Vietnam era, the media were the last to come onto the side of the antiwar demonstrations and before there were thousands on the streets the media followed the government line praising the war and the hope of winning it, just like today.
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