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Jewish American Teenage Hero Lucas Koerner takes on two World Powers

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Brutal treatment of innocent Americans will not prompt Congress to wake up from its "Israel love fest" spell cast by Netanyahu's recent visit.

Lucas Koerner, a sophomore at Tufts University in Boston, MA, was violently arrested in Israel when he started a passive and peaceful protest in Occupied East Jerusalem during Jerusalem Day celebrations which Israel observes annually to commemorate its illegal occupation. [see violent and humiliating video with a hypocrisy backdrop]

In his words as recounted on his blog, "an Israeli police officer ran up, seized me, and dragged me to the other side of the street. He then punched me in the face, put me in a choke hold, and with four other officers, slammed me to the ground. I was eventually handcuffed and carried to the car; I allowed my body to go limp and refused to walk on my own in a gesture of nonviolent defiance. Throughout the whole affair, the only thing audible coming from the policemen was a constant stream of curse words -- 'motherf*cker,' 'piece of sh*t,' etc., which was to me a ringing confirmation of how infuriated and threatened they were by a 19-year old wearing a kippah and a keffiyeh standing with the Palestinians."

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One would expect a massive outcry of indignation against Israel but it won't happen. This is not the first time Israel has insulted Americans, with full permission, rather, blessings, from lawmakers in Washington. A servile congress, full of itself, and replete with AIPAC funds for elections and re-elections, can hardly be expected to have the shame, dignity or self respect to stand up for American citizens.

After all, this is June. It was this same month in 1967 when Israeli forces attacked a defenseless American ship "The USS Liberty," killing 34 and injuring 174 servicemen, and to this day the U.S. Congress still has to acknowledge this crime or even to ask Tel Aviv for an explanation, let alone demand an apology. 

In 2003, American college student Rachel Corrie was plowed over and crushed under by an Israeli army driver using a weaponized Caterpillar tractor known as D-9, gifted to Israel under the military aid program paid for by middle class U.S. taxpayers. Congress was silent then too.

Neither was there any objection raised when Brian Avery was shot in the face, his cheek torn and his eye socket and jaw bones smashed, or Tristan Anderson whose frontal lobe had to be partially removed when he was shot in the head with a teargas canister by the IDF. It appears the U.S. Congress continues to applaud Israel and its criminal leaders through any and all violations of international or human laws.

Israel has trained its goons in AIPAC to carry its violence right into the halls of the U.S. Congress when Rae Abileah [Rae Abileah Iranian Treatment Video] was tackled during Netanyahu's May 24 speech by men wearing AIPAC badges and after being injured she was arrested. This all took place while the Israeli PM hypocritically bragged about how his country and the US were real democracies where people could voice their opinions, unlike Iran where such protests would be violently subdued. This so called Iranian action too, ended in wild applause and one of countless standing ovations from a sycophantic Congress.

Israel's hand will ultimately be forced into respecting human rights and international laws, but not because an American President or the U.S. Congress will force it into complying, because they won't. They lack the moral courage to stand up to Tel Aviv. It will, in fact, be forced by courageous Jewish heroes like Lucas Koerner and Rae Abileah who will be joined by hundreds of thousands of peace-loving Israelis. We know they are there. We know they live in Israel and Palestine. Good Jews will never allow themselves to be associated with an evil state.
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