treatment of innocent Americans will not prompt Congress to wake up from
its "Israel love fest" spell cast by Netanyahu's recent visit.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
I am a father, husband, brother, son. Always taught by my mother to do the right thing. I research, read, and write.