Some Palestinian solidarity campaigners are excited this morning about Rabbi Eric Yoffie's pearls of wisdom. The outgoing President of the Union for Reform Judaism, wrote in arecent blog post for the Jerusalem Post:
"I care about humankind, but I love my own group a bit more. I am more comfortable with them. I care more about them, just as I care more about my family than other families."
People who understand the full extent of Jewish tribalism shouldn't be taken by surprise. Rabbi Yoffie is genuine and coherent. Consequently, his support of The Two State solution is consistent with his Jewish belief system.
"Without a two-state solution." Says Rabbi Yoffie, "Israel will not longer be a state for my group; it will be a bi-national state without a clear Jewish identity. That is not the kind of place where I, or most Israeli Jews, will want to live."
As a supporter of the One State Solution I myself explored this exact issue at the Stuttgart One Democratic State Conference last year.
In defence of freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom of expression and freedom to access information
Some wants us to believe that:
"Ignorance Is Strength",
"Restricting the boundaries of discussion expands Knowledge",
"Crucifying intellectuals is Progressive"
"Shunning people for their thoughts and opinions is Revolutionary"
"Thinking independently is very Dangerous"
"Reading many sources affects the protocols of Health and Safety"
"Framing the Debate is Good… very very good",
"Gagging is strategically crucial for gaining Wisdom"
"Suppressing of Information helps to uncover the Truth"
"Revising Historical narratives is a Crime, and should be Punished by Law"
"Following the Evidence is a Conspiracy Theory"
"Investigating a Crime is not Helpful, it's a Distraction"
"Crying against Racism and Supremacy is anti-Semitism"
"Exposing the power-elite is Racist"
"Thought Terrorism leads to Truth and Justice" (somehow, eventually) !
And of course, "no mater what, the Earth is still Flat, flat as a thin crispy pancake"
All you have to do is to Believe!
Otherwise face the consequences of your "blasphemy and wickedness", be prepared for the burning of your reputation at the stake of their Omniscience, and be prepared for the crucifying of your character at the altar of their omnipotence and self-righteousness.
Organized by : Manal Timraz
Gilad Atzmon: The following is an analytical outlook into issues to do with civil liberties in post 9/11 America.
At a certain stage, Dr. Abed Rabbo pointed out that what we see in America could be interpreted as the Zionification of the American legal system.
I mentioned to Dr Abed Rabbo that this shouldn't take us by surprise, at the end of the day, 9/11 is the point in time where the English Speaking Empire adopted the 'Eye For An Eye' as its political mantra...We have been Zionised for a while now.
Civil Liberties in the aftermath of Sept. 11
Dr. Samir Abed-Rabbo
The attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 by Muslim Individuals was a criminal act that had profound implications for the Muslims, the United States and the world. My contention is that the Muslim/Arab community in the west as a whole has been subjected to extrajudicial measures and is paying a heavy price for the criminality of the few. But this is not the subject of my talk. I was asked to speak about Civil liberties in the US in the aftermath of Sept. 11 and I shall oblige.
Prior to delving into the essence of my subject, I would like to make this damming observation: The Bush administration which was caught napping by al-Quaida, rather than engaging in an honest or serious study of what went wrong it opted to deconstruct the very civil liberties enshrined in the American constitutional. Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the USA said "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." To that I add, there should be no tradeoff between civil liberties and security. Those who advocate for security over liberties are giving those behind such violent attacks a victory over our way of life! Now let me turn to my presentation.