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Jewish Voices for Peace…

On occasion this blog, AmericanTribune.org, posts articles by authors that I believe are informative and of interest to my readership. The following article by Barry Sheppard, an American correspondent for Australia’s Green Left Weekly, is one of those exceptional posts…
Barry is a Revolutionary Socialist and was a central leader of the US Socialist Workers Party [SWP] for most of his 28-yr membership.
He’s authored the definitive history of the SWP, The Party: The Socialist Workers Party 1960-1988, A Political Memoir, Volume 1: The Sixties, and Volume 2: Interregnum, Decline and Collapse, 1973-1988.

JVPoccupy-001Opposition to Israeli Policies Growing Among Jewish Americans,”  By Barry Sheppard (25Sept’15):

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Jim Crow Has an Open Visa in Israel…

A young American woman received an Israeli visa in August of 2012 allowing her to teach English in a Quaker Friend’s School financed by USAID in Ramallah, Occupied Palestine. After spending a short Christmas visit to Amman, Jordan, some 40 road miles away, she was refused reentry.

Nour Joudah, 25

Nour Joudah, 25

   Nour Joudah is an American raised by Palestinian parents in Clarksville, TN. (I used to live there myself when I was a young paratrooper in the 101st Airborne, Ft. Campbell, KY.) more…

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Bibi to Obama & America: Drop Dead!

The following article was forwarded to me by Rabbi Michael Lerner from the Tikkun Daily site. I present it below (edited for space):

Puppets & Jackals...

Puppets & Jackals…

In 1990, Secretary of State James Baker had basically had it up to here with the Israeli government. The Bush administration [George the Elder] had been trying to entice Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir into negotiations with the Palestinians, but he kept adding new conditions to get the US off his back. more…

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Which Side are You On?

Note: While this site rarely reprints articles, this is one by author Sherry Wolf that eloquently addresses the issue of Israel/Palestine. My own commentary is italicized. For space, the article is edited. The full version can be found at: http://socialistworker.org/2012/07/12/antiracists-for-apartheid.

Sherry Wolf:

The Jerusalem Post reported in May that more than 24,000 people in 22 nations were polled by the BBC regarding Israel. Citizens in 17 of those nations hold mostly negative views of Israel, including Egypt 85%, Spain 74%, France 65%, and Britain 68%. Here in the US the number is 35% and growing. more…

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Miko Peled & Uri Avnery: Knights for Peace & Justice…

When I was a journalist in the Mid-East (1969-71) and toured Israel/Palestine in ’69, Miko Peled was the 8-yr-old son of Matti Peled, an Israeli general who had recently triumphed in the June ’67 war. They come from a family of Zionist leaders who fought for and helped create the state of Israel.

General & Son…

Nevertheless, General Peled came to support the call for a federated Palestine in partnership with Israel. His son Miko is today a major witness for that same policy. His story can be found in his book, The General’s Son. more…

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UNRWA & Settler-Colonialism…

There are 10 million Palestinians in the world. Some 70% of them (7,450,000) are refugees and displaced persons under the care, in part, of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

UNRWA health clinic...

To listen to some of the national-race arguments: Palestinians are desert Arabs who wandered into Judea and Samaria after the Romans dispersed most of the Jews into the Euro-Diaspora some 2,000 years ago.

Thus the catchy motto: “A land without a people for a people without a land.” more…

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Georgia, Johannesburg & Jerusalem…

In October of ’59, I and a black friend sat down at an Augusta, Georgia, lunch-counter. We were both 17, from NYC, Army radio school students stationed at Ft. Gordon, Georgia, and out on our first pass in our new uniforms.

Bibi Netanyahu: American educated...

We stopped at a department store and ordered an ice cream soda. We didn’t have a clue…

Several minutes passed before the manager came over, leaned over the counter and said, “We don’t serve niggers!” Turning to me, he added, “And we don’t serve nigger-lovers! Now, git!” more…

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Israel, Iran & I’m-a-Geddon Outta Here…

Since before I crossed over the River Jordan into Occupied Palestine in the summer of ’69, I’ve been an interested witness to Israel’s march into history. I’ve found that there are two Israels:

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One is a normal state of secular and religious Jews, Christians, Palestinians and other assorted folk. The second is a colonial-settler state ruled by fanatics hell-bent on an aparthied state of Eretz Yisrael. more…

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Palestine & Georgia…

On one occasion, I recall strolling up the walk and hearing guys shouting from both wings of the prison housing unit. It was pretty intense, so I curiously raised my head.

President Obama at the UN...

Clearly they were hollering and waving at me but I didn’t know why. In any event, I didn’t get to be an Old Head by expressing too much curiosity.

I usually pace cracks in the sidewalk as I walk along minding my own business. But as I looked up in front of me, I almost stepped on a skunk. more…

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Cowboys & Indians…

Maybe it started with Cowboys & Indians. In the children’s game I always found myself playing the Indian side and rooting for the underdog. In some respects, I guess I just never “grew up.”

Bill Fletcher Jr., of the Black Commentator.com, published an interesting article of his recent trip with a labor delegation to North Africa and Palestine.

Routine press contact...

It brought back some poignant memories of my own time in the Middle East and East Africa back in 1969-74.

As a photog-journalist, I was credentialed with both Yassir Arafat’s Al Fatah armed-struggle organization in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, and the Jewish Agency in Israel-Palestine, 1969. more…