They were loud. They were demanding. And all of 'em wanted justice as they showed up to deliver a clear message to this ferocious, relentless Israeli Lobby: MOVE OVER!
Last Sunday's protest against the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Convention in Washington featured activists from all across the spectrum. There was a group of orthodox Jews there, praying their hearts out that Zionism will go away and stop its assault on Judiasm.
The Palestinians were in force, reminding everyone about one of the biggest Zionist lies promoting the fantasy that their homeland was a "land without people," which explains of course why the Nakba's survivors and their descendents--more than four million in total--make up the largest group of refugees in the world.
And lots of Americans showed up to fight AIPAC too, including yours truly. This marked my first but not last time to rail in person against this grotesque,
pernicious "special interest" group that robs over $3,000,000,000 annually from our cash-strapped economy.
During our march towards the entrance to the convention center, President Obama was delivering his loyalty oath to Tel Aviv's war machine, proudly boasting about "the cooperation of our militaries to unprecedented levels" and delivering "our most advanced technology to our Israeli allies."
Nice sanitized way to put it, Barry. Our "most advanced technology"--bringing huge profits to arms dealers in the U.S. and campaign contributions to the congresswhores that send it--definitely produces significant results.
While Obama crowed about the purported "values that we share" with Israel, Code Pink protesters illustrated exactly what other "values" these entail in addition to the wholesale murder of women & children.
The AIPAC conventioneers got to see the replica of Israel's "separation fence," a monstrosity constructed with American tax dollars and Caterpillar bulldozers that Zionists conveniently employ to stop suicide bombers and mutilate what's left of Palestine with insatiable landgrabs for their cancerous colonies and Jewish-only connecting roads.
Surprising, too. One would think that Obama might object to Apartheid, having witnessed its practice in South Africa and now being imposed on Palestinians with a brutal vengeance.
There was also a replica set of these colonies--which Tel Aviv's Gangster-In-Chief "Bibi" Netanyahu likes to call his "settlements in Judea & Samaria." This accompanying sign would be a bad omen for Zionism's official place in history.
Judging from the yahoo's wildly received address before his Congressional lapdogs, it doesn't appear this accomplished ethnic cleanser is worried one little bit about it. His AIPAC goons will take care of all the details. In fact, it's been reported they now have three-quarters of the membership of both the House and the Senate to sign a letter calling for an official end to public criticism of Israel, no matter what war crimes it continues committing, and to urge the U.S. to "reinforce" its relationship with Tel Aviv.
Doesn't leave a whole lot of hope for a realistic peace process, let alone a just, enduring outcome.
Wouldn't it be nice if it were left up to our consciencious D.C. police department to remove those settlements from Palestine as efficiently as they did the ones illegally errected in front of the AIPAC convention hall?
The AIPAC androids didn't look to be worried about a thing, either. In fact, they seemed to really be enjoying themselves, swaggering, smirking, and mocking the appeals for justice.
Which is exactly why this conflict goes on and on, no matter what, because there's just some that will never let go of the false notion that "might makes right," no matter what the consequences or how many people suffer as a result. As long as AIPAC thrives and maintains its stranglehold on the American government, Israel will continue committing its war crimes with impunity and without delay.
We must always hope, however, and from the hope emerges the fire to keep battling these bullies and tyrants.
When that day happens, a new Palestine will emerge. It will, as the opposite face of the replica wall revealed.