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Israel’s High Rate of Visa Denial Reflection of Contradictions of Apartheid State

While waiting in my representative’s local office to appeal for the end to the war on immigrants, I found an article in The Congressional Quarterly about Israel’s request for its citizens to enter the United States without visas and stay for up to 90 days.

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A Congressional Quarterly article explains why Israel does not meet current standards for the Visa Waiver program.

Israel requests inclusion in visa waiver program. Denial of Israeli non-Jewish citizens visas to enter USA makes Israel ineligible for waiver.

Addressing Erroneous Justifications for Zionist Promotion of Jewish Supremacy in Palestine

It’s difficult to have a clear discussion in Facebook because people aren’t logged in at the same time and it’s easy, once a post has produced 30+ comments, and the sequence of points and counterpoints may become unclear.

I plan on addressing the claims one at a time, but for the most part they exhibit three major flaws or assumptions.

  1. If Palestinians are bad, then they don’t deserve human rights.
  2. It fails to recognized the different mechanisms of Israel’s control over non-Jews in the different areas of Palestine.
  3. Opposition to the blockade of Gaza and the killing and wounding of Gazans is support for Hamas.

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Mudar Zahran’s Criticism of Arabs Doesn’t Justify Israeli Apartheid

In a discussion on Facebook, a friend of a friend (“TN”) whom I don’t know personally cited Mudar Zahran’s March 21, 2011 article Anti-Semitism 2.0 in the context of his apparent support of Israel’s attacks on Palestinians in Gaza in November 2013.

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Why Should the Name Avi Dichter Be Familiar to Georgians?

Avi Dichter is the current Home Front Minister of Israel. In 2002, in his capacity as head of the Israeli intelligence service Shin Bet, he assassinated Salah Shehadeh. Because this assassination also killed 15 others, including 9 children, and injured dozens more, human rights advocates, including the Center for Constitutional Rights, have called for his arrest and trial as a war criminal. Salah was a Hamas leader in Gaza with whom Israel was negotiating a cease-fire. In 2012, Israel assassinated Ahmed Jaabari, with whom Israel was also negotiating a cease-fire.

In 2007, Avi Dichter met with public safety officers and others as part of the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange program.

Should not Georgians be concerned that their public safety officers are exchanging notes with war criminals and representatives of Apartheid Israel's military and police?

The Myth of ‘The Desert and the Sown’

In A Companion to the Ancient Near East, in which I read one article about humans’ environmental impacts, I came across a discussion on pp. 140-1 about an early twentieth century historiography which “partitioned the population of the Near East into nomads, as destroyers of the land, versus sedentary peoples, as keepers of the land. … These authors maintained that the collapse of agriculture during the first centuries of Islamic rule in the Near East could be blamed on a widespread shift to a pastoral economy. Recent works on the problem have shown that such a thing never occurred, and that agriculture actually flourished in some areas, while others went into decline (Kedar 1985).”

Kedar, Benjamin. “The Arab Conquests and Agriculture: A Seventh-Century Apocalypse, Satellite Imagery, and Palynology,” Asian and African Studies 19 (1985), 1-15.

Despite Shortcomings, ESPN’s E60 Reveals One Aspect of Apartheid Israel

ESPN's E60 is an excellent sports news program. And as Dave Zirin wonderfully demonstrates, sports often reflects the underlying social structure.

Tonight’s season finale showed the extreme racism of some of the fans of the Israeli football (soccer) club Beitar towards Arabs. These fans call themselves El Familia.

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Protest commemorating the Nakba, Ofer prison, West Bank, 15.5.2012 by activestills on Flickr.
USA Network’s Covert Affairs Puts Out for Zionism

I watch USA Network’s Covert Affairs, despite my aversion to the real-life military-industrial-intelligence crap that spreads death and misery all over the world. A Girl Like You (Season 2, Episode 13) contained several pieces of Zionist propaganda.

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