A very interesting talk by Dr. Bernard Sabella, a Palestinian Christian and lecturer at Bethlehem University. He gives his thoughts on the border protests in Gaza and Israel’s murderously brutal response, but I would say of particular interest are some anecdotes he relates regarding interaction with Jews on campus during his younger years when he was attending university in the US. It seems they didn’t want to have much to do with him–possibly because he would occasionally point out the inconsistency inherent in US Jews campaigning for civil rights in America while ignoring Israel’s racist policies toward Palestinians.
Grant Smith and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep) have released a report on efforts by Israel advocacy groups to effect changes in textbooks used in public schools in Virginia. According to IRmep, the requested changes include:
Roger Waters, speaking at a concert in Spain, branded the White Helmets–universally portrayed by Western media as glorious heroes–as a bunch of frauds.
“We live in a world where propaganda seems to be more important than what’s really going on.”
“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
MOSCOW, April 14. /TASS/. Russia is convening an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the actions by the United States and its allies, which carried out missile strikes on Syria on Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
“On April 14, the US backed by its allies carried out a missile strike against military and civilian infrastructure facilities in Syria. Without the authorization of the United Nations Security Council, in defiance of the UN Charter, norms and principles and international law, an act of aggression has been committed against a sovereign state, which is at the forefront of the war on terror,” the Kremlin press service quotes Putin as saying.
Another Security Council meeting today…and as before, the last speaker, once again, was Syrian Ambassador Bashar Jaafari. Syria is not a Security Council member, but under the guidelines in place, whenever a country becomes the subject of a Security Council debate, its representative is recognized to speak. In his remarks, Jaafari quoted the famous line from George Orwell about truth-telling during times of universal deceit–and Jaafari’s speech was rather admirable, containing quite a few revolutionary acts in its own right.
Despite the bullying and intimidation of her interrogators, Ahed Tamimi appears to stand strong, refusing to cooperate. The 17-year-old girl is serving an 8-month prison sentence for slapping an Israeli soldier.