Wednesday, August 3, 2016

He Dares to Speak Out

About 30 years ago, Paul Findley, Congressman from Illinois for twenty-two years, published a book, They Dare to Speak Out, in which he tells his own story of being labeled untrustworthy by the Israeli lobby.  In spite of having a near perfect record of supporting everything Israel had asked for, he began to feel uncomfortable with Israel’s brutal policies toward the Palestinians.  Without threatening to diminish his commitment to Israel, he felt conscience bound to simply speak with Yasser Arafat. Immediately AIPAC, The Anti-Defamation League and The American Jewish Committee pounced, “Paul, Paul, he must go. He supports the PLO,”[1] and poured money into his political defeat.   

Fast forward three decades and I fear the same for my Congressman, Hank Johnson. He is being criticized for speaking up for justice.  Mondoweiss reports:

Representative Johnson offered insightful comments on the diminishing prospects for a two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian issue, citing Israel’s ongoing settlement activity – which violates international law and US policy going back decades – on occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank, a point consistently made by both the Obama and Bush administrations. He analogized this settlement to that of termites hollowing out and undermining a structure, noting that settlement expansion has made the creation of a viable Palestinian state in the occupied territories all but impossible.[2]

Zionist scream, how dare he use Israel’s gobbling up Palestinian land and resources and destroying people’s lives in the same sentence with “termites”? They found his analogy offensive, too close to the facts on the ground. 

Note, for what it’s worth, he did NOT call settlers termites.

Of course, It was no big deal when Moshe Dayan, Israel’s Chief of Staff of the IDF, said in the early 1970s, “We have no solution…You  (Palestinians) shall continue to live like dogs, and whoever wishes may leave.” Or Rafel Eitan, a decade later also Chief of Staff of the IDF, said, “When we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do about it will be to scurry around like drugged roaches in a bottle.”[3]  

I can only imagine what the Zionist would be screaming had Hank Johnson said anything like that.

Hank Johnson is not reckless. He would not take an unpopular position without checking it out for himself.  That is why he and several other congress people went on a fact finding trip to Palestine to see what is happening there first hand. It is quite obvious that he is courageous and puts truth above popularity. He speaks out of a heart committed to oppressed people. And he is willing to commit his life and career to correcting the injustice causing so much pain to so many people, none of whom, I might add, can vote for him.  That is what leadership does. I am proud that he is my Representative.

When it comes to re-election time, Hank Johnson will get my vote and a few dollars. I hope he will also have your support. May his tribe and influence increase.

Thomas Are
August 3, 2016  





[1] Paul Finley,  They Dare to Speak Out.  (Lawrence Hill Publishers, 1985) p. 17. In this powerful book, Finley documents the influence of AIPAC on US government, military, college campus and Christian Theology.
[2] Mondoweiss, Support for Rep. Hank Johnson Following mischaracterization of his remarks on Settlements. Mondoweiss.net/2016/07.
[3] Mondoweiss, The Palestinians, in Israeli Officials’ Own Words. May 3, 1983
[4] This quote is documented in numerous sources. I refer to the book by Don Wagner and Walt Davis, Zionism and the Quest for Justice in the Holy Land. (Pickwick Publications, 2014)  p.21. And Chas W. Freeman, Jr. America’s Continuing Misadventures in the Middle East, (Just Word Books, 2016) p.48.

4 comments:

  1. It is risky to speak truth to power, but I am proud of Hank Johnson for doing so. And glad he is my representative.

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  2. I can truly understand the Palestinian cause and I can empathize with the suffering, for sure. But the Israeli cause should also be understood. Immediately on the U.N. authorizing a homeland, the Israelis were assaulted by everyone around them. Even today, the whole middle east is consumed with the hatred of Israel. Put yourself in their shoes. Everyone on earth considers the survival of their culture and their race. It is the nature of man. There is no one any more adept at this than are Americans. The answer for the Palestinians is the answer for everyone, just get along, submit and yield to change. One is not asked to compromise his conscience or religion, but one must learn to compromise his own self interests, his own selfishness.

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  3. I believe the elitist jews backed Hitler and encouraged the 3 million lower caste jew extermination as a "loss leader", get good people of the world into the evil jew store. It worked!

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  4. I don't have a problem with the evil Jews. I know that everyone else is evil also. It kind of comes with humanity. Killing Jews is evil and killing anyone else is evil, also. Killing people never got rid of evil, it just got rid of some of the people.

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