Time to declare independence

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The 1776 Declaration of Independence begins:
“When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

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It’s long past time to declare our independence from Israel. Israel has dictated US foreign policy and many domestic policy issues for many years. Any question of this authority results in swift retaliation by AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) and the other Zionist enforcers. Ask former Congress members Pete McCloskey and Cynthia McKinney. Both were removed from Congress by AIPAC. If that wasn’t enough punishment for McKinney, in late December 2008, the Israeli Navy rammed the small boat she was on. The boat was delivering medical supplies to Gaza. It could have resulted in more deaths at sea to add notches to Israel’s gunstock. Naturally, there was no US diplomatic protest nor was there any apology from the Israelis.

A recent interview with McCloskey recaps his story:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8400524786258441846

The latest indignation to our sense of decency and humanity is our government’s refusal to participate in the April UN Conference on Racism on orders from Israel. UN Ambassador Susan Rice pressed for US attendance as did Samantha Power, adviser at the National Security Council but they were no match against the power of AIPAC. The United States and Israel walked out of the first U.N. conference on racism in Durban, South Africa, in 2001, days before the September 11 attacks, to protest efforts to pass a resolution comparing Zionism to racism.

Why is Israel dictating US foreign policy? We send Israel billons in military weapons and then let them tell us what to do?

In the last two years, some 149 members of Congress have enjoyed all expense-paid junkets to Israel hosted by AIPAC’s front, the American Israel Education Foundation. For some reason, this all passes congressional ethics rules but there is almost no way a congressperson can travel to Gaza or visit the Palestinian areas.

At one time it was reported that AIPAC had the private home and office telephone numbers of all members of Congress. I assume cell phone numbers are included today.

The primary problem today is AIPAC’s absolute power over the entire Congress and the Administration.

Ironically the U.S. has no mutual assistance treaty whatsoever with Israel. The absence of any treaty seems due to the fact that Israel already enjoys the U.S. military weapon advantages but does not want to its own hands tied in any way.

Sadly there is a long history of questionable involvement by the Israel government in US policy. In some cases it involved direct military action against the US.

Wikipedia reports, “The USS Liberty incident was an attack on a neutral United States Navy technical research ship, USS Liberty, by Israeli jet fighter planes and motor torpedo boats on June 8, 1967, during the Six-Day War. The combined air and sea attack killed 34 and wounded more than 170 crewmembers, and damaged the ship severely. It was the worst loss of American naval personnel from hostile action since World War II. The ship was in international waters north of the Sinai Peninsula, about 25.5 nautical miles (47.2 km) northwest from the Egyptian city of Arish.”

The Israeli warships closed and poured machine gun fire into the crowded life rafts, sinking two. As American sailors were being massacred in cold blood, a rescue mission by US Sixth Fleet carrier aircraft was mysteriously aborted on orders from the White House.

The worst crime we have been forced to support and finance is the decades long genocidal war against the Palestinian people. Shamefully, US made and supplied white phosphorus; cluster bombs and land mines are used indiscriminately. Children have become the primary casualties of these inhumane weapons. The people of the US do not approve these actions but the weapons contractors and the Israeli controlled puppets in Congress keep this disgrace going on and on. And still the US refuses to intervene and robotically vetoes all UN Security Council resolutions that offend Israel.

What can we do? It’s time to declare our independence from Israel. It’s that simple. Aren’t they are as bad, or worse than our British masters in the 18th century?!

One of the reasons South African apartheid was brought to an end was by the relentless actions of the South African black population. “We will not be silent!”

The rest of the world finally joined in with disinvestment and boycotts. Disinvestment, stopping investments in South African enterprises started in the 1960’s and reached traction in the 1980’s without any positive action by the US government. Students, concerned citizens and others made the difference.

The boycott of South African goods applied even more pressure. South African apartheid ended in the 90’s and the world is a much better place.

The boycott of Israeli goods has started. Significantly, South African dockworkers have refused to unload Israeli goods, February 6, 2009. The National Union of Journalists voted at its 2007 annual meeting for a boycott of Israeli goods as part of a protest against the 2006 war in Lebanon.

Disinvestment is proceeding slowly. On February 10, 2009, the Church of England divested interest in Caterpillar Company for its involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian war. Some American colleges have disinvested or are considering it. Last November, United Nations General Assembly President Father Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, made a groundbreaking recommendation in an address to the world body. He proposed that Israel should be treated in ways the South African apartheid regime was, and that we should not shy from using the word “Apartheid.”

We saw the vilification of Jimmy Carter for use of the word apartheid in a book title. He and many others have called for visits to Gaza to see the hell wrought by Israel. Minnesota’s Keith Ellison and two other members of Congress were able in late February to visit Gaza in an unprecedented way, the first congressional visit in 4 years. Sadly, Ellison has previously accepted 2 junkets to Israel. Jimmy Carter was denied entrance to Gaza by Israel in 2006. Cynthia McKinney was on a mercy mission to Gaza when rammed by the Israeli Navy. Special Spokesman for the Human Rights Council of the United Nations for the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Professor of Law Emeritus at Princeton University Richard Falk was denied entry into Israel on the 15th of December. He then was extradited by Israeli authorities to Switzerland. Professor Richard Falk is a Jew.

The Nazis did not allow visits to the extermination camps; it’s understandable that Israel does not want the world to see what it is doing.

So it’s high time for independence, time for action. If not now, when?

If our government is too intimidated to act, it’s up to the people of the US to take the leadership in divesting from Israel to end their apartheid.

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