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Another Article Removed by Times of Israel

Earlier today. I saw an article on the Times of Israel titled “Does This War Make Me Look Fat?” – I posted it on Facebook, but then it was removed. This is the second time this week that The Times of Israel has published and then deleted articles that clearly reveal just how insane and callous Zionism can be – the first was an article explicitly called “When Genocide is Permissable”. In any case, for those who are interested – I managed to copy the article in full before it was removed :

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Try as may, I cannot stop rockets with M&M’s. Hershey’s syrup doesn’t stop the sound of booms, Cocoa Pebbles don’t stop sirens, and chocolate, glory be thy name, doesn’t stop war. I have tried in earnest to employ all of these methods and alas, Operation Tzuk Eitan is still in full swing. My name is Rachel and I am a chocoholic.

I have lost nearly 30 pounds since making aliyah and have a significant amount more to go. Despite a love of exercise and vegetables, I find myself eating not to alleviate hunger, but to satiate the worry, the fear, and the reality that we are in. Though I live in Beit Shemesh, an area not nearly as badly hit as those in the south and Gaza belt, the sound of that dreaded siren means the same thing no matter where you live; there’s a missile aimed at us, shot by people who want us dead. Even one of those is enough to make you freak out. Dare I add, even one those is enough to make the people who love you who don’t live in Israel, freak out, too.

When the war started weeks ago, though I’m having a hard time remembering what it was like pre- war at this rate, I found myself “war shopping.” In the States, when a heavy snow storm was predicted, grocery stores would fill with people shopping like the famine was coming. Shovels, rock salt, milk, water, and bread would fly off the shelves like there was literally no tomorrow. I was one of those people who admittedly blurred the lines between practicality and OH MY GOSH WE’RE NEVER GONNA EAT AGAIN! It had nothing to do with the starving children in another country, but the mere possibility that we’d run low on coffee before the snow had melted. Honestly, I can’t really tell you what I accomplished by war shopping other than to feed my increasing anxiety about living through it. I assure you that our grocery stores have not shut down, no one has starved, and we, thank G-D, still have plenty to eat.

Food has traditionally been a source of comfort for me. I am a child of a Depression baby and as such, grew up with food that I was certain grew from our kitchen table. We always teased my mother, may she rest in peace, about her seeming ability to feed the entire third world with the food in her freezer alone. She shopped for the people in the house, who might come to the house, and people who drove past the house. I grew up with food as a source of goodness and love, so I guess it makes sense that I’d use it now to try and make things better. It doesn’t.

It is comforting to know that I am not fighting this Battle of the Bulge alone. In a recent and very unscientific Facebook survey a friend polled her community by asking, “Eating more or eating less because of the “situation”?”

The answers varied, but most came to the conclusion that war is bad for your waistline. Many respondents admitted that their chocolate and carb consumption had gone up, as had their weight, while others said they were eating less as a result of the tension. Not eating because of stress is something I just can’t relate to; I don’t understand it and it confuses me. To be clear though, I am in awe and unabashedly jealous of people who can pull that one off. The common denominator everyone could agree on though was that war is stressful. It doesn’t matter if you have a child in the army or know of someone else’s on the front lines, whether Hamas is shooting at you non- stop, or every now and then. Knowing people want you dead? Not terribly calming.

It’s hard enough to watch your weight when things are relaxed. It’s that much harder I find, when consumed by social media, news, and the insanity of folks who still think the good guys are the bad guys. I feel The Grip of all of these things on my brain, in my nervous system, and struggle with things like,

How can I work out when 3 more soldiers have been killed? How irreverent does that make me?

The reports say that the soldier may still be alive. I should wait to see what the updates are.

Oh man, my “red alert” app is going off like gangbusters. I want to stand up and do something else, but they just don’t stop!

Don’t get me wrong, I KNOW how ridiculous this sounds. But I also know that I share this obsession with others who like me, logically get that being glued to a computer isn’t going to help us win the war any faster. The longer I sit, the less energy I have. The less energy I have, the less desire to cut open a bag of lettuce instead of plowing through a box of cereal. War really is bad for the waistline but it also wreaks havoc on the mind and soul. And that coupled with a case of “I am now one with my chair,” makes for yet more stress, more anxiety, more poundage, and no clearer end to what’s going on.

The good news? We are in these battles together. The existential ones, the physical ones, and the ones involving foods that call our name. I look forward to the day when this war is over, when missiles are no longer aimed at us, when our enemies no longer force us to protect ourselves in ways we wouldn’t otherwise fathom. May we soon be able to refer to this time the way we lovingly refer to many of our holidays,

They tried to kill us, we won, LET’S EAT!

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NOTE: Here’s the link to the page the original article was on –  http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/does-this-war-make-me-look-fat/

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Philip K. Dick on Israel

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This is a letter Philip K. Dick wrote in response to Israel’s bombing of the Osirak reactor in Iraq in 1981. It’s worth reading these days because, as with his science fiction, PKD remains prophetic….

Philip K. Dick is, arguably, the science fiction author, and the mind behind such movies as Blade Runner, Minority Report, The Adjustment Bureau, and many others.

The letter is fascinating in many regards; for a start PKD’s approach is well thought out, in his first paragraph he outlines the logical problems inherent in Israel’s attack on Osirak. In the second, he discusses the state of mind that leads to such paranoia, and in the third, he warns Israel, and insinuates that they are possessed by the memory of a madman…

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(From ‘The Selected Letters of Philip K. Dick 1980-82′)…

Dear Ron Hendren,

Regarding Israel’s pre-emptive air strike on the Iraqi nuclear power plant I see several objections to the P.M.’s position. Israel’s government should have been prepared to offer substantial proof that weapons were in fact going to be produced at the reactor site. This proof should have been presented at today’s news conference, since Israel would have anticipated long in advance the adverse world opinion. Does this mean that Israel has no substantial proof? The burden of proof is on Israel, not on Iraq; this is, Iraq does not have to prove that it was not going to produce weapons; Israel must prove that it was. Second: Israel’s P.M. has stated that if Iraq rebuils the power plant Israel will destroy it again, but the P.M. did not say “if it appears that the plant will be converted to weapons production”; does this mean that Israel regards any nuclear power plant in an Arab country a threat, even if international regulatory agencies monitor and inspect the plant regularly? Third: why was the air strike conducted one day before the six-month inspection was to take place? On the Monday following the air strike it would have been possible for the international regulatory agency to have ascertained if in fact there had been – or was planned – a diversion toward weapons production. Fourth: Israel’s P.M. pointed out that once the plant was hot were it to be bombed many thousands of Iraqi citizens would have died from the radioactive fall-out; in that case, by possessing a nuclear power plant, Iraq was making itself incredibly vulnerable to destruction from the air – titanic destruction; possession of the plant, then, would be a two-edged sword. It could possibly be diverted to weapons production but it de facto was a time bomb situated near Baghdad. The actual military advantage, it would seem, lay with Iraq’s enemy, Israel. How could Iraq possibly attack Israel under such circumstances?

The fallacy of the argument in favor of pre-emptive war is that it assumes knowledge of the motives and intentions of other countries. It was a primary contention of Nazi Germany that a ring of enemies surrounded it, justifying (at least in the eyes of the Germans) pre-emptive war. By this same argument, the U.S. should have attacked the Soviet Union before the U.S.S.R. developed the A-bomb and certainly before it had the H-bomb. And in fact this argument was advanced in the late Forties. I am a Quaker and I deplore military “solutions.” The premise here seems to be that Arabs are unstable people who cannot be trusted. They should not have nuclear power plants because they will sneakily find a way to divert plutonium to weapons production despite all efforts at oversight and regulation. Now, it is the opinion of U.S. intelligence that Israel possesses nuclear weapons, and would have used them in the last war had the war gone against them. (In fact the U.S. is said to maintain constant tracking of the deployment of Israel’s nuclear strike force by means of observation satellites.) What Sunday’s air strike really boils down to – and I think you pointed to this in your commentary today, but perhaps only by implication – is that the balance of power in the Middle East must be kept in Israel’s favor in terms of nuclear weapons, since Israel is one small country surrounded by many hostile Arab countries. But it is Israel’s tragedy if she alienates world opinion and finds herself standing alone; she will have engineered the very thing she fears and suspects: an implacable, hostile ring around her, much as Germany experienced after World War One. The problem with paranoia in individuals and in nations is that it brings about the exact conditions that it suspects; paranoia is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Israel must not taunt the world with the fact that she is militarily capable of destroying any and all nations who might attack her because there is always the chance that this boast will be tested precisely because it is made.

Israel’s best chance for survival lie in the goodwill of the international community, not on sophisticated American weapons, plus Israel’s own nuclear capability. Military power is not, in the final analysis, the answer to Israel’s problems any more than it is the answer to ours or the Soviet Union’s. International cooperation is the answer in this global village we inhabit. Israel expresses a reactionary stance that would, perhaps, have made sense three thousand years ago. Those days are gone. Unless Israel can accept the existence of the Arab people as her neighbors she will by fighting pull her own self down, as many nations have done before her. There is a wonderful thrill in pre-emptive military strikes utilizing the most advanced weapons the world has to offer, and this thrill drove the Third Reich to horrible ruin, and, with her, much of the world. It was Hitler’s theory that the ultimate victory of fascism was that it would compel its enemies to imitate it, to become what it itself was. The ghost of that madman inhabits the taunts proffered the world by Israel’s P.M., and this is tragic indeed.

Cordially,

Philip K. Dick,

June 9, 1981

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Call To Journalists Worldwide…

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I understand and appreciate your attempt to free your colleagues who get arrested by brutal regimes, and subjected to draconian and ridiculous kangaroo courts, and I applaud your efforts to publicize this issue, however, I think you can do a lot more and I am writing this message explicitly so you can not claim to not have had a better idea.

It’s not enough to tweet photos of yourselves with your mouths taped up, nor is it enough to hold up pieces of paper on which you’ve written hashtags intended to draw attention to your plight or that of your fellow journalists. I believe you have to take a far more radical approach.

Stop.

Just stop. When you’re asked to write your newest column, write only these twenty words – “I refuse to report so long as my colleagues cannot. This column will remain silent until my colleagues are free.” and nothing else. Substitute the word ‘column’ with ‘show’, ‘article’, ‘segment’, etc – depending on your medium, whether it’s a newspaper, a TV show, a website, etc -

Make people outside of Twitter and Facebook get the message, show them the real force of your solidarity, and impose an embargo on both viewers and governments that do not realize the magnitude of oppression that your colleagues suffer. Force everybody to adopt the issue, and make it their own, force the issue into everyday conversation, and force the urgency on people outside of the journalistic profession. This is not a local issue, this is not even a national issue, this is a global issue, and it’s one of integrity, honesty, and truth. Journalists worldwide feel very strongly when one of them suffers injustice just for doing his job, commit yourself to that feeling, and take it the logical conclusion. Force the issue.

Good luck.

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Imagine…

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Imagine that your country was run by a corporation. Now imagine this corporation has managed to take over at least a third of the country’s assets. Imagine if this corporation enacted laws that allowed it to enlist most of the young men in the country as slave labor, getting paid peanuts, and having to work all day, sometimes in productive jobs, and sometimes sending men to do nothing more than smoke cigarettes as they stood in a deserted spot of land. Imagine that this corporation was run by a cabal of business men who were above all the laws, and subject to none of them – so that they were not held accountable to the country or to its laws. Imagine further that this corporation could not only ignore the law, but could actually change laws to suit itself. Imagine if this corporation was not only exempt from taxes, but was actually partly funded by taxes, and received further funding from foreign countries, all on top of the profit that it makes from its businesses selling gasoline, water, pasta, cheeses, and various foodstuff. Imagine that these profits are made at almost no cost to the corporation since the labor, as we said before, was basically slave labor. Imagine that this corporation not only controlled the law in a country, but also had the power to tailor the constitution so that all the citizens of the country were subject to the laws of the corporation, whereas those employed by the corporation were subject only to the laws of the corporation, and to its board of directors. Imagine if this corporation could kill anybody that it chose to, imprison anybody that it chose to, direct the media as it saw fit, destroy any media that it didn’t approve of, ban any writers that it didn’t like, and it could do all of this with complete impunity. Now imagine that this corporation was not only immune to the law, but in actual control of the judiciary, and could impose sentences simply by lifting up the phone, and giving directives to judges, telling them exactly what kind of verdicts it wanted to see in any cases that piqued its interest. Imagine further that this corporation had greater powers than the president himself, but that, just to be sure, it chose to install as president one of its own, who continues to serve it’s interests. Imagine that this corporation held an absolute monopoly on the use of heavy weapons in the country, and that, just to be sure, it employed the police force as it’s first line of defense, since, as a matter of public relations, it chose not to get its own hands ‘dirty’ when that could be avoided. Are you starting to realize that you really don’t have to use your imagination at all?

Welcome to Egypt.

06
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The Colors of Fascism

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You have to remember, fascism is not a specific color, but an attitude, and all colors, once they seek to impose themselves, can become fascist. This is why you have red fascists, and blue fascists, and green fascists, and purple fascists, and all other kinds, and this is why people get confused sometimes…think somebody is a friend when, in fact, they turn out to be an enemy. If you are red, and fighting green, all the red fascists come to your aid, and call you heroes, but when you battle red fascism, suddenly you are called traitors. When you turn to fight off the red fascists, all the green fascists think themselves allies, they want to come to your aid! Surely you are part of their ‘green’ revolution! But you are no such thing, you are simply fighting off fascists of all colors, because in the end, fascism deprives all colors of taste, whether you want to think of the result as white or black, the fact is that all fascism results in a bland uniformity, all fascism desires a blank uniformity, a conformity of taste, of opinion, of choice, of view. It is the murder of the individual, it is the state as ultimate vampire, feeding off the blood of the population rather than enriching the lives of its citizens. It is the death knell of freedom, and of choice, and of all other colors. It is oppression.

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الفاشية و ألوانها

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حاجة بننساها كتير، بس لازم ندركها دائما – الفاشية مش لون محدد، وإنما أسلوب – و كل الألوان – طالما بتتبنى فكرة إنها لها الحق تفرض نفسها – بتميل في الأخر الى الفاشية. علشان كده في فاشي أحمر، و فاشي أزرق و فاشي برتقالي و فاشي بمبي – وكل الألوان في منها الفاشي. علشان كده ساعات الناس بتتلغبط – و ساعات تكون انت مثلاً احمر و بتحارب الفاشية الخضراء، تلاقي الفاشيين الحمر معتبرينك بطل وشجاع ويقفوا وراك و يصقفولك و يشجعوك – إنما لما تييجي بعدعها تحارب الفاشية الحمراء تلاقيهم معتبرينك عدو وفاكرينك أكيد تبع الخضر مثلاً. واقع الأمر انك انت نفسك لم تتغير، بتحب الحرية و بتحارب الفاشية مهما كانت لونها – إنما هما (لانهم فاشيين) مش فاهمين كده. عاوزين ولائك يكون للون معين، مش فاهمين ان الدينا محتاجة الوان كتير و تبقى فقيرة منغيرهم. في الأخر الفاشية – مهما كان لونها بتميل للتوحد و التوحيد – و ممكن تعتبر ده غياب للألوان – في ناس بتعتبره بياض و في ناس بتعتبره سواد – انما الخلاصة انه كله زي بعضه، مالوش طعم ولا لون، ولا يسمح بالتعدد ولا بالإختلاف – ولا في الذوق ولا في الطعم ولا في الفكر ولا في المنظور. الفاشية تقتل الشخص و الشخصية، و هي تجسد الدولة في إطار طفيلي – فتعيش بأن تمتص دماء المواطنين بدلاً من ان تعطيهم الحياة و الحرية و الرخاء. الفاشية هي مقصلة الحرية و الإختيار وتقتل جميع الألوان في النهاية – الفاشية هي القمع.

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The Alternatives You Ignored

A few points need to be made here.

First of all, I find it at least a bit strange when people refer to me as part of a ‘you’ that they call the ‘opposition’ and then tell me that this ‘we’ was supposed to create a coalition, and that since we have ‘offered none’ – I therefore have no right to ‘complain’.

I am, a video producer, a photographer, a graphic designer, a writer, and a musician. I am not, nor have I ever been, a politician. If I protested, it was not for a political party or a political ideology, when I write, it’s not for a party or an ideology, and the only ‘entity’ with which I’ve had any kind of regular attachment is the No Military Trials for Civilians group, of whose work I am very proud and by whose other members I am constantly humbled. My interest in the revolution from Day 1 has been, and continues to be, purely humane. I am not in need, mostly because I have few needs – but I am painfully aware of how many people suffer in Egypt, and that most of those suffer unjustly.

I went down on Jan 25th for the same reasons I went down to protest with Cairo University students when they were protesting Israel’s attack on Jenin back in 2001/2, and I protested in Tahrir Square a year later when the USA was about to launch it’s all out attack (Shock & Awe they called it..) on Iraq. In all those cases I didn’t protest FOR a politician or a political party, or a political ideology – I protested against an injustice, against criminal acts and against criminal regimes. So again, when you, the accuser, say ‘you’ – I have no idea who you’re referring to, unless you’re referring to the very amorphous creature journalists and politicians like to call, without a hint of nuance, ‘the opposition’ – it’s a label that lacks all cohesion because who the opposition is shifts depending on shifting alliances between those in power at any given time. When the MB appeared to be in power, YOU, I assume, would have, by your definition, counted as ‘opposition’. Should I take that to mean that you have formed a coalition? If that’s the case, should I hold you responsible for all the ills that the regime has perpetrated since Morsi was removed? I reserve the right to fight injustice, and do not take that to automatically mean that I am somehow responsible for providing the people with a better choice. I am simply one other guy eating in the restaurant, I am not the chef, nor have I ever wanted to be one.

However, if you’re asking me to divine why people have ‘decided’ that no choices have been presented, I can hazard a few guesses – first of all, many ‘opposition’ or ‘revolutionary’ movements HAVE indeed come up with different scenarios throughout the revolution, I was among those, who suggested since before Mubarak was finally removed, and all the way until the run-off elections between Morsi & Shafiq, that the only way to get past the Military Dictatorship was to forget about the elections, and to form a Civil Council comprising most of the candidates, have that council for an interim period and have the constitution written within that period, followed by proper elections. ANY such notion was immediately dismissed, and barely given any air-time, and similar suggestions were actually mocked by SCAF on TV. Otherwise, many human rights organizations came up with plans, for example, for restructuring the police force and the ministry of the interior, so that it becomes accountable, answerable to the law, and actually fills a role in which they, amazingly enough, serve the people. NONE of these suggestions have been taken, listened to, or applied.

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If the media has not made you aware of the many suggestions and options that have been proposed throughout not only the last year, but throughout the last few years, that is not the fault of the amorphous collective you’re referring to, but of a collusion between the regime and the media, to always make you believe that you have no other choices than the one THEY present you with. 

As for the elections, you insist that they are ‘legal’. Well…them being legal is certainly open to dispute, not only because of the 3rd day extension, which can be attacked legally on several grounds (first of all, you don’t change election law MID-ELECTIONS, and second, a law is only formally a ‘law’ when it’s printed in the Official Journal, and since it was NOT printed except by the 3rd day of elections, then the 2nd day decision to ‘extend’ was, literally, illegal) – but also on many other grounds; the Sisi campaign, by any measure, seems to have gone completely over their legally allowed budget, the media was heavily and undoubtedly biased towards Sisi, Sisi’s campaign is technically guilty of bribery because of the 300,000 power-saving bulbs they ‘distributed’, Hamdein’s representatives were arrested in many governerates, and nobody I know – including a whole bunch of photographers who saw LOTS of polling station – believes the magical turnout figure of 25 million voters. I won’t hold as evidence other things, like videos clearly showing military personal marking ballots for Sisi en masse, because it can be argued that those videos are fake, and I have no way to prove otherwise.

I would also add that something may be ‘legal’ but wrong, such as the Protest Law, which is quite simply unconstitutional. If you doubt my words, please examine the terminological swindle that occurs between Article 8 and Article 10 of said law.

Otherwise, another reason for your impression that we had no options was El-Sisi’s very conscious, very deliberate sabotage of the whole political process. I said, way back in November 2013, that by refusing to answer the question about whether or not he’s going to run for the presidency when he gave his first big interview in Al MasryAl Youm, El-Sisi had effectively sabotaged an entire political process that was supposed to take place and last all the way from November and right up last week. Had El-Sisi done what almost everybody wanted him to do (including many, if not most, of those who voted for him), and simply said he would not run; the focus for the last six months would not have been on whether or not (or when) Sisi will decide to run, but rather on many non-military candidates who would’ve have come to the table, and offered themselves to the people.

We would’ve met tens of names, and slowly over the last 6 months, we would have seen real debates, and a filtering process would’ve taken place, with some candidates becoming popular and gaining support, and others being left on the way side. NONE of this happened, and it was because El-Sisi decided to create a political fog, effectively ‘reserving’ the presidential seat for himself.

Could somebody else, other than Hamdein have decided to run anyway? Sure. Would he have had any reason to believe the elections would be honest or fair? None whatsoever, not while the regime has Adly Mansour making up whatever laws they desire at the drop of a hat. 

I hope at least some of what I’ve written proves useful or explanatory…and helps you to understand why so many of your friends or sons or daughters are unhappy with the way things are going.

Thank you for taking the time to read this note.

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