Budrus Is a Must-See

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I was honored last night to be invited to a small showing of the movie Budrus, a documentary about one town in the West Bank that successfully and non-violently resisted Israeli efforts in 2003 to build the separation barrier in a way that would have encircled the town, cutting the residents off from their land and uprooting precious olive trees.
I went to the screening knowing that I would have to write about it, and when thinking about it after seeing the movie I immediately became uneasy. I thought about broad issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the constant arguing, and the seemingly inescapable cycle of rhetoric and violence, provocation and response, and no longer wanted to write this review.
When I told a friend at the screening about my dread of writing about the movie because I didn’t want to write about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, his response was, “well then don’t write about the conflict. Write about the land.”
And that is the heart of the movie, the land. Budrus mostly follows one man, Ayed Arrar, a Palestinian nationalist and activist who organized the protests over 10-months that lead to Israel’s eventual decision to build the wall close to the 1967 border, allowing the town of Budrus to keep 95% of its land. The movie follows others through filmed scenes and extensive interviews, including with Arrar’s wife and daughter, a Hamas activist, an Israeli Army spokesman, an Israeli border patrol officer, and Israeli activists who protested with the residents of Budrus.
The movie has a clear purpose, to show the injustice of Israeli construction that would have cut off the town from its fields and livelihood, and even cut the town’s cemetery in half. But regardless of the justifications or arguments against the security barrier, the thing that struck me most about the movie was that there seems to have been simply no reason for the decision to draw the fence line around Budrus – instead of simply hewing to or close to the green line, the army chose to pursue a more complicated route, one that involved turning the area around a town into a closed military zone, deploying border police day after day to push back protesters, all for no gain. After all, no Israelis were set to move into the land, no one would make use of Budrus’ olive groves, they were simply upended, to be replaced with concrete and concertina wire.
And so I have to ask, what makes more sense for Israel? Two states with defensible borders, or constant haggling over land, incremental change, and soldiers permanently deployed in town after town, forced to fight back a hostile majority for little foreseeable gain.
No matter how you feel about Israelis or Palestinians, Budrus is a beautiful piece of work that tells a stirring story and will make you look at this issue with fresh eyes. In Washington you can see Budrus at the Silverdocs film festival June 24 and 26, for other cities check the film’s website for information.
— Andrew Lebovich

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39 comments on “Budrus Is a Must-See

  1. Cee says:

    Cutting through the confusion about Israel/Palestine
    By Richard Forer
    21 June 2010
    Richard Forer, a former member of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), exposes the deceitful and dishonest foundations on which support for Israel is built. In a detailed letter, he outlines a path which those interested in justice and genuine peace in the Middle East can take to reach a true understanding of the Palestine-Israel conflict.
    Former Israeli Chief of Military Intelligence General Yehoshafat Harkabi:
    We must define our position and lay down basic principles for a settlement. Our demands should be moderate and balanced, and appear to be reasonable. But in fact they must involve such conditions as to ensure that the enemy rejects them. Then we should manoeuvre and allow him to define his own position, and reject a settlement on the basis of a compromise position. We should then publish his demands as embodying unreasonable extremism.
    Moshe Dayan:
    [The state of Israel] must see the sword as the main, if not the only, instrument with which to keep its morale high and to retain its moral tension. Toward this end it may, no

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  2. David says:

    As a retired educator, I cannot begin to thank you enough for posting Ram Cohen’s statement of principle. It is absolutely magnificent. This man understands the most basic obligations of anyone who is an educator bound to truly common human values as they appertain to educators. I used to confound some of the folks in administration at my community college that I did not work for the president, I did not work for my department chair. I was paid by the State of Florida to carry out what was commonly understood as my obligations and my prerogatives as an instructor of literature and composition in a public institution of higher learning. Special interests have been hammering away at that common understanding rather relentlessly with the rise of the conservative right and religious fundamentalism. And if they can eliminate continuing contracts and/or tenure, they will have a very easy time of imposing their narrow, self-serving understanding of public education, as is the Texas State School Board with a vengeance. Fortunately, the fools can’t afford the new books they’ve mandated because Governor Goodhair (a nod to Molly Ivins) won’t accept federal stimulus funds.
    But it was damned refreshing to read the thoughts of an educator who is an actual educator, not an indoctrinator.

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  3. Cee says:

    Bob Simon from CBS did a story about this happening to a small town years ago. I wonder if this is the one.

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  4. Cee says:

    Zim?
    Same folks who broke their lease at the WTC before the 9-11 attack?

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  5. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Then theres Nadine. Not an Israeli. So what is it about Nadine that makes her such a despicable supporter of atrocities and inhumanities?
    And she’s right. People ARE geting sick and tired of the pure and utter SHIT Jews like her spew in order to fabricate justifications and rationales for racist acts and atrocities committed by The Jewish State against the Palestinian people.
    Protesters prevent unloading of Israeli ship
    David R. Baker, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Protesters prevent unloading of Israeli ship
    (06-20) 12:35 PDT OAKLAND — Hundreds of demonstrators, gathering at the Port of Oakland before dawn, prevented the unloading of an Israeli cargo ship.
    The demonstrators, demanding an end to Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip, picketed at Berth 58, where a ship from Israel’s Zim shipping line is scheduled to dock later today. The day shift of longshoremen agreed not to cross the picket line.
    International pressure to end the Gaza closure has increased since Israeli commandos stormed a flotilla of ships attempting to run the blockade on May 31, killing nine people. Last week, Israeli officials announced that they would loosen but not lift the blockade, allowing more goods to enter the impoverished area.
    “Our view is that the state of Israel can not engage in acts of piracy and kill people on the high seas and still think their cargo can go anywhere in the world,” said Richard Becker, an organizer with ANSWER, one of many peace and labor groups involved in Sunday’s action.
    Becker estimated that 600 to 700 people joined the demonstration, many of them arriving at 5:30 a.m. Oakland police, who estimated the crowd at 500 people, reported no arrests.
    The demonstrators want to block the unloading of the Zim ship for a full day. After convincing the day shift of longshoreman to honor the picket line, the demonstrators dispersed around 10 a.m., Becker said. The ship is scheduled to arrive in mid-afternoon, and the demonstrators plan to gather again around 4:30 p.m. and re-establish their picket line before the evening shift of longshoremen arrives at 6 p.m.

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  6. nadine says:

    Yes, larry, it is silly to point out what the existence of an independent Israeli High Court implies, or why the separation barrier was built in the first place (why in 2002 and not 1967?), or to discuss just how convoluted and indefensible the 1967 border is, which was never drawn up as a border in the first place, being a mere truce line of demarcation showing the positions of the forces in 1949.
    Steve’s pet crowd of Israel-bashers and anti-Semites won’t hear a word of it. And other more rational people no longer see a discussion they want to join.

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  7. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Here is a Jew that is not nurturing anti-semitism and hatred. Its ironic that, being in the educational field, he will no doubt be silenced with forced retirement. The leaders in Israel WANT the children to be bigots, driven by hatred and racism. How else can they create an army willing to implement a final solution to the “Palestinian problem”? And they are succeeding in this goal, if the actions of the IDF are any example, and the polls of the general population of Israel are any indication. Israel is becoming a nation of monsters, a society of racists. A Jewish State.
    http://www.kibush.co.il/show_file.asp?num=40651
    How I was summoned to the Knesset
    by Ram Cohen
    Ynet Hebrew, June 18 2010
    Translation Adam Keller
    On Monday, June 21, I am to appear before the Knesset Education Committee and the Minister of Education, Mr. Gideon Saar, following my unequivocal words to my students, condemning the 43 year-old occupation and rule over the life of the Palestinian people.
    A school principal should have a clear and unequivocal moral position about any subject and issue on the agenda of Israeli society. A principal is not an educational clerk. A principal must have, for example, something to say about the deportation of the children of migrant workers, trafficking in women, the separation fence, the withdrawal from Gaza, minimum wage law, settlers attacking Palestinian villagers to exact a `price tag`, the removal of Arabs from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah, the siege on Gaza, corruption in government, or the relations of religion and state.
    It is the duty of a school principal to take a stand and to defend it if necessary. A principal can not rest content with nodding and mumbling when students ask questions about the conflicts in Israeli society. The one who gives evasive answers is a hollow person, not worthy of being called an educator. Being an educator means to uphold a set of universal and national values which deserve to be part of the state`s symbols.
    Being at the storm center of controversy, I was recently obliged to introduce for discussion at our school a spectrum of opinion for and against our presence in the Occupied Territories, and I must admit that this was very difficult for me. When I believe that our country does not respect International Law and its own laws, nor does it have proper regard for human rights – I frankly find it hard to admit into the school representatives of views which support the status quo. Since the expulsion from Paradise it is our duty to distinguish right from wrong. It is my duty to point out the wrong, and to strongly condemn it.
    Those who demand that I prepare students for recruitment should know that my duty is also to tell them that they would enter a territory which was occupied 43 years ago, in which human rights are being shamefully violated on a daily basis by means of our military superiority. In future, these children will have to account for themselves, and they will ask if their school has revealed to them the terrible secret called occupation. Yes, occupation. An occupation, not a liberation, not a return to an ancestral land. Not even a return to dry water holes which have been re-filled with tears. *
    In the school which I run, there is no entry to proponents of the racist Kahane ideology. There is no place for people who advocate the use of drugs for relieving stress, nor to rabbis who argue that discrimination of Sephardi girls is justified due to the internal codes of their religious community, to those who promote a multiculturalism which includes female genital mutilation – and to those who justify the discrimination against Arab residents of this country or the `encouraging` of them to emigrate.
    Wherever there is a conflict, any decision will be a political decision. When I decided seven years that this school would teach Arabic rather than French, that was a political decision. The same when I decided that school hikes will not include the `City of David` settlers.**
    On the other hand, also school principals who let their students go to a protest against the withdrawal from Gaza and who present it as the deportation of Jews from their land are performing a political act. To talk to students about a holy duty of settling Jews from the sea to the Jordan River, on the basis of a Divine promise, is a political act. Expressing opposition or support to the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Gilead Shalit – what is that if not taking a political stand?
    So what are the limits of freedom of expression at school? My answer is: everything is permitted provided that it does not contradict such basic values as democracy, universalism and humanism, as well as observing the laws of the State of Israel which should conform to the norms of the Family of Nations.
    I can not end this statement without noting that this Knesset debate would probably not have taken place had Professor Yuli Tamir still been Minister of Education and Haim Oron Still headed the Education Committee***. The obvious conclusion is that free speech in the schools is not determined solely by the innocuous expedient of `examining the boundaries`. Rather, it varies according to the political perceptions of those who at the moment occupy the top positions in the educational system, the Knesset and the government.
    Ram Cohen is an educator and principal of the Aleph High School in Tel Aviv.
    * This is a reference to the song `Jerusalem of Gold`, embodying the nationalist euphoria of 1967, which includes the words `We have come back to the waterholes`.
    ** The settlers group known as `Elad` have established themselves at Silwan Village, directly south of the Old City of Jerusalem, where they claim King David had his palace 3000 years ago, with the proclaimed aim of `Judaising` it. They have expelled Palestinian residents from several homes and took them over, and the `archeological` diggings conducted by settlers undermine the foundations of many other houses. The `National Park` maintained by the settlers is recommended by the Ministry of Education as a venue for school hikes.
    *** Yuli Tamir and Haim Oron, of respectively the Labor Party and the Left-Zionist Meretz Party, held the positions mentioned until the accession of Binyamin Netanyahu to power.

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  8. David says:

    Thank you for this post, Andrew.

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  9. rc says:

    Hardly an open investigation.
    “To blunt charges of weakness, Netanyahu started off the cabinet meeting insisting that the whole purpose of the investigation is to prove that the Israel Navy operation and the ensuing investigations were appropriate and met international standards: “The government decision will make it clear to the world that Israel is acting legally, responsibly and with complete transparency.” . . .
    http://www.opednews.com/articles/US-Stands-and-Lies-With-by-Ira-Chernus-100619-690.html

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  10. rc says:

    One Israeli nuke and it will be counted as American aggression in the global Game. Russia and China have maneuvered Iran into a tight corner with its diamond tipped Persian point sticking nicely into the American hegemonic rib cage. I doubt they will let it fall. The Swiss have signaled their support for Iran and its NPT rights to peaceful nuclear technology. (read ‘we are prepared to do deals for your money transactions’ in a post-UN sanctions period).
    Israel may last another 60 years ‘on the map’ if it plays its card right, but I doubt the fast emerging Turkey-Egypt-Iran triad will leave much of the other puppet regimes in the region — including the non-democratic Saudi Arabia. The game pieces are moving quickly and the US’s obsession with Israeli exceptionalism (as with its own) will come at a high price — for its oil to start with.

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  11. downtown says:

    The Israelis are moving themselves into an untenable position. The facade is cracking. The (rest of the) world is finally starting to notice.

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  12. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Israel bars German minister from Gaza
    New York – Israel stopped German Development Aid Minister Dirk Niebel from visiting the Gaza Strip on Saturday, where he hoped to visit a German-funded sewage treatment project.
    According to Haaretz, talks between German and Israeli officials continued “until the last moment” over Niebel’s plans to visit Gaza:
    Speaking on the second German TV network ZDF program”heute” (today) Saturday evening, Niebel expressed his anger about being denied entry.
    “I would have wished for a clear political signal would be sent for an opening and for transparency,” said Niebel, of Germany’s liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP).
    “Sometimes the Israeli government does not make it easy for its friends to explain why it behaves the way it does,” he added.
    Niebel said that Israel’s latest announcement on easing the Gaza blockade was “not sufficient” and that Israel must “now deliver” on its pledge.
    http://palestinenote.com/cs/blogs/news/archive/2010/06/19/israel-bars-german-minister-from-gaza.aspx
    Just another example of Israel exercising its “right to defend itself”, I suppose.
    Makes ya believe these people are just simply batshit crazy, don’t it? I guess they must think that if the United States will consistently let Israel shit in her outstretched hand, than the rest of the world will do the same thing.

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  13. JohnH says:

    What to do about Israel? Make Zionist supremacy as taboo as Afrikaner supremacy or Southern White supremacy. People like Carolyn Glick and the IDF’s execution of unarmed activists are making this happen…
    Israeli behavior is its own worst enemy.

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  14. DonS says:

    MJ is so right; just reading Ms Glick’s bio tells you all you need to know. She epitomizes the dual citizen American-Israeli Jew who can’t wait to stick a knife in the back of any American politico who fails to toe the AIPAC line.
    An apparent Netanyahu protege, she also show a nonchalance about her own self promotion, not to mention amateurish presentation for a former government official, and current big time JP editor.
    Now someone might be about to tell me that my biased opinion should regard this Ms Glick as one smart, slick chic, and not to underestimate her. For the record, I do not underestimate her since she represents a channel of propaganda direct from Tel Aviv to the open ears in DC waiting for the talking points.
    And maybe she managed to set things up so she can collect Social Security too . . .

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  15. Maw of America says:

    Question – If you hold an Israeli passport, are you a citizen of the Jewish state, an Israeli citizen, or both?

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  16. Hasbarassassin says:

    http://tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com/
    AIPAC Burns Bridges — Sends Out Racist Anti-Turk Video
    By M.J. Rosenberg – June 18, 2010,
    This video, second in a series of racist videos put out by Jerusalem Post writers, was today sent out to journalists by AIPAC, my favorite lobby. That’s it, folks. The lobby has written off Turkey which means Israel has, too.
    Man, this stuff is right out of 1930’s Central Europe!
    It should be noted that these racist videos, though receiving the AIPAC imprimatur,are made by Jerusalem Post columnist Carolyn Glick. Check her bio. It tell you everything you need to know about the pathology of those who, personally full of self-loathing, derive a sense of worth, even superiority from their ethnic identity. She’s like a white supremacist in Alabama in 1959 who only became somebody by virtue of his white skin. There are other analogies I might make but they are considered verboten.

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  17. carroll says:

    Posted by JohnH, Jun 19 2010, 11:11AM – Link
    >>>>>>>>>>>>
    Interesting article but the thing is we already know what is wrong Israel and the Jews.
    We are at the point now where the discussion should be about what to do about them.
    Let’s say nothing is done about them and Israel continues it’s madness and US zionist continue
    to control the US congress and ME policy.
    What do you suppose the final end result will be for the Jews,Israel,the USA, the ME, the world?
    I am serious in asking this question…there’s an outcome and ending to all aberrations eventually.
    My crystal ball is not telling me anything at the moment.

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  18. Carroll says:

    In desperate search for recruits, Israeli army targets foreigners
    By Catrina Stewart in Jerusalem
    Saturday, 19 June 2010
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    IDF
    The first batch of US recruits to the Israeli Defence Force are pictured in Jerusalem
    It used to be the kibbutz and its images of fruit picking and communal living that attracted streams of Jewish volunteers to Israel. Now many are looking for a different kind of service, one involving pre-dawn starts, a dose of boot camp and the very real possibility of some frontline action.
    A new organisation is actively recruiting scores of non-Israeli Jews, many of them American, to serve in the Israeli army as it faces threats on multiple fronts in a region largely hostile towards it.
    “We feel that Israel is fighting for its life,” said Jay Schultz, the executive director of Aish Malach, a new Israeli body set up to help foreigners enlist. For many, he said, “this is the right thing at the right time”.
    A rigorous six-week boot camp weeds out those not completely committed to a year of military service. Aish Malach is putting its first intake of 20 youngsters through their paces this month before placing them in selected units. Once in, the recruits could be deployed to frontline combat units guarding Israel’s volatile borders or to the occupied West Bank, where Israeli troops are often violently pitted against Palestinian civilians.
    “They [the army] will send them where they need them. If they say ‘Go to Rwanda’, you go to Rwanda. If they say, ‘Go to the border of Lebanon, you go to the border of Lebanon’,” said Mr Schultz.
    At present, a little over half of all Israelis are conscripted into the army for a mandatory three years straight after school, while some non-Jews from the local Bedouin and Druze communities serve as well.
    Not all relish it, though, and many are able to obtain exemptions on religious or medical grounds, while others simply refuse to serve for conscientious reasons.
    Meanwhile, many Jews living abroad are anxious to serve, often motivated by solidarity with a country that is increasingly isolated for its draconian policies in the Palestinian territories.
    For years, many failed to navigate the bureaucracy and left disheartened. Some did complete the paperwork while others skipped the process entirely by making aliya

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  19. Carroll says:

    Posted by frenchconnection, Jun 19 2010, 11:09AM – Link
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    What is striking about her article is that she ‘agreed to host’ these young Germans in her home, knowing they were Germans….evidently just so she could be a vile bitch to them.
    Wouldn’t common decency say that given her feelings she should have just declined to host them?
    But no she deliberately placed this young girl in this position in her home so she could attack her in the most disgusting way imaginable.
    Sick vicious bitch, there’s more than the holocaust wrong with this woman.
    If her belief that children are responsible for the sins of their father is correct then her children are in for a hell of a payup.

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  20. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Israeli Blockade ‘Eased’ Only in English, but U.S. Media Eat It Up
    06/18/2010 by Alex Kane
    The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement yesterday that promised to “liberalize the system by which civilian goods enter Gaza.” The announcement from Israel’s security cabinet came after widespread international pressure on Israel following a deadly Israeli naval raid on a humanitarian flotilla trying to break the three-year old blockade of Gaza.
    U.S. media echoed the Israeli press release in headlines like “Israel to Ease Gaza Land Blockade” (New York Times, 6/17/10) and “Israel Eases Restrictions on Goods Bound for Gaza Strip” (Washington Post, 6/18/10). (CNN–6/17/10–at least attributed the claim in its “Israel to Ease Blockade of Gaza, Cabinet Says.”)
    But corporate news coverage in the United States omitted an important aspect of the story that undermines the narrative that Israel is “easing” its blockade of Gaza. The Israeli daily Ha’aretz (6/17/10) reports:
    The prime minister’s office announced on Thursday that the security cabinet had agreed to relax Israel’s blockade on the Gaza Strip, but as it turns out, no binding decision was ever made during the cabinet meeting.
    The prime minister’s office issued a press release in English following the meeting, which was also sent to foreign diplomats, was substantially different than the Hebrew announcement–according to the English text, a decision was made to ease the blockade, but in the Hebrew text there was no mention of any such decision.
    U.S. corporate media have apparently decided to ignore the Hebrew press release that told a far different story about the blockade of Gaza. Even if their correspondents in Jerusalem don’t speak Hebrew, the online English version of Ha’aretz reported the news about the dual statements loud and clear yesterday afternoon.
    Only time will tell which statement is true and whether Israel is really easing its land blockade of Gaza. (The naval blockade will remain in place, according to the New York Times story on the Israeli statement.) Even if the English version were true, though, it doesn’t seem like it will squelch criticism of the blockade–Israeli human rights organization Gisha (Guardian, 6/17/10) called the announcement “cosmetic changes,” and said that “we need a policy that recognizes the rights of Palestinian residents of Gaza not just to consume but also to produce and to travel.” Such viewpoints, however, are unlikely to get much of a hearing in the U.S. press.
    http://www.fair.org/blog/2010/06/18/israeli-blockade-eased-only-in-english-but-u-s-media-eat-it-up/
    Lyin’ sacks of shit.

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  21. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Interesting too, that Birnbaum makes sure to mention “the necessity for constructing the barrier in the first place”, without noting the PEACEFUL act of dissention and protest that was launched in opposition to the walls routing.
    But of course, as we have seen of late, peaceful protest is often met with violent oppression. How does Israel respond to peaceful protest? With live amunition, executions, and tear gas canisters aimed directly at protester’s heads.
    Without even so much as a “tsk tsk” from Jews such as Birnbaum.

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  22. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “There were a number of successful suits pressed in the Israeli courts that led to altering the initial plans as in this case”
    Provide us with some evidence of this. I think you are lying. Be specific, give us a reason for this wall’s routing that can be substantiated beyond your vague and likely dishonest justifications.
    As you do so, be aware, you aren’t talking to Fox News junkies or the usual kinds of uninformed jackasses that typically swallow the swill that is fed to us by Jews such as yourself.
    The reason for the wall’s routing is obvious. It commandeers, illegally, more Palestinian land, it deprives the Palestinians of substenance and income, and it oppresses and humiliates the Palestinians in a manner designed to undermine their morale and resolve. It is designed to weaken them as a people and a society.
    And you are a despicable human being for fabricating rationales and excuses for such policies and atrocities.
    “How do you know this statement is true?”
    You’re correct. Going off of what Birnbaum has told us in the past is foolish. Believing any of the Firsters here on this blog is asinine. If there is any one thing to be learnied from their constant stream of hasbarist excuses and talking points, it is; Don’t believe a word they say.

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  23. rc says:

    “We know they aren’t Israeli.” (POA, Jun 18 2010, 8:07PM)
    How do you know this statement is true?
    If they hold Israeli passports then they are Israeli citizens.
    If they also hold American passports then they are also American.
    The emphasis is on “AND”.
    This duality issue focuses on the very essence of the US identity dilemma in the 21st Century: Nation or Empire?

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  24. PissedOffAmerican says:

    So tell me, why does Birnbaum launch this vague and disingenuously unrealistic defense of this wall’s route?
    We all know how “fair” the Israeli courts are to the Palestinians. We all know Israel’s pattern of razing farmlands and orchards.
    So, is Birnbaum’s bullshit launched because he is “Israeli”? No, he’s not Israeli. Is Birnbaum’s despicable defense of the indefensible offered because he’s American???? Well, how does routing this wall in such an inexplicably destructive and punishing manner benefit us as Americans??? So that must not be it. So what is it that makes Birnbaum reach inside and create a rationale for such an oppressive and inexcusable breach of humanity?
    Well, I’m not “allowed” to say it, am I?

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  25. larry birnbaum says:

    “…cash in on the Holocaust.” Is that kind of like a “shakedown” for Acorn?
    It’s more decorous than most of the comments here… matching the delicate sensibilities of a man with deep insights into the hearts of others. Which are stone, and do not bleed.

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  26. JohnH says:

    Jonathan Cook, a writer and journalist based in Nazareth, Israel, provides an excellent summary of Israel’s cult of victimhood and of their “shooting and crying” syndrome. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/articles/42/Israels-cult-of-victimhood.html

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  27. frenchconnection says:

    Caroll
    asking God “not to forgive” is blasphemy by all Christian standards.
    We have it here in a nutshell, the “choseness”. That’s why :
    In a September 2003 interview in Elsevier (Dutch weekly) on Israel and the dangers it faces from Iran, the Palestinians and world opinion van Creveld stated:
    “We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals are targets for our air force

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  28. JohnH says:

    Anita Epstein has decided to cash in on the Holocaust. That’s her right. And she’s even entitled to hate Germans (and even German Americans), if that makes her feel better.
    But I am certainly glad that German Americans don’t reciprocate. They don’t bristle at every last criticism of Germany or of their ethnicity. Yet today’s German Americans are fully entitled to be outraged at such anti-German stereotyping, particularly since most Germans weren’t even born when the Holocaust took place.
    Fortunately most people don’t share Epstein’s illness. In fact, Jewish immigration to Germany has recently exceeded their immigration to Israel. There are now more Jews in Germany than there were in 1939 before the Holocaust. German Jews are even preparing a flotilla to bust the blockade. http://www.juancole.com/2010/06/jewish-gaza-aid-flotilla-planned.html
    Some people seem to have centered their lives around hatred–of Palestinians, of Germans, of anything foreign. Fortunately, most people are more balanced mentally.

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  29. ... says:

    larry 11:56pm, i’m sure you say the same thing to all the hasbara artists out their in internet land too, lol…

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  30. Carroll says:

    Forward.com Home
    Why I Cannot Forgive Germany
    By Anita Epstein
    Published June 09, 2010

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  31. Carroll says:

    “And so I have to ask, what makes more sense for Israel? Two states with defensible borders, or constant haggling over land, incremental change, and soldiers permanently deployed in town after town, forced to fight back a hostile majority for little foreseeable gain”
    Well I have to ask…what makes you think anyone except the Jews and some nutbag religious whackos give a damn about what ‘makes sense for Israel”?
    What’s “good for Israel” is no longer the question or the concern of the world…the world’s question now is how to, and who will, put these mad dogs back behind their own ghetto wall.

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  32. larry birnbaum says:

    Turning now to the actual topic of this post: I don’t know why the barrier’s route was planned as it was near this town. There were a number of successful suits pressed in the Israeli courts that led to altering the initial plans as in this case. Of course, in the context of this blog it would be silly to point out what the existence of an independent court system with this kind of authority signifies. It would be even sillier to point out what the necessity for constructing the barrier in the first place signifies.

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  33. Carroll says:

    I was about to quote the same part…so I will…
    ” that there seems to have been simply no reason for the decision to draw the fence line around Budrus – instead of simply hewing to or close to the green line, the army chose to pursue a more complicated route, one that involved turning the area around a town into a closed military zone, deploying border police day after day to push back protesters, all for no gain”.
    The Israelis do things like that because they are sick people. It’s a acting out combination of the racism inherent in zionism and the jewish victim revenge syndrome stemming from their historical weakness. They think bullying and killing mostly defensless people makes them tough and look tough to the world….they are too stupid to understand it just makes everyone see them as the cowards they are.

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  34. JohnH says:

    An Israeli describes her country’s darkness at noon:
    “We are so obsessed with our own victimhood, that we do not see how we are victimizing others. We see threats and dangers at every turn, and dismiss our actions as self defense against the evil forces that would destroy us. We are militarily strong, but psychologically very, very weak.
    We have become so indifferent and blind to the suffering of the Palestinians that our hearts have turned to stone.”
    http://www.truth-out.org/we-have-lost-our-way60363
    What’s tragic is that so many, like Nadine, Marcus, Wigwag, are totally incapable of self-reflection like the writer’s. Instead, they must deny any shared humanity with Palestinians. Their hearts have indeed turned to stone.

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  35. larry birnbaum says:

    That’s quite a non sequitur. But when a man’s hobby horse calls, I guess he’s got no choice but to saddle up and ride.

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  36. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “But regardless of the justifications or arguments against the security barrier, the thing that struck me most about the movie was that there seems to have been simply no reason for the decision to draw the fence line around Budrus – instead of simply hewing to or close to the green line, the army chose to pursue a more complicated route, one that involved turning the area around a town into a closed military zone, deploying border police day after day to push back protesters, all for no gain. After all, no Israelis were set to move into the land, no one would make use of Budrus’ olive groves, they were simply upended, to be replaced with concrete and concertina wire”
    Yet the Jews that post here, almost without exception, will find an excuse for it. And they will call me anti-semitic for pointing out that they are jews, and that they defend this kind of open oppression of the Palestinian people. Not one of these posters, Nadine, Marcus, Wig-wag, proffesses to be an “Israeli”. They all three proffess to be Jews. So what should I call them, if not “Jews”? And what can I attribute their support for such actions to? Do they support these kinds of oppressive measures because they are Americans? We know they aren’t Israeli. So what is it that possesses them to condone, justify, rationalize, and support openly administered oppression and atrocity?
    Are they shy about calling Muslim atrocities by name? Do they defer from citing the faith of their attackers?

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  37. Anna says:

    Hope to get to see Budrus.
    Have folks seen this. Important
    MK Zoaba tries to speak at the Israeli Knesset and is called a “terrorist” interrupted over and over again.

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