Sunday, September 16, 2007

Nonsense and More Nonsense

In typical naïve American fashion, visitors to “Palestine” usually accept at face value the statements made to them by spokesmen for one Palestinian group or another. Typical of this is the tripe written by Eileen Fleming, in an article appearing on the web at The People's Voice

If there is to be understanding in the Middle East, it is first necessary that reports from the field be based on accuracy and not lies. Here are some examples taken from Fleming’s article:

The death of Abir Aramin, a Palestinian child killed in the course of a riot, was blamed on Israel’s use of rubber bullets to quell the riot. In fact, an autopsy disclosed that Aramin could have been killed by concussion from a shock grenade or by a thrown rock. However, the findings were inconsistent with her having been killed by a rubber bullet. The autopsy was performed with a pathologist hired by Aramin's family in attendance.

When asked where she was from Fleming writes she “cringed when I said [I was from] America, for I was ashamed that over one hundred billion USA tax dollars since 1948 have gone to Israel.” Foreign aid is a complicated issue; not a simple one as Fleming would have us believe.
Israel has received more direct aid from the United States since World War II than any other country, but the amounts for the first half of this period were relatively small. Between 1949 and 1973, the U.S. provided Israel with an average of about $122 million a year, a total of $3.1 billion (and actually more than $1 billion of that was loans for military equipment in 1971-73) . Prior to 1971, Israel received a total of only $277 million in military aid, all in the form of loans as credit sales. The bulk of the economic aid was also lent to Israel. By comparison, the Arab states received nearly three times as much aid before 1971, $4.4 billion, or $170 million per year. Moreover, unlike Israel, which receives nearly all its aid from the United States, Arab nations have gotten assistance from Asia, Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union and the European Community. Congress first designated a specific amount of aid for Israel (an "earmark") in 1971.
For a clear breakdown of just what Israel gets from the United States, go to Jewish Virtual Library

A resident refugee informed Fleming that on a daily basis, "The Israeli Occupation Forces show up when the children gather in the morning or after classes. They throw percussion bombs or gas bombs into the school nearly every day! The world is sleeping; the world is hibernating and is allowing this misery to continue." Fleming, the reporter, fails to mention whether she witnessed any of these alleged attacks that happen “nearly every day.” That is the job of a reporter and Fleming fails miserably at it.

Sadly, these so-called friends of the Palestinians debase their own worth when they write silly essays. Peace will only come about when well-meaning people stop playing the fool.

1 comment:

eileen fleming said...

You totally MISSED the point of the article "They Are All Our Children" in which Abir's father said:

"I'm not going to lose my common sense, my direction, only because I've lost my heart, my child. I will do all I can to protect her friends, both Palestinian and Israeli. They are all our children."

I also report what i am told without editorial censorship and i also report what i feel in my gut as accurately as i can.

i go to occupied territory on my dime own and i have been five times in the last 2 years.

How many times have you been?