Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Israeli soldiers bulldozing Palestinian farm land & destroying their irrigation wells

Many people around the world fault US citizens for being so damn stupid about what’s going on in the world. But one only has to take a cursory look at news reporting on almost any country (including the US) to see how canned, mangled, half-assed, & dishonest news reporting is here. Not everyone has the time or stamina or detective skills to hunt down the truth everyday. Keeping us stupid is a major enterprise involving the best educated, least honest people in the country. Only England’s media may be worse.

The caption on this photo is a case in point: “A Palestinian man shows an uprooted olive tree after water wells were destroyed and olive trees were cut down in a field near an Israeli separation barrier near Beit Pala, West Bank on May 6, 2013.”

No explanation for who uprooted the trees, who or why the wells were destroyed. You don’t have to write a history book to be honest; all the caption had to say is: “Israeli soldiers are bulldozing hundreds of acres of private Palestinian farm land, including uprooting olive trees which farmers depend on for a livelihood, & destroying water wells used for irrigation to force Palestinians to evacuate their farms so Zionist settlers from other countries can move in.”

And there you have it! You wouldn’t even have to add a sentence explaining that the “Israeli separation barrier” is a monstrous apartheid structure! But, of course, if we were told the truth--or even an approximation of it--public opposition to the US bankrolling the Zionist project would plummet & solidarity with the Palestinians would crescendo. Even US citizens understand grand larceny.

No US aid to Israel! Support Palestinian self-determination by boycotting all Israeli products (barcode beginning 729)!

(Photo by Abed Al Hashlamoun/EPA)

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