Tuesday, December 30, 2008

LONELY POLITICAL VOICES FOR DECENY IN GAZA: KUCINICH & MCKINNEY

The Hill - Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) is calling for a United Nations investigation into Israel's attacks on Gaza, criticizing Israel for a disproportionate response to Hamas rocket attacks.

The criticism stands in stark contrast to the statements of other Democrats, who have offered near-unanimous support for Israel amid the latest violence in the Middle East.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and other Democrats have blamed Hamas for the violence, which has left more than 300 people in Gaza dead. One person in Israel has been killed by a Hamas . . .

"All this was, and is, disproportionate, indiscriminate mass violence in violation of international law," Kucinich said in a statement. "Israel is not exempt from international law and must be held accountable.". . .

In March, the House voted 404-1 for a resolution condemning Hamas and other Palestinian groups for rocket attacks on Israel. It also condemned the use of Palestinians as human shields. Hamas has been criticized repeatedly for shooting rockets into Israel from civilian areas in Gaza, which leads to the deaths of civilians when Israel counterattacks.

The only member of Congress to vote against the resolution was Rep. Ron Paul (Texas), a Republican candidate for president in 2008. Four Democrats, Reps. Jim Moran (Va.), Neil Abercrombie (Hawaii), Michael Capuano (Mass.) and Jim McDermott (Wash.), voted present. Kucinich was not present for the vote.

Kucinich said the perpetrators of attacks against Israel should be brought to justice, but that Israel "cannot create a war against an entire people in order to attempt to bring to justice the few who are responsible.". . .

President-elect Obama has yet to weigh in on the violence, although top adviser David Axelrod on Sunday noted statements Obama made over the summer that respected Israel's right to defend itself.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - A boat carrying international peace activists, including former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, and medical supplies to the embattled Gaza Strip sailed back into a Lebanese port on Tuesday after being turned back and damaged by the Israeli navy, organizers of the trip said. . .

The boat, which set off from Cyprus Monday wanted to make a statement and deliver medical supplies to embattled Gaza. The trip's organizers said the boat was clearly in international waters, 90 miles off the coast of Gaza, at the time of its close encounter with the Israeli navy.

"Our boat was rammed three times, twice in the front and one on the side," McKinney told CNN. "Our mission was a peaceful mission. Our mission was thwarted by the aggressiveness of the Israeli military."

She called on President-elect Obama to address the Gaza crisis, saying the weapons being used by Israel were supplied by the United States.

She denied that the incident was an accident, caused when he captain of the Dignity tried to maneuver past the Israeli blockade. "What the Israelis are saying is outright disinformation," she said. "What happened to us last night was a direct threat to our mission, but not our cause."

In a press release, the Free Gaza movement stated, "Contrary to international maritime law, the Israelis are actively preventing the Dignity from approaching Gaza or finding safe haven in either Egypt or Lebanon. Instead, the Israeli navy is demanding that the Dignity return to Cyprus — despite the fact that the ship does not carry enough fuel to do so.". . .

McKinney, who ran as the Green Party candidate for president, sees the voyage as a humanitarian mission, said her father, former Georgia state Rep. Billy McKinney.

"Her mother did not want her to go," he said, referring to concerns at home for her safety. "But I think that certain people have missions in life and you can't deter them."

6 Comments:

At December 31, 2008 12:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Israel continues the genocide against the Palestinian people it began decades ago. It has been a slow genocide ... until now. And most Americans have bought - as they say - "lock, stock, and barrel" the baloney Israel regularly serves to keep the U.S. subservient to its wishes. I believe that the U.S. is actually now governed, for all intents and purposes, by Israel. Guess what Zionists: Some of us do realize what is going on and why. Evil is not a strong enough word for what you perpetrate.

 
At December 31, 2008 3:52 PM, Anonymous Axel in Montreal said...

Good old McKinney! Why isn't she your president?!?!?!?!

 
At January 1, 2009 8:05 AM, Blogger Elderlady said...

Biggest difference I see now, as opposed to a couple of years ago, is that this story made it to CNN.
It also was posted on other blogs.

Not a BIG difference. But a difference. A couple of years ago, we would never have heard this.

(Unless we read it on Progressive Review.)

Please keep up the good work, Sam.

 
At January 2, 2009 9:23 AM, Anonymous Mairead said...

The most encouraging thing I can think of is how relentlessly the ruling class must propagandise us to maintain the illusion --what Joe Bageant calls "the hologram"-- they want us to accept as being reality.

Information about reality is one of the few things where they have to be lucky all the time while we only need be lucky occasionally. The more often some reality gets through the "hologram", the more tattered it becomes until it becomes a bad joke and must be replaced.

If we can force them to have to replace it often enough....

 
At January 2, 2009 6:57 PM, Anonymous Mairead said...

I just occurred to me that, while LikudCo/AIPAC was able to get rid of Cynthia, they haven't been able to get rid of Dennis.

I wonder why not?

 
At January 4, 2009 11:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

McKinney's a par excellence example of the Black who apparently has no sense of ethnic identity of her own, and therefore must constantly attempt to assume the identity of other 'victim'--Jews, Amerindians, Palestinians, whoever happens to be in fashion at the time.

What an idiot she is...thank ghod the Greens finally had the sense to dump her.

 

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