TIME FOR US TO STOP LOOKING THE OTHER WAY

Scott Mayo, support Palestine

We cringe as we see Assad meeting with Putin, thanking him for killing those who would dare oppose the oppressive Assad regime in Syria.  We cringe as we see thousands upon thousands of refugees fleeing the Assad regime, and think to ourselves how terrible it must be for those people.  And we condemn the Russian government’s support of the Assad regime.

But our government, the United States government, has been supporting another regime–every bit as oppressive as the Assad regime–for almost seventy years.  It is the Zionist State (“Israel”).  It was established in 1948, on land already inhabited by Arabs for over 1300 years.  These Arabs were driven from their land–any resistance was met with deadly force.  And these Arabs are still confined to Gaza and the West Bank–and any resistance is met with deadly force.

There are so many parallels between the plight of the Palestinian Arabs and the plight of the Native Americans.  And this is all the more reason we Americans should empathize with these people.

But the primary reason we Americans should empathize with these Palestinian Arabs is that our government supports the Zionist State–and is its primary supporter.  Our government gives over 3 billion dollars, plus countless weapons to the Israeli government every year–money and weapons used to meet any resistance from Palestinian Arabs with deadly force.  The Israeli military has been slaughtering Palestinian Arabs every single day since the Israeli government was established in 1948.  And we Americans have grown totally insensitive to this.

Our government has been committing atrocities abroad since 1917.  Yet this support of the Zionist State is arguably the worst of these atrocities.  And it’s still going on.  And it will keep going on, unless we–the American people–demand that our government stop it.

The Russian people cannot freely show opposition to their government’s support of the Assad regime’s actions against the Syrian people.  Because freedom of speech in Russia is there one day, and gone the next.  The Israeli people cannot freely show opposition to their government’s actions against the Palestinian Arabs. Because freedom of speech in the Zionist State (“Israel”) is there one day, and gone the next.

But here in the United States, we can freely show opposition to our government’s support of the Zionist State (“Israel”).  Because in our country, freedom of speech is not here one day, and gone the next.  Freedom of speech is guaranteed in our Bill of Rights–and as much as our government would desire to take this freedom away from us (along with every other freedom guaranteed in our Bill of Rights), it cannot.

Not yet.  If we continue taking our freedoms for granted, they will be taken away from us.

It is time for us, the American people, to stop looking the other way–and to start holding our government accountable for its actions.  Our government’s support of the Zionist State is unjustifiable, and it is time for us to make use of our freedom of speech, and demand that our government stop supporting the Zionist State.

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