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News :: Human Rights
Israel Out of Somerville!
27 Aug 2005
The JCRC in Boston Wants Somerville to Pay For Israel.
Israel Out of Somerville!
By Karin Friedemann

Israel lobbyists, determined to prevent Americans from having a say in where their tax money goes, have targeted the City of Somerville. Now, Somerville voters are taking their democracy back. Thousands of Somerville residents signed the Divestment ballot petition while the corrupt mayor took his free trip to Israel. The Somerville Divestment Project represents all loyal Americans whether Republican, Libertarian, Democrat, or Green-Rainbow. Divestment is not about dictating foreign policy. Divestment is the act of cutting Somerville’s financial losses. The City of Somerville has no obligation to pay for Israel’s existence.

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Boston used payola and political pressure to manipulate Somerville’s elected officials to renounce their previous pro-Divestment 9-2 vote that represented the public will. JCRC machinations brought the Israeli ambassador Meir Shlomo to Somerville City Hall to patronize us with a hypocritical lecture on justice and democracy. Why is the State of Israel so desperate for Somerville’s measly investments? They are quite possibly spending more money trying to defeat the widely popular Divestment ballot petition than they are even getting from Somerville. Israel is scared of a little town like Somerville, Massachusetts because this town has a strong anti-racist and anti-slavery tradition. There are many Irish here, who naturally sympathize with Palestinians since they too suffered under a military occupation and a racist policy to supplant the native population with immigrant colonial settlers. To find out what you can do to support Somerville Divestment, see www.divestmentproject.org .

The Israel lobby works on two levels. The “public relations” wing of the Jewish State used Tikkun, a pseudo-liberal Zionist opinion magazine to discourage “progressive” Jews from supporting their neighbors’ attempts to pressure Israel to stop human rights abuses. Hayyim Feldman invented false claims about the purpose of the Somerville Divestment Project in order to make a dishonest argument in defense of the two-state solution, which is totally irrelevant to the issue of Divestment, while “Somerville Middle East Justice” engaged in more insidious slander and manipulation tactics. Israel supporters are advised on their website to “be vague” and talk about “peaceful coexistence” when they speak with Aldermen. They are further advised to thank one elected official for silencing the discussion on the Jewish theft of Palestinian lands, the bulldozing of Palestinian homes, and the 25-foot Wall between Jews and Gentiles Israel is building with Somerville’s money. The website is decorated with photos of Ariel Sharon. The Boston Israel Lobby’s use of the words “peace” and “justice” are just public relations gimmicks. They cover up a violent genocidal racist ideology, an agenda which is totally inappropriate for Somerville.

Insider communications reveal that the Anti-Divestment coalition was formed in defense of the Israeli military and police. They campaign for unqualified support for Ariel Sharon’s atrocities. Israel’s crimes are ongoing, and have included bombing the Church of the Nativity where Christ was born, according to Christians. The Israeli army murdered the bell-ringer. On the “Somerville Coalition for Middle East Peace” website, Palestinians are not considered legally defined human beings. This omission reflects a racial supremacist philosophy with which the City of Somerville should not associate itself. Somerville needs to separate its interests from what the JCRC in Boston thinks is “wrong for Somerville.” In the past, slavers thought they knew what was best for Somerville, but Somerville was united in its effort to defeat slavery and racism. Today, Somerville is united in its effort to defeat Zionist racism. The Israel Lobby does not represent the people of Somerville. No one should have special privileges, not in the Holy Land, and not in Somerville.

“The JCRC wants YOU to pay for Israel” campaign involves Cable TV and a $30 million budget. The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston has employed several full-time staff members to undermine democracy specifically in Somerville. None of these people live in Somerville. They are Farrah Raskin, Marjorie Polster and Rachel Glazer. Rachel Glazer of Brookline is the program coordinator. Their goal is to impose “special rights” for the Israeli Lobby over Somerville voters. This group works with the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, the central fundraising and planning arm of Boston's Jewish community. Mark Niedergang (which means “downfall” in German), in charge of collecting grant applications for the Brookline-Brighton Jewish Community Fund Committee, happens to live in Somerville, on Conwell Street. An employee of the CJP, he is among those responsible for bringing virtually unlimited amounts of cash into the pro-Israel campaign to undermine Somerville’s democracy.

Somerville voters have the right to divest from Israel. Somerville needs to take back its democracy. The pro-Israel lobby is planning to intimidate voters at the upcoming special election. They expect the City of Somerville unconditionally and eternally to finance Israel’s existence. Now is the time for the Green-Rainbow party to run a candidate against Mayor Curtatone. Mayor Curtatone is currently being investigated on ethics violations for accepting gifts from the American Jewish Congress, an organization openly taking sides on an active issue in front of the Board of Aldermen. How dare the Boston Israel Lobby use the Somerville City logo as part of their campaign to silence Somerville taxpayers? They want to finance war criminal Ariel Sharon with Somerville’s money? Who are these people who want to let Israel get away with human rights violations? Are we safe with them living among us? What if they want to murder our family and steal our house? What if they get a Caterpillar bulldozer to root out non-Jews from Somerville? These are the kind of racists we are dealing with here. They not only want to commit genocide and ethnic cleansing in the Holy Land, but they want to do it with your money. Sorry, no!


TALKING POINTS


1) Somerville is not divided. Somerville is virtually united against the shady investments in Israel bonds. The only people disturbing the peace are the Israel lobbyists from Boston who want to interfere with Somerville’s decisions on where their tax money should be invested. More and more people are in favor of Divestment, and just this week the Lutherans came on board. In Somerville, the Aldermen were 9 to 2 in favor of divestment until the Israel lobby used its tremendous financial resources to confuse the issues. Their actions included bribing the mayor and bringing an Israeli diplomat to City Hall to interfere with the local decision making process.

2) Investing in Israel against the public’s will is taxation without representation by a foreign government! Divesting from Israel means steering clear of all possible bias. The issue of Divestment is separate from the question of whether or not Israel has a right to exist. Few Americans would shed many tears at the abolition of Zionism, but Divestment is the decision to take a neutral stance. I support Switzerland’s right to exist, but I don’t think Somerville needs to pay for Switzerland. The real issue is that Israel is a losing investment. Somerville residents don’t want to invest in a controversial foreign agenda. Why not invest in public transportation?

3) A few corrupt officials within the Somerville government have singled out Israel as a country that gets free perks from Somerville taxpayers. The Irish are not sending our tax money to Ireland. The Saudis are not sending our tax money to Saudi Arabia. Why should Somerville have to invest in Israel? The JCRC and CJP made private agreements with Somerville public officials without the consent of the local population, and now Israel is getting involved in local politics. Why is Somerville being pressured to invest in a foreign project and why are voters being forcibly discouraged from openly discussing the matter?


Karin Friedemann aka Umm Yakoub is editor of World View News Service.
http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/wvns/
See also:
http://www.divestmentproject.org

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Re: Israel Out of Somerville!
28 Aug 2005
thanks ms. hussein. i really liked your article, but it was a bit repetitive, as i'd already seen it on the david duke website (whitecivilrights.org). i also liked your pieces on aljazeerah.com under one of your other names (maria hussain). my favorite was the one where you justified your policies by quoting the koran (available under yet another pseudonym at http://www.aljazeerah.info/Opinion%20editorials/2004%20opinions/November)
Re: Israel Out of Somerville!
28 Aug 2005
before you think ms. friedemann/hussain/yakoub's views stand for yours, check this quote:

"Muslims ... are not seeking peace. We get peace from Allah. In Palestine, we will stop only at victory, which will be, inshaAllah, in the end, a just implementation of Islamic religion. We have to guard against the Palestine movement being represented primarily by homosexuals and feminists."

shame, shame, shame. you make pat robertson look like ralph nader, you pig.
Re: Israel Out of Somerville!
28 Aug 2005
David Duke posts something, so obviously, what he posts is crap, nomater who else posts it. That is what some people would have you believe. But even a broken clock has the right time twice a day.

Extreamists are usually the first to notice things that are not right. Like a master might know what it is like to chop wood or tote water from a well or even pick cotton. But he will never know what it is like to be a slave.

Being forced to service the ZIonist crusader state is forced servitude to the people who do not want to be a party of the ZIonist's bloodsoaked offenses against our palestinian neighbors. Duke probably has his reasons. And they do not necesarily have anything to do with the reasons you might have.

As a Christian, it is against my religion to treat my Palestinians neighbors as I would not have them treat me. And relaoding the Zionist crusader's guns as fast as ZIonists unload them into Palestinians is NOT treating palestinians like I would have them treat me. Duke probably has a differant motivation.

Witness "homosexuals" and "feminists", well, that sure doesn't sound like anything I would support. But as Jesus put it, Paraphrasing "even a KKK asshole can love his own brother, that is nothing special in God's eyes, even publicans do as much". So, even though some Palestinians might hold views contrary to those I hold, that is no reason to finance thier destruction at the hands of murderous thieving ZIonist crusaders.

The fact that Palestinians are not "my brothers" and are quite differant is reason for a real Christian to double his efforts not to let prejudices lead us into treating them as we would not want them treating us. Oh, Zionist crusaders are democratic, like us. SO? That doesn't give them a birthright of murderous theft of palestinian lands any more than the ZIonist crusaders voting with the US at the UN would. it is just playing on prejudices. And Jesus warned us Christians about letting that lead us away from the word.
Re: Israel Out of Somerville!
28 Aug 2005
i think you're missing the christian message, troll. i don't believe in that crap, but i'm pretty sure that jesus said that if someone steals your shirt, you should give them your coat too (paraphrase, but as a christian, i'm sure you know the correct quote).

just remember, you wake up with the dog you lie down with. we americans are learning that the hard way after supporing both saddam and bin laden in recent times and now having them as our greatest enemies.

...and let us not forget, mussolini made the trains run on time and hitler gave those germans lots of national pride. care to defend those two also?
Good luck Somerville!
28 Aug 2005
Watch out for those racist pickpockets who scream "anti-semite" art every turn.

Here's an excellent resource for the rest of us:
http://boycottisraeligoods.org/
Re: Israel Out of Somerville!
28 Aug 2005
good point, sarah. as long as we're boycotting israeli goods (uh, like what? uzis?) we should also boycott chinese goods - remember those rascally chinese? i really like their crab rangoon, but they're also the same the ones who murder people who try to encourage democracy or practice their religion. are you boycotting those goods too, sarah?
Re: Israel Out of Somerville!
28 Aug 2005
these are the murderers you support, troll. these are the people you love. these are the acts your words encourage. looks like netanyahu was right - negotiating with murderers is useless. some good those gaza and west bank pullouts did, huh? pigs.



Officials: Suicide bomber injures 21 in Israel

JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Twenty-one people were wounded Sunday, two seriously, in a suicide bombing at a central bus station in the southern Israeli town of Beersheba, Israeli officials said.

It was the first such attack by Palestinian militants since Israel's historic pullout from Gaza and the West Bank.

The bombing occurred about 8:30 a.m. outside a bus during the morning rush hour when a man detonated his explosives.

Security guards at the bus station were approaching him to check him out, thinking he looked suspicious, when the explosion occurred, police said.

"Israel has taken the necessary steps to advance the peace process," said an official in Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office, referring to the Israeli withdrawal from settlements in Gaza and the West Bank.

"The Palestinians have not. Without such steps, there will be no progress."

The two people that were seriously wounded in Sunday's blast were the security guards nearest the bomber, police said.

Hours after the bomb blast, the Israeli cabinet voted 18-2 to allow Egyptian troops to guard the Gaza-Egypt border, another step toward ending Israel's decades-long military presence in Gaza.
Bomber identifed by two groups

The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and Palestinian Islamic Jihad claimed joint responsibility for Sunday's bombing, effectively rejecting calls by Palestinian leaders for an end to attacks.

The two groups identified the bomber as Ayman Za'aqiq from the town of Beit Umar on the West Bank.

The bombing took place three days after Israeli troops killed five Palestinians. Islamic Jihad vowed retribution for that incident. (Full story)

Palestinian Islamic Jihad has been labeled a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas condemned what he called a "terrorist attack" and called for "calm and restraint in spite of the Israeli provocations, the most recent being the killing of five Palestinians," in a statement carried by Wafa, the official news agency of the Palestinian Authority.

"The president is also calling on the Israeli side to keep the calm and the ceasefire and stop the military actions against the Palestinians, as the ceasefire and calm is in the interests of both sides and in the interest of peace," the statement said.

The Palestinian Authority condemned the attack, said Saeb Erakat, chief Palestinian negotiator. He called upon all to "exert maximum effort in order to maintain the truce" between Israelis and Palestinians.

CNN's Shira Meddings contributed to this report.
Re: Israel Out of Somerville!
28 Aug 2005
There were some native AMericans who scalped whole wagon trains of murderous thieving white invadors, men women and children. But the brutality of the scalpings didn't change the dynamics of that conflict either.

The fact that a fraction of a percent of Palestinians (something like .000038%) resort to violence as thier responce to Zionist offenses is NO reason to support the murderous thieving activities of ZIonist crusaders.

While some white invadors of north America succesfully used the scalpings of whole wagon trains of white invadors to scapegoat the native American victims, that doesn't change the fact that the Palestinians who do respond to Zionist offenses with violence are still acting under the extream duress of the ZIonist's chosen war of conquest.

people do not engadge in murderous theft of thier neighbor's homeland and really expect peace. not even Zionists.

But look at Dex trying to scapegoat the Palestinians because a tiny fraction of a percent resort to violent responces to Zionist offenses.

Since most Palestinians are not Christians I do not expect them to live up to my standards. "If you had not the word, you would NOT be judged by the word."

Mussilini and Hitler??? Did you have a point to make??? Why would I defend offensive murderous thieves??? You made no sence on that one. What could you posibly have ment??? Lets see, if England also had the trains running, would that make them comparable to Mussolini??? No, England were brutal dictators every where they ruled even if thier trains didn't run on time. Sheesh, I guess you will just have to add substance to your alleged point if you want me to understand it. Defend Mussolini??? Waht could you posibly have ment by that?? Oh well, if you can dazzle em with brilliance, baffle em with bullshit. Right Dex???
Re: Israel Out of Somerville!
28 Aug 2005
Hold on. I think I got it. Are you saying that because I compare Duke with a broken clock that is right 2 times a day that I am denfending Duke??? Is that it???

I have only myself to blaim, I should really try to avoid trips into the intelect of crazy people.

I guess you only know about digital clocks, and the phrase "3 o-clock high" refers only to the first joint you smoke after school lets out.
Re: Israel Out of Somerville!
29 Aug 2005
i wonder if you have the capacity to understand the irony of accusing another person of having a low "intelect."

you are a stupid person.
Re: Israel Out of Somerville!
29 Aug 2005
Is that why you run away from your own suppositions??? Because I am allegedly "stupid"???
trolls a little creature
29 Aug 2005
Dex,

Don't waste your time with 'theTroll" he is a sad little individual that just repeats the same argument over and over again. He limits sources of knoweldge to only arab approved propaganda and ignors all the facts that disprove their claims.

He spends most of his time posting on the west cost indymedia forums.

His spelling is also for shit, always getting the same wrong words over and over again.
Re: Israel Out of Somerville!
29 Aug 2005
A sad little ndividual WHO just repeats

Not "THAT just repeats". Sheesh, your gramar is for shit. See how menaingless it is for you to attack the messanger by attacking his spelling??? No? What a suprize. I guess you will just keep pereating that my points are wrong because you disagree.

And there are NO facts as you suggest. If there were, you or SOMEBODY else would have presented tham by now. What you call "facts" are rationalizations at best, and outright lies being the norm.
Re: Israel Out of Somerville!
29 Aug 2005
Oh my god! Pretty much every comment in this thread is either a Zionist troll or an anti-semetic troll. Sheesh.
Re: Israel Out of Somerville!
29 Aug 2005
troll, your effort to correct grammar is sort of destroyed when you quote a word, then put the punctuation mark outside the quotation mark. unless you're in england, that's grammatically incorrect. let me recommend that you put down the computer for a while and go buy yourself a dictionary and a book on grammar.

as for your substantive argument: are you that shallow that you don't condemn bombing civilians if it's done by arabs? the other day you said that the zionists are murderous invaders, then said americans are not murderious invaders because their stealing of the land of native americans happened generations ago. does that mean the only murderious zionists are those who were alive in 1948 when the "stealing" of land (from your perspective) occurred? what if an israeli was born in that land - is he a murderious, land-stealing zionist, or is he like the americans who were just born here?

now that i have directly confronted and shot down your lame points, i encourage you to crawl back into your hole. idiot.
Re: Israel Out of Somerville!
29 Aug 2005
Zionists are 4 generations of murderous theives who have NEVER stopped stealing palestinian lands and have NEVER hesitated to murder the Palestinians who resist the continuing theft. Zionists are still stealing more Palestinian lands for Zionist settlements in the west bank even as you read these words. And Democraps and Republitrash are still selling out America's peace by stealing public funds to reload the Zionist's guns as fast as they unload them into palestinians. America's whore polticians supply Zionists with the means to destroy our Palestinian neighbor's lives and lifes and have been creating the hatred that has been finding it's way back at AMericans in the form of terrorism for decades. For decades Democraps and Republitrash have been sacrificing thier fellow American's lives for thier own political gain.

Trashing Kelly's gramar was to showcase how meaningless it is to attack the messanger. Thanks for once again making my point on that score.
Re: Israel Out of Somerville!
29 Aug 2005
Zionists have been born in ZIonist occupied Palestinian lands. So what? General Custer was born where? His being born in North America doesn't mean he wasn't a murderous thief of native lands just as ZIonists born in Zionist occupied palestinian lands doesn't change thier continued offenses over the decades.

But you seem to think that because ZIonists have been born in ZIonist occupied Palestinian lands means the ZIonists are not murderous thieves of the lands they have been stealing since 48. Don't you ever get tired of looking like a prejudiced horses ass???
Re: Israel Out of Somerville!
29 Aug 2005
troll, even the radicals on this board think you're a jack@ss. are you wondering why, among one of the most radical communities on the internet, you're getting zero support?

i'm pretty sure those schoolchildren that were bombed earlier this week at the bus stop were neither "murderous" nor interested in stealing land. they were children...and you're defending their murderers.
Re: Israel Out of Somerville!
30 Aug 2005
Please Don't Feed the Trolls

esp "The Troll"

If you don't feed him, he'll starve and die.

Boo-hoo
Re: Israel Out of Somerville!
30 Aug 2005
Um, Dex, it's in extremely poor taste to continuously slather yourself in the blood of those dead children, particularly since there are many more children who have died at the hands of the Israeli "Defense" Forces who were just as innocent. Whereas the former were killed by a nutjob, the Palestinian children are being systematically exterminated by bored soldiers with happy trigger fingers. It's long past time for you to be engaging in such a selective invocation of sympathy for dead children. The world knows exactly what is going on in Israel, that the "withdrawal" from Gaza (that is the movement of the military to just outside its border, is simply political cover for increased illegal settlement of the West Bank. You don't have to be an anti-semite to believe in common decency any more than you have to be a Zionist to claim that the moral teachings of Jesus are "crap". Exactly whose sympathy do you think you're winning on this thread?
Re: Israel Out of Somerville!
30 Aug 2005
Watch how Dex has crumbled. Once claiming ZIonists were inocent victims of Palestinian resistance to claiming that only the ZIonist's chuildren are innocent. Well, the children of white invadors of north American lands were innocent in the fact that they had no choice in thier parents offensive war of conquest. and since the native Americans and Palestinians (at least a tiny fraction of a percent, anyway) are acting under the extream duress of the ZIonist's never ending offenses against Palestinians, neither can be blaimed (not honestly, anyway) for the hostilities that the offnding parties wars of conquest created. Extenuating circomstances. I think we already covered how the laws we demand for our own protections would find the Zionist invadors MURDEROUS THIEVES and the Palestinian victims of ZIonist offenses acting under the duress of Zionist offenses. But you and many others would still excuse the ZIonists thier crimes because, in addition to being murderous theives, they also happen to be Jews. Like being Jewish gives Zionists a birthright of murderous theft. Sheesh. Oh well, at least you have shown Boston IMC how you crumble like an old turd. Or is it terd? Snicker, snicker.
Re: Israel Out of Somerville!
30 Aug 2005
And where do you get off suggesting that I am defending the Palestinians who killed ZIonist kids? I am pointing out that it is the ZIonist's own offenses that creaded the hostilities that get thier own kids killed. If I and my friends and my relatives were to do to Costa Ricans what Zionists have done and still do to Palestinians, the LAST thing I would expect would be PEACE. I would expect tio burry many of my friends and relatives before one of them burried ME. That is what people who DON"T have thier heads up thier asses would expect if they were to act like Zionists in Palestinian lands.

Zionists sacrifice thier own kids for thier own offensive war of conquest. Well, that certainly sucks for thier kids, doesn't it??? Thier ghoul parents will parade the corpses out for the media so that assholes like you can blaim the palestinians (99.9999% who were NOT involved at all) for the hostilities created by the ZIonist's bloodsoaked war of conquest. You make me sick. Almost as sick as the Zionists who sacrifice thier own kids for thier own war of conquest make me feel.
Re: Israel Out of Somerville!
30 Aug 2005
Technicaly, I am NOT a troll. that is just a lable. I just lay it out as I see it and I trash the bullshit ratrionalizations of real trolls, like Dex. Someone called me a troll once and I liked the sound of it, not knowing the internet definitionof a troll.
Re: Israel Out of Somerville!
30 Aug 2005
I learned 5 years ago that while people will NOT say what I do, that the truth still reason-ates. IN ONE day, after the 911 attacks, when the media dared to let more than the Zionist's propaganda be told, I saw 2 of my talking points on the TV set god and heard 1 more on a radio talk show, when I have never heard them mentioned ANYWHERE by ANYONE but ME before.

I plant little mustard seeds of truth which grow. And that is all I have been doing. If you want to accept 1% of what I say, or 99% , as Dex has and his crumbling showcases, that is your choice. I couldn't care less. What is important to me is tellling it like it is. the truth shall set me FREE. FREE of your bullshit monopolizing public "understanding" anyway.

It is the little victories I seek. Not followers or praise. My reward shall not be in this world. And that is cool with me, as long as I am true to myself.