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Commentary :: International
Why I Support Divestment
17 Oct 2005
Joachim Martillo used to do business in Israel. Now he supports Divestment.
Why?

Here is his story:
In 1992-3, I was enthusiastic that the ongoing negotiations between the Israeli government and the Palestinian leadership would lead to peace. Because I was raised in America, I had never even heard or read a challenge to the Zionist narrative of the creation of the State of Israel. Before my first visit to that country, I attended Israeli advocacy sessions at my local synagogue and Jewish community center.

I truly believed that the creation of the State of Israel was the final just conclusion of a long trail of tears that began with the expulsion of Jews
from Palestine in Roman times and continued right through the Nazi Holocaust. If only Palestinians gave up irrational anti-Semitism, they could make peace with Israel.

Shortly after the signing of the Oslo agreement, I became involved in several European Union funded infrastructure improvement projects in the
Occupied Territories. The Israeli government used the Oslo agreement as license to establish a system of checkpoints. When I traveled from one
Palestinian village to a close neighbor and had to cross a checkpoint, I witnessed Israeli soldiers beating on Palestinians for no reason at checkpoints. I had to wonder if the Israeli government was serious about peace.

I was in Jerusalem when Muslim worshippers were massacred at Al-Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, a Palestinian city in the West Bank. I realized Prime
Minister Rabin was lying about wanting peace when instead of removing the fanatics settled near Hebron, he punished the Arabs of Hebron with a
curfew. After the massacre, the settlers resumed spitting on Palestinians, throwing stones, breaking windows, pushing down old people and numerous
other petty and more serious forms of abuse.

Did the Israeli army in Hebron try to stop this behavior? No, they helped. Several times I watched IDF soldiers threaten rape and murder while they
exposed themselves to 10-12 year old girls attending the local Islamic parochial schools.

Nothing that I was seeing and experiencing in Israel and the Occupied Territories conformed to the depiction of Israel in our media. As I began
to understand written and spoken Hebrew, I realized that Zionist culture was intensely racist. I attended the bris (circumcision) of the son of an
Israeli business associate. After completing the operation, the Mohel (circumciser), made his own blessing, "Barukh attah adonai, eloheinu, melekh
haolam, asher natan leam yisrael hayal hadash laharog ulehashmid et haaravim." It means, "Blessed art thou Lord, our God, King of the Universe,
that has given to the people of Israel a new soldier to kill and to destroy the Arabs."

Were these the people with whom America was so closely allied? How could I have been so wrong about the State of Israel?

I researched the issue intensely. I learned that Zionists from Europe colonized Palestine and stole it by means of force, terrorism, aggression, murder and violence. Zionists claim they are descended from Galileans and Judeans that lived in Palestine during Biblical times. So what? Vienna was founded 2000 years ago by Celts. Do the modern Irish have the right to expel the current population of Vienna?

In 2001-2002, I ordered American-made Cisco computer equipment (routers) for an EU-funded project to improve the Internet service for Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. The Israeli government held the devices up at customs, asserting they could be used for terrorism. I complained to the American government to put pressure on the Israeli government to release my
equipment with no luck. Then I changed my tactics. I shipped the Cisco routers back to the US and specified inferior but more expensive Israeli
routers made by RAD, an Israeli military electronics firm heavily subsidized by the Israeli government with US foreign aid dollars.

Suddenly all the problems in putting the routers in place vanished. In one fell swoop, the Israeli government ripped off the EU and the Palestinians
while it helped RAD steal a business contract from an American company. I take it as typical of the rapacious nature of Israeli relations with the
rest of the world. In the end my efforts went for naught because by the end of 2002, the Israeli army had destroyed practically all the Internet
communications equipment which I had installed for the Palestinian infrastructure.

Now that I have worked in Israel and the Occupied Territories for approximately ten years and have calculated the political damage that the alliance with Zionism is inflicting on America as the Zionist settlers abuse and oppress the native population, I feel pragmatically and ethically compelled to stop doing business with Israel for the sake of basic human decency.

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Re: Why I Support Divestment
20 Oct 2005
The zionist spies are everywhere in America .They have no respect for Americans.They will do whatever it takes to protect their sacred holy land that god gave them.America has made an unholy alliance with the zionists which has created a foreign policy catastrophe in the middle east.We must stop the zionists from controlling our government.AIPAC and The Project For A New American Century are zionist organizations which donate millions of dollars to congress and influence our politicians.There are many other zionist organizations in Washington. These religious fanatics are not our friends,they are our worst enemy.The latest zionist spy case invovles AIPAC employees passing classified Pentagon information to Israel.The FBI has caught the zionist spies once again.But the media and congress are very quiet about this recent spy case.AIPAC owns congress so there will probably be no big committee to investigate AIPAC and let Americans know that Israel is spying on us.Maybe we should cut off the 3 billion dollars of aid we give Israel every year?