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Ali Abunimah: Obama's deadly silence

[A]s more than 2,400 Palestinians have been killed or injured -- the majority civilians -- since Israel began its savage bombardment of Gaza on 27 December, Obama has maintained his silence. "There is only one president at a time," his spokesmen tell the media. This convenient excuse has not applied, say, to Obama's detailed interventions on the economy, or his condemnation of the "coordinated attacks on innocent civilians" in Mumbai in November.
Obama's comments in Sderot echoed what he said in a speech to the powerful pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC, in March 2007. He recalled an earlier visit to the Israeli town of Kiryat Shmona near the border with Lebanon which he said reminded him of an American suburb. There, he could imagine the sounds of Israeli children at "joyful play just like my own daughters." He saw a home the Israelis told him was damaged by a Hizballah rocket (no one had been hurt in the incident).

Obama has identified his daughters repeatedly with Israeli children, while never having uttered a word about the thousands -- thousands -- of Palestinian and Lebanese children killed and permanently maimed by Israeli attacks just since 2006. This allegedly post-racial president appears fully invested in the racist worldview that considers Arab lives to be worth less than those of Israelis and in which Arabs are always "terrorists."
Similarly, we can expect that the American university professors who have publicly opposed the academic boycott of Israel on grounds of protecting "academic freedom" will remain just as silent about Israel's bombing of the Islamic University of Gaza as they have about Israel's other attacks on Palestinian academic institutions.

There is no silver lining to Israel's slaughter in Gaza, but the reactions to it should at least serve as a wake-up call: when it comes to the struggle for peace and justice in Palestine, the American liberal elites who are about to assume power present as formidable an obstacle as the outgoing Bush administration and its neoconservative backers.
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This is good, fun campaigning, laughing off Republicans revelling in ignorance... This is the kind of stuff where they can't paint him as elitist (although they're trying), and where he tells Americans, "I'm not here to play games, to play politics: I'm serious and I'm here to lead the country". This is gold stuff.
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[ profile] frandroid dit (6:07 PM) :
now there's apparently a nasty video of Michelle Obama about to come out
[ profile] shizumazero dit (6:07 PM) :
i guess he'll have to divorce her, haha
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How Barack Obama learned to love Israel

Obama's unabashed support for Israel is not news to me, but how recent his conversion was, is. What's interesting is how little flack Obama has gotten for this. Not in the mainstream media of course, but even in more progressive circles. (I think it's the first mention of it in this LJ.)

I think this is an example of how social change cannot only happen through electoral means, no matter how good the people elected can are. Electoral movements without social movements always lead to dismaying results. The current Obama wave is lacking a social movement to give the candidate a backbone.

The converse is true as well. The pro-Tibet movement, which could maintain a certain momentum this year, lacks a political champion and will not go anywhere. That's in spite of the general sinophobia vibe that was only prevented from taking off by the distraction offered by September 11.

(edited for clarity)


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