Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Rumor has it that in keeping with the "Israelize" theme Detroit streets leading to the fairgrounds will be Jews-only, just as Israelis have done in the West Bank, and the IDF F-16 flyover will feature live missiles fired into surrounding Detroit-area Arab neighborhoods--to kill terrorists only, of course. And, of course, there will be plenty of yummy traditional Israeli falafel, no word on any special sauce. Those spoil sport Palestinians have something to say about all the "Israel at 60" celebrations, here's an excerpt:
How can you celebrate? The establishment of the State of Israel sixty years ago was a settler-colonial project that systematically and violently uprooted more than 750 thousand Palestinian Arabs from their lands and homes. Sixty years ago, Zionist militias and gangs ransacked Palestinian properties and destroyed hundreds of Palestinian villages. How can people of conscience celebrate this catastrophe?Stay tuned for announcements about protests of the "Israelization" of the Michigan State Fairgrounds. (Click the image below to enlarge it).
Israel at 60 is a state that continues to deny Palestinian refugees their UN-sanctioned right to return to their homes and receive compensation, simply because they are “non-Jews.” It still illegally occupies Palestinian and other Arab lands, in violation of numerous UN resolutions. It persists in its blatant denial of fundamental Palestinian human rights, in contravention of international humanitarian law and human rights conventions. It still subjects its own Palestinian citizens to a system of institutionalized discrimination, strongly reminiscent of the defunct apartheid regime in South Africa. And Israel gets away with all this, thanks to the unprecedented immunity granted to it by the unlimited and munificent US and European economic, diplomatic, political, and academic support.