Thursday, May 27, 2010

Thursday, May 27, 2010

"Yediot: Shift in US-Israel policy result of Jewish financial pressure on Democrats ahead of mid-terms":
"Information that was received by Israeli sources would seem to indicate that the principal reason for the change in approach to Israel is pressure from Democrat lawmakers who are running for election and are finding themselves hard put to enlist Jewish donors to their campaigns. There is a great deal of anger at Obama within the Jewish community and disappointment over his policy toward Israel. Officials in the Democratic Party are afraid that the Jews will take revenge in the midterm elections, which is the reason for the vigorous courting of Israel. In other words, the fear is that the Jewish vote will gravitate away from Democratic candidates to Republicans."

It is funny how the Jews invariably confuse 'the vote' with money.

"IDF takes Obama aide, family to occupied Golan":
"There has been a longstanding policy in the U.S. that serving government officials should not take private visits to Israeli-occupied territories.

So why has Pres. Obama's highest ranking adviser, Rahm Emanuel, been taking his family to the Israeli-occupied Golan?"
"‘Irvine, Brandeis students were wrong about Oren’" (or, with Finkelstein's improved heading: "Fifty student government presidents apply for jobs at Jewish law firms"; my emphasis in red):
"“I thought it was important that we show there isn’t this uprising of students against Israel,” explained Brandon Carroll, the outgoing student government president at Virginia Tech University. “There are a lot of students who are very supportive” of Israel.

Carroll, troubled by what he saw at Brandeis and UC-Irvine, last week turned to his campus’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee representative, who he said suggested circulating such a letter, which they then drafted together."
Dennis Prager wins the prestigious 'Fanger of the Year' award.

"Toronto’s Gay Pride parade will exclude contentious group":
"Lawyer Martin Gladstone, who has fought for years to have Queers Against Israeli Apartheid excluded from the Pride parade, said he’s “ecstatic” at the decision."
"Pride without apartheid":
"Over the last 30 years the queer community has used Pride to speak out about the rights and roles of all women, against apartheid in South Africa, against the Catholic Church and against Mike Harris's Conservative government by carrying his head through the streets on a platter. Never before have we been censored. Never before have we been accused of hate.

Now The National Post, which has run no less than two editorials and several opinion columns denouncing Pride for allowing QUAIA to march, has advised our community to hold a non-controversial celebration without the "Leather and drag fringe elements."

One of the most positive and important points of Pride is, and always has been, that there will be something to offend everybody. What Pride is or isn't shouldn't be decided by a few pundits, politicians and lobbyists with agendas unrelated to queer rights.

So I suggest, regardless of what Pride Toronto, the various governments and the media say, that we, the right thinking, free speech supporting, democratic believing queers and friends of queers ignore the edicts of those who presume to dictate what pride should be.

We should take back our parade with our own signs, our own protests and our own concerns, return to our roots, get back in touch with our ACT UP impulses and display a little of the civil disobedience we used to change things so radically over the last 30 years.

The battle for worldwide equality, queer or otherwise, is far from over.

Advances we've made in Canada must be demanded for the rest of the world -- and that's not going to happen unless we force people to look at the issues and open up the debate.

This Pride, let's fight for the right to speak out. Not to censor.

And for those who do want a polite, homogeneous, family-friendly parade with neither controversy nor conflict I say go to Disneyland. They have one like that every day."
Great headline: "Group that dare not speak its name to march in Toronto’s Pride Parade anyway"
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