Saturday, May 29, 2010

What Ever Happened to Never Again?

Published: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:38 AM CDT
What happened to ‘never again’? by Elizabeth S Mayfield
Ames Tribune, Ames, Iowa

Recently, I sent out an e-mail to a small group of like-minded people and, to everyone’s surprise, our exchange about the honorable Ms. Kagan for the Supreme Court was usurped by a local Zionist gang of four and turned into a debate about Israel’s rights.

Most amazing was the claim that Israel uses codicils from Ottoman Law to manage its occupation and apartheid. Since most of us, here in America, know nothing about Ottoman law, means that we should all shut up and let poor Israel be. I thought the Ottomans were soundly defeated because we Westerners didn’t like their oppressive acts of double-standard non-justice doled out to colonized subjects?w

In the course of this “debate,” the author of “Is Israel an Apartheid State?” available at the link for Israeli Committee Against House Demolition, USA, sent out an interesting list of selected examples of the 2,500 military orders that govern Palestinians today in Israel’s apartheid state.

These include Order No. 818 which “establishes how Palestinians can plant decorative flowers,” No. 811 and No. 847 which “allow Jews to purchase land from unwilling Palestinian sellers by using a ‘power of attorney,’ No. 58, Article 5, which makes any land transaction un-voidable even if it is proved that the transaction was invalid, No. 363 which “requires Palestinian mechanics to report to the Israeli military the particulars of any and all cars they repair,” and, two more I can’t resist reporting: No. 1147, a requirement that Palestinians get permission from the Israeli military to grow onions” and No. 1229 which “authorizes Israel to hold Palestinians in administrative detention for up to six months without charge or trial. Six-month detentions can be renewed indefinitely.”

I wonder: two states or one? Will it matter if military orders like these remain, made credible by resurrection of an Ottoman Empire legal system. Oh, dear, what ever happened to “never again?”