Apartheid Israel’s Palestinian Genocide. By Dr Gideon Polya

Via: Information Clearing House.

Coinciding with the formerly pagan celebration of New Life, at Easter time the Christian world pauses to consider the Passion of Christ and the story of His crucifixion and resurrection. Mainstream media will cover this major annual religious event but will largely ignore a crucial message of the Passion story – our critical obligation to bear witness and speak out against evil.

I endlessly repeat a key message for the people of the endlessly war-making but internally peaceful and democratic nations of US Alliance: “Peace is the only way but silence kills and silence is complicity”. 12 million people have died from violence or war-imposed deprivation since 1990 in the Zionist-backed US War on Muslims but the Western mainstream media and most of the citizenry of the West look the other way from the suffering of Palestinians, of Muslims and indeed of all Third Worlders under US hegemony.

For the humanity-ignoring citizens of the US Alliance countries, the most personally poignant part of the Passion should be how Peter denied Christ thrice at the time of his arrest by the soldiers of the chief priests. Continue reading

“The Plight of the Palestinians. A Long History of Destruction”. Book review by Dr Gideon Polya

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The Plight of the Palestinians A Long History of Destruction Edited by William A. Cook

“The Plight of the Palestinians. A Long History of Destruction”, edited by Professor William A. Cook (Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2010) is a collection of articles by variously eminent humanitarian writers from around the world.

The book begins with an Acknowledgment of collaborators, writers, journals and of writers whose works were offered but could not be included in this collection. The editor then provides a series of succinct Biographies of the various authors (that are provided in an even more succinct form below).

The scholarly accounts of what is described throughout the book as the ongoing Palestinian Genocide are prefaced by an Introduction, “The Untold Story of the Zionist Intent to Turn Palestine into a Jewish State” by William A. Cook (Professor of English at the University of La Verne, Southern California, USA). The remainder of the book is composed of separate chapters with similarly self-explanatory titles by particular authors, each chapter deriving from an article previously published in various media.

I will not review the book per se (notably because I am one of the authors) except to say that the authors are all defenders of human rights throughout the world; that I feel enormously honored to be in the company of such eminent anti-racist, humanitarian scholars and writers; and that Peace is the only way but silence kills and silence is complicity – we must follow the example of that iconic Palestinian of 2,000 years ago, the Good Samaritan, who saved the savagely beaten Jew, and resolve that, like the Good Samaritan, we cannot walk by on the other side (many of the book’s contributors are Jewish and are standing up for the brutally maltreated Palestinians).

The book cover summarizes the contents thus: “The Plight of the Palestinians: A Long History of Destruction is a collection of voices from around the world that establishes in both theoretical and graphic terms the slow, methodical genocide taking place in Palestine beginning in the1940s, as revealed in the Introduction. From Dr Fancis A. Boyle’s detailed legal case against the state of Israel to Uri Avnery’s “Slow motion ethnic cleansing”, Richard Falk’s “Slouching towards a Palestinian Holocaust”, and Ilan Pappe’s “Genocide in Gaza”, these voices decry in startling, vivid and forceful language the calculated atrocities taking place, the inhumane conditions inflicted on the people, and the silence that exists despite the crimes – nothing short of state-sponsored genocide against the Palestinians.”

I have simply set out below the various chapters of the book below, with the chapter number, author, key author biographical details, article, title and date of original publication. The readers of this book must be the judges.

I. The Human Tragedy.

1. Steve Lendman (BA Harvard, MA, University of Pennsylvania; former marketing research analyst with large US corporations; progressive US economist, writer and broadcaster; co-ordinator with Professor Michel Chossudovsky, University of Ottawa, Canada, of the Center for Global Research, Canada), “Israel’s Slow Motion Genocide in Occupied Palestine”, (11-26-2008).

2. Dr Gideon Polya (BSc, University of Tasmania, PhD, Flinders University; Australian biochemist and academic, La Trobe University; progressive writer on war , genocide, human rights and the climate emergency; author of “Biochemical Targets of Plant Bioactive Compounds”, “Body Count,. Global avoidable mortality since 1950” and “Jane Austen and the Black Hole of British History”), “Ongoing Palestinian Genocide”, (3-6-2008).

3. Chris Hedges (Pulitzer Prize-winning US journalist, author, war correspondent and foreign correspondent for major US newspapers; currently senior fellow at The Nation Institute; 2002 Amnesty International Award for Human Rights journalism; taught at Columbia, New York and Princeton Universities; author of “American Fascists” and other books) , “The Lessons of Violence”, (1-28-2008). Continue reading

Media lying by omission. By Dr Gideon Polya

Via: Bellaciao.

Holocaust ignoring and genocide ignoring by taxpayer-funded Australian ABC

Mainstream media lying by omission or commission is a major reality throughout the World. The taxpayer-funded Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is the Australian equivalent of the taxpayer-funded British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and, like the BBC, is involved in egregious ignoring of the horrendous carnage associated with US Alliance violence in a swathe of countries from Occupied Somalia, through Occupied Palestine, Occupied Syria, Occupied Iraq and Occupied Afghanistan to US robot-drone-devastated NW Pakistan. The ABC is the most respected of all the Mainstream media in Australia but, as summarized below, stands accused of sustained, egregious holocaust ignoring and genocide ignoring.

Accurate reportage is crucial for Rational Risk Management (RRM) that successively involves (a) accurate data, (b) scientific analysis (which involves the critical testing of potentially falsifiable hypotheses) and (c) informed implementation of systemic change to minimize harm when adverse events inevitably occur.

Unfortunately Rational Risk Management (that, for example, has made passenger aviation so safe) is typically perverted locally, nationally and internationally by (a) lying by omission and commission, censorship, self-censorship, intimidation, whistle-blower punishment, commodification of truth, (b) anti-science spin that involves the selective use of asserted facts to support a partisan position, and (c) reaction by blame and shame (with war the most egregious example of this), noting that blame and shame has the counterproductive effect of inhibiting the reportage that is vital for Rational Risk Management.

Humanity is faced with major life-threatening problems that must be addressed by Rational Risk Management. According to Professor John Holdren in , then President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, the biggest general scientific organization in the World and publisher of the top scientific journal Science) , 3 major problems facing humanity are Nuclear Weapons, Poverty and man-made Global Warming (of which all have the potential to kill billions of people) (see Professor John Holdren quoted in “AAAS President John P. Holdren urges swift action to build a sustainable future”, AAAS News, 16 February 2007: http://www.aaas.org/news/releases/2… .

Mainstream media lying endangers acutely-threatened Humanity by blocking acquisition of accurate data that is crucial for Rational Risk Management. Accordingly an ethical website has been created called “Mainstream Media Lying” that is dedicated to exposing Mainstream media (MSM) lying by omission and commission (see: http://sites.google.com/site/mainst… ).

The taxpayer-funded Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is the Australian equivalent of the taxpayer-funded British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Continue reading