I am sick and tired of being called an anti-Semite and anti-Israel every time I happen to disagree with Israel’s government, foreign policy, its treatment of the Palestinian people, its harsh anti-terror tactics, and the way it has brutally carried out these latest assaults against the Palestinian people. I refuse to stay silent to human rights abuses carried out by any government, and that includes the Israeli government. I will not allow radical Zionist in Israel and the United States to paint me as an anti-Semite and anti-Israel any longer without fighting back. You can call me an anti-Semite and anti-Israel all day long and it will not make it true. You can say I am pro Hamas and terrorism, that also is a lie. You can claim any number of things about me, but such claims without strong evidence are just empty words.
The fact is I support the right of Israel to exist, the right for it to defend itself, and the US/Israel alliance. I have several Jewish friends and some of the people I most admire in the world happen to be Jewish. I however happen to disagree with certain decisions, tactics, and operations carried out by the Israeli government. I am very opposed to the way Israel’s government treats the Palestinian people. I hate to see the Palestinian people suffering the way they have been suffering in these latest assaults by Israel. I am very angry with a number of things Israel has done in this latest conflict; I want these events to be investigated by the international community as possible war crimes and human rights violations. I want justice for the Palestinian people who have suffered because of Israel’s and Hamas’ actions.
The fact is I have no love for Hamas and am vehemently opposed to vigilantism including terrorism. Hamas is among the two biggest obstacles to peace in Israel and Palestine with the Israeli government being the other obstacle. The military wing of Hamas is a terrorist organization without a doubt and should be treated as one. The radical Zionist members within the Likud Party are terrorist too in my opinion, they are state sponsored terrorist. I have love for the Palestinian and Israeli people but nothing but hatred for the Likud Party and Hamas. I tried to make peace with Prime Minister Netanyahu, but at this point I have lost almost all faith in him. He is flirting with earning a war criminal status if he has not already done so. The way he is waging this war in Gaza is brutal and savage. The horrific deaths of Palestinian civilians caused by the Israeli Defence Forces are tragic, depressing, and enraging. The brutal deaths of Palestinian children in this conflict are simply heartbreaking.
I want peace in Israel and the Middle East. I wish for it every day in this conflict. It is needed now more than ever. I will not be silent to massacre however, I will not ignore crimes against humanity, I will not overlook human rights abuses carried out by governments. All governments who participate in such, should be called out and reprimanded. I have done so with Syria, Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and the United States and I will do so with Israel. The US has a major problem with going against human rights as does Israel. I am tired of both Nations suggesting they are world leaders on human rights, which they are clearly not. I expect more from the US and our allies than the rest of the world, so I will continue to hold them to higher standards. The United States and Israel abuse human rights too and it is time to speak truth to power. No more apologizing for my Nation’s human rights abuses and no more holding back in criticism against Israel’s human rights abuses. Look in the mirror America and Israel, before condemning the rest of the world.
I am an American but I am no longer Proud to be an American. With the US having waged needless wars, its inhumane prison system, its terrible treatment of immigrants including children, its treating LGBTQ citizens as second class citizens, its abysmal record on poverty, its miserable environmental record, its reactionary and harsh justice system, its corporate domination, and its political conservatism I have little to be proud of America these days. I love my Country, its people, and the Constitution but I am not Proud to be an American or Proud of my Country. I am greatly disappointed in the Congress and my faith in President Obama being the progressive I thought he was has greatly waned.
My thoughts for Israel is, it is becoming a reactionary and fascist Nation under the leadership of the Likud Party and the Israeli political-right. Much the same way America is under the Tea Party and big brother so-called progressives, making a mockery of real progressives like myself. Our police and security forces are increasingly fascist in nature. Our surveillance state is only gaining in scope. Our laws are increasingly more draconian. Our politicians increasingly more reactionary and extreme. It is time to rebel against the State both in the US and Israel, along with many other Nations in the world. It is time to purposefully defy the state and protest against it. It is time to demand change and not stop demanding until we cease to breathe. They can attempt to silence us, imprison us, even kill us but they can not kill an idea and the desire to be free. I am tired of being timid and ready to fight for freedom and change. It is time we call fascist out and fight against them. No more middle of the road solutions and half-assed activism.
Stand up today and fight against fascism in all its forms. Fight against Israeli apartheid and war mongering. Hold Israel accountable for its crimes in this conflict. Hold Hamas accountable for their crimes. Hold the US accountable for bending over backwards to apologize for Israel. Hold the Congress accountable for its actions and inaction. Hold the President accountable for saying one thing and doing another. No more sitting on the sidelines and asking for change, no we should demand change!
It’s time to march in the streets and rebel on social networking sites. Its time to write for change. Its time to bring change. It is time not to be afraid any longer and say exactly what we think. I stand in solidarity with the oppressed and persecuted people in the world, including the Palestinian and Israeli people. I stand opposed to all forms of government and politicians opposed to human rights, human freedom, and human dignity. I will fight until I can fight no more and no longer breathe. Its time to demand Israel stop killing civilians and most especially stop killing children. I advocate for a Palestinian State standing side by side with Israel. I advocate that a Palestinian child is given the same respect and opportunities as an Israeli child. I demand Israel and Hamas stop the killing and devastation.
These issues of human rights, human freedom, and human dignity are worth sacrificing everything for including ones life if needs be. Without them this world is not a world worth living in. We must take a stand and not allow fear to silence or censor us. There is nothing that the powerful, wealthy, and well-connected want more than for us to remain silent. They fear nothing more than the people rising up and demanding change. Speak up I can’t hear you! Stand up I can’t see you! March for a better world I can’t carry you! Individually we can do a lot but together we can accomplish more than most can imagine. It is time for revolutionary change within Israel, the United States, and around the world. I am tired of waiting for change I am going to help make it happen. I ask that you join me.
Alan Curtis Montgomery