Now, in summer 2012, come our two candidates for chief celebrity spokesman for corporate government.
The billionaire presumed nominee of the GOP took it upon himself to comment -- in Jerusalem, no less -- that Palestinian culture is inferior to Israeli culture, and as a result Palestinians are economic failures. Like the last guy from his party to inhabit the Oval Office, we suspect that he is at least ignorant if not downright dumb. Doesn't matter; he knows what to say to keep the massive campaign contributions flowing. That's as smart as you need to be for that sort of job.
Meanwhile the current resident of the White House does backflips for the same rewards. Last spring when I was helping to Occupy AIPAC, the behemoth lobbying organization for Israel's right wing parties calling the shots in Congress, Obama was speaking to them of the U.S. Israel relationship as "sacrosanct" and assuring PM Netanyahu that "I've got your back." You could almost feel Barack's fingers in Bibi's back pocket, where the wallet is.
|Israel bulldozing Palestinian olive trees Source: Join Advocacy Initiative http://www.jai-pal.org/content.php?page=60|
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Not too surprisingly, Murad was extremely discouraged about being denied consideration because of his nationality, wondering aloud about his own personhood. "I AM NOT A HUMAN BEING!!!" "What am I?" "[is there] no one in this world [who] can hear me and listen to me?"
Some of the other things Murad could put on his resume, according to Kristin Szremski in an Al Jazeera opinion piece "Romney, Economic realities, and one Palestinian's story":
...non-violent resistance to Israel's occupation with the group Youth Against Settlements. ...efforts to open Shuhada Street, which is closed to Palestinians, ...documenting violence at the hands of Jewish settlers.
Murad's degree is in plant production from Al Quds Open University. And his dreams, apparently, can wither on the vine while ignorant politicians claim he comes from a backward culture that can never thrive economically.
It is the very definition of discrimination, this withholding of assets to a person' based on conditions they were born into and have no control over. It keeps bright leaders like Muran down, stymied and hampered in doing the work they consider important, in Murad's case, food production. Human rights be damned.
Thus the evil empire reigns over its subjects.
Here are some things people used to say publicly about African Americans when the U.S. was heavily segregated in access to education (many would argue it still is).
“[The Negro] has less of what I call ‘abstract intelligence’ than the white man. He functions at a lower level… he is not so able to think in terms of symbols—words, numbers, formulas, diagrams.” Psychologist Henry Edward Garrett, U.S. News & World Report, 1963.
"Sure, we identified with the blacks in Africa...Here were black people, talking of freedom and libration and independence, thousands of miles away...we couldn't even get a hamburger and a Coke at the soda fountain." -- John Lewis, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.The Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU) put out a fact sheet on Palestinian cultural and economic conditions that covers a lot of ground in concise fashion. From the introduction:
...many critics pointed out that the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip, have been under Israeli military occupation for more than 45 years, with Israel tightly controlling and systematically stifling Palestinian economic activity. Moreover, some pointed out that the destructive effects that Israeli policies have had on Palestinian economic development in the occupied territories is just one part of a wider, systematic, decades-old Israeli assault against Palestinian culture and historical memory.The fact sheet has a brief catalog of lost manuscripts and other cultural treasures. As with the U.S. in Iraq, we see a pattern of deliberate destruction of priceless cultural artifacts.
Oh and did I mention denying freedom of movement within his non-country as well? I'll end with this map of checkpoints in the occupied West Bank.
Tell me, what does apartheid look like?