an israeli volunteer and a palestinian farmer working together during the olive harvest.
volunteers from rabbis for human rights (rhr) help farmers in the north plant trees on land that is now stranded between the wall and the green line.
settler children abusing a Palestinian woman while an Israeli soldier looks on
masked Israeli settlers attack Palestinian farmers with baseball bats
I was moved emotionally this morning after looking at Anna's web page.
Usually I am a cynical, cold hearted bastard, and my blog has always taken the view of realpolitik - what is best for the United States and us, its citizens.
But the human factor, the emotion, the feeling, cannot be denied.
After all, that is what makes us human.
So, which picture set is the true face of Israel?
Some background to the pictures.
The first two pictures are from Anna Balzer's site. Per Mr. Weiss blog article profiling her, "I first heard about "Anna in the Middle East" in July from my friend Andrea Whitmore, a Christian activist in Kansas City. "You have to meet Anna, she's glorious and beautiful," Whitmore said. I looked up her website: Anna Baltzer is a young Jewish Columbia graduate who has utterly thrown herself into The Issue. She's lived in Palestine, written a book bearing witness, and now travels the country giving talks on how Israel gobbles land and destroys Palestinian human rights."
Anna's webpage is here, annainthemiddleeast.com
People like her even get to me, a hardened cynic.
While I, a coward, blog - write some words on the internet - and call it a day, people like her, peaceful activists, show me that there is hope for the human race, that there are people out there who are... heroes.
There are more pictures on Anna's site - well worth a look.
The other two pictures are from google images, with keyword settlers.
The one in which a small Jewish kid and his older girl accomplice, kick and abuse that Palestinian woman - scenes like this are repeated over and over.
(I am happy as an American that my country made Israel number 1 recipient of my tax payer "aid" money - money well spent, America).
The picture of the masked thugs assaulting a Palestinian farmer has a bit of a backstory behind it.
Very short video, please watch it.
I did not know whether this video was a Palestinian propaganda scam, a public relations scam. You see, I was somewhat ignorant of the realities of life for the Palestinians in Israel.
I wanted proof - and here it is.
The shocking video is here, on Ha'aretz, alongside a short article giving background to the story.
Looks legitimate, wouldn't you agree? The bruises on the old woman sold it to me.
So, I repeat my question.
Which set of pictures, which vision will come true?
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Posted by AmericanGoy at 8:58 AM