Israel’s own “Bloody Sunday”* never quite got the coverage that the original got and “our” Zionists really did manage their usual whitewash right down to them having their farcical “little” judicial inquiry known as the ‘Or Commission’ . That was back in 2001 when the Israeli police shot and killed 13 Israeli citizens with high-velocity rifles. The demonstrators were all Arabs, of course, and since then Palestinians with Israeli citizenship are, at least, aware of the true nature of their citizenship and of the consequences that can await them if they decide to take to the streets on Zionistan. However, there comes hope from an unexpected quarter and yesterday ‘Haaretz’ reported that Obama “believes that those who wish to have their voices heard should be able to do that without fear of violence.”(1) Good for you Barack and we can only assume that what is good for the goose is good for the gander. Of course, it is not and that is the problem. You see I too condemn any violence perpetrated by the government in Teheran and I also don’t like the idea of elections being stolen. The difference is that when we think about what is happening in Iran, we would do well to think not only about the American presidential elections in 2000 and again in 2004, which George W Bush stole from Al Gore and John Kerry respectively, but we should also ponder on the events of 2001 when thirteen Arab citizens of Israel were murdered by the Israeli police. Well, it at least gave the Palestinians living inside the borders of the oxymoronic “Jewish Democracy” a real feel of what it is to be Palestinian.
Anyway, one of the headlines in yesterday’s ‘Haaretz’ would appear to suggest that the White House spokesman Robert Gibbs is right to call the called the demonstrators `courageous’,(2) with the newspaper informing us that “Tehran residents are climbing to their roofs and crying God is Great! in open defiance of Iran’s supreme leader.“(3) Not quite sure why this would indicate resistance to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei but if it is resistence it would at suggest that at least Robert Gibbs is correct in his contention that the demonstrators are ‘courageous’ and it might even be that they don’t feel quite as threatened by their state as Arab citizens of Israel do by “theirs” and it might even be that they believe they can still change something.
* On the 30th January 1972 27 civil rights protesters were shot by members of the 1st Battalion of the British Parachute Regiment during a Civil Rights march in the Bogside area of Derry. A total of fourteen people died.