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Dear Jon, The Palestinian Culture and If I Can’t Laugh-It’s NOT My REVOLUTION!

The Palestinians have been around for thousands of years and they still don’t have their own country-the Israelis for around 60 years -and counting Florida they have two!

As a candidate for US HOUSE, District 5, Florida who has been to BOTH sides of The Wall seven times since 2005, the best laugh of my day came while watching The Daily Show when Al Madrigal nailed the US-Israeli Palestinian conflict with that comment vis-a-vis CULTURE!

Watch that segment here:—national-geogaffe-ic—romney-abroad



The Following Courtesy of Institute for Middle East Understanding:


During Israel’s creation in 1948, tens of thousands of Palestinian books were systematically “collected” by the Israeli army and its precursor, the Hagannah, in cooperation with the Israeli National Library. The books included priceless volumes of Palestinian Arab and Muslim literature, including poetry, works of history and fiction. Thousands of the books were destroyed and recycled for paper, while others were added to the library’s collection. Today, many remain in the Israeli National Library, designated abandoned property.

Since prior to Israel’s founding in 1948, British and then Israeli authorities engaged in a systematic campaign targeting Palestinian political leaders, artists, and intellectuals for imprisonment, exile, and assassination, starting in the 1930s with the exiling by British authorities of the Palestinian political leadership of the Arab Higher Committee. Amongst the artists and intellectuals subsequently murdered by Israel were writer Ghassan Kanafani, and poet and intellectual Wael Zuaiter.

During Israel’s invasion of Lebanon in 1982, Israeli forces systematically looted and confiscated the accumulated national archives of the Palestine Liberation Organization, including invaluable collections of films and other cultural artifacts.

The 2009 US State Department International Religious Freedom Report noted the Israeli government does not recognize non-Jewish holy sites and that as a result, “many Muslim and Christian sites are neglected, inaccessible, or threatened by property developers and municipalities.”

In a move that prompted international cricism and typifies Israeli policy towards Palestinian sites that are of cultural and historical importance, Israel is allowing the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center to build a “Museum of Tolerance” over one of the oldest and most culturally significant Palestinian Muslim sites in the Holy Land, the ancient Mamilla cemetery in Jerusalem. Press reports have revealed evidence of widespread desecrations of tombs and their remains by construction workers.


Israeli restrictions on the movement of Palestinians living in the occupied territories, including its network of hundreds of checkpoints and roadblocks in the West Bank, travel permit system, and siege of Gaza, prevent many Palestinian students from reaching their schools and accessing their right to education.

There is a de facto embargo against Palestinian students from the occupied territories wishing to study abroad. Students from Gaza in particular, including Fulbright Scholars, are often prevented by Israel’s siege from traveling to universities in the West Bank and abroad to study in their chosen fields.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, during the First Intifada, or uprising against Israel’s occupation, Israeli authorities shut down many Palestinian schools, forcing Palestinians teachers and students to improvise classes in secret to avoid being shut down by the Israeli army.


In July 2012, the World Bank released a report that concluded Palestinian economic growth in the West Bank was unsustainable citing Israeli restrictions as the biggest impediment. The International Monetary Fund has stated the same thing.

At any given time, there are upwards of 500 Israeli checkpoints, roadblocks, and other barriers to movement within the occupied West Bank, — an area smaller than Delaware — hindering Palestinians and their goods from moving between their own towns and cities and the outside world. (Click here for December 2011 UN map of barriers to movement in the West Bank)

Historically, Jerusalem has been the economic and cultural center of Palestinian life in the surrounding West Bank. However, as a result of Israeli policies and actions taken in and around occupied East Jerusalem (the borders of which were greatly expanded by Israel unilaterally following the start of its occupation in 1967), including settlement construction and the implementation of a permit system for non-Israeli citizens, today Palestinians living in the West Bank are largely cut off from the city, unable to visit for worship, to see family, or to do business.

Almost 80% of the Jordan Valley, once the breadbasket of Palestine, is off-limits to Palestinians, designated for Israeli settlements, military ‘firing zones,’ and ‘nature reserves.’ (Click here for 2012 UN map)

According to a December 2010 Human Rights Watch report entitled “Separate and Unequal: Israel’s Discriminatory Treatment of Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories”:

‘Palestinians face systematic discrimination merely because of their race, ethnicity, and national origin, depriving them of electricity, water, schools, and access to roads, while nearby Jewish settlers enjoy all of these state-provided benefits… While Israeli settlements flourish, Palestinians under Israeli control live in a time warp — not just separate, not just unequal, but sometimes even pushed off their lands and out of their homes.’


Although Israel withdrew its soldiers and 8000 settlers from the Gaza Strip in 2005, Gaza remains under Israeli occupation according to international law as Israel continues to maintain effective control over the area, controlling most entry in and out of the territory, as well as its coastline and airspace.

Since the early 1990s, Israel has restricted passage to and from Gaza, but in 2006, following Hamas’ victory in Palestinian elections, Israel tightened its restrictions severely and imposed a naval blockade on the tiny coastal enclave of 1.6 million people. (Click here for December 2011 Gaza access and closure map)

A 2009 Amnesty International report following Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s devastating military assault on Gaza in the winter of 2008-9, stated:

‘The prolonged blockade of Gaza, which had already been in place for some 18 months before the current fighting began, amounts to collective punishment of its entire population.’

Israeli officials have admitted that the siege is not motivated primarily by security concerns, but is part of a strategy of “economic warfare” against the people of Gaza. In 2006, senior advisor to then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Dov Weisglass, said the goal of the Gaza siege was to put the people of Gaza “on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger.”

Although Israel loosened restrictions somewhat under international pressure following its deadly assault on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in 2010, the siege and blockade continue to smother Gaza economically. According to a 2012 Human Rights Watch report:

‘Israel’s punitive closure of the Gaza Strip, tightened after Hamas’s takeover of Gaza in June 2007, continued to have severe humanitarian and economic consequences for the civilian population.

‘Gaza’s economy grew rapidly, but the World Bank said the growth depended on international assistance. The economy had not returned to pre-closure levels; daily wages, for instance, had declined 23 percent since 2007. Israel’s near-total restrictions on exports from Gaza hindered economic recovery. Due to low per capita income, 51 percent of the population was unable to buy sufficient food, according to UN aid agencies.

‘Israel allowed imports to Gaza that amounted to around 40 percent of pre-closure levels, the UN reported. Israel continued to bar construction materials, like cement, which it said had “dual use” civilian and military applications. Israel allowed shipments of construction materials for projects operated by international organizations, but as of September Gaza still had an estimated shortage of some 250 schools and 100,000 homes.’


After taking control of the occupied territories in 1967, Israel began to exploit their natural resources. Most critically in the semi-arid region, Israel began to exploit aquifers and other water sources.

A 2009 Amnesty International report entitled “Israel rations Palestinians to trickle of water” found:

‘In the Gaza Strip, 90 to 95 per cent of the water from its only water resource, the Coastal Aquifer, is contaminated and unfit for human consumption. Yet, Israel does not allow the transfer of water from the Mountain Aquifer in the West Bank to Gaza.

‘Stringent restrictions imposed in recent years by Israel on the entry into Gaza of material and equipment necessary for the development and repair of infrastructure have caused further deterioration of the water and sanitation situation in Gaza, which has reached [a] crisis point.’

According to a 2010 Human Rights Watch report, 60,000 Palestinians living in Area C of the West Bank, which is under full Israeli control, lack access to running water, and must pay high prices (up to one-sixth of their income) to bring in water tankers, which require special permits from Israel.

According to the 2011 US State Department Country Report on Human Rights Practices for Israel and the occupied territories:

‘Between January and July, according to the UN, the Israeli military destroyed 20 water cisterns, some of which were funded by donor countries for humanitarian purposes.

‘Palestinian residents reported that water supplies were intermittent, and settlers and their security guards denied Palestinians, including shepherds and farmers, access to the springs.’

In the West Bank, Israeli settlers consume on average 4.3 times the amount of water as Palestinians. In the Jordan Valley alone, some 9000 settlers in Israeli agricultural settlements use one-quarter the total amount of water consumed by the entire Palestinian population of the West Bank, some 2.5 million people.

In addition to water and arable land, Israel also exploits Palestinian resources such as minerals, including from the Dead Sea region.


Since the start of the occupation in 1967, Israel has destroyed vast amounts of Palestinian agricultural land in order to construct settlements and attendant infrastructure such as roads and military bases, and for the West Bank wall, deemed illegal by the International Court of Justice. In addition, vast amounts of farmland have been destroyed in Israeli military operations and by rampaging Jewish settlers, who set fire to Palestinian fields and crops, uproot olive trees, and even kill livestock.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the occupied Palestinian territories, in 2011 alone some 10,000 Palestinian-owned trees, mostly olive trees, were damaged or destroyed by Israeli settlers, significantly undermining the livelihoods of hundreds of West Bank families.

Between 2000 and 2007, more than half a million Palestinian olive trees were destroyed by settlers or by Israel for the construction of the West Bank wall.


During Israel’s creation (1947-49) some 750,000 Palestinians, or 2/3 of the Arab population in what would become Israel, were expelled from their homes and land by Zionist and then Israeli forces to make way for a Jewish majority state in a region that had previously been populated overwhelmingly by Muslim and Christian Palestinian Arabs.

Some 400 Palestinian towns and villages, including vibrant urban centers, were systematically destroyed by Zionist and Israeli forces during and after the creation of the state.

The total monetary loss of Palestinians dispossessed during Israel’s creation has been estimated at upwards of $100 billion (US) in today’s dollars.

At the end of 1947, just prior to Israel’s establishment, Zionist Jews and organizations owned less than 7% of the land of British Mandate Palestine. Despite this, the United Nations Partition Plan passed in November 1947 allotted 55% of Mandate Palestine to a new Jewish state, disregarding the property rights and wishes of Palestinian Arabs, who comprised some 67% of the population.

During the subsequent military campaign that accompanied Israel’s creation, Zionist and Israeli forces expanded far beyond the borders of the Jewish state called for in the UN Partition Plan, conquering 78% of Mandate Palestine and incorporating it into what became Israel’s internationally recognized, pre-1967 War borders.

Most Palestinian refugees fled or were forced from their homes on short notice. Almost 65 years later, those refugees and their descendants continue to be denied their legal right to return to their land and homes, as called for in UN Resolution 194, and have been denied any kind of compensation from Israel for their economic and other losses.

In 1967, during the June, or Six-Day War, Israel conquered the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, the 22% of historic Palestine that remained outside its borders in 1948. In addition to creating tens of thousands of new Palestinian refugees, some for the second time over, almost immediately Israeli authorities began to colonize the occupied territories, in violation of international law, with Jewish-only settlements built on expropriated Palestinian land. Today more than half a million Israeli Jews live on occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

In 1988, the Palestine Liberation Organization made what was considered a major historic compromise, renouncing claim to 78% of Mandate Palestine and agreeing to a Palestinian state on just the remaining 22%, comprising the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza. Despite this, Israel has continued to relentlessly colonize the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem with a network of Jewish-only settlements and attendant infrastructure, Israeli-only roads, military bases, and the West Bank wall, surrounding, dissecting, and isolating Palestinian population centers from one another and the outside world. [1]




I am Eileen Fleming for US HOUSE, District 5, Florida and I approve of all of my messages.

eileen fleming for US HOUSE


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13 Responses to Dear Jon, The Palestinian Culture and If I Can’t Laugh-It’s NOT My REVOLUTION!

  1. Blake August 2, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

    Much respect Eileen. Brilliant article. We as human beings must NEVER forget the plight of these Palestinians.

    Jacob J Nammar, “Born in Jerusalem, Born Palestinian: A memoir”. Born in 1941 first 7 years of his life was idyllic. Page 1-45 you think to yourself what a great place Palestine is, of God’s love to a Christian family, of Palestinians who love each other, part of a Palestinian culture that had regard for other people & regard for the land. Then a day before his 7th birthday this idyllic life was turned upside down by impostors from Europe with a sense of entitlement to it all. You know the rest.

    • Eileen Fleming August 2, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

      Dear Blake!
      MUCH LOVE 2U!

      And BIG BTW-it was Dr. Khalad Diab, a 1948 Palestinian American who WOKE ME UP to the ongoing NAKBA.

      Dr. Diab, is a Muslim who happens to be one of THE BEST Christians I have ever known because he actually DOES what Jesus commanded his follower’s to do:

      FORGIVE, BLESS and LOVE your enemies!

      Dr. D was also the inspiration for my first book “KEEP HOPE ALIVE”

      • Blake August 2, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

        I just recently found out the Muslim Messiah is Jesus Christ. They have kept that a secret in our western media!

        • Eileen Fleming August 2, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

          The Koran also has many references to Jesus’ mother and Muslims hold Mother Mary in high esteem- WAY MORE than Protestant and nondenominational ‘Christians’ do and although Paul was thinking of his mother Mary when he wrote LET IT BE, I always think of Mother Mary:

          • Laura Stuart August 2, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

            Not just Mary is revered she has a whole chapter to herself.

            But, instead of Mary being called “mother of …” in the Quran, Jesus a.s. is often called Jesus – Son of Mary, which is more respectful towards Mary.

            No Joseph though.

          • Eileen Fleming August 2, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

            THANK YOU for that clarification Laura and another BIG BTW RE: BEATLES, Mother Mary, “WORDS OF WISDOM” and Jesus as THE WAY:

            Jesus is the first known man to blow apart the societal and religious taboos of speaking with females as fully equal.

            Just one more example of how the male disciples would not, could not follow Jesus THAT closely!

            And “Our problems stem from our acceptance of this filthy, rotten system”-Dorothy Day

            Later male disciples, the Protestant Reformers, would not, could not accept the Book of Wisdom and threw it out of their canon, but the Catholics include it in their bible.

            It has been said that some thought the Book of Wisdom was too Jewish–or perhaps too feminine!

            The Book of Wisdom defines wisdom as: a spirit intelligent, holy, unique, manifold, subtle, agile, clear, unstained, and certain. Not baneful, but loving the good. Keen, unhampered, beneficent, kind, firm, secure, all-powerful, all-seeing and pervading all spirits. Wisdom is mobile beyond all motion and SHE penetrates and pervades all things by reason. SHE is the aura of the might of God and a pure effusion of the glory of The Almighty. SHE is the refulgence of eternal Light, a spotless mirror of the power of God. And SHE who is one, can do all things and renews everything, and passing into holy souls from age to age, SHE produces friends of God and prophets.- WISDOM 7:22-8:1

            Wisdom has built her house and SHE calls to all; “Come, eat my food and drink my wine and you will live abundant life and walk in the ways of understanding.”-Proverbs 9

            Number 9 Number 9 Number 9….Let all who are little come in here, Wisdom has built her house; come eat her food and drink her wine and walk in the ways of understanding…I’m so very small I’m so very small; already within the heart of every atom yet extend Beyond the Universe and connect every mother and child….Number 9 Number 9 Number 9…

            Wisdom calls; “I have built it; will you come? Do you have eyes to see and ears to hear?

            Holy Wisdom, the Feminine Divinity: Hokema,

            Who was with The Word from the very beginning,

            She is One with Him and He with Her;

            Pure Being; One God;

            One Creator and One Lover of All the Human Family,

            Hokema; Holy Wisdom;, The Feminine Divinity

            Same as The Logos:

            The Word:

            THE WAY!

            Excerpted from

        • Laura Stuart August 3, 2012 at 6:32 am #

          Do you think that “they” keep such things secret? Why do you think so ?
          Do you know that Muslims believe in the same prophets also – Abraham – Moses etc?
          When I became a Muslim one person said to me it was as if I had received a computer upgrade, I think that was a brilliant description since it is a belief in the former scriptures but with some (viruses) removed, plus one more revelation.

          • Eileen Fleming August 3, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

            Dear Laura,

            I do not know anything about “the secret” but I do know that Jews, Christians and Muslims ALL share many of the same stories and all are connected in the Family of Father Abraham-which I say is most dysfunctional as many sisters and brothers don’t agree, and when it comes to the cousins it’s even more divisive!

            But allow me to share an excerpt from my first book: KEEP HOPE ALIVE from the Chapter BROTHER HAROLD which I feel nails it-and we pick up after Jake explains:

            “This modern conflict between Palestinian Arabs and Jews began around the turn of the twentieth century. The two groups have different religions; and do you understand that ‘Palestinian’ means Muslims, Christians, and Druze? The animosity towards Israel is not about religious differences, but about land. The UN divided the area known as Palestine into three parts in 1947: Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip. This is a very small geographical area, about the size of Maryland…”

            …Harold lifted his almost empty pouch of Crown Royal and exclaimed, “Let’s toast the man, and then I’ll tell you what my daddy told me when I was a kid, when my brothers and I would get out of hand. He’d say, ‘boys, you all are going the way of Cain and Abel, and you’d better quit. For one of those boys was filled with so much hatred and jealousy that he killed the other.’

            “Then my old man would be on a roll, and he’d tell us about Sarah, Abraham’s wife. And we loved to hear that part, so we’d quit our fight. You see, although Sarah was already menopaused, she still desired a child. God had even shared a laugh with her about it coming true, but just like a woman, she took the matter into her own hands, and refused to wait for the Lord to deliver. So old Sarah decided to give her maidservant to her old man, and that chick and Abraham made a kid. Everything was fine when Ishmael arrived, but only for a very short while.

            “Now, although Sarah was a dried-up old crone, she, too, birthed a son, and named him after the laughter she had shared with God, but called the kid Isaac. Sarah had gotten very territorial and demanded Abraham cast out his beloved first son with his mama Haggar, into the barren wilderness, and Abraham did it! But, as God always hears the cries of mothers and sons, he promised to make a great nation from Ishmael’s descendants, too. And thus, the Arab nation was born.

            “By the sixth century before Christ, the conflicts in the land were already old news, and Jeremiah warned the people that all God could see was violence and destruction in the city. Sickness and wounds were all around.

            “And then my old man would get tears in his eyes and softly recite:

            “For every misunderstanding, every condemning thought, every negative vibration, every tear torn from a heart, every time one grabbed and wouldn’t let go, and they only did it because they did not know. The Divine is within all creation and within all women and men.

            “And every tiny kindness you have ever done, every gentle word spoken, every time you held your tongue, every positive thought, every smile freely given, every helping hand that opens, helps bring in the kingdom. And the kingdom comes from above, and it comes from within. Imagine a kingdom of sisterhood of all creatures and all men.”

            The rest @


  2. Ariadna Theokopoulos August 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    “Imagine a kingdom of sisterhood of all creatures and all men.”

    Pardon me, Eileen, but such a sisterhood implies neutering men and all male animals, doesn’t it? Interesting vision.

    • Eileen Fleming August 3, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

      NOT at all Dear Ariadna!

      Speaking genetically, the sex of a child is established at conception based on the 23rd pair of chromosomes it inherits from the parent.

      The mother’s egg contains an X chromosome, and the father’s sperm will contain either an X or Y chromosome.

      It is the male (or rather the male’s sperm) that dictates whether the baby will be a boy or a girl and so EVERY human life begins with both male and female chromosomes.

      St. Paul said that in Jesus there is no male or female-meaning EVERYONE is EQUAL in God’s eyes.

      I say the world has been tipped on its side so heavy with artillery -and guns and bombs can be understood as testosterone driven and derived by men who have lost contact with their feminine side.

      • Blake August 3, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

        Lol.I hate guns but I ain’t in touch with my feminine side either. lol. I do agree though with a feminine lead we could probably learn a lot of tolerance(unless it’s someone like Maggie Thatcher of course or Hitler in a dress Golda Meir).

        • Eileen Fleming August 3, 2012 at 11:42 pm #

          LOL from USA, as I have been told by more than a few on this side of the pond that I have “brass Thatchers” and what they mean is i have “brass balls” which is a euphemism for audacity or courage–but I say true audacity/courage is all a matter of CONSCIENCE and true “HOPE has two children.The first is ANGER at the way things are. The second is COURAGE to DO SOMETHING about it.”-St. Augustine

          And BIG PS: “FUCK hope! It’s not about hope. You don’t do what you do because you hope things will get better. It’s about getting up every morning and asking yourself what’s the right thing to do and doing it.”-Allen Ginsburg

      • Ariadna Theokopoulos August 3, 2012 at 11:50 pm #

        “I say the world has been tipped on its side so heavy with artillery -and guns and bombs can be understood as testosterone driven and derived by men who have lost contact with their feminine side.”

        Got you, Eileen. It;s the men are from Mars, women are form venus thing and by “feminine side” you mean the soft touch of Golda Meir, Margaret Thatcher (impersonation of “courage” to you, if I understood you correctly), Madeleine Albright, Condoleeza Rice and Hilary Clinton?