Israel Killing Children Again With U.S. Support

U.S. “aid” to Israel runs about $38 billion per year.

Israel is the top recipient of U.S. total “aid” receiving $146 billion as of 2020.

This is mostly in the form of credits to buy U.S. weapon systems where U.S. taxpayers pick up the tab. So, corporate welfare — which is business as usual for Congress and the White House.

So all this death and suffering is very much on U.S. hands.

The White House has the key role of issuing bland statements of tacit support for Israel’s war crimes, pretending to wish for peace. Because, as we all know, shipping lots of weapons to Yemen, Ukraine, etc. has resulted in much more peace for the people living there.

As long as these are the facts on the ground

anyone still calling for a two-state solution in Palestine is just blowing hot air. 

Land theft, water theft, destruction of homes, destruction of agricultural lands, and apartheid laws including segregated roads characterize Israel’s actions in the occupied territories.

The attempt to separate Palestinian refugees herded into the open air prison that is Gaza from the Palestinian residents of the West Bank and Jerusalem has not succeeded. The most recent attacks on worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem were understood as punishment for their support of people in Gaza — many of whom are their relatives.

President Joe Biden says he is a Zionist, as if adherance to a violently racist belief system were a source of pride. All of Maine’s congressional delegation vote and sound like Zionists, too. The blood of these innocent children is on their hands.

Stop Dropping Bombs On People’s Heads

It is the end of innocence for my 3 year old students. Their parents told them about Israel’s attacks on the Palestinian people prior to attending an action in the port of Oakland yesterday which has successfully blocked the Israeli ship ZIM from unloading.

If you think its difficult explaining to your uncle during holiday get togethers about the realities of Israel’s land grab and constant ethnic cleansing campaign, only imagine a preschool audience. This is the age when children ask “Why?” in response to any facts on the ground. (“It’s bedtime.” “Why?” “Because we need our rest.” “Why?” etc.)

We made new friends in a crowd with several other children of various ages. This fellow teacher shared his sunscreen with us.

As we gathered at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park with about 300 others yesterday afternoon, the questions were still coming thick and fast. They’re only starting to read so most of the signs were unintelligible, but the chant of “Free, free Palestine” matched up with the sign they had helped make earlier in the day. 

Some of the many questions we answered:”Why is there a helicopter in the sky?” “It’s a news team covering the protest.” “What does cover mean?” and also “Why is the truck driver honking his horn and why are people clapping?”

With the big picture orientation she’s prone to, my granddaughter mostly didn’t query us about the difference between Gaza and the West Bank or why Israel would want to steal their land and water. Her oft repeated question was this:

Why do they drop bombs on people’s heads?

After asking this approximately one hundred times and receiving answers ranging from “to steal the land” to “because they are scared and angry, and making bad choices” she transitioned into her own personal chant:

Stop dropping bombs on people’s heads.

This was tapped out with drumsticks, played on the recorder, recited to her baby brother, and murmured as she drifted off to sleep.

As her father and her friend and she and I walked back toward our car from the picket at one of the main gates, I carried the sign we’d made together. A sign that both 3 year olds had taken a turn proudly carrying that day.

“Grandma, don’t throw away our sign, we might need to use it again.”

She’s probably right about that, too.