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August 3, 1997

Good Morning from the Zundelsite:

One of the haunting images I have out of my own childhood is a story I heard my grandmother repeat many times of the early 1930s, artificially caused, famine in the Ukraine where the country was sealed off from the rest of the world and millions of people systematically and purposely starved to death to force the peasants into the collectives.

At that time, reporters from the United States, according to my grandmother, would step over the skeletons lying in the street and ask each other, pencils poised: "Famine? What famine? Do you see any famine?"

How many in the United States knew? The story of that enormous tragedy was cruelly suppressed.

Yesterday, I watched a segment of a "Holocaust of Germans" video series, a Samisdat production, where Ernst remembers the millions of soldiers and civilians who were systematically starved to death after 1945 with the knowledge and obvious approval of Dwight D. Eisenhower, according to "Other Losses" author, James Bacques. This happened at the very time when the Nuremberg kangaroo trials were being concocted and the German and Japanese WWII leadership was soon on trial for "inhumane" conditions in the concentration and prison camps.

How many people in the world knew that this was going on? How many know today? I did not know any of the details until only a couple of years ago.

Remember the US-supported, UN-instituted sanctions amounting to a blockade on Iraq which, even as we speak, is causing the deaths by starvation and neglect of some estimated 4500 children PER MONTH?

On a recent "Sixty Minutes" broadcast, Madeleine Albright, U.S. Secretary of State (Foreign Minister) spoke of that "Holocaust of Children" off-handedly - as something that was "worth the price" to Israel.

My point in mentioning these examples of contemporary atrocities is simply that we need to know more and amass more information from more and different sources - and if we don't get information from our ever-so-obliging lapdog media, we need to cultivate, support and stand by our own. Knowledge is power - or, at least, empowering. More knowledge will give us more chances for freedom.

One such alternative media reporter is Michael Hoffman II of the Hoffman Wire, ( URL: http://www.hoffman-info.com )who wrote the following, entitled "The Missing Context in the Coverage of the Hamas Bombings":

"At this time the American government and media seem united in urging the Israelis to use counter-terror against the Palestinians in the aftermath of the Jerusalem bombings.

When the terror bomber-in-chief for the African National Congress (ANC) --the Lithuanian Jewish Communist Joe Slovo--masterminded the murder of white civilians in South Africa, any measures taken against the ANC on par with what the Israeli government is doing to the Palestinians right now, would have been condemned as "Nazi tactics" by the Western governments and media.

The Israelis have since July 30 "sealed" all Palestinian cities. The Israelis are conducting mass arrests of the wives, children and parents of Palestinians with links to Hamas.

The N.Y. Times in a July 31 editorial declared that "violent protests" by Palestinians (wherein Palestinians march in the streets and throw stones at Israeli soldiers) is a form of "terrorism" which is "condoned" or "instigated" by Yasir Arafat. If that's the case, that street marches and stone-throwing constitute terrorism, then a sizable portion of the black civil rights' protests in America were also a form of terrorism.

Over and again, the media fail to provide the context for Palestinian rage. The racist inference is that Arabs are simply bloodthirsty maniacs. But beyond the pig flyer and the Mary "cow-head" magazine photo (see http://www.hoffman-info.com/whore8.html) is a far deeper grievance--the ongoing, gradual theft of Palestinian land by the Israelis--by deporting Palestinians from Palestinian East Jerusalem, for example, and then building huge Jewish housing blocks on their ancestral soil.

There is much talk in the media today of Arafat failing to observe the Oslo accords, but it was Netanyahu who permitted the start of the East Jerusalem housing project on Palestinian land.

Also overlooked is the rancid hatred and racism of the Jewish rightists in the Israeli state, who openly embrace the Talmudic concept that non-Jews are not human, who seek the extermination of the Palestinians and who take a step forward in that genocidal process whenever one of their ilk dons an IDF army uniform and grabs an M-16 and shoots stone-throwing Palestinian children in the head.

When that atrocity is perpetrated the headlines are small; seldom is the victim even named in the Western media and it's "business as usual."

This past April was the first anniversary of the Israeli massacre at Qana, Lebanon where the Jewish military slaughtered more than 100 civilians at a U.N. sanctuary.

The Israelis were asked to pay reparations and apologize for this horror. They adamantly and arrogantly refused.

Bombings against civilians are always heinous and wicked in any context and Hamas is criminal and stupid to perpetrate them. But if we are to prevent future Middle East terrorism we must address the cause of terrorism and this entails acknowledging the role of Israeli terrorism in fomenting the Palestinian version.

To pretend, as the American media are doing now, that the evil is all on one side, is no service to Jews or Muslims, but only gives license to further Israeli attacks on the Palestinian people and their soil, generating more vengeance acts from the Palestinians. For the hideous cycle to be broken, culpability must be assigned to the Israeli occupiers as well as to those desperate and deranged Palestinians driven mad with grief at the loss of their ancient nation."

--Michael A. Hoffman II

Thought for the Day:

"Yes, I read this stuff from time to time. And suppose it's true --
therefore we do ... what? Un-liberate the camps? Un-execute Eichmann?"

(A well-known US talk show host (KIRO Radio, Seattle) in response to having received an article by Dr. Faurisson on the so-called Jewish "Holocaust")

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