Olmert and Omerta
Olmert has gone wild with Peretz at his side
They’ve unleashed their bombers, sent death far and wide
The blood freely flows, kids scream out in pain
Olmert sneers, "No problem! We’ve got lots to gain!"
The cement wall grows higher and longer each day
The ghetto's near done! Hallelujah! Hooray!
"Our own Jewish capsule armed up to the teeth"
Olmert's joy is boundless, it's almost complete
Inside its so cozy, well-to-do and so pure
BBQs on the beach, it's an asset for sure
(Oh yeah it's been stolen, but that's yesterday's news
It was in a good cause, to be used just for Jews)
But a fly's in the ointment come to spoil Olmert's show
Hezbollah fights back dealing blow after blow
And way down in Gaza, out of mind out of sight
In spite of the odds, Palestinians do fight
On and on, they'll both go, they never will stop
For justice and freedom, they never will drop
their demands non-negotiable, consistent and just
There's no option before them; they must, yes they must
And what of those alleged US antiwar folks?
Where are they now? Do they care? Have they spoke?
Ah no, my dear friends, they are gelded and mute
In the face of this war, so bloody, so brute
War crimes abounding, increasing each day
Overtly (Olmert-ly) they cause no dismay
Amongst so-called lefties o'er here in the west
They're worried but silent, but they can't pass the test
Of principles, of morals and of dignity too
They've succumbed to omerta, don't care who they screw
It's far more important the silence to keep
"They're like us, protect them! Let bereft mothers weep!"
Race and religion, white privilege doth flow
Through veins hypocritical, a covert quid pro quo
Except that there's nothing to be got in return
For a complicit silence while Palestine burns
Olmert and omerta went out in a boat
To make some real headway, to see if they'd float
But, lo! Out on the horizon, just there 'round the bend
A cloud small but dark; the start of the end
Home court advantage: Religion and the Israel Lobby
I submit for your consideration that the real secret to the sensational success of the Israel Lobby is the religious home court advantage it enjoys in the west and most particularly in America. This advantage is diffused effectively throughout the generality of western society but nowhere is it more damaging than among ranks of the so-called progressive groups. The religious factor is avoided plague-like by progressives because they are singularly loathe to consider religion as a factor in any issue, preferring instead the safer waters of political, class or economic terms. They shift uncomfortably in their seats and their eyes dart back and forth nervously when the issue of religion comes up unless of course they are called upon to excoriate Muslim treatment of women or decry Falwellian dispensationalism in which case they breathe a sign of relief and heave to. This willingness to castigate “unenlightened” theologies not only smacks of racism and elitism but it also neatly frees progressives from examining their own theologies and how they might skew their ability to think and act in a principled manner.....Full essay available at Dissident Voice