Torture and murder not done by the US! Stop the presses… oh forget it, it’s just Israel.


June 27, 2009 by theradicalmormon

All people of conscience abhor the violence we see coming out of Iran, regardless of the electoral fraud issue.  It is easy to abhor it when it is splashed all over our newspaper front pages and making the headlines of the nightly news.  Iran is our enemy, part of the axis of evil, and thus it is easy for us to dig up their dirt and point our fingers.

However, there is a similar situation which has been occurring in the middle east for years and years (only it is much more brutal and damaging) and we are able to ignore it with great discipline.  Israel recently massacred 1400 people in Gaza and our nation, including our brave President Obama, was able to hold it’s tongue and keep the carnage off of the front pages.  The videos were not as visible.  There were exceptions, but in general, for all intents and purposes, the dead children were not seen except for in the alternative media. 

Israel has set up a regime of terror and torture and is so practiced at it that it occurs everyday.  One of the recent egregious incidents is the account of the Palestinian journalist, Mohammed Omer.  It has been over a year now that he returned from receiving the prestigious Martha Gelhorn award for journalism in England… only to be tortured by the Shin Bet at the border, and put into the hospital.  His ill-treatment was vehemently denied and lied about by the official Israeli lying apparatus.  However, his story continues to be told along with witness testimonies and medical records to back him up.  One year after the incident of his torture, he writes:

Since 2003, I’ve been the voice to the voiceless in the besieged Gaza Strip for a number of publications and news programs ranging from The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs to the BBC and, Morgenbladet in Norway as well as Democracy Now! These stories exposed a carefully-crafted fiction continuing control and exploitation of five-million people. Their impact, coupled with the reporting of others served to change public opinion in the United States and Europe concerning the dynamics of Israel and its occupation of Palestine .

After receiving the Martha Gellhorn prize I returned home through the Allenby Bridge Crossing in the Occupied West Bank between Jordan and Israel. It was here I was detained, interrogated, and tortured for several hours by Shin Bet and border officers. When it appeared I may be close to death an ambulance was called to transport me to a hospital. From that day my life has been a year of continued medical treatments, pain — and a search for justice.

One of the amazing recollections of his ordeal is this:

When Associated Press reporter Karin Laub called me on my cell phone for an interview after my ordeal, I detailed how I was stripped and held at gunpoint. Her reply? “Go on,” she stated. “This is normal about what we hear happening at Ben Gurion Airport . It’s nothing new.”

Nothing new.  Normal.  This is what happens all the time in the middle east and it doesn’t appear on the front pages or make the nightly news.  It doesn’t cause protest around the world.  It doesn’t get Obama up on his soap box, pontificating about human rights abuses and freedom.  (Of course, he’s too busy killing kids and the elderly at Pakistani funerals to be worrying about this sort of thing.)

Read the rest of Omer’s recollections here:

8 thoughts on “Torture and murder not done by the US! Stop the presses… oh forget it, it’s just Israel.

  1. Forest Simmons says:

    Seeing this kind of thing in his view of our day, Moroni shouted across time to us Westerners, “O ye pollutions …”

  2. theradicalmormon says:

    And it is our job that these words from Moroni no longer apply to us:

    “Why do ye adorn yourselves with that which hath no life, and yet suffer the hungry, and the needy, and the naked, and the sick and the afflicted to pass by you, and notice them not?”

  3. Grégoire says:

    Wow, TRM, that’s powerful, man.

    Karl Marx called this commodity fetishism. People have personal relationships with their houses, cars and consumer goods. Lukacs refined this idea and called it reification, pointing out that the same people see other people and themselves as objects, a means to an end. Human beings are just animated weapons and tools, and the new Lexus is what we truly love.

  4. theradicalmormon says:

    Well, I can’t take credit for those words of course. It was Moroni who said them. He said them as he was being shown a vision of our day… approximately 1600 years ago. The words he spoke in this one chapter in particular, have great relevance to our present day in my opinion. As you rightly note, his words are very powerful. This is the religion I believe in. He said:

    35 Behold, I speak unto you as if ye were present, and yet ye are not. But behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me, and I know your doing.
    36 And I know that ye do walk in the pride of your hearts; and there are none save a few only who do not lift themselves up in the pride of their hearts, unto the wearing of very fine apparel, unto envying, and strifes, and malice, and persecutions, and all manner of iniquities; and your churches, yea, even every one, have become polluted because of the pride of your hearts.
    37 For behold, ye do love money, and your substance, and your fine apparel, and the adorning of your churches, more than ye love the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted.
    38 O ye pollutions, ye hypocrites, ye teachers, who sell yourselves for that which will canker, why have ye polluted the holy church of God? Why are ye ashamed to take upon you the name of Christ? Why do ye not think that greater is the value of an endless happiness than that misery which never dies—because of the praise of the world?
    39 Why do ye adorn yourselves with that which hath no life, and yet suffer the hungry, and the needy, and the naked, and the sick and the afflicted to pass by you, and notice them not?
    40 Yea, why do ye build up your secret abominations to get gain, and cause that widows should mourn before the Lord, and also orphans to mourn before the Lord, and also the blood of their fathers and their husbands to cry unto the Lord from the ground, for vengeance upon your heads?
    41 Behold, the sword of vengeance hangeth over you; and the time soon cometh that he avengeth the blood of the saints upon you, for he will not suffer their cries any longer.

    In fact, one of the great messages of the book of Mormon deals with the topic of covetousness or commodity fetishism, which the Lord refers to as idolatry.

  5. Joseph says:

    I find it interesting that most LDS view themselves as exempt from any condemnation for “polluting the holy church of God.” That’s what all those other churches are doing! But if our claims are correct, that we belong to a restored church given the stamp of approval by divine manifestations to Joseph Smith and others, then we are the only people on earth who could truly “pollute the holy church of God.” I’ve often felt that, while this could apply to many different groups of people, this condemnation was particularly directed at those of us who subscribe to the LDS faith. I mean, that’s who Moroni would have known would actually read the book, right?

    I only had the guts to point that out in Gospel Doctrine once, though. Usually those verses aren’t really dealt with. We just read verse 35, say “Isn’t it neat that Moroni saw our day?” and then move on, having very little interest in what Moroni actually had to say to us!

  6. theradicalmormon says:

    Hugh Nibley points out the same thing in one of his books. He says that the only people that could pollute the holy church of God are the people that are in the holy church of God. Pretty shocking to those of us who think that all is well in Zion.

  7. DALE GEORGE says:

    I really don’t watch local media in Salt Lake any more, so maybe I am wrong, but it seems to me that the issues surrounding Israel, Gaza, and the palestinians are reported in a way to keep the population uninformed and misinformed.

    Without correct knowledge we can’t properly govern ourselves.

    The commandment to not bear false witness as I could best understand it, by using hebrew dictionaries was, to be in a higher position than another and press down upon another. It was like being a watchman on the wall and not warning someone or miswarning them.

    Anyone in a high position as a leader is in a position to bear false witness. Anyone with a piece of knowledge that if hidden can give one power over others or if known could keep another from injury or harm is in a possible to bear false witness.

    The people should rightly expect their leaders to provide a clear picture of what is going on in the middle east which it does not seem that they are doing. The church leaders are well informed. Any mega corporation as the LDS church is, has an excellent strategic information system and department. So they are without excuse.

    They get paid to be our eyes and ears as we labor under the devil’s economic capitalistic system. They should not bear false witness to us.

    By their fruits ye shall know them. And if you can’t bring yourself to call a spade a spade, remember that the blind lead the blind and they both fall into the same pit.

  8. theradicalmormon says:

    You feel it is our Church leader’s responsibility to fill us in on middle-eastern politics?

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