Sheldon Richman: ”The Trump administration clearly sees Israel and Saudi Arabia as vital parts of an anti-Iran coalition.”
Sheldon Richman. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Israel continues to massacre the Palestinian people with the utmost impunity. Is not Israel a rogue state?
Sheldon Richman: That would depend on your definition of “rogue state,” about which I would not expect broad agreement. I’d prefer to analyze the Israeli government’s conduct without looking for a contentious label. The policies and conduct of Israel’s government toward the Palestinians are systematically unjust and brutal. And I believe those things are inherent in the Zionist philosophy of Israel as the State of the Jewish people everywhere rather than the state of all its citizens regardless of religion or supposed ethnicity or race. The original Reform Jewish movement agreed with what I just said. The treatment of the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza qualifies as apartheid since the individuals there have no rights whatever. They exist, as though they were subhuman, at the mercy of Israel. Lire la suite »
Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: In your book « Faith in the Face of Empire« , you describe the specific suffering of Palestinian Christians. Can you explain us what it means to be a Palestinian Christian under Israeli occupation?
Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb: For a Palestinian Christian to live under Israeli occupation can means different things. For Christians living in Gaza it means living in a big open air prison without much chances to move in and out with deteriorating living condition: only 4 hours a day electricity, salted drinking water and polluted air and sea. For Palestinians Christians living in the west bank it means to be surrounded by Israeli Jewish colonies with no room for expansion, restricted movement, surrounded by walls and a kind of apartheid system. For Palestinian Christians living in east Jerusalem it means to be living in your own city as a resident alien being discriminated against in terms of the provision of municipal services, building permits, etc. Lire la suite »
Alison Weir. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Can we say that the United States is a sovereign State when we see the historical weight of the Zionist lobby on its policy decision?
Alison Weir: Adherents of political Zionism have influenced U.S. policies for decades and have often played a central role in elections. Despite this, Americans will be able to forge independent policies when enough people become aware of the facts and demand different policies. Lire la suite »
Professor Gary Leupp, Historian. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: How do you explain that Hillary Clinton maintains her candidacy for presidency of the United States while she has lost an ambassador in Benghazi in Libya when she was Secretary of State and that she makes headlines with the scandal of her emails?
Pr. Gary Leupp: Clinton is an establishment figure, who has widespread support on Wall Street, from the Democratic Party leadership, from the mainstream U.S. press, from fans of her husband the former president of the U.S., from African-Americans who see her and her husband as their advocates, and from women who simply want to see a “strong woman” in leadership. Lire la suite »
Harry Clark. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: What do you think of recent leaks of Wikileaks which target some States and not others? Would there be a hidden political agenda behind these leaks? Harry Clark:
This charge has been made since Wikileaks became famous around 5 years ago, due to the Chelsea Manning leaks and the dubious pursuit of Julian Assange by Swedish authorities. Any selective leaking by Wikileaks to criticize the US or other governments simply mirrors the selective leaking of classified information by the US and other governments to advance their agendas. Lire la suite »
Eric Draitser. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You studied the Libyan chaos case, how do you envisage the exit of crisis in this country?
Eric Draitser: Unfortunately there is no real solution to the chaos in Libya in the near future. The NATO terrorist war on that country effectively destroyed all political, economic, and social institutions such that any future government would have to spend tremendous time and resources rebuilding the country from the ground up. Considering that the so called « government » in Libya is little more than a political symbol rather than an effective state leadership, it is unlikely that there can be any concerted, cohesive strategy to rebuild the country and its institutions. Lire la suite »
Jeffrey Blankfort: « The main beneficiary from the disintegration of Iraq and Syria and the emergence of ISIS has been Israel ».
Jeffrey Blankfort. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: What is the real weight of the Zionist organizations, such as the AIPAC and the ADL in the American political life?
Jeffrey Blankfort: It is both considerable and immeasurable and their influence can be felt, if not seen, in every critical sector of American society. AIPAC and the ADL are only the most well known among a web of powerful political organizations that function on Israel’s behalf and effectively set the parameters for US Middle East policy although for most of its sixty plus years AIPAC has preferred to limit its public profile to the political class and those who fund it. There is no lobbying group or combination of groups in the United States or elsewhere that begin to compare with the Zionist network in terms of sheer political power at every level of government, including the courts. Lire la suite »