Dear Jon Voight,
We write to you as admirers of your work for many years. We are also professors of modern Middle Eastern studies, specializing on the history and contemporary realities of Israel, Zionism and Palestine, and between the two of us, we have written and edited over half a dozen books on the country and the two peoples who are destined — or doomed, depending on your point of view — to share it. Continue reading
The Schoolyard Bully Is Still Using His Old Trick
The schoolyard bully is caught standing over the skinny, bloodied kid lying on the ground.
The teacher asks what happened.
The bully yells: “He hit me first!” Then he grabs his nose and pretends that he’s hurt.
This tactic is so common that there are 3.6 million Google hits for the phrase “bully pretends to be the victim”.
Victim playing by abusers is either:
- diverting attention away from acts of abuse by claiming that the abuse was justified based on another person’s bad behavior (typically the victim)
- soliciting sympathyfrom others in order to gain their assistance in supporting or enabling the abuse of a victim ….
It is common for abusers to engage in victim playing.
It’s the oldest trick in the book … but Americans are still falling for it. Continue reading
While many articles have debunked the myth that Israel is acting out of “self-defense,” very few have attempted to establish why Israel iscontinuing its assault on Palestine through Operation Protective Edge, aside from the supposition that Zionists have a fanatic penchant for drawing Palestinian blood. Behind the operation, behind the mass Israeli and U.S. propaganda attempting to justify the massacre, and behind the death of every child in Gaza is a conflict rarely discussed, an imperialist conflict and a contradiction that rests on Israel’s ambitions to appropriate and profit from Gaza’s natural gas resources. Continue reading