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Alice Walker Tours Gaza March 11, 2009

alice-walkerAlice Walker, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of “The Color Purple”, toured Gaza this week. She was part of a delegation from Codepink, a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement. Walker said in an interview yesterday that she wanted to be with the victims and “bear witness to what is happening” there. Due to the recent death of a sister, Walker says she felt connected to the people of Gaza who’ve lost their loved ones in the latest assault.  She hopes to make President Obama more aware of the plight of Palestinians in Gaza. The truth is though, Obama is aware of what’s happening. However, in spite of that and Israel’s illegal actions, he’s decided not to cut the $30 billion dollars in aid promised to Israel over the next 10 years. That’s so not cool, dude. Not cool at all.

I do think Alice Walker can make people more aware, however, by writing about her experience and what she’s seen in Gaza when she comes back to the States. Better yet, why not approach Oprah and Steven Spielberg? (insert rolling of the eyes) Both participated in the movie based on her novel and both have a lot of influence, right?  Surely, Oprah will listen.  I must admit, I dislike (and I’m being kind here) Oprah. Of all the shows she’s done on crises, disasters and injustices taking place in the world, she has never spoken about the plight of Palestinians and the Israeli occupation. Correct me if I’m wrong on that, but I’m pretty sure that’s the case. And that makes Oprah a huge hypocrite. Maybe Walker can convince Spielberg to produce a documentary on the human toll the death and destruction of Israel’s assault has had on Gazans.  Lest you’ve forgotten, Spielberg is the man who lobbied President Bush to posthumously pardon a man who violated US laws by supplying Jewish forces with planes during the Nakba in 1948.  The documentary should be titled “Catastrophe in Gaza:  Death and Destruction by the Hands of the Zionist Entity.”

Who am I kidding?  That’s so not going to happen.

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2 Responses to “Alice Walker Tours Gaza”

  1. g Says:

    War is the path the Palestinians chose in 2000. War is the path they and their relatives continue to fight, believing they will one day overcome Israel. Their belief discolors their eyes and their imagination.

    Israel has always responded to real peace overtures with enthusiasm and fought ferociously when confronted. To the degree that the Islamic world fails to recognize Israel’s right to exist in peace – it will pass that the Muslim world will be confronted. If Israel is destroyed so will they be. My poor, deluded efriend, if you wish for peace, look inside and imagine the possibilities. If their was an actual peace – even if it cost the Palestinian people many of their hopes – it would make all the difference in the world…

  2. Arja Says:

    I too am hoping that Alice Walker could get through to Oprah. Oprah could do so much to get the attention of huge numbers of viewers in the USA and Canada, to let people know the truth about the brutal, illegal occupation of Palestinians by Israel.

    Palestinians have been doing whatever they can do peacefully but they continue to be at the mercy of an occupying power that demonstrates great contempt for Arabs within Israel (the “Arab Israelis”) and the Palestinians within the territories and beyond. Contempt, according to Barbara Coloroso, is a defining characteristic of bullies and those who commit genocide. Ilan Pappe, Israeli historian, calls the the treatment of Palestinians genocide and ethnic cleansing.

    Let’s say it the way it really is and take the words of the previous comments: “Palestinians have always responded to real peace overtures with enthusiasm and fought ferociously when confronted.” Sure, Israel has the right to exist but NOT at the expense of another people. Does Israel acknowledge and respect the right of Palestinians to exist on their own homeland? Why is Israel demolishing homes and destroying orchards that belong to Palestinians? Why is Israel stealing more land for their settlements, for the apartheid wall? Why is Israel imposing collective punishment on Palestinians? Israel is breaking international laws and conventions, i.e. Israel is the aggressor, so why do they pretend to be the victim and blame the REAL victims, the Palestinians! A major injustice has been and continues to be committed against the Palestinians. Without justice there can be no peace.

    Oh I sure hope Alice Walker will get through to Oprah and Oprah will spread the truth and help bring justice to the Palestinians!


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