Our leading humanitarian and civic institutions, including major medical institutions, refuse to denounce Israel’s genocide in Gaza. This exposes their hypocrisy and complicity.
Can we count the ways our governments have shattered social contracts to which we are all supposed to be signators?
Have Western governments lost their legitimacy to govern?
Why do we bother voting for presidents, prime ministers and chancellors when regardless of out come more war is assured?
"The deans of U.S. medical schools and leading medical organizations, especially the American Medical Association (AMA) have joined the ranks of universities, law schools, churches and the media to turn their backs on the Palestinians. The AMA shut down a debate on a ceasefire resolution among its members and has called for “medical neutrality,” although it abandoned “medical neutrality” to denounce Russia’s invasion of Ukraine."
AMA is a lobbying group beholden to Pharma who helped punish and revoke certifications for MDs who offered therapeutics to treat the flu named Covid-19 or those who objected to experimental mRNA transfections for healthy humans. They and their academic lackeys are a death cult we've seen in operation for decades. To cast them as akin to the support staff at Auschwitz is not a stretch of the imagination. Cowards and liars content with a system of dying for profits.
What's the old quote, when people tell you who they are, believe them. Heartless killers & complicit are the denizens of our medical mafia with Harvard continuing its tradition from 1934 when they conspired with GE, Westinghouse & Monsanto to hide the carcinogenic effects of PCBs and morph to diagnostics & treatments instead. Dying for Proifit is America's legacy.
Chris: You are one whom history will revere for telling the truth. Thank you for being faithful to your journalistic integrity in this time where selling out has become the new national sport.
The leaders of "our leading humanitarian and civic institutions" like their sinecures and comfy lifestyles and they fear retribution.
This is the same reason that the only ones to offer concrete help to Gaza are the Houthis, for, unlike their Gulfie brethren, they have no megarich leaders to be sanctioned, no western assets to be seized, no western toys to be taken away and consequently, no fucks to give.
Thank you Chris, just when I think we hit rock bottom in the hell WE inflict on Palestinians, another lower level o evil appears. Vote NO on Genocide Joe. You can not vote for lesser Genocide, sorry, you are not off the hook voting for possible lesser Genocide. Stein/West 24.
Israel, the USA,the Universities and Medical business complicit European countries will never be able to wash the stain their murder and suffering they are perpetrating upon the heroic resistance of the people of Gaza., whom I celebrate.
The Axis of Resistance, along with the Palestine JOR have known since long ago that they Stand Alone against the 'Crusader/Client' Zionist Entity. They also know that only a prolonged, attritional, Guerrilla War that Kicks out the Occupier... only such a thing will yield Concrete Results.
International bodies (civic, humanitarian, medical, etc.) failed long ago. & that is precisely why the Organic Resistance of the People of Palestine exists & they alone can bring Sound Victory.
The ICJ court has specifically advised Israel not to continue practices that can perpetrate genocide. Obviously, cutting off aid would be a violation of that finding and could result in a call for sanctions until the practice ceases.
But the US wasn't a party to the genocide case and it is the US and its Western allies that are pumping up the starvations of the Gazan's. In effect, the US government is carrying out an Israeli policy while protecting Israel from violating the findings of the ICJ.
There of course are other actions that the IDF is doing that violate the ICJ findings but at least as to this one Israel can say they haven't taken any steps toward the starvation of the Palestinians. (They didn't have to, we did it for them.)
Some might question whether our government would do this? Just go back to the report of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty in 1967 and the subsequent cover up by our government. In that case 34 American sailers were killed and over 100 seriously wounded. They were all ordered to remain silent.
Does anyone else find it particularly strange and irrational for Mr. Biden to have stated yesterday https://www.reuters.com/world/biden-says-he-has-decided-how-respond-attack-us-troops-jordan-2024-01-30/ ---with regard to questions about responding to Iran: "I do hold ... them responsible in the sense that they're supplying the weapons" to those who carried out the attacks."
...particularly given that the fact that the U.S. is supplying weapons to Israel when the ICJ just issued a preliminary statement concluding that there is currently a "plausible genocide" being committed by Israel against the Palestinians population in Gaza?
And we allow these statements to be issued with no response from the American people. All fence sitters.
This is, yet another, prime example of the fence sitting that (indeed, almost the entire world) folks are currently taking with regard to criminal military events in the world. Its like the world is perfectly content imagining these events as merely another episode of the Twilight Zone. The top members of the Biden and Netanyahu Administration should, according to all legal and political conventions, be sitting in the docks of an international tribunal facing the most heinous charges of war crimes against humanity.
Thank you for always speaking truth to power, Chris!
Is it possible that this post is actually too charitable? I’m grateful that it describes the failure to protect human rights as one stretching beyond individuals in power to highlight the culpability of institutions.
But even an institutional critique might indulge the hypocrisy of a government that claims to respect human rights while systematically degrading them across the world. In other words, it seems to me that the genocide in Gaza exposes not only the complicity of US officials, and any number of institutions, but ultimately the very notion of democracy in America. I wrote about this late last year in one among a series of posts examining the genocide and its implications. https://shahidbuttar.substack.com/p/the-genocide-in-gaza-is-a-test-of
I’ll be publishing my latest post later today. It will examine recent comments by Nancy Pelosi equating supporters of a cease-fire with foreign agents and inviting FBI scrutiny of continuing protests. I ran for Congress from 2018-22 to challenge Pelosi because of her long record of supporting authoritarianism. Anyone surprised by it might recognize the failure of media institutions to promote the transparency and accountability to which they are ethically committed. Failures of media institutions is a consistent theme of my writing, and Pelosi has often benefitted from them. https://shahidbuttar.substack.com/p/they-call-that-news
Excellent. Thank you, Chris.
"There is a cost to denouncing this genocide, a cost they do not intend to pay. They fear being attacked. They fear destroying their careers. They fear losing funding. They fear a loss of status. They fear persecution. They fear social isolation. This fear makes them complicit.
And what of those who do speak out? They are branded as antisemites and supporters of terrorism."
The link below takes you to a list of Jewish political organizations, over 270 of which are in the USA. The leaders and critical supporters of these organizations make up the US Jewish Lobby. This Lobby is the political organization of the US Jewish Community, and this list is the evidence, the data, that measures the ability of the Lobby to conquer our government, institutions, and public opinion.
As Chris says, "This racism, where people of color are branded as 'human animals,' is coded within the DNA of our institutions." Thus, the propaganda from this Jewish Lobby found rich soil upon which to maintain the unconditional support of the US government and its people for the genocidal intentions behind the Conquest of Palestine.
Those who willfully choose to remain ignorant and those who deny, minimize, or fail to publically take a moral stand are as complicit in genocide as those national leaders who provide the perpetrators with arms and munitions, financial aid, and political support. I will be forever ashamed of the United States support for genocide.
There must be a permanent ceasefire in Gaza in order to comply with the ICJ ruling. Not with Palestinians suffering under oppressive conditions, but as a place where all live with peace and equality. It is time for Pope Francis to do more than talk. He must go to Gaza and make a stand for peace and freedom.
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These are a few small things we can do. If we can do more, let us do more.
Looks like we owe Mel Gibson an apology. (Being facetious. Repeat, BEING FACETIOUS!) Seriously--and this is an incredibly serious subject--I think one of the most unfortunate side-effects of this humanitarian disaster is that it will encourage anti-Semitism. People will start thinking that anyone who's Jewish supports this genocide, which just isn't true.
We the people can do what we can to step in where our governments have failed. Please make a contribution, and a strong statement showing that we will do what our government won't:
Thank you Chris Hedges, once again.