Tuesday, September 17, 2002

COMEDY TONIGHT: Some months ago, the (native-born American citizen / US Army veteran) "Palestinian" activist and comedian Ray Hanania bared his true feelings on the Middle East conflict, in a forum which his American fans were rather unlikely to see unless they really went out of their way to look for it: the Lebanese newspaper Daily Star.

Far from the posture he took earlier this month -- the victimized up-and-coming standup comic who only wanted to share a few laughs and bring us all together, until that rotten Jewish comedy cabal got together and jealously Jewed him out of a choice booking -- here, Hanania comes clean about a great many other things on his mind:
...The dream of compromise with Israel is over, today, and it is clear to nearly everyone that Sharon has opened the door to the new possibility of correcting the original injustice of 1948 and restoring Palestinian control over all of Palestine, an action that the pro-Israel American apologists have dubbed as the ďdestructionĒ of the state of Israel.

...No matter how hard Israel and its manipulators in the American media try to prevent the world from seeing the truth of Israelís viciousness, it comes out either on TV, the internet or in newspapers. The Israeli Army is guilty of Nazi-like war crimes, including executing in cold blood, Palestinian prisoners it has captured. Several of these executions have been captured on TV.

...The second intifada is working. The world can see the ridiculousness of Christiana Amanpour standing there asking Yasser Arafat, who is besieged in a bunker, if he will do something to stop the violence. More and more Americans have said they were appaled [sic] by her display of ignorance, and are now seeing the Palestinian cause as being the victim of Israelís state terrorism.

...While President George W. Bush remains in a leadership stupor in the White House, incapable of doing anything, some view his inaction as the cause of the violence. That is true. His failure to lead has given Sharon the green light, dripping with red blood, to murder Palestinians at will.

...Israelís Nazi-like government must be shown that its policies of murder and executions and killings will carry a heavy price in future talks, and that all of Jerusalem is now on the table and that all of Palestine is on the table, too.


Hey -- Ray, my man -- now that's funny! But what's your problem with Christiana Amanpour? Ray, don't you recognize a soul sister?

It's a pity. Rather than babbling lamely about "publicity protocol" violations and other transparent excuses, had Jackie Mason merely lobbed a few of these choice Hanania quotations at the media, his "controversial" firing of Hanania would have swiftly been deemed a non-event. However much CNN media loves to fictionalize the narrative of Palestinian Davids versus Jewish Goliaths, I think even Christiana Amanpour would counsel him ease up on the "Nazi-like" rhetoric. It just doesn't play well in the top-20 markets, y'know?

(Link via Shark Blog)

UPDATE: what about all that supposed evidence of war crimes against Palestinians? Gee, what can I say? I can't argue that the evidence doesn't exist. In fact, such war crimes are all very real, and very well-documented. Here's a compilation of several very graphic examples in which the victims are all Palestinian civilians who were executed without benefit of trial or due process. (Caution: Not for the squeamish!)

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