Mary Robinson as one of this year’s recipients of the Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honour, might be a source of special joy and pride for the former president and United Nations human rights commissioner. She will be joined at next week’s ceremony at the White House by a small, diverse and distinguished group including Senator Edward Kennedy (should his illness allow it), Archbishop Desmond Tutu, physicist Stephen Hawking, actor Sidney Poitier and former supreme court justice Sandra Day O’Connor.Seems innocent enough, but wait. Here comes AIPAC:
Robinson’s award has been overshadowed, however, by a noisy dispute over her record on Israel and Palestine, with some influential pro-Israel groups in the US accusing her of showing a consistent bias against the Jewish state and a handful of bloggers going as far as describing her as an anti-Semitic bigot. “She refused to reject the twisted notion that the wrong done to the Jews in the Holocaust was equivalent to the pain suffered by the Palestinians in the Middle East.”This is the response from the Whitehouse and Robinson:
Aipac also blames Robinson for a 2002 resolution approved by the UN Human Rights Commission that affirmed “the legitimate right of the Palestinian people to resist the Israeli occupation”, a phrase some understood as an endorsement of Palestinian violence.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs held firm to the decision to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Robinson as a "crusader of women's rights." The White House is standing by its decision to award the Medal of Freedom to the former president, but Robinson is distressed by the attacks on her record, which she described this week as “unjust and unwarranted”.Now, see if you can spot the “covert” bigotry and racism below HINT: It is contained in the headline of an article in the NYpost, a pro-Zionist rag.
She has also accused “certain elements of the Jewish community” of bullying, a charge that has triggered a fresh round of criticism from pro-Israel groups.
Did you get that? Catholics say “Hail Mary’s” as part of their religion. They have used her name and linked it with her religion in a racist derogatory Anti-Catholic smear. Note that AIPAC picks its targets carefully, so as to avoid OVERT “racism” as we can see from the example below:
Political observers in Washington have noted that Aipac, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and Robinson’s other critics have said little or nothing about the award of the Medal of Freedom to Tutu, whose criticism of Israel’s alleged human rights abuses has been just as forthright as Robinson’s.You see, if they dared to pick on Tutu, as they have done with Robinsion, they’d soon find Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton along with the NAACP in their faces. And rightly so! Not to mention the entire African American population. But they have no qualms over attacking Mary Robinson AND her religion. Catholics should be outraged and should write to the NYpost about the “title” of that article which is clearly Anti-Catholic. But Israel has a long standing policy of Anti-Catholicism. They have done to Catholics what they are doing to Palestinians today:
The roots of Anti-Catholicism in Israel can be traced back to the origin of the Jewish state in 1948 when several villages with majority Catholic populations, such as Kafr Bir'im and Iqrit, were forcibly depopulated by the Israel Defence Forces. Catholic priests have been expelled from the country, and dozens of churches have been occupied, closed or forcibly sold since 1948. More recently Israel has denied residence status to Catholic clerics and has attempted to block the appointment of Catholic bishops. Israeli government attempts such as the failed 1998 effort to block the Holy See's appointment of Boutros Mouallem as archbishop of Galilee were condemned by the Vatican and other nations. Suspicion and hostility towards Catholic clerics has led to incidents such as the October 2002 detention and harassment of Melkite Greek Catholic Archbishop Elias Chacour and Archbishop Boutros Mouallem, who were prevented from leaving Jerusalem to attend an interfaith meeting in London. linkLastly this:
In The Much Too Promised Land , a new account of US efforts to broker peace in the Middle East, Aaron David Miller, who advised both Republican and Democratic administrations, suggests Aipac may be less powerful than its critics believe and the group itself likes to pretend. However, he quotes the group’s former executive director, Tom Dine, as declaring that being “the tough guy in the neighbourhood” is still essential. “Aipac and the community can hurt you,” Dine said.
This week, Robinson is discovering in the most painful and immediate terms how true those words remain. source
Today we are proud of Mary Robinsion, for her work in Women’s Rights, for having the courage to stand up to the Zionists and for her support of the Palestinian plight. Congratulations to Mary Robinson, when AIPAC attacks you, then you must be doing something right!My fellow Irish blogger Sheilanagig has a view on this as well HERE