with Chris Hedges
Originally on RT America on Sep 24, 2016
The Chris Hedges YouTube Channel on Jul 7, 2022
On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement with Israeli human rights activist Miko Peled. They discuss the global campaign to economically and politically pressure Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian land, grant equality to Arab-Palestinian citizens and allow Palestinian refuges the right of return to their homes. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil examines the history and breadth of the BDS movement.
From the archives:
Chris Hedges and Amira Hass: Inside the Occupied Territories
Chris Hedges and Miko Peled: Apartheid Israel
Welcome to Palestine 2017 — A legal Imperative by Clive Hambidge
Demystifying US and Israeli Power by Susan Cain and Mark Mason (must-read)
Abby Martin: The Distortion and Death Behind the Israel-Palestine Coverage
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I’m a bit late commenting here, but it is such an important issue, better late than never on such a critical matter. Time is on the side of Palestine, I have no doubt about this.
Ugly regimes rise and they fall; some take longer than others. The damage Israel has inflicted on the inhabitants of Palestine is nothing compared to the harm the State of Israel has done to itself.
The fanatical ruthlessness of psychopaths who cling to absolutist notions of religiously based elitism, is very difficult to deal with. But once obsessive desire and incendiary rage characterize an ideological struggle, the end is inevitable even if not obviously imminent.
Israel is its own worst enemy, and bragging zionists like Netanyahu who boast of being able to manipulate and exploit US opinion at will, have finally given the game away. Now their trick is exposed it is impossible to recover the advantage.
Their savagely desperate reaction to BDS, clearly reveals the extent of the irrepressible terror permeating the cringing soul of zionism, that is fatally floundering, inescapably marinated in its self-made ocean of guilt, as the tide begins to turn, revealing the emergent truths of Aeonic Time.
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I have already listened to this conversation between Chris and Miko, on Chris’s RT show. What would we do without RT?
In another presentation by Miko, on YouTube, which I watched some time ago, I was quite disappointed and put off by Miko’s ignorance of, and hostility toward, the Christian Bible. I myself am critical of aspects of it. But I found Miko’s insistence, conveniently, that the Bible is not a ‘historical’ document to be quite ignorant. It most certainly is a historical document.
Anyway, I will share with you the comment, with a few very minor edits, that I left on the YouTube site where I watched the presentation by Miko (http://bit.ly/2dxsikS).
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You can be against the Christian Bible, or Christianity. You can be a Christianphobe or whatever term you like. (We lack language. Being in honest fear of something isn’t something that anyone can be guilty of.) But the simple fact of the matter is that the Christian Bible is a historical document, contrary to what Miko says. I stopped listening at this point.
He’s a fighter for social justice, but he’s not perfect. None of us are. But this distresses me. And it’s something I’m very familiar with. Somewhere along the way, Miko was convinced that Christianity is bogus, which I assume is his position, seeing how he is convinced that the Bible is not a historical document. I assume that he at least has some reason for ‘choosing’ to believe that. What would it be? Would it be the self professed Christians who have utterly failed class telling others about the contents of God’s Word, namely that it teaches us that the world was created in six 24 hour long days? (The Biblical evidence suggests periods of about 7,000 years in length.) Is it the Bible’s use of symbols like fantastic seven-headed beast? Does he really think that the writers of the Bible books who present those images believed that such beast existed in the flesh? Even when Daniel, for example, explained not that they existed, but that they symbolized nation states?
I feel attacked by such statements. I think I am attacked. Even so, Hate my religion if you wish. At least Miko also believes in human rights. I guess I feel safe around him. Attacked, but safe. But there’s no solidarity. There’s only limited solidarity. It will take a higher power to sort things out. And He will. And He has his timetable and no amount of poking him, because you need to know that he’s ‘not’ there (after deciding to replace him), will change that fact.
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Thanks for your commentary, Arrby.
Well, he’s definitely wrong about the Bible not being historical. Whether one believes it or not, it is history.
I’d like to point out that Jews mostly don’t think about the Christian Bible whatsoever. And many Jews are not religious Jews, they are secular Jews, so they don’t think about The Holy Scriptures (Old Testament) either. My guess is that Miko Peled is a secular Jew.