Most of Jones' article is not about the Israelis or Palestinians but about his own background and the Herman Cain scandal. But when he gets to the subject of the "Palestinian freedom riders" he buckles on his propagandist helmet and settles in for the long haul. If you think that's an exaggeration, see for yourself: He quotes directly from their press release.
"The release says that next Tuesday Palestinian activists from the Ramallah Cultural Palace in the West Bank "will attempt to board segregated Israeli public transportation headed from inside the West Bank to occupied East Jerusalem in an act of civil disobedience inspired by the Freedom Riders of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement in the 60s." The press release continues by saying..."You can read the rest yourself if you are so inclined. But they already have Clarence Jones propagandizing for them, they don't need me to do the same. But long story short Jones swallows this "freedom" riders story hook line and sinker and can't wait to lavish praise upon them. Grab your barf bucket before reading this next paragraph:
"Just as our Freedom Riders in the 20th century were primarily directed to awaken the conscience and sense of decency in the majority of white America, our Palestinian "Freedom Riders" brothers and sisters are seeking, in the 21st century, to awaken the conscience of the world and a majority of Israelis."Someone who is actually informed about the situation might remember that there was a time when Palestinians and Israelis quite happily rode the buses together. Do you know what brought that to a close? Clearly Clarence Jones does not, so let me remind both of you:
Where the hell were you and your "freedom riders" then Clarence?
So there are two possibilities here: Clarence Jones does not know about the murderous relationship between Palestinian terrorists and Israeli buses, or he knows but does not care about it. That makes him either a useful idiot who doesn't know what he is talking about, or he is malicious and simply doesn't care about the lives of Israeli civilians. Take your pick, but it's clear that in the writing of this article that Jones has picked a side with the Palestinian propagandists and against Israel. He doesn't get to pretend to be neutral any more.
One last note: As I said in the beginning, it is clear that Jones is exploiting his relationship with MLK and MLK's legacy to help these "freedom" riders who he clearly believes to be in the right. It's common for both sides of this conflict to try and claim that were MLK alive today, he would side with them. (Palestinian supporters do this more than Israeli supporters, in my opinion, but that's not the point). But if Mr. Jones really knew Dr. King as well as he claims to, he would know that there is a reason why Dr. King didn't associate with people like Malcolm X and the Black Panthers. Because Dr. King knew that "hatred cannot drive out hatred, only love can do that."
So I ask Mr. Jones: Do you think if it were Martin Luther King writing this article and not you, he would simply ignore the video that I posted above? Do you think he would simply forget what happened less than ten years ago? Do you think he would fall for what is so obviously propaganda on the part of the "freedom" riders?
Click below to read Mr. Jones' reaction to one of the HuffPost readers:
He comes off a bit more reasonable here:
But the problems remain the same. "All I did was repeat what they said." Yeah but you endorsed it while refusing to acknowledge the Israeli point of view or even basic history surrounding the controversy. "Presumably their intention is..." Yeah but you don't really know their intentions so you are projecting your goodwill onto others who may not share it. "They consider it to be unfair and discriminatory." But clearly you agree or else you wouldn't be lavishing praise upon them. I am curious why Mr. Jones feels it is necessary to distance himself from the "riders" in the comments section of his article. Is he beginning to realize that he may have made a bad move here?
Then we have this, which I thought was incredibly informative:
"My comments are not intended to be definitive review or statement about the history of the Iserali PaliestiniUm, that's exactly what they were. Shall we look at your article again?
"The question confronting us is whether our sense of moral responsibility can transcend the latest "scandal" of the week long enough for us to focus our attention on the plea from our Palestinian brothers and sisters."Nah! That's not a statement about the conflict, is it? I can't imagine how someone might get that impression! I'm beginning to come around to the conclusion that Mr. Jones is simply a "useful idiot," a well meaning individual who saw these "freedom riders," got suckered in by their fancy sounding press release, and gave them a headline in his article.
Hopefully sooner rather than later Mr. Jones will realize what organizations like the ISM are really all about. Regardless, I have a feeling that the next time Palestinians murder Israelis, we aren't going to be hearing from Mr. Jones commiserating with his "Israeli brothers and sisters." The Israelis aren't willing to pimp Dr. King's corpse like the Palestinians do.