"[Steve] Israel and Berman aren't rogue voices of their party, either. While still Democratic Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi insisted that the conflict is about "the fundamental right of Israel to exist" and that it is "absolute nonsense" to claim it has anything do to with the Israeli occupation."...Okay? She's correct. This conflict is about the fundamental right of Israel to exist. If this guy knows Palestinians so well, he would be aware of that. So either he doesn't know or is simply ignoring it. But as we shall see, he can't be bothered by facts. He's got some poor oppressed brown people to save!
"By standing exclusively on the side of Israel -- whose illegal occupation of the West Bank has choked economic progress, political development and the path to statehood -- Democrats have served to further dehumanize Palestinians, a people whom American politicians, the mainstream media and electorate too often view as, at best, foreign and, at worst, dangerous.""Illegal occupation," huh? Haven't heard that one in a while. Unfortunately for Mr. Wheeler this statement not only is false, but serves to only demonstrate that he has thrown his unconditional support behind the Palestinians, making him a mirror image of the politicians he so despises.
By the way, the Palestinians are foreign and to people like Shalhevet Pas, they are dangerous. The perception in America is that they are people who shoot rockets and blow up buses. Is this right? Probably not, but a good way to offset this is to not shoot rockets and blow up buses. That dehumanizes you more than anything that Newt Gingrich says. The alternative to this, getting Mr. Wheeler to write whiny articles on the Huffington Post complaining and reciting your talking points, isn't going to work. But you have to give him credit, he really does try:
"Are we disoriented by our nation's unconditional support for the Jewish state, and perhaps still blinded by the trauma and anti-Arab hysteria wrought by the 9/11 terrorist attacks?"I understand the blame-Americans-for-everything mentality is a very popular one on the Huffington Post, and he's certainly in the right place for it. But you don't need to accuse your country of racism or brainwashing to explain why they aren't the biggest fans of the Palestinians. Americans pay attention, and we remember what the Palestinians do and have done. Including what they did on 9/11. But let me guess: that is somehow our fault as well, Mr. Wheeler?
But never mind, he doesn't actually care about Americans or Democrats or Republicans. What he cares about is advertising for his new documentary about the poor, suffering, angelic Palestinians. Because what the world really needed was one more. Of course he puts the subject of his documentary a little less sarcastically:
"What do olive trees mean to Palestinian farmers? Olives are their livelihood, their source of sustenance and the way they root themselves, historically and spiritually, to the land. But Palestinians are denied access to nearly 30 percent of their beloved olive trees in the West Bank as they struggle to live under Israeli military occupation. How do they persevere? And what should the international community understand about Palestinian olive farmers, who love their land and harvest it every season to feed their families -- just as farmers across the world do?"I'll tell you what they should understand: They should understand that these Palestinians put their trees, their families, and their livelihoods behind their devotion to the "cause" of destroying Israel.
Of course this is the problem (if you can even call it that) with these pseudo-documentaries about the poor suffering, Palestinians. I'm sure that Mr. Wheeler would say that his film isn't supposed to be political, instead it is about "understanding" the noble farmers and their "beloved olive trees." But as you can see from the article up to this point, the whole thing is political. Mr. Wheeler is nothing more or less than a propagandist for the Palestinians, not even bothering to talk about the many bad decisions that have put the Palestinians in their current situation. I'm sure if he had it his way, Americans wouldn't know the truth about the Palestinians to which he has pledged his endless devotion. How much more hypocritical can you be?