Romney's 'Culture' War.by Daoud Kuttab The presumptive Republican nominee for US president, Mitt Romney, gave himself the authority to declare a cultural war in West Jerusalem this week. As part of his efforts to woo wealthy Jewish donors to contribute to his campaign, he declared that nations are better off because of culture and indirectly suggested that Israel be added to America's exceptionalism ex·cep·tion·al·ism
1. The condition of being exceptional or unique.
2. The theory or belief that something, especially a nation, does not conform to a pattern or norm. theory. Using incorrect per capita [Latin, By the heads or polls.] A term used in the Descent and Distribution of the estate of one who dies without a will. It means to share and share alike according to the number of individuals. data, Romney told his donors that included the American Jewish right-wing funder Sheldon Adelson (who said he will donate $100 million to oust US President Barack Obama) that Israelis are superior to Palestinians because of their "culture". It was not clear whether he was referring to Jewish culture or, as his aides later said, he was referring to the culture of capitalism The Culture of capitalism is a term used to refer to the lifestyle of the people living within a capitalist nation, or the international influence of such a nation on others. . Romney, who did not mention the word Palestinians in his speech, nor visited the occupied territories during his trip, did not recognise what any 10th grader of international politics knows: that the occupation is preventing Palestinians from attaining their full potential, cultural or otherwise. Using a famous US election phrase, it is the occupation, stupid. To stress the point, The New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of Times bureau chief Jodi Rudoren, who has facts and figures about the devastating effect of the Israeli occupation on the West Bank and the siege on Gaza, quoted from a source that is irrefutable in American eyes: the CIA CIA: see Central Intelligence Agency.
(1) (Confidentiality Integrity Authentication) The three important concerns with regards to information security. Encryption is used to provide confidentiality (privacy, secrecy). handbook. Of course, for millions of Palestinians there is no need to refer to a handbook to know the reason for the discrepancy. Not only does Israel control the movement of people and goods to and from the occupied territories, it also controls the air -- while Palestinian cellular companies are restricted to the West Bank, Israeli cellular companies have antennae all over the West Bank, providing service to anyone who buys them, and Israeli companies do not pay any licence fee to the PA -- and the aquifers. Water availability, which is controlled by Israel, is perhaps the best tangible proof that it is the occupation, rather than any cultural attitude, that results in the difference in individual habits. Israel allocates 70 times more water to each settler than to the average Palestinian in the West Bank, the head of the Palestinian Water Authority said Sunday. At a press conference in Ramallah, Shaddad Attili said Palestinians receive 105 million cubic metres of water, less than the amount allocated in the 1995 Oslo Accords and around a quarter of the 400 million cubic metres needed according to international standards. Insulting Palestinians is certainly not something that Romney and his closest aides would need to explain or justify. In fact, it seems to fit their electoral goal of reducing Obama's Jewish support and energising right-wing Christian support for the Mormon nominee. But a quick look at the reactions to an AP report from Jerusalem might make the GOP nominee rethink its one-sided policies. The dispatch, titled "Mitt Romney comments at fundraiser outrage Palestinians", received over 6,500 shares on Facebook and over 14,000 comments on the popular US website Huffington Post. Commentators not only critiqued the Republican nominee's many gaffes, it also talked about what would happen if his cultural war were applied to sections of American cities that are not developed or other countries in the world. "How about taking examples that eliminate the variables of different nationalities and have more actual relevance, almost as good as a lab experiment, like North Korea and South Korea or West and East Germany before the wall fell? There presumably pre·sum·a·ble
That can be presumed or taken for granted; reasonable as a supposition: presumable causes of the disaster. are the same people, Koreans or Germans, but artificially separated by politics. There, clearly demonstrating for all, are the differences that the politics of isolation, lack of access to Western wealth and resources, internal repression can do to a people," one comment said. "Israel's relationship to Palestine is that of conqueror to conquered, with the Palestinians, a beleaguered be·lea·guer
tr.v. be·lea·guered, be·lea·guer·ing, be·lea·guers
1. To harass; beset: We are beleaguered by problems.
2. To surround with troops; besiege. people at the mercy of their overlords who aren't content with isolating them in the Gaza, but also want to colonise Verb 1. colonise - settle as a colony; of countries in the developing world; "Europeans colonized Africa in the 17th century"
annex - take (territory) as if by conquest; "Hitler annexed Lithuania" it themselves," said another. Of course, it was not unexpected that someone would point out the fact that a number of countries in the Middle East have per capita rates that are much greater than those of Israel. One commentator said: "Then I guess the citizens from Kuwait and Qatar are ... superior." The US media and pundits repeatedly talk about how badly Romney wants to be president, that he would do or say anything to reach the White House. Seekers of America's highest office always had to visit Israel as part of their election campaign. And pandering to a certain constituency is certainly not restricted to any one party. However, it is always important to remind seekers of US presidency that people around the world, and certainly in Israel and Palestine, are not political pawns or subject of clever statements. The super rich Romney might want to start his own cultural war in the US, but in the Middle East, there are enough wars, conflicts and bloodshed for the people to need yet another war.
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