Tuesday, May 15, 2007

War criminal at on the loose at Harvard!

This is a brilliant piece of media activism-intervention if I've ever seen one.

An activist group in Boston dedicated to exposing and documenting Harvard University's pattern of admitting and hiring individuals with credible and public records of war crimes and human rights abuses has decided to take action against the University's problematic invitation to former Israeli military chief Dan Halutz, who is currently paticpating in a two-month executive traiing program at the Bussiness School there.

Halutz is known for commanding the indiscriminate slaughter in Lebanon last year. He has also been accused of war crimes for the one-tonne bombed he ordered dropped in a heavily populated civlian area in gaza in 2002 by human rights organizations around the world, including in Israel.

In response, the newly formed Harvard-based Alliance for Justice in the Middle East (AJME) is launching a weeklong search for Halutz, distributing "WANTED" posters, making inquiries, and soliciting the help of the campus community. Activists and community members will converge at Harvard Business School, where he was last spotted, to begin their search.




From their site: "The manhunt will also employ MISSING PERSONS milk cartons, helium balloons, and the Internet."

Halutz will be declared a "fugitive from justice" if he is still missing after two days.

So far, there has been no comment from the University.

15 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know this won't be posted but maybe you'll see it. Don't you think you need to look in your own back yard before Harvard yard?

From Al Jazeera today

Fatah claims Hamas ambush on camp

At least eight members of the Presidential Guard, the force loyal to the Palestinian president, have been killed following an attack by Hamas fighters near Gaza's Karni crossing with Israel.

Arnie from NYC

10:25 PM  
Blogger Abu Shaar said...

Not about the war criminal, but heck, what to make of this:
http://www.justsixdays.co.uk/isblog/?p=1805 ?

Who knew that it apparently is easy to get the Israelis to open Rafah crossing--just gather an armed force and promise to fight HAMAS!

11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arnie this war criminal bombed Laila's back yard

please try to pay attention

12:31 AM  
Blogger @bdul muHib said...

Nice! Excellent program to show the truth behind the lies of the Israeli government, claiming that all the terrorism is on the other side, and not admitting their own culpibility in state-sponsored terrorism.

12:47 AM  
Blogger programmer craig said...

My first thought was that Yasser Arafat was giving a speech. But then I recalled that he was dead. (does anybody know how many innocents he had killed in Jordan, Lebanon, etc?)

My second thought was that you were talking about that former Taliban minister who was admitted to Harvard or Yale a couple years back...

Ah, forget it. Who am I kidding? I knew you were talking about a Jew the minute I saw this headline on iToot.

4:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Leila:
I was wrong. You are letting comments through. Good for you.
-----
To Anonymous:
"Arnie this war criminal bombed Laila's back yard - please try to pay attention"
Allow me to summarize the direction the argument is destined to take.
Me -- Well, if so, it was because Hamas was lobbing rockets in his front yard.
You -- Yeah, a front yard he has stolen and occupied.
Me -- Well, if so, because in 1948 the Arab armies tried to push him off all his property into the sea.
Yeah -- Yeah, a property that he muscled into a hundred years ago.
Me -- A property that was his home for thousands of years...
And on and on. You must know the drill. If not, then you haven't been paying attention.
-----
But the whole point is this: What was Laila's posting about? An Israeli general, humbled in his own country, goes off to Harvard to study business administration. Meanwhile, (what Laila choses not to write about although she resides there) some Palestineans, angry and feeling humiliated, continue to slaughter themselves relentlessly. Is it simply easier to post a picture of a poster in Cambridge than examine your own society?

Arnie in NYC

2:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a clarification, AJME is not new, they've been around a few years now. This initiative is new though..

7:20 PM  
Blogger janinsanfran said...

Nice action. Way to go in Boston!

10:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you'll look good in the picture you may even see his pointed tusks in his mouth, and his slaughterous eyes looking to murder nearby arabs...

The term "warcrimes" is mis-used cynicaly far too much. Of course when one consider the use of 4 millions Lebaneze as "Human shield" by the Hizbollah as "Brave and holy war against the dirty Jewish heretics", it's obvious that every action of self-defense by Israel would be considered "unjustified" and "warcrime" (Protecting themselves, ha! Haven't they understood they should wait patiently and thankfully for the holy rockets of the Hizbollah???)

It's very easy to blame the other side. It also exempts you from looking into YOUR very own actions and try to understand what made Israel to do these things in the last summer (and no, "Expansionism" is not the answer. give the Isrealis a little more credit than that...), and maybe figure out a way out of this mess.
But it's much easier to one-sidedly throw all the responsability on the other side. That way you don't have to do anything, and you keep living in your own mess, and the viscious cycle of action-counter reaction can perpetuate itself for another summer of fighting.

The world isn't black-and-white. not in Tel-Aviv, not in Gaza and not in Beirut. This conflict isn't a "Zero-sum game", and admitting your people made mistakes isn't a treachery.
Israelis are mature enough to admit we're not always right- Are the Lebaneze and Palestinians also?

Eran,
Tel-Aviv

10:27 PM  
Blogger @bdul muHib said...

Anon: Are you only selectively reading Lailia's blog? She has gone into great detail on the slaughter occuring now in Gaza, and the reasons behind it.

12:35 AM  
Blogger programmer craig said...

I commented on Sabbah's blog about this. He won't let it through, Maybe Laila will. Laila, you can go to prison for this. This is so far beyond slander. You are putting his life in danger with this poster. And I'm sure that is just what you intend. But don't be surprised if your "activism" lands you in prison. What you are doing is every bit as illegal as if I put out a "Wanted by the FBI for International Terrorism" poster with your name and photo on it.

6:41 PM  
Blogger Abu Shaar said...

Hooray for the courageous people in Boston!

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Peter H said...

Meanwhile, (what Laila choses not to write about although she resides there) some Palestineans, angry and feeling humiliated, continue to slaughter themselves relentlessly. Is it simply easier to post a picture of a poster in Cambridge than examine your own society?

Actually, Laila has posted about this. Anyway, it's not as if external factors, like the international boycott of the Palaestinian Authority, Israel's withholding of customs from the PA, and the siege of Gaza since disnegagement, haven't played in role in encouraging the infighting. That's not to absolve Fatah & Hamas of their responsibility.

9:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eran,

Your statement;

"Israelis are mature enough to admit we're not always right- Are the Lebaneze and Palestinians also?"

is outrageous. Israel has never accepted any responsibility for its actions. Its always responding to "terrorism".

If you think that Hez' kidnapping of a handful of IDF soldiers warrants more than 1000 Leb civilians killed by Israel you are doing a great job positioning yourself as just another Jewish bigot.

6:16 PM  
Blogger Mohammed Ghazi said...

hahaha .. this poster is hilarious ! as we say .. sharro el baleyati ma yodhek

4:52 PM  

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