The following report from John Spritzler is about the
two resolutions introduced in the small town of Somerville, MA (Greater
Boston area). I think this is an excellent example of what each city and
town in America can and should do (an important benefit is that thousands in
town got educated on the subject of Israeli apartheid and Israeli ethnic
cleansing of Palestine).
We have election results from nine of the eleven voting stations in
4,102 people (44% of the total who voted on the question) voted to affirm
the right of return of all refugees, including Palestinians.
2,841 people (31% of the total who voted on the question) voted to divest
Considering that every single newspaper and radio station serving
Somerville, and both major candidates for governor, and the Mayor, and
Somerville's Congressman all very visibly opposed our questions, and the
Zionist forces made it their number one campaign strategy to make sure that
Somervillians knew that all the politicians opposed our questions, it is
fair to say that those who voted for our questions did so knowing full well
that it was against the will of the entire American establishment.
Furthermore, they voted against decades of pro-Israel propaganda appealing
to their sympathy for victims of the Holocaust. They said that Israel should
let the refugees return, even though that means (as the Zionists constantly
pointed out with their "right of return is code for destroying the Jewish
state" propaganda) implicitly opposing the legitimacy of the "Jewish state"
There has never been an election in the United States before that allowed
people to vote against the heretofore unchallenged pro-Israel policy of our
government. Until today, Zionists felt confident that there was no
significant opposition among the American public to our government's
pro-Israel policy. Until today, most people were so afraid of being labeled
an anti-Semite for expressing any view that organized Jewry disagreed with
that there was no evidence that anybody except an ignorable fringe had a
problem with our country's pro-Israel policy. Until today the Zionists could
have assumed that virtually NOBODY in the United States would vote against
Israel--until today's vote in Somerville, that is.
The Zionists may gloat that they defeated the two questions, but I am quite
sure that, privately, they are extremely worried, because today, for the
first time, they have seen the handwriting on the wall. The pro-Israel votes
is only going one way in the future, and that is down. The vote against
Israel's ethnic cleansing and apartheid is also going only one way in the
future, and that is up. It was a good day in Somerville today.