Archive for May, 2018

On Israel and Palestine

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Zoltán Grossman

We’re often told that the Israel-Palestine “conflict” is “complex,” and we need to be “even-handed” and “balanced” in the way we “promote dialogue,” since there’s “blame on both sides.”

I couldn’t agree more. So in the spirit of even-handedness, I humbly propose the following 10-point program of action by both sides in the Middle East:

1.) That Israel returns all the Palestinian lands it military occupied in 1967, and the Palestinians likewise return all the Israeli lands they have militarily occupied.*

2.) That the Israelis cede control of the groundwater under the West Bank to the Palestinians who live there, and the Palestinians give back to Israel all the Israeli water supplies that they might control.*

3.) That Israel release its Palestinian political prisoners, and in turn the Palestinians free all their Israeli prisoners.*

4.) That Israel dismantles all settlements that have displaced Palestinians, and the Palestinians dismantle any settlements that have displaced Israelis.*

5.) That Israel halt its nighttime raids of Palestinian homes, and detention of children, and Palestinian soldiers also refrain from raiding Israeli homes and detaining children.*

6.) That Israel takes down the separation wall it has constructed through Palestinian farmers’ lands, in return for Palestine taking down any walls that it may have constructed.*

7.) That Israel stops shooting down thousands of Palestinian civilians trying to cross the Gaza border, and the Palestinians do not shoot Israeli civilians who try to enter Gaza.*

8.) That Israel lifts its siege of Gaza, and in return the Palestinians disavow blocking humanitarian supplies from reaching Israelis.*

9.) That Israel disarms itself of nuclear weapons, and Palestine immediately disarms any nuclear weapons in its possession.*

10.) That Israel no longer receives U.S. military aid, and Palestine likewise receives no U.S. aid for its military.* (This step alone would make all the other steps possible, in a very short order.)

This balanced, even-handed 10-point program would accomplish what both sides should obviously want: a halt (by both sides) of the continuing tit-for-tat violence, and hopefully a lasting peace in the Middle East.

Zoltán Grossman

*— (which is none)

Possible Geothermal well dangers from lava and/or earth quakes

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Press Release — Possible Puna Geothermal Venture wild wells from Earth quakes or lava.

Lava within 100 yards of the Puna Geothermal Plant (PGV) which has more than 6 geothermal wells.

Malu Aina 966-7622

Jim Albertini

P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760  website

Below and attached is a Geothermal Emergency Map produced by the Big Island Rainforest Action Group (BIRAG) more than 25 years ago.  The map, as I recall, is based on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) prepared for Puna Geothermal venture (PGV) that cited the possibility of wild wells caused by Earth quakes or lava flows.  Wild wells are those that can’t be capped resulting in uncontrolled venting of Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) resulting in an 4.1 mile radius (8.2 mile diameter) permanent evacuation zone around the PGV plant and a warning/alert area of 15 miles radius from the plant..  (At the time the map was prepared there was a wild well in California at the Geysers still uncontrollable after 30 years which fortunately was far from populated areas.)

It should be noted that Hydrogen Sulfide H2S  which comes out of geothermal wells is different than the gas that comes out of the lava –Sulfur dioxide (SO2).  Hydrogen sulfide at low levels has a rotten egg sulfur smell but at high levels is deadly and is odorless and colorless.  It is a heavy gas so collects in low areas.

I personally gave a copy of this map to Hawaii County Civil defense director Talmage Magno on Friday, May 18 at the Hilo Civil defense office.
Jim Albertini

Pope Francis condemns killing of Palestinians near Gaza border

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Pope speaks out to condemn killing of Palestinians

Sign Petition –Israel: Stop Shooting Unarmed Palestianians

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Sign Petition

Israel: Stop Shooting Unarmed Palestianians

Stop the Violence! Justice for Palestinians!

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Come to the Friday Hilo Peace Vigil 3:30-5PM and stand in solidarity with Palestinians to stop the massacres


On Israel & the U.S. for the Massacre in Gaza

Israel Killed 61 & Wounded 2,700 Protesters in Gaza

for protesting the May 14, 2018 opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and 70 years of Israel’s occupation of Palestine. It was the deadliest day for Palestinian protesters since they launched the nonviolent Great March of Return on March 30. Palestinian leaders are accusing the Israeli military of carrying out war crimes during the crackdown. More protests and a general strike across the Palestinian territories are planned to mark 70 years since the Nakba, or Catastrophe, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forcibly expelled from their homes after the state of Israel was formed. Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign assistance since World War II – $134.7 billion, almost all in military assistance.

      “Sorry, Israel apologists: you sound just like the folks who defended apartheid when South Africa massacred unarmed black protesters in Soweto. As a Jew I used to debate you, but now I’m just sick and tired of you using my dead relatives to justify killing people who had nothing to do with the genocide.

      For so many years we’ve heard the lie that Palestinians don’t recognize Israel’s right to exist, and they want to “drive the Jews into the sea.” But it’s Israel that has failed to recognize Palestine’s right to exist, and is now shooting down hundreds of Palestinians at the Gaza border to force them back in the direction of the sea.

      You’re either with Trump and Netanyahu’s slaughter and hideous vision of ethnic cleansing, or you’re against it. Either Palestinians are human beings or they’re not–there’s no more middle ground.”

Zoltán Grossman, Professor of Geography and Native Studies, Evergreen State College

Boycott, Divest, & Sanction Israel!

  1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties.
    4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, etc.
    5. Seek peace through peaceful means and work for justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

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