Each week, we cover the stories that are just left out of the US propaganda machine. News that the people in charge, the corporations and your government want to keep from the public eye.
Jacabo Timerman's book, Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number explains fascism in a unique way. Coming back from Argentina this week, I have been reading about his life during the "Terror" of the Generals and afterwards.
His obituary in The NY Times proved to be too good an example of censorship to pass up, even though it was written back in 1999. In the obit, Timerman is described as a, "lifelong committed Zionist" and there is only one line devoted to his next book, The Longest War: Israel in Lebanon.
In fact, Timerman was very critical of Israel for its support of the Argentinian generals, who ended up disappearing 30,000 people, including many Jews. “I saw with my own eyes how Argentinian jailers tortured Jews in prison while the Israeli government requested the Jewish community there to remain silent.”
For a less censored view of Timerman, we must go to the "London Review of Books" article on The Longest War.
"Jacobo Timerman believes that the Palestinians deserve a state of their own in the West Bank and Gaza. ‘We’re all Palestinians,’ he declares. And he also declares: ‘I have discovered in Jews a capacity for cruelty that I never believed possible ... I fear that in our collective subconscious we are not perhaps repelled by the possibility of a Palestinian genocide.’ The Begin-Sharon Government is ‘reactionary’, ‘anti-democratic’, crazy."
What a shame that the obituary of The NY Times losses all this meaning in trying to paint Timerman as pro Israel. Timerman's greatness lies in his tireless championing of human rights, not in his fidelity to Zionism.