Biden’s concierge business in Israel and Saudi Arabia

Photo source: Palácio do Planalto – CC BY 2.0

I’ve seen them in China, the United States and all over Europe.

Dressed in blue or beige uniforms and pushing cleaning carts, these hardworking men and women (in Europe, women clean men’s toilets) clean urinals, toilets, mirrors and walls, doors and toilet floors. The brand’s blue plastic gloves and disposable paper caps contrast sharply with the facial expressions of these resolute people who, in addition to wiping up and cleaning up human grime, have to clean floors and fish out cigarette butts, gumballs and a variety of face masks. urinals and floors. And the latter is a sign of COVID-times.

With stoic, almost robotic, and often resigned facial expressions, these men and women perform their menial duties of helping put food on their tables, paying medical bills, and paying rent and utilities.

The only real smile I ever saw from a public restroom janitor was at the airport in Charlotte, North Carolina. The janitor, a man in his sixties just over 5.2 inches tall and visibly limping, struggled to push the janitor cart across the scarred, faded terrazzo floor.

Perhaps because the first 31 years of my life I experienced the uncertainty and insecurity of being a stateless refugee, I always had an affinity for socially distant people, especially for people with physical, social or developmental problems. Something about this man’s demeanor gripped me and gripped me – very hard. I reached into my wallet and handed him a $20 bill, saying, “Thank you for what you’re doing.” And I had never seen a more pleasant and grateful smile. Confused by the fact that I recognized and affirmed his personality and hard work, he gave me a hug.

And that embrace persists, even to this day.

Having skillfully cleaned (with great joy and enthusiasm) the urinals of AIPAC and Israel for more than 40 years, Joseph Biden is about to clean the urinals of Israel and Saudi Arabia – with only one difference: while AIPAC and Israel urinals are your American Standard variety porcelain wall urinals, the readymade Marcel Duchamp 1917 Fountain Variety, Saudi Arabia’s specially designed, bespoke, timed urinals are solid 24-karat gold from Sherry Levine’s fitting 1986 tribute to Duchamp. Fountain (Buddha) to classify.

On July 4, 2022, CounterPunch published a column under the title “Biden’s meeting with MBS becomes a gift to an autocrat”.

Written by Kenneth Roth, the lede of the article hooked the reader. Roth rightly said the following: “President Joe Biden is bringing in the Saudi Crown Prince from the cold. Mohammed bin Salman’s human rights record remains abysmal.

While I fully agree with Roth’s assessment of MBS (Muhammad Bin Salman, better known as Al Munshar/The Saw) and Saudi Arabia’s human rights record man, Mr. Roth leaves the reader to crave a balanced view of Joe Biden’s visit to Israel. , an apartheid state with an unprecedented record of “abysmal…human rights” violations.

With all its encyclopedic record of genocidal massacres, wars, pogroms, land thefts and human rights abuses, Israel has never been “out in the cold”. On the contrary, Israel has always been America’s darling, the favorite child who will forever be defended, supported and immune from accountability in international forums and tribunals. Namely, the fact that the Biden administration is silent on the heinous cold-blooded murder of Shireen Abu Akhle, an Al Jazeera reporter who is also a US citizen. And, as if that were not enough, and in ruthless Nazi-like tactics, murderous soldiers invaded his home and hospital before the funeral, which culminated in the assault on the funeral procession and the passage to carrier tobacco. and the mourners.

With the exception of the stripped-down excerpts, the American media has, on the whole, blatantly swept this brazen violation of human decency under the proverbial rug.

A friend from Jerusalem recently informed me that as her 60-year-old son walked behind the coffin bearing the traditional funeral floral crucifix (a Palestinian Christian tradition), he was brutally assaulted. Dressed in full combat gear (helmet, heavy weapons, stun grenades and baton), the soldier deliberately slapped the mourner’s hand to dislodge the crucifix and bring it down to the ground, which the Israeli settlers overpowered. The blow was so violent that Ameen (pseudonym) had to be treated in the emergency room of the hospital and is still in pain today.

Ameen is an accomplished musician.

And, while Saudi Arabia, like Israel, with its army of lobbyists, has finally mastered “pay to play” to influence American foreign policy, American taxpayers are pouring billions of hard-earned dollars into Israel’s ” game of Israel”. gets paid to play,” a scheme in which U.S. politicians on both sides of the aisle are rewarded with generous AIPAC donations and large voting blocks in states where it matters.

That Joe Biden’s pro forma lashing out (on the campaign trail and in his freshman year) for MBS’s involvement in the barbaric murder of Saudi journalist Adnan Khashoggi is to be commended with caution, his visit to Saudi Arabia exposes it for the hypocritical chameleon-like politician it always has been. While in Saudi Arabia, Biden will no doubt get down on his knees and beg MBS to unwind the oil tap, a political routine that stoops to conquer. Biden’s subservience to the rich and powerful includes a long list of donors, patrons, corporations and ethnic groups and special interests.

As Biden’s trip to Israel and Saudi Arabia aims to build support for his Ukraine policies and lure them into the “stay away from China” camp, the president of the world’s most powerful nation is set to step up. à dos kneels and begs the Israelis and Saudis to “please allow me to make a deal with Iran on the nuclear deal abrogated by my predecessor”. Moreover, his proposal to the Saudis to increase oil production is a quid pro quo that guarantees them billions of dollars worth of weapons to continue their carnage in Yemen.

While covering an impending routine on May 11, 2022, the Israeli assault on the city of Jenin, Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akhle was brutally murdered by an Israeli sniper. After Israel’s denials and hijackings, and after obscuring State Department remarks by spokesman Ned Price, the Biden administration orchestrated the perfect cover-up narrative. Inconclusive test results, the ball is too damaged, uncertainty on the video footage and other American hasbara – all to defend and deny Israel’s guilt. So much for Biden’s American integrity in promoting democracy and American values ​​abroad.

On July 8, 2022, the family of Shireen Abu Akleh wrote a letter to Joseph Biden. Along with expressing dismay at the U.S. findings, the family told Biden that “your administration’s commitment has served to whitewash Shireen’s murder and perpetuate impunity. It’s like you expect the world and us to move on now. Silence would have been preferable.

Additionally, the Akhle family ended their letter by asking Biden to “meet [them] during [his] next visit and hear directly from [them] on [their] concerns and demands for justice. Their letter ended with the following demands:

Provide us with all information gathered by your administration to date regarding the Shireen killings, including any evidence reviewed and assessed by US officials, the identities and qualifications of all persons present during the last review of evidence, any medical-legal report or any other information that has not been provided to us or our legal team.

Withdraw the State Department’s July 4 press release, since the Department’s own account indicates that it is not based on any credible assessment.

Order the Department of Justice, including the Office of Human Rights and Special Prosecutions, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and any other relevant US office or agency to take action regarding the extrajudicial execution of Shireen.

Finally, and it goes without saying, we expect the Biden administration to support our efforts to press for accountability and justice wherever Shireen takes us.


Anton Abu Akleh

On behalf of the Abu Akleh family

Not only did Joe Biden refuse to meet with the Abu Akhle family, but he also refused to mention Shireen Abu Akleh’s name.

Conclusion: Joe Biden is about to enter the Shishmehs of Israel and Saudi Arabia (colloquial Arabic for —- houses). Mr. Biden, please take out the janitorial carts and load them with large mops, brushes, brooms, gloves, caps, uniforms, mop buckets, pitchers of mega cleaners, and replace the toilet paper and paper towel dispensers empty. You will need all of the above to gain respectability for the nation you represent,

So, Mr. Biden, if you have any decency, you’d be busy scraping away years of ossified racism and deceitful foreign policy debacles. Your forty years of foreign policy decisions are so ingrained in your political DNA that it will take you years to clean up all the political mud, much of which you helped create.

I’m not holding my breath.

And finally, I’ll speak to an honest, hard-working janitor about a modern American president, congressman, or partisan Supreme Court justice – anytime.

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