Q. Didn’t I see BBSNews Faqlets in the 1990’s?

Yes. Here’s we started with Faqlets years ago.

Originally BBSNews Faqlets go back many years, to at least 1998 where the Faqlets were largely about Drug Policy in the United States. The tagline for them looked like this:

=- US Drug War FAQlet (c) 1998-2002 Michael Hess – Volume 1, No. 1 -=

And amazingly they are still found around the Web I found one here, http://comet.aaazen.com/drug-deaths.html and it even includes the graph that goes with it.

BBSNews is Bringing Back Faqlets for 2016 in time for the 2017 Centennial Anniversary of the Balfour Policy Statement of November 2nd, 1917 and the Fiftieth Anniversary of Israel’s Illegal Occupation of Palestine

I am bringing back Faqlets in service of the war against Israeli Apartheid. Israel uses US funds to commit state terror and subjugation of millions of people held captive in their own land. After 9/11 I left behind my former focus on the War on Some Drugs, Civil Rights, Religion, and especially the lack of it, and changed to learning just what it is in the Middle East that is at the root of the problem.

I found that the answer is as complex as it is simple. While every ill from Syria to Afghanistan cannot be fixed by one act alone, the fact remains that the main impetus for Middle East turmoil has been for a hundred years that Palestine did not want and refused to have their state, promised them by the British in 1915-16, to be wrested away from them by force and terrorism and other machinations. It’s way past time for justice.

The other main reason for the deterioration of relations in the Middle East is the fallout over the constant thirst for energy, primarily oil and gas and to a lesser extent but becoming a greater problem is fresh water leading to proxy wars for who will control the resources. The Gaza Strip itself is predicted to be out of drinkable water by 2020.

Israel has a right to exist, if any state can even make such a dubious claim, and barely that because by the known history, Israel has been the last colonial state which was supposed to be impossible. However, the reality is that Israel did declare its borders as UNGAR 181 borders. Outside of them Israel certainly does not have the right to expand even further into the state of Palestine than it has already gained by whatever means.

This state of affairs is not likely to ever change, it is underpinned by Article 2, paragraph 4 of the UN Charter and is a bedrock international legal principle long known associated with Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine, ‘territory acquired by war is inadmissible.’

It is highly improbable that the United Nations will ever change its Charter to legalize Apartheid, ethnic cleansing, collective punishment of an already captive people, theft of land, theft of resources, military punishment of children, the use of human shields, dual systems of law, systemic racism and discrimination, and the myriad other indignities and unlawful, immoral acts that it takes to run an ethnic cleansing Apartheid state. It is abhorrent to me to even have to write that but illegal colonists such as Batya Medad believe they are completely above these laws and so does the Likud and Benjamin Netanyahu view Israel as a power.

Not only does there need to be a separation as envisioned in the moldy partition resolution but also of diaspora Jews from those Israeli Jews who are embracing fascism and the horrid realities I just outlined above that any of us can now read in traditional news each and every day and getting worse. Whether there is something in the water or in the climate, something has convinced a substantial portion of Israelis that they can continue the “status quo” or what nearly the rest of the planet agrees is Apartheid and collective punishment imposed by the strongest and nuclear armed military power in the region, indefinitely. The Trumpists are ascendent and they are antisemitic. Very bad.

Broadly speaking a ‘Jewish national home’ was a last colonial act at the “end” of colonialism contemplated by the visionary Jan Smuts when fathering the League of Nations. There was a broad consensus that the Palestinians at the time were not at all amused at the idea, but far worse than that, today’s radical strain of Revisionist Zionism seeks to deny historical fact and claim that those Palestinians at the time of Balfour who outnumbered Yishuv Jews seven to one, were actually “made up” by Yassir Arafat decades later. Nuance evades these people, they obviously ignore that not just Balfour but Winston Churchill named the Palestinians in Palestine at the time of the British Census which numbered indogenous Palestinians as seven times the number of Yishuv Jews in 1922.

They, as in Hasbara trolls, and Revisionist Zionists, and right wing wingnut Republicans, any member of the American so-called Tea Party or as I affectionately know them as, ‘baggers, Christian Conservatives better known as the Christian Taliban or as I have long known them by their short name, fundies, dismiss the very idea that there was even a country of Palestine, flatly denying the very foundational document that envisions a “Jewish national home” in the “country” of “Palestine,” now known as the Balfour Declaration of 1917, in the strangest performance of cutting off one’s own nose to spite one’s face that the world has ever seen.

I will be including my top fifty at the first public release of the new BBSNews Faqlets in sad commemoration of not only the centennial of the 1917 Balfour Declaration but also the sad fiftieth anniversary of Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine when the first illegal colony named Kfar Etzion was created outside of the internationally recognized borders of Israel in 1967. Contrary to Article 49(6), Geneva 4th and Article 2(4), and the UN Charter in a crime against humanity that has now reached well over three-quarters of a million illegal squatters over the border in Palestine with an occupation army brutally enforcing this crime against humanity in broad daylight with now a former bar bouncer in charge.

These Faqlets are meant to shine light using impeccable sources. I will endeavor to use scholarly primary and secondary sources in addition to reputable news sources where appropriate and the citations will be in the MLA format, more than less. Whenever possible I will use an online source. If you would like to suggest a Faqlet or submit an error correction, please use the Contact Page. Also please note the new footer for the new and improved BBSNews Faqlets as well.

The citations format will resemble the MLA format:

Editor, author, or compiler name (if available). Name of Site. Version number. Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site (sponsor or publisher), date of resource creation (if available). Medium of publication. Date of access.


Balfour, Arthur James. The Balfour Declaration. The Avalon Project. Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School, 2 November 1917. Web. 17 June 2016. ‹http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/balfour.asp

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Michael Hess

Michael Hess

I started writing and editing BBSNews in 1990. Before the 'web, back in the Bulletin Board System (BBS) days. My pursuit of factual and reality based information informs my worldview. The ever evolving BBSNews contains New Mexico news, South Florida news and features, national and international news, politics, space, foreign policy and in particular; news and facts about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I have a long background in technical engineering, I hold several patents including on Disaster Recovery based on work after Hurricane Katrina and I am dedicated to finally seeing the rule of law properly and across the board evenly applied and enforced in the Middle East, particularly with respect to the state of Palestine. See our About Us page for more details.