Note, however, that the writer of this piece has to walk around with bodyguards in Israel because he’s gotten so many death threats.
The discourse that leaves the mouths of those in power, and of a large part of the media has strict parameters. In a world of ever decreasing standards, the best we indeed hope for in this conflict is for a politician to declare the attack as ‘disproportionate’. The debate, purposefully, hasn’t been whether it is appropriate at all to be attacking the battered population of Gaza. Seemingly, a population locked in their own land, under siege and blockade, with 80% surviving on humanitarian aid, are a threat that must be neutralised.
There have also been bold actions in Israel. A group calling itself Jews Against Genocide has been lighting things on fire in front of Israeli government buildings. The latest move was the burning of a funeral pyre in front of the Israeli Supreme Court this week.
In Hebron, Palestinians have erected protective metal barriers above their homes and shops, since “settlers” are fond of bombarding them with garbage, bricks, rocks, and bags of piss and shit and even acid.
Israel is currently attacking a population of 1.8 million that has no army, no navy, no air force, no mechanized military units, no command and control and no heavy artillery. Israel pretends that this indiscriminate slaughter is a war.
Chris Hedges, folks.
Einstein on Palestine.
Puts the pin in the false-equivalence balloon rather nicely, I think. (h/t Sabina Becker)
Having fun, kids?
Really, just because you’re raining fire on one of the most densely packed open-air prisons in the world doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to cut loose.
How many times have we seen this movie before? It starts and ends the same way, and everything in the middle never changes except for little details. Israel will pound the crap out of Gaza which, if you haven’t ever been there take my word for it, is one of the hellholes of the world. Hamas will breathe defiance; the other Arabs (and now Turkey) will rhetorically support Gazans. And then, the status quo ante. Of course, if Israel would seriously negotiate with the Palestinian Authority and try to reach an agreement, it would further maginalize Hamas, but the Netanyahu government and its harder-line coalition partners don’t even want to talk. A recent interivew by Abbas, the PA leader, was stunning in that he said he didn’t want to live in his old city, which undercut the Palestinians long-held and ridiculous demand for the “right of return.” Moderate voice in Israel saw this as a serious step; Netanyahu, predictably, dismissed it.
Wake me up when it’s over. This Israeli=Palestinian story is the most over-covered in the world. Things happen, but nothing ever changes. Talk to me about the rest of the Arab world; anything but this crappy, endless dispute, and our over-the-top, Israel always right government of ours, backed by the editorial pages of all the major newspapers.
Not some marginal Jew-hating loon, mind, but pretty much the ultimate Establishment Insider.
It is no longer acceptable that disruptive groups like Kulanu and B’nai Brith (and their crony supporters at city hall and the Toronto Sun) can threaten this massive, diverse, 32-year-old celebration and protest simply because they don’t agree with the legitimate message of some participants.