Desperate Times, Indeed

Palestine diplomats receive a standing ovation upon their UNESCO induction. The result – Israeli withholding of internationally-mandated aid, suspension of millions of dollars in US funds to UNESCO, and frantically-paced settlement building. Incidentally, Israel itself was kicked out of UNESCO in 1974 for its razing of the Temple Mount – but was reinstated when the US threatened to withhold funding.  Photo: Thibault Camus, AP

 

Originally posted at https://www.facebook.com/FilterThis on November 16, 2012

 

From the New York Times, 11/14:

 

“Israel also says it fears that the Palestinians will use their enhanced status to try to gain entry to the International Criminal Court, where it could seek to prosecute Israel for its actions in those territories, like the building of Jewish settlements.”

 

i’ve written much about the war crimes and crimes against humanity on behalf of Israel, regarding Palestine. i believe some of you saw the recent slideshows. Those images are not rare; the internet is littered with them. Not that CNN, Fox 5, or Huff Post is at liberty to put them on display. i’m not going to visually twist that knife anymore, but i believe i have made that point loud and clear.

Regardless, i’m sure some of you still don’t quite get it. After all, when all you see in the obfuscating, cocksucking Big Media reports about Israeli-Palestinian affairs is how those terroristic, mongrel Arabs apparently  “started it”, it’s hard to blame you. This is the logical outcome of a wildly subverted press – in the so-called “democracies” of Israel and the United States.

Israel is not  a democracy, much like the corporate-fascist police state, the United States is not a democracy in any true sense – except that, to boot, they’re also a theocracy, with ultra-conservative, hate-preaching, rabid rabbis dictating policy to Netanyahu and his ultra-conservative Likud Party. Their government is beholden to a small, elite group of fundamentalist rabbis – much in the way the Iranian government is, to a degree, beholden to a small, privileged group of fundamentalist clerics.

Regarding the quoted material – trust me when i tell you, there exists a nearly infinite laundry list of other war crimes and crimes against humanity aside from the issue of the settlements.

 

The illegal settlements – and ultra-violent settlers – are merely the tip of the iceberg. If any rational, intelligent, honest, and informed person stops and thinks about it – the settlers in Israel are no different than the settlers of old in North America. No different whatsoever. They are racist, hateful, and violent. They steal the land and they have no compunction about it at all. When push comes to shove – which of course, only takes form of a handful of rock-throwing youth who are rightfully angry about these hideous crimes, they will kill – all in the name of the land they’ve  stolen. For further perspective, chew on this notion –

Even the United States has at the least, acknowledged their sordid and dark history regarding Native America, and have even shelled out billions of dollars in compensation. For such a hegemonic, despotic, and similarly criminal power, this says a lot. Israel can’t even take even the very first step of acknowledging their missteps, that the settlements are a gross violation of international law, or admit to the glaring discrepancy of “democracy” regarding their own Arab-Israeli citizens  who live among them within their own, illegal borders.

At most, Americans hear little peeps here and there about this “problem with the settlements”. They don’t hear about how every settler owns an automatic rifle, how every settlement has terror groups that disturbingly resemble the Ku Klux Klan of America’s own past, how these terrorist groups make no bones about the fact that they enjoy using the evicted Israeli-Arab citizens  as target practice, or exactly just how much land has been stolen from them, strong-arm style, with no remorse, no compensation, even the most meager compensation at that, and with no warning.

Regarding the upcoming bid, mull over this pathetic blip in the news – the one time – the one and only time that Israel even so much as contemplated halting the settlements came quite recently – they offered to halt construction if only the Palestinians would “come back to the (corrupt and loaded) bargaining table” – as opposed to continuing their push in the UN. Talk about a last-ditch effort of cowardly groveling:

“Oh, please, oh please, don’t go to the UN! We’ll talk! We can be sensible – now that our arm is being twisted! Come back! C’mon! Hey, look, we’ll even stop building more settlements if you just come back! Please? Hello? Hey, where’d you go?”

“COME BAAAACK!”

Just pathetic.

 

Palestinians aren’t happy with Israelis, but they don’t harbor quite the same hatred that Israelis hold for them. To be sure – many Palestinians are unhappy – yet, who could blame them, when every time a new peace offer is put on the table by the rest of the international community, every time that they actually hold a democratic election, every time that they try and advance their international standing and relations, every time that they simply refuse the underhanded and loaded “negotiations” on behalf of Israel and the US – they are attacked and invaded? If you look back upon the last decade and all of the other invasions of Palestine – 2000 – 2006 – 2009 – this is exactly what happened. Think back to the recent election that voted Hamas in power. This was simply not allowed – even though Hamas had, to the astonishment of many, vastly moderated their stance – even to the point that they officially stated that, if the will of the Palestinians was a two-state solution, they would accept it and support it. Palestine isn’t asking for every inch of land that they’ve lost over the years, they just want Gaza and the West Bank back. Over the past decade, the corner suicide bomber in the Tel Aviv marketplace has become a thing of the past. And again – the only few grad rocket attacks have only come upon the aforementioned reasons – in retaliation for brutal measures, kidnappings, and other criminal activity on behalf of the IDF. Strings of years have gone by with no rocket attacks – and this is verifiable even via the criminal UN itself, for they keep very detailed records – again, unlike Western media.

All you ever hear about on such matters from the obfuscating and dishonest Western media concern the (retaliatory) grad rocket attacks from Gaza. You never read the reports of overflight sonic booms, assassinations, choking of funds, denial of basic services, blockage of aid (not just with regard to flotillas), restriction of movement, massive kidnapping (and child abuse), indefinite detention, brutal oppression, and everyday humiliation – all carried out by the IDF, the Mossad, the Shin Bet, and the state of Israel.

The violence only flares up when Palestine seeks what is righteous; it only rears its ugly head when they seek peace and democracy – and are denied it; it only rocks the region when Palestine rightfully rejects hollow promises and loaded negotiations; it does not escalate upon the 10th IDF kidnapping, it escalates upon the 1,000th. Rocket attacks are hardly ever with impunity, bordering on “never”. They are (not to condone violence) the last resort, they are retaliatory, they are the final solution – when all efforts of peace have failed and when all attempts at rational discussion and genuine negotiation have met a likewise fate. Even more recently and to reinforce the point – do you remember when the attacks (on Gaza) really began to pick up? i’ll remind you: when the Emir of Qatar came and paid a visit. This was a huge diplomatic acknowledgement of legitimacy – something which is, again, completely unacceptable to Israel.

This is exactly the case today, same as it’s ever been. Palestine is seeking justice and Israel says “no”. Palestine is asking for a return to the pre-1967 borders – a request that the majority of the international community has deemed reasonable – and Israel says “no”. Palestine is asking for an end to the brutality and crimes against humanity – and Israel says “no”. Palestine is receiving more and more international recognition – and Israel says, “hell, no!”

What is not  at stake is Israel’s livelihood, despite the tired and stale objections of Netanyahu. This is what he and Barak, and Lieberman (Avigdor) are always crying about – much in the tradition of the American Congressman’s “waving of the bloody shirt”. Holocaust this, Holocaust that…all the while, and with the sickest and most perverted sense of irony that is humanly possible, Israel is perpetrating crimes against humanity much in the manner (yet obviously not in scale) that their own oppressors did over seventy years ago in the fairly distant past. The principals of Nuremburg are now null and void – especially to Israel. Why?

Fear. Plain and simple. Israel is more fearful than ever – yet not of “extinction”, annihilation, or destruction.

They are afraid of the very self-destruction  that their government is teetering on. As noted before, the “come back to Israel” advertisements seen on any Israeli online daily are farcical, pathetic, and in vein.

“Oh sure, let’s move to Israel so we can live under a tyranny worse than that of George W. Bush! Let’s move back so that we can live in the renewed fear of cross-border violence brought about by the illegal settlements! Let’s move back so that we can be lumped together with the oppression that the rest of the world has been slowly waking up to! Let’s move from our relatively  democratic Diaspora communities into a fundamentalist theocracy! Sure, let’s move from places where there is actually hope for a better tomorrow, no matter how dim – as opposed to a place where it is only guaranteed to get worse with each passing day! Ooh, yes, let’s move back to Israel so that we can run the risk of being engulfed in a regional war that our backwards, rigidly ideological, fundamentalist, and racist leader has flat-out insisted upon! Sounds great!”

 

The state of Israel is, again, as noted elsewhere, in decline, and as opposed to luring the Diaspora back, it has instead witnessed a minor exodus, for the aforementioned reasons. The dim hope for a real democracy has been extinguished. The educated class of technocrats are leaving – and taking their capital with them. Netanyahu is squarely to blame. The promise of a regional war involving nearly every single neighbor grows more promising with each passing hour. The international community is fed up with their brutal oppression of Gaza, and Diaspora Jews are no longer fooled by tired speeches about the Holocaust, false claims of terrorism, and silly diagrams of Super Mario-type bombs. Much like the United States’ bogus war on terror and their complicity in September Morning, Israelis are waking up. The world is waking up. The whole thing stinks, and everyone but Netanyahu, Barak, and Lieberman knows it.

More than likely, even if (most likely, when) Palestine is formally granted observer status in the UN, Israel will not be faced with terribly punitive measures. Well, not by the UN or the US, anyways. Yet –

What they will  face is a terrible and costly loss of credibility in the eyes of the world, certain deteriorating diplomatic relations with other nations, likely dwindling trade agreements, all as a result of this embarrassment. For even as the United States was roundly and flatly condemned by the World Court for its actions in Nicaragua (among others), Israel is not the United States. Even $3 billion of (military) aid from the US is not enough to save it, at least diplomatically. Even if (again, more likely, when) Netanyahu gives the green light to strike Iran – and a terrible regional war ensues – if the fiasco doesn’t end in mushroom clouds, instead of being dominant and on the offensive, Israel will be on the defensive again, in a very precarious state. And then  they’ll really have something to worry about, then they will  have good reason to be paranoid. Again, this runs parallel to the situation with Iran – it’s not that they’ll be in jeopardy of “being wiped off the map” (a gross mistranslation, topic for another Note), but they will have lost utter and complete hegemony, be it military – or political.

And that’s  what they really don’t want to let go of – complete and utter hegemony.

Just know that, at the end of the day, it didn’t have to be this way. If it weren’t for a heightened sense of paranoia, racism, and illegal, twisted, and hegemonic policies, this could have had a different ending. The leaders of Israel, nearly from the beginning (at least since the 1947-1948 “War For Independence”, which was really not  the conception of the state), have blundered every opportunity to prove to their neighbors that they meant nothing but goodwill, that they simply wanted to have a refuge of their own in the post-Nazi era, to be left alone, and to leave others alone in turn.

The great experiment has failed.

 

On a more personal note, the very few of you (if any) who actually listen to Israeli sources  on Israel (now there’s  a novel idea) will know that, as alluded to, cracks in the formerly bulletproof image of Israel and its image of innocently defending itself have appeared. To be more accurate – the cracks were yesterday. Today is fault lines. It’s one thing when it’s an intellectual (Noam Chomsky, Tony Judt, Richard Falk, et al, – all of whom, incidentally, are Jewish) who is relatively obscure in the public’s mind, is going against the grain and speaking out on Israeli atrocities. It’s another matzo ball altogether when this kind of talk is beginning to creep into mainstream journalism, showing up in, of all publications, even the New York Times.

The backlash of the international Diaspora has been noted by conservative Israeli leaders and Zionists in the Diaspora. Again, this is the kind of thing that truly keeps the Haredi rabbis and Likud politicians awake at night. For, as any seasoned observer of war and politics well knows, politics are merely war by less violent means, and all violent wars are political. When public support – much less, international support – is lost, there is a gross erosion of power. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Sadly, these “desperate times”, again, are completely self-inflicted. It didn’t have to be this way. Yet, this is the history, the walls are closing in, and Bibi, Ehud, and Avigdor all know it. They’re suffocating. They’re getting desperate, indeed.

One last point about the recent aggression and escalation: once again, to reiterate – all roads to Tehran lead through Damascus (check), Beirut (check), and Gaza (check).

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