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A Racist Jewish State:

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on July 20, 2007


Knesset Deprives Arabs of Right to Purchase State Land An Israeli Arab brought a case to the Israeli Supreme Court claiming he had been refused the right to buy Israeli land owned by the Jewish National Fund. The high court found in favor of the plaintiff and ruled that the State must change its policy and allow any citizen, whether Jewish or not, to buy such land. The attorney general subsequently approved such changes. The bill voted on yesterday is an attempt to do an “end around” the court ruling. It would enshrine in law the racist notion that only Jews should be able to purchase JNF land, while other Israeli citizens should not.Remember the paeans to Israeli democracy you hear from the lips of the hoch-Zionists: “the only democracy in the Middle East,” etc., etc. You can can that now. An ethnocracy maybe, but not a democracy–especially not if this piece of crap passes on its final reading (yesterday’s vote was the first reading). Haaretz’s editorial today pretty much says it all: A Racist Jewish State:

This bill reflects an abasement of the Zionist enterprise to lows never imagined in the Declaration of Independence. Even though the Jewish National Fund purchased the lands for the Jewish people in the Diaspora, the State of Israel has already been established and these lands must now serve all its citizens.

For those living for tomorrow and not the past, the aim is to create in Israel a healthy, progressive state where the needs of the two peoples should concern the leaders and legislators. The Jewish National Fund’s land policy counters the interests of the state and cannot discriminate by law against the minority living in Israel.

What is most pathetic about the vote is that a mere 10 Jewish MKs could muster enough outrage to vote against this travesty of justice. Even Ami Ayalon, the supposed Labor Party paragon of Israeli-Palestinian understanding voted Aye. The final vote was 64-16. I know in the history of the world’s greatest legislative folly this is but one example. But for Israel it’s truly a golden one.


Today I am grieving – and it’s not even the 9th of Av yet…This is so against Torah, so against anything Judaism stands for, Secular or Religious. It is not tzedakah and it’s not tikkun olam. How did it come about?

Two things – Arrogance and Ignorance.

A deep disregard for Torah, which safeguards the Stranger’s right along with the home born, and teaches us that we should have one and the same law for both.

A profound ignorance about how the Land is bound to Torah – and how “Jewish” is intricately connected to Torah – if there’s not Torah, there is literally no “Jewish”.

The Bill doesn’t reflect the vision of Zionism as David Ben-Gurion saw it – let’s not forget what was said in the Declaration of Independence:

WE APPEAL – in the very midst of the onslaught launched against us now for months – to the Arab inhabitants of the State of Israel to preserve peace and participate in the upbuilding of the State on the basis of full and equal citizenship and due representation in all its provisional and permanent institutions.

WE EXTEND our hand to all neighboring states and their peoples in an offer of peace and good neighborliness, and appeal to them to establish bonds of cooperation and mutual help with the sovereign Jewish people settled in its own land. The State of Israel is prepared to do its share in a common effort for the advancement of the entire Middle East.

A child can see the injustice of a legislation that denies any Israeli citizens to purchase land inside Israel. This bill is not what the 37 signatories of the Declaration had in mind, nor what they aimed at when they first set out to create a secure Homeland for the Jews.

The bill that denies the non-Jewish Israeli the right and possibility to purchase land there is chilul Hashem. Yes, G-d gave the land to the decedents of Avraham, Yitzhak and Ya’akov, but that gift came with a provision – that one and the same Law should be for the Israelite as well as the Stranger living with him.

Oh, I know that the Sages have stated that “stranger” means “convert” – but Written Torah has made no such statement – to Written Torah a stranger is any non-Jew sojourning with the People, that includes Israeli Arabs. Honestly – if it’s not present in Written Torah – how can it be present in Oral Torah, where would the Sages have derived it from? For more on the matter of the Stranger: On the Matter Of the Righteous Gentile. Injustice and distortion of Torah has never led to anything but heartbreak and disaster for Israel.

While it can be argued that Israel had the “moral high ground” in 1948, this cannot be argued in the face of violation of simple Torah.

If you are not religious, let’s argue this from another angle: That of Human Rights and simple common decency – another corner stone of modern Judaism, that is even argued and protected by atheist, humanist Jews – the UDHR:

Article 2.
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration.

Article 7.
All are equal before the law and are entitled to equal protection of the law.

Article 17.
Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others, and no one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.

Article 30.
Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.

So, the bill passed that denies non-Jewish citizens of Israel the right to purchase land within Israeli borders are simply illegal. It should go “poof” on itself, because it cannot exist side by side with the UDHR – and it certainly cannot exist along side any kind of Judaism that aims at being Jewish.

To have legislation that discriminates one group within a society, under any pre-text is immoral, and when it targets or excludes groups based on ethnicity/culture, it’s called Racism.

Jewish Nationalism is good – Jewish Racism is shaming G-d to the World, and is one step from blasphemy.

Shalom Shabbat!

Another link:

The Magnes Zionist

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Iran – the First Jewish State

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on July 16, 2007


Iran – the First Jewish State

According to journalist and author, Irshad Manji*, the official Wahabi teachings of Saudi Arabia are that the Shia brand of Islam is a Jewish conspiracy developed to divide Islam by planting Talmudic ideas into the minds of confused Muslims. As an offshoot of Judaism, Shias are considered dhimmis in Saudi Arabia, second-class citizens who along with Christians and Jews are stripped of their basic human rights. As such, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia should reconsider which Jewish state it should aim to oppose, Israel…or Iran.

The pathological anti-Semitism inherent in this ridiculous notion shows how endemic anti-Semitism is within the Arab and Muslim world. Even before the enthusiastic import of the fraudulent “Protocols of Zionism” which have been digested into accepted Arab discourse, there was sufficient anti-Jewish fodder within the Islamic texts to allow for Judaism to become an iconic source of evil. These of course all pre-date the creation of the Jewish State…of Israel that is, not Iran. Irshad Manji even quotes an example of one Arab-Muslim country where the Mullahs banned the Pokemon card and toy series because, they claimed, Pokemon means “I am Jewish” in Japanese.

The sad thing is, that like Medieval Catholicism, this pathological hatred only serves to bury its Arab and Muslim adherents even deeper within the bowels of ignorance. The real and eventual victims however, are as always the Jews. As with the Medieval and other contexts of intense anti-Semitism, we stand little chance of convincing our detractors of the errors of their beliefs. Any evidence aimed at contravening common, anti-Semitic notions are regarded as being nothing more than part of the broader Jewish/Zionist conspiracy. Any news medium arguing rationally how the “Protocols of Zion” were a Soviet fraud or that 20% of the victims on 9/11 were Jewish and did not stay home from work on the day of the attack, are merely co-conspirators peddling further propaganda which aims to protect their Jewish masters.

The Western World does not yet understand why Jews take those who hate them so seriously. If someone says that they want to kill us, we generally believe them. Only now, for the first time in 2000 years, we have the ability to protect ourselves.


The West doesn’t really get how deep the hatred for the Jews runs in the Arab World. Perhaps for the same reason it didn’t get what was going on in the Third Reich, until it was too late – it is unfathomable. In many ways it’s alien to any sensible person.  Fanaticism and fundamentalism is essentially the same thing – and there really is no difference whether it has political or religious under and over tones.It is a fact that antisemitism is being taught as a matter of fact in Islamist schools and society. It has nothing to do with the State of Israel, it existed long before 1948 in it’s own specific form – dhimmitude – the superiority of Islam over all other religious/political systems and the inferiority of anyone not Muslim. It existed in the Saladin Empire, it existed in the Ottoman Empire, and it exists in all the nations of the Arab League.

The question is – is the West aware of this? Are the Anti-Zionists/Pro-Palestinians aware that they will be forced to subject to a system that will put them in a position of permanent servitude in a Palestine ruled by Hamas or Hezbollah?

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And you shall live in terror? – Parasha Ki Tavo

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on July 8, 2007


Because these ideas have been on my mind – I am bumping this Dvar Torah up to visibility.

“And it shall be on the day when ye shall pass over the Jordan unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, that thou shalt set thee up great stones, and plaster them with plaster. And thou shalt write upon them all the words of this law, when thou art passed over; that thou mayest go in unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, a land flowing with milk and honey, as the LORD, the God of thy fathers, hath promised thee.” (Devarim/Deu 27:2-3)

I’d like to connect this Parsha to what I wrote on Parasha Shoftim about Israel’s responsibility and obligation to Live by Torah’s Ethical Imperative in respect to the Stranger.

When Moshe is about to die, and he instructs the People one last time about what they are to do when they have entered the Land that G-d has given them: First they are to offer thanks to G-d for the Land, for the Covenant and for personal privileges and accountability, but before they do that they are to make sure that the Covenant and the Laws of that Covenant are visible to all who come to dwell there – and then the consequences of adhering or not adhering to the Laws of that Covenant is to be read out loud – as a consecration of the Land. It is as if G-d wants to make sure that His Torah is thoroughly imprinted, not just in the People, but in the very Land. Violating Torah means Violating the Land, because Torah is imprinted on the Land.

While each Jew is certainly personally responsible for obeying Torah, and are asked to affirm this in Devarim/Deu 26:2-10, this Parasha clearly speaks about the ENTIRE people as a Collective – and not just the People, but the stranger as well – Devarim/Deu 26:11. If they fail to observe the statutes of Torah, horrible things will happen to them.

This is where Judaism gets its idea of Reward and Punishment from. The first time Torah speaks of Reward for obedience is in Shemot/Exo 20:12 – “Honour thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the L-RD thy G-d giveth thee.” The implication of a Punishment if disobeyed is also there. Violating Torah means Violating the Land.

People don’t want to hear about the consequences of disobeying Torah – they would much rather hear about the Blessings enumerated in the chapter following the Curses – yet the Curses (Deu 27:15-26; Deu 28:16-19) come before the Blessings (Deu 28:3-6) thus somehow spelling out that we should be aware more of the negative consequences of our actions, rather than what we can gain from acting right.

In Deu 28:66, G-d admonishes in a manner that connects to the present situation in Israel:

The life you face shall be precarious; you shall be in terror, night and day, with no assurance of survival.” (Deu 28:66)

Over and over Israel is warned that forgetting the Stranger, the Widow and the Orphan will put her in the dog-house with G-d. Over and over, also in this Parasha, is she admonished that wrong-doing has its price. So why does she insist on wronging the Stranger? Why does the Modern State of Israel keep forgetting the Holy Charge given to her in ancient times? Deu 1:16 (2), Deu 10:18-19 (2), Deu 14:29, Deu 24:17, Deu 24:19-21 (3), Deu 26:11-13 (3), Deu 27:19, Deu 31:11-12 (2) – to treat the Stranger equal to the Home-born?

This makes me think that the consequences of not caring for those, also those not Jewish, that need it or to wrong ANY human being, is the terror wrought on Israel today. Deu 27:19 is tied to Deu 16:20 by the word JUSTICE – the promise of life and prosperity for the pursuit of Justice is echoed in Deut 28:66, in a manner that almost makes my skin crawl. How can she not see this, and what will it take for her to wake?

Posted in Deuteronomium 27:2-3, Dvar Torah, Holy Charge, Israel, Judaism, Justice, Modern State of Israel, Parasha Shoftim, Reward and Punishment, Torah, Weekly Parasha | 1 Comment »

Broken Peace – Parasha Pinchas

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on July 7, 2007


One of the most powerful commentaries on Pinchas’ act is written into the very fabric of Torah itself. The Masoretes – the 8th and 9th century rabbinic sages who codified the written Torah into the version we know today – instructed that the word “Shalom” in the term “Brit Shalom” should be written with a broken letter vav. As a result, every Torah scroll now bears this inner message: peace achieved through zealotry and violence is an incomplete peace – a “broken peace,” as it were.For an era beset by growing violence committed in “the name of God,” this one small pen-stroke makes a profound statement indeed… From Radical Torah

I cannot help but feel that this ties in with what I wrote last year on Parasha Shoftim and Parasha Ki Tavo.

If a Peace achieved by zealousness is considered a Broken Peace by Torah itself, then it raises the question what is a WHOLE Peace?

Perhaps the answer lies in what Pinchas failed to recognize in his zealousness – Chessed – Compassion – Justice, the righteous punishment for a crime cannot be meted out without Compassion. A willingness to look beyond the actions of the other and consider all the details of his or her motivations, rather than assume the actions are all there is to a person, or a nation.

Perhaps we need to step away from “G-D” for a while and not assume that just because we read it in Torah it’s the entire Truth? Or maybe we need a new way of reading Torah?

Again I am reminded of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov: “there is truth, the truth of the truth, and peace. Truth is: a kid stole an apple. The truth of the truth is: the kid was hungry. Peace is: Nobody stole anything; give the kid an apple!” (Heard from Reb Shlomo Carlebach)

Zealousness, like anger and love has a tendency to cloud our judgment. We are so caught up in the feelings of the moment that all we see is that something dear to us is being violated, and while Pinchas was right on principle, by the Letter of the Law, he lost sight of the Spirit of the Law, and that’s where his peace became a broken one – he forgot the truth of the Truth and Peace in his fervor for G-d.

In my later Blog Entries I have gone after Israel pretty badly. Quite honestly I feel that she deserves it. I love her, she is my Home, though I don’t live there, she is the one place in the World where I know I have a place, should I ever need it. But I also think she is way off base. There’s nothing wrong with her zealousness. She’s got Chutzpah alright – but she is forgetting Compassion. She has gotten stuck in the role of Pinchas, and while it might bring some sort of Peace and Salvation for the Jewish People, it won’t be a whole, lasting peace.

Shalom Shabbat!

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What “Zionism” are we talking about?

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on July 6, 2007


I store several ideas for blogs in My Drafts. Those drafts are very often side-thoughts that pop up when I write on any specific topic – or they are ideas I get from people who used different search criteria to reach my Blog, given the general nature of my Blog, “Zionism” is bound to be one of them.

 

My Blog Entry Zionism, A Security Problem gave birth to some thinking about different kinds of Jewish Nationalism – and what kind exactly the Fundamentalist Anti-Zionists are protesting. The most violent are protesting the very existence of Israel, and in fact all Jews:

When approached by a student who attacked Zionism, Martin Luther King responded: “When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You’re talking anti-Semitism.”

They are attacking Jewish Nationalism, i.e the Jewish People’s right to a National Home and Self-Determination – that is pure Antisemitism.

 

Like this Canadian Politician they make no distinction between Israel, Jews and Jewish nationalists “Zionists”:

“I never separated the Zionists and the Jews in this thread or anywhere.”

“Get a clue and realise that we are now past the stage of denying the evils of Israel and the Zionists and have reached the stage of a backlash against said groups for the bloody terrorists they are.”

So where to draw the line? When is Jewish Nationalism no longer a matter of just exercising the right to Self-Determination in accordance with the UDHR article 15 and UN Resolution 181?

 

When it encroaches on the rights of others to exactly the same or violates already existing territory that belongs to other Nations in accordance with International Agreements. This includes the 1947 UN Partition Plan, regardless of whether the Arab League and/or the Palestinian Arabs accepted the partition or not – Israel did and is therefore bound by it.

 

This the Anti-Zionists mentioned before cannot dispute, as that would mean they are themselves in violation of International Laws and Agreements.

 

Unhealthy or unacceptable Jewish nationalism would include any Jewish Nationalism that carries with it an idea of a “Greater Israel”, whichever manner this would be achieved. One cannot, however much one wants to, invoke religious texts or religious belief as validation of Ownership in secular matters, as has often been the case with Jewish Religious Movements, based in-side and out-side Israel.

 

Jewish Settlements out-side the borders of 1947-1948 must be dismantled, and any political policy that aims at creating Settlements out-side those borders must be deemed illegal according to International Agreements.

 

Jewish Nationalism must remain at it’s simplest – Jewish/Israeli national Self-Determination within the parameters of UN Resolution 181.

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What “Zionism” are we talking about?

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on July 6, 2007


I store several ideas for blogs in My Drafts. Those drafts are very often side-thoughts that pop up when I write on any specific topic – or they are ideas I get from people who used different search criteria to reach my Blog, given the general nature of my Blog, “Zionism” is bound to be one of them.

 

My Blog Entry Zionism, A Security Problem gave birth to some thinking about different kinds of Jewish Nationalism – and what kind exactly the Fundamentalist Anti-Zionists are protesting. The most violent are protesting the very existence of Israel, and in fact all Jews:

When approached by a student who attacked Zionism, Martin Luther King responded: “When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You’re talking anti-Semitism.”

They are attacking Jewish Nationalism, i.e the Jewish People’s right to a National Home and Self-Determination – that is pure Antisemitism.

 

Like this Canadian Politician they make no distinction between Israel, Jews and Jewish nationalists “Zionists”:

“I never separated the Zionists and the Jews in this thread or anywhere.”

“Get a clue and realise that we are now past the stage of denying the evils of Israel and the Zionists and have reached the stage of a backlash against said groups for the bloody terrorists they are.”

So where to draw the line? When is Jewish Nationalism no longer a matter of just exercising the right to Self-Determination in accordance with the UDHR article 15 and UN Resolution 181?

 

When it encroaches on the rights of others to exactly the same or violates already existing territory that belongs to other Nations in accordance with International Agreements. This includes the 1947 UN Partition Plan, regardless of whether the Arab League and/or the Palestinian Arabs accepted the partition or not – Israel did and is therefore bound by it.

 

This the Anti-Zionists mentioned before cannot dispute, as that would mean they are themselves in violation of International Laws and Agreements.

 

Unhealthy or unacceptable Jewish nationalism would include any Jewish Nationalism that carries with it an idea of a “Greater Israel”, whichever manner this would be achieved. One cannot, however much one wants to, invoke religious texts or religious belief as validation of Ownership in secular matters, as has often been the case with Jewish Religious Movements, based in-side and out-side Israel.

 

Jewish Settlements out-side the borders of 1947-1948 must be dismantled, and any political policy that aims at creating Settlements out-side those borders must be deemed illegal according to International Agreements.

 

Jewish Nationalism must remain at it’s simplest – Jewish/Israeli national Self-Determination within the parameters of UN Resolution 181.

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Zionism, A Security Problem

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on July 5, 2007


I just read an article/interview with Gilad Atzmon – I disagree with basically all he has to say – except when he quotes Avrum Burg allegedly quoting David Ben-Gurion:”I think it was Ben-Gurion who said that “the Zionist movement was the scaffolding to build the home, and that after the State’s establishment, it should be dismantled”. It is pretty easy to see why David Ben-Gurion would say such a thing – there would no longer be a need for when its goal, a Jewish Homeland, had been achieved – just as there was no longer a need for Lehi after the Brits had left. Any land acquisition out-side the 1947-48 borders goes beyond what has been agreed upon.

Yes, I have friends in i Settlements in Palestinian Territory, and I think they should move, I think they are wrong to be there – even more I think the Israeli Government is wrong to “give” them living space there.

Nothing says that Israel cannot accommodate all Jewish Immigrants inside the 1947-1948 borders. Except a hoard of variations of the term “Zionism”. I also suspect another thing is playing into Israel’s reason to expand on Palestinian Territory – most of the Jews making Aliyah are from the US, well to-do middle-class people, who can’t or won’t move into something that is not pristine, well-supplied Suburbia-like neighborhoods. If such neighborhoods does not exist inside Israel, then the Israeli Government creates another security zone on Palestinian soil and builds a Settlement there. Why? Because Israel needs the money those Americans bring.

I just took a look a map of Israel and the West Bank – and honestly, I cannot see how those small dark-green patches from a point of view of strategy are not huge security problems.

Jewish Settlements on the West bank 2002

Map is from here

It does very clearly raise the question – Why? There is a Jewish Homeland, so why want more? There is room for 13 million Jews in Israel. Why put civilians at risk for the sake of an Idea? Normal thinking Nations move their civilians out of harms way, out of war zones – it makes no sense to move civilians into a war zone, it’s bad politics at best and insane at worst. That wasn’t what the early Zionists wanted or even thought of when they immigrated.

The first Zionists didn’t move to ready-made neighborhoods after making Aliyah – they worked them up from the ground on land they had bought with honest money.

Zionism was never meant to be a political tool against anything – it was meant to be a political tool for something. There is a Jewish Homeland – the goal has been achieved – now, let’s dismantle the instrument that achieved it.

“Zionism” is obsolete and it more than anything functions in its antonymic meaning as a cover for Antisemitism, and in today’s society a more proper word would be Jewish Nationalism, which would also uncover the Antisemitism expressed by those opposed to Jewish Nationalism in it’s simplest form:

Nationalism, in its broadest sense, is a devotion to one’s nation and its interests over those of all other nations.[1] The term can also refer to a doctrine[2] or political movement[3] that holds that a nation—usually defined in terms of ethnicity or culture—has the right to constitute an independent or autonomous political community based on a shared history and common destiny.”

In its simplest form, Nationalism is the same a National Self-Determination:

“The principle of self-determination, often seen as a moral and legal right, is that every nation is entitled to a sovereign territorial state, and that every specifically identifiable population should choose which state it belongs to, often by plebiscite. It is commonly used to justify the aspirations of an ethnic group that self-identifies as a nation toward forming an independent sovereign state, but it equally grants the right to reject sovereignty and join a larger multi-ethnic state.”

Now that this has been clarified it is possible to look at Israel of today and determine if the nationalism practiced by the Israeli Government is a simple exercise in Self-Determination or not.

Looking at the map above – knowing that the borders of 1947-48 are not being honored, it is quite easy to see that we are not looking at National Self-Determination, but at National Expansion. Israel is expanding at the expense of the Palestinians.

In my mind this is immoral, and I am amazed that honest religious Jewish Immigrants will actually accept homes that are an intrusion on someone else land against International agreements.

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The Difference of Words…

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on June 23, 2007


There’s a clear difference between legitimate criticism of Israel and Anti-Semitism:

Clear criticisms of Israeli policy & its backers Antisemitic ideas often repeated by activists with no anti-Jewish intentions Lines emerging directly from neonazi & antisemitic organizations
Israel has a repeated & ongoing record of human rights offenses. “Israel is a worse humans rights violator than most or all other countries.” “Israel is the root of the world’s problems.”
Many Israeli soldiers justify their actions toward Palestinians by saying they’re ‘just following orders.’ “Israelis are just like Nazis.” “Israel is worse than the Nazis,” “This wouldn’t have happened if the Nazis were successful,” etc.
The Zionist movement has included elements of racism from its early days, such as the claim that Palestine was “a land without a people for a people without aland.” Major Zionist factions have implemented conscious, intentional racist policy. Regardless of individual Zionists’ intentions, Zionism as a whole has had racist & oppressive results for the Palestinian people. “Zionism is racism.” “The Zionist conspiracy is behind this,” “Zionism is the root of the world’s problems today,” etc.
AIPAC,* weapons lobbies & others give U.S. politicians incentives to push anti-Palestinian policies, & attempt to silence &intimidate both Jews & non-Jews who raise alternatives. “The ‘Israel Lobby’ is what is pushing America off track &away from its true interests,or caused us to go to war.” “Israel /The Zionists /The Jews /The Jewish Lobby…is controlling the U.S./ the world.”
In this issue, as in so many, the corporate media provide one-dimensional, sensationalized coverage, usually biased toward whatever side the U.S. government is backing – when they cover it at all. “The media, controlled by Zionists, never talks about the plight of the Palestinians.” “Zionist control of the media is part of a vast web of Zionist power over banks & world governments, in their conspiracy to rule over humanity.”
Lack of a resolution between Israel & Palestine is one of several major regional conflicts preventing justice & stability in the Middle East. Outside powers such as the U.S. & Europe have played & play a role in sparking & perpetuating these conflicts. “The Israel-Palestine conflict is the root of violence & instability in the Middle East / of America’s bad relationship with Arab countries.” “Everything would be better if Israel was destroyed,” etc.

I agree with most of the statements in the LEFT column – I am not sure about the role of the US in the media coverage in Europe – nor am I sure that the US and/or Europe as such have directly fuelled the conflict – to me it seems more like they have been opportunists and used the situation to their advantage after the fact. Any way – the above table is exactly what I have tried to convey in discussions with violent Anti-Semites and Anti-Semitic statements – criticism of Israel is ok – when it is warranted – but don’t cross the line into Anti-Semitism, knowingly or unknowingly.The above Table is from “The Past Didn’t Go Anywhere,”

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Crap by any other name still stinks

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on June 23, 2007


paguinea-pigs.jpg“Gaza in the hands of Hamas, with masked militants sitting in the president’s chair; the West Bank on the edge; Israeli army camps hastily assembled in the Golan Heights; a spy satellite over Iran and Syria; war with Hezbollah a hair trigger away; a scandal-plagued political class facing a total loss of public faith.

At a glance, things aren’t going well for Israel. But here’s a puzzle: why, in the midst of such chaos and carnage, is the Israeli economy booming like it’s 1999, with a roaring stock market and growth rates nearing China’s?”

As if there’s something wrong with a growing economy…oh, but there is according to Naomi Klein, at least if it’s Israel’s – because the Academia is booming with intelligent, inventive and driven students that seem to be able to invent just about anything. It seems that it somehow eluded Klein that all scientists and businessmen have always tried to improve their local environment, not just Israelis.

Naomi Klein answers her own opening question at the end of her article:

“Since Israel began its policy of sealing off the occupied territories with checkpoints and walls, human rights activists have often compared Gaza and the West Bank to open-air prisons. But in researching the explosion of Israel’s homeland security sector, a topic I explore in greater detail in a forthcoming book (The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism), it strikes me that they are something else too: laboratories where the terrifying tools of our security states are being field-tested. Palestinians – whether living in the West Bank or what the Israeli politicians are already calling “Hamasistan” — are no longer just targets. They are guinea pigs.”

When the public is not buying the vocabulary of your propaganda – change the vocabulary. Preferably to something the refers to Nazi Germany by implication, and blame this alleged “industry” for the progress and success your “enemy”. That always works.

The Israelis are evil because they experiment on Palestinians like Hitler did on the Jews…</sardonic >

 

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Continued from Last Entry

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on June 19, 2007


“Bear, this thread is about stereotypes I do not like 12:42 PMI never said it was you…you did that…and I never mentioned where the video was…you did that.

I do not like the stereotypes on the video, and I find them offensive.

I said “proposedly Jewish friend”…which means to me that the person posting the video claims to be Jewish, which is true.

This group is also about dispelling false stereotypes. To me, that video is full of false stereotypes.”

“[…], 12:55 PM

you said “proclaimed Jewish Friend” – regardless of who this person is – why is it important to bring the alleged Jewishness into this? Also, considering our latest conversations in NM, me suspecting you of underhandedly bringing up my supposed Anti-Arabism (which is also), is not at all surprising.

Second – the video is a PEACE VIDEO – there are no Israelis there, no Jews, and the images could be from any Western Country, except the one of Bush and Cheney, and any Arab Country in the World – it’s Video about the unnecessary clash between our prejudices about each other – where ever we live.

To claim that the video is depicting Americans and Israelis against Muslims is utter horse manure, regardless of your own perceptions – it’s simply FALSE. You could easily have brought this stereotype here without distorting the intent and mission of the video.”

“Bear, this thread is about stereotypes of nationalities 1:19 PM

It is full of stereotypes. I take offense to the stereotypes, and want to clear it up.

Again, I never said which video it was, or whose video it was…I never even said which “proposedly Jewish friend”…I have hundreds of friends on care2, and many are “proposedly Jewish”. Again, you announced on this thread that it was your video.”

For crying out loud – of course the video is full of stereotypes, that is the purpose of the video – to visualize the prejudices we have and then ask us: IS THIS HOW YOU SEE ME?

But there’s a far cry between saying that the video is full of stereotypes and claiming that it’s a video depicting the US and Israel together against Muslims…

Please, ignorant woman! GO BACK TO SCHOOL and don’t leave until you can pass without mistakes and fumbles.

Shalom

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