Fifteen Thoughts About Israel

in israel •  5 months ago

  1. I hate writing about Israel. The accusations of anti-semitism which necessarily go along with literally any criticism of that nation are gross enough, but even worse are the assholes who take my criticisms of the Israeli government as an invitation to actually be anti-semitic. They really do hate Jews, they really do think that every problem in the world is because of Jews and they post Jewish caricature memes and calls for genocide in the comments section on social media and it's incredibly gross and I hate it. It feels exactly as intrusive, jarring and violating as receiving an unsolicited dick pic. But the Israeli government keeps committing war provocations and massacring Palestinians, so it's something I've got to talk about.

  2. Anti-semitism (or whatever word you prefer to use for the pernicious mind virus which makes people think it's okay to promote hatred against Jewish people) is a very real thing that does exist, and I denounce it to the furthest possible extent. Anti-semitism is also a label that is used to bully the world into accepting war crimes, apartheid, oppression, and mass murder. Both of those things are true.

  3. There were dozens of Palestinians killed and well above a thousand injured in the Gaza protests over the US moving its embassy to Jerusalem yesterday. I haven't found any report of so much as a single Israeli injury. The only way to spin this as the fault of the Palestinians is to dehumanize them, to attribute behaviors and motives to them that we all know are contrary to human nature. To paint them as subhuman orc-like creatures who are so crazy and evil that they will keep throwing themselves at a hail of bullets risking life and limb just to have some extremely remote chance of harming a Jewish person for no reason. This is clearly absurd. A little clear thinking and empathy goes a long way.

  4. Trump could have prevented all this violence by doing what previous administrations had done and keeping the US embassy in Tel Aviv. Experts warned that this would happen. Trump ignored them. He is ultimately responsible for the mounting pile of corpses resulting from this provocation.

  5. The Trump campaign was given $25 million by billionaire oligarch Sheldon Adelson (the largest campaign donation made by anyone to any candidate), who provided a further $5 million for Trump's inauguration. Adelson is a sociopathic pro-Israel hawk who once called on the US to drop a nuclear bomb on Iran. He was present at the opening of the Jerusalem embassy, getting what he paid for.

  6. Any position on Israel that is determined by words made up by dead men thousands of years ago is intrinsically invalid. Saying the Jewish people are more entitled to Israel than those who were living there seven decades ago because of some superstitious voodoo written in obsolete religious texts is not an argument. Religious freedom is important, and it's important to be able to believe whatever you like, but your beliefs do not legitimize your actions upon other people. If you murder someone in the name of Allah, you have murdered someone. If you kill 58 people because you feel some ancient scripture entitles you to a particular section of dirt, you have killed 58 people. Your internal beliefs do not give you a free pass for your egregious actions upon others.

  7. Israel is very dangerous and completely unsustainable, but its interests are aggressively promoted by powerful plutocrats and lobby groups. It's like if fracking was a place.

  8. A nation that can't exist without nonstop war and violence is like a house that can't stand without nonstop construction work. If your house needs a large construction team working around the clock seven days a week to keep it from collapsing, you should probably either move or consider a new architectural design.

  9. A nation that can't exist without nonstop war and violence is not a nation at all, it's a decades-long military operation with a few suburbs sprinkled on top. And that is exactly how Israel has functioned since its creation: as a nonstop disruption campaign that the post-World War Two western victors dropped on top of the Middle East just as humanity hit new heights of oil dependence. By 1967 Israel came within inches of a possible third world war with America's only rival superpower, the Soviet Union, and today we have Israel leading the charge in the western empire's regime change agendas against Iran and Syria. It's been a consistent pattern.

  10. There's good conspiracy theory and there's bad conspiracy theory. People who say America controls Israel or Israel controls America are engaged in bad conspiracy theory. We don't live in a world where the lines between nations mean anything to those with real power; in reality "Israel" and "America" are both purely conceptual constructs which only exist to the extent that people believe in them. There is no actual "Israel" which can exert control over an actual "America", and vice versa. It isn't nations and governments pulling the strings of real power in the world, it's a class of plutocrats who aren't ultimately answerable to any government. This class of plutocrats uses governments like Israel, the US, the UK, and the KSA to advance its agendas to exploit, loot and plunder the rest of humanity.

  11. The western empire is a cluster of tightly allied nations held together by contracts and manipulation which often function more or less as a single unit on foreign policy, war, intelligence, trade, etc. What we call Israel is functionally just the Middle Eastern disruption wing of this empire. The people in control of this alliance place no special value on Israel beyond its usefulness in advancing plutocratic agendas in the Middle East.

  12. People make a big deal about Zionism in conspiracy circles, but Zionism is just one more tool of manipulation used by the elite class which only ever cares about power. The people who are actually calling the shots in this world don't care about Judaism or the Jewish people; Zionism is just a set of ideas they use to move people around. They use Christian fundamentalism, Islamic fundamentalism, white supremacy and secular liberalism in the same way. It's always about acquiring more power for the western oligarchs, and their insatiable drive in this pursuit is how they wound up at the top of the western power structure. They'll use any set of beliefs to manipulate the masses toward this end.

  13. Since Israel plays such a crucial role in the agendas of the western power establishment for such a key strategic region, it should be no surprise that the people who lived on that land before Israel was dropped upon them get trampled underfoot. As far as the powerful are concerned, the Palestinians are no different from the animals whose habitats are destroyed by a new military base, or the whales that get killed by navy sonar experiments. They're a nuisance to be swatted away.

  14. The reason for the extreme brutality that is being used against the Palestinian demonstrators appears to be the same as that used by the Chinese government in the Tiananmen Square massacre or the lynchings of the segregated American south: to send a message. That message is "Here is how we will deal with you whenever you hold these demonstrations." They're quashing the protests so violently and so aggressively not out of self defense, but to dissuade such protests in the future. All they have to do is be brutal enough to convince the Palestinians that such protests aren't worth the cost of life, and whole generations could be dissuaded from future protests.

  15. This brutality is exposing the true face of the western empire, a trend that we are seeing all over the globe in myriad ways. Despite the best efforts of the mass media machine, people are waking up to what's really going on.


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It was a smart idea to invent a being that does not exist and then claim you're his "chosen people" then invent some other ass licking "religions" like christianity and islam that will do your dirty work fighting each other or other monkeys around the world and then let the goodies from all over the earth roll in :-)

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Perhaps it was a smarter idea to invent a religion who claim they’re the chosen ones, & invent other religions to fight against one another in order to continually conquer & divide the lower classes of people & control global economics while spreading disinformation about all of the above religions

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I forgot about the money lending trick. In the ass licking "religions" they implanted that it is forbidden to lend money. That was really genious as the "chosen people" had the 'solution' to your 'problems' and it worked fenomenally well too LOL.

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What derivatives? Nothing to see here folks, keep moving along, quadrillion’s are nothing for the commoner to trouble themselves with 🧐

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You do realize that no one who invented the "idea" of these religions could have foreseen any of this coming to pass--arguably most of all Christianity, whose leader told his followers to give up their money to the poor.

Please remember that anything can be manipulated--the most anarchistic textbook in the world can be twisted for people in power. You have a pretty skewed perception of these issues.

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I agree, most religions in general are used to manipulate.

Will you question it?

Seeing that the world is actually about you, me and them.

Nationalistic division, religious division, ideological differences, economic division and all the rest of it - which we have created.

The intellectuals, the terrorists, the imperialists...etc, etc.

No empire has been built, whether the modern empire or the ancient empires, without blood.

And we accept these division and differences as being natural and therefore accept the conflict, everlasting struggle as part of existence, part of life, it's natural to struggle, to battle with each other.

Will you question it?

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Every injustice focused on that is not related to the structure of economics is simply a distraction to keep the peasants fighting amongst each other while the kings have a good laugh & count their coins. Racism, sexism, politics, war all serve to reinforce the control of the system to those few who own 99.9% of the assets on this planet

Good article..There are plenty of people who understand the difference between criticising Israel and Jewish people. We just don't get to hear their voices often enough in the public sphere, to realise they are the majority, for the reasons you outlined within your article.

Excellent post, and right on time with your point #2:
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/critics-denounce-south-carolina-anti-semitism-law-180513113108407.html

A ridiculous bill that is a direct violation of our 1st amendment. The deterioration of our constitution continues....

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I was going to say about that, I was reading the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's (IHRA) "working definition" on anti-semitism and as could be expected, they started mixing apples and oranges and just like @caitlinjohnstone explained perfectly with her 2nd point, trying to make it a criminal and racist act to speak out against the violence of the state of Israel.

Point 11: "Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis." apparently will soon be a criminal act in the signatory member states of the IHRA. (Jeremy Corbyn reported not to vote for this while shadow ministers in the UK showed support for passing these laws)

And even if drawing such a comparison were to be antisemitic, what is outrageous (and incredibly well-worded) about the IHRA's "working definition" is that it provides very dubious grounds through which to criticize Israel, either for its actions or its existence...

Because any criticism of the history of Israel, and its real, intended and actual purpose in the world is seen as a form of revisionism which can always be construed as an attack on Jewish people.

For example: Point 8 "Applying double standards by requiring of it a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation. "... There's so much carefully worded dubious material in there.

"Not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation." - which means anybody can point to any criminal/perriah state which historically cozied up to the Western empire and say "nobody in the international community forced that country to change, why should we change? You're being antisemitic right now"

Or what about Point 7 "Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor."

This one is particularly grotesque... Because the "Jewish people's right to self-determination" here clearly means the right to impose a colonial apartheid state on the Palestinians, and treat them like second-class citizens, even commit a genocide against them - and if we are saying there is no mandate in the world that would authorize them to do this incredibly [Insert Word That is Not Racist But Looks Sounds Smells Tastes and Feels Like Racism], then we are ANTISEMITES

Obviously, some of the points in this "working definition" are valid... People should never abuse somebody simply because they are practicing and following an ancient Semitic religion. Otherwise that's half of the world's population we can harass for believing there is a God... (I'm sure the rulers of Israel have that goal in mind too, so no point to make their job any easier)

But having a "working definition of antisemitism" and using this standard, which may soon be internationally adopted and make certain thoughts, analyses and criticisms of Israel ILLEGAL AND PUNISHABLE is scary.

We don't even have that for racism, homophobia, Islamophobia... Plus how much "thought-police" and "thought-crimes" can humanity even bear before we all collectively just start murdering each other...

This is all scary stuff and we must pay attention to it...

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I personally still can't quite wrap my brain around the fact that University professors are being jailed for conducting historical research... This to me is the height of insanity, and yet it seems like it is nothing but the beginning of what is to come...

Israel is a strange, scary and vastly underappreciated ideological framework for the updating/reforming/transformation of human beings.

Well, some will say so was America... and Australia...

And look at how those turned out, and what come out of those experiments...

If History repeats itself, Israel should be destroyed before it destroys us...

Or not only will the Palestinians, but all of the Semitic Middle East and 2000+ years of history be destroyed, never to be spoken of again...

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Israel's existence and the plans for a greater Israel are an attempt to put the final nail in the coffin of "History", so that we will enter the "End of History" period and New World Order that the elite so frequently have talked about.

It's not for no reason that Israel happens to be right in the center of the Fertile Crescent and Cradle of Civilization.

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you should view this video 11:30 into it
you will see the so called dead moving scratching his nose
it was staged to look like many died on the Israeli border

Israel is an occupying state that occupied the land of Palestine in 1948
Now they are losing their people as the Americans did to Native Americans
One day the Palestinians will return to their land and the Jews will return from where they came from
Israel has no right to any land from the land of Palestine

Regarding this article, have you ever seen this little video with nothing more then newspaper clips from the early 1900’s? It is a very, very interesting and intriguing video, because it shows, that the 6million number has been pushed by the media since the early 1900’s, long before WW2. Imho this is a very, very important video.

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After all the lies and hoaxes in recent years, we have heard about Syrian gas attacks, weapons of mass destructions, etc. etc. I think soon the Mother of all Hoaxes may be exposed if they continue on this path. And the truth will be uglier than most of you had ever dared to imagine.

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Would love to hear your opinion on this matter

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If i were an american, which i am not, i would check the papers and these dates in a library, if possible.

This article deserves my 100% morning power. Western Empire- oh man, you nailed it!

I only have one thoughts. Fuck Israel right in their racist, Imperialistic assholes! no fucking lube! preferably with a sand paper texture, oversized sex toy. ok...... maybe that's a few thoughts.

Excellent post.. I feel bad with the number of Palestinians killed.

Thank you @caitlinjohnstone for separating the wheat from the chaff, and making clear where there is still ground for people to stand on in an increasingly hectic, chaotic and confusing situation...

There are some things that need to be understood, some things that need to be said, and some things that need to be done.
And there are things that should never be said and never be done.

Being able to distinguish between all of these and presenting arguments for and against the proper and improper courses of actions is the mark of a true thinker and somebody who is not brainwashed or propagandized into a specifically narrow viewpoint of a complex issue.

Your 15 points were all expertly and diplomatically worded, their meaning was clear, fair and balanced.

Your demonstrated impeccable logic and empathy.

Seriously, you may hate having to write about Israel; but you're bloody-dang good at it

Resteem x

Semite: noun

  1. a member of any of various ancient and modern peoples originating in southwestern Asia, including the Akkadians, Canaanites, Phoenicians, Hebrews, and Arabs.

I fundamentally disagree with points #10 and #12. Israel or the Israel(firster) lobby does control the United States. Your derogatory use of the term 'conspiracy' / 'conspiracy circles' plays into the hands of those you claim to fight. There is no objective contrast between

  1. real-world 'conspiracy' making daily headlines in the MSM by means of different euphemisms (while at the same time the MSM studiously avoids the term 'conspiracy' despite the fact that they very frequently report on / make claims of conspiracy in the technical sense of the word) and

  2. analysis of malfeasance, which the corporate media labels 'conspiracy' whenever independent critics dare to expose evidence or suggestions of malfeasance by key players in the establishment. There have been many articulate essays on the specious misuses of the term 'conspiracy /[theory], as searchable for instance in the archives of globalresearch.ca, which you cannot be unaware of, and yet you choose to rehash this cognitive poison.

Your vague claim that the plutocrats are ultimately to blame is obfuscation and leftist reductionism (I consider myself neither a leftist, nor a right-winger). I usually like your posts, but this is the first one (I hope not a trend), which I will not upvote.

Netanyahu does the best super villain character I’ve ever seen.

That Iran presentation was some scary shit. The street interviews I’ve seen with Israelis are some scary shit. The two combined leads me to believe there is a high probability of territorial murder & war coming soon.

By the way... happy anniversary, and have a great time the next three days...

I feel the same dissonance when I want to speak out for Palestine. I have several good friends from Israel, who live in US now and it feels like anything that is said is taken as anti-semitism. That and like you said, it seems like an invitation for hatred. You hit it right on the nose for me. I am very vocal about so many issues, and yet this is exactly why I say almost nothing about Israel, and I never really clearly understood or verbalized why that was. Thank you xo

we admit @caitlinjhonhnstone you are a great hero in social life

The German government added to their definition of anti-semitism the passus:
"In addition, the state of Israel, understood as a Jewish collective, may be the target of such [anti-semitism] attacks."
This opens the door to condemn any criticism of the state Israel as an anti-semitic attack, even if they pointed out that "such criticism is not meant if it is comparable to criticism made in other countries and governments."
Guess, which countries are (not) meant.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/german-government-supports-new-definition-of-anti-semitism/
German: http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/inland/kabinett-billigt-neue-antisemitismus-definition-15208055.html