Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Shit That Makes It Hard For Me to be Proud and Jewish

What the fuck? From Khalid Amayreh's blog:

Last week, the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem released video clips showing masked Jewish settlers ganging up on and severely beating elderly Palestinian peasants near the town of Yatta, southwest of Hebron. At least three Palestinians were wounded in the unprovoked assault, including a man and his wife, both in their early sixties.

The latest act of settler terror was not an isolated incident, as official Israeli spokespersons would often claim. It represents a disturbing and persistent phenomenon as young and usually heavily armed settlers continue to attack Palestinian farmers, peasants and shepherds and vandalize their property in an effort to drive them away from their lands and villages.

Holy hell. What the fuck is wrong with Israelis? Also, what the fuck is wrong with American media that they aren't all over this shit like white on rice? The unspoken rah-rah-Israel sentiments here in America are nauseating. Every single Israeli goes through the military upon becoming an adult, where the prejudices against Palestinians are further cemented in a hierarchical structure where armed angry youths learn that everyone that is confined to the other side of their wall is The Enemy. I sincerely hope that not all Israelis are that brainwashed. Unfortunately, the Israelis I had the misfortune to encounter through working for a Jewish summer camp all were the most militaristic pro-American anti-Muslim devotees. Not a single free-thinker in that bunch.

Although, I really don't expect anything but horse shit to spew from the fellow Jew's mouth when it comes to Israel. My mother's side―the Jewish side―all are so unquestionably pro-Israel that any attempt to point out the gross human rights violations is met with incredibility. I might as well hand in my Jew-Card at the Passover Sedar for not being a Good Jew(TM) and hating all brown people. What the fuck, man? I really think we stopped being the oppressed when we started acquiring nukes, building walls, and forcing the native population into ghettos in an eerie parody of Nazi Germany. Racial cleansing is not fucking cool, even if you are Jewish.

People wonder why I avoid mixing Judaism and politics. Well, this is why. Then again, it's probably a good idea to conclude that any country Fuhrer President Bush supports is probably an oppressive regime that encourages its citizens to play Hitler's Youth with the disenfranchised du jour of the area.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How does that old "shit list" joke go... "why does this shit always happen to us?"

People (family?) seem to forget jokes stem from stereotypes and there are exceptions to each rule.

Okay, let's skip the detailed part about punishing children for parents' sins to the n-th generation, and instead jump to the summary: do to others what you'd have them do to you. (Maybe the original was framed in the negative: don't do to others what is hurtful to you? Either way, I like the Civil Code idea of *having* to help those in need.)

I can understand why people won't pay attention to some things they hear; There is tremendous bias in news reporting.

(Aside: as far as calling american politics for what it is, I find the Associated French Press [AFP] does better than most mainstream sources. The downside is their free RSS feed links to articles taken offline each day so you have to search through Yahoo!News or the like to read them when you're ready to read.)

I share your aversion to mixing different concepts: politics; imperialism; religious belief; religious observance; religious recruitment/outreach; "the missionary thing"

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Thanks for offering this topic up to sound off on.