- What do you call a country that persecutes occupied people
and one-fifth of its own population for not being Jewish? An illegal occupier
for over 44 years, suffocating over 1.6 million Gazans under siege! A nation
practicing torture, persecution, and racism as official policies! A modern
day Sparta, glorifying wars and violence!
- A country spurning rule of law principles! An unparalleled
regional state terrorist! A nuclear armed global threat! A society of extreme
social inequality! A nation with no legitimacy for all of the above reasons,
besides having stolen another people's nation violently!
- It's called Eretz Yisrael - Israel, a nation where thousands
of fed up Jews vote with their feet and leave regularly. Like America,
Israel isn't fit to live in. One day perhaps that will be its epitaph.
- Many Jews and analysts believe Zionism is destroying
Judaism. In his book "Overcoming Zionism," Joel Kovel explained
how it fosters "imperialist expansion and militarism (with) signs
of the fascist malignancy," adding that it turned Israel "into
a machine for the manufacture of human rights abuses."
- Author Alan Hart calls Zionism "the real enemy of
the Jews," an ideology contemptuous of moral and ethical principles.
Others call it corrosive, destructive, racist, extremist, undemocratic
and hateful, espousing violence, not peaceful coexistence.
- Nations living by the sword in the end die by it. Israel
and America aren't exceptions. They've, in fact, partnered on a self-destructive
mission, perhaps taking planet earth with them before they're through.
- Daily snapshots make the case. Multiple US wars rage,
spending trillions of badly needed dollars waging them, besides diverting
billions more annually to support Israel's out-of-control militarism. They
endanger every other nation and their own, at the same time sacrificing
- Lawless, corrupt and dysfunctional barely describe what
some call a blight on humanity, threatening it by its presence with its
- In mid-August, one of its prominent rabbis, Yosef Elitzur,
co-author of the controversial book "The King's Torah," was denied
UK entry for advocating discrimination against gentiles and killing them.
The book states:
- "Anywhere where the presence of a gentile poses
a threat to Israel, it is permissible to kill him, even if it a righteous
gentile who is not responsible for the threatening situation."
- In January 2010, co-author Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, head
of a prominent yeshiva in the West Bank Yitzhar settlement, was arrested
for torching a Palestinian Yasuf village mosque. Later, however, he was
- In August 2010, Elitzur was also arrested for his advocacy
of violence, though he, too, was released and charges against him quietly
- However, their extremism isn't unique. On August 19,
2010, Ynet News said "(d)ozens of rabbis, educators, public figures
and right-wing activists attended" a rally for Rabbis Dov Lior and
Yaakov Yosef "who refused to report for police questioning over their
endorsement of" Elitzur and Shapira's book.
- Senior rabbis support them, believing it's OK to kill
non-Jews, a shocking indictment of what too many in Israel believe, including
- It plays out daily in real time, including on August
16 when Israeli soldiers shot and killed a mentally disabled child, 400
meters inside the border separating Israel from Gaza, east of Deir al-Balah.
In fact, 10 bullets struck his head and chest. He never had a chance.
- Israeli radio merely said soldiers observed someone approaching
the security fence, opened fire and shot him.
- The same day, other shelling and shooting incidents occurred,
killing one man and seriously wounding two others in Gaza City. In addition,
another man and a child were wounded in Khan Yunis and Rafah in southern
- The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) called
these incidents "part of a series of war crimes (regularly) committed
by" Israeli forces in Occupied Palestine, reflecting the "total
disregard for the lives of Palestinian civilians."
- When state-sponsored violence is institutionalized, is
it surprising that perhaps many prominent Israelis (including influential
rabbis) endorse racism and killing non-Jews!
- What better example of a sick society, deserving universal
condemnation, especially by righteously indignant Jews wanting no part
of what's so lawlessly repugnant. In fact, growing numbers of Jews and
others understand what's happening and reject it.
- Numerous daily examples highlight the problem. On August
18, Haaretz covered several, including Netanyahu again refusing to apologize
to Turkey for murdering nine of its citizens during the infamous May 2010
Mavi Marmara attack in international waters.
- At the time, universal outrage condemned it. In contrast,
Israeli officials, like their Washington counterparts, believe they never
have to say they're sorry, even when caught red-handed and denounced.
- A second Haaretz article quoted Netanyahu's outgoing
director general, Eyal Gabai, saying "(t)he current government will
not deliver Israelis a welfare state," despite weeks of mass protests
across Israel demanding it, wanting years of social injustice reversed.
- Combined, neoliberalism and Zionism are suffocating Israel,
a topic an August 18 Gideon Levy commentary addressed titled, "Israel's
swinish Zionism ought to be stopped," saying:
- As an MK, Shimon Peres coined the term "swinish
capitalism," referring to then finance minister Netanyahu. "It's
worth remembering that there is also swinish Zionism," Levy added.
- "Swine are insatiable....gorg(ing) themselves until
they die." Capitalism and Zionism are no different. What began as
a national movement to establish a Jewish homeland ended up "caus(ing)
grave injustice to the previous inhabitants of the land...." And for
years, it's neoliberal version has been harming Jews.
- Perhaps if Zionism "stop(ped)....reined in its lust
and greed, atoned for the original injustices in 1948 and changed direction,
it would have become an admired movement." Because it didn't, "Israel
is only beginning to pay the price."
- Many of Israel's wealthy "also started out well....But
here too," their appetite proved insatiable. The time of reckoning
has arrived. People want redress. "The word 'tycoon' has become a
curse and 'wealthy' has nearly become despicable."
- Today a new awakening is emerging. Israel's wealthy are
"beginning to pay the price." Zionism so far escaped. Calling
it swinish is heretical.
- "But when the time for the reckoning comes we'll
ask: Why didn't we stop (it) in time," especially its reliance on
violence, occupation, racism, social injustice, and lawlessness.
- Policies that extreme can't go on forever, and won't!
Not in Israel, America or anywhere!
- A Final Comment
- On August 18, Maan News reported two shooting attacks
on buses near Eilat, Israel, killing at least seven and injuring dozens
more. Israel's Channel 10 said three militants armed with Kalashnikovs
opened fire on one bus from a car.
- A second incident occurred near Netafim, Israel, injuring
others. In addition, an explosive device wounded more.
- "Assailants also attacked a second bus and a car
soon after," according to Al-Arabiya, killing five.
- "In a third incident, mortars were reportedly fired
at Israeli forces near the southern border causing injuries, although initial
reports were ambiguous about" their origin.
- Israel's knee-jerk reaction came as expected, Defense
Minister Ehud Barak blaming Hamas, saying "(w)e will exhaust all measures
against the terrorists."
- Senior Hamas official Salah Bardawil rejected Barak's
accusation, saying Israel, ahead of another Gaza attack, blamed Hamas
and other Gaza groups to deflect attention from its own internal problems.
- Since mid-July, unprecedented numbers of Israelis have
rallied for social justice so far denied. It thus begs the question whether
these attacks may have been a false flag diversions, to focus attention
on "terrorist" threats, not economic hardship.
- So far, the identity of attackers is unknown. Nonetheless,
Haaretz said "Israeli Defense Forces struck targets in (Gaza) Thursday
evening, hours after the earlier incidents."
- Reports indicate at least six killed, others injured.
Giving no details, Israel confirmed the strikes, saying operations were
underway in southern Gaza.
- Explaining nothing about daily atrocities US forces commit
against innocent civilians in multiple wars, Hillary Clinton "condemn(ed)
today's attacks in southern Israel and all acts of terrorism in the strongest
terms," calling them "brutal" and "cowardly."
- As expected, she added that America "stand(s) by
Israel as our friend, partner, and ally - now and always," omitting
mention of their state-sponsored terrorism against victims unable to fight
- What better description of two global bullies, rogue
state sponsors of intimidation, terror and torment as standard operations.
Calling them democracies is ludicrous and offensive.
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