Dec 15

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Gaza War Lies Vs. Facts

- Benjamin Netanyahu: ‘America is something that can easily be moved.’ ‘The world won’t say a thing.’ ‘The world will say we’re defending.’ (Video)


Since Israel defines itself as the ‘Jewish state’ we are entitled to consider what the word ‘Jewish’ stands for.

I tend to differentiate between three distinct (yet occasionally confusing) categories.

1.             Jews – the people

2.             Judaism – the religion

3.             Jewishness – the ideology

During my study of Zionism, Jewish politics, ‘identity politics’ and culture, I have managed to avoid embroiling myself in the complexity involved with the first category – I do not deal with Jews as a race or an ethnicity.  I also generally avoid dealing with Judaism (the religion). In fact, I am the first to admit that the only Jewish collective to support the Palestinians, are groups that exist within the Torah Jews. That such groups support Palestinian self-determination and autonomy is proof enough that aspects of religious Judaism can be interpreted as emphasising ethical precepts.

However – I am very critical of what I view as ‘Jewish ideology, and I am also critical of what I consider to be ‘Jewish identity politics.’

‘Jewish ideology’ is basically an amalgam of racially orientated exclusive arguments.  It is fuelled by assumptions about ‘ethno’-centric supremacy, and ideas such as ‘choseness’. Being a tribal setting then, Jewish ideology defies equality. It also opposes universalism. The followers of that ideology tend to believe that they are somewhat different and even better (chosen) than non Jews. And much Jewish political activity is a formulation, and expression of a tribal exclusive club that demands a ‘Jews only’ entry card.

It is important to note that Jewish ideology and Zionism are not entirely the same – In fact, Zionism should be seen as just one manifestation of Jewish ideology. Though Israel is the fruit of the Zionist project – it is vital to realise that Zionism does not drive Israeli politics or ideology.  In fact, Zionism is largely a Diaspora Jewish discourse.

While early Zionism presented itself as a promise to ‘resolve the Galut ’ (Diaspora) by ‘transforming’ the Diaspora Jew into an ‘authentic civilised’ human being – it is important to remember that the last few generations of Israelis have been born in Zion (Palestine) and are, therefore, not entirely shaped by Zionist ideologies. From a Zionist perspective, the modern Israeli is then, a ‘post-revolutionary’ subject.  And indeed, I myself, amongst millions of other Israelis, joined the Israeli army because we were Jews – not because we were Zionists.

Israelis do, however, follow what I define as Jewish ideology – They practise and perform a number of different measures that are there to maintain Jewish exclusivity on the land.   When 94% of Israeli Jews supported IDF’s murderous tactics against Gazans at the time of Operation Cast Lead, it wasn’t  Zionism that motivated them. It was the total lack of empathy with other human beings. It was blindness towards others. It was supremacy and chauvinism; or, in other words, it was the ugliest homicidal manifestation of their choseness.

Almost every aspect of Israeli politics, whether it is the ‘unilateral disengagement’ or the loyalty oath, can be grasped as an attempt to project and protect Jewish exclusivity on the land (instead of trying to resolve the Galut)

You may note that I neither refer to Jews as a racial or ethnic group; nor am I directing my critique towards Judaism, the religion. And whilst Jews can indeed succumb to what I define as ‘Jewish ideology’, (and many of them do) it is valuable to bear in mind they can also be its most virulent  enemies: Obvious examples are  Jesus, Spinoza and Marx, and one can also include Israelis such as Israel Shahak, Gideon Levy and others. It is also pertinent to mention that some early Zionists such as Nordau and Borochov were also strong opponents of Jewish ideology and culture – For them, Zionism was a necessary attempt to amend Jews. They believed that once dwelling on ‘their promised land,’ what had hitherto been perceived as ‘Jewish tendencies’, (such as ‘non-productive inclinations’), would disappear.

It should be obvious that I am in total support of the universal and ethical ideas that are coupled with the ODS (One Democratic State) and SOIC (State of its Citizens). I would  also be the first to endorse and explore any form of reconciliation between the indigenous people of the land (Palestinians) and the new comers (Israelis).

Yet, I believe that  for any possible and intelligible discussion to take place –we  surely must be able to freely explore the true nature of the ideology that drives the Jewish state, and Jewish politics around the world.

We must find a way to admit to ourselves that the Jewish ideological, political and cultural discourse is a tribal discourse: it is foreign to universalism and ideas of true equality. Also, we need to realise that the Israeli notion of ‘shalom’ (peace) is interpreted by Israelis as ‘security for Jews’ instead of reconciliation.

Unless we are brave enough to confront these issues, and discuss them freely, the pro- Palestinian movement is trapped in a futile discourse on the verge of self-indulgence.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 9:50AM
Gilad Atzmon

Source:  Gilad Atzmon

More on Israel:

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Former PM Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas exchange a masonic handshake

These elite puppets are all Freemasons, even satanists. The game is rigged everywhere and the people suffer.

(Click on image to enlarge. Can’t show this often enough.)

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Israel calls this
self-defense! I guess Hitler would have called it self-defense too!

- Israel Shahak: The History of the Jews (Must-see!)

- Israel: Work Begins on Egypt Barrier

Gaza War Lies Vs. Facts

- The Banality of Evil: IOF soldiers celebrating the destruction of houses (Gilad Atzmon)

- Israeli soldier sent to prison for stealing from Gaza aid flotilla (Telegraph)

- Influential Rabbi Ovadia Yosef: Non-Jews Are Donkeys, Created To Serve Jews (Jerusalem Post)

- Two Israelis in Custody for Trying to Bribe Georgian Deputy Finance Minister (Haaretz)

- Israel mocks Palestinians and US by going ahead with new settlements (Guardian)

- Israel minister Isaac Herzog: ‘There is a whiff of fascism on the margins of Israeli society’ (AFP)

- Israel: Influential Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Calls For Palestinians To ‘Perish From The World’ (Daily Mail)

- Israel’s President Shimon Peres Claims English Are ‘Anti-Semitic’ (Telegraph)

- David Cameron: Israeli Blockade Has Turned Gaza Strip Into A ‘Prison Camp’ (Guardian)

- Benjamin Netanyahu: ‘America is something that can easily be moved.’ ‘The world won’t say a thing.’ ‘The world will say we’re defending.’ (Video)

- Israel Paves Way For Remote Control Killing (The National)

- Exposed: The Truth About Israel’s Land Grab In The West Bank (The Independent)

- Israel rejects international probe, says it would be biased against the Jewish state; Egypt calls Gaza blockade a failure, border stays open (AP)

- Iran Offers Military Protection To Gaza Aid Ships (RT)

- Former US Marine Disarms Israeli Commandos, Describes Mass Murder By Israeli Soldiers (YouTube)

- Autopsy Results Reveal That Gaza Flotilla Activists Were Shot In Head At Close Range (Guardian)

- Robert Fisk: The Truth Behind The Israeli Propaganda (Independent)

- Gilad Atzmon on Israeli collective madness: ‘The world sees now what Israel is all about’

- American teenager among those killed in Israeli raid of aid flotilla; Israeli soldiers accused of refusing to treat the injured, letting them die (Washington Post/Al Jazeera)

- President Abdullah Gul: Turkey will ‘never forgive’ Israel (Al Jazeera)

- Ex-Mossad agent Victor Ostrovsky: Gaza flotilla raid ’so stupid it’s stupefying’ (The Raw Story)

- Israeli soldiers murder at least 10 civilians on boat carrying aid to Gaza (Los Angeles Times)

- Israel stations nuclear missile submarines off Iran (Times)

- Gaza Aid Flotilla Delayed After Mystery Faults Hit Two Boats (Independent)

- Israeli Commandos Ordered To Stop Gaza Aid Ships (Times)

- Israel offered to sell South Africa nuclear weapons (Guardian)

- Report: Israel threatens to ‘return Syria back to the Stone Age’ (Ynet)

- Discharged IDF Soldiers Sue For Millions Over Anthrax Vaccine Experiment (YNet News)

- The US Military now KNOWS Mossad carried out 9/11 Attacks:

Dr. Alan Sabrosky, former director of studies at the US Army War College says that the military brass now know that Israel “and those traitors within our nation” committed the 911 attack.

……”I have had long conversations over the last two weeks with contacts at the Army War College and the headquarters, Marine Corps and I’ve made it absolutely clear in both cases that it is 100% certain that 9/11 was a Mossad operation.” Period.

- New FBI Files Alleging AIPAC Theft of Government Property and Israeli Espionage Released (PRNewswire)

- Israel Threatening To Use Nuclear Weapons On Iran! (FOX NEWS)

- Ex-Mossad Agent Ostrovsky: The ‘Anti-Semite’ Label

- Former Israeli Minister: ‘It’s a Trick, We Always Use It.’ (calling people ‘anti-Semitic’)

- UK Jewish MP: Israel acting like Nazis in Gaza

- Palestinian children are stoned while walking to school (Christian Peacemaker Teams)

- Israel admits organ harvesting from Palestinians, and others, without consent (Guardian)

- UN assembly votes for probes of Gaza war crimes charges (Reuters)

- U.N. rights envoy: Israeli war crime of the greatest magnitude under international law in Gaza (Reuters)

- U.S. shipped 989 munitions containers to Israel week before Gaza invasion (Australien Herald)

- Paul Craig Roberts: Israel and the Goldstone Report – War Criminals Are Becoming Arbiters of the Law (CounterPunch)

- Israel’s war crimes in Gaza (Independent)

- Amnesty International: Gaza white phosphorus shells were US made (Times)

- Did Israeli soldiers kill unarmed civilians? (Toronto Star):
‘The most moral army in the world’ killed civilians without cause

- Israeli soldiers report abuses in Gaza (Los Angeles Times)

- Tony Benn to BBC: If you won’t broadcast the Gaza appeal then I will myself (BBC)

- Israel admits troops may have used phosphorus shells in Gaza (Guardian)

- Outcry over Israel’s reported use of phosphorus in Gaza (IHT)

- Israel accused of executing parents in front of children in Gaza (Telegraph)

- Gaza: ‘I watched an Israeli soldier shoot dead my two little girls’ (Independent)

- Israel ‘admits’ using white phosphorus munitions (Times)

- Gaza building apparently hit by phosphorus: UN (Vancouver Sun)

- Israeli use of white phosphorus ‘undeniable’: Amnesty International (The Age)

- Israel used phosphorus in heavily populated areas, doctors charge (Kansas City Star)

- Israeli army investigates use of white phosphorous in Gaza (Guardian)

- Israel shelled UK war graves in Gaza (Telegraph)

- Israel ‘will resume bombing’ of Gaza if Hamas reopens tunnels (Telegraph)

- Gideon Levy / Gaza war ended in utter failure for Israel (Ha’aretz)

- False Flag: The Attack on the USS Liberty

- Dead In The Water – The Sinking of the USS Liberty (BBC)

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