If the Berlin Wall was an obscenity, why isn’t the Palestine Wall an obscenity? Cartoon by Malcolm Evans from the Manawatu Standard of March 28, 2013.
My published reply to the above comment was:
I write in response to Tim Goodman’s criticism of your cartoonist, Malcolm Evans (Letters, January 7).
Evans is one of the few cartoonists who understand that the Palestinians are, in reality, a captive, powerless and oppressed people.
Calling for “negotiations” between Israel and the Palestinians is like calling for negotiations between a lion and a one-legged lamb over what to have for dinner.
Having already eaten three of the lamb’s legs, and found them very much to his liking, the lion can’t wait to devour the rest of the poor animal.
The only problem is: How to hoodwink the world into believing the lion is the champion of righteousness, while the lamb is a dirty rat that richly deserves its fate.
That’s where the Orwellian Zionist propaganda machine steps in.
NOTE: The cartoon appeared in the Manawatu Standard on January 3, 2013. Tim Goodman’s letter appeared on January 7, 2013. I have no record of when my letter was published.
Really? Given the power of the state of Israel, as well as its ruthlessness in dealing with the Palestinians, one struggles to believe there are thousands of Jewish girls living in a state of captivity in “Arab villages”. I would suggest that the vast majority of the girls are there because they want to be there — because they want to be with their Palestinian lovers. And that’s what hurts the apartheid state: the thought that Jews and Arabs are having sex, and thereby threatening to pollute the sacred Jewish gene pool. It’s not that the Jewish girls have to be saved from the Arabs, but that, in the eyes of the Jewish authorities, they have to be saved from themselves.
The above cartoon by Malcolm Evans, from the Manawatu Standard of November 20, 2012, gets it right: The Palestinians are, in military terms, virtually powerless in the face of Israel’s vast arsenal. The cartoon below, from The Dominion Post of November 20, 2012, is less satisfactory. For a start, cartoonist Tom Scott almost equally divides the window in which he works, giving the impression there is some kind of parity here. Next, he has the misleading line “Keeping hate alive in the Holy Land” between his depiction of two Palestinian rockets being fired at Israel and Israel retaliating by firing a missile at Gaza. Actually, the intermittent “war” between Israel and Gaza has nothing to do with the “two sides” keeping hate alive; it has everything to do with Israel’s relentless punishment of a captive population, which cannot retaliate with more than token gestures of defiance. I do, however, appreciate the number — 766 — on the tail of the Israeli jet. Just change the seven to a six, and you get the biblical “Number of the Beast”. Very appropriate!
Crescent International’s issue for August 2012 includes articles on “How to deal with the fitnah of Al Saud” (see below), “The Anglo-Wahhabi-Zionist war on Syria” and the “backward advance” of “Israel-NATO’s new Libya” — a wrecked country where “rival militias slug it out”. The cover story, by Tahir Mustafa, begins:
The tribal-owned network, Al-Jazeera, has dubbed it the “War in Syria.” Its news broadcasts run this banner on the screen while reporting on Syria. This tries to create the impression that there are two clearly identifiable sides in the conflict: one comprises the opposition groups while the other consists of government forces. This is a grossly simplistic and inaccurate projection of the far more complex reality on the ground. True, there are myriad groups battling government forces, but they are neither independent nor have the support of the Syrian people. The overwhelming majority is made up of mercenaries financed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar — two “shining examples” of democracy in the Muslim East — and aided and abetted by the US, Israel, the Hariri clan in Lebanon and and odd assortment of US allies from Europe. Nor is the uprising in Syria as spontaneous as those that occurred in Tunisia and Egypt. The Syrian uprising has multiple layers and numerous players. Its roots can be traced as far back as 2005, according to the Washington Post (April 16, 2011) when a number of Syrian opposition figures were recruited by the George Bush administration…
So as well as being the “only true democratic country in the Middle East”, Israel is also the “only true monotheistic country in the Middle East”.
The first claim has been made a thousand times, and may remain partly true if the West prevents democracy from emerging in Egypt and other states swept by the “Arab Spring”. I say “partly true” because Israel is a democracy for Jews — just as apartheid South Africa was a democracy for whites. If you’re an Arab citizen of Israel, you’re a second-class citizen with limited rights that are constantly being eroded; if you’re an Arab resident of the Occupied Territories, which include East Jerusalem, you have almost no rights. Those in both categories are candidates for ethnic cleansing, which will probably be pursued under the cover of a future regional crisis. And as the Arabs are dispossessed and driven out — as the criminal project of 1948 is completed — the Christian Zionists will cheer from the sidelines. For them, the Arabs can simply “get lost”, even if they happen to be Arab Christians — the wrong kind of Christians.
The second claim — that Israel is the “only true monotheistic country in the Middle East” — is interesting, however, in view of Islam’s uncompromising monotheism, and in view of the sacralization of Israel by its supporters. It goes without saying that one cannot worship both the Almighty and the Zionist Security State, and claim to remain a monotheist.
To move on: How nice it is to hear, once again, from Mr Tzur that “peace [is] on the lips of all Israelis and in their hearts” as they seek “mutual acceptance” in the Middle East — something that, as a matter of fact, they could have had a long time ago if they had not been greedy and wanted the whole of historic Palestine, and if they had not sought unchallenged domination of the entire region. No doubt the useful idiots who attended this “unique night”, at Bethlehem College in Tauranga, lapped up every word that Mr Tzur had to say.
The article is from Challenge Weekly of June 27, 2011.
Essential reading for anyone interested in the issues of Zionism, Judaism, Jewish-ness, anti-Semitism, and history in general. (Atzmon maintains that Zionism “developed as a reaction to the emancipation of European Jewry”, when it was realized that this “might lead to the disappearance of the Jewish identity”. He further maintains that Zionism drew strength from a “created image of emerging anti-Semitism” . . . “a myth of persistent persecution”. Hence Herzl’s displeasure when French Jews, in the wake of the Dreyfus affair, showed signs of feeling “truly emancipated”.)
Elsewhere, Atzmon shows how a tribal cult like Zionism, which by its nature is exceptionalist, is incompatible with a universalist ethic, and suggests that nothing truly progressive can be expected from a state, such as Israel, that clings relentlessly to “a phantasmic, invented yesterday”. Appositely, he notes that Britain and America have also abandoned a “true historical discourse” in favor of a “banal and simplistic historic tale to do with WWII, Cold War, Islam, 911, etc”.
EXTRACT: The Holocaust religion [as first postulated by Professor Yeshayahu Leibowitz] is the conclusive and final stage in the Jewish dialectic: it is the end of Jewish history, for it is the deepest and most sincere form of ‘self-love’. Rather than requiring an abstract God to designate the Jews as the Chosen People, in the Holocaust religion the Jews cut out this divine middleman and simply choose themselves. Jewish identity politics transcends the notion of history — God is the master of ceremonies. The new Jewish God, i.e. ‘the Jew’, cannot be subject to any human contingent occurrence. Thus the Holocaust religion is protected by laws, while every other historical narrative is debated openly by historians, intellectuals and ordinary people. The Holocaust sets itself as an eternal truth that transcends critical discourse.