Masters on a hill

A microcosm of the white man’s trauma, usurpation, entitlement, patronization, that is Israel. From Ynet:

Residents of the Palestinian village of Arb al-Ramdin were surprised to discover Sunday that their water supply had been shut down. The village, which is located in an enclave created by the separation fence, was never properly connected to the water network through the Civil Administration and has been supplied with it via the nearby settlement of Alfei Menashe over the past 13 years…

[Settlement leader Eliezer] Chasdai met with the village dignitaries on Sunday night and agreed to reopen the water pipe but warned them to take responsibility over [their donkesy.]… 

Chasdai related how 13 years ago his 18-year-old daughter was killed in a late-night car accident in the area after hitting a donkey, which roamed the settlement’s main road. Ever since, he said, settlers have been trying to illustrate to the villagers the dangers in having their donkeys parade the roads…

[Chasdai:] "We treat them with honor reserved for kings, supply them with water, employ them, entertain their children, look after them. We treat them with respect and empathy, but one thing we ask of them – that their donkeys be kept in closed quarters and not be allowed to roam free at night."
 
He also stated that he has promised to bring in a veterinarian on Monday to tag the animals in order to monitor them more easily.

Posted in Israel/Palestine, Settlers/Colonists

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  1. yoram says:

    Another assumption without any real knowledge or fact to back it up.
    Hasdai sounds more like a Mizrachi (Brown/Arab Jewish) name than that of a “White” man.
    Tho I suppose it makes no difference, as you seem to find fault with them (us) all.

    It may be of interest for you and your readers to know that in the period 1967-2006 the overall annual consumption of the Palestinians in the West Bank grew by 300 percent – from 60 million cubic meters to 180 million cu.m. and that from 1967 to the years preceding Oslo, the Palestinian household consumption of water rose dramatically under Israeli rule – by almost 600%,
    Yoram

    • Mooser says:

      Yo’ man, yoram, you are right, and there’s no denying it. I bet the consumption of Palastinians has increased tremendously since the Zionists got there. But wouldn’t it be more practical (and a lot more fun) just to increase your own birth-rate to the replacement level?

      • Mooser says:

        And don’t blame me! I have submitted, many times, an explicitly detailed plan for “Jewish-State-Sponsored Promiscuity in the Promised Land” but do I get a response from the Israeli government? Nooo! Nada! (a Yiddish word meaning “bupkis”) Zilch!
        Think about it, Yoram, Viagra, with a little “circle K” brand! It’ll sell like hotcakes in Tel Aviv. We can defuse the Palestinian Demographic Time Bomb (that is already registered as the name of my new punk band, you gonifs!, so forget it (Gonif is a Yiddish word which is roughly translated as “Goldman-Sachs) if we can make Israel hot-hot-hot!

        • Citizen says:

          Let’s all you goys go to the christian zionist glass cathedral and worship the gonifs for indeed they hold the keys to ecumenical salvation and redemptio; after all, who else could pass so righteously through the camel’s eye in the parched desert of reality? Keep up the strong support of Israel uber alles, and know thee that
          the trailer parks of the USA are breeding grounds for false messiahs, while the
          status quo goys in congress are on the right track.

      • edwin says:

        If nothing else, lie back and think of Israel.

        • Mooser says:

          Maybe if they think of swarthy Arabs raping them as they gallop, two-up on his foam-flecked steed, through the desert, they can get themselves in the mood.

    • “It may be of interest for you and your readers to know that in the period 1967-2006 the overall annual consumption of the Palestinians in the West Bank grew by 300 percent”

      What was the increase in water use by Israelis in the West Bank from the period 1967-2006?

    • Shmuel says:

      Yeah yeah. I used to distribute those Civil Administration booklets on how terrific life under the occupation is. Things would have been different, if only the Palestinians had shown a little more gratitude for massuh’s sops.

      Some more facts: 1) Many of the wells Palestinians have depended on for centuries are dry, due to Israeli overconsumption (theft) of West Bank water. 2) During the years in which the Civil Administration was directly in charge of the water supply in the West Bank, virtually no new infrastructure was created for Palestinian use, and the existing infrastructure was barely maintained. As a result the entire Palestinian water supply (settlers use a separate system) is a rotten, holey mess that loses far more water than it delivers. But what do you expect from such “enlightened” occupiers?

      • Mooser says:

        Shmuel, I hope nothing ever prevents you from posting here. Hearing from someone who has been there, experienced Zionism, and Israel, and can talk both from a personal and human viewpoint is invaluable! Stay well.

        • Citizen says:

          Mooser, I agree, and hope also nothing ever prevents you from posting here. Hearing from you, a self-proclaimed Jew living in the USA, and married to a shiksa who killed her first husband as you tell us, gives new meaning to our culture and its political ramifications. Stay well. Do you have anything to say positive about USA culture? Just asking. Did you ever protect it?Did you ever serve in the USA military? It does not appear so since you have equated serving in the USA military with being on welfare, and further, with being a welfare cheat. You have yet to explain your algebra–your macho BS doesn’t get it; we here on Mondoweiss
          don’t subscribe to comedy’s such as Dirty Rotten Basterds. We actually know who the rag men of the Battle of the Bulge were–they weren’t jews.

        • Mooser says:

          Citizen, my family has a proud history of evading service in almost every one of America’s wars. As you say, from each according to his abilities, and to each according to his needs.

          we here on Mondoweiss” Wow, Citizen, your donation to Mondoweiss must have been a whooper! They made you a partner? Put you on the Board or Directors?

          And please don’t lie about me, Citizen, it doesn’t speak well of you. She shot him, he was wounded, and (like Tiny Tim) did not die. He just liomps some, and that’s getting better as his thigh heals, or so people tell me.

        • edwin says:

          It must be something in the blood. My family considered themselves refugees as they moved northward so their three sons wouldn’t be sent off to southeast asia to become murderers.

          Citizen, my family has a proud history of evading service in almost every one of America’s wars.

          I wish I could say that.

  2. jimby says:

    So the Palestinians have to keep a watchful eye on their donkeys. Wouldn’t it be great is Israelis had to watch their asses?

  3. Mooser says:

    Anyway, maybe some of the mayvens here can figure something out for me, so let’s all put on our Freudian slips and give it a whirl.
    I’m a Jewish guy, 50 something (although I have the svelte, well muscled body of a man, well, invalid, of ninety!) who recently bought a Hammond organ (A-100, #36362 built 1963) and equipped it with a Motion Sound Pro 3X, and two Peavey KBA-100 amps. And I still was not satisfied with the sound.
    And then, I heard about a process to improve the sound by replacing dielectric components in the tone-generator. And I was frantic, desperate, in a state of high-anxiety, until it got done. (It sounds fantastic now! Goodbye Mondoweiss, and I love you!) Everybody else says it sounds the same.

    So any of you geniuses kn0w why I was so, so eager to “re-cap my organ”? I can’t figure it out!

    • Tuyzentfloot says:

      Well, if I put my mayven cap on it’s trivial. electrolytic capacitors wear out relatively fast(depending on size/operating temperature). Recapping after 20 years is no luxury. I know cases where 10-yearly recaps are recommended. Some people try to tweak the sonic signature by switching between different brands of capacitors too . The relevance of freudian slips is, if they’re loose enough they lower the operating temperature of the organ, which improves performance and increases time till recap.

      • Mooser says:

        Tuzy, that’s the wierd part! The elctrolytics (power supply, pre-amp, amp) are all perfect, after forty years (Organ made in 1963)! Those are the ones which I expected to replace (a friend is replacing his, as we speak). But they were like new! It was the non-polarized caps on the tone-generator-filters which were bad, and there were 12 additional R/C networks which were added in about 1964 which I added.
        I got in touch with the former owners. Apparently, the organ sounded not-to-good from the day it was bought, and got put away unused for years and years. Luckily, the people who had it were stable and middle-class, and so the had the resources (a suburban home) to store it, without harm. I bought it, but did not do any real sound analysis until I got it home for about a month, when I realised it sounded like, to put it bluntly, crap! Unlistenable! So I started the process of researching the problem in an orderly manner, by calmly having a nervous breakdown, pounding my fists on the floor to show I wasn’t excited, and inducing anoxia by breath-holding techniques known only to the spoiled children of Bhuddist adepts, and screaming my favorite mantra (Oh-what-the-fuck-am-I-gonna’-do, Oh-what-the-fuck-am-I-gonna-do?)
        I also felt sort of foolish (nothing unusual there, of course, just call me Gimpel) because as soon as I brought the organ home, I bought an extensive and expensive amplification system (with rotating horn, no less) which was pretty frickin useless on an instrument which didn’t sound so good. I could now hear everything wrong with it at high volume, in exquisite, excruciating detail.
        But she’s a winner now! And I’ll soon have some new carpet pieced in to cover the solder-burns in the imitation broadloom. And my burnt fingers will heal.

        Anyway, there are another 18 caps in the “vibrato line” and those are next, that’s an easy and cheap one to fix ($30). But the essential part is fixed.

        I know can enjoy my organ from the second I turn it on, until I finally turn it off at night. And someday, I might even learn to play it!

      • Mooser says:

        O, BTW, T; in about 1964, Hammond went to a “mylar” capacitor in the filters that proved to be stable over the long haul. And added more filters.
        But mine had the early “dirty-yellow” cardboard-tube caps made by “General Instruments” they were the best available at the time. And none of the later filters.

        My friend is now trying to find the power supply caps. for his Phase Linear “400″ amp. Good luck with that!

        • Mooser says:

          And of course, my wife is having a great time, telling my MIL that her husband “stays up all night playing with his organ”!

          And so I re-capped my organ! Take that, you drunken Mohel!!

        • LeaNder says:

          And someday, I might even learn to play it!

          Hmmm?

          And of course, my wife is having a great time, telling my MIL that her husband “stays up all night playing with his organ”!

          One day you have to put up something for us to listen to. Will you? If you practice every night it shouldn’t take too long.

        • Mooser says:

          Lea, I’ll put up a short you tube demo as when I can. I corresponded (if you call my hysterical, blubbering, pleading calls for help at 3am “correspondence”) with quite a few people trying to solve the problem. Maybe I’ll play Porter:

          From this Moment On,
          No more blue songs,
          Only whoop-di-doo songs!
          From this Moment On.

          Anyway, played that for my wife, and she said I reminded her of James Taylor! ” Why James Taylor?” I asked my lifetime boon companion, and she replied sweetly, her bosom heaving in accordance with the immutable laws which govern the heaving of bosoms, “You don’t know no love songs, and you can’t play the blues anymore!”

        • Citizen says:

          Actually, your wife was being polite; you’re just a person who was born in his time and place with all the social and economic advantages. I know that does not echo official Jewish history, just real history. Live it, as you do. We do appreciate the tidbits of reality you toss our way.

        • Mooser says:

          “you’re just a person who was born in his time and place with all the social and economic advantages.”

          Say what, you little twit? I was born lower-middle-class (to be generous to my Dad’s earning power) and was fatherless and on my own (and expecting no help from home, my Dad was dead and my Mom had her own problems) without a HS diploma at 18. The only advantages I have ever had I have made for myself, thank you.
          And besides, what the fuck is it to you, I’d like to know? It wouldn’t matter what I have down or haven’t done, you would find a reason to feel resentful and sorry for yourself . I think it’s something in the tea you drink. Or maybe it’s the company at the tea-parties.

          And as far as “protecting the country goes, Citizen, why should I become a victim of (as you said your limbless relative is) “institutionalised hasbara“? So take that tit-bit and shove it, okay?

        • LeaNder says:

          Again, hmmm? No love songs isn’t so bad, or maybe different love songs? James Taylor never managed to get quite through to me. Maybe he is too sweet for me. Nice, but.

          I am sure you’ll find your expression, in spite of the fact that I still don’t trust the portrayal of your spouse. But that is an altogether different story.

  4. Mooser says:

    “Tho I suppose it makes no difference, as you seem to find fault with them (us) all.”

    Yoram, my man, are you implying that Jews are “white”? Cause we don’t put up with anti-Semitism around here, buddy. Take that crap somewhere else.

    • Citizen says:

      Hey, Mooser, wake up! The regulars on this blog all realize that many of you pretend you are “white” or not, depending on what you are selling. So, for the record, Mooser, do you think you are “white?” If so, why do you sell whAT YOU DO?

      • Mooser says:

        I really don’t have an answer to that Citizen, some days I feel like Joey De Francesco, and some days I feel like Jimmy Smith, some days I feel like Rhoda Scott, and some days like Barbara Dennerlein. So there is gender as well as racial confusion!

        “The regulars on this blog” There better be at least ten of you, or it doesn’t mean squat! And why wasn’t I invited?

  5. jan_gdyn says:

    This is the patronization part, from the rest of the article:
    Chasdai praised the relationship between the settlement and the village. “We treat them with honor reserved for kings, supply them with water, employ them, entertain their children, look after them. “We treat them with respect and empathy, but one thing we ask of them – that their donkeys be kept in closed quarters and not be allowed to roam free at night.” He also stated that he has promised to bring in a veterinarian on Monday to tag the animals in order to monitor them more easily. “You can’t receive without giving, these are basics which could cost human life,” Chasdai concluded.

  6. yoram says:

    One answer to your question “What was the increase in water use by Israelis in the West Bank from the period 1967-2006?”

    For Israel in fact conveys more water from inside the pre-1967 borders into the West Bank (nearly 56 million cu.m.) than the total consumption of the entire Jewish population in the settlements across the Green Line ( just over 48 million cu.m.).
    That is not counting the water going to Gaza, which is almost totally dependent on Israel for water.
    Arafat & Co. encouraged the women of Gaza and all Palestinian woman to use their secret weapon, their wombs to defeat the Jews.
    Only he forgot or did not care about how all those Palestinians would be feed or have enough water. He left that to Israel to supply. And we do it!
    Israel supplies almost all the water to the people of Gaza. Who else would do it? Egypt?
    As to my personal contribution to the demographic challange, my wife and I have nine children, and twelve grand children. We continue to do our best.
    I am NOT implying that Jews are “white”, I was responding to the statement of Anees of Jerusalem, who raised the issue of “white mans trauma” about a Mr. Chasdai. I live with too many Yemenite and Kurdish Jews to think that way. My wife and I are the only “white”/Euorpean Jews in our community.
    Sometimes I actually think they are proud that they have us. We are their Jacki Robinsons.
    Yoram
    Arafat & Co. talked alot about the wh

    • Chaos4700 says:

      “That is not counting the water going to Gaza, which is almost totally dependent on Israel for water.”

      …after the IDF bombed Gaza’s sole water treatment plant and then blockaded any attempt to import reconstruction materials.

      Anees really had the whole “white man’s burdern” angle nailed to this. You can see it dripping from him. Or maybe the more appropriate angle is the “traditional” role of women in the white American Midwest and South — “keep ‘em barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen.”

    • Shmuel says:

      The water used by the settlements is of far less consequence than all the water tapped for general Israeli use from the mountain aquifer 8in the West Bank). Apart from the terrible overcrowding in Gaza (refugees denied the right to go home), Israel is also responsible for the drop in the water table in Gaza and consequent contamination. Drilling of wells in Gaza was strictly limited under direct Israeli rule. Now the water is just siphoned off in the Negev or dammed before it reaches Gaza. The state of infrastructure in Gaza is both the legacy of the “enlightened” occupation and subsequent Israeli collective punishment.

      Congratulations on your kids and grandkids, Yoram. I hope they all grow up to be good, decent, anti-Zionist human beings.

      I find any discussion of the political use of “wombs” disgusting, whether it comes from Nazis, Zionists, Palestinians or anyone else.

      • tree says:

        Thanks, Shmuel for saving me from having to spend time refuting yoram.

        Israel gets up to a fourth of its water from the aquifers located in the West Bank. The fact that Palestinians in the West Bank are forced to buy water from the Israeli national water company is only an indication of how thoroughly Israel controls West Bank resources to the detriment of the indigenous Palestinians. Interpreting this situation as somehow a feather in Israel’s cap, rather than another instance of Israeli mistreatment, is only possible if you subscribe to the kind of “white man’s” entitlement that Anees describes. The Israelis are just so wonderful because they actually let the Palestinians use a small portion of their own Palestinian natural resources. Really, yoram?

        Two sources here:

        link to globalpolicy.org

        link to btselem.org

      • sydnestel says:

        … and another neat trick.

        When Israel and Jordan signed their peace treaty they diveed up all the waters of the Jordan river. Jordan uses its portion to irrigate the East Bank. Israel uses its part for irrigation and drinking water in pre-1967 Israel. Both Israel and Jordan divert the water before the river enters the West Bank. The West Bank Palestineans – who actually border the river (on its west bank, in fact) get bubkas! They get water only from the underground aquifer – or by buying water from the Israelis (who took most of it from the Jordan river to begin with).

    • Shingo says:

      “hat is not counting the water going to Gaza, which is almost totally dependent on Israel for water.”

      And the sewage the Israel sends their way.

      “Only he forgot or did not care about how all those Palestinians would be feed or have enough water. He left that to Israel to supply. And we do it!”

      Israel encourages Jews toi migrate to Israel, even though it’s supply of fresh ater is limited and drying up. This explains why Israel has it’s eye on the Litani.

  7. yoram says:

    jan_gdyn, it seems our white/brown Mr. Chasdai is not the most intelligent sensitive PC person in the neighborhood. I suspect there are people like him in every nook and cranny of human habitat / occupation.

  8. homingpigeon says:

    Hmm, donkeys on the road at night is the problem? If anyone can’t handle donkeys, goats or camels on the road in the Middle East they should drive somewhere else.

    • Chaos4700 says:

      Kind of amusing to picture, actually. Someone with a Brooklyn accent getting all flustered when the “traffic” they have to worry about is a donkey. Yeah that’s a good reason to shut of someone’s water supply. After stealing it from them.

      • Mooser says:

        Chaos, as bad as I feel about those damn settlers, I have to admit, they do accrue one advantage to me as a Jew. They keep the number of Jews in American prisons much lower, and really help ameliorate any reputation for violent (as opposed of course, to financial) Jewish criminality in America.
        Plus, once they get shipped over to the settlements, it’s a sure bet they’ll will never tell anybody in America what the adults did to them when they were kids. They’ll just spend a lifetime taking it out on the Palistinians, and the women.
        Jewish parents, are you concerned because your child is showing violent tendencies, acting out on his cheder mates, masturbating compulsively (just thought I would throw that in to give everybody a little start) and the psychologist tells you to look forward to a future of increasingly violent behavior and a bitter divorce from reality? (Also, he just might be able to verbalise what was done to him in his more lucid moments, in America those things are against the law!) Never fear, in a kippah he’ll look good, and it’s cheaper than electro-shock! Just send his psychiatric diagnoses and juvenile rap sheet to Israel and the settlements will be vying with each other for the honor of his residence!