Israeli urges world to ‘deny us business and culture’ to force change from militancy

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In “My people who say yes to death,” Yuval Ben-Ami at +972 writes that Israel has only one answer to Palestinian aspirations– violence– and the people approve it. In a word, the country has lost its soul, and boycott is all that will bring it to heel. Some wise Americans have cottoned to the Israeli tragedy (Steve Walt, John Mearsheimer, Yousef Munayyer, David Remnick), but our media generally continue to paint Israel as enlightened, even as it now threatens our national security. This is why we will see liberal Americans and even former liberal Zionists coming out for BDS in months to come: the rogue state must be tamed. Ben-Ami:

A survey conducted in Gaza this September showed that a majority of its residents would prefer Fatah to Hamas if elections were held. Early this month President Mahmoud Abbas spoke again of a two state solution and even hinted at compromising on the right of return.

What could Israel do in light of this but start a war? Israel can’t deal with peace. It has become a war machine, and I’m not referring only to its over-militant decision makers and those who take their orders. Decades of media bias and dogmatic education managed to turn its citizens into a blinded mob that always support violence…

We Israelis deserve the eternal war we live in. We deserve our murderous government, which is now sailing to the safe port of reelection on a river of Gazan (and some Israeli) blood. We deserve all that for saying yes to death again and again, but the Palestinians, who suffer of the same Bibi’s whims, don’t. They actually reach out for peace, both on the popular level and in formal speeches. Well, maybe not anymore. Not at the moment, not even if the ceasefire does come tonight. Yet another opportunity massacred.

Can we change? Should we never say die? Should I ask all of you, my readers around the world, to put pressure on us, to deny us business and culture so that we are forced to evolve? I don’t know anymore. Do so but without great expectations.

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  1. Citizen
    November 21, 2012, 8:41 am

    Every democracy deserves the government it has.” De Toquiville (sic)

    Democracy Now is livestreaming the conflict Gaza in IN FULL CONTEXT (historical, root, proximate causes: Watching Democracy Now! via @livestream

    Youseff Munayyer (The Palestine Center ) v James Colbert (Jewish Institute For National Security Affairs). Great back n fourth on the code language used by each side.

    Too bad most Americans will not take advantage of this most excellent coverage and excellent exposition of each sides’ justification).

    1745 viewers now, stats going up by the minute.

  2. MRW
    November 21, 2012, 9:32 am

    Glenn Greenwald puts a fork in the US govt and Us media for its complicity:

    Just consider the actions of the US over the last week as violence in Gaza escalated. On Tuesday, the US vetoed a UN Security Council cease-fire resolution on the ground, in essence, that it was too balanced. The US State Department publicly attacked its Nato ally, Turkey, for condemning Israeli aggression. As always, the US Congress and the US Executive Branch are virtually unanimous in their full-throated, completely one-sided support for Israeli actions.

  3. pabelmont
    November 21, 2012, 9:39 am

    Demanding clear objectives (see below) — each nation should first remove its ambassador and embassy staff and order the Israeli ambassador and embassy staff to leave. Next they should suspend all visa for Israel passport holders and expel Israeli visitors. Next, they should suspend all commercial air traffic to and from Israel. Next they should forbid trade in agricultural goods with Israel. finally they should forbid all trade with Israel and all payments to Israel or to Israelis for services other than imported goods. All this well publicized, scheduled, announced, and EXPLAINED.

    Goals: [1] end Gaza slaughter irrespective of rockets. [2] remove all settlers (one year to do it) (compliance requires a published uniform schedule within one month, schedule thereafter complied with by Israel). [3] remove or dismantle or destroy wall in West Bank (same one year, same schedule requirement). [4] remove, dismantle, demolish all settlements buildings (same year, same schedule).

    If even ONE country does this, it may create the courage in all other countries for them to do it also. Arab states (or majority Muslim countries) should be FIRST and should act together (to avoid the wrath of USA aimed at a single country).

  4. Les
    November 21, 2012, 11:50 am

    Keep in mind that Israel promoted Hamas’ rise to power as a replacement for the PLO. Brilliant!

  5. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    November 21, 2012, 12:02 pm

    ”the country has lost its soul”

    when did Israel ever have a ‘soul’?

    Zionism has ALWAYS been about inflicting extreme violence on the native people, from the birth of the Israeli state, and long before. At times it was easier for Israel to present an ‘enlightened’ face to the world, but that mask has long been stripped away. But beneath the ‘reasonable’ exterior, Palestinians were always treated with extreme harshness. Israel has not lost its soul. It never had one to begin with.

    • Ori
      November 21, 2012, 3:50 pm

      You do know that’s a mis-characterization of Zionism right? I mean, it may have resulted in extreme oppression against the Native peoples, but that wasn’t the goal. I mean, if you think the goal was to gather millions of refugee Jews from Europe and settle them in Palestine simply to harass and disposes the native population, then you are sorely, sorely misinformed. Zionism is just like any other religion. The Muslims built their states based on the mythology of the Quran and the concept of their religion/tribe being superior. Zionism sought to establish a state for Jews, based on the history and mythology of Judaism and people who call themselves Jews. There was no target in the Palestinians. It was the callous dismissal of their existence, and the continuation thereof, that created the situation they/we are in. Jews weren’t sitting in Europe, thinking how awesome it would be to occupy the Palestinians. I wonder how many people who criticize Israel are even honest enough with themselves to understand Zionism. Even the American colonial enterprise was based on settlement of the land, not oppression of the people.

      • Bumblebye
        November 21, 2012, 4:35 pm

        “Zionism is just like any other religion.”
        Well. Sez it all really! And we just thought it was an ideology. Hertzl must be spinning in his grave.
        “Zionism sought to establish a state for Jews…There was no target in the Palestinians.” So, you mean, with your reference to history & mythology in the middle of that, that the local peoples weren’t targets the first time around, back in the bronze age?
        This is delusional!
        There is nothing, nothing romantic about Zionism in practice. It is utterly cruel and totally immoral.

      • Ori
        November 21, 2012, 6:46 pm

        What the hell, we’re talking about the Bronze Age now? Are you criticizing Israel or the entire existence of Jewish people since the Bronze Age?

      • Annie Robbins
        November 21, 2012, 7:24 pm

        What the hell, we’re talking about the Bronze Age now?
        don’t bring it up if you don’t want to deal with it:
        Zionism sought to establish a state for Jews, based on the history and mythology of Judaism

      • Bumblebye
        November 21, 2012, 9:52 pm

        I’m criticizing your addled interpretation of Zionism.

      • Woody Tanaka
        November 21, 2012, 4:47 pm

        Save the hasbara. We’ve heard your people’s lies before.

        The goal always was based on the racist idea of Jewish supremacism that is at the heart of zionism. There is simply no way to accomplish the goals of zionism without oppressing the Palestinians.

        So, yes, the goal was to oppress the actual owners of the land, steal it on behalf of foreign Jews and hold it against the claims of those rightful owners. There is no way to go from a situation where the land has virtually no Jews in it to being a Jewish dominant state without the goal, in part, being to oppress the native people who own the land you’re coveting. It is a necessary step (and therefore a goal) in that evil process..

        “Even the American colonial enterprise was based on settlement of the land, not oppression of the people.”

        You can’t have one without the other. Like you, the Americans are guilty of genocide, too.

  6. piotr
    November 21, 2012, 9:48 pm

    I am old enough to remember the “earlier, better Zionism”. There is something to it, there was an era when Israel was “just like any other country” except for endearing quirks like kibutz movement.

    Now we can discover the “darker side”, “innate evil” etc. but in the context matters. For example, the year of Nakba coincided with the expulsion of ethnic Germans from Poland and Czech lands, huge population displacement of Indian partition and a number of lesser ethnic cleansings. In 1960-ties we had pro-American dictatorships all over Latin and Central America, huge “massacre for freedom” in Indonesia, Biafra war, and of course Vietnam war. Soviet block was, well, Soviet block.

    • Woody Tanaka
      November 22, 2012, 10:00 am

      When was that “better israel” in existence?? From ’48 to ’67, the Palestinian citizens of the country were under martial law simply because they weren’t Jews. Face it, the place has been a racist hole from the word jump.

    • seafoid
      November 22, 2012, 10:37 am

      Trashing Gaza ahead of Israeli elections started long before 1967

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