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For we are God’s special victims (an ode to the state of Israel)

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We are the victims of the crimes of humanity which rose up against our people
Our cries drowned in rivers of blood, our fearful splutters unintelligible
The instruments of torture wielded with abandon as we slowly disappeared into the sunken graves
For we are God’s special victims

We are the victims now with our tanks and artillery pounding the bodies of those who oppose our wildest dreams
We decimate and maim a people who stand in the way of our glorious vision
Their cries of despair and agony deafened by our own righteous movement
For we are God’s special victims

We are emboldened by the pictures of our past ever etched inside the cold brutality of genocide
Knowing they will never embrace the mountain of corpses with such passion
We tear off their flesh with sophistication; we pile up their bodies into mounds
For we are God’s special victims

We demand our rights with recourse to an ever special dispensation
As victims we implore the world – none have ever suffered so unjustly –
To oppose not our acts of incremental genocide against those who resist
For we are God’s special victims

We lock them into cages of despair and humiliation and throw away the keys
Silencing the voices of those who dare shout out, “Resist My People, Resist”
We do with them as we please: those who are but a lesser form of being in relation to ourselves
For we are God’s special victims

We pummel them from the air and from the ground, breaking both their spirit and their bones
But still they fester like an open wound upon the sea of humanity for all to see
Loudly we compare their putrescence to our higher and greater morality
For we are God’s special victims

We eat away slowly at their hopes with our sharpened swords of rhetorical wisdom
Accusing all who speak out in their name of the hatred that only special victims know
Those who oppose us will find the wrath of history pounding on their doorstep
For we are God’s special victims

We see the guilt of past ages accumulating in the minds of nations
And we use it as a tool for realising our own Machiavellian desires
Our memories are longer than the countless eons stretched out before us
For we are God’s special victims

We are the victims, stronger, more powerful and more merciless than you can imagine
We charge our destiny in an ever forward march over the bodies of the slain and the wounded
We celebrate the moment of our wondrous development again and again and again
For we are God’s special victims

14th May 2018

An ode to the State of Israel in the light of the massacres of the Palestinian people.

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  1. Boomer
    May 16, 2018, 11:19 am

    Your heartfelt passion is powerful.

    My local newspaper is a Hearst paper, but today it again picked up NYT’s coverage, including Kershner and Halbfinger’s piece, under the headline “Israel reflects in a mix of support, sorrow.” I guess it has the virtue of helping one understand the reality in Israel. One columnist is quoted as observing that many people, including Jews, have been exiled, “But only the Palestinians adopted an ethos of rejectionism, victimhood, suffering and death.” If it were true, I guess that would make them unique, but not “special.” Clearly, they are the culprits.

    • RoHa
      May 16, 2018, 9:48 pm

      ‘“But only the Palestinians adopted an ethos of rejectionism, victimhood, suffering and death.” If it were true …’

      it would still be irrelevant.

      Regardless of whether or not the Palestinians have the wrong attitude, or have corrupt leaders, or have made mistakes, or all the other guff the Zionists peddle, the basic fact remains.

      The Zionists committed

      AND ARE STILL COMMITTING

      massive injustice against the Palestinians.

      And it is the Zionists who should provide redress.

    • Misterioso
      May 17, 2018, 2:50 pm

      Just in:

      https://madmimi.com/s/8d5b3c#

      Independent Jewish Voices Canada

      MEDIA RELEASE
      “Canadians Jewish group supports government call for Gaza investigation, opposes Israel lobby, May 17, 2018”

      “Ottawa — Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) commends the Trudeau government for its statement yesterday, demanding an immediate investigation into the killings of Palestinian protesters by Israeli snipers in Gaza, and rightly calling Israel’s use of excessive force and live ammunition ‘inexcusable’.

      “’We are pleased to see Trudeau break his long-held silence on Israel’s reprehensible actions and applaud him for calling for an investigation,’ said Corey Balsam, IJV National Coordinator. ‘We recommend, however, that the Canadian government look closely at the statements issued by the Canadian Greens and New Democratic Party, who appear to have more of the facts on hand.’ Since protests began on March 30, Israeli snipers have shot and killed over 110 civilians, including clearly-marked journalists and medical professionals, and wounded thousands.

      “Meanwhile, a Canadian Jewish-Israel lobby organization is shamelessly defending Israel’s actions. Echoing Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and official Michael Oren, recently interviewed on CBC radio, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is attempting to shift the blame away from Israel for its military campaign against civilian protesters. Claiming to represent the ‘Jewish community’s concerns’ on this issue, CIJA suggests that ‘Hamas has left Israel no choice but to use force’. The group demanded a meeting with Canadian PM Trudeau to express their ‘deep disappointment’ about his government’s statement.

      “IJV strongly opposes CIJA’s position and calls on the Trudeau government to stand firm and let the facts speak for themselves. ‘Increasingly, the hawkish language of right-wing Jewish-Israel lobby groups is revealing itself as little more than PR for the Israeli government,’ said Balsam. ‘The idea that Palestinian demonstrating for their freedom are to blame for getting shot en masse with live ammunition is nothing short of absurd, and people aren’t buying it. CIJA’s claim to represent the concerns of a supposed monolithic Jewish community is also disingenuous. In fact Jews around the world, including in Canada, have been taking to the streets and social media in unprecedented numbers, refusing to stay silent.’

      “IJV also extends sympathies to Canadian MD Tarek Loubani who was shot in his legs while responding to medical emergencies involving bullet wounds and tear gas.

      “‘In recent weeks, it has become clear to observers, that the Israeli government does not care about international law and human rights and that much stronger action is needed to put an end to its ongoing assault on the Palestinian people, now in its seventh decade,’ said Balsam. ‘Trudeau’s statement was a small step in the right direction, but it’s time the Canadian government took a much stronger stance against Israel. We call on the Canadian government to demand an end to the occupation, including the Gaza blockade, and to immediately suspend all military trade with Israel.'”

    • Mooser
      May 17, 2018, 7:17 pm

      ‘“But only the Palestinians adopted an ethos of rejectionism, victimhood, suffering and death.””

      Those gonifs! They stole our mishegos.

  2. Maghlawatan
    May 16, 2018, 11:23 am

    I would be worried about God returning to Old Testament style behavior. She was known for this when the people were led astray by characters similar to Netanyahu.

    In 2 Samuel 24, King David decided to take a census of the men of fighting age. The prophet Gad was sent to David to announce God’s displeasure with the taking of the census. The punishment for David’s sin: “The Lord sent a pestilence on Israel from that morning until the appointed time; and seventy thousand of the people died” (2 Samuel 24:15).

  3. Brewer
    May 16, 2018, 11:45 am

    “an Israeli couple near the town of Sderot watching the military attack Gaza”

    I wonder if it ever crosses their mind:
    “Sderot was settled by Jews in 1951. According to Walid Khalidi in All That Remains, it along with the settlement of Or ha-Ner, founded in 1957, were established on the village lands of Najd, which means “elevated plain” in Arabic.

    Najd’s Palestinian villagers, approximately 620 in 1945, were expelled on 13 May 1948, before Israel was declared a state and before any Arab armies entered Palestine. According to UN Resolution 194 and also the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 13, Section 2, the villagers of Najd have a right to return home to their personal property and to their native village.”
    https://umkahlil.blogspot.co.nz/2006/06/sderot-built-on-ashes-of-ethnically.html

    Najd’s people are behind the wire in Gaza.

    • Naftush
      May 16, 2018, 1:36 pm

      How about context? Najd: a likely advance base for the Egyptian forces that invaded two days later. Lawful defense begins before you’re invaded. See Morris, pp. 254ff. Resolution 194 speaks of “refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours.” The enflamed mobs witnessed this past week did not seem inclined that way. The clause in the Declaration on Human Rights says nothing about property. Did you infer it from somewhere else, or did you just make it up? The clause does speak of a country, but Mandate Palestine ceased to exist and the territory earmarked for Arab statehood was rejected in contempt, not by the Jews.

      • JWalters
        May 16, 2018, 9:03 pm

        Did you by any chance apprentice with the lawyer of Meyer Lansky, head of Murder Incorporated?

      • Brewer
        May 16, 2018, 9:52 pm

        Your post inspired a response…….but I made it to the lavatory in time.

    • Misterioso
      May 17, 2018, 11:18 am

      @Brewer

      I’m very happy you are reading Professor Walid Khalidi’s “All That Remains.” I have it as well along with every other book he has written.

      Professor Khalidi is an intellectual giant and a brilliant historian. Indeed, he is one of my heroes.

      • Brewer
        May 17, 2018, 6:00 pm

        Misterioso. You and I seem to frequent the same internet bars and dives. Always good to see your contributions.
        Khalidi writes with palpable, quiet love for the land and its pre-colonial ways. I grew up in rural New Zealand in a similar cooperative environment and can truly relate to the essential relationship between the soil and its carers that is interwoven with the History he writes. It is a whole different emotion to the Zionist attitude to what they allege is their “ancestral homeland”. Palestinians like Khalidi are “of the land” – the soil possesses them. With Zionists it is the other way around.
        L&P.

      • Maghlawatan
        May 17, 2018, 11:25 pm

        Super comment, Brewer. This is a huge topic. The lived Palestinian experience was low key and in tune with the environment, as most peasant life is.

        Zionism is a lot of words but the execution is dreadful. Back in the Bronze age when most of the key Jewish texts were written nobody thought bout the environment. It isn’t high on the agenda in any yeshiva. And the 17 families who control Israel couldn’t care less.

  4. Boomer
    May 16, 2018, 1:02 pm

    re: “established on the village lands of Najd, which means “elevated plain” in Arabic.”

    Thanks for these facts. It’s facts vs narratives. Both narratives are powerful, but only one is armed with “qualitative military superiority” guaranteed by the United States.

  5. Citizen
    May 16, 2018, 1:58 pm

    Respect to Howard Cohen.

  6. Naftush
    May 16, 2018, 2:04 pm

    How about context? Najd: a likely advance base for the Egyptian forces that invaded two days later. Lawful defense begins before you’re invaded. See Morris, pp. 254ff. Resolution 194 speaks of “refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours.” The enflamed mobs witnessed this past week did not seem inclined that way. The clause in the Declaration on Human Rights says nothing about property. Did you infer it from somewhere else, or did you just make it up? The clause does speak of a country, but Mandate Palestine ceased to exist and the territory earmarked for Arab statehood was rejected in contempt, not by the Jews. So what we’ve got here is a tendentious selective citation of documents. It makes one wonder whether Golda wasn’t right after all

    • Boomer
      May 16, 2018, 3:55 pm

      “So what we’ve got here is a tendentious selective citation . . .”

    • inbound39
      May 16, 2018, 6:33 pm

      Naftush…….nice try at deflection. In this internet age it is impossible to hide facts and Irgun,Sterngang-Lehi,Palmach and Haganah all plundered Palestinian land,homes,businesses and banks. It is well documented throughout the internet. Human Rights as per the UN Charter does mention property and compensation as does the Fourth Geneva Convention with regard to Occupied Land and Refugees. Resolution 181 and 242 ALL make mention of such compensation. Acquisition of territory by force is inadmissible. Occupation Forces are not permitted to transfer their own people to Occupied Territory nor are they allowed to plunder resources or take property or machinery from civilians.

      • Naftush
        May 17, 2018, 7:53 am

        I visited Resolution 242 to look for “mention of such compensation.” There is none. Then I visited Resolution 181, which speaks of “such compensation” only in the event of land expropriation for public purposes. I haven’t the time to look into the others.

      • Brewer
        May 17, 2018, 5:25 pm

        Naftush
        You are correct, Resolution 181 speaks only of “such compensation” only in the event of land expropriation for public purposes”. It doesn’t specifically deal with the theft of land by way of massacre and rapine. One can only speculate that the writers were under the impression they were dealing with civilized folk.
        Always a mistake when dealing with a psychopathic ideology such as Zionism.

    • Citizen
      May 16, 2018, 8:13 pm

      Context: over 60 Palestinians murdered, nearing 3000 maimed. Jewish casualties: 0

      • Naftush
        May 17, 2018, 8:00 am

        Context: 50 Hamas operatives (“our people”) and 3 Islamic Jihad. Credible reports that Hamas falsely told demonstrators that the border had been breached, prompting people to rush into the critical zone. As for Jewish casualties, unanswered is how many there should have been to make the fight “fair.”

      • Maghlawatan
        May 17, 2018, 10:53 am

        Bullshit, Naftush. And even if they were Hamas what gave Israel the right to murder them in cold blood?
        Every time you post bullshit you identify yourself as a loser.

      • Misterioso
        May 17, 2018, 11:35 am

        @Maghlawatan

        Wow!! Like the other members of his hasbara gang, Naftush is really running scared. Apparently, he is reading the writing on the wall.

      • Mooser
        May 17, 2018, 7:11 pm

        “…to make the fight “fair.”

        Oh, usually, I mean, you know, for most ordinary people, when one side has firearms, and secure position to fire from on an unarmed crowd, the fight is considered “unfair”. Usually, it’s called a “massacre”.

        “Naftush”, aren’t you inspired by the thought that the actions of Israel will play a large part in this and future generation decision to remain Jewish or affiliate with organized Judaism?
        You do understand that in all the rest of the world, the Gentiles have given up doing that job for you?

      • echinococcus
        May 18, 2018, 12:02 am

        “Naftush”, aren’t you inspired by the thought that the actions of Israel will play a large part in this and future generation decision to remain Jewish or affiliate with organized Judaism?

        Bingo, Mooser.
        What is still so hard to understand for me is how come you guys don’t unjew yourselves PDQ.

      • Mooser
        May 18, 2018, 12:17 pm

        “What is still so hard to understand for me is how come you guys don’t unjew yourselves PDQ.”

        Well, speaking for myself only, you (and other Jews, and other non-Jews, and everybody I come into contact with) is perfectly able to decide whether I am jewed or unjewed, and I’d be the last one to argue with you.

      • DaBakr
        May 20, 2018, 12:57 am

        This isn’t the WWE or some sporting event. There is no such concept of’fair’ when each side is laying claim to the same land. The more powerful side prevails with absolutely zero obligation to sustain casualties in order to preserve some sense of false proportionality

      • echinococcus
        May 20, 2018, 10:10 am

        Abou Bakr:

        This isn’t the WWE or some sporting event. There is no such concept of’fair’

        I’ll be danged, I never imagined Bakr would be the only sane voice in here.

        Very well said!

        We are in a war started by a horde of USUK-propped invaders.. Look the word “war” up, it just means no pulling punches. These invaders are the least likely people on earth to suddenly get reasonable because of non-violent tactics but they are all under militia obligation and outside most protections; also the more people are massacred in plain sight the more the Eurocolonials are cheering through their crocodile tears.

        You started war and you won’t be able to avoid getting it by the cartload. I’m guessing that even Palestinians won’t let themselves be talked into collective suicide year after year by a bunch of do-gooders and relatives of Zionists preaching fake-Gandhi BS to the victims. That’s how things work in the world, no matter if we want it or not: even Palestinians will wake up and the US’ comeuppance is now being hastened. “Most powerful”? Yeah, your Nazi buddies have been just that, too.

        Get your @$$ outta there while it’s time.

  7. pabelmont
    May 16, 2018, 4:32 pm

    Thanks for the great poem. No-one who reads it should be able to support Zionism with a clear heart anymore (if they did so before).

  8. Kathleen
    May 17, 2018, 8:37 am

    I would add
    “For we are god’s SELF APPOINTED victims”

    Talking with an imaginary god and then claiming that god chose you or your people to be the chosen ones is at its very core ludicrous and so arrogant its difficult to even try to comprehend at times.

    • Mooser
      May 17, 2018, 7:27 pm

      “…ludicrous and so arrogant its difficult to even try to comprehend…”

      Maybe for you, but I went to too many Reform services when I was young. Betcha I could read that of a Saturday morning and have the congregation intone the response (“For we are…”) at the end of every verse. And not a single case of keratoconjunctivitis sicca in the house when it’s over.

  9. Citizen
    May 17, 2018, 9:22 am

    Why Bibi Netanyahu embraces anti-Semites and ignores the Palestinians: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/05/why-bibi-netanyahu-embraces-anti-semites-and-ignores-the-palestinians.html?wpsrc=sh_all_dt_tw_ru via @slate (He likes the status quo as it secures #Israel, not necessarily world jewry)

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