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On the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Israel demolished the homes of Palestinian citizens of Israel 15 minutes from Tel Aviv

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I’m simply sick and tired of the self-righteous internal Jewish-Israeli discourse with the racist slurs this one makes against that one, and that one against this one, while in the end it seems a Jew only argues with a Jew so that they can make up later that evening and go demolish an Arab home together.

Yesterday, Israel demolished demolish 3 houses in the unrecognized Palestinian village of Dahmash. They didn't destroy the whole village but this is their intention. (Photo provided by Udi Aloni)

Yesterday, Israel demolished demolish 3 houses in the unrecognized Palestinian village of Dahmash. They didn’t destroy the whole village but this is their intention. (Photo provided by Udi Aloni)

It doesn’t really make any difference if we use an “identity discourse” or a “universal discourse,” a “Mizrahi discourse” or a “class discourse” to describe the injustices in our provinces, because at the end of the day every discourse has to be subjugated to the song of the Jewish hegemony. In fact, it is through the splits within Israeli society that the society preserves itself as a whole subject that imposes terror on the Palestinian object. The split is always true and false at the same time. There’s always some total war going on in the Israeli society — religious/secular, Judah/Israel, Settlers/Peace Now, kibbutzim/development towns, periphery/center, homosexuals/homophobes and Mizrahis/Ashkenazis. It’s clear that each split is true and important in itself, but what we don’t see is that at the same time the oblique line that divides the whole also unites its two parts under the name “Jew”. And this is the inclusive name with which it separates itself from the Arab. This is how the transparent ideological mechanism of the State of the Jews operates, subordinating emancipatory systems of thought and action to its own needs each time anew. One could say that through their internal struggles, the Israeli always unites under the common name Jew, while casting the Palestinian out of history.

Internal Jewish quarrels no longer interest me as long as Palestinian refugees are being murdered in Yarmouk, and as long as Palestinians who are Israeli citizens for many years now can’t reach out to their own people in the Diaspora who are being massacred in Sabra, Shatila, and Gaza, and so long as Palestinian homes are being demolished 15 minutes from Tel Aviv.

I will no longer join any internal Jewish struggle that does not in advance declare itself as loyal to the general Palestinian struggle for justice and equality, because in the Israeli identity discourse the name “Palestine” is the name that functions as The Struggle that contains all struggles.

It itself is not enough, but without it every internal Jewish-Israeli struggle (Mizrahi, feminist, class, LGBT, etc.), however just it may be, will turn into a corrupt and corrupting force. As long as it doesn’t declare its solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for justice and equality, at the end of the day, it will be exploited by the Jewish regime to oppress the Palestinian.

Translated from the Hebrew by Richard Flantz

Dahmash (Photo provided by Udi Aloni)

(Photo provided by Udi Aloni)

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  1. just on April 16, 2015, 11:12 am

    A masterpiece of an essay.

    Thank you, Udi.

    • Susie Kneedler on April 16, 2015, 12:04 pm

      Yes, what deep new insights: thank you, Udi.
      All your essays are poems of wisdom, saying what we could perhaps feel but not express–like the artist you are. Thanks for All (+ thanks, just).

  2. Boomer on April 16, 2015, 11:31 am

    I am sick and tired of the U.S. protecting and enabling this.

  3. just on April 16, 2015, 2:19 pm


    “Supreme Court rules: Israel can confiscate Palestinian property in Jerusalem

    The justices said the controversial Absentee Property Law is applicable in East Jerusalem, but warned it should be used only rarely, and with explicit approval of the attorney general.

    Only a day after the High Court of Justice upheld most of the sections of the “Anti-Boycott Law,” the justices of the Supreme Court approved the use of another controversial law: The application of the Absentee Property Law to assets in East Jerusalem. The practical effect of the ruling is that it allows the state to take control of property in East Jerusalem whose owners live in the West Bank or Gaza.

    However, the expanded seven-justice panel, headed by former Supreme Court president Asher Grunis and present President Miriam Naor, did warn that the application of the law to East Jerusalem presents many problems and it must be used in only the “rarest of rare cases.” Grunis even went as far as to say that the “literal” use of the law for Palestinians who reside in the West Bank could bring about its application to Jewish settlers who own property within Israel proper, enabling the state to take over their property as well. …”

  4. italian ex-pat on April 16, 2015, 7:12 pm

    I couln’t help noticing the word VOLVO in big letters on the equipment bulldozing the houses.
    As in ‘Volvo’ the automaker?
    BDS anyone?

  5. lysias on April 17, 2015, 10:37 am

    Speaking of the Holocaust, Lord Greville Janner, the Labour lord and former MP who has long headed many Jewish and Zionist organizations in the UK, and who the prosecutors now admit they should have prosecuted for sexual abuse of boys years ago, although they now say — conveniently for him — that he won’t be prosecuted, as he — allegedly — suffers from Alzheimer’s dementia, misused a charity for child victims of the Holocaust to find some of his boy victims.

    Independent article today: Greville Janner: How MPs rallied to defence of Labour peer ‘unfairly put through hell by a wicked slur’:

    He was still an active peer for several years after his Alzheimer’s was first diagnosed in 2009. He made his last speech – fittingly on Israel and Palestine – in February 2013. The register shows that he was a regular attender in the Lords until the end of December 2013.

    February 2013 was very soon after one of the Israeli attacks on Gaza, Operation Pillar of Defense, in November 2012. I suspect Janner’s last speech had to do with that.

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