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Gideon Levy on Israeli denial: ‘Anyone who raises a question is demolished’

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A week ago Gideon Levy spoke to the Israel lobby conference in Washington. Many people have shared the video of the Haaretz columnist, so I’m providing a transcript below of key passages.

Outside pressure is all that will change Israel. BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) is the only game in town. The Jewish lobby in the U.S. is the most important force in supporting Israel. The shameful Israeli propaganda over the attacks on the Tamimi family, the protesters in Nabi Saleh, shows how desperate Israel is, and maybe that offers hope.

Zionism is a totalitarian ideology that brooks no dissent. Everyone kept saying, Israeli soldiers could change things by talking about the occupation, but when Breaking the Silence came forward it was crushed. “Anyone who raises a question is immediately erased, demolished.” And the media play right along with the propagandists.

The two-state solution is over, the embassy decision proves it, and international friends should be pushing for equal rights for the two peoples between the river and the sea.

On the importance of American pressure to counter the Israel lobby:

Maybe you are holding the key for any kind of change, any kind of hope. Because the hope for change within Israeli society is so limited, it’s non-existent. People like you can really be a game-changer. Some of my ex-best friends are on their way now to the real thing, to the AIPAC conference, which will start on this weekend, politicians, journalists, to what I call as the annual drug dealers conference. They will discuss how many more drugs will they send to the Israel occupation-addicted state. How much more friendship will they express, and how much more money and weapons will they supply. And I can tell you in the United States, as an Israeli, we don’t have a bigger enemy than the Jewish lobby, we don’t have a bigger enemy for justice, for peace, for equality than those who think that if you supply the drug addict with more drugs, you are his friend. That if you support him blindly and automatically whatever he does, you are a friend.

No my friend, those are not friends, those are enemies, and I can’t tell you how happy and proud I am to be here today and not there tomorrow.

The totalitarian nature of Zionism inside Israeli society:

Zionism is one of the two religions of Israel. And as any religion, you can’t question it. The second religion is obviously the religion of security. Anyone in Israel who dares to raise any kind of question marks is immediately perceived as some kind of traitor.

We are getting it with the milk of our mothers… It’s very hard to understand from the outside, how an ideology became part of the DNA. How an ideology became something that must be taken for granted. [Growing up] I know what I thought about those very very few who claimed they were not Zionists or god forbid, anti-Zionists. They were the Satans, even though they were Jews and Israelis.

I don’t recall one example on earth where an ideology is so totalitarian, is so saint, is so holy, that you have no right to put any kind of doubts, question marks, nothing, not about the past, not about the future, not about the present. Nothing. It’s unbelievable when you live in a state that where if you declare you don’t accept this ideology, you are not part of the place, you are not part of the society. You have no place there. “Go to Gaza, go to Damascus. Don’t stay here.”

When it comes to Zionism, there is no difference in Israel between left and right. When it comes to occupation, which is part and parcel of Zionism, there is no meaningful difference between left and right…. The difference is only by rhetorics.

Israel will not change if Benjamin Netanyahu is removed as prime minister. There is no light around the corner.

By the end of the day when you judge the real policy, not the rhetorics, yes Labor and the left are having much more sympathetic rhetorics… Shimon Peres… didn’t stop talking about putting an end to the occupation… He didn’t stop talking about it’s not democratic and it’s not justice that one people governs another people, beautiful beautiful ideas that Benjamin Netanyahu and those rightwingers would have never said. But Nobel prize winner Shimon Peres is the founding father of the settlements project. So what do we get out of this nice rhetorics except showing a nice face of Israel and doing the very very very same crimes.

When it comes to the basic, Israel is really united…

Occupation is off the table in Israel. Nobody talks about it, nobody discusses it, nobody is concerned about the occupation…  It’s like the rain, like the sun.. Some like it, some like it less. But nobody thinks that anything can be done about it. It doesn’t bother us so much, that’s the truth. It’s only a half hour from our homes, but who hears about it and who cares about it. And the crimes are on a daily basis.

The Israeli media are in the tank on Israeli propaganda about the Tamimi family.

The media hardly covers them, and if they cover them, it will always be according to the Zionist narrative. A terrorist of 12. A girl of 14 with scissors in her hands as an existential threat to the state of Israel. A girl who is slapping a soldier as someone who deserves life sentence. Not less than this! A girl that one hour before her cousin was shot in the head 50 meters from her home. So now the Israeli army claims that this was fabricated. I mean, even the Israeli propaganda lost its shame.

The Israeli claims about the Tamimi family show that the propaganda has never been so desperate:

When Israel dares, dares to claims that this child Mohammed Tamimi whom I met a few days after he was injured, he lost half of his brain, that he fabricated his injury, then you see that Israel is really desperate. If Israel needs this kind of level of propaganda, if Israel is getting so low, in denying shooting in the head of a child of 15– and claiming that he falls from his bicycle– then you know that things are getting worse. Maybe it’s a  hope for a new beginning, but right now look how low does it get there.

It’s totalitarian– no society lives in as much denial as Israel.

And all those are passing Israeli society as if nothing is happening. No question marks. Very little moral doubts if at all. A coverup. Living in denial like never before. I cannot think about one society that lives in such denial like the Israeli society, and again it includes left and right. Except of the very devoted extreme left, activists, let’s remember them. But they are really small figures and totally totally delegitimized…. The occupation must go on, Ahed Tamimi must stay in jail forever, and the crimes must continue because we have no other choice.

There are three core values of Israeli culture that enforce the totalitarian discourse.

The first value: we are the chosen people. Secular and religious will claim it. Even if they don’t admit it they feel it. If we are the chosen people, who are you to tell us what to do.

The second very deeply rooted value: we are the victims, not only the biggest victims, but the only victims around…. I don’t recall one occupation in which the occupier present himself as the victim. Not only the victim– the only victim….

There is a third very deep rooted value. This is the very deep belief again everyone will deny it but if you scratch under the skin of almost any Israeli you will find it there, the Palestinians are not equal human beings like us. They don’t love their children like us. They don’t love life like us. They were born to kill, they are cruel, they are sadists, they have no values, no manners… This is very, very deep rooted in Israeli society.

And maybe that’s the key issue. As long as this continues, nothing will move. We are so much better than them, so much more developed than them, more human than them.

All our dreams will never become true so long as this core conviction will not change.

Breaking the Silence should have been an “earthquake” in Israeli society. But it was crushed.

Anyone who raises a question is immediately erased, demolished. Look at the Jewish lobby so called in Israel, and Breaking the Silence. For years we were dreaming of the day that  soldiers would stand up and tell the truth. Not Gideon Levy the liar the traitor… no, soldiers who have committed those crimes will just come and testify about what they had been doing.

And here it came. Over 1000 testimonies, of soldiers who in a very brave way gave their testimonies about what they have been doing in the occupied territories thoughout the years. This should have been an earthquake in any healthy society. It’s our sons. But what happened? Nothing. Breaking the Silence was immediately delegitimized by the establishment with the typical collaboration of the Israeli media. I’m afraid to say that Breaking the Silence is crushed today. And this was just one example.

Israeli society has a very clear intention to crush any type of criticism, from within or outside.

The occupation is not temporary.

It was never meant to be temporary… There was never a statesman in an influential position, prime minister or so, who really meant to put an end to the occupation. None of them. Some of them wanted to gain time in order to strengthen the occupation… Some others wanted to be perceived by the world, to be hugged by the world, as people of peace. But none of them had the intention to put an end to the occupation. How do I know it? Israel has never stopped building settlements. And anyone who builds one house in the occupied territories has no intention whatsoever to put an end to the occupation.

Israelis have it too good to even think about occupation. And the brainwashing is too deep for the facts to get through.

I am very very skeptical about change from within Israel because life in Israel is far too good, and brainwash system is far too efficient. To have a dialogue today with most Israelis citizens is even for me an impossible job…. Brainwash is so deep and the denial is so deep and the ignorance. They know nothing. Anyone in this hall knows so much more about the occupation than any average Israeli, including those who served there in the army… So to expect a change from within this society, when restaurants are packed, when life is beautiful, when there is hardly terror in Israel… The only violent attacks are mainly now in the occupied territories… Tel Aviv is living a very, very peaceful secure life. To expect this society to stand up and say, No more– out of what? What incentive? The hopes for change from within Israeli society are really very, very minimal…. People like me, my only hope is from people like you.

Trump’s move of the embassy to Jerusalem is good news in the end, for it removes any illusions about the U.S. role.

It means that the United States has declared officially the death of the two state solution… The United States has declared officially what we have known for many years, the United States is not and cannot be a fair mediator…. United States is officially a friend of the occupation and only of the occupation… For the long run I see it as an achievement, end of the masquerade, end of the lip services. And I’m very grateful, you’ll be surprised, to Donald Trump, who brought us there.

Activists should fight the Zionist project on three fronts. First, stand up for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against efforts to criminalize it.

One must be is to fight this unbelievable process of criminalization of criticizing Israel. This must stop and we shouldn’t give up… When they call you anti-Semites– they get paralyzed. If you call someone an anti-Semite in Europe he is paralyzed, and they take advantage of it in a very manipulative way. Don’t let them! You should be proud in raising your voice. BDS right now is the only game in town. BDS is a legitimate tool. Israel is using it, by calling the world to boycott Hamas, to boycott Iran. You have the full right not to buy products from sweat shops in South Asia…. What does it mean that you should apologize for boycotting something that deserves boycott?

We have one  proof why BDS is the right thing to do. Look how Israel gets nervous about BDS, and if they get so nervous about it you can know that is the right way… Those sentences very soon will become a violation of Israeli law. You are not allowed to call people to boycott Israel, but let’s challenge them.

Two and three– counter Israeli propaganda.

The second challenge is to try and tear especially in this country the lie that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. We need it desperately… It’s all about telling people the truth. A state that possesses one of the most brutal tyrannies on earth cannot be called a democracy, period.

The last lie I suggest to you to fight is the lie that all this is temporary…. ’48 never stopped. Let’s remember it. It’s the same policy, those are the same methods. Same brainwash, some explanations and excuses. As long as this continues, no one can claim that this is temporary. The occupation is there to stay.

The two state solution is over, and we must struggle for equal rights, between river and sea.

For many years I was a great supporter of the two state solution…. I thought the two state solution is a reasonable and achievable solution. Total justice will never be achieved in this part of the world, and I thought that this would be a relatively fair, just solution…

The very dramatic fact, today between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean, there are exactly 50/50: Six million Palestinians and six million Jews… It is roughly half and half, two peoples equal right now. If someone thinks that one people can dominate another people, and let’s get back to Zionism… the basic of Zionism is that there is one people which is privileged over the other. That is the core. This cannot go on. And if it goes on, it has only one name… apartheid.

Even if it sounds now like a utopia, even if it sounds now like something unthinkable, it’s time for us now to change the discourse, it’s time for us to talk about equal rights, about one person one vote. Let’s challenge Israel. Israel will say no, then we can officially declare Israel as an apartheid state.

We shouldn’t give up… I truly believe that Palestinians and Israelis, Palestinian Jews, can live together. We tried it in the past. It is being tried today in all kinds of small frameworks. We can really live together, believe me, I’d rather have a Palestinian prime minister than Yair Lapid or Benjamin Netanyahu.

In the question period, Levy said that the occupation would not last even for a few months without American support. And that Israel would change if it is truly isolated by Europe, so that Israelis face travel restrictions. Yes, outside pressure will at first unite Israel, but that will soon change.

I can assure you after the first rhetorics of, we are all united against the world, they hate us, then rationality will come into the picture.

When Israelis will be prevented from going to Macy’s for their shopping, or to Galeries Lafayette in Paris for their shopping, this is the day that the occupation will be over.

Philip Weiss

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  1. Citizen on March 9, 2018, 1:02 pm

    Maybe, BDS + the Intersectionality movement + internet news bringing facts not allowed in US main media–will eventually bring the horror to klieg light, especially if aided by ham-handed Trump & his Zionist zealot son in law, two corrupt peas in a pod prayed to by the comely convert, Ivanka?

    • Misterioso on March 10, 2018, 11:37 am


      Some good news re BDS:

      “WA Court Dismisses Seven-Year Lawsuit Over Boycott of Israeli Goods”

      March 9, 2018, Olympia, WA – “Today, a Washington State court ended a seven-year litigation battle against former volunteer board members of the Olympia Food Co-op over their decision to boycott Israeli goods. The lawsuit was first filed in 2011 by five co-op members seeking to block the co-op’s boycott and to collect monetary damages against the board members. Two of the five members pulled out of the case, and none of the defendants originally named in the case remains a board member of the co-op. The court granted the motion for summary judgment from the former board members, who were represented by Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and co-counsel, finding the plaintiffs had no standing to bring a case because they failed to show the co-op was injured.

      “’We are pleased that the court has dismissed this meritless lawsuit. It is a relief and a vindication for our clients, and a victory for everyone who supports the right to boycott,’ said Center for Constitutional Rights Deputy Legal Director Maria LaHood, who argued today.”

      “Lawyers say the lawsuit is part of a broad and growing pattern of suppressing activism in support of Palestinian rights, a phenomenon that CCR and Palestine Legal have documented and called the “Palestine Exception” to free speech. CCR and Palestine Legal report the widespread use of administrative disciplinary actions, harassment, firings, legislative attacks, false accusations of terrorism and antisemitism, and baseless legal complaints. Between 2014 and 2016, Palestine Legal responded to 650 such incidents of suppression targeting speech supportive of Palestinian rights.

      “’We are thrilled to be found in favor of for a second time on this frivolous lawsuit. We are proud of our attorney team, and proud of our community for supporting us, and we are grateful for the outpouring of solidarity we’ve received from around the world,’ said defendant Grace Cox. ‘Taking a stand for economic and social justice is at the heart of the co-op’s mission. Given Israel’s ongoing violations of Palestinian human rights, we would have failed in this mission had we not approved a boycott.'”

  2. Dan From Away on March 9, 2018, 1:12 pm

    My definition of antisemitism is: The failure, for whatever reason, to debunk the conflation of antisemitism with anti-Zionism, publicly and perpetually in a natural voice.

    Eric Blair AKA George Orwell famously said:

    “If liberty means anything at all, surely it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”

    Gideon Levy is a true hero … he speaks with no rancor and much courage. His outspokenness is a model for all progressives. He tells Israelis and Jews and Zionists many things they do not want to hear about themselves.

    In antebellum America it was considered explosively transgressive for anyone, especially a Northerner, to comment in the presence of Southerners on the subject of slavery, except to praise it. Southerners, like contemporary American Gundamentalists and American Zionists crafted a chokehold on language and would not tolerate anyone “telling them things they did not want to hear”. How deeply entrenched was the Slavocracy’s sense of ownership over language and free speech? Consider that in 1856, in the Senate of the US Capitol:

    “Representative Preston Brooks (D-SC) attacked Senator Charles Sumner (R-MA), an abolitionist, with a walking cane in retaliation for a speech given by Sumner two days earlier in which he fiercely criticized slaveholders including a relative of Brooks. The beating nearly killed Sumner and it drew a sharply polarized response from the American public on the subject of the expansion of slavery in the United States. It has been considered symbolic of the “breakdown of reasoned discourse” that eventually led to the American Civil War.” Source: Wikipedia

    Sumner was unitimidated by the Slavocrats. Levy is unitimidated by Zionists. He recommended three avenues of opposition to Zionism: BDS; a vigorous challenge to hasbara and; an unpacking of the Zionist narrative of “temporariness”. All good points and we would do well to embrace them. I will add one more: Speak about Palestine. Speak up. Speak out. Speak smart. Speak where you have never spoken before. Speak of Palestine’s history. Speak of Palestine’s people. Speak of those things that Palestinians, and their allies, have been persecuted for and prevented from speaking about. Speak with calmness, as Levy does, as Ahed Tamimi does (when she is not confronting the IDF), about justice. BDS is the purest form of solidarity and free speech combined. Use them. You will know you are doing the right thing because your heart will beat a little faster each time you speak the word “Palestine” in public.

    View 124 Palestine posters on the subject of Intra-Zionist Discord, Dissent and Rivalry:

    Note to Zionists: Please feel free to point out any grammatical errors or take me to task for not knowing my place.

  3. Blaine Coleman on March 9, 2018, 1:28 pm

    Yes, both Levy and Commenter Citizen are correct: demanding boycott resolutions against Israel will solve the problem, as it did in Apartheid South Africa. Expressing public outrage (you can call it BDS) against Israel will abolish that apartheid state faster than you imagine. And you really can express outrage against Israel in all kinds of public forums , including your city council, and your student government meetings.

    You can say “Boycott Israel” and even “God Damn Israel” in your city council.

    It happened in the Ann Arbor City Council on March 5th, 2018:

    • JosephA on March 10, 2018, 1:59 pm

      Ann Arbor is a very progressive city, hopefully BDS can make inroads there.

  4. Maghlawatan on March 9, 2018, 5:34 pm

    Levy is a legend. He never wavers in his commitment to tell the truth.
    And Israel is doped out of its head on bullshit and inhumanity.

    Supporting Palestinian rights used to feel like Florian at the start of this video. Just a few isolated believers. But the momentum is amazing now. The sad thing is that the Palestinians and ordinary Israelis are on the same side.

    Feed your head, Yossi Israeli

  5. Maghlawatan on March 9, 2018, 5:46 pm

    Israel is so like Russia. The Ashkenazim came from the Bloodlands which are shared between Poland, Russia, Ukraine and Russia. Most of the European killing in WW2 including the holocaust happened in the bloodlands. The Israeli State and its Institutions are ashkenazi .
    Israel is a trauma country. That’s why there is no peace, why there will never be peace. Trauma is not rational.

    Trauma affects how Israelis perceive history and how they relate to fundamental values. Exactly as in Russia
    Israelis aren’t taught how to deal with their shared trauma or how it came to be. Instead the IDF runs the country.

    Israel is a totalitarian society.
    There was no tabula rasa. You cannot escape war trauma by moving somewhere else
    I bet North Korea is similar.

    • Rob Roy on March 10, 2018, 1:26 am

      Israel and Russia are completely different and have no similarities. North Korea is not like either of the other two. To compare these three countries in terms of being similar is just wrong. Anyone who wouldn’t rather have Putin as president instead of Netanyahu (or Trump for that matter) know nothing about either. It’s not Putin who wants to bomb every country in the middle east; that’s the US and Israel. Putin moved in at Assad’s request to aid the Syrian government. The US and the terrorist/rebels it arms and supports are uninvited intruders. Iran has never attacked anyone. Israel attacks everyone it feel like attacking. Yet, Israelis are the only “victims” on earth. Israel uses the US to further its goals of a Greater Israel. Russia/Putin, never initially attack anyone. Oh, yes, Gideon Levy is a treasure; may he continue speaking the truth; he makes the rest of us brave.

      • Maghlawatan on March 11, 2018, 4:48 pm

        They all went through inhuman wars. The similarities are not cultural. They are psychological. Wars such as the Korean war and WW2 live on in the minds of countries.

    • Lillian Rosengarten on March 10, 2018, 11:44 am

      To Maghlawatan
      I disagree with you . You are using the Holocaust to justify the criminal psychosis of the Zionist nightmare. The terrorists are the Zionists and Zionism must be stamped out. This cannot happen from within because the quality of life( for Jews only)is too high. The brutality perpetrated on their Palestinian brothers is not only one of the worst crimes against humanity, it is both hidden and/or justified. Whether Israel and Russia are similar is completely irrelevant . Where is your empathy for the trauma of Palestinians and the rape of Palestine.

      • Maghlawatan on March 10, 2018, 4:39 pm

        Lilian , my sympathy for the Palestinians is in my past comments. There is no rational explanation for Israel’s behaviour other than Holocaust trauma. Israel is beyond saving.

    • Elizabeth Block on March 11, 2018, 11:08 am

      This is true. No holocaust, no Israel, because Jews didn’t want to go there, they wanted to go to the U.S. and other places.

      BUT: From the beginning – and the beginning wasn’t 1967, or 1948, it was more like 1917 – the Zionist plan was to take over Palestine and make all of it a Jewish state. (I’ve just read “Palestine: The Reality” by JMN Jeffries; thank you, Mondoweiss, for calling my attention to it.) The Zionists, and their British and American backers, discounted and ignored the Arabs, as they were called. They were doing what Israel is doing today, long before the holocaust.

      Well, if you’re going to kick people off their land, out of their homes, take their livelihoods, their liberties, and sometimes their lives, you have to persuade yourself that they aren’t really human. Jews of all people should know this. That’s why, when my Gentile friends find out that I’m an anti-Zionist, they ask me how the Jews, of all people, can do what they have done and continue to do.

      • Maghlawatan on March 11, 2018, 4:57 pm

        Zionism is barely Jewish. It’s Judaism minus ethics/decency/justice so there isn’t much left.
        Zionism is trauma driven so it is not rational. Zionism has no interest in education. Zionism produces dumb soldiers rather than thinkers. It worships violence. Zionist Israelis are mediocre people. Zionism is a very shoddy form of Judaism.

  6. guyn on March 9, 2018, 6:02 pm

    Very impressive from someone who have a high profile and who live there. In the same category as Israel Shahak.

  7. Tuyzentfloot on March 10, 2018, 4:16 am

    The second very deeply rooted value: we are the victims, not only the biggest victims, but the only victims around…. I don’t recall one occupation in which the occupier present himself as the victim. Not only the victim– the only victim….

    If you believe this then there is nothing unprogressive in supporting Israel. That is why I don’t like the use of ‘PEP’ for describing progressives who support Israel. It denies their progressive side.
    I should add the idea is pretty immune to challenges as well. If the victimhood is the core attribute then you can acknowledge all the bad things done as flaws that detract nothing from this core. It’s not as if the Holocaust is going to disappear and suddenly ‘unhappen’.

    • Tuyzentfloot on March 10, 2018, 4:32 am

      Another thing about that good core.

      Pinkwashing, greenwashing, lifestylewashing etc is not just hasbara, it’s also what any half decent person does: try to ignore the ugly things you’re embarrassed about and compensate elsewhere. Internal reporting on crimes only underscores the good core. You can report it proudly as long as it’s on a token level. Not sure what kind of ‘washing’ that should be named but you can add it to all the other washings.

  8. Stephen Shenfield on March 10, 2018, 9:34 am

    Would Gideon Levy please clarify what he means when he says that Breaking the Silence has been ‘crushed’? Judging by their excellent website ( they are still very active. Perhaps he means that they were excluded from the establishment media?

  9. on March 10, 2018, 11:20 am

    Gideon Levy: “‘Anyone who raises a question is demolished’

    Phil Weiss: Any truth posted here that isn’t my kind of truth will not be published. MW Rule #1: though they might appear to be kissing cousins, there is nothing Jewish about Zionist behavior.

  10. Misterioso on March 10, 2018, 11:50 am

    On Friday, March 9th, 2018 in Blog, News.

  11. JimMichie on March 10, 2018, 12:03 pm

    Kudos to Phil Weiss and Mondoweiss for posting Gideon Levy as he speaks truth of the brutal, ruthless, racist, genocidal, ethnic cleansing, land-stealing, fascist, terrorist Zionist regime ruling both Palestine and Israel! But, Phil, you need to post this on every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday on Mondoweiss. As you know, readership is far less on Saturday and Sunday. Gideon Levy is the only vocal and published champion of TRUTH, FREEDOM, JUSTICE and EQUALITY in all of Zionist-controlled Israel; and I marvel over how he has managed to remain alive in the midst of so many accursed, brutal, ruthless, racist, fascist, murderous and terrorist Zionists. Watch your back, Gideon! Please, please, watch your back!

    • annie on March 10, 2018, 12:56 pm

      Kudos…..But, Phil, you need to post this on every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday on Mondoweiss. As you know, readership is far less on Saturday and Sunday.

      just thought i’d mention this was published yesterday, on a friday.

      • philweiss on March 10, 2018, 1:33 pm

        yes, thanks Annie. I know it took a week for us, but….

      • annie on March 11, 2018, 5:17 pm

        thank you phil! it always amazes me how much you accomplish.

      • gamal on March 11, 2018, 6:04 pm

        “it always amazes me how much you accomplish”

        Levy is what all idiots like me hoped to be, oh well man will have to manage.

        but hey Annie you know when did it ever profit a person to challenge powerful men,

        I first heard this in smoky old bar with a peat fire in the corner sung by an old farmer, i freaked the fuck out, here the little girl sings it but the video gives a grim record of the toll on everyone on us all that resistance exacts, but what you going to do life is a rough business under the yoke people only fight because they are being attacked, that is just normalized in the Marxist sense meaning made to dissappear, the ambush is near where l live, the cork flying column commanded by the great Tom Barry, America doesn’t know what war is war is awful..war is awful

        “the angelus bells o’er liffey swells rang out in the foggy dew”

    • JosephA on March 10, 2018, 2:00 pm

      I was thinking the same thing as I read this. I fear for this heroic man’s safety.

  12. CHUCKMAN on March 10, 2018, 12:04 pm

    Well said, Gideon Levy.

  13. Misterioso on March 10, 2018, 3:06 pm

    The Electronic Intifada

    “EU lawmaker demands investigation of Israel lobby smears”
    Ali Abunimah Lobby Watch 9 March 2018

    “A prominent member of the European Parliament is demanding an official investigation into the role of a high-level European Union civil servant in an Israel lobby smear campaign targeting her.

    “Ana Gomes, a center-left lawmaker from Portugal, is being denounced by Israel lobby groups as anti-Semitic after she publicly criticized them for attempting to block her from hosting Palestinian human rights campaigner Omar Barghouti for a talk at the European Parliament in Brussels last week.

    “The Israel lobby groups’ accusations against Gomes were then amplified by Katharina von Schnurbein, the EU’s top official charged with fighting anti-Semitism, and by the EU embassy in Tel Aviv, known officially as the European Union Delegation to Israel.”

    “Gomes made her call Wednesday in a letter to Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission – the EU’s governing bureaucracy – and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

    “’I demand an investigation into the smear campaign directed against me, as an elected MEP [member of the European Parliament], by someone at the EU Delegation to Israel and Ms. von Schnurbein,’ the letter states.

    “Gomes wants the probe to determine whether these officials violated their duties under the EU’s staff regulations and social media rules.

    “In line with the practice common to democratic systems, EU civil servants are required to remain politically neutral, which makes the public attack on Gomes – an elected politician – by von Schnurbein and the EU embassy in Tel Aviv an extraordinary breach of this obligation.

    “Gomes has also lodged her complaint with the European Ombudsman, an independent body charged with investigating allegations of wrongdoing at EU institutions.”

  14. Ozma on March 10, 2018, 4:24 pm

    “Zionism is a totalitarian ideology that brooks no dissent.”

    I love Gordon Levy, and I applaud his courage in speaking out about the occupation, but what I would really like to see people talking about is Israel’s rapture-ready, Masada-ready foreign policy. Israel is teetering on the edge of WW3 by playing Russian roulette over oil in the Golan heights. It stands at ground zero in a potential war with Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Russia and China.

    Golan gone wrong could kill more Jews and Palestinians that the most brainwashed IDF soldier. It’s easier to get Americans and Israelis to talk about the occupation and BDS than it is to get them to talk about WW3.

    Keep breathing, keep thinking, and keep trying to save Palestinian lives. Please consider that the life you save might be your own.

  15. Marnie on March 11, 2018, 7:33 am

    I have such respect for Gideon Levy. The humor, anger and sadness he expresses is so heart felt. He is a treasure.

    There is no difference between left and right, only the rhetoric.

  16. Maghlawatan on March 11, 2018, 5:05 pm

    The video only has 3538 views .

  17. Maghlawatan on March 13, 2018, 12:07 pm

    This is a super speech. Another way of looking at Levy’s #hopeless view of Israel is the cultivated ignorance of Israeli Jews. Even if the had the info they would ignore it and choose nihilism.

    Levy’s Ha’aretz columnist colleague amira Hass takes it up in this 2013 interview

    ” Hass sees herself as a failure, when asked about a 2009 award for lifetime achievement:
    AMIRA HASS: Yeah, I said it was lifetime failure.
    AMIRA HASS: Well, writing for 20 years, and you realize that it doesn’t—these words don’t change and not—and the situation is only worse. And if I wanted to appeal to Israelis and to tell them—to be kind of a messenger and give them the facts, you know, not—it’s only lately that I started with op-eds—or not lately, but my main task is to give facts. And then you realize that people do not want to read. And I always say the problem in Israel is not institutionalized censorship. We don’t have censorship, or to a great—maybe some military, but not that serious. We can write whatever we want, and we have—we can exercise this right of information. But the people don’t have the duty to know. And that’s maybe the failure.”

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