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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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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… Read more »

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… Read more »

“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… Read more »

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.

Respect to Howard Cohen.