I’ve been avoiding talking about Gaza not because I don’t care, it’s not even compassion fatigue, it’s more same shit, different genocide. I’ve been against Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and Israeli Arabs for decades, but it does seem rather intractable, since as this wonderful video from Nina Paley points out, the land has been killed over for millennia – although not necessarily by the Palestinians as boogie-persons (one of the myths of a state that knows it’s doing wrong: ‘there will be a bloodbath if we cede control’ – well South Africa has managed, and Northern Ireland is doing pretty well. It can be done).
The funny thing is how Nina changes the Exodus Song, which was a scarily pro-Zionist song from the film about the ship Exodus taking Jews to British Controlled Palestine in 1947 – into something far less cuddly.
I am amazed at the British Government’s prevatication* in reaction to it though; no apology for the mess they made, or the Balfour Declaration – although I think people forget that the British didn’t really want to do it either, but were pressured into it by international opinion with blackmail emotive arguments, as people just arrived and settled into new concentration camps (which looked very bad after WW2).
But I really can’t see how bombing one of the most densely packed parts of the world is excusable, especially when there are so many children – a quarter of those killed so far have been children. Not terrorists, children. And then if you point any of this out, you get the strange script kicking in, that using the Z word Zionism is somehow racist or anti-semitic, being anti-Israel is anti-Semitic, the irony being both sides are Semites…the funny thing is also that both sides claim an equal amount of bias in the media. I think there is bias, but it’s pro-Israel…but the zionists say it’s not enough. Very strange.
As pointed out in the video below, it is a kind of brainwashing, I’ve had to pull away from people who are pro-Israel zionists because that enculturation is too strong, they can’t see outside their bubble…the eyes glaze over, brain shuts down when codeword ‘Zionist’ or ‘Palestine’ comes out, or they just devolve to the script they have been taught. I remember one jewish friend genuinely asking why there were Palestinians on the big 2003 anti-war march…he could just not compute that.
This video from Miko Peled gives me hope, though; maybe a democracy will happen one day? Until then, many more people will die, disproportionately the Palestinians. (via Pom Deter, Nina Paley film via Christine Pritchard)
* I was going to refer to ‘bad responses’ this quote via Scriptonite, but wanted to at least be a pretend journalist and link to the original. Couldn’t find any UK Government official saying that phrase.
Turns out that’s not a UK Government quote at all, unless the Anti Defamation League have suddenly become a departmental wing? Very naughty. Wrong attribution and/or lies will not resolve the Israel/Palestinian conflict, nor will mixing in Scottish Independence either – Clegg’s response a day before isn’t that different from the Scottish one? Hate to ‘defend’ UK Government and Cameron and Clegg, but get your facts right! And be very suspicious of quotes on Facebook without citations.