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Please respond to the quote, "The lesson many in the West took from the Holocaust is that nationalism is bad; the message Jews took from it is that nationalism is necessary."

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america-wakiewakie:

The quote seems to conflate very different ideas of nationalism, the nationalism of the German nation-state and the nationalism of ethnic Jews.

I don’t think ALL nationalism is inherently bad (see ethnic nationalism), but when connected to the State, as it was in Nazi Germany, it propagates an irrational sense of superiority over other peoples and ways of life insofar that it is willing to use war and genocide — and all the dehumanization therein — to gain hegemony. So from that perspective the quote says “The lesson many in the West took from the Holocaust is that nationalism is bad” because of what the power of the State can do when backing ideas of racial superiority, which is ironic and hypocritical considering the nationalism of just about ALL Western nation-states has in one form or another committed genocide, i.e., the genocide of America’s and Australia’s indigenous peoples or the genocide of peoples under colonial rule all throughout India, the Middle East and Africa. 

But the latter part of the quote speaks to Jewish ethnic nationalism, which is very legitimate when we think about a people’s right to self-determination, their right to preserve their culture and, in many cases, the land from which that culture is birthed (but the delineation of what constitutes a right to any land can be and often is arbitrary). The trouble I see is that Zionism — Jewish nationalism which supports the creation and maintenance of a Jewish State — falls victim to the same pitfalls of any other nationalist tendencies which root themselves in the hierarchy of the State, that is, the willingness to use war and genocide — and all the dehumanization therein — to maintain hegemony. This is because it is the transformation of ethnic nationalism into nation-state nationalism, or the inseparability of the two.

We see the ramifications of this in Israel’s deliberate, systematized, state-sanctioned murder of Palestinians. So long as Zionism is the central guiding thesis of Israeli government, such unchecked violence against Palestinians is unlikely to change without effective counter-strikes and intense international solidarity. The inability of Israel’s government and the Jews who support its actions to see the hypocrisy of what they’re doing is deafening.      

warlikeparakeet88:

Palestinians Can Learn From the African-American Struggle - Ali Abunimah on RAI (2/5)

Published on May 14, 2014

On Reality Asserts Itself, Ali Abunimah, founder of Electronic Intifada, says that Palestinians need to know that even in a country with formal legal equality, the reality can mean mass incarceration, economic inequality and racism

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ammehoela:

Israel not only commits water apartheid

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Lemond

Israel is an ethnocracy. It’s not an actual multiethnic, multireligious democracy. It’s not a real democracy. At best you can call it a Herrenvolk democracy, because it privileges one group which happens to be a group of exogenous immigrants who have been settled through colonial methods against the will of the indigenous Palestinian population, privileges them over non-Jews who are living in historic Palestine, which is everywhere from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. And so you have this system in place which requires the engineering of a Jewish demographic majority.

And this is really—like, as we’re opening the interview, we’re getting to the essential idea in my book, which is that when you have a system like this, you naturally—you go through a historical process—it could take 100 years, it could take less time—in which the state moves to a terminal phase of overt racism and even proto-fascism. I never call Israel a fascist state or describe the political atmosphere as fascist in the book, but I quote almost dozens of leading liberal Israelis, like Uri Avnery, founding-generation Israelis like Chana Maron, who performed at the Habima Theater in the original Hebrew plays right off Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard before the state was even founded, saying that fascism is in the air, that we’ve become a fascist state, and that we’re almost ready to divorce ourselves from it.

Max Blumenthal, Goliath, Life and Loathing in Greater Israel | The Real News (via america-wakiewakie)

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rashadsays:

Jewish Girl Plays Holocaust Card. Turns On Fake Tears - And Gets Some Cold Hard Truth

That was perfection.

As a Jewish man, his comments were spot on.

I’ve never had a dog in this fight, and it’s generally pretty hard to support either side purely on the facts, but this is exactly the kind of baseless appeal to emotions that needs to be dismissed as skillfully as done here.

Exactly. Sometimes its not all about the feels. 

Actually I think it’s all about the feels, at least in this example. The speaker, in response to her emotions (whether feigned or not) appealed to the emotions of the entire audience by sharing his emotions and his family’s experience. So it is indeed all about the feels, just a different kind, and of a different person.

He wasn’t citing his feelings as justification like she was, though. He was citing both sides of his whole family dying. The only feelings he expressed in his rebuttal were about her bringing up feelings as if they proved a point in the first place. He never stated how he felt about those facts. He was pointing out that feelings aren’t facts. The audience largely booed him when he expressed his feelings about her actions (0:36). They came around and applauded him once he set out his case with facts (2:46).

This is one of my favorite Finkelstein moments and even though I disagree with the Nazi analogies he uses, he is absolutely on point and plays the “Holocaust card” exactly the way it should be played - to prevent more human suffering. The way many Israelis use it to justify their horrific policies is beyond sickening and a vicious slap in the face to those who died at the hands of the Nazis. I don’t know how many countless stories I’ve posted on my other blog (in fact, I just posted one) featuring Israelis manipulating the experience of the Holocaust to silence critics of Israel’s outrageous policies. No one fought to survive their extermination so a country could use their plight to do injustices onto others. More Jews and survivors need to speak out. 

I had the privilege of attending a lecture by Norman Finklestein last year and something like this happened. A woman interrupted his lecture and began screaming at him for “betraying Israel.”

He is an incredible man who has gone through hell and back (He has faced harassment, has been denied entry into Israel, and was denied tenure from DePaul University) for his bravery in defending Palestine. I have so much respect for Norman Finklestein.

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Zionist Occupation Israeli government demolishing several historical buildings near Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa.
It was claimed that authorities plan to build a synagogue and a police station on the site.
Started on Wednesday morning, Zionist Occupation Israeli bulldozers continue demolishing ancient building and archways just few metres away from the al-Aqsa Mosque, one of the holiest sites of Islam.

According to a statement released from the al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage who showed anger towards the demolishment, and said, “On its second day, the Israeli authorities demolished ancient Islamic structures in the Old City of Jerusalem just 50 meters away from al-Aqsa Mosque.”

The Foundation’s statement claimed that the demolition touched historic buildings in the Old City and the authorities plan to build a synagogue, a reception hall, an advanced surveillance and police station, a museum, several restrooms, and a new entrance which leads to the tunnels west of the Old City Wall.

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My Enemy, Myself by Yoram Binur | Israeli Journalist Switches Identities To Uncover Abuses

america-wakiewakie:

If you’ve never read it, I’d suggest it. 

From the Sun Sentinel:

Yoram Binur, 34, an Israeli journalist fluent in Arabic, went underground for six months to document the abuses suffered by Palestinians living in Israel`s occupied territories. He surfaced with a book predicting grave trouble for his country, but events moved ahead of his publication schedule.

The intifada, the Palestinian uprising that has left hundreds dead and threatened Israel`s ability to govern the occupied territories, erupted while Binur was still writing My Enemy, My Self, his harrowing tale of how the Israeli establishment humiliates the Palestinians.

Unlike political essays, his book is uncomfortably personal. The reader suffers with Binur, a former lieutenant in the Israeli Defense Forces, as he is beaten solely for “being“ a Palestinian at a right-wing Jewish rally.

The reader experiences his fear at roadblocks and comes to admire the Palestinians who protest with dignity against their second-class status. Perhaps most painful, the reader experiences the hatred he feels for his Jewish employers, who give him backbreaking tasks, filthy accommodations and pitiful wages.

He takes readers into the sweatshops where self-respect is the first casualty and into the camps where sanitation is unfit for humans and there is constant fear of police raids.

The impact is undeniable and offers a clear explanation for the Palestinian revolt, a development so serious that classified Israeli intelligence reports suggest it will force Israel to negotiate with the hated Palestine Liberation Organization.

A talk with Binur is even more sobering. He holds that the future of Israeli democracy is at stake — as a natural outgrowth of the decision to hold the territories seized in 1967.

“I don`t believe Israelis are racist or hateful to Arabs, they just ran into a situation dictated by the occupation and they behave accordingly,“ said Binur, who concedes that he, too, considers Arabs as Israel`s enemies.

“If you respect them and their rights to freedom and independence, you have a problem, but if you just ignore it, you fall into a greater risk and this is the reason I wrote the book, because I feel the biggest risk is just around the corner and no one paid attention. Israel will not be a democracy anymore. You cannot apply a dictatorship to Palestinian camps five minutes from Jerusalem, as we do now, and keep a democracy,“ Binur said.

The constant switching back and forth between his real identity and his adopted persona took its toll on Binur. It was hard for a Jew to feel hatred for his own people — but he did.

“My whole emotional situation was very complicated,“ he said, citing a rally where he was roughed up by Israeli soldiers.

“I felt very much like a Palestinian at the time and I was very frightened and filled with hate, as anyone harassed by police for no reason would be. But I had commanded troops like that. They were just kids. I knew what they were feeling. I was a pain in their neck and I knew they just wanted to finish their shift and get away from the demonstration and get to Jerusalem and chase some girls. I could feel that, too. I could feel both sides, and it`s much easier to simply hate than to feel the whole picture.“

His transformation from Jew to Arab was risky. He changed his appearance, smoked a brand of cigarettes favored by Arabs and scorned by Jews, and wore the traditional red keffiyeh headdress, but he still had reason to think he would be killed if his ruse were discovered — because the Palestinians would not believe that he was a journalist and would assume he was a police infiltrator.

There was a special risk too; Binur talks in his sleep when he is tense, and he feared he would talk in Hebrew while dozing in a squalid dormitory with other Palestinian workers.

“First I spoke Arabic all day long, then I started to think in Arabic, then I started to dream in Arabic,“ he said.

“I forced myself. It was hard because I was scared all the time, both from the Israelis and from the Palestinians. When it was over, I felt very bad. I was in bed surrounded by bottles of cheap brandy and a lot of cigarettes. I didn`t want to talk to people for about a month and I felt no one could understand what I was going through, and very, very slowly I recovered. It`s very hard for you to feel this guilt — for me it was the guilt of being Israeli and being responsible for a lot of evil and at the same time knowing these are your enemies.“

After experiencing the problem first-hand, Binur has come out in favor of the creation of a separate Palestinian state, a position sharply rejected by the Israeli government. Binur conceded that there are risks to this proposition.

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From Gaza: Is This What You Mean By Democracy? | Common Dreams
Because the headlines have faded but the hardships haven’t, several U.S. aid delegations are in or going to Gaza in the wake of Israel’s assault that killed almost 200 ordinary Palestinians - farmers on their way to market, the driver of a water truck, a 10-year-old on a roof trying to fix a damagedpipe - wounded around 1,200, and destroyed an estimated 585 buildings. As activists from CodePink challenge the $3 billion in American aid that helped make that destruction possible, those from Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) work to repair the damage and continue efforts to bring desperately needed clean water to the residents of Gaza; they’ve already brought water to 22 kindergartens and 16 schools, several of which safely housed hundreds of families during the Israeli assault. MECA has also begun a petition campaign to remove Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes as honorary chair of the Israeli Fund for UNICEF for her racist comments during the attacks, when she asked, “How is it possible to make peace with people who have it as part of their DNA to hate us?” Earlier, she’d demanded it was time for “the passive residents of Gaza” - ie: the children - to suffer. Most of us won’t go; we can at least give, or sign.

america-wakiewakie:

From Gaza: Is This What You Mean By Democracy? | Common Dreams

Because the headlines have faded but the hardships haven’t, several U.S. aid delegations are in or going to Gaza in the wake of Israel’s assault that killed almost 200 ordinary Palestinians - farmers on their way to market, the driver of a water truck, a 10-year-old on a roof trying to fix a damagedpipe - wounded around 1,200, and destroyed an estimated 585 buildings. As activists from CodePink challenge the $3 billion in American aid that helped make that destruction possible, those from Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) work to repair the damage and continue efforts to bring desperately needed clean water to the residents of Gaza; they’ve already brought water to 22 kindergartens and 16 schools, several of which safely housed hundreds of families during the Israeli assault. MECA has also begun a petition campaign to remove Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes as honorary chair of the Israeli Fund for UNICEF for her racist comments during the attacks, when she asked, “How is it possible to make peace with people who have it as part of their DNA to hate us?” Earlier, she’d demanded it was time for “the passive residents of Gaza” - ie: the children - to suffer. Most of us won’t go; we can at least give, or sign.

Israeli War Crimes against Palestine: Witness Testimonies

Hearings of the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission (KLWCC)

At the height of the bombing of Gaza,  legal proceedings directed against the State of Israel involving the initial hearings of the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission were launched in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The decision to launch these proceedings was taken by the Commission in May of 2012.

Pertaining to alleged Israeli war crimes, the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission heard the testimonies of nine complainants.

The following summary of testimonies presented to the Commission provides a historical background on Israeli crimes against humanity extending from the Sabra Shatila Massacres to the 2008-2009 Operation Cast Lead, which resulted in the killings of entire families.

We invite our readers to carefully examine these witness testimonies. They are of crucial importance in an understanding of the current situation in Gaza. Selected excerpts and quotations below. Scroll down for prosecutors’ press release.

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brandef:

7 hurt in new breach of Gaza ceasefire

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Israeli forces on Wednesday shot and injured seven Palestinians near the border in the central Gaza Strip, medics said. Seven people were shot at east of al-Maghazi and al-Bureij refugee camps and transferred to the al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital. One man sustained serious injuries, medical officials told Ma’an.An Israeli military spokeswoman said “rioters” damaged the border fence and tried to enter Israel. She said soldiers acted to distance them “according to the rules of engagement” which can include opening fire. Earlier, 27-year-old Hassan Ahmad Nseir was shot by Israeli forces near Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip while collecting iron and gravel, medics told Ma’an. Israel had barred Palestinians from coming within hundreds of meters of the border, but agreed to ease curbs on Gaza in a ceasefire reached Nov. 21 to end its eight-day war on the enclave.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/26/obama-drones-kill-list-framework 

brandef:

7 hurt in new breach of Gaza ceasefire

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Israeli forces on Wednesday shot and injured seven Palestinians near the border in the central Gaza Strip, medics said. 

Seven people were shot at east of al-Maghazi and al-Bureij refugee camps and transferred to the al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital. One man sustained serious injuries, medical officials told Ma’an.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said “rioters” damaged the border fence and tried to enter Israel. She said soldiers acted to distance them “according to the rules of engagement” which can include opening fire. 

Earlier, 27-year-old Hassan Ahmad Nseir was shot by Israeli forces near Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip while collecting iron and gravel, medics told Ma’an. 

Israel had barred Palestinians from coming within hundreds of meters of the border, but agreed to ease curbs on Gaza in a ceasefire reached Nov. 21 to end its eight-day war on the enclave.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/26/obama-drones-kill-list-framework 

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