Forwarded from Gush Shalom

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Apr 16 07:28:46 MDT 2002


GUSH SHALOM - pob 3322, Tel-Aviv 61033 - http://www.gush-shalom.org/

[Gradually one chilling fact after the other is seeping into the
international mainstream media. We decided to send you today the unusual
news found in the ultra-nationalist Hebrew paper Hatzofeh - about a case of
conscientious disobedience inside the Air Force and a catching poem for the
occasion of Independence Day (starting tonight) by the late playwright and
poet Chanoch Levin.]


[1] Right-wing press leaks case of conscientious disobedience in the Air Force

The pilot of an Israeli helicopter gunship reportedly refused an order to
shoot a missile at a Palestinian home. It happened on the early hours of
Tuesday, April 9 - when an Israeli army regiment, supported by tanks and
helicopter gunships, captured the Palestinian town of Dura, near Hebron in
the southern West Bank. During several hours of fighting when the army
overcame the resistance of local Palestinian militias, the regimental
commander ordered the pilot of a helicopter gunship to shoot a missile at a
Palestinian home, in which five alleged terrorists were hiding, in order to
"liquidate them" (sic). The pilot refused, telling the regimental commander
there might be civilians in the house. The radio debate continued for a
long time, with the helicopter hovering over the house. The commander told
the pilot that the five terrorists could be exactly pin-pointed in the
house and again ordered him to shoot. The pilot again refused, and at a
certain point left the vicinity of the house and cycled the town. When he
got back to the point above the house, the commander told him that the
terrorists had disappeared, but ordered him to shoot at the house
nevertheless. The pilot again refused. After two hours, he finally shot one
burst from the helicopter's cannon, but near the house rather than at it.
Soldiers nearby on the ground described the shot as "perfunctory, meant to
hit nothing". The story is published today (Monday, April 15) by Haggai
Huberman of the extreme-right paper Hatzofeh. Huberman's account is clearly
the regiment commander's version, accusing the pilot of "helping five
terrorists escape" and dismissing the possibility that there had been
civilians inside the house in question; the pilot's viewpoint is not given.


[2] The Classic Recipe for Independence / Hanoch Levin

[With thanks to Ran HaCohen <hacohen at post.tau.ac.il> who displayed and
translated it. Original Hebrew follows.]

The classic recipe for independence:
Take people and send them to die.
Then make ceremonies, sew flags,
Sign a long charter with many words.
Feel how the back becomes erect,
Even though the hunchbacks remain crooked.

The classic recipe for independence:
Take people and send them to die.
Then open offices, eat watermelons, make love,
Shed sweat, feel in your mouth a light sense of disappointment.
Suddenly discover next to you another small nation, wretched and oppressed.
Let its buzz bother you like that of a fly.

The classic recipe for independence:
Take people and send them to die.
Then crush the nation next to you, oppress it to dust.
It wants what you wanted - don't give it anything.
It points a pistol - reply with a canon, it threatens - you murder.
Let the living shout, let the dead rot away, let the undertaker win.

The classic recipe for independence:
Take people and send them to die.
Then shake hands, visit the tomb of the unknown soldier, open an embassy.
Hold speeches on friendship, eternity, fraternity, commercial and cultural
ties.
Sit comfortably in an armchair, open an evening paper, read with wonder:
Somewhere on earth, somebody is sending people to die.


Louis Proyect
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