[Marxism] On Eds Clownish Zionism:
jamesholstun at hotmail.com
Thu Aug 11 05:54:25 MDT 2005
On Eds Clownish Zionism:
Ed the Happy Clowns arguments about Palestine are redolent of Alan
Dershowitzs. He writes that the Palestinian aspiration towards nationhood
also has a history of deep collaboration with German national socialism.
This is to make rather a lot of the Muftis philo-Naziisma frantic
stratagem of Zionists. Palestinian nationalism precedes the Mufti, and of
course, continues long after his death. The idea that Zionism was a direct
response to the Holocaust is belied by the shameful treatment of the Hitler
Zionists, as they healthy volk of Israel called the Seventh Million (Tom
Segev), and by the choice of nine-tenths of surviving European Jews to
continue living in Europe or to emigrate elsewhere.
He adds that Rrubinelli supplies a litany of Israeli state crimes. Are
these qualitatively worse than a state like the Federal Republic of Germany,
which brutally expels refugees in the night, which allows Neo-Nazis to
dominate the civil society of places like the Sächsische Schweiz in the
state of Saxony? Well, to answer your rhetorical question: yes, they are,
for they make a mockery of international law, which prohibits the
acquisition of new territory by force, the permanent expulsion of a people
from that territory, settling colonists in that territory, practicing
collective punishment, torture, etc. To retreat to the high ground of a
general anti-nationalism is disingenuous.
He adds, The way to liberation for the people called Palestinians does
not lay in building a national-state collective in response to the Israeli
national-state collective. Here, Eds called and his scare quotes are
worryingly close to those of Nakbah-deniers like Joan Peters (and, again,
Alan Dershowitz). If their liberation does not lie here, where does it lie?
Should they overcome the statist oppression of all Israel and, eventually,
of the world, by moral suasion, from beneath the gun turrrets of Gaza and
Qalqilya? Thats putting a rather large burden on the shoulders of a people
(what you would call a people) whose economy has been crushed to the
level of Mali.
He says: However, there is something unseemly the way Israel is portrayed
as somehow worse than other national states. The name of that
unseemliness is, presumably, anti-semitism, which, if true, is something
worse than unseemly. But it is not true: Israel is worse than other national
states not because it is the Jew among nations (Dershowitz), but precisely
because its European midwives and its American pimp have allowed it to
violate international law since 1948.
The seemingly widespread view in the North American that American foreign
policy is somehow steered by Israel is another unseemly act. But the United
States sends one quarter of its foreign aid to Israel, more than to all of
sub-Saharan Africa. And for more information on the Washingtonn/Tel Aviv
revolving door, see recent stories about AIPAC and Larry Franklin.
Theres no question that daily life for people living in the occupied
territories is a hell. Just like theres no question that life for gay men
and lesbian women in the Palestinian volksgemeinschaft is also a living
hell. No, very little like. Ah, Ed, what a wealth of bad argument can lurk
beneath a just like, but your concern for those gay and lesbian
Palestinians doesnt quite ring true. Of course, roughly ten percent of
those Palestinian teenaged boys whose heads are blown off by Israeli snipers
are gaywe might call that a dying hell, I suppose.
Who are you, clown?
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