[Marxism] Israel as an extreme case of the crisis of capitalism
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Thu May 24 13:34:01 MDT 2018
"On Monday, May 14, we were treated to the scenes of tear gas, massive
smoke, thousands protesting… and massive violence by the Israeli army, as
some 60 Gazans were killed and over 2500 wounded or treated for tear gas.
Meanwhile, just 49 miles away, the “graceful” Ivanka Trump (as one
newspaper referred to her) and Jared Kushner were living in a different
world as they presided over the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem.
The opening and closing benedictions (what happened to the separation of
church and state?) were given by the fundamentalist preachers Robert
Jeffress and John Hagee. The presence of Hagee, who has said that the
Holocaust was part of god’s plan, was welcomed by Netanyahu and company.
After all, these religious bigots and fanatics are Netanyahu’s closest
allies in the United States.
However, these twin events have set off tremors throughout the world,
especially the Muslim world. Even Netanyahu’s ally Erdogan in Turkey felt
forced to recall the Turkish ambassador to Israel in protest. This shows
the enormous anger that must be felt by Muslim people the world over at
what the racist, expansionist state of Israel is doing.
How did we get to this point, where is it headed, and what is the socialist
position on this? To answer that, we have to see the situation not as
something unique to Israel. Rather, what is happening in Israel and the
role Israeli capitalism is playing is the most extreme, the most
concentrated expression of the crisis of world capitalism."
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