The Anti-Gentilist rhetoric coming out of Israel these days is caustic and rising, and it worries me greatly. The election of the right wing government, on the heels of the invasion of Gaza, raises all sorts of fears in me about the Zionist racism that bubbles just under the surface of some parts of Israeli society. (If one truly believes that one's people are "God's Chosen People," is that not the very definition of racist?)

The IDF seems especially prone to this racism, and its accompanying brutality. This is frightening, because these are the people who have the guns and the nukes, many of whom don't want a two-state solution, and many of whom are itching to go to war with Iran. I can only hope that the saner parts of Israeli society, as well as the Diaspora Jews, will prevail. Otherwise, I'm afraid it's going to get much, much uglier in the Middle East.

Food for thought:

  • Gaza war crime claims gather pace as more troops speak out
  • Israeli Soldiers Say IDF Rabbis Framed Gaza as Religious War
  • "The state of Israel is at war with the Palestinian people"
  • Worried about apartheid? Too late, Mr Olmert, it’s already here
  • Palestinians Not Allowed to Walk, Buy Food in Jerusalem Neighborhood
  • Zionism is the Problem: The idea of a Jewish state is keeping Israelis and Palestinians from living in peace.

    These T-shirts are particularly outrageous:

    Shalom. Salaam. Peace.

  • http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=4752349n

    This is an ASTOUNDING piece of journalism to be broadcast on U.S. television.

    It's astounding because it is rare to get a perspective in the Israel-Palestine conflict that presents the conflict in such stark terms -- and even rarer for a respected U.S. news outfit to even raise the question: IS peace possible? Is the Two-State Solution, advocated by Obama and so many others, a realistic solution?

    Watching this story, I think it is not.

    Despite what the Israeli government says, the settlers continue to flood the West Bank, making the creation of a Palestinian homeland ever more unlikely. Watching Tzipi Livni say -- with a straight face -- that the settlers will have to be moved out of the West Bank, and the juxtaposition of the settlers saying they won't move, and the IDF will mutiny if ordered to move them... makes me weep for the future. This is a recipe for civil war. There will be blood.

    The recent actions by the IDF in Gaza also makes it clear that Israel isn't being honest about its intentions to find a peaceful solution.

    What's more, the stunning fact that Arabs will outnumber Jews in ALL of Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank in 10 years, means that the State of Israel isn't viable in its current form. You can't have a state dedicated to one religious/ethnic group when they are the minority.

    So what is going to happen?

    I see only one peaceful way out: Israel must cease to be a Jewish state, and become a secular democracy where all religions and ethnicities are respected and equal.

    Failing that, it's apartheid, ethnic cleansing, and war.

    But the Two-State Solution appears to be dead, or will be soon. Demographics will kill it.

    And so, it's time to find a new solution.
    The Israelis and the Palestinians continue their death dance of retribution, locked in the grip of each other's hatred, unable to let go.

    The Israeli Defense Force has launched a massive air assault on Gaza, destroying all of the police stations in Gaza. The attack was in retaliation for Hamas rocket attacks on southern Israel over the past week, when an Egyptian-brokered truce expired.

    Israel labeled the police stations as “terrorism infrastructure," and claimed that over 150 of the dead were Hamas militants. But we know from long experience that Israel is very good at justifying its actions by using words to cloak its deeds. There are civilians, including children, known to be among the Palestinian dead.

    Goliath (Israel) continues to beat the shit out of David (Palestine), and the United States continues to fund the whole thing. Who's making money here? One guess: The arms merchants, who supply both sides.

    Now Hamas is vowing revenge. The spilling of blood on both sides will continue to escalate.

    When does the death spiral end?

    And when do we, the U.S. taxpayers, stand up and say we won't finance this bullshit anymore?

    "An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind."-- Gandhi
    I will be accused of being anti-semitic for writing this (I'm not, I'm anti-zionist, there's a difference), and maybe even someday lined up against a wall and shot for it when the Christian Reich takes over the U.S., but I agree with Bishop Desmond Tutu: Israel is a state founded on racism and apartheid. If anyone has the right to call it Apartheid, Tutu does.

    Any state that exists to promote one religion or race over another is wrong. Period. And until Israelis give up this notion of a "Jewish state" and seek a one-state solution, where every citizen is treated equally, with respect, there will never be peace. After all, the Israelis stole the land from the Palestinians (the same way the Americans stole this land from the Native Americans).

    My prescription for peace in the Middle East is this: The Israelis must a) stop stealing the Palestinians' land, b) make reparations to the Palestinians for what they have stolen, and c) stop pretending that a make-believe sky-being called "god" gives them the right to be racists and theives. The Palestinians must a) stop the suicide violence, b) adopt a non-violent approach to the Israeli oppression, a la Gandhi, and c) stop pretending that a make-believe sky-being called "allah" gives them the right to be racists and murderers.

    Enough is enough. The United States needs to stop supporting Israeli Apartheid.

    And it's not anti-Jewish to say so.
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