-"When will the World insist on the Palestinians right to return to their homes/homeland".-
In Israel, detachment from reality has always been the norm.
All these years on from Sabra and Chatila, has anything changed ? NO, not one Iota...
I was watching the concocted and animated brazen propaganda film Waltz with Bashir about the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982. It culminates in the massacre of some 700 Palestinians in the Sabra and Chatila refugee camps, which IDF orchestrated the butchery from close range in south Beirut, by IDF Sayaret Metkal and SLA militiamen of Saad Haddad from South Lebanon, introduced there by the Israeli army and flown into Beirut International Airport by C130 Hercules Aircraft of IAF, in full view of dozens of Lebanese Army witnesses...IDF had planned these operations "Spark" and "Iron Brain" within the invasion plans of Lebanon and Beirut all along with deadly and traditional IDF professional killers form....
In the last few minutes the film switches from animation to graphic news footage showing Palestinian women screaming with grief and horror as they discover the bullet-riddled bodies of their families. Then, just behind the women, I saw Ryan Crocker walking with a small group of journalists who had arrived in the camp soon after the killings had stopped.... Ryan CROCKER would immediately file a scathing report back to the State Department about IDF and the massacres there, only to be shelved for years and demoted for a decade or more....he was a young talented foreign service officer with courage....and Maurice DRAPER knows quite well the full story behind "Spark" and "Iron Brain".
The film is about how the director, Ari Folman, another propagandist for IDF, just like Hollywood is, who knew he was at Sabra and Chatila as an Israeli soldier, tried to discover both why he had repressed all memory of what happened to him and the direct Israeli IDF orchestration of the massacre with Sayaret Metkal, AMAN and MOSSAD.
Walking out of the cinema, I realized that I had largely repressed my own memories of that ghastly day. I could not even find a clipping in old scrapbooks of the article I had written about what I had seen for the Financial Times for whom I then worked. Even now my memory is hazy and episodic, though I can clearly recall the sickly sweet smell of bodies beginning to decompose, the flies clustering around the eyes of the dead women and children, and the blood-smeared limbs and heads sticking out of banks of brown earth heaped up by bulldozers in a half-hearted attempt to bury the corpses.
Soon after seeing Waltz with Bashir I saw TV pictures of the broken bodies of the Palestinians killed by Israeli bombs and shells in Gaza during the 22-day bombardment. At first I thought that little had changed since Sabra and Chatila, QANA1 in 1996 with Shimon PEREZ and QANA2 with Ehud OLMERT... Once again there were the same tired and offensive excuses that Israel was somehow not to blame. Hamas was using civilians as human shields, and in any case – this argument produced more furtively – two-thirds of people in Gaza had voted for Hamas so they deserved whatever happened to them.
But on returning to Jerusalem 10 years after I was stationed here as The Independent's correspondent between 1995 and 1999 I find that Israel has changed significantly for the worse. There is far less dissent than there used to be and such dissent is more often treated as disloyalty.
Israeli society was always introverted but these days it reminds me more than ever of the Unionists in Northern Ireland in the late 1960s or the Iranians in the 1950s...with CIA shenanigans. Like Israel, both were communities with a highly developed siege mentality which led them always to see themselves as victims even when they were killing other people. There were no regrets or even knowledge of what they inflicted on others and therefore any retaliation by the other side appeared as unprovoked aggression inspired by unreasoning hate.
At Sabra and Chatila the first diplomat to find out about the massacre was an American, Ryan CROCKER and he desperately tried to get it stopped. This would not happen today because US diplomats, along with all foreign journalists, were banned from entering Gaza before the Israeli bombardment started. This has made it far easier for the government to sell the official line about what a great success the operation has been, exactly as Halevy tried to do in Time magazine in 1982...official lies, fabrications and brazen propaganda for the gullible.
Nobody believes propaganda so much as the propagandist so Israel's view of the outside world is increasingly detached from reality. One academic was quoted as saying that Arabs took all their views about was happening in Israel from what Israelis said about themselves. So if Israelis said they had won in Gaza, unlike Lebanon in 2006, Arabs would believe this and Israeli deterrence would thereby be magically restored.
Intolerance of dissent has grown and may soon get a great deal worse. Benjamin Netanyahu, who helped bury the Oslo accords with the Palestinians when he was last prime minister from 1996 to 1999, is likely to win the Israeli election on 10 February. The only issue still in doubt is the extent of the gains of the extreme right.
The views of these were on display this week as Avigdor Lieberman, the chairman of the Ysrael Beitenu party, which, according to the polls will do particularly well in the election, was supporting the disqualification of two Israeli Arab parties from standing in the election. "For the first time we are examining the boundary between loyalty and disloyalty," he threatened their representatives. "We'll deal with you like we dealt with Sabra, Shatila and Hamas."
of the highly charged term "anti-Semitism"? Anti-Semitism refers to the irrational hatred of Semitic peoples. The Jews are, by and large, Semitic people. But so are the Arabs. Anti-Semitism can refer equally to them. It is possible to accuse Jews themselves of being anti-Semitic, therefore, although I wouldn't - more like anti-Arab. And please, in future, can we use "anti-Israeli", or "anti-Jewish" as casually hurled insults to those who disagree with IDF and Israeli Government policy? Just to avoid the impression that the majority of folk outside Israel and the USA actually approve of Israeli policy towards the Palestinians. Remember, two wrongs don't make a right, as we have found over the last decades with regard to US sponsored foreign policy....
Jews consider themselves the "chosen ones" and this never really impacted on other people or faiths much until Israel was formed, Jewish communities tended to be closed and secular but at peace for the most part with their neighbors.
However religion attracts extremism and through this, Zionism reared its head in the late Victorian era and by the time of WWII it had become quite powerful and used what happened to the European Jews to its own uses to justify its goals...
However if you look through the Talmud itself, the old one not the later "fit for public scrutiny" one that is, you would begin to see why the Israeli's do act as they do, decades long indoctrination has led to a mindset so assured of its own superiority, its invulnerability but it also shares a lot of fundamental common issues as the mantra of the Soviet, the Aryan, their way was the ONLY way and anyone else was worthless...
I don't have the various tenets and their authors to hand but when you see such passages that say its OK to lie, cheat and swindle non-Jews, its OK to steal from non-Jews, that 10,000 non Jewish lives aren't worth a finger of a Jew etc etc, using these as a filter on reality it is more apparent why the Israeli's feel quite at ease at the human destruction it metes out against its neighbors, they simply do not see them as people, they have been indoctrinated and brought up that such as the Arabs are simply animals walking around in human form or savages with animal mentality intent on killing them all...
You can see this at work when Olmert off-handedly claims he told Bush what to do, or on YouTube where Israeli youths are attacking a BBC film crew and their remarks about killing Christ amongst things...
But the loyalty credo has also been the marching banner for the Soviets, the Aryans and it seems that bad times are ahead for people in Israel that are not Jewish, to question the Reich was certain death as was questioning the Supreme Soviet would lead to a long time in a slave camp if they were lucky, the loyalty chant is the chant of the extremist and it bodes ill for peace in that region.
No, the problem is that it is now crystal clear, to everybody who is not a Jew or a 'progressive' enabler (the 'progressive' enablers are simply covered - covered! - in the blood of Palestinian children), that the slaughter is part of a long, constantly reoccurring pattern of psychopathic violence, and that the psychos are escalating, in the three ways of escalation:
the violence is becoming more and more brutal;
the periods between violent outbursts are decreasing;
the psychos are losing control of their ability to regulate their violent outbursts.
I can predict, without even the tiniest fear of being wrong, that sometime in the near future Israel will do something else horribly violent, probably worse than Gaza or the most recent attack on Lebanon, and will continue to do so until the Jewish state is wiped off the map.
In considering options, we are often asked to compare Israel to South Africa. This is a faulty comparison, in ways that are not flattering to the Jews. The Boers were evil racist scumbags, but they were sane. When the time came that they could no longer reasonably expect to maintain their hold on power, they sat down and negotiated the best deal they could (and a great deal it was, giving up political power but keeping all their wealth and the control of the economy). Unlike the Jews, they were not emotionally invested in the fact that they were scumbags. They were not psychopaths No reasonable person looking at the escalation of Israeli psychopathic acts can describe Israel as sane. The Jews are a racist eliminationist supremacist group. They cannot help themselves.
Consider the terrible effect that the concept of anti-Semitism has had on the Jews. The South African whites couldn't look at the rest of the world and decide that the attacks on them were solely as a result that the world was entirely filled with 'anti-Boer-ites'. They had to accept that the rest of the world held its disgust at apartheid honestly. Not so the Jews. World Jewry has an automatic excuse for every comment on the actions of Israel: anti-Semitism. ..."