This is the first of three very disturbing, if not surprising, depictions of the now-dominant Israeli youth culture of hatred of the left and hatred of Arabs. The view that neither the left nor Palestinians have any place in Israeli society has all the signs of a young fascist movement and one which the education system has no power to combat.
Prof. Zeev Sternhell, an authority of the rise of fascism in France, defines fascism as a rejection of, an assault on, enlightenment values. In the regime’s treatment of the Palestinians and of Jewish dissidents, in the submission of intellectuals to government orders and the blind following of the masses, Prof. Sternhell sees signs of fascism, and certainly the end of Zionism as he understood it.
As a means of denying Palestinian statehood and the Oslo Accords , the strategy of keeping Gaza as a locked-in enclave, separate from the West Bank has had partial success. Longer-term it is unsustainable as the proportion of unemployed, angry young men increases. The economic warnings are being ignored by Israel’s security chiefs; their interests would be best served by the very thing they are trying to destroy – a unity government whose writ runs throughout Palestine.
France has the largest proportions of Jews and of Muslims in Europe. There is a sharp social division between them, with most of the Jews now relatively well-off and most of the Muslims, from N. Africa, living impoverished lives in abandoned suburbs.Israel’s Gaza war has heightened tensions, enforcing absolute pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian positions. Reports from Christian Science Monitor and FT.
As JfJfP’s social media strategist Aaron Dover has said before on this website, traffic to the site and to our new Facebook page has increased enormously during the attack on Gaza. The number of JfJFP signatories has jumped by107 to 1874 in the 6 weeks since the beginning of July. Haaretz looks at the phenomenon – which also sees an increase of interest in the Zionist Federation which has redefined itself as ‘centrist’ rather than right-wing.
Whether there will be IDF shelling and Hamas rockets by the time you read this one thing is certain: the children of Gaza, who make up such a large proportion of the population and of those killed and maimed – will still be in a traumatised state. Even the charity War Child, which has long been running a programme of counselling for shell-shocked children in Gaza, has had to suspend its programme. Most of the young children have only known Israel as an invisible enemy which inexplicably rains bombs on them and kills and wounds their friends and families. What sort of future will they make?
Jerry Haber doesn’t ‘like’ Hamas. Nor do most people outside Gaza – who properly elected them. That doesn’t mean Hamas doesn’t have the right to resist the occupation, a right which those who promote liberal values should defend not abandon in tough times.
The massive edifice of the Israeli military, blind enthusiasm for smashing Gaza and propaganda about evil Hamas rests on a very febrile base thinks Uri Avnery. The reality is that Hamas are not jihadists for sharia law and the IDF in Gaza was a cumbersome machine stuck in a rut. The super-patriotism, with its fascist current, might yet devour Netanyahu.
The path to deadly wars in the interest of some nation or other is strewn with accidents and ‘what ifs?’ The first world war with its millions of dead could have been avoided. In which case, muses Robert Cohen, so would the the rise of Nazism, the holocaust, the creation of Israel as a militaristic nation state. The least British Jewish leaders can now do is NOT abandon their principles in the name of defending Zionism.
Serious proposals from Jimmy Carter, former US President, and Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN Commissioner for Human Rights. As they say, ending this war in Gaza begins with recognizing Hamas as a legitimate political actor; the international community’s initial goal should be the full restoration of the free movement of people and goods to and from Gaza through Israel, Egypt, and the sea – and more…
Progressive Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun Magazine and chair of the interfaith and secular-humanist Network of Spiritual Progressives, has championed the cause of Israel all his life.
He now writes: ” My heart is broken as I witness the suffering of the Palestinian people and the seeming indifference of Israelis.”
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Noura Erekat identifies five themes that dominate the Israeli narrative about this vicious war on Gaza. Israel claims that it is merely exercising its right to self-defense; that Gaza is no longer occupied and more…
These arguments are thoroughly debunked here.
A letter signed by 56 Israeli reservists stating why they refuse to serve their country in its current military operation is published this week in the Washington Post. Their fundamental objection, the two initiators tell Democracy Now, is the power the hierarchical IDF exercises over Palestinians and Israelis. We learn on the way that most Americans have never heard of the siege of Gaza but think Israel is under siege by Hamas.
Operation brother’s keeper: In pursuit of its attempt to destroy Hamas – for which the lost boys are an excuse – the IDF makes military preparations for further strikes into Gaza, the Israeli press whips up hatred with false use of photos, Hamas and Fatah are pulling apart and Israeli youth spew calls for murder on Facebook. It is all extremely ugly.
This is a rupture in the normalcy of Israeli society. It can be used, says an angry Avraham Burg, to see the true nature of things from the specious and hollow words of its leaders to the reality of seizing control of an entire nation – and acting as though they they cannot be seen or heard, talked about or talked with, by us.
The disappearance of three Israeli boys has produced almost universal shock – presumably the aim if it was an act of kidnap. On Netanyahu’s side there are calls for revenge, punishment and the once-and-for-all destruction of Hamas (and thus the Palestinian Unity Gov’t) – Richard SIlverstein predicts an attack on Gaza; on his critics’ side there are sad and angry comments about what does Bibi expect when he will not dignify Palestinians with serious talks, let alone the right to live freely.
The tradition of Jewish involvement in progressive movements may seem to have withered as more Jewish groups settle into the establishment; Jewish campaigns against Israel’s occupation and siege of Gaza can paralyse other Jews with uncertainty. But here we have a rabbis’ letter urging us all to stay true to the Make Poverty History ambitions while Michele Hanson and chums can’t abandon a life of protest – even if online like this website – is the only feasible option.
The headline refers to Israel’s religious right, the subject of Ofer Zalzberg’s article though it could be applied to all religious dogmatics including Muslim ones, also excluded from any peace talks. Those involved in the peace-making business for the last decades have excluded the religious as too irrational or extreme to join in. Given their domestic sway, this may be a grave strategic error (if excluding of all women).