Archive | April, 2014

Israel loves a good Holocaust

28 Apr

And I’m not singing in tune with radical anti-Israeli armchair warriors who call the situation of the Palestinians a Holocaust. No, I am talking about the historic Holocaust of 1933 to 1945. Israel loves it. It did so much good to the State of Israel. Let’s start with David Ben Gurion and the Zionist movement using the victims as an example of what would happen to you if you don’t do “the right thing” and run your stumpy legs to Israel to up the Jew count there and populate the place – how else would Ben Gurion excuse deporting the Arabs who’ve lived there before us? But even to this day, this use of the Holocaust remains popular. Now every isolated incident of a hate crime against a Jew, is used by the far right Zionists of the land, and their foreign representatives, to remind everybody how isolated antisemtic incidents were “only the beginning” “last time”. Read this book about how David Ben Gurion was actually grateful for the Holocaust, because it opened the door for him to do what he did and get away with it. Not the foundation of the State of Israel… but the methods he used to promote it.

Except, no. Isolated attacks against Jews are not a sign that another Holocaust is breathing down our necks. The recent attack in the US, and before that, in France, and wherever else, have been committed by the same kind of people who would beat up a homosexual, “stand their ground” on a black kid, or make a massacre in a Mosque. Oh wait, that last one was a Jew. They are lone nuts. Lone racists, bigots, fundamentalists, with no organization behind them other than perhaps the KKK or a similar subdued bunch of lunatics. The actual Holocaust was state-made. There were no lone lunatics who were arrested and put away for their deeds. The Toulouse shooter as any other perpetrator of a violent hate crime, have been arrested and treated like the criminals they are by domestic law and law enforcement. During the Holocaust, it was law enforcement that killed the Jews.

Which brings us to the next issue. “Killed the Jews”? Yes, six million of them who must never be forgotten. However, it is no less an atrocity what they did to the other people on Hitler’s shit list. Yet, not only Israel but the entire world love to omit them. Is the life of a Jehova’s witness, of a homosexual, a Roma, communists, or anyone else, less worthy of commemoration? Some 11 million were murdered, and more than half of them, Jews. This is true. But numbers don’t make a life more sacred or a death more horrible. Jews need to stop monopolizing the victim role.

And this brings us to victim roles, obviously. The true victims are dead. Yet somehow, Israel invests obscene amounts of money in the yearly Holocaust Memorial Day, its advertisement, its ceremonies, and its media presence. Why I appreciate something being done to pay respects to the death – speaking of paying, what about the living? I’m not even talking about the general Israeli 99% who are confronted with the daily choice between food and laundry here, I am talking about Holocaust survivors. You know, those elderly people you see going through the trash outside, their camp tattoo sinking deep into the garbage to find returnable bottles or unspoiled food. Why is the money invested in silly ceremonies that do no good other than give us the warm fuzzy feeling that the government cares about our grief, and not in the care of the survivors? So many Holocaust survivors live in poverty, and while I don’t believe that they are any more or less deserving of help than other people who have paid their dues and carried their burden, Israel does try to distinguish itself as the safe haven for Holocaust survivors. The safe haven, the place of no more fear of death. Except, mold-infested apartments where you freeze in the winter and collapse in summer, because what little money these survivors have goes into food and the very clothes on their bodies, can be just as lethal in the long run. Poverty kills. Holocaust survivors who came here from Germany, should have stayed there. Israel is not elevating their life standards, it is investing the money made by the Holocaust franchise, there, I said it, in marketing the Holocaust as another political tool. And what good are a couple of wheezing old people, when you can just use the 6 million that died for your propaganda and your sheep herding purposes? Shouting “6 million! Never again!” is just so much more powerful than showing the face of some old person who we all know is one of the relatively few survivors.

Because propaganda (“hasbarah”) is what Israel’s political activity is all about. Probably literally, because all I ever see, is moving lips, no action. Knowing that we have Holocaust survivors, doesn’t help our government, or us, to keep up the spirit that was once sincere. The spirit of unity and taking large strides forward, toward a better future with no more pogroms and a safe Jewish people. Keeping us scared of the “possible” repetition of the atrocities of Nazi Germany, is much more useful. Every Jew killed, for whatever reason, by however an isolated nutjob, is used as a poster child to keep our blood boiling so we’re ready to embrace another war or another conquest of land, or another step taken towards gradually pushing Arabs off our/”our” land. Because…
1. We “need” the land – aka to kick out Arabs – to accommodate all the Jews we so mercifully save from the Diaspora that is becoming more dangerous to live in with every passing day: every 10 years or so, a hate crime hits a Jew… When is Africa calling home African Americans? Because if we’re going to talk about minority pogroms, Jews got off easy.
2. Arabs want a second Holocaust. Or so they say. Or so some of their deranged leaders say, and sadly, the loudest voices of the public are also always those of the deranged extremists. A less intelligent, intellectual person may just think that these extremists represent their domestic majority. I do not believe this. Israel’s loud and proud military, and having the monster that is the US on our side, may help keep “the Arab enemy” in check. However… Almost without exception, Arab enemies of Israel are fundamental Muslims. These people should not be afraid of dying in the name of, and for the return of their soul to, Allah. They would have good chances at annihilating us if they were to talk a little less openly about their intentions, and just unite and bomb us already. We have some 60,000 missiles aimed at us. Where are they? The “enemy” could do serious damage to Israel, a damage well worth the risk of being annihilated in response. After all, such a death would only be a reward, it would take their souls to Allah. So why don’t they?
Probably because most of them aren’t quite that bad.

Israelis need to believe that Arabs are our main problem. Otherwise, we would start to feel our hunger, to see the relative poverty many of us live in. We would wake up to real problems, not just the poverty itself, but the ease with which it could be ended. Money we work for, goes into settlements that are dismantled a decade later, into the non-contributing ultra-Orthodox, into an excessive military PR machine, into the training of redundant soldiers (there, I said it), and into the Netanyahu family. But since sharing the land with the Arabs has never been the intention of our “founding fathers”, picking at the Holocaust wound is a great opportunity to refresh our hatred for Arabs and anyone who may not fully approve of Israel, or all of its actions and policies. Except, a Jewish life is not worth more than an Arab’s. There is no genocide happening in Gaza or the West Bank, but what is happening can still not be justified with “never again”. A bunch of militant Arabs throwing rocks and aimless missiles, are not a threat to a strong nation.

Standing still on the siren’s cue isn’t gonna bring anyone back to life. The dead don’t feel the respect we pay them. Our ceremonies are doing no good to those who were actually affected by the Holocaust, neither dead, nor living.

Summing up, Israel loves the Holocaust because:

  1. It keeps us in an angry victim-like attitude that makes it easy to excuse policies and actions that would be described as racist or dehumanizing, or at the very least counterproductive, in any other place.
  2. Dwelling on the past and the dead instead of investing this time and money in the living and the future, distracts from more pressing but complicated issues.
  3. It gives us the warm fuzzy feeling that our government is staffed with caring human beings who make sure the dead are honored. How cute. While the living starve.
  4. The Holocaust propaganda Israel is running, is great for making Jews come to Israel and provide more taxpayers, more PR, and more reasons to get Arabs off the land. Because we need it for more Jews. Nevermind that life is easier in the real West. Nevermind that before the British mandate, this land was shared by both rather peacefully… Actually, organized Zionism destroyed the peace that the same organized Zionism is now pretending to fight to re-establish.
  5. It rings nicely to have a nation built upon the ashes of a sob story, so we can all share a massive group hug of reunion and looking forward. It justifies so much, not just excessive national pride mostly expressed by semi-literate arsim with a gold chain around their necks and a random Rabbi’s poster on their walls, Arab Jews who squeal “Death to Arabs”… Who have not lost anyone in Europe… No, it justifies so much more, and even makes it feel epic. We are the dramatic, angst-ridden anti-heroes who have to do what it takes to, well, never again and shit.

Well played, Israel.