Archive | March, 2015

Open Letter to Chuck Norris

16 Mar

Dear Chuck Norris,

With all respect, as an Israeli who has to live in Netanyahu’s idea of Isreal, I can tell you that you have seen a speech and bought into him like some people see a yoghurt TV commercial and buy the goop the next day.

Yes, Netanyahu is an amazing public speaker. I used to believe in him. Then I stepped outside my happy, Hasbara-brainwashed Zionist cocoon. And no, he is not concerned with all of the people. Only those with money, and preferably only white Jews with money.

You do not live here. You do not see the struggle of the working class on a minimum wage as low as $4 while the cost of living corresponds to that in the usa. We dumpster-dive for return bottles because all the money goes into settlement constructions which violate international treaties Israel has SIGNED.
You do not see the daily institutional racism against Arabs, blacks, but also Middle Eastern Jews.
You do not see how Netanyahu exploits us to spoil his family (this is nepotism!), and how he is a war and fear mongerer to make sure we’re preoccupied with Iran and Syria rather than address the blatant social injustice he so happily ignores. Poverty will kill us before Iran does!
He has also done little for the security of Israel, and nothing another PM wouldn’t do – though perhaps not in the same way. He has wasted the lives of soldiers and of Arabs through ground operations that were poorly planned, for a mere show of force. The previous war could have been avoided had he not done all he could to escalate the situation in the West Bank in response to which Hamas, whom I am by no means defending, started firing missiles. When you respond to 3 indeed horrific murders by bulldozing everybody ELSE’S houses, arresting and beating hundreds, and collectively punishing everyone within a 5 kilometer radius of the murder suspects, you are not solving problems – you are creating them. Israel has military control over the West Bank, yet no political or social involvement, and you think that can work? HA!

As a descendant of someone who was involved in the foundation of the state, and who has a lot more insight than you, I can only say that while I love my country, its alleged innocence in the conflict is a blatant lie. We would be a lot safer had our government not had/still having this perpetual tradition of treating the Palestinians like animals. This country was not founded on deserted land. We have driven people out, empoverished them, bullied them, killed them. And now we’re bitching that they’re pissed. Good one! We have a chance, every single day, to break this cycle and try what has not been tried before: humanity. I am not naieve, I am no bleeding heart hippie, but look at our history and tell me how the current and past way of handling things has helped anyone? Yeah. Oh, so we’re still standing. But at what cost.

So no, this man is not worthy to lead us anywhere other than our self-destruction. He keeps pouring oil on the blaze with the Arab world, while we wither in poverty because he doesn’t give two shits about us.
That, Mr. Norris, is the reality as viewed by someone done with Hasbarah and sugarcoating, born and living in Israel. Screw Netanyahu’s speeches. Try living here. With your eyes and your mind wide open. And without your fancy money, but on the kind of job you get here when you don’t put your real name on the CV. First you do that for a couple of years, then you get to tell us whom to vote for, because it will be YOUR ass joining me in diving for refundable bottles. From your fancy estate somewhere out there, those big words are way too easy, and based on way too little, Mr. Norris.

Recommended read: Naeim Giladi, Ben Gurion’s Scandals. Read’em and weep.