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Israel’s 2014 in Review

30 Dec

The year 2014 in Israel: same old, same old.

We’ve had one “major” (as in, involving more than one small town beyond the Green Line) “war” (as in, avenging a bitch slap with a chainsaw massacre), some 70 Israelis and 3000 Palestinians dead, many more homeless. A rather impressive 4000 rockets were fired into Israel. Ashkelon Beach kinda lost its attraction to me by an explosive 90%. Bada-BOOM-ah!

Three Jewish boys were killed by about as many Palestinian terrorists. As a results, hundreds of Palestinians, related or not, got harassed and abused by police, military, and other entities, and quite a few ended up homeless. None of them the culprit, but who cares.
In revenge, 6 Jews murdered a Palestinian child by burning him alive. They were arrested and investigated by the book, respectfully, with all the necessary insanity and other pleas to help them stay out of jail. No neighbors had their houses bulldozed or their asses beaten by police.
So the exchange rate in Israel has remained rather stable: 1 Jewish life is worth at least 50 Arab lives. I’m not just counting the lives literally lost in revenge for one another, but also those stripped of humanity, dignity, and not least of all, basic civil and human rights.
So yeah, one Jew buys you 50 Palestinians or more. I should get me a couple Jews. Need some house staff. 1 for the litter boxes, 1 for walking the dogs, 1 for general cleaning, 1 for the kitchen. Wait, I think one Jewish kidney will buy me that much.

What else… Ah yes, some 70 Israelis lost their lives. Most of them soldiers. Because as tragic as that is – and it sincerely strikes me with grief – Israelis don’t die in rocket barrages. They start dropping like flies once they enter Gaza to deliver payback for rockets most of which only cause property damage. For every Israeli killed by a rocket, 20 died in Gaza. Soldiers are not scarecrows. They are just as human and just as alive, and craving to stay so, as civilians. So why sacrifice even one soldier to protect one civilian, let alone 20 per capita? I’m not saying the barrages should be tolerated… But sending those kids in there on foot or in ground vehicles, uh…
Also, there are ways to stop the barrages that Israel hasn’t tried yet. After all, our “war” with the Palestinians is not a religious one. On neither side. The fact that they invoke Allah in their warfare, doesn’t change that fact. All fighters, terrorists, and soldiers, who believe in any God, turn to him in times of warfare and confrontations with death. Some may try to make this war religious, but in essence it is not. So what Israel might try, and hasn’t yet, is to allow the Gaza Strip to thrive to a degree the people can live with dignity and humanity. Hamas may abuse some funds, but that is only part of why Gazans are poor and angry. Now don’t give me “but we ship them food and materials”. Yeah, prisoners also get two or three meals a day, and electricity, yay them!
So, what is my suggestion? Let them construct, let them build an industry and an economy, and after thorough background checks, grant free passage to individuals and groups. Anyone who abuses this, can still be taken out. Also, enough with the collective punishments and excessive force. Treat Palestinians as equal human beings, is my suggestion. Their quarrel with us is about how we treat them. You can’t keep kicking a dog and then complain that it’s dangling off your throat. We have been kicking this dog for way too long. To all Palestinians reading this: I am not saying you are dogs. I am just using the first allegory that comes to my dog-loving mind.

The Jewish Nation State bill. Ah, yes. After firing the two remaining sane major MKs, Lapid and Livni, Bibi goes and says: “Yall, let’s declare those Gentiles second class citizens and make this a Fourth Reich!”
Yeah, no, that isn’t gonna pour oil on the Palestinians’ blaze, nah, and it’s also totally not gonna alienate the Israeli Arabs, including Christians, Druze, and seculars. Nah, I see no problem with that.

I predict that in 5 years’ time, the Gaza Strip and the Best Wank won’t be the only Arab ghettos. I don’t believe there will be gas chambers, but I do totally count on Israel to cut down resources.

Yeah, 2014 has been a great year for Israel, full of no changes for the better, the usual death toll for both sides, and more chikanery to keep the Arabs pissed. If you are a conservative Zionist and would like things to stay this way, vote Bibi or Lieberman or Bennet NOW!

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Who by fast decay?

2 Aug

This war has done too much damage already. Not only is every single life lost, one too many. No, it also does the opposite of unite the people on either side. Right and left are entangled in as much hatred as the IDF and Hamas.
Unity is not about being of the same opinion, so neither right nor left gets to accuse the other of divisiveness just because one disagrees with the war and the other does not. Unity is about sticking together in spite of those differences. Sticking together for the greater goal of peace means to find a way that both Israelis and Palestinians can live in peace and dignity. For this to happen we must stop putting the sole blame on any faction, be it the Gazans, “leftists”, or however else you wish to label a group in black and white thinking – disregarding that there is no black and white here. There is no “they started it, so we get to totally fuck their shit up”. Maybe “they started” this specific round, but there have been so many rounds in this fight that it has become irrelevant who the initial initiator is. At this point, rather than who started it, we need to focus on how we can stop it. And here, too, we cannot put the responsibility solely on the shoulders of one party. We can’t rest on the convenience of having attempted half, no, quarter-assed outreach to “the enemy”. We must be more proactive, and by that, I don’t mean “drop more bombs”. Because war creates trauma and trauma creates more war. We can’t expect to crush Gazans, have them bury their loved ones, and sit down and say “Yeah well Israel, you’re right, we’re wrong, we’ll leave you alone now”. It is not reasonable. It is against logic and against human nature to expect such a thing to come out of all this violence.

And finally, feeling compassion with the Gazans and mourning their dead, is not anti-Israeli. Israel prides itself with morality and compassion and anti-racism, so how about at this time of all, we put our money where our mouth is and not label people equally mourning the dead on both sides (yes, that is possible) traitors or antisemites? How about we not demand that our morality and compassion be earned, or applicable exclusively to those treating us nicely? We must internalize that Gazans, too, no matter whether they like or hate us, are humans with these basic needs:
-health
-food/water
-shelter
-safety/reliability of the above
-dignity
-hope
-education
-reasonable availability of the above
-family, love, intimacy (not just sexual)
-trust in the preservation thereof
Israel continues to take this away from them, and why is irrelevant. The outcome is what matters, because the outcome are missiles and dead soldiers who are also the sons of weeping mothers, so the soldiers dying to protect civilians doesn’t make their deaths noble, it makes them senseless because when they’re not wearing those uniforms, they, too, are civilians. And even inside of those uniforms, these soldiers, just like the terrorists and their enablers, are human beings with the needs listed above, equal in intensity as any civilian may experience them.

Once this is internalized rather than deciding that we can just bomb people because their lives are worth less than ours (or vice-versa), peace talks will make sense. As long as either side values retaliation and destruction over acknowledging humanity, there can be no valid, reliable peace. Peace and freedom can only be achieved by mutual granting thereof. And one needs to take the first step and be consistent in it. Not pretend to have “tried” while denying “the enemy” either of the things listed above. This goes for Israel and Hamas equally. Whoever fancies himself the morally superior party, will need to take steps that may hurt the ego, but close the rift. And whoever has the power to do so, also has the obligation.

This is not “leftist” talk or any “box” or “group” or “label” talk. This is mere reason. I am painfully aware though, that many are past that.

Drip drip boom

11 Jul

Drip drip boom
The rhythm of the region
Drip drip boom
The song of God’s Chosen People 
The chant of Allah’s Chosen Men

Drip, hatred seeps into your home
Drip, hatred creeps into your heart
While it sleeps.
Boom, in the morning it awakens
Sirens blaring, walls are shaking

Drip, three sons, one dying breath
Drip, a young boy burned to death
Blood freezes in their mothers’ hearts
Boom it breaks, blood spills from scars
Another mother soon joins in

Drip, one more green uniform falls
A flower reported, painful calls
Drip, one more green headband dies,
A martyr reported, streets echo with cries
A warrior’s blood, it drips on dirt
It drips unheard
Boom, a mother’s heart has ears

Drip, all mothers’ hearts bleed the same
For Eyal, Mohammed, for the losers of this game
Boom goes the mutual retribution
To make sure the others, too, remain in pain.

Drip goes the conscience after dark
Drip goes the sight that “the others”, in their eyes,
Boom – are us.