Saturday, January 17, 2009

Who writes the rules of reality?

In order to tell this story properly, we will first zoom in for a couple of close-ups. Then we will pull out for the larger picture.

ZOOM IN:

The Israelis lobbed phosphorous at a UN food storage facility. Obviously, this was done in order to starve the Palestinians -- just as the entire Gaza operation was ginned up in order to make life there unendurable.

Yet the Israelis try to convince us otherwise. That UN facility wasn't targeted. The IDF was simply returning fire:
Israel's prime minister, Ehud Olmert, said the military fired artillery shells at the UN compound after Hamas militants opened fire from the location, a version of events John Ging, director of Unwra in Gaza, rejected as "nonsense"

Mr Ging said Israeli shells first hit a courtyard filled with refugees, then struck garages and the UN's main warehouse, sending thousands of tons of food aid up in flames. Later, fuel supplies ignited, sending a thick plume of smoke into the air.

"It's a total disaster for us," said Mr Ging, adding that the UN had warned the Israeli its shelling put the compound in danger.
It all comes down to a game of "Who do you trust?" It's the word of Olmert versus the word of the UN officials on the ground.

ZOOM IN:

The megaphonies (discussed in earlier posts) have invaded No Quarter in a big way. (I hate to admit it, but Johnson's coverage of the Gaza atrocities has been quite good.) The plants are so obvious that the reader may think that he has entered an arboretum. Example:
The residents of Gaza are not starving - the Israeli government has consistently allowed food aid. Has the food been getting to the people? That’s another story, because Hamas or whatever Palestinian leadership has been on the ground cuts off food, water and electricity to their own people and blames it on the Israelis, and then distributes it through black market networks and favouritism.

Israel consistently warned civilians well in advance of any bombing near them. They did this by dropping leaflets and making phone calls...
And so forth. Pure crap, all of it. Fortunately, other NQ readers did much to set the record straight.

ZOOM OUT -- WIDE SHOT:

I've noticed one telling fact about all of the pro-Israel commentary peppering the blogs. No independent evidence is ever cited.

Pro-Israel writers get their "facts" from sources which trace back, ultimately, to the government of Israel itself. None of their facts ever come from the United Nations, from the Red Cross, from Oxfam, from Amnesty, from independent journalists.

Why is that? Why are virtually all reports from independent sources consistently at odds with the "reality" that the Israelis want us to accept?

Anti-Semitism. It's just that simple.

At least, so the Israelis and their Jewish supporters in America would have us believe.

Any person or organization which tells the world uncomfortable facts about the treatment of the Palestinians (or the Lebanese) stands accused of bigotry. In order to take the Israeli apologists at their word, you have to accept the ultra-paranoid view that every gentile is a Nazi at heart.

For example, when Amnesty published a damning report on the scurrilous invasion of Lebanon, Amnesty was accused of being anti-Jewish:
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director called the Amnesty International report, “bigoted, biased, and borderline anti-Semitic.”
He added that, “Amnesty International has a longstanding pattern of rushing to judgment to stigmatize Israel..."
Let us now turn to the Red Cross, which reports that the IDF has prevented the rescue of starving Palestinian children. How do Israelis and American Zionists (Jewish and Christian) manage to block out this unwelcome information? Simple. They presume that the Red Cross is a steaming nest of Hitler-adoring anti-Semites.

The afore-linked discussion also categorizes Doctors Without Borders as "Jew-Hating."

Israeli apologists have actually gone so far as to accuse all -- I'm not kidding: all -- non-governmental humanitarian organizations, including Oxfam and Christian Aid, of being party to the Great Anti-Semitic Conspiracy.
The network of non-governmental organizations that claim to promote human rights and humanitarian agendas, and are centrally involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, often use antisemitic themes and images in their campaigns. Some of these reflect classical antisemitism, while other cases involve the singling out of Israel, double standards, obsessive condemnations of responses to terror, campaigns for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions...
We are told that journalist Robert Fisk is an anti-Semite. AP is an anti-Semitic news agency. Former president Jimmy Carter is an anti-Semite. Daniel Seaman, the director of the Israeli Government Press Office, believes that every single member of the foreign press is an anti-Semitic liar; in particular, he accuses the BBC of being anti-Semitic.

Norman Finkelstein is an anti-Semitic Jew. So is Mossad tattle-tale Victor Ostrovsky. So is Heinz Galinski. So is any Jew who criticizes Israel. Secular Israelis who annoy the Orthodox are anti-Semitic. Most Israeli journalists are "self-hating anti-Semites." Pretty much every journalist or writer who says something that the Israeli government does not want you to believe is an anti-Semite.

In other words, in order to avoid the accusation of anti-Semitism, you have to accept the ultra-paranoid worldview that all goys -- and no small number of Jews! -- are part of a conspiracy.

Suppose Ehud Olmert were to enter your house and shoot a member of your family point blank, in the head, in full view of a security camera and a dozen witnesses. If he then denies the deed, you must believe him and not the masses of counter-evidence. If you insist on acknowledging reality, you are part of the Great Anti-Semitic Conspiracy. Even if the eyewitnesses who say "Olmert pulled the trigger" are Jewish, you must presume that they are anti-Semitic Jews. If you do otherwise, you might as well grow a mustache and call yourself Adolf.

Here's the problem: The loopy theory that all gentiles are part of an anti-Semitic conspiracy may convince a few Jews, though the majority of them probably don't buy that shit. But how long can Israeli apologists expect the gentiles themselves to buy that shit?

And yet that conspiracy theory is pretty much the width and breadth of their argument. They have nothing else.
Comments:
I'd like to believe you Joe, but I have it on good authority you're an anti-semite.

:-P
 
I am not anti-semite, but I would think the citizens of Gaza would definitely not put up with Hamas placing their kids and lifelines in danger. They are people too and they outnumber the people shooting the missles into Israel. There has to be more info, its just not politically correct to give both sides of this story.
 
That "hiding behind children" nonsense is a disinformation lie. It also stinks of a double standard. As I noted earlier, the Israelis use human shields all the time -- Mossad HQ is right next to a hospital.
 
I thought this post very good. You caught me having missed something which on reflection, stares me in the face. Its an Occam's razor point really, and I always like Occams' cos you cut through that subjective stuff. Im sure my Israeli relatives feel very differently, and I have heard their arguments quite a few times now.

I was going to write a lot on this issue, but I just cant face it. I hate talking to my jewish relatives on this. Lets face it, the issue is a lot to do with race. Always was. Lets face it, Israel is facing an existential threat. But it is not a military or Terror threat - at least not directly. Its demographics are poor, and it needs inward migration. If it doesn't look an attractive place to migrate to then eventually Jewish political control will be lost. This is what all the fighting and all the dead arab kids is about. Keeping Israel Jewish. How can that possible be worth a single innocent life? The Jews are meant to be chosen by god, which is meant to mean they are moral exemplars. It is not meant to mean they have the right to rule Arabs.

I remember Josephus, and the disaster of the second diaspora by Titus. If you read "The Jewish War" it is obvious they brought it on themselves by their stupidity and arrogance.

I think Israel is currently busy sowing the seeds of its own destruction. So I am very sad. But you are right Joe, if its not a moral example to the world then what right does it have to exist at all?

Harry
 
I distrust anyone who claims the moral high ground in this struggle. Hamas certainly doesn't have it, and neither does the Israeli government.

I draw parallels between the citizens of Gaza and Israel and the citizens of America under Bush. We have been stuck with a warmongering, heartless criminal for the past eight years. He was "elected" too and he is supposed to represent us. Yet 80% of Americans felt the country was going in the wrong direction according to a recent poll. Clearly, our democracy is greatly flawed, as is the "democracy" that produced the governments of Gaza and Israel.

I wonder how many Israelis and Palestinians feel the same way about their governments as we do about Bush? I wonder if they will ever unite and decide to make the fighting stop for good?

For the sake of peace, I hope they do.
 
"Moral example to the world"? Israel was founded on massacre-fuelled, terroristic, racist mass expulsions in 1948. Foreigners who have since worked on kibbutzim without realising they are a racist institution must be extremely naive.

The existential threat to Israel has always been a myth. Today it is pure fantasy. They massacre as many Arabs as they want, while the world stands by and does nothing. No UN or ICC investigation is going to lead anywhere. I'm quite sure that UNRWA officials in Gaza are furious. But any serious response would require the imposition of internationally agreed sanctions against the obscene regime which carried out these war crimes. And who really believes that's going to happen, any more than it did after Jenin?

Why does the world do nothing? Simple answer: for reasons of profit. It's not just the control that Jewish moneyed influence holds over the United States, UK, France, Germany, Russia, Kazakhstan, Georgia, etc. There's also the fact that in various technological areas, especially in information and communications technology, the western world has been locked into a dependence on Israel. See Helen Davis's book Israel and the World, with foreword by Rupert Murdoch.

On Robert Fisk: it's going to be interesting to watch how this guy's stock fares in the coming weeks. The key article for consideration is this one, in which he writes:

"I am increasingly troubled at the inconsistencies in the official narrative of 9/11. [...] I would like to know the full story of 9/11, not least because it was the trigger for the whole lunatic, meretricious "war on terror" which has led us to disaster in Iraq and Afghanistan and in much of the Middle East. Bush's happily departed adviser Karl Rove once said that "we're an empire now – we create our own reality". True? At least tell us."
b
 
Collective punishment should cut both ways.

Google the words "Kill all the Muslims" and you will find lots of Jews in and out of Israel who want this.

Google the words "Kill all the Jews" and there is a constituency for this as well.

The difference, is that Jews don't suffer casualties well. They act as a hive.

If jewish daycare centers and schools were firebombed OUTSIDE Israel - Diaspora Jews would quickly rein in their crazy cousins in Israel.

Want Peace? -- use Jews OUTSIDE Israel to force it on Israelis.
 
If you are calling for action against Jewish daycare centers and similar facilities, then I have to tell you that you are OUT OF YOUR MIND.

The entire point of my series of posts is that the targeting of civilians is odious.

We can achieve peace and justice simply by speaking out without fear. I would also counsel the use of economic weapons, such as divestment.
 
We are all anti-semites now.

And you can thank Israel for that.
 
Israel recruits 'army of bloggers' to combat anti-Zionist Web sites

http://haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1056648.html
 
And then we have Obama's new ambassador to the UN saying that its reports are often "biased" against Israel.

Sigh.

I'm starting to believe that Israel's bombing of the UN sites (and UN relief trucks) is also Israel's way of sending a subtle "message" to these organizations that keep drawing attention to Israel's crimes and atrocities. The UN needs to stop pussyfooting around and realize this, and know that any further criticism will be met by unrestrained violence by this out-of-control rogue state. I'm not sure what it can do, since any attempts at sanctions will be squelched by the U.S., but perhaps the UN and other world bodies can expel Israel?
 
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