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Make Israel history

June 5, 2007

Israel’s victory in the Six Day War is the single biggest cause of conflict in the world today.

It’s the fortieth anniversary of the Six Day War, and the beginning of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. This war, probably more than any conflict, has poisoned world politics ever since. I would argue that it’s probably the single biggest cause of conflict in the world today, which is why I blog about it so much.

Here is an Amnesty International report about the devastating effects of 40 years of occupation.

I am as disturbed by the rise of militant Islam as anyone, but I think that it is the injustice done in Palestine that is the cause, and only creating a just solution will take away the Islamic fundamentalists reasons for existing. We are facing a so-called ‘clash of civilisations’, between Islamic and Western values.

But its Western hypocrisy that Muslims are rejecting, and the Israeli occupation – and US support for it – is what has made Islam the enemy of the West.

I had a scrap on the Zionist blog today. The readers of the blog find it impossible to concede that I can criticise Israel without being an anti-Semite. “This Palestinin crap is just another stick to beat Jews with“, as Gary puts it.

They paint me as a rabid anti-Semite, who won’t rest until every Jewish child is murdered. You just can’t debate with Zionists, because when you write “Israeli troops target Palestinian civilians”, they read “kill the Jew”. There’s just a total shut down, and inability to engage. Any media report about Israeli atrocities is down to media anti-Semitism, Palestinian lies, or both.

Most of the comments on the blog are written by hysterical ninnies, who claim that any attempt to establish a single, secular state will result in ‘a second holocaust’, that the Palestinians are this minute sharpening their knives for Jewish throats.

One of them claims that the occupied territories are being ruled by Israel through a UN mandate! And this is some one who wants me to ‘read more on the topic’ before I deign to have a say.

What other fantasies are lurking in the minds of the Zionists?

Well, a popular one is likening Palestinian fighters to the Nazis. One comment mentioned Arab collaboration with the Nazis before World War Two.

Yes, that’s true, and it’s a particularly unedifying bit of history. But guess what? The Zionists collaborated with the Nazis too!

There was even a medal struck to commemorate this:

The hypocrisy of it is nauseating too. The blog post was condemning COSATU’s call for a boycott of Israel. But Israel has called for a world wide boycott of the elected leadership of the Palestinian territories, just because they don’t like the outcome of the election.

I don’t like the outcome either, but you can’t claim to be a democrat and then refuse to accept the results of a democratic election.

When I likened Israel to apartheid South Africa – and their hysteria to Swart Gevaar – they assumed I was comparing the ANC to Hamas.

Do I need to spell it out? Criticism of Israel does not equal support for Islamists.

It’s at times like this that anti-Zionist Jewish voices are important, whether they are Marxists like Yossi Schwartz, anarchists against the wall, religious groups or just Jews sans frontieres.

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