When the musician Brian Eno saw a picture of a Palestinian man carrying the remains of his dead son in a plastic bag, he was moved to write a cri de coeur to his American friends, asking them to explain their country's unconditional support for Israel. This is his letter:
Original article appeared in the Independent on August 2, 2014.
Dear All of You,
I sense I'm breaking an unspoken rule with this letter, but I can't keep quiet any more.
Today I saw a picture of a weeping Palestinian man holding a plastic carrier bag of meat. It was his son. He'd been shredded (the hospital's word) by an Israeli missile attack -- apparently using their fab new weapon, fléchette bombs. You probably know what those are -- hundreds of small steel darts packed around explosive which tear the flesh off humans. The boy was Mohammed Khalaf al-Nawasra. He was four years old.
I suddenly found myself thinking that it could have been one of my kids in that bag, and that thought upset me more than anything has for a long time.
Then I read that the UN had said that Israel might be guilty of war crimes in Gaza, and they wanted to launch a commission into that. America won't sign up to it.
What is going on in America?
I know from my own experience how slanted your news is, and how little you get to hear about the other side of this story. But -- for Christ's sake! -- it's not that hard to find out. Why does America continue its blind support of this one-sided exercise in ethnic cleansing? WHY? I just don't get it. I really hate to think it's just the power of Aipac [the American Israel Public Affairs Committee]... for if that's the case, then your government really is fundamentally corrupt.
No, I don't think that's the reason... but I have no idea what it could be.
The America I know and like is compassionate, broad-minded, creative, eclectic, tolerant and generous. You, my close American friends, symbolise those things for me. But which America is backing this horrible one-sided colonialist war? I can't work it out: I know you're not the only people like you, so how come all those voices aren't heard or registered? How come it isn't your spirit that most of the world now thinks of when it hears the word "America"? How bad does it look when the one country which more than any other grounds its identity in notions of Liberty and Democracy then goes and puts its money exactly where its mouth isn't and supports a ragingly racist theocracy?
I was in Israel last year with Mary [a mutual friend]. Her sister works for UNRWA [the UN agency for Palestinian refugees] in Jerusalem. Showing us round were a Palestinian -- Shadi, who is her sister's husband and a professional guide -- and Oren Jacobovitch, an Israeli Jew, an ex-major from the IDF [Israel Defence Forces] who left the service under a cloud for refusing to beat up Palestinians. Between the two of them we got to see some harrowing things -- Palestinian houses hemmed in by wire mesh and boards to prevent settlers throwing shit and piss and used sanitary towels at the inhabitants; Palestinian kids on their way to school being beaten by Israeli kids with baseball bats to parental applause and laughter; a whole village evicted and living in caves while three settler families moved on to their land; an Israeli settlement on top of a hill diverting its sewage directly down on to Palestinian farmland below; The Wall; the checkpoints... and all the endless daily humiliations.
I kept thinking, "Do Americans really condone this? Do they really think this is OK? Or do they just not know about it?"
As for the Peace Process: Israel wants the Process but not the Peace. While "the process" is going on, the settlers continue grabbing land and building their settlements... and then when the Palestinians finally erupt with their pathetic fireworks they get hammered and shredded with state-of-the-art missiles and depleted uranium shells because Israel "has a right to defend itself" (whereas Palestine clearly doesn't).
And the settler militias are always happy to lend a fist or rip up someone's olive grove while the army looks the other way. By the way, most of them are not ethnic Israelis -- they're "right of return" Jews from Russia and Ukraine and Moravia and South Africa and Brooklyn who came to Israel recently with the notion that they had an inviolable (God-given!) right to the land, and that "Arab" equates with "vermin" -- straightforward old-school racism. That is the culture our taxes are defending. It's like sending money to the Klan.
But beyond this, what really troubles me is the bigger picture.
Like it or not, in the eyes of most of the world, America represents "The West". So it is The West that is seen as supporting this war, despite all our high-handed talk about morality and democracy. I fear that all the civilisational achievements of The Enlightenment and Western Culture are being discredited -- to the great glee of the mad Mullahs -- by this flagrant hypocrisy. The war has no moral justification that I can see -- but it doesn't even have any pragmatic value either. It doesn't make Kissingerian "Realpolitik" sense; it just makes us look bad.
I'm sorry to burden you all with this. I know you're busy and in varying degrees allergic to politics, but this is beyond politics. It's us squandering the civilisational capital that we've built over generations. None of the questions in this letter are rhetorical: I really don't get it and I wish that I did.
From me, Gary Vey|
There are lots of reasons not to get political or have strong opinions when you run a web site. Unless you don't take a stand on anything, you are bound to offend some people who have different opinions. But then again, sometimes you just don't care.
So, yes, I support the Palestinians and the suffering people in Gaza. If this were truly a democracy, I'd vote for sanctions against Israel... in fact I would have voted for these after the last Gaza Holocaust just a half-dozen years ago. Yes, that is my opinion for all it's worth.
I know lots of you feel the same way but perhaps you are afraid to let your inner sense of morality speak out. I cannot show you pictures of the infants and little boys and girls that have had limbs blown off or have been impaled by pieces of hot shrapnel. Would that encourage your moral indignation against what Israel is doing right now?
Because this web site contains advertisements, we are bound by contract not to show you anything that might upset you. We cannot show people getting hurt or even dead bodies -- it might turn you off from ordering that book from amazon or those new shoes. But you are free to look for these on other web sites.
Why are so many people blind to these horrific acts? Is it because they have succeeded in putting fluoride in our water... or is it the 440 hertz music we inherited from the Nazis? Is it the epidemic of ADHD and smartphones? Legalized marijuana? Chemtrails?
I think many of us have just given up on connecting with that inner voice that speaks of morality and justice. We have become comfortably numb.
Clash of Civilizations
August 4, 2014
The Israeli army confirmed today that up to 130 Palestinian civilians were slaughtered in Rafah last Friday following the triggering of the Hannibal protocol - an IDF directive that is designed to thwart the capture of Israeli combatants. Israel unleashed its full firepower and flattened an entire neighbourhood using tanks, artillery and gunships murdering130 Palestinians just to make sure that one Israeli soldier, Lt. Hadar Goldin didn’t fall into Hamas’ hands alive.
The only interpretation of this massacre is that Israel is a homicidal state completely immune to international conventions and without any respect for civilian lives.
In the light of the actions taken by the Jewish State in the last few days and the overwhelming support for Israel from Jews around the world, it is evident that we are witnessing a clash of civilizations. Humanity is faced with a savage tribe that shows a complete absence of empathy yet for some peculiar reason believes itself to be chosen.
For the sake of world peace, humanity has to use whatever resources it has to dismantle the Jewish State and its lobby.
Enough is enough.
Jewish Soldiers Detonating a Mosque (must watch)
The 20th century is saturated with stories of Bolshevik and Marxist Jews burning churches in the name of the 'revolution'. Below you can watch Israelis detonating a Mosque in the name of the Jewish people.
As the mosque is turned into dust, the Israeli soldier shouts "Long Live The State Of Israel" ("Te'chi Medinat Israel")