Murdering children is unforgivable
by G.S. <george.salzman@umb.edu> 13 June 2008 (begun 29 April 2008)
this page is at http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/s/2008-06-13.htm

Wading in the blood of Armageddon

      Murdering children – in fact murdering anyone, but especially children – is equally unacceptable to me whether done by German Nazis of the Third Reich, by Palestinian ‘Freedom Fighters’, or by Jewish Nazis of the Israeli military or murderous Israeli fanatical settlers. One simply does not kill children if one is to be a humane being. The Jewish murderers are the product of Zionist ideology which appears to be overwhelmingly dominant in Israel. It is a deadly ideology that may well lead to the obliteration of Jewish people and of millions of others in the course of history.[1]

      Pursuit of Zionist ideology has in fact already contributed substantially to the deaths of millions of people in the middle east. In this note I argue for a strategy that will defeat the Israeli colonial project, a strategy that will do so without killing Jewish children – indeed without killing anyone. After all, Jewish children are as innocent at birth as are all children. Those Palestinians who fire explosive rockets at Jewish towns are lacking the high-tech smart bombs that the Israelis employ for targetted assassinations, but the Jewish children who are sometimes killed have also been murdered, albeit with low precision deadly means. Despite the technical crudity of their weapons, Israeli propagandists are only too happy to label them terrorists. And although they see themselves as ‘Freedom Fighters’, they are indeed terrorists, attempting to use terror to defeat the Israeli conquest. I wholeheartedly support their cause – defeating the Zionist onslaught – but am sure their current strategy cannot succeed. They are being goaded by the calculated provocations of the Zionist government, thereby serving the Zionist strategy. It is Israel (and the United States) that deserve to be thwarted. However, before proceeding I want to emphasize that my opposition to murder for a ‘righteous cause’ would stand even if I believed it could be a militarily winning strategy. It is utterly unacceptable. I say this with no qualifications.[2]

      There are three parts to this note.
Khalid Amyreh’s message to the Jews.
A statement by G.S. to Jews and non-Jews
A strategy for defeating the Zionist conquest


Khalid Amyreh’s powerful message to the Jews
10 March 2008
original at http://sabbah.biz/mt/archives/2008/03/10/my-message-to-the-jews/
reprinted with permission of the author

Khalid Amayreh is a journalist. He and his wife live
with their family in the Occupied Palestinian town of Dura.
He may be contacted at amayreh@p-ol.com


settler graffiti in Hebron

      I realize very well that you are not carbon copies of each other. And I also know that there are many Jews around the world who truly despise what Israel has been doing to the Palestinian people in your name.

      I earnestly commend these conscientious Jews for their morality and human decency. It is these honest people who enable us to retain the hope that counting on Judaic morality is not a lost cause.

      None the less, there are huge numbers of Jews who have found themselves transformed into soldiers of darkness and advocates of evil. There are Jews who shamelessly advocate the total annihilation of the Palestinian people. Unfortunately, these psychopaths are not isolated or marginal figures. On the contrary, they are highly respected by their hundreds of thousands of followers.

      It is these misguided and misguiding multitudes of Jews I am addressing in this brief article. And, in truth, my ultimate goal is not to vilify and demonize, but rather to warn and admonish them to wake up from worshiping this modern Golden Calf, otherwise known as the State of Israel.

      To begin with, I would like to remind you of a Talmudic story, which I believe is familiar to many of you. The story is told that a heathen came to Shammai with the request to be accepted as a convert on condition that he was taught the whole of the Torah while he stood on one foot. The Rabbi drove him away with the yard-stick which he was holding. He then went to Hillel with the same request; and he said to him: “What is hateful to you yourself, do not do to your fellow-man. That is the whole of the Torah and the remainder is but commentary. Go, learn it.”

      Yes, yes, what is hateful to yourself, don’t do to your fellow-man. What beautiful words of light and wisdom!

      Now are you mentally prepared to accept this universal law, which nearly every Jew on earth would agree encapsulates Judaic (and supposedly Jewish) morality?

      If you are, then you should thoroughly examine your attitudes toward Israel, a state that has more in common with the ideas of Hitler than it does with the teachings of Moses.

      Israel is deceiving you, lying to you and betraying your moral legacy, the legacy bequeathed by the Israelite prophets, and their (our) forefather Ibrahim, who taught mankind “thou shall not murder, thou shall not lie, and thou shall not steal...and be just.”

      I am sorry to speak in such a harsh tone, but, in truth, Israel and Zionism succeeded through the years in transforming you from a people who believe in justice and value morality into murderers and justifiers of murder, into thieves and justifiers of theft, and into liars who have to change black into white and white into black in order to cover up their shame, and then call the lies strange names such as hasbara and public relations and political correctness.

      In your name, Israel, knowingly and deliberately, is slaughtering innocent people, including children.

      This is not done by mistake as Israeli leaders and spokespeople would falsely claim. When “mistakes” happen every day and every hour and every minute, they are no longer mistakes. They are policy. Besides the images are too graphic to be ignored and too obscenely brazen to be dismissed as “Arab propaganda.” They transcend reality.

      In your name, Israel has been carrying out ethnic cleansing, in its ugliest forms, all under the pretext of “maintaining Israel’s Jewish identity!!” you see the pornographic oppression, coming from a people who claim to adhere to the Ten Commandments.

      In your name, Israel in the summer of 2006 dropped millions of cluster bombs or bomblets all over South Lebanon. Is this the light upon the nations that you claim to be? Shame on you!

      It is because of your crimes against man and God that we, the Palestinians, have effectively become “the Jews of our time,” while you have effectively become the “anti-Semites of our time.” You, the Jews, the victims of the holocaust, and the numerous pogroms and inquisitions, have turned out to be like all underdogs, when you get on the top, you become as murderous and as brutal to your victims as your former oppressors were to you when you were underneath.

      The Nazis looked down on Jews and others as untermensch, and you are looking down on us as “Arabs”!! The Nazis sought expansion at their neighbors’ expense and called it “lebensraum.” And you are doing the same, under the pretext of building “housing units for Jews.” The Nazis carried out “pacifications” in which innocent people were mercilessly killed; and you carry out “defensive operations” during which you wreak death and havoc on innocent people. At least the Nazis didn’t lie about their criminality as much as you do about yours. You are not only evil murderers and great child killers. You are also nefarious liars.

      The Nazis believed in an Aryan “master race” and you, Zionists, are trying to make a “race” out of Jews. Your methods are similar and your goals are nearly identical.

      You can’t deny this; we are not naive North Americans or Europeans whom you think you can bamboozle very easily. We have been through it all, from creation to destruction.

      I am saying this because in the final analysis when people, any people, including Jews, behave and act as the Nazis did, they themselves become Nazis. Evil, whether done by a “master race” or a “chosen people” is evil. Evil can’t be kosher. True, there are no gas chambers in Gaza and Hebron. But you are killing us with F-16 fighters and tanks and artillery and apache helicopters. So, the outcome is the same. Besides, the writing is literally on the wall. Come to Hebron and see for yourselves.

      Too harsh?

      No, it is not, because if what is happening today in Palestine at the hands of holocaust children and grand children and great grandchildren is having no effects on your individual and collective conscience, it is immensely naive to think that you will experience a moral awakening when the pharaohs of Israel, people like Matan Vilnai, choose to carry out their threatened “greater holocaust” against our people.

      Many of you may be forgiven for being ignorant of Israel’s reality of evil. But you are not a people of ignorance. Which means you are doing and supporting evil knowingly and consciously. If so, you are no better than your past tormentors.

      Don’t be so excited about America’s unlimited and unrestricted support and backing. America is not helping you to uphold your moral principles, America is “helping” you to destroy these principles, which you are doing anyway.

      Needless to say, when an evil power “helps” you corrode your moral system, this should not be a cause for joy and satisfaction. I am sure that wise men and women amongst you understand the meaning of my words.

      Finally, I call on you to wake up from this toxic arrogance of power, this collective megalomania and false sense of triumph. You are actually experiencing a collective psychosis, a virtual moral meltdown. Hence, you are really in big trouble. And, now, a few words to Jews in Israel-Palestine. Soon you will be celebrating Israel’s 60th anniversary, which is for us a profoundly inauspicious occasion commemorating evil and genocide. Because you destroyed our homes, obliterated our towns and villages, perpetrated untold massacres, and expelled the bulk of our people, at gun point, to the four corners of the globe. And you had the audacity to call all of this evil “war of independence” and to claim that “they just fled away...”!!!

      Notwithstanding , you are still as blind as you are brutal despite the passage of 60 years.

      If you had invested a fraction of the means at your disposal; if you had used your energies and industriousness and creativity for peace with your neighbors, peace would have been realized a long time ago.

      But you were not interested in peace then as you are not interested in peace now. Instead you were busy then as you are busy now stealing our land and building thereon Jewish-only settlements inhabited by fanatical settlers who are taught that the only way to expedite the appearance of the “redeemer” is by shedding non-Jewish blood and doing evil.

      Well, since when can murder and evil produce good?

      None the less, it is perhaps not too late to try to rectify your evil ways and morbid thinking.

      Try to reach out to the Palestinians and Arabs and Muslims. Remember, this is a predominantly Muslim region, and in a few decades, there will be 700 or 800 million Muslims in your vicinity. Think about your future generations. Maybe, just maybe, America’s military and economic power will have gone with the wind by then.

      Moreover, try to show respect to Islam, because without respecting Islam, you don’t really respect Judaism. This is instead of vilifying the religion that describes the Torah as “a book of light.”

      And stop this dishonorable alliance with those pseudo-Christian maniacs who advocate and actively push for a worldwide Armageddon in which hundreds of millions of people, including 99% of Jews, would perish, all in order to induce the second advent of Jesus.

      But above all, stop killing and tormenting the helpless Palestinians, for you had been helpless yourselves. Stop killing their children. Stop destroying their homes. Stop confiscating their land. Stop imprisoning their sons unjustly. Stop narrowing their horizons. Stop your mass murder, mass terror and mass oppression. Stop making a hell out of our daily life. Yes, stop it, if not for justice and human decency, then for your own safety. Oppression boomerangs as we saw recently in Jerusalem.

      And don’t get emboldened by American officials who tell you ... Kill, kill, kill and we will stand by you! because America and its immoral politicians are thousands of miles away ... but we are destined to be neighbors, or even citizens of the same state.

      And remember, it is not an act of heroism to murder unprotected innocent civilians, using America’s state-of-the-art technology of death. History won’t be kind to you.

      What heroism is there in having an F-16 fighter rain death on sleeping children and women at a refugee camp?

      Shame on you.


Salzman statement to Jews and non-Jews

      In an earlier note I provocatively asserted Israelis conform to Hitler’s prediction. and asked, Why are so many Jews acting as Hitler said they would? [3] The answer, also surely shocking to many, is that Jews are fundamentally no different than any other ethnic group. Of course every ethnic group develops typical patterns of behavior. These however are all learned. They have nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with genetic makeup. In this critically important respect Adolf Hitler was totally wrong. There is but a single human species. In that note, I asserted
In the chapter titled ‘Nation and Race’ of Mein Kampf Hitler concludes with a lengthy savage condemnation of what he considers to be the ‘Jewish race’, a term synonymous for him with ‘Jewish nation’ and with ‘Jewish people’. He believed, I think mistakenly but sincerely, that the terrible straits in which the German people found themselves after World War I were brought about by the Jews, to whom he attributed the goal of subjugating the German nation. He saw the Jews as master manipulators, crafty in business, banking, the stock market, and effective in shaping public discourse through their control of much of the media, all to the detriment of the Aryan race.

      Among Jews, as in any ethnic group, there is a range of beliefs with wide variations between the convictions of different individuals. I am struck by the utter stupididy of the body of (primarily English-speaking Jews) who are apparently oblivious to the lessons that the Nazi Judeocide ought to have stirred them to examine deeply with the goal of trying to prevent any similar horror, and I say similar advisedly – not equal, from happening to any human beings. But no, the relatively small number of very wealthy Jews who support the so-called mainstream American, Canadian, British etc. groups who ignore the crimes against humanity that are part and parcel of Israeli policy behave as though
1. they can propagandize a majority of their Jewish co-nationalists, and
2. are wealthy and clever enough to manipulate the world – the entire world – in favor of the state of Israel indefinitely, human rights be damned.

      The stupidity of this behavior ought to be manifest even to them, and would be if they allowed themselves to gauge the enormous reservoir of bitter hatred towards Jews (as a generalized group) engendered by their and Israel’s behavoir towards the Palestinians, Lebanese, and other non-Jewish middle-easterners. Even on count 1., maintaining their ‘fellow Jews’ blind and ignorant loyalty to the behavior of the Jewish state, they are confronting a growing abandonment. That is not so surprising. It's simply a consequence of the basic decency of a majority of people, including a majority of Jews. Living as we are in an age of near-instant and lurid graphic depiction of the barbaric conduct of the Israeli military, we normal people are revulsed at the murder of Palestinian children and others.

      The stupidity of those rich Jews funding the propaganda efforts of the Israel Lobby to influence other Jews is dwarfed by the idiocy of their assumption 2., i.e. that they are and will continue to be both wealthy and clever enough to manipuate the entire world for the forseeable future. Jews per se are such a tiny part of the world’s population that only by aligning itself with the current dominant nation-state can Israel and its bloc of Jewish supporters even dream of gaining and maintaining a dominant position in the middle east. Thus far this has been a successful short-term strategy, but even now it is clearly beginning to crumble as the United States loses its all-powerful position in the world.

      In the long run it is unimportant whether a majority of American and other English-speaking Jews favor the ongoing conquest of the Palestinians, except for its likely impact on the future of Jewish people – in particular their own children and grandchildren. Embedded in the notion that they can manipulate the global non-Jewish majority there’s enormous contempt for the intelligence of ordinary everyday goyim (derogatory term for non-Jews). Of course many Jews, as well as non-Jews, have been duped by the propaganda of the Israel Lobby and the extreme degree of Jewish-influnced corporate and government control of the English language media. But as the flow of honest information is turning from a trickle to a flood the aggressive shysters of the Israel Lobby are rapidly being discredited.[4]

      The healthiest sign of the change in the temper of the struggle to disseminate the truth about the suffering of non-Jewish people in the middle east is the growing stream of both Jewish and non-Jewish people who are speaking up, justly unimpresed by being labelled, respectively, ‘self-hating Jews’ or ‘anti-Semites’ by the Israel Lobby spokespersons. I believe we should simply nail these epithets for the absurdities they truly are. As absurd, for example, as if a Turkish person who condemned the Armenian genocide of 1915-1917 by the Turkish government were labelled by a diehard defender of Turkish nationalism as a ‘self-hating Turk’.

      There is a legitimate use for the term ‘anti-Semites’. Someone who hates Jews indiscriminately simply because they are Jews is correctly labelled an anti-Semite, just as someone who hates members of any ethnic or national group (say French, Algerian, Sudanese, etc.) on the basis of his or her cultural identity alone is accurately labelled anti-French, Algerian, Sudanese, etc. But the absurdity that because a particular ethnic group has undergone horrendous suffering entitles it to act with moral impunity in brutal fashion against another group is manifest. Jews are not exempt from behaving humanely. Just as the horrors pepetrated against African peoples and American Indians does not give them moral sanction to act brutally towards other ethnic or national groups, as practically all English-speaking Jews would immediately affirm. Jews too are not exempt.


Defeating Israel’s conquest of Palestine:
a winning, humane strategy

      Some years ago I finally – belatedly – realized that the goal of the Jewish state and its non-Israeli Jewish supporters was the total subjugation and disinheritance of the Palestinians. This aim was quite blatantly clothed in a discourse of lies that ignored the basic illegitimacy of driving an indigenous ethnic group out of its lands and appropriating the territory for the use of the conquerors. Jews of course were not the first to pusue such a course, but that didn't lessen the terrible behavoir it required on the part of the conquerors. It was equally clear that the U.S. fixation was on gaining global control and that since Israel and the U.S. were collaborating shamelessly in this project, the major effort ought to be directed to awakening the American people to see how they have been propagandized to believe that the attacks by Israel and the U.S. in the middle east were beneficial for us Americans. In fact they have devastated the lives of milllions of Americans and non-Americans, and the U.S will be forced to give up in Iraq and remove its troops.

      Since understanding the horror of the campaign to destroy Palestinian society I began contributing to the counterpropaganda efforts with a number of analyses and in other ways that sought to gain justice for all peoples.[5]

      As Khalid Amyreh states, and as is clearly honest, “in truth, [his] ultimate goal is not to vilify and demonize, but rather to warn and admonish [Jews] to wake up from worshiping this modern Golden Calf, otherwise known as the State of Israel.” That too is precisely my goal. My affirmation, in the very first paragraph of my statement following his is that “Jews are fundamentally no different than any other ethnic group” expresses my conviction that we are as fallible as any group of people, and, the hopeful part, also capable of learning when we are wrong.[6]


My discussion of the strategy is still to be completed, as is the list of
publicized articles (Note [5]). The extreme urgency in Gaza and
elsewhere impels me to post this, though it is incomplete.

NOTES
[1] For a devastating, carefully documented examination of the roots of Zionist ideology, Overcoming Zionism: Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine, by Joel Kovel, is probably the best exposition I've encountered. For some background on Kovel, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joel_Kovel. My major disgreement with him is, at this stage in human social evolution, more philosophical than practical. He calls for a ‘Single Democratic State’ for the region of Israel/Palestine. But I forgive him for advocating a nation-state at all – one is one too-many. He is not yet an anarchist. But he’s already learned a lot in his first 71 years, and I'm patient.

[2] Why am I so convinced that if the most ardent Palestinian elements, in particular those who do occasionally murder children, continue to do so, it will continue to be a losing strategy? Or more precisely, why do I think it will be a losing strategy at least until the United States stops its unqualified support for Israel.
    From what I have seen of the popular struggle here in Oaxaca, where the repressive fascist governmental and paramilitary forces are very heavily armed and fully backed by the United States, it has been evident that both the Oaxaca State and Mexican governments have sought pretexts to justify using massive lethal force to crush the rebellion. It is quite remarkable that the popular forces, almost totally rejecting violent struggle, remain vibrant now, two years later, in the face of fierce repression, and have suffered minuscule casualties compared to any other uprising of comparable size and duration. I explored the reasons why Oaxacans have been able to do this, thus far successfuly, in an article titled “A revolution with an absolute minimum of violence: It‘s not ‘news’– but it should be” at http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/Strate/2006-10-13.htm .
    Additional persuasion that those Palestinians who reject armed struggle are strategically as well as morally in a winning camp comes from an entirely different realm. I had occasion to read Sacco and Vanzetti: The Anarchist Background, by Paul Avrich, (Princeton University Press) 1991 and then to reread, after many years, Boston, by Upton Sinclair (Robert Bentley edition, Boston) 1978. I undertook to reread Sinclair's historical novel in order to compare his account, which is extremely favorable to Sacco and Vanzetti, especially Vanzetti, to Paul Avrich's account. Avrich is also very sympathetic towards and respectful of the Italian-American anarchist movement of that time, but he gives a perhaps richer account than Sinclair of their readiness to kill innocent victims in their mode of struggle. These two studies of the struggle of Italian-American anarchists helped convince me of the absolute futility of adopting a strategy of responding with violence to a vastly greater armed force.

[3] http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/S2/2008-02-23.htm .

[4] An excellent, thoroughly documented study of these propaganda efforts is published in The Holocaust in American Life, by Peter Novick, (Houghton Mifflin), Boston, 1999.

[5] A list of articles I publicized – mine and other peoples’ – that speak of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict follows:

    2003-10-24 Rockets, Napalm, Torpedoes & Lies: Israel’s attack on the USS Liberty, by Jeffrey St. Clair, http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/Strate/Salz/2003-10-24.htm.

    2004-02-20 On the nature of Zionism: Zionist ideology, not Sharon, is the problem, by Ghada Karmi, http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/Strate/Discus/2004-02-20.htm.

    2004-05-14 Welcome to Their Nightmare: Orwell and Kafka in Israel/Palestine, by Lawrence Davidson, http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/Strate/Discus/2004-04-03.htm.

    2004-05-23 The Israel-Palestine Conflict-1: Edward, I was wrong about Sharon. http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/Strate/Discus/2004-05-22.htm.

    2004-06-05 The Israel-Palestine Conflict-2. http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/Strate/Discus/2004-06-05.htm.

    2004-06-10 A remarkable Jewish Israeli woman speaks out, interview of Shulamit Aloni. http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/Strate/Salz/2004-05-00.htm.

    2004-08-16 Assault on the USS Liberty-2: in pursuit of truth, http://site.www.umb.edu/faculty/salzman_g/Strate/Discus/2004-08-16.htm.

[6] The deadly foolishness of demonizing. The demonization of Jews by the German Nazis was the ideological basis for that holocaust. Demonization of the Palestinians is the ideological justification for the Jewish conquest of Palestine. Counter-demonization is readily available. It is always a way of throwing the blame on the other party. One of the books that attempts to do that in the case of the Third Reich is Hitler’s Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust, by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, 1996, Knopf, New York. He attributed a unique pathology of anti-Semitism to the German population that he believed it had developed over a period of several ceturies. By contrast, Khalid Amyreh expresses hope in writing, “I realize very well that you are not carbon copies of each other. And I also know that there are many Jews around the world who truly despise what Israel has been doing to the Palestinian people ... I earnestly commend these conscientious Jews for their morality and human decency. It is these honest people who enable us to retain ... hope.” Needless to say, I have encountered a great many Jews who without further thought, immediately dismiss a statement such as Amyreh’s because of his name – they demonize him. It is part of their mode of remaining ignorant.


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