Bauman spoke out earlier on the holocaust, Zionism, and Israeli belligerence. Its leaders prioritize conflict, not peace, he said. They manipulate holocaust memories to justify occupation harshness.
They do unto others what they deplore having been done to them.
Bauman is a holocaust survivor. He escaped Nazi-occupied Poland. He managed to get into Soviet Russia's sector. He was forced out of Eastern Europe during Poland's 1968 anti-Semitic purges.
He calls today's Israel a "belligerently intolerant, faith-driven ethno-state." Peace is a non-starter. Advancing it never existed and doesn't now. "It did not die. It was killed." It was done so from inception.
Occupation harshness is "toxic" and "corrosive," he says. It corrupts the "ethics and moral scruples of the occupiers." Challenging fortress Israel is considered "criminal and treason."
War and readiness for it erode democratic freedoms. Israeli leaders fear peace. Without conflicts they "don't know how to govern." They exploit holocaust memories as "a get-out-jail card for their own depravity and absolution of their sins."
They do so for ones they've "already committed and (others) they are going to commit."- Advertisement -
Bauman's "radically opposite way of 'commemorating' the holocaust can be summarized as follows: It is forbidden to stay silent in the face of Israeli crimes and their persecution of Palestinians exactly because the fate of Jews in Europe had similar beginnings - discrimination, pogroms, ghettoes, concluding with the Shoah."
Holocaust survivors have a mission, he added. They're obligated "to prevent another disgracing of civilization."
Israeli leaders threaten one. It's ongoing in slow motion. "Hurting people debases and morally destroys those who are doing" it.
It initiates a process anthropologist Gregory Bateson called "schizmogenesis." It's a "sequence of action and reaction where each consecutive behavior" exaggerates another. Doing so causes "ever more deepening schism."
Israel's been shooting itself in the foot for decades. What can't go on forever won't. Bauman is one of many Jewish intellectuals speaking candidly on today's Israel.
He wants views he considers vital heard and understood. He was invited to Israel to express them. Advanced age didn't silence him. In November, he'll be 88.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at Email address removed .