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It Is Indifference Of The Israelis That Is Killing People

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In the past, whenever I went to (or more precisely, 'through') Israel, it was for some antagonistic purpose: to write about the brutal suppression of the intifada in Gaza or Hebron, to comment on the insanity of the land grab around Bethlehem, or to report from the eerie and de-populated Golan Heights, which Israel occupies against all international rules and the UN resolutions. You name it and I worked there: Shifa Hospital or Rafah Camp in Gaza, 'Golans', border with Jordan, Bethlehem.

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I used to arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, sleep one night in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem or Haifa, meet my contacts (my left-wing friends), hastily, and in the morning, dash towards the 'front', or towards one of the 'fronts' that the so-called 'Jewish State' sustains for decades at its 'peripheries'.

But this time I decided to do exactly the opposite.

As it became evident that Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has lost all his restraint and shame, as it has got clear that the United States will take full advantage of his madness, and as I was convinced that Europe as well as most of the Arab countries will do absolutely nothing to defend Palestine, Syria or Iran, being 'in the neighborhood' (Egypt), I bought my tickets to Tel Aviv, for just a 48 hour 'visit' and for one simple purpose: to observe Israeli citizens, talk to them, and to try to figure out how and what they think and want; how they see the world, and particularly how they perceive the region where they live, fight and kill.

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And so, I flew to Israel, from Cairo and via Amman. Once there, for two days I commuted between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in a brand new, fast and elegant double-decker train. I talked to many people, provoking them to describe the conditions in which they have been existing; to describe their political system, and the apartheid which most of them keep upholding through (as they constantly point out - 'democratic') elections.

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Of course, the more 'democratic' Israel really is, the more shameful the state into which it reduces the Palestinians, other Arabs and in fact, the entire region. Israeli citizens are continuously voting in the governments that are locking millions inside the camps. They are electing those who are igniting wars and military conflicts in various countries of the Middle East.

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Naturally, if you live in Beirut or Aleppo, it is easy to imagine that all this horror is happening because the Israeli citizens are simply 'evil'; in fact, a bunch of blood-thirsty Rottweilers who have been let off the leash by their North American masters.

But when one interacts with Israelis, he or she quickly realizes that, bizarrely, this is not the case.

Many Israelis appear to be slightly confused, shy, and introverted.

They are 'into themselves'. It appears that they 'don't give a damn about the world around them'.

The most shocking thing is not their brutality, but their detachment, indifference and selfishness.

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Note: I did not click "Funny" on this. It is anything but. I checked Must Read, Well Said, and Valuable. It is conceivable it was a slip of my thumb on my phone, but unlikely since my other checks were not there this morning; I do not think nor am I suggesting this was by OEN, and I have reason to believe I am personally being followed and hacked.

Andre is one of the best writers around on this topic. My only small addition is that the word "holocaust" with a capital "H" should be accompanied by a TM, since it was given the capital by Madison Ave folks, circa 1980, or so I've read by what I consider reliable sources; I encourage readers to find evidence to the contrary and be pleased to learn I'm wrong. We did after all snuff 10 million Native Americans, and there have been many other holocausts that were as bad or worse.

Lastly, on this particular point, here is an comment from a recent NYT article, from a fellow OEN regular contributor, that would be my only suggestion to Andre (a comment that mysteriously disappeared along with others) not long after the post. In deference to Rob, I am putting *** in for this particular historian:

6 million Jews were not killed in the Holocaust. About 1.2 million died in camps, largely from starvation and disease because the allies bombed the railways so food and supplies could not reach them. Read *** "Hitler's War" or watch his numerous online video talks. *** is an Historical Documentarian who extensively researched WWII.

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Man's Inhumanity to Man was the topic in my History class when I was in Middle School in California!. Looking back, I have a great appreciation for the teacher that chose that topic. As a 14 year old then, I didn't fully "get it" as I was into boys and riding my horse bareback through the orange groves near my home.


What is it about man....supposedly made in the image of God...while one could argue the case for being made in the image of Lucifer just as easily. As far as I'm concerned, no one likes war, save the world leaders that rally their populations to go fight another group...generally in the name of power and greed though they'd never admit it.


I'm a child of the 60's. The lyrics "all we are saying, is give peace a chance" are racing around in my head as I write. How many decades has it been now since WWII? What have we learned? What has changed? For one, we don't "declare" war anymore, we just "go" to war (largely for oil and regime changes..WTF?) in the name of stopping 'human rights abuses' while abusing human rights (like life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness), both here and abroad, in the process....Really, it's for global hegemony (read the PNAC if you have a lot of time on your hands).


America, which boasted of itself being a Force for Peace in the world, now finds itself in over 143 countries worldwide with military bases and/or military outposts in all of them. Money that could be used for our deteriorating infrastructure, first class education, tuition-free college (like in the Netherlands), universal healthcare (like Canada and Germany) is diverted to our MIC which whose end product in many cases is death and destruction.


Guess I got off on a rant. Yeah, I did. It's a big deal to me. Ever since I stared researching history more and more, I discovered that 'official stories' were not true..and that's not because I chose to believe them because they support my beliefs, but because the authors publishing their research, served prison time, paid huge fines, and had their lives ruined...no one would do such a thing to publish lies.


Daniel's last paragraph in his above post, is 100% true. Thanks, Daniel. :)

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