Pro-Israel Rally for Attacking Gaza– NYC, 1-11-09

Note the 4:30 mark, where Bill Moyers quotes from the Torah. It seems to me that the people in this video, and the murderous right-wingers in Israel, are trying to reenact the scriptures that Moyers quotes. I disagree with Moyers’s implication that this is a ‘centuries-old’ family quarrel. I place the practical genesis of the current crisis in 1917, when the British essentially promised the ‘Holy Land’ to Jews. The Jews who make up the current population of Israel (and Judaism worldwide) are a mixed ethnic bag, and are not in any way as ethnographically specific as the mythical ancient Hebrews to whom God gave the Promised Land. Zionism is a recent phenomenon, and the modern state of Israel has no direct connection (other than geography) to the Jewish vassal province destroyed by the Romans in the first century. But I digress from the original point of this post. There is no justification for the well-planned and unremittant slaughter in Gaza, and seeing U.S. citizens celebrating the bloodshed does not bode well for our national future. The world is watching, and so is God.

Furthermore, if this is Israel, then perhaps Israel is a mistake that needs correcting. It can and should correct itself– it could start by listening intently to these folks— but time and nature won’t wait forever. I find myself in a position that would have been unsettling previously: I am agreeing with Ayatollah Khomeini.

…the occupation regime over Jerusalem should vanish from the page of time.

We in the U.S. should be careful where we choose to stand on this issue. We’ve already pissed on karma enough in the last few decades. Unequivocal support for this continuing atrocity isn’t going to pass for atonement.

2 comments on “

  1. You hadda make me watch that, dincha? :(Very depressing, indeed.

  2. Yes, it is depressing. But that’s what I’m here for.

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