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Opinion: Israel's latest genocide is all part of the plan

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Communities and also in Central Government

Opinion: Israel's latest genocide is all part of the plan Opinion: Israel's latest genocide is all part of the plan

By Max Salsbury, writing in a personal capacity 

According to Tory party chairman Grant Shapps, the Lib Dem MP Alan Ward should resign.

Ward's crime? He tweeted the following: "The big question is - if I lived in #Gaza would I fire a rocket? - probably yes."

This was too much for Michael Green (the name Shapps adopts when he's acting suspiciously at software conventions) who tweeted back: "Appalling: No MP should tweet what's essentially incitement to violence. Mr Ward must withdraw now. Completely irresponsible."

Quite right. Incitement to violence is socially irresponsible and unbecoming in an MP. 

Now, Grant/Michael would you like to condemn Israel's massive military barrage on Gaza as a war crime and call out everyone who has prattled about its 'right to defend itself' over the last couple of weeks for inciting violence?

No? I didn't think so.

You see, to Shapps and his demented right-wing ilk, Israel is the victim; the Palestinians the oppressors. That's how topsy-turvy things are in some people's minds.

The rich country with the highly advanced military capabilities and the 100% backing of the most powerful nation in world history is fighting a daily battle for survival, while the almost completely crushed miserable human beings living under a vast physical, economic and cultural blockade are the ones committing atrocities.

We have been sold a powerful set of lies for a long time. In fact, the narrative is so widely believed and so deeply felt that it's hard to imagine how it can be changed. Here are just a few of them, but they are the most defining:

  • The Palestinians are terrorists.
  • The Palestinians started it.
  • Israel is only defending itself.

These lies may be very simple but they are essential to Israel's plans.

Glib types used to say that Yasser Arafat "never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity". It was his fault peace plans always fell apart, so went the lie.

Actually, peace isn't possible between Israel and the Palestinians because Israel doesn't want peace: it wants land. 

Land it has stolen and doesn't want to give back. Land it has built its settlements on and land it plans to build further settlements on.

Real peace means returning that much-cherished, apparently holy soil. So, in place of genuine efforts to reach a two-state solution, the lies must be sold again and again and again.

Everybody knows what terrorists are. Often Muslim, so it is said, they attack civilian targets without warning and seem to love slaughter (interestingly, when military targets are selected this is still called 'terrorism' for some reason).

Now, when a state, let's say Israel, uses advanced war planes and artillery to bombard civilians, this is called 'defence'. To hold both of these activities in your mind and perceive them as completely different concepts you have to be either very stupid, or very committed.

(This is where glib types also like to step in and mutter things about 'moral equivalence', but enough about them.)

Meanwhile, back in Europe and America, the best and brightest take the Israeli position and call on the Palestinians to control themselves and turn on the fundamentalists among them.

God forbid Israel is asked to turn on its own religious/nationalist fundamentalist nut cases - many of whose fanatical racism wouldn't have been out of place in apartheid South Africa -  who believe the land beneath their feet was given to them by some god and who see the Palestinian people as vermin.

Watching the people of Gaza and the rest of the occupied territories being slowly ripped apart, humiliated and dispossessed by this USA and UK-armed state brings - among other emotions, such as anger and sadness - a deep sense of dread.

The world's a small place these days; complicity is only a heartbeat away. I have a feeling we're all going to pay for this.

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