The Moral Barbarian
One of the most important and least discussed reasons for Israel’s eternal state of war is the Israeli dogmatic belief in moral superiority. Like all colonialists before them, the Jews in Israel view themselves not only technologically and culturally superior to the rest of the Middle East but also morally superior, the necessary ingredient for being able to commit continued atrocities without any compunction of wrongdoing.
Israeli society is surprisingly open to self-introspection and self-critique, granted that you uphold the dogma of Jewish moral superiority and Arab moral inferiority, as befits their colonial designation as “savages”. The Israeli ability to view their massive crimes through a magic lens that distorts reality to affirm their steadfast belief in moral superiority (despite all evidence to the contrary) is a sign of a society in denial, suffering from collective delusions and psychopathic tendencies. Only a country whose military is engaged in a 64 year campaign of ethnic cleansing and brutalization of a defenseless civilian population can refer to their military as “the most moral army in the world” with a straight face.
Take for example the recent incident which was caught on tape in which an Israeli military officer slammed his rifle in the face of a Danish human rights activist. The clip was aired dozens of times in Israel and elicited the expected reaction from the left (deplorable, plus an opportunity to bash the religious nationalist right), from the right (supporting the officer and used as an opportunity to evoke hatred of “leftists”) and from the center (indifferent). Due to international condemnation, the IDF’s Chief of Staff had no choice but to remove the general from his post until the storm blows over (rest assured he will be restored quietly and even promoted for the mental anguished he has suffered). From left to right to center, the Israeli public was once again assured in their moral superiority over the lowly Arabs and beyond. True, this was a relatively minor incident which unfortunately for the IDF was caught on tape and was dealt with properly (at least outwardly). The press hullabaloo was beyond proportion, it turned it into a diplomatic incident, and even the meek Danish government demanded official explanation. Hundreds of blogs hummed, thousands of online surfer reacted, and the little molehill produced a mountain.
But here we see a classic example of the workings of the bullet-proof Israeli system of self deception by putting lipstick on the Apartheid pig. And since they have put so much lipstick for so long, they no longer see a pig in the mirror but a beautiful damsel. What was left out of all the hundreds of debates and news articles surrounding the incident is what the activists were protesting in the first place and how the incident came about. All the Israelis vaguely heard from their press about the incident’s background was a demonstration by “anarchists and Palestinian supporters”. The “Palestinian supporter” designation in the Israeli press already guarantees the perception of loonies and antisemites in the collective Jewish mind. After all, how can anyone support them, the violent savages, and not us, the enlightened morally superior beings?
Most Israelis have no idea that the human rights activists’ only crime was they dared to ride their bicycles on a Jew-only, sorry, “Israeli only” road, part of Israel’s system of Apartheid which restricts Palestinians to an archipelago of enclaves surrounded by walls and fences and divided by checkpoints. The activists did not hold a demonstration, nor did they engage in active protest. Just like in the Bear and the Bees, since this fact was omitted from the entire Israeli press coverage, it was easy for Israelis to reaffirm their self-reaffirming delusion. They will never have to ask themselves how can “the most moral enlightened country in the world” have a system of roads for Jews only that Palestinians may not even ride bicycles on. And this is of course just the tip of the iceberg and an almost innocuous part of Israel’s Apartheid oppression.
However, have no fear, even if this system of road Apartheid had been discussed, rest assured that Israelis, left right and center would conclude that they are morally superior. Why? Because Assad is “butchering” Syrians. If Assad hadn’t “butchered” Syrians, they would point to Saudi Arabia’s treatment of women or the drug war in Mexico.
The Syrian civil war is portrayed in Israeli media as a living proof of Jewish moral superiority and Arab barbarity. Yair Lapid, a former TV personality who is making a splash in the cesspool of Israeli politics, has finally revealed his formerly unknown political positions by asserting that “the world’s indifference to Syria brutality reminds us that we shouldn’t trust it to save us”. Others concluded, you guessed it, that it retroactively justifies holding on to the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, a territory conquered in 1967, ethnically cleansed and colonized by Jewish settlements (this moral thief will always look for excuses to justify his theft).
But let’s examine the facts about Syria and see if the myth of Israeli moral superiority holds up under scrutiny. Separating between propaganda and fact is a fairly simple task. All you need to do is ignore opinion, preconceptions and emotional attachments and simply look at the facts in an objective manner. So while the Assad regime does meet the standard profile of a totalitarian regime, i.e. lack of freedom of press / expression, a single ruling party and lack of meaningful opposition, the Assad regime does not engage in the Crimes Against Humanity of ethnic cleansing and Apartheid such as does with great fervor the so-called democracy of its neighboring state. Moreover, Assad did not occupy Israeli territory, ethnically cleansed and settled it with Alawites. Even the new Hitler Assad (if we are to believe our Western Press) does not confiscate property and lands from other ethnic groups and allocates them to his cronies. Nor does Assad persecute and holds millions of people under his rule without citizenship in ghettos behind walls, barbed wire and remote controlled machine guns for the “security” of his ethno-religious group. That is something that the morally superior state of Israel does. I think that should be enough to establish who is the greater evil in the Middle East, but just in case, here is a shortened list of actions taken by the “only democracy in the Middle East” and the “most moral army in the world” (a complete list with details would require several bookshelves):
1. Ethnic cleansing, multiple times and ongoing (a Crime Against Humanity).
2. Apartheid, ongoing (a Crime Against Humanity).
3. Extra-judicial executions (regular practice).
4. Assassinations of civilians (most recently Iranian scientists).
5. Kidnappings of civilians outside its territory (the list is too long).
6. Demolition of houses as collective punitive measure (holding exclusive right to this barbaric practice).
7. Occupation of Egyptian, Syrian, Jordanian and Lebanese land (now Syrian, Palestinian and Lebanese).
8. Colonization of occupied territories.
9. Deportations from occupied territories.
10. Summary execution of POW’s (war crime).
11. Five invasions of Lebanon (invaded all its neighbors at one point).
12. Mass torture of prisoners.
13. Unlimited term administrative detentions of political prisoners.
14. Use of white phosphorus on civilian population (war crime).
15. Ghettoization of millions of people behind walls and fences.
16. Systematic and deliberate destruction of villages and towns in occupied territories (war crime).
17. Confiscation of property and lands from non-Jews and their transfer to Jewish hands.
18. Deliberate murder of unarmed civilian protestors (most recently in occupied Golan Heights).
19. Mass murder of unarmed refugees (war crime).
The full list is too long. Assad would have to live about 10 more lives in order to reach this level of barbarity achieved by Israel during its short 64 years of existence.
But while we are engaging in this comparison between apples and oranges (this is simply because Israel’s apologists latest line of defense is to point their finger at Syria) let’s also try to examine why Israel’s Apartheid seems to attract more attention from human rights activists than Syria’s regime (Israel apologists conveniently ignore the fact that Syria is under international sanctions as the US never hesitates to impose sanctions on Israel’s enemies. You can also witness the media assault on the Syrian regime with Assad being portrayed as no less than a new Hitler, compared to the kid glove treatment of Israel’s Apartheid regime in the Western Press). Wasn’t it the preachers of the Holocaust who told us that persecuting people for their religious or ethnicity what constitutes the ultimate evil? Wouldn’t Hitler be just another dictator who lost a war if he hadn’t targeted Jews? And isn’t the oppression and persecution of Palestinians only for their religion, i.e. for not belonging in the Jewish ethno-religious group? After all, does anyone doubt that had the Palestinians been Jewish they would have been incorporated into Israel and granted equal rights long time ago? What is the difference between Palestinian Arabs and Jewish Arabs who constitute over half of Israel’s population if not their religion? The comparison to Nazi Germany pre-WWII is called for if anything because the Holocaust and Israel are forever linked together. Whereas in Nazi Germany the native Aryans persecuted and oppressed Jews who were mostly recent immigrants from Eastern Europe, in Israel it is the Jewish immigrants who are persecuting the non-Jewish population of the natives of Palestine. Whereas Nazi Germany was more crude in its methods, the goals of creating an ethno-religious state for one group of people on the expense of the other are the same. Wouldn’t Israeli policies towards Palestinians be rightfully considered Nazi if they were implemented anywhere in the world against Jews?
The Jewish State has already by far surpassed the evils of Apartheid S. Africa and other colonial states. The only remaining goal post that it has yet meet is the Nazi regime of the Third Reich (Israelis typically use the yardstick of the Holocaust to justify their behavior, therefore always find themselves civilized).
The images of Palestinians resorting to digging tunnels like animals to smuggle food and basic necessities to besieged Gaza Ghetto is a pretty good indication where Israel draws its inspiration and should ring the alarm bells throughout the world. And this is happening not under the fog of war but rather in plain view under the clear blue skies (and as a side note, instead of denouncing the Judeo-Nazionalist regime in Palestine, America and its cronies, these erstwhile colonial powers, in a magnificent display of colonial mores, have imposed sanctions on the victims instead!).
So let us demolish the myth of Israeli moral superiority once and for all. Israel’s conduct and barbarity is by far worse than any of its neighboring states, the “tough neighborhood” that Israeli leaders complain about (as a side note, if it’s such a tough neighborhood, why not consider packing up and moving back to the peaceful, civilized European neighborhood? It’s not that the Arabs invited European Jews to colonize them after all. Just food for thought…). Israel’s racism and discrimination is institutional and part of the essence of the Jewish State. Israel’s persecution of Palestinians is an integral part of its Apartheid structure. Israel’s ongoing campaign of ethnic cleansing is meant to dispossess gentiles in order to create a Jewish Lebensraum. Israel is a serial violator of all international treaties and conventions. Israel is occupying and colonizing its neighbors lands. Israel is engaged in systematic oppression of Palestinians, voiding them of development, hope and future. Israel is the only country in the world which is confining its “demographic problem” into segregated areas surrounded by walls and machine guns. Israel is the only country in the world where non-Jews have no property rights or any other basic rights such as a right to a fair trial. Compared to Israel, Syria now seems to be a fairly benign dictatorship.
Let us also remind Israelis that they are benefiting from a glaring double standard imposed by the colonially-minded West, which doesn’t hesitate to impose sanctions and invade any of its neighbors in a heartbeat, yet at the same time ignores every one of Israel’s multitude of crimes and violations of international law and conventions. If America was as quick to impose sanctions on Israel as it did on Syria, we probably wouldn’t need international activists and flotillas. When the US invaded Iraq under the pretext of Iraq holding a few jars of mustard gas, perhaps it was time to remind the world where the real WMD’s of the Middle East are? This incredible hypocrisy and unwavering support in the West for something which is at its basis unjust and evil is what makes every conscientious person in the world cry out in anger. If you still fail to see this monumental injustice and travesty, you probably never will.