This week Palestinians mark 48 years since the 1967 war and Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem (Palestine) and Golan Heights (Syria). Not only did this war cause massive displacement and refugees, it started what has been one of the longest military occupations of modern times—nearly half of a century.
And don’t think that this is not getting to Jews of conscience in Israel and elsewhere.
Young Jews are bailing out of synagogues where Israel seemingly has taken the place of the God of justice and mercy. Raised on a culture of human rights they are no longer self-censoring but are organizing to hold Israel up to its Declaration of Establishment 14 May,1948j.In part,it read:
Israel will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex;
Nice sentiments those.
Many people are euphoric over Netanyahu’s win as his far right coalition has dramatically hastened the awareness of racism and intransigence in the country.even the US is getting fed up with its client state.
Recently the largely secular country is laughing out loud at the deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely’s remarks about Israel’s ownership of the land of Israel after all God gave it to us and who are you to argue against the Holy One.
This is what passes for statesmanship in Israel today. Hareetz columnist Uzi Baram wrote that “anyone who is rational rather than messianic would go into shock and a defensive crouch.
Baram noted that even Israel’s atheist PMs tried this one out usually to the scorn of anybody with a historical understanding and as Bram wrote “even the friendliest, has ever accepted the settlements and the horrors of the occupation as a derivative of this fact.”
This time is over. Netanyahu and his blinkered government of blind guides and reactionaries “have no chance of earning international sympathy by declaring that their policy derives from Israel’s right to the entire Land of Israel, while ignoring the suffering of the Palestinians and showing no real willingness to let them establish an independent polity.
Now where will you read serious dialogue like this? Apparently not in our political parties. We know where the Tories stand; the Libs are scared of offending Jewish voters. Justin Trudeau just tweeted “The BDS movement, like Israeli Apartheid Week, has no place on Canadian campuses” , and the NDP? Not even an issue.