By 2050- earlier, probably- all real knowledge of Oldspeak will have disappeared. Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Byron- they’ll exist only in Newspeak versions, not merely changed into something different, but actually changed into something contradictory of what they used to be.
George Orwell in 1984
One phrase that you should always pay attention to in official Israeli state reports—or constant propaganda— is the bastardized use of language. The only democracy in the Middle East which has no respect for human rights or international law never bombs (as in Gaza) or destroys homes. No, homes are only “structures” as in barns or pens where animals and/or farm machinery are kept.This is Orwellian Newspeak. No, civilized Israel would never destroy “homes” where people who have lived on the land for centuries actually live. Why this would actually put innocent children out on the street.
The constant state use of collective punishment, bulldozing homes of Palestinians (excuse me Arabs, Israel never dignifies the original occupants of the area as “Palestinians”) is against international law. What your son was arrested? .Now we are going to blow up your house.
This week 31 human rights, and development organizations called on world leaders to take urgent action to halt ongoing demolitions and hold the government of Israel accountable for the wanton destruction of Palestinian property and of projects funded by international aid in the occupied West Bank.So far in the past week 132 people including 82 children were made homeless.according to ICAHD (House Demolitions) 46, 294 homes have been demolished since 1967.
Can you imagine the feeling as you watch your home bulldozed for nothing you have done? A home is a sanctuary, a special place .It is never just a “structure” as Israeli propaganda says.
Dr. Meron Benvenisti, the noted political scientist and demographer and one of the great “Jews of Conscience” in Israel describes the meaning of occupation today,the total disregard and contempt Israel has for international law and the United Nations.
It would be hard to overstate the symbolic value of a house to an individual for whom the culture of wandering and of becoming rooted to the land is so deeply engrained in tradition, for an individual whose national mythos is based on the tragedy of being uprooted from a stolen homeland. The arrival of a firstborn son and the building of a home are the central events in such an individual’s life because they symbolize continuity in time and physical space.
We Jews celebrate our strength but at its core lies a counsel of despair.For Jewish identity is linked, willingly or not, to Palestinian suffering and this suffering is demolition of the individual’s home comes the destruction of the world.