“Today is one of the most tragic days in the history of the Jewish people…
In this, the “Gaza Spring,” the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] has killed more than 80 Palestinians and maimed and wounded 10,000 more. Not one Israeli casualty, not a scratch. No guns on the “other” side just burning tires and “deadly” kites. Why do I have images of David and Goliath (except this time Goliath is winning)?
Why do I have images of people who after 70 years of exile, want to go home, to return to their homes? Are the Palestinians, in the face of the Israeli Goliath, the new Jews?
… We as Jews who remember the Holocaust and the victimization of the Jewish people stand in solidarity with the new Jews. If we don’t stand up and say no, we are complicit in murder, plain and simple.”
The foreword in bold typeface was written by an American Jew to his local synagogue. In a comment apropos his letter (published in Canary.com) someone likened it to a rich fat American beating up a man in a wheelchair. The IDF is one of the best equipped and most technologically advanced armies in the world.
The following from The Atlantic in September of 2016 is instructive:
“The United States and Israel have made it official: The two countries signed a new 10-year military-assistance deal on Wednesday, representing the single largest pledge of its kind in American history. The pact, laid out in a Memorandum of Understanding, will be worth $38 billion over the course of a decade, an increase of roughly 27 percent on the money pledged in the last agreement, which was signed in 2007. The diplomatic and military alliance between the two countries is longstanding.”
America provides circa $4B per annum of military assistance to Israel. It’s analogous to giving the IDF a black Amex card and arranging first class travel to the military trade fairs where weapons of mass destruction can be procured. The Amex card has a $4B limit. The kicker is that it does not have to be repaid. This military assistance is free.
Why does the state of Israel require arms alms to defend its burgeoning borders? Its arsenal includes nuclear weapons.
When John Crossman revealed details of Israel‘s nuclear arms build-up to the British press in 1986 he was lured to Italy by the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad, where he was drugged and abducted. He was secretly transported to Israel and convicted in a trial that was held behind closed doors. He was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment. He spent eleven years in solitary confinement. He was subsequently imprisoned for a further seven years for a trumped-up parole violation. This is how the state of Israel deals with nuclear whistleblowers. The last thing Israel wants is for the U.S. House of Representatives to form a select committee to question why American tax dollars are being used to advance nuclear arms proliferation in Israel.
Israel has recently been flying deadly incursion into Syrian air space with impunity. America has its back. When a radical cleric in Iran engaged in sabre rattling apropos Israel, Hilary Clinton stated that the U.S. would obliterate Iran. She would wipe Persia off the map should they attack Israel. American foreign policy is predicated on the whims of Jewish billionaires who bankroll U.S. Presidential campaigns. They can afford to back both horses in a two-horse race. Jewish billionaires pull Trump’s strings. Should the hard line hawks in the Knesset wish to confer more legitimacy to Israel’s land grab in Jerusalem, a call state side will lead to the U.S. relocating their embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
What we have in Palestine today is a pogrom. The Holocaust was also a pogrom. Prior to the genocide, European Jews were rounded up and forcibly relocated to gated ghettos. They had to pass checkpoints with their papers to travel to work. The Nazis did not build a wall when creating their Jewish ghettos. The Jews have gone further than their pogrom predecessors.
I accuse Israel’s right wing hawks and their American backers of illegally imprisoning Palestinians in what can best be described as internment camps. I accuse this warmongering coalition of killing innocent unarmed civilians including mothers carrying their infants in their arms.
Those like me who railed against Apartheid in South Africa should initiate all night vigils outside the American and Israeli embassies in London. Boycott Jaffa oranges and all Apple products. Hit them where it hurts the Jewish billionaires the most: their wallets.