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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

The fascists have arrived

"In their fight against the "rotten" Israeli democracy, the settlers have adopted the Holocaust symbols. They are ostentatiously wearing the Yellow Star that was imposed by the Nazis on the Jews before their extermination, only substituting orange for yellow. They inscribe their forearm with their identity number, like the numbers the Nazis tattooed on the Auschwitz prisoners. They call the government the "Judenrat", after the Jewish councils appointed by the Nazis in the ghettoes, and liken the evacuation of the settlers from Gush Katif to the deportation of the Jews to the death camps. All this live on television."

Welcome to Israel, 2005. Uri Avnery warns that the current protests, intimidation and violence by fanatical settlers is "an attempt to overturn by force the democratic system itself."

Let there be no mistake. This is the result of nearly 40 years of governmental support for a movement based on racial superiority, discrimination, hatred of Arabs and a God-given right to the land. Let's not say we have no idea from whence this comes.

4 Comments:

Blogger Andjam said...

I'm not meaning this as a rhetorical question.

If fully implemented, does disengagement involve the removal of all non-army Jews from the Gaza strip, including those who were born there? If so, do you regard the removal as legal under international law (something you don't regard Israel as obeying, but I asssume you wouldn't advocate actions contrary to your interpretation of international law)?

Tuesday, July 26, 2005 11:31:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

This is not the agreement under which "disengagement" will occur. Since it's essentially a unilateral move, Israel will retain the right to enter (ie. reinvade) whenever it likes. Air, sea and land borders will remain in Israeli hands.
Do not be fooled by the appearance of removing a handful of Jewish settlers and settlements from Gaza. It is little more than window-dressing.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005 12:18:00 am  
Blogger Comical_Ali said...

antony, I'll repeat what I said earlier: I know you're true identity, you are really a closet right-wing settler and the color of you're fake tan is a dead give away.

b/thw you managed to dodge andjam's question.

Thursday, July 28, 2005 9:53:00 pm  
Blogger Andjam said...

I acknowledged the move is only applying to civilians in my question. Answer it dammit!

Friday, July 29, 2005 12:27:00 am  

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