Murray Dobbin's Blog
No other nation on the planet, save for the US imperial regime, gets away with murder like the state of Israel. This is what happens when a heavily armed and sophisticated state like the Zionist regime is guaranteed its protection by that same empire. It is, like the US, described by the term exceptionalism: in other words, everybody else has to live by the normal rules and ethics of the community of nations – except Israel.
The US gets to have soldiers and bases in 140 countries and it is now so commonplace that it has become normal. Only the US can arrogate to itself the role of being the world’s policeman – and ignore the fact that the cops are corrupt. Only Israel can ignore international law, murder opponents, ignore repeated UN resolutions (like the one last year demanding it end its brutal and illegal blockade of Gaza), and continue an occupation that is actually worse by many accounts that the Apartheid regime of South Africa.
The tragic irony – a tragedy born almost entirely by Palestinians – is that a people who experienced amongst the worst mass murders in history is utterly contemptuous of human life that is not Jewish or Israeli. It does not matter if it is a young American, Rachel Corey, defending Palestinian rights, or a ten year old boy assassinated by a shot through the forehead by a teenaged Israeli soldier, or peace activists on a ship in international waters.
They cannot be human – otherwise we would be punished for killing them. This is how the Israeli European elite – quintessential colonialists – established Palestinians as less than human, just as the Catholic Church in the 1600s declared the indigenous people of South America less than human, just as the Boers did with indigenous Africans.
The murder of the activists on the humanitarian aid flotilla is just the latest chapter. And if you want a lesson is Israeli arrogance you simply have to watch Benjamin Netanyahu justify the murder: when the troops landed on the ship they were attacked. They had no choice but to kill.
There is no mention and indeed probably no thought about the fact that the operation took place in international waters and was thus an act of piracy. They did have a choice – they could have obeyed international law and fundamental justice and allowed the ships to dock and unload their cargo.
It raises the question: do Israelis ever imagine a future where their criminal behaviour will not go unpunished? Do they imagine a time when the US will not be there to bankroll their exceptionalism? Do they even know that their racist oppression of Palestinians has all but destroyed their soul?
The same question could be asked of Canadian Jews who have eagerly embraced the total support for Israel expressed by Stephen Harper. It is precisely this kind of uncritical support that creates the monstrously deformed society that pro-Israeli groups in Canada defend.
Maybe they should repeat a simple slogan: Friends don’t let friends murder people