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  1. The trouble with tbhe “Israel is going to the dogs” theory of progress after disaster is this: there’s been a constantly slowly increasing disaster for years and the West ignores it, the corporate (neoliberqal?) media ignore it, the politifcians ignore it. If a tree falls in Palestine and no-one in NYC, Washington, LA, chicago hers it fall, did it fall? for political purposes, no, it didn’t. American Jews don’t even know that Israeli democracy is going down the drain.

    Do NYT and LAT and WaPo and HuffPo report on Isrfael’s thefts of water? Use of skunk-spray? Pogroms? Home demotitions (those for no permit acquired from the non-existant permit-granting service)? Not much. No more than they report on the human rights inside American jails and penitentiaries.

    I think the political leaders around the world have known all this for years, but have done nothing. after all, they all have their own skeletons so they don’t make waves. Also juicy kickbacks on Israeli-made weapons purchases.

    Interesting article in Scientific American on the subject of how doctors determine if someone is dead.. I wonder how American Jews will determine (or even learn) that Israeli democracy or respect for human rights is dead.

  2. Yesterday in Yediot Aharonot Yuval Diskin already wrote more or less the same as you .

    Wasn’t he he Shinbet chief,before this one(Yoram Cohen,another major “dove”),so why are you worried about the next one?

    When you read the comments under the article ,you’ll see that this Shinbet chief is getting more and more traction inside and outside Israel.

    Israeli government,Shinbet and Mossad are not the same ,and have different,for most still invisible agenda’s.

    Better get used to it.

  3. It is difficult to say when the “watershed moment” will come. Norman Finkelstein thought it was with the 2008 Gaza slaughter for which he imagined the effect on Israeli to be encapsulated in the title of his book: “This time we went too far”.

    He compared it to the 1960 Sharpeville massacre in South Africa which did indeed mark a turning point in South Africa’s international position.

    But we have had the recent Gaza slaughter and one has to be an optimist to see a “turning point” (yet, there are reasons for hope: growing disenchantment among young Jewish Americans, “Christian Zionists” and some key opinion makers, European parliamentary action on behalf of Palestine in Britain, Sweden, Spain etc.).

    In East Timor it took the Dilli massacre in 1991 to push this forgotten island where the Indonesians had been maltreating and murdering the population ever since their invasion of 1975, into the limelight. Through a fluke a few international journalists were present at this massacre. Amy Goodman (of Democracy Now) was attacked by Indonesian police, Allan Nairn who tried to protect her had his skull fractured, British cameraman Max Stahl managed to film parts of the massacre surreptitiously. The film was then smuggled out by Dutch activist Saskia Kouwenhoven in her underwear. Since she wasn’t part of the official film party she managed to escape the vigilance of the Australian police in Darwin who had been tipped off by the Indonesians and strip searched the others (Australia was in cahoots with Indonesia partly because of then Prime Minister Paul Keating’s strange infatuation with that murderous and corrupt thug, Indonesia’s smiling President Suharto). The film was subsequently shown on British television. From there it was a fairly straight line, marked by much more blood and tears, to the plebiscite for independence, eight years later.

    Unhappy Papua where equally horrible things have happened hasn’t had that watershed moment yet and I doubt it ever will.

    The last Gaza invasion had plenty of publicity and it has in all likelihood changed many minds. But Israel also has far more protection in the West than Indonesia or even South Africa ever had.

    “For want of me the world’s course will not fail;
    When all its work is done, the lie shall rot;
    The truth is great, and shall prevail,
    When none cares whether it prevail or not.”

    wrote the British poet Coventry Patmore almost 150 years ago. I cannot agree with the last line. The truth doesn’t fall from heaven – it needs human endeavour to be unearthed. And therefore the in-activism proposed in the first line cannot be quite true either, however modestly we might individually agree with it.

    Let me by way of an appendix give a last reason for hope: Rupert Murdoch is 83, Sheldon Adelson is 81.

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