Today is Israel Independence Day. It is also Nakba Day for Palestinians. Let’s not forget.
But in the Israeli celebration of the day, a live TV broadcast featured a flag-bearing color guard which formed the configuration of Hebrew words reading: “One people. One state.”
In the Israeli context, this is Palestine denialism. It says there is only one people in Israel, the Jewish people. For those who may choose to interpret the phrase in the context of world Jewry, it makes no sense. Saying the Jews are “one people” or “the single people” appears to deny the existence of other peoples.
The second portion of the slogan, “one state,” is exactly what it sounds like–a rejection of the two-state solution. There is only one state, Israel. There will never be a Palestine.
Those who are students of the Nazi era will hear a distinct echo of a Nazi era slogan: ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Fuhrer. The first two elements of the slogan directly translate into the Hebrew words on the TV screen. The only element lacking was the Fuhrer.
There is an Israeli precedent which employed the entire Nazi era phrase in Hebrew. In 2014, during a far-right rally in support of Operation Protective Edge, some leftists employed guerrilla theater tactics, printing placards in Hebrew which read: “One people. One state. One leader.” Again, a direct translation from the original German. In the context of the Israeli far-right this slogan fit right in with the prevailing mood. None of the rally-goers understood the trick that was played on them. The photo of the placard I display here even shows the homicidal Israeli rapper, The Shadow, standing proudly behind it unaware that he’s endorsing Israeli fascism.