And here it seemed like such a wonderful idea to weaponize the oppressed people of color against those hated white Europeans:
Suffering and oppression typically give rise to sympathy and compassion among the oppressed … I would conclude that my Jewish faith and the history of my people render me closer to human compassion; closer to the instinct to offer healing to hurt, patience to anxiety and understanding to confusion.
I don’t know how I would reconcile that identity with the behavior of fundamentalist Jewish extremists or of Israel as a nation. I wouldn’t understand those who suggest that bombing Lebanon, slaughtering Lebanese people and largely destroying Beirut in retaliation for the capture of a few soldiers is justified.
I wouldn’t understand the notion of collective punishment, cutting off gas, electricity and water from residents in Gaza because they are attacking Israel who is fighting against them.
It would be unconscionable to me to watch Israeli tanks donning the Star of David rumbling through Ramallah destroying buildings and breaking the glass.’
If I were a Jew I would be concerned about my insatiable appetite for war and killing in defense of myself….
– Kamau Bob, Head of Diversity, Google
It tends to remind one of the brilliant US military plan to arm the Taliban against the Soviets. I mean, how could that possibly go wrong?
At this point, it should be obvious that everyone whose opinion hasn’t been purchased is over Holocaustianity and all the “plucky little Israel, our greatest ally and the only democracy in the Middle East” rhetoric. And I say that as someone who firmly believes that Israel has the right to exist as a Jewish nation-state, so one can only imagine what those who are actively opposed to the existence of Israel must think.
Everyone has to live somewhere. This is the core principle from which all discussions of who controls what territory should begin. Anything else is empty posturing.