Israel’s defense doctrine has the People going their own way until forced to responds. Biblically: the Jews leave Egypt; they don’t conquer it. 🙂 As an ethnolinguistic cohort — that is in large part what a “people” is — the Jews have had a homeland — the “Land of the Hebrews” — and they have it again. The adversarial Arab spin has been to invert and mirror the legitimate in an astonishing attempted theft using very people left scattered on the field as their armies retreated, and the same, armies and states, have treated the refugees as aliens ripe for exploitation, manipulation, segregation, and, most evil, weaponization.
When an AQ-type group infiltrated Nahr al-Bared (2007) to defend all of Lebanon from “Israeli aggression” — a good example of the “paranoid delusional reflection of motivation” — Lebanese Defense Forces had the camp filtered and bussed while it attacked and razed the same right down to its underground where the last holdouts were finally pinned.
More recently, neither Arab Nationalist al-Assad nor Arab Islamist al-Nusra appeared much interested in the wellbeing of the Palestinian residents of Yarmouk, which were cordoned, starved, used as human shields. http://www.unrwa.org/crisis-in-yarmouk Arafat managed to leave this world with millions of dollars for his widow; Mashaal remains in it with an estimated fortune above $2.5 billion.
Tyrants are not leaders.
Tyrants are takers.
Call them “kleptocratic”:, “piratical”, “autocratic”, “authoritarian”, their profession of being about “their people” (who confirms them?) effectively screens the deepest exploitation of the same. For deflection, anti-Semitism works, for if the tyrant can get his people to blame the Jews, for a while or a long time — especially if the press is controlled and critics are eliminated — the people won’t turn around to dwell on the evil of those who led them astray.
In peace, inhabitations, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, or other become normal commercial and tax generating centers _for those lucky enough to live in peace with their near neighbors_. That’s where the true end of the Gaza City and Ramallah stories reside. The surrounding Arab world has an even larger and more difficult story to outgrow, and it’s suffering between the ghosts of national socialism and a darkly romantic yearning for a long ago yesterday.
The presence of Israel is not on “Arab lands”, much less Persian ones.
The hatred of the Jews is not what drives the “middle east conflict”.
It only looked that way for a long time.
“Assad or Burn It” — Bashar al-Assad’s message to his subjugated people is what one sees across the collection of Arab interlocutors for the refugees of 1948: excessive cruelty and heartless, call it “sociopathic”, greed and venality on the part of leaders who make a lot of money — Arafat’s millions, Haniyeh and Mashaal’s billions, Khamenei’s Setad (estimated value: +$90 billion) — manipulating the emotions of vulnerable, infantilized, ultimately enslaved constituents.
Take the few leaders who most sustain the middle east conflict, and survey their behavior and their state governments for corruption, cruelty, injustice, inhumanity, piracy and tyranny.
As much appears to be on the web to be seen by way of news every day, numbers reported by the watching organizations, the blogs of some daring Arab souls.
In addition to http://www.unrwa.org/crisis-in-yarmouk, which is up to date (as of the posting of this piece):
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/arafats-billions/ – 11/7/2003
http://www.reuters.com/investigates/iran/#article/part1 – 11/11/2013 (this story broke one year ago today)
I am an authentic pro-Palestinian Arab reaching out to Israelis. I do not white-wash Israeli settlements or say that Islamophobic bigotry doesn’t exist among some members of the Jewish community. But I also acknowledge that Israel helped Syrians when the world abandoned them and that much of the hate toward Israel comes from Russia, Assad, and Iran’s attempts to rally support for their empire. I acknowledge CIJA for being extremely helpful when I reached out. I learned that many of my non-Arab allies weren’t friends at all. They hate Israel more than they loved Arabs; they are simply antisemites riding on the coattails of our tears.
By Maria al-Masani:
http://www.cija.ca/antisemitism/rising-antisemitism-1/ – 10/21/2014.
http://www.cija.ca/antisemitism/rising-antisemitism-2/ – 10/22/2014.
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