Saturday, October 17, 2015

Israel And Our Discontents:Anti-Philo-Pseudo Semitism



Once again, an explosion of violence in Israel, which always means far more Palestinians than Israelis winding up dead, while U.S. politicians and media act as though tragedy only strikes the Israelis. The entire Middle East is being torn apart by warfare and all of it is related, directly or not, to the colonial establishment of the Jewish European state in the middle of a predominantly Arab and Muslim area. Most of the world knows this but in the USA it is treated as top secret, not acknowledged at all or claimed a giant lie dedicated to destroying an entire people.


Whether one believes Jews are Semites from the Middle East and god’s original nuclear family from thousands of years ago, or that they are Europeans who converted to Judaism more recently and moved to New York, Germany, Miami Beach and Los Angeles to open delis, banks, galleries and become comics, or are a particularly cursed people in constant danger of being exterminated, annihilated, wiped out by hateful jealous others, or simply ethnically identifiable like everyone else by cultural habits of speech, food, dress and manners, or members of a secularly devout or devoutly secular religion given to narratives of factually based fiction or fictionally based fact, there are two extremist groups that present real problems concerning real and imagined anti-jewish bigotry.

The first is composed of nutcases who think four Jews are sitting in a room in Tel Aviv - or New York - planning, plotting, conspiring and organizing anything and everything that happens on earth and in the rest of the universe. New planets discovered, World Series participants, global trade deals, famine, crop circles, droughts, disease, the Super Bowl winner, 911, war anywhere on earth, all these are seen as manifestations of the power of "the jews”. These nuts are a problem and unfortunately play into the  “see, they all hate us” narrative, but in the present tense they are a relatively minor menace.

The second group is composed of jews, their fans and those in their employ, who truly believe there is a category of human different from all other humans, but at the same time, the same as all other humans, and also at the same time, superior in having been graced with special status by the creator (a patriarch, possibly circumcised), while contradictorily experiencing more suffering, deprivation, death and horror than any other humans in the history of history – go figure - and this is all final-solution proof that Israel is the absolutely necessary “self proclaimed” state of the Jewish people, the way ISIS is the “self proclaimed” state of the Islamic people. But in Israel’s case, because they are mostly European despite the Semitic stuff about Middle Eastern origins and because of the incredible suffering and near extermination they have suffered for thousands of years – leading one to wonder how come there are any of them left? – have much more right to self proclaim than a gang of actual Semites like ISIS. Or something.
This second group is a far greater threat to humanity and its future than the sometime ravings of the first, and given the reality of the second group’s power over too many governments, especially the USA’s, it may be that it will cause the first group to grow in numbers. That is, until and unless all people, regardless of their belief systems of specialness and, most ignorantly of racial difference, overcome irrational reliance on ancient myth and modern tragedies often provoked by adherence to principles inherited from those myths, and grow into a human family that acknowledges cultural and ethnic difference but denies ridiculous notions of racial difference and stratified superiorities according to supernatural belief systems.

Experience, contradiction and denial of objectively defined history, and legend-myth-fables in which many peoples have actually been totally obliterated, and not simply in alleged attempts at national, ethnic or racist destruction are common. The assault on european jews by the nazis and their allies during the second world war has become the most known case and while it was a dreadful experience involving ethnic cleansing, great suffering and murders, it has also become the only such story acknowledged internationally, often called the worst experience ever suffered by any people and just as often exaggerated to exclude the sufferings of many people treated so much worse they don’t even exist anymore and have no one teaching about their unique subjection to the inhumanity of conquerors who not only saw them as less than human but wiped them out, totally.
The entire population in what Europeans “discovered” as a new world back in the 15th century is an obvious case in point, but the American part of that experience is clear enough a far more serious assault on a people, and rarely even touched upon as such outside of minority group consideration with little if any impact on the majority of American’s consciousness.

The indigenous people of the continent that became North America have not been totally wiped out but suffered millions of deaths, complete loss of their homelands, and came very close to being destroyed as a culture and a people –which is supposed to define the overused-to-the-point-of having-no-meaning word, genocide - with present status as “indians” only coming to their descendants, many of whom are still confined to concentration camps we called reservations - making it sound as though they were going to dinner - where they live at the lowest material standards of any americans. This outrageous treatment which began centuries ago and continues to the present microsecond is given little if any attention by the major consciousness controllers and mind managers of american society, while the european treatment of jews is never far from attention in media, popular culture, education, politics and just about any aspect of american life.

Further, there are nearly as many Jews in Europe, after the dreadful persecution that has come to be known as the holocaust, as there are Indians here. And while there was a great decline in the European Jewish population after the war, there was an increase in the number of Jews in other places to which they had escaped, and to Israel both before and after 1948. Indians had no place to which they could escape.
The establishment of that jewish state, believed by some to be a haven and the only safe place for jews on planet earth despite the fact that millions of jews live elsewhere and do quite well thank you, has led to more extremism in the two groups mentioned at the top. Worst of all, the murderous disregard for the Palestinian people, for centuries dwellers in and on the land that came to be colonized as israel and since its establishment treated as a sub strata of the race, has fading numbers still buying into the mythology that they were never really there, while a growing global community becomes more outraged at the treatment of Palestinians as creatures of a lower order by an invading colonial power supposedly chosen by god to rule the area.
Those who see a jewish menace everywhere are driven to say “see, we told you” while those who see the eternal threat brought about by whatever it is they possess and everyone else wants to kill them for are equally driven in the “see, we were right” direction. It is not over simplification to point out that only the second group is armed with nuclear weapons and convinced it is surrounded by anti-Semites intent on time honored genocide-annihilation-extermination and the rest.

For the world, it’s like confronting one nut case with a gun and another mob of maniacs with nukes. They both need to be dealt with but you don’t need a degree in weapons politics or economic religion to clearly see which one is the greater immediate threat to the greatest number of people.
As for clearly european descended people labeling themselves Semites, that makes as much sense as all of us calling ourselves Africans, or the pc accepted "people of color", since we are all members of the same race, regardless of the fact that some "people of no color" think themselves part of a master race or self chosen upper echelon people as they have been led to believe by their cultural rulers. After all, we originated in Africa some two hundred thousand years ago, and that was millennia before any of us evolved into sub-groups that later became called things like Semites.

Whatever national, ethnic, identitarian or other minority labels we are given or forced to wear, we need to get past the marketing process that labels us and become a majority that learns to cooperate and share rather than dominate and own. It isn’t only Israel and anti, philo or pseudo Semites that need to learn this lesson. Americans who finance, arm and conduct the wars raging in the Middle East, all related in some warped way to allegedly defending a minority while actually trying to destroy a majority, play a bigger role. When we stop, it will stop, and the chance for not only a truly democratic middle east but a better world will greatly increase.






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