The Guardian published this cartoon by Steve Bell, depicting Bibi Netanyahu with glove puppets Tony Blair and William Hague.
According to Jeremy Brier, a British barrister, this cartoon should not have been published because in the past, Jews have been portrayed as puppeteers. This means, according to the Brier logic, that anyone who portrays any Jew as a puppeteer is anti-Semitic. It doesn’t matter that Bibi happens to be head of the dominant military power in the region, or that he really does have certain world leaders by the balls. If you satirise him, you’re an anti-Semite.
It’s nonsense, of course, and embarrassing nonsense at that, since it insults our intelligence, but it was never intended to make sense. This is just another distraction to divert attention from Israel’s latest assault on its own private concentration camp as it continues its plan to eradicate Palestine.
Now, if you happen to be a regular reader here, you’ll already be well aware of my attitude towards religious lunatics, so please, let’s shortcut the discussion. Don’t accuse me of being a supporter of Hamas, and I won’t have to call you a fucking idiot. That’s a lot of trouble saved for both of us.
The problem here is when Israel herds people into the most densely-populated open-air prison on earth and assumes there won’t be trouble. It’s like me repeatedly pushing a quiet guy in a bar until he hits me and then accusing him of assault.
Who supports the Hamas rockets? Nobody. Who supports the insane Sharia law they espouse? Nobody.
What Palestinians would support Hamas if the Israelis didn’t treat them the way they do? Absolutely no-one. Hamas is an Israeli creation, because the modern world needs bad guys. Without Hamas, Israel couldn’t operate in Gaza, but with Hamas, they can maintain their giant concrete walls and their checkpoints and their bombardments. Indeed, Hamas is almost an integral part of the Israeli apparatus in Gaza.
If you were a conspiracy theorist, you might be asking hard questions. They’re crazy Islamic fundamentalist lunatics, but they came to dominance due to the extreme pressure placed on the Gaza population by Israel.
The Israelis are far from stupid, and they know this perfectly well, so the question has to be asked: why did they do everything in their power to encourage the rise of a mindless, insane, religious, extremist sect in Gaza?
As always, it comes down to this: who benefits?