Israel Isn’t A Bit Racist, Right?

Demonising the victim

Israel, you see, is the only democracy in the Middle East, and as we all know, democracies never do anything bad.  We understand this after a century of Hollywood telling us so, and half a century of American TV drama  hammering the message home.  Democracies are always good and right and admirable and kind and caring.

Democracies blow up asteroids that threaten to destroy the Earth.  They tackle alien invaders head-on and they high-five each other beneath the Golden Gate Bridge when the alien mothership explodes in its geosynchronous orbit, because that’s what democracies do.  Isn’t that right?

And of course, if you happen to be immersed in the entire Hollyverse, as most of us are, you can’t escape the narrative that POTUS is the leader of the Free World, whatever that might be.

Now, you might be thinking, Here’s yet another anti-American diatribe from Bock, but you’d be wrong on many levels, and of course, Level One is very simple: I’ve never written a single anti-American word in my entire life.

What I have written is a great number of words criticising American foreign policy, but that’s an entirely different thing, unless you’re the sort of person who treats everything as a personal attack.

Oops.  Isn’t that where we came in?

The very first lesson in the Oppressor’s Handbook, if such a thing existed, would be to dehumanise your victim.  It happens all the time, because oppressors seem to understand without any tuition, how to be complete bastards, probably because they’re born like that.

Of course, in modern times, the Nazi concept of the Untermensch is probably the most notorious, followed by the image of the vile Jew, scheming and stealing from decent Christians.


Why am I talking about America at all?   How about the fact that the United States continues to support Israeli policy no matter how savage, no matter how aggressive, no matter how uncompromising?  How about the fact that the USA gives Israel $3 billion every year?

Here’s Israel, a democracy built on the expulsion of millions of indigenous people from their homes to make way for European immigrants whose ancestors never, ever lived in this land.  Immigrants whose only claim to ownership of these lands is a biblical one, based on the ravings of ancient (and homicidal)  religious maniacs .

And here are the refugees from that expulsion, the Palestinians who used to live on the land that the Europeans kicked them off with much killing and who now look through a fence at the farms that the Zionist gangs took from their grandparents by force

Who are the terrorists?

I now what you’re going to say.  It’s the armed gangs who invaded the Palestinians’ homes and shoved them into a huge open-air concentration camp.  That’s the terrorists, right?

No.  I’m afraid not.  The terrorists are the people who were kicked out of their homes by the armed gangs who killed and raped their grandparents and who are continually bombed by the people who dispossessed them.

They’re the terrorists.

Yeah, I can understand that, in the same way that rape victims are aggressors and people who resist muggers are violent criminals.  It makes perfect sense.

Guess what?  The Israeli Ambassador to Ireland came up with an image every bit as vile as the European stereotype of the rapacious Jew when he published the following image on Facebook, designed to stir up hatred against Muslims, and presumably to deflect attention from the disgraceful Israeli murder of the people his country is required under international law to protect.

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This despicable image came from the Israeli embassy to Ireland.  It’s clear incitement to hatred and as such it needs to be referred to the Gardai.

After all, if that’s the mindset of the Israeli ambassador, what can we expect from the lower orders?  What can we expect from those with their fingers on the trigger?


20 thoughts on “Israel Isn’t A Bit Racist, Right?

  1. The guy is a bit of a loon (,7340,L-3382506,00.html) and you’re right to call him out on this.

    “Israel is the last frontier of the free world” – who are they trying to delude, themselves? The Department of Foreign Affairs should issue an open letter to the Israeli embassy explaining to them that this type of behaviour is not welcome in Ireland.

    On your broader point, I’d imagine many of the IDF are indoctrinated at an early stage such that they only start to question their actions in retrospect. The conveyor belt will continue to roll however until the final solution is reached – namely the acquisition of all Palestinian land.

  2. You’re getting someone’s attention in Tel Aviv. Your ad banner is currently displaying a mobile ad in Hebrew….

  3. More anti one side bullshit, just the sort of thing to appeal to the extremists…and I’m sure it will.
    Nothing like feeding the hatred that comes from people fear; predictable, but very scary….

  4. In the interest of balance – this is a quote from Article 6 of the Hamas Charter – racist babble about life under Allah being the only way acceptable!

    “The Islamic Resistance Movement is a distinct Palestinian Movement which owes its loyalty to Allah, derives from Islam its way of life and strives to raise the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine. Only under the shadow of Islam could the members of all regions coexist in safety and security for their lives, properties and rights. In the absence of Islam, conflict arises, oppression reigns, corruption is rampant and struggles and wars prevail.”

    Until extremism like this, on both sides, is eliminated, the innocent will continue to die!

  5. A great way to eliminate extremism, shelling kids playing on a beach… More one sided bullshit Toff? You’re trying to place yourself as someone in the middle, asking “Both sides” to stop. You’re trying to “balance” the debate quoting from “Hamas racist babble”? were the children plaging on the beach Hamas members? Were the children sheltering in the UN school in Beit Hanoun last Tuesday hamas Members? Balance away Toff.

  6. Toff,

    There are a lot of religious fundamentalists and wing nuts in Ireland. Every time there’s a sniff of an abortion debate or an issue with gay rights, we get the catholic wing nuts shouting about their beliefs and trying to impose their agendas on all. I am not a fan of religious fundamentalists but would we be okay with seeing their children blown to pieces in schools or hospitals? We tolerate them, we live and let live even if we believe their notions are ridiculous.

    Quoting a random section of the Hamas charter proves what? Also your wording is off – regions should be religions.

  7. I tried to report this in Mullingar Garda station but the Garda at the desk was more interested in why I was in Mullingar as I live in Galway (and didn’t take me seriously by the way).

    The last time I was in Israel was a few months ago and I have to say that they are a very brainwashed bunch, the little Mossad agent who was escorting me through my 4 hour security check was an expert on Hiberno-English (so she told me, it was also quite funny that they studied Fr Ted to understand our language and culture). Most of the security staff in Ben Gurion are very young as I can only assume that as they get older they realise what assholes they are being to the travelling public.
    There is a group of idiots here in Ireland called the Irish Christian Friends of Israel who base their support of Israel on the rantings of the Bible (sure with their logic I’m sure we could claim the US based on the Brendan voyage). Great people….

  8. Must I Bock, REALLY?

    I know it has also lots of extremist shit, of an anti-Muslim nature.

    It would just prove my point, the one you just keep missing!

  9. Toff — It has no anti-Muslim content for the obvious reason that Islam didn’t exist at the time of writing.

    As to the point I keep missing, perhaps you’re just not making it very well.

  10. “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”

  11. ‘referred to the gardai’?
    Whatever happened to free speech, Bock?
    I know Israel have transgressed rather severely in their dealings with Gaza, however I can in no way whatsoever abide by any sort of censorship or suppression of the right to freedom of expression no matter how disagreeable it is. Let’s not let our logical faculties be overruled by base emotions or sanctimonious sensationalism.

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