no theory, no ready-made system, no book that has ever been written will save the world — bakunin
socialism-or-barbarism said: And I wonder who started the war? Oh, that’s right! The neighboring Arab states.
Israel declared independence, which means, Israel declared that the territory it claims was now “independent” from Palestine. This was why the neighboring arab states reacted by going to the Occupied Palestinian Territories. If you want to call that event “the start”, great, I guess that will just fit in with general zionist thinking, “they started it”. However, for those interested in simple truths, Israel simply “decided” it was now an independent state regardless of the opinions of the Palestinians (highly unfavorable). Such is not an apolitical act, it’s a promise of violence that was very well carried out.
The Brazilian government has stated some things about the conflict, condemning Israel for its use of disproportionate force and retracting our ambassador. Nice and all, but diplomacy means shit in the end. I’m happy Brazil is not as cynical as the United States, or the European countries that abstained from the UN resolution, but I wish it had the guts to widely boycott Israeli goods, business, academia, flights, etc.
Occupied Palestinian Territories, a.k.a., “Israel”.
if you refuse to even acknowledge when this conflict started, when “the war” started, then there’s really no working way for us to argue about this.
If someone were to describe the political context in which we live, they should call it “neo-liberal fascism”.
Why single out Israel? Because Israel is the only serial human rights abuser that enjoys consistent and enthusiastic support by all the liberal democracies of the North.
This support gives the Israeli state an impunity that Iran, Sudan, Zimbabwe or Burma, to name but four, do not enjoy because their human rights abuses are all—rightly and however unprincipled—attacked by the major powers.
Israel alone is allowed to commit war crimes and crimes against humanity; it alone is allowed to repeatedly ignore United Nations resolutions without any opposition from northern governments and major institutions.
This is so important. No one is saying Israel is the only state to ever commit human rights abuses, but it is unique in enjoying support for those human rights abuses [from most of powerful states] by painting itself, the oppressor, repeatedly as the victim.