Neurotic, Psychotic Israel
By Khalid Amayreh
PIC, July 14, 2011
Recent Israeli behavior toward a host of issues and events
portrays a state in the throes of an existential anxiety. For example,
the clearly hysterical response by the Israeli government to the
mobilization of a few ships carrying humanitarian aid to blockaded
Gazans caricatured a state that reacts in a phobic manner to dangers and
threats that donít really exist.
After all, the volunteers on
board the ships, who include people from different cultures and
religions, made it abundantly clear that their mission was to deliver
badly-needed humanitarian materials to the people of Gaza Strip,
hermetically besieged by Israel for the fifth consecutive year for no
Another message these courageous men and
women, who really represent the real conscience of humanity, is to
highlight the utter illegitimacy, illegality and immorality of the
criminal siege that is meant to starve and strangulate 1.8 million human
beings whose only "crime" is their enduring determination to seek
liberty from the grandchildren and great grandchildren of the holocaust.
There is no doubt that Israeli leaders and officials know this
fact too well. However, this apparently didn't prevent the inherently
dishonest Israeli prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu from claiming that
the free Gaza flotilla was carrying arms to Hamas, a claim that
obviously didn't contain an iota of truth.
The less professional
liars among the Israeli government clique claimed that the flotilla
amounted to armed armada which was planning to invade Israel, attack the
Israeli navy and harm Israeli soldiers. But one would have to send his
or her own mind on an extended holiday to believe that a few hundred
peace activists, many of them elderly men and women above the age of 70
are planning a blitz against the mighty Israeli army.
Nonetheless, Israel is not a classical neurotic and psychotic case.
Israel is perfectly aware of the fact that it is lying to the world and
for the world.
Several months ago, Israel claimed it was
imposing the Nazi-like siege on Gaza because Gazans were "showering"
Israeli towns with rockets. (we are actually talking about nearly
innocuous projectiles that do very little damage) Now, the lie is being
replaced with another lie, namely that Gaza was endangering Israel's
security and even existence.
But, again, one would have to be
extremely gullible to buy such pornographic lies. Indeed, one is always
prompted to ask how could a thoroughly tormented, thoroughly starved and
thoroughly bombed people, many of them can hardly put food on the table
for their kids, pose a real threat to a country with one of the
strongest armies in the world, a nuclear power with 200-300 nuclear
bombs and warheads in its arsenal, which also has the United States
president, media and congress, at her beck and call?
In the past
few days, the Israeli authorities declared a state of emergency at the
Ben Gurion airport in order to arrest peaceful international activists
intent on expressing solidarity with the Palestinian people.
Israeli officials stopped short of calling these activists terrorists,
although many of them hail from states that maintain close relations
with Israel. Indeed, the tone used by the bulk of the Israeli media in
reference to these peaceful activists was clearly convulsive and
hysterical, as if the arrival of a few dozen peace activists in Occupied
Palestine constituted a mortal threat to the apartheid state.
doesn't have to be a great psychological analyst to realize the pattern
of behavior is symptomatic of a country that is not sure of its moral
credibility. This utter lack of moral credibility was brazenly displayed
a few weeks ago when the Israeli army was ordered to shoot to kill
Palestinian refugees demonstrating along Occupied Palestine's northern
borders. And the result was the death of several innocent people who
never really posed a real danger or threat to Israel.
does have a mortal fear for losing its so-called legitimacy. And it
constantly tries to maintain this "legitimacy" by way of killing and
As an observer of the conflict in Palestine for so many
years, I really don't see that Israel (I am speaking about Israel, not
the Jewish people) has any authentic legitimacy besides the legitimacy
of the fait accompli.
In the final analysis, Israel is based on
ethnic cleansing, land theft and organized terror. As such, Israel can't
have any atom of moral legitimacy, neither now, or after a hundred
years. The fact that powerful states recognize this hateful, racist
entity doesn't mean much in moral terms.
Needless to say, when a
country lacks moral credentials, as Israel obviously does, that country
puts itself on a sure course to self-destruction sooner or later.
Military and economic strength might prolong the life-span of oppression
and "illegitimacy," but ultimate demise will be the ineluctable fate of
Numerous Israelis know deep in their hearts
that they are living on land that belongs to another people, that they
are residing in homes whose real owners were expelled by Israel's
terrorist army to the four corners of the globe.
Yet they prefer
to keep up themselves in perpetual moral hibernation and detest any
thought or anyone that might remind them of the immense oppression they
have meted out to their victims, the Palestinian people.
In a few
decades, our world is likely to undergo deep, historical changes that
would be very bad for Israel and Zionism. Some of the harbingers of
these changes are already looming, while others are yet to emerge.
Then Zionism will most certainly face its agonizing moment of death
As to the Palestinians, the victims of
dispossession, ethnic cleansing and systematic persecution, they must
have an enduring vigor that goes beyond day-to-day assessment of events.
And their ultimate goal must be nothing less than having the entire
slate thoroughly clean.
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