A note on Israel/Palestine

>> Tuesday, July 22, 2014

When you say these things, I don't respect you:

1. Referring to what's happening in Palestine as a 'conflict.'
No, it's mass murder.  It's genocide.  It's disgusting.  And your tax dollars are subsidizing it.

2. "Both sides are wrong." 
And what sides are those?  An armed superpower that is systematically strangling an entire people (Israel), and a crippled nation that is struggling for basic human rights to water, electricity and their own land (Palestine)?
Or are you referring to Israel (see above), and Hamas, the leadership of a portion of Palestine?  Would you like, as a citizen, to be held accountable for every action our own government took?  And what if the form that accountability took was in your, your parents, and your children's blood?

ALSO, DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT? CAN YOU VERBALIZE EACH 'SIDE'S' PERSPECTIVE? (as though there were only 2 sides, but that's not the central point).  HAVE YOU DONE ANY AMOUNT OF LOOKING INTO THE LONG HISTORY OF THIS ISSUE?  AND IF SO, HAVE YOU LOOKED AT RESOURCES OUTSIDE OF THE US OR ISRAELI ALLIES?

3. "My [parents, siblings, partner, etc.] are Jewish. It's their homeland."
I appreciate the connection to land and history. And it is also the homeland, for generations, of Palestinians whom are being brutalized and murdered right this moment.  Even when they aren't in the throes of one of Israel's bloody operations, they are denied access to natural resources, to their holy sites, to their family members, to their right to live at times.
Also, we must separate Zionism from Judaism.  So many brave Jewish leaders have been exceptionally clear in this.  Israel's political actions are not sanctioned religiously.  They just aren't.  We mustn't allow the framing of this in religious terms to cloud our judgement, because that's what they want.  As long as it's a religious issue, we have little say about it.  But it's not a religious issue.  Even if there are roots in religiousity, it cannot inform the US political policy, anymore than we can allow someone stateside to murder or brutalize a person because they say it's related to their religion.

4. "It doesn't involve me."
Actually, it does. We send over 3 BILLION dollars directly to them every year, and around another 12+ billion in indirect services (loans, 'scrapped' military equipment, etc.) every year.

From endtheoccupation.org's tracker, in a 10 year span (2007-2018), here is what WASHINGTON STATE gives to Israel*:

Military aid: $731,757,769.64
Affordable housing: $8,885.00
Green jobs training: $12,147
Early reading: $21,636
Primary healthcare: $592,612

If we just look at Thurston County, and just considered military aid (what I find the worst!) the breakdown is like this:
Military aid: $26,202,295.40

In Olympia:
$9,409,422.26

In Lacey:
$6,845,070.95

In Seattle:
$165,796,110.00

*Go to their website and they'll give you a breakdown of how they gathered this data

I'm sure there are many, many more things you could say in ignorance, naivete or in just plain bigotry or hatred that would make me not respect you, but these top my list so far.

[I can't go into the Rapture theology that supports this kind of upheaval over there right now, because that would take several hours for me to parse out for y'all.  Just suffice it to say that Rapture theology is in support of this because they are literally interpreting metaphorical biblical texts and also just plainly taking them out of context.  But to have our foreign policy informed by this is just terrifying.]

If you are interested in resources--say you really would like to educate yourself,  Jewish Voice for Peace has a really concise video 101, as well as some written text about it.  Go here.

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