Deflection is cute, I almost forgot the bit where you called 5 million Israelis advocates of genocide because a revolting woman wrote something sick. 1500 civilian casualties is nauseating to think about, but it’s not a genocide. There’s almost 2 million people in the Gaza strip, and the IDF are shelling the launch sites of mortars. Shells miss. The IDF doesn’t try anywhere near enough to make sure that shit doesn’t happen. But we’re not talking deaths squads mowing down civilians in the street.
I apologize if my comments came off as glib. Your post angered me. It made me angry because I lost three cousins in 2006 when a member of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades walked into a cafe in Jerusalem with a backpack stuffed with construction explosive and nails. It made me angry because my grandmother spent 6 hours in a bomb shelter in Tel Aviv yesterday while the air raid sirens wailed.
It made me angry that the first sentence of Hamas’s charter declares their intent to exterminate Jews across the globe, and an LA socialite has the gall to sit behind her laptop and call Israelis everywhere genocidal. Hardly any of us desire the murder of civilians, we want to be able to take the bus in the morning without wondering if the man next to us is about to trigger a small ball of plastic explosives in a fit of religious ecstasy.
Have you ever actually read the Hamas charter? It’s a pathetic document distilled from the purest forms of willful ignorance and human weakness.
The first sentence doesn’t declare their intent to exterminate Jews across the globe. The first sentence is just a verse from the Qur’an, a bit of scriptural puffery basically saying that the nation of Islam has a right to exist and a right to defend itself. (Sound familiar?)
The second part of the preamble is what you’re referring to. It’s a quote by the asshole who started the Muslim Brotherhood that translates as, “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.”
It’s a nasty sentiment to be sure, but it’s completely irrelevant in the contemporary political landscape, and Hamas certainly doesn’t call for “exterminating Jews across the globe.” That idea belonged the Germans a while back, but Israel gets along fine with Germany these days, and quite frankly, that means there’s hope for us all.
You can call me an LA socialite, but I’m not some dilettante. I have a deeper understanding of Middle Eastern politics than most folks you’ll meet this side of the fertile crescent. I could blather on for hours about how the Palestinians are pawns and Israel is a castled rook in what is essentially an international round of energy policy chess, but I really don’t give a shit about geo-political game theory when children are being slaughtered.
If you set aside all the external bullshit, the Palestinian/Israeli problem as it exists today is really about two things: god and anger. Get rid of the god and get rid of the anger and everything else becomes a simple zoning issue. (You may think I’m being glib, but I’m not.)
The only reason it remains impossible is because both sides feel justified in their god and their anger. You certainly feel justified in yours. You snipe at me from across the internet because of your cousins and your grandmother and because you feel righteous. I understand that. Really, I do.
Now, imagine your anger multiplied by a thousand, and then give that anger an actual sniper rifle with permission from god and country to kill. You wanna know what happens? This. You may not want to believe it, but death squads really are mowing down civilians in the streets. Deny it all you want, but what’s happening in Gaza really is a genocide, and it all comes back to god and anger.
The anger you feel at me is the same anger those IDF soldiers feel as they shoot innocent civilians in the streets. It’s the same anger that every Palestinian teenager feels who’s ever thrown a rock on the West Bank. It’s the same anger that every Israeli settler feels who’s ever committed an act of violence. It’s the same anger that every member of Hamas feels who’s ever fired a rocket or strapped on a vest of explosives. It’s the same anger for everyone, and the most ridiculous irony is that it’s also the same stupid, jealous bronze-age god.
The Israelis and the Palestinians both say they want to live in peace, and almost all of them do, but the realities of the world make that impossible. Old and ignorant men and their intractable, hard-line politics make peace impossible. Tribalism makes peace impossible. Religion makes peace impossible. Anger makes peace impossible, and all sides are equally to blame.
Meanwhile, children are being slaughtered in the streets. Innocent children, and all you care to say is, “Shells miss.”
Shells miss, indeed. Shells miss, and innocents are murdered, and it doesn’t matter what side you’re on. You don’t ever get to defend that.