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The People of Palestine Are on the March

The People of Palestine Are on the March

Vijay Prashad

The bombs start again. Israel, as if on a timer, begins to pulverize Gaza. The bombs strike from one end of the country to another, a warning against the protests that have been ongoing for a year. There is a shudder from Gaza, phone calls to friends who say that they are fearful that this bombing run will escalate. Nothing is beyond Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, who will use these bombs as an advertisement for his campaign to be reelected as Israel goes to the polls on April 9.

Dear, “chosen people.” For what were you chosen? For murder, for theft, for brutalization, for hypocrisy, for inhumanity, for violence, for theft, for evil, —maybe just -for nothing? The world would be curious to know, just who you think chose you?
Oh—it was you, you chose you. Sorry----- that doesn’t count. I suppose you think me horrible for saying that—but—what does ,"do unto others, " really mean?

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It occurs to me that the best analogy for Israel’s overall strategy is that of the ‘manifest destiny’ crowd back in the days of slaughtering Indians as white people took the western hemisphere from the natives because white people deserved it more.

I mean, how else do you explain the continued use of this racist Golda Meir quote (she should have known better) by Zionists who are trying to sound righteous?:

“Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.”

And this quote from Meir is possibly even worse:

“When peace comes we will perhaps in time be able to forgive the Arabs for killing our sons, but it will be harder for us to forgive them for having forced us to kill their sons.”

And this quote, now that Israel is one of the tops arms sellers in the world, stands as farce:

“We don’t thrive on military acts. We do them because we have to, and thank God we are efficient.”