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ISRAEL IS SUPPORTED BY INHUMANITY by Jamil Kazoun

 
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ISRAEL IS SUPPORTED BY INHUMANITY by Jamil Kazoun
"...the Israelis are a confused people in general, and deserve some understanding. They choose to wallow in their history and their holocaust, to the tunes of their brutality they inflict daily on the Palestinians, and others. In psychology, this is called Cognitive Dissonance. It is when a person can hold two conflicting ideas at the same time in his mind, or think one thing and act differently, such as the Israelis that tell themselves that "I am a Jew whose people have suffered and will not let this happen to others," while they bomb the crap out of poor oppressed Palestinians civilians, and deprive them of a decent human livelihood for decades.

Another example of cognitive dissonance would be a person who tells himself: "I am a good Christian and I go to church every Sunday and follow Jesus's teachings," and at the same time, he tells himself "let them bomb them, and in fact, let me give them the bombs, money, and moral support to do it...""


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Israel is supported by inhumanity


Lebanon-Israel, Analysis, 8/5/2006

By Jamil Kazoun


Israel has shown its face to the world as a brutal entity, devoid of humanity. It has shown little regard for human life, rule of law, and first resort to institutions as avenue to resolve conflict instead of resorting to bombs.

Despite very advanced military, Israel is looking for a way out, after lashing out like an unconstrained beast against a whole civilian population and their infrastructure and livelihoods. It is not the first time Israel has demonstrated its moral character, and we should not be disappointed from such a criminal nation, as declared by the likes Amnesty International and the Red Cross and Switzerland in their violation of the laws of war, and this brutality comes to us courtesy of the protection provided by the United States' military, money, and political power.

Israel is worried about a way out now to avoid more moral loss than it has, and the NY Times reported that "Yuval Diskin, the head of the Shin Bet counterterrorism organization, told the cabinet that Israel needed to deepen its gains against Hizbullah so that the Palestinians could feel them. 'In the Middle East it is important to show the potential terrorist in Balata,' a Palestinian refugee camp, 'not only the strategic victory, but the army's achievements, in order to effect deterrence.'"

It is interesting that Israel is interested in sending military messages and postures, and never thinks about the very words these officials use. If these Palestinians are in refugee camps, one would think that this should be the light bulb for a question to come to mind: Why are these people in refugee camps, and for so long? And who controls these people? Israeli officials would then maybe want to stop worrying about sending messages, and start action, like getting their behinds out of peoples' property, and start learning to treat human beings as such, and not as third rate objects of their political desires. That would be a good message to send to Israeli officials and their public as well, instead of to the Palestinians and others.

Israel likes to portray itself in terms of "a nice civilized country" that is a victim of brutes that surround it. Israel occupied Lebanon for decades, and then when it was ejected out, it saw this as a self-generated peace gesture. Yet, it still refused to give Lebanon the maps of all the landmines it implemented inside south Lebanon, where civilians kept being killed. Israel then continued on a near daily basis to violate Lebanon's sovereignty. Israel also did not make a complete withdrawal, keeping occupation of Shabaa Farms. Israel claims they are Syria lands and not Lebanese. The Syrians say they are Lebanese lands. Either way, they are not Israeli lands, so why are you in them?

The Israelis may not like to ask themselves such questions, and would rather ask themselves: why do these Palestinians hate us so much, and why do they bomb us, or want to bomb us, or throw us to the sea, etc. It seems puzzling that the Israelis don't understand why the Palestinnians hate them, but here is some help in the regard: You occupy them, for decades; you oppress them; you deprive them of their rights and livelihoods. Now I could be wrong in my thinking, but this short list would seem like a good start to start to understand why someone would hate you or want to kill you.

When Israel was forced out of Gaza, it chose to see it as a peace gesture by itself, and not being forced out by the circumstance. If Israel was sincere about withdrawing from Gaza for peace purpose, it would have given Gazans freedom to make a living and be in control of their area and access to it, as such, and it would have speedily done the same from the West Bank.

Of course, and Israeli politicians wanting to withdraw will face internal pressure from the Israeli public, so they say. And this is the point: why would the Israeli public oppose an end to oppression and occupation of another people? This speaks volume about their character, and it will take much explaining from very smart people as to how this can be justified. Smart people maybe able justify this, but I am not sure a person who claims a semblance of morality can. As such, the Israelis are a confused people in general, and deserve some understanding. They choose to wallow in their history and their holocaust, to the tunes of their brutality they inflict daily on the Palestinians, and others. In psychology, this is called Cognitive Dissonance. It is when a person can hold two conflicting ideas at the same time in his mind, or think one thing and act differently, such as the Israelis that tell themselves that "I am a Jew whose people have suffered and will not let this happen to others," while they bomb the crap out of poor oppressed Palestinians civilians, and deprive them of a decent human livelihood for decades.

Another example of cognitive dissonance would be a person who tells himself: "I am a good Christian and I go to church every Sunday and follow Jesus's teachings," and at the same time, he tells himself "let them bomb them, and in fact, let me give them the bombs, money, and moral support to do it." Exactly which part of his teachings leads you to this kind of thinking?

Then again, maybe you should not bother. Why annoy yourself thinking about such dissonance and trying to be moral, when you can comfort yourself with easy answers, especially when it seems there are plenty, even among preachers, who are too glad to add to your comfort.


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MAP OF FIRST TWO WEEKS OF ISRAELI STRIKES ON LEBANON:

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