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Once Upon A Palestine

Posted by osiris777 on August 12, 2013 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Once Upon A Palestine ©

Once upon a distant time, there was a land called Palestine 1
Is it yours or is it mine, this land they once called Palestine 2
And who am I to stand and stare, in disbelief at land stripped bare
Banished people, stolen homes, broken dreams, crumbling stones

Of ancient graves and ghostly moans, silenced by Israeli drones

Who is this God that would erase, a people from their own birthplace
What kind of God would curse and smite, to please the cruel Israelite
Thugs! Thieves! Parasites! How dare they speak of wrong and right
Whilst dragging children thru’ the night, from their beds, pale with fright
Bound and shackled, in a cell, just a kid, alone in hell 3

No mother, father, man of law, allowed to enter thru’ that door
Till false confession fear has wrought, a boy alone must face the court
His crime? With stones he bravely fought, at those he knows his enemy
Till flows the river to the sea, young freedom fighter he will be
To set his land and people free

Who was it made the desert bloom, filled the air with sweet perfume
Jasmine, peaches, sage, and thyme, ‘Once Upon a Palestine’
Who was it made the desert bleed, raped and pillaged, sowed their seed
Of death, destruction, theft and greed, with every twisted word and deed 4

The Bedouin who stands alone, midst debris of his bulldozed home 5
Stares out upon once cherished earth, whose forbears, long before his birth
Toiled this land for all their worth

Oh ancient well of water sweet, that once did quench God’s thirsty sheep 6
Now doomed to choke in desert heat, with nought to drink but dry concrete
Courtesy of Israeli jeep
Manned by robots, following orders, “erase those Palestinian borders”! 7
Hide all trace of Arab culture, replace it with the Zionist vulture

Sly alibi’s and dirty lies, of traitor Brits, whose stitched up lips
Couldn’t wait, to seal the fate, of Arab Nation extermination
Condemned to brutal occupation; Well done! Balfour Declaration 8

For every drop of blood been spilt, every settlement ever built
Every teardrop ever shed, every bullet thru’ the head
Every precious child laid dead and every Zionist lie been said

“The old will die, the young forget”- Ben Gurion, do not hold your breath!
Your words of bile, we won’t forget; this battle is not over yet! 9
We’ll see you burn in hell, you bet!

The wise man teaches, so I’m told, revenge is a dish best served cold
For every Freedom Fighter bold, enshrine their name in letters gold
Let their stories brave be told, till time stands still and hell turns cold!

The fishermen who dare not fish, what kind of unjust law is this! 10
Lets mighty Israel take the piss, whilst sinking in its own abyss
Of cruel rule and iron fist; dares mock at International Law
Is this what brave souls gave life for?

Enough’s enough! We’ll have no more! of got at, shot at! Bashed up boats 11
Impounded! Hounded! Freedom floats, to plumb the depths of deep despair
In a world that’s neither sane nor fair-United Nations, are you there??12
Shame on you! To stand and stare; Ban Ki Loon, how do you dare! 13
Gutless wimps of Zionist pimps! Tyrant’s answer to a prayer

Pollute the water! Cut the power!
Close the checkpoints! Wait for hours 14
No matter if you’re old or sick, held fast in vile Israeli grip 15
Watch the clock hand slowly tick, see the blood begin to drip
Newborns die, mothers cry, fathers sigh, world asks why 16
So do I

Cries of children; Run! Run! Staring down Israeli gun
Hey! It’s just a bit of fun! Watching school kids bleed and run

Remember Tom, noble, strong 17
In act so brave, his life he gave
“Spare the child, but mark your grave”
Heaven smiled, Tom’s choice was made

One life lost, another saved
Laid to rest, 21 of age
Angels sang and Gaza prayed
A light went out - true Martyr made

Zionists fiddle, whilst Israel burns
Same old same old, no lessons learned

March to the sound of the war drum you beat
Trample the truth as it clings to your feet
In the slime and the grime of your ‘Jews Only’ street 18
Shalom! Dogs and Irish, no Arab you’ll meet
On Streetwise Apartheid, Gods ‘Chosen Elite’

Shine up your trophies, just so you can brag
As you count every corpse on Obama’s false flag
Caught, bought and paid for, in each body bag
Three billion dollars! Guess who’s been had! 19

So innocent children can burn to a crisp
Xmas in Gaza snows white phosphorus!
‘The Most Moral Army’ that doesn’t exist
Who’s kidding who? But if you insist!
There in the glass is your real Terrorist!21

Cowards and bullies, two of a kind
Sound in the body, but sick in the mind
Spawn of the Stern Gang and vile Haganah22
Irgun’s Ms. Livni, her Ma and Papa

Who would you believe it? But hush now! Don’t tell!
Blew up us Brits in King David’s Hotel!
We know who our friends are, didn’t we do well!
Birds of a feather, we’ll meet them in hell!

But hey! What’s your problem? We’re all best mates now
Changing our laws to protect ‘Sacred Cows’ 23
The woman who boasted, with no sense of shame
Operation Cast Lead, she’d do all again 24
Proud of her role in this orgy of pain 25

It’s all so confusing, speak up! Hague! Explain!26
Shielding war criminals, since when was our game
There’s blood on your hands and it’s staining our name
The wrong side of history is where lies your fame
Next to your Masters of Zionist shame!

The pride and the glory and God save the Queen
Won’t save us now from an act so obscene
‘Great British Empire’? Shamed old has been!
Farewell Magna Carta; Impossible dream

You lie down with dogs and you get up with fleas
Dance with the Devil and crawl on your knees
At the skirts of Ms. Livni, to plead “pretty please”
Daughter of Zion, slaughters with ease
It’s only an Arab, shoot with the breeze

Streets hung with netting, no prizes for guessing 27
Stench is quite telling, you know what you’re getting
When Settler Scum’s yelling, with IDF’S blessing
Hatred is spreading, no forgive, no forgetting
Shit sticks where it hits, defiles sacred dwellings 28

Grapes of wrath, spoils of war
Sixty-five years, how many more
Ask yourselves, what was it forKarma’s knocking upon your door
You stole another people’s land
What part of that, don’t you understand

Arabs made homeless, clutching a key
Forced from their homes, fled into the sea 29
Proud noble race to sad refugee 30
Shame of the Nakba! Catastrophe!!!

Show me the Fuhrer to lay all the blame
Where were the cries of “not in my name” 31
As you watched from the sidelines, ‘Gurion’s Game’
Immune to the suffering of grief loss and pain

Dave to Goliath, roles now reversed
Victim to bully, chapter and verse
Goebbels to Gaza, shades of Mein Kampf 32
Checkpoints and cameras, ID cards to stamp

Hard to believe, in the land of one’s birth
1.7 million denied freedom, self worth 33
Whilst ‘W*nkers in Whitehall’
Free roam this earth

Friends in high places, puppets on strings
These are a few of my not favourite things
Dope smoking soldiers, not human kind
‘The Most Moral Army’ stoned out of its mind! 34

God’s chosen people?? God must be blind!!
But God’s seen the light and the sights blown hismind!
Hey! God’s new commandment! ”Occupy-Stop” !
God’s smelt the coffee and thrown in his lot!
With those pesky Arabs; deserve all they got?

God begs to differ; why would they not?
Fight for the right to a life without strife
Free from the Jackboot of Zionist might

Pilgrims and poets, music and song 35
Writers, the fighters, record right and wrong 36
Power of the people, united we’re strong! 37
Come join the dance! It’s where you belong! 38

Words are our weapon, who needs a gun
Armed with the truth, Justice will come!
Garden shed rockets and rocks in kids pockets! 39
No Army! No Navy! No train with the gravy!
Just a will and a way, no if’s buts or maybe!

No brute F16’s or killing machines
Just a girl’s silent screams, crushed with her dreams 40
Casually slaughtered, one brave precious daughter
When ‘Catakillerd its quarry
God blessed Rachel Corrie41

Fate will take her pound of flesh, plucked within the gory mess
Of crimes against humanity, etched into eternity 42
Pray tell, ‘Isra-hel’, where will you be
In the Hague, for all to see
Down on your knees, begging Merci
Outcasts of society
Que Sera, what must be, will be

Time and Tide for no man waits 43
When stood before those pearly gates
Locked and barred, be in no doubt
The tide brings in what the world casts out

Written in the sands of time, sins of man
Yours and mine; but let the punishment fit the crime
Of persecution by design; what’s mine’s my own
What’s yours is mine; speaks the bully, none so blind

Once upon a distant time, I was yours and you were mine
Rise again! Sweet Palestine!
History’s page turns one last time
Desert breeze draws a line
Apocalypse now!!! Free Palestine!!!
انها لثورة حتى النص
Tamerishe ©

Footnote: ‘Once Upon a Palestine’ began in the spring of 2011; a few lines and the title, swiftly followed by a cascade of verse, then put to one side for a previous work barging in out of nowhere, demanding to be written. Going through my own dark night of the soul at the time, ‘Once Upon a Palestine’ continued to gather dust in a drawer until the summer of 2012 - when the words came back to haunt me. So here it is. My humble contribution to the betrayed, abandoned, shunned, vilified, outstandingly brave Palestinians of Palestine. I don’t know about the ‘Lost Tribes of Israel. It’s about time the dispossessed, ethnically cleansed, indigenous Peoples of Palestine picked up their keys and came home. Where they belong.

Credit due to ‘Israelis of Courage & Conscience’ with the guts to stand up and speak out for Palestine. “If not us, then who? If not now, then when”? John Lewis. (1940) Civil Rights.

Detect language » Hungarian

Nakba May 14

Posted by osiris777 on May 11, 2013 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The National Nakba Committee, of which the Alternative Information is a part, invites you to attend the 65th Nakba commemoration activities, which will take place in Bethlehem, Palestine on 14 May 2013 from 6.30-9.30 p.m. The National Nakba Committee is composed of 22 Palestinian national and popular movements and organisations.

18:30 - 19:30 – Gathering near the Arab Bank branch on Manger Street, Bethlehem

19:30 - 20:00 – Torch march to Manger Square led by a local scout band

20:00 - 21:30 – Performance of El-Funoun Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe at Manger Square

UEFA's annual congress is to be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane on 24th May.

Posted by osiris777 on May 11, 2013 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)
  • UEFA's annual congress is to be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane on 24th May.

    We say: 
    1. Join the demonstration outside the hotel (11am-4pm)
    2. March from St. Pancras Station to Grosvenor House Hotel (12 noon)
    3. If pushed for time, come for an hour when you can or from 2pm for the main events!

    At a time when racism in sport is more visible and publicly denounced than ever, the European Football Association (UEFA) insists on including Israel as a member country (without including Palestine) whilst also awarding Israel rights to host the European Under-21 championships there in June this year.

    While this provides an opportunity for Israel to portray itself in a positive light around Europe, this tournament is unlikely to expose the true situation in the region for football fans - where Palestinian children are regularly imprisoned, new Israeli settlements are built daily on Palestinian land and checkpoints prevent Palestinians from moving from home to work, school, university, or even the hospital ( It is no less than a state-condoned and state-conducted racism against a people. And as it stands UEFA, the English FA and FIFA are all complicit.

    With less than two months to go until the start of the championships, we call for mass action from all Europeans to: 

    1. Warn participating footballers of their complicity in the Israeli occupation of Palestine. It is not too late for them to withdraw from the competition.
    2. Tell the UEFA delegation, who are holding their Annual Congress in the Grosvenor Hotel on Park Lane on this day, that they do not represent us and should move the tournament to England (the FA has offered itself as reserve host)!
    3. Let the world know of our disgust at UEFA's decisions

    1. March at 12 midday from St Pancras station (main entrance) to the Grosvenor House hotel via companies complicit in the occupation
    2. Join the rally at any time from 11am to 4pm outside the hotel
    3. Unite with the mass gathering - from 2pm outside the hotel

    Music - live and amplified
    Footballs and goals
    Red Cards

    Football shirts!!!!!!!!!

    Follow @RCIRacism and the #RedCardIsraeliRacism hashtag on Twitter for updates
    Email [email protected] or [email protected].org to get involved!

    PLUS...a GREEN CARD social afterwards will provide the opportunity to assess, reflect, relax and have fun with a group of similarly passionate people.


Posted by osiris777 on May 4, 2013 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)


GROWING small (For Samer Issawi)

Posted by osiris777 on April 22, 2013 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

This body represents the earth, the sky and water

You cannot exile all these no matter how you try

These hands will not sign papers to appease misguided reason

for your attempt to imprison this body

The only crime is your attempt

Watch me as I grow small

This body does not bend to your injustice

beat it as you will or kill it as my brothers' before me

You flail and scream at the earth, laugh in the face of the sky

and cast stale bread upon the water

The only crime is your contempt

Watch me as I grow small

To my people you bring suffering through taking

taking what you believe to be their earth, their land and their water

Stealing whatever they might possess for the short time their hearts beat in this world

except their dignity. their hopes and their dreams

The only crime is your greed

Watch me as I grow small

From my family you took their shelters and trees and fruits of all their labors

you came like a thief in the night to shatter sleep

Tormenting them in ways your phosphorous, and bombs and missles never could

Yet they are earth and wind and water too and you cannot possess them

The only crime is your avarice

Look at me as I grow small

So foolish you are thinking you have walled us in and that we all are prisoners

whether here in your jails or there in our villages

Thinking that only you deserve the earth, the sky and water

Chosen, you think, so all is yours and all others be damned

The only crime is your arrogance

See me as I grow small

Now you look at me and before you is a man half once his size

Your prison jumper hangs from my limbs

cheeks shallow as my eyes

But I am twice the man you will ever be, Netanyahu

and twice that of these guards and all your soldiers

and all the earth and all the sky and all the water will be free

watch me as I grow smaller and slip through

you cannot stop me

.....M. Dennis Paul, Ph.D.


May 3-5: Conference of the Palestinian Shatat in North America ? Vancouver

Posted by osiris777 on April 15, 2013 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)





May 3-5: Conference of the Palestinian Shatat in North America – Vancouver





conf-postcard_Page_1Return and Liberation: Conference of the Palestinian Shatat in North America
May 3-5, 2013 – Vancouver, Canada – University of British Columbia

The Conference of the Palestinian Shatat in North America, taking place in Vancouver from May 3-5, has announced its schedule of workshops and plenaries! Full schedule available here:

Registration is now open for the Conference – save on early registration rates until April 7. 

Join us in Vancouver – register today:

The conference will not be possible without grassroots support and contributions. To help support this conference, become a sponsor, or purchase a journal ad, visit us online:

As we approach our 65th year of exile from our homeland, the need for Palestinians in the shatat (diaspora) to reinvigorate, develop and carry out an effective strategy for our national movement for liberation and return is as urgent as ever.  For too long our voices have been excluded and the majority of us have been unrepresented in the decision-making and direction of our movement.

We call on all Palestinian activists, organizers and community members in the shatat to join us in this historical gathering to re-examine our history and build together towards a free future for our people and land by putting an end to Zionist colonization and normalization everywhere throughout the Palestinian and Arab homeland.

Join us to plan, discuss and learn from each other about our homeland and how we can become active participants in reviving our movement. The conference will include facilitated workshops, plenary discussions, conversations, and presentations – it welcomes your participation, your voice, and your active involvement in reclaiming the voice of the shatat.

Conference of the Palestinian Shatat in North America
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Conference of the Palestinian Shatat in North America
Twitter: @ShatatConf



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Call to Action: Join Addameer?s Global End Administrative Detention Campaign!

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Call to Action: Join Addameer?s Global End Administrative Detention Campaign!

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Call to Action: Join Addameer’s Global End Administrative Detention Campaign!

8th April 2013 |Addameer, Occupied Palestine

Addameer calls on activists and people of conscience to stand in solidarity with all political prisoners and join Addameer Prisoners’ Support and Human Rights Organization’s upcoming global campaign against administrative detention.

Over 4,743 Palestinians are currently detained by Israel; 10 of them women, 193 of them children, and 178 of them held under administrative detention, a decrepit policy that Israel uses to hold Palestinians on secret information indefinitely without charging them or allowing them to stand trial.
Not only are these prisoners held arbitrarily, but Israel’s use of administrative detention violates several international standards, such as deporting Palestinians from the occupied territory to Israel, denying regular family visits and failing to take into account the best interests of child detainees as required under international law.
We need your support to break their chains and the silence on administrative detention.
Today, Israel has outsourced security for prisons where Palestinians are held to a British-Danish company named G4S. Along with the Israeli Prison Service, G4S is responsible for the harsh conditions the prisoners faced during the historic 2012 hunger strikes that thousands of Palestinians participated in, including two hunger strikers that neared death in protest of their arbitrary detention, Khader Adnan and Hana Al-Shalabi. G4S is also complicit in Israel’s detention of nearly one-third of the Palestinian Legislative Council since 2006, and for dozens of human rights defenders being arrested every year for participating in popular resistance.
The government of Israel should release all administrative detainees, and in the meantime, all administrative detainees must be granted their rights in accordance with international law.
Addameer supports the international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against G4S to end its complicity in detaining administrative detainees and  to put pressure on the Israeli government to release the prisoners. Addameer calls on solidarity organizations, individuals and human rights organizations around the world to join our End Administrative Detention campaign launching on 17 April 2013.
You can help us pressure the Israeli government to release the prisoners by:
  • Participating in a mass day of mobilization in your city on 17 April, the annual Palestinian Prisoners Day.
  • Organizing an “End Administrative Detention” week on 17-24 April 2013 in your city or university campus using Addameer’s forthcoming campaign materials.
  •  Joining a local G4S BDS campaign in your city.
  • Raising awareness about administrative detention in your community using our forthcoming Activist Toolkit.
  • Send notice of your action with dates, places etc to Palestine Summer and watch our Action Calendar
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Zionist Herods and the Massacre of the Innocents

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Zionist Herods and the Massacre of the Innocents

By Vacy Vlazna


T-shirts from the Givati Brigade's Shaked battalion: '1 shot, 2 kills.'

April 10, 2013

"Everything depends on our propelling force. And what is that force? The misery of the Jews" (Theodor Herzl , father of Zionism)

"If you combine three elements: the idea that we are right, with the notion that we’re the victim, and with our great military power," [Halper] says, you have a lethal combination. "It’s like being autistic with power. You don’t care about other people because you’ve cast the others as the aggressors. (EI 30-3-03)

With regard to Israel’s occupation of Palestine, decent people scratch their heads and ask, "Why do the Israelis behave like Nazis to the Palestinians?’ or 'Why, having suffered the Holocaust, do Israelis make Palestinian’s suffer?"

They are important questions, and the answer is shocking and distressing.

Speaking personally, this puzzled me. My parents lived under Nazi occupation in then-Czechoslovakia and were Jewish sympathizers so I was enlightened on the evils of Nazism including the Lidice atrocity. When I was 16, I read the The Belsen Trial detailing the horrors of the holocaust in one concentration camp and in my twenties fell under the propaganda spell Uris’ Exodus. Then as an activist for Palestinian human and political rights, I was bewildered by the Israeli record of Nazi-like persecution of Palestinians until…

.. until I attended a talk by Avigail Abarbanel, former Israeli soldier and now activist for Palestinian rights, who shared with us the state-induced compulsory trauma and victimhood, which is, sadly, Israeli childhood.

The world is outraged, as it must be, about the shocking incidence of child abuse and child soldiers, illegal under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Yet there isn’t a murmur of condemnation of the Israeli practice, shades of Huxley, of artificially altering with Zionist conditioning from birth, the minds of its children (with some lucky exceptions) who hatch at 18 years of age into mindless, cruel soldiers and soulless citizens.

Individuals who do not conform, who miraculously hold onto an independence of mind and compassion, are made into pariahs and branded with the pejorative, 'Self-Hating Jew’ and 'traitor’.

Nomika Zion, a member of an urban kibbutz in Sderot near Gaza asks:

"How did it happen that a person who suggests a nonviolent solution is the delusional one, the traitor, and the one who calls for the leveling of Gaza is the true patriot? How did peace become the enemy of the people, and war always the preferred option? How did it happen that dialogue and treaties cause more public fear than a volley of missiles? And how did these dehumanizing processes seal us off from the suffering of others? How did we lose the capacity for empathy? .. And how has a nation that has occupied other people’s territory for forty-five years continued to tell itself, with such deep conviction, that we are the single and ultimate victim in this story? And the evil of the occupation has become so banal that no one sees the evil anymore."

I don’t know of any civilized nation that inflicts a brutal regimen of mind-torture on its population From childhood, Israelis are sealed in a glorified military bubble from where they anxiously peer at a hostile world that supposedly hates them and is rearing for another holocaust.

The indoctrination of victimhood of Israeli children is torture pure and simple. Torture is generally held to be 'the intentional infliction of severe mental or physical pain or suffering by or with the consent of the state authorities for a specific purpose." The purpose in this instance is the preparation for universal conscription from 18-21 for males (2 years for females) plus reservist duties until 54 and unreserved support for the illegal occupation, for war crimes, and for crimes against humanity.

Victim indoctrination combined with crazy-making racism, exploitation of the holocaust, Biblical myths, Jewish superiority and militarism is integral to the education system. Reuters pointed out a grade four Israel schoolbook that said: "Israel is a young country surrounded by enemies, like a little lamb in a sea of seventy wolves."

The mantra of the holocaust, the foundation of Israel’s meta-narrative of the victim’s right to defend itself, is added to the psychological poison. According to Jonathon Cook, "The Holocaust’s lesson for most Israelis is not a universal one that might inspire them to oppose racism, or fanatical dictators or the bullying herd mentality that can all too quickly grip nations, or even state-sponsored genocide.

Instead, Israelis have been taught to see in the Holocaust a different message: that the world is plagued by a unique and ineradicable hatred of Jews, and that the only safety for the Jewish people is to be found in the creation of a super-power Jewish state that answers to no one. Put bluntly, Israel’s motto is: only Jewish power can prevent Jewish victimhood."

With a boost from the Hebrew Bible, Israeli children are made immune to the immorality of contemporary ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians through the heroic justification of the same methods in Johsua’s conquest of Canaan. Shlomo Sand says 'under no circumstances is it permissible to skip over the book of Joshua. Moreover, even though the teaching of this "past" has been proven ethically and pedagogically destructive, the Israeli education system refuses to exclude from the curriculum these shameful accounts of extermination.’

Israeli peace activist, Professor Nurid Peled-Elhanan has made a thorough analysis of Zionist education: "Educational policies are designed by the ministry of education. But this entire education is designed to groom Israeli children into becoming soldiers, good soldiers with a capacity to kill and thereby to fulfill the destiny of the Jewish nation, a greater Israel. So school textbooks are firmly anchored in the ideology of militarism and the militarization of Israeli citizens begins in the classrooms with images of war, massacre, mutilation and killing that both draw on the holocaust narratives which figure Jews as victims but based also on the post 1948 triumphant ascendency of the Israeli state".. When images of Arabs do figure they are often negatively depicted as less human or sub human, subservient, deviant, criminal and evil… [Palestinians] are seen as cockroaches, vermins, creatures who should be stamped out… When you hear the jokes among Jewish children in the settlements, they crack jokes about torturing Palestinian children, Palestinian workers and teachers, this is their past time. It is very hard to de-educate once their minds have been infected with such viruses."

This violent sickness of mind is symptomatic of Israeli society; after Operation Cast Lead shocking images of T-shirts custom-made for Israeli soldiers went viral such as "A sharpshooter’s T-shirt from the Givati Brigade’s Shaked battalion shows a pregnant Palestinian woman with a bull’s-eye superimposed on her belly, with the slogan, in English, "1 shot, 2 kills." (Mondoweiss 20-3-2009)

In February this year an Israeli soldier, sparked outrage when he posted an Instagram image of Palestinian child in crosshairs of a rifle.

Then in March, an expose of offensive Israeli reactions prompted by a photo of 3 Palestinian children sitting in a tent, included, "Run the tent over with a truck/Merkava tank/a bus/ whatever it takes to crush and kill these children,"; "I’d have thrown nerve gas into the tent and closed it and made them breath it until the end" ;"A hand grenade inside the tent!" ; "Put a couple of bullets in their heads and we’re done" (EI 22-3-13)

Along with soldiers, psychological damage from the emotional abuse of victimhood is a precursor to aggressive behavior rampant among the zealot settlers who have the right to carry arms. Incredibly, settler adults act as role models for their children who ape the state-sanctioned terrorism their parents and elders inflict daily on vulnerable Palestinians.

Systematic settler oppression includes torching fields, uprooting thousands of fruit and olive trees, damaging property, arson, poisoning sheep, defacing graves and mosques, illegal squatting, water and farmland contamination by diversion of sewerage, throwing sewerage on Palestinian passer-bys, road blocks, attacks on schoolchildren and school buses, intimidations, beatings, shootings, deliberate hit and run, vile verbal abuse, racist and threatening graffiti. In a normal society such violent fanaticism would be condemned as animalistic and criminal, but in Israel settlers enjoy impunity and military protection.

Of great concern is the rising numbers of militant settlers in the Israeli army and in the new government the "settlers’ dedicated party, Jewish Home, has been awarded three key ministries – trade and industry, Jerusalem, and housing – as well as control of the parliamentary finance committee, that will ensure that the settlements flourish during this government’s term."(Cook, Palestine Chronicle 20-3-13)

The meta-narrative of the Eternal-Victim afflicting the Israeli psychosis is pure illusion; a sick trick played on their own people by Israeli leaders perpetuating the Zionist goal of claiming all of historic Palestine, US realpolitik, and economic pragmatism.

Israel, like the US, is a military economy so it is unsurprising that Nomiko states '[t]hat war is the most consistent and constant feature of our lives, almost a kind of ideal.’ and she was right in pointing out that was not waged in her name or for her security-"Neither was the litany of Israeli military operations, packaged in deceitful language in order to soften the depths of their destructiveness: not Rainbow (2004), or First Rain (2005), or Hot Winter (2008), or Summer Rain (2006), or Cast Lead (2009), or the recent Pillar of Cloud.’

These military operations against unarmed Palestinian families are testing grounds for the Israeli armament industry: "Tadiran Communications is the IDF’s signal corps’ main supplier of communications equipment. Consequently, the company benefits from immediate battle-tested results and is able to hone its technology to perfection." Israeli arms exports rose by 20 percent to $7 billion in 2012.

Israel sports a facade of normality but when you view nation as family, Israel is a dysfunctional family in crisis. Its parenting, compared to normal society, is criminal. The basic survival value of self-preservation is cruelly exploited and, since the first Zionist trod on Palestinian soil, Israel’s children truly see through a glass darkly having been fed on lies and a threatening world view, so that the chronic fear contagion infuses the whole family leaving it ethically stunted and dependent on the state:

Our belief that "the world is against us" has in recent years turned into a real obsession, a sense that we are constantly under attack, a fear of delegitimization, an insanity of persecution. It is unclear whether Israel is truly capable of differentiating between a real enemy and those who wish it well, or if it is simply complaining about being persecuted because it believes this serves its interests. (Merav Michaeli in Haaretz)

Paradoxically, the 'only democracy in the Middle East’ is a society of slaves stuck on the lowest levels of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

While ordinary Israelis play out the Joshua myth, unknown to them, the Herods in the Knesset, and in the IDF General Staff are deliberately committing psychological massacres of the innocents inasmuch as the occupation is a projection or mirror of the Israeli soul.

Every Israeli’s mental and spiritual health is under siege. Hundreds of frightening checkpoints block normal moral and critical judgment. Life giving compassion and respect of others is uprooted and the sewerage of hate, fear and murder perverts the humanity of each individual.

Israel’s soul perversion is clear when you try to consider what goes through young soldiers’ minds when they prevent an ambulance from reaching someone they have wounded and then mercilessly watch the person bleed to death. In a healthy society, people immediately follow their instinct to help someone who is hurt and call an ambulance. In Israel blocking ambulances is a systematic practice of one-by-one-genocide. Or what the hell went through the mind of the Givati commander when he 'verified the kill’ of 13 year old schoolgirl, Iman Darweesh by emptying his automatic weapon into her small body. The Herods acquitted and promoted the officer.

What then is the effect on Israelis of thousands upon thousands of crimes against humanity?

Enmeshed in abuse, the abused becomes the Nazi and the Palestinians are now the innocent azazel sacrificed for the sins of Israel’s children…

"O Lord, I have acted iniquitously, trespassed, sinned before Thee: I, my household, and the sons of Aaron Thy holy ones. O Lord, forgive the iniquities, transgressions, and sins that I, my household, and Aaron’s children, Thy holy people, committed before Thee

- Dr. Vacy Vlazna is Coordinator of Justice for Palestine Matters. She was Human Rights Advisor to the GAM team in the second round of the Acheh peace talks, Helsinki, February 2005 then withdrew on principle. Vacy was coordinator of the East Timor Justice Lobby as well as serving in East Timor with UNAMET and UNTAET from 1999-2001.







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