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
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
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
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"
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
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
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
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.