Thursday, August 21, 2014

This Is Your Problem!


On Tuesday, August 14, Arch Bishop Emeritus, Desmond Tutu was allowed to publish a powerful eloquent article in Haaretz, the Israeli news service which calls for a global boycott of Israel and urges Israelis and Palestinians to look beyond their leaders for a sustainable solution to the crisis in the Holy Land. It was titled, My plea to the people of Israel:
In it, he refers to the world wide protests that occurred in cities all over the world over the last week and the ever increasing erosion of support and good will for Israel. He compares the Palestinian Occupation to his own experiences in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.
If you click on the highlighted title, above, it will take you to the article in Haaretz and you can read it in it's entirety.
"My plea to the people of Israel is to see beyond the moment, to see beyond the anger at feeling perpetually under siege, to see a world in which Israel and Palestine can coexist – a world in which mutual dignity and respect reign.
It requires a mind-set shift. A mind-set shift that recognizes that attempting to perpetuate the current status quo is to damn future generations to violence and insecurity. A mind-set shift that stops regarding legitimate criticism of a state’s policies as an attack on Judaism. A mind-set shift that begins at home and ripples out across communities and nations and regions – to the Diaspora scattered across the world we share. The only world we share.
People united in pursuit of a righteous cause are unstoppable. God does not interfere in the affairs of people, hoping we will grow and learn through resolving our difficulties and differences ourselves. But God is not asleep. The Jewish scriptures tell us that God is biased on the side of the weak, the dispossessed, the widow, the orphan, the alien who set slaves free on an exodus to a Promised Land. It was the prophet Amos who said we should let righteousness flow like a river.
Goodness prevails in the end. The pursuit of freedom for the people of Palestine from humiliation and persecution by the policies of Israel is a righteous cause. It is a cause that the people of Israel should support.
Nelson Mandela famously said that South Africans would not feel free until Palestinians were free.

He might have added that the liberation of Palestine will liberate Israel, too."

Many of the people who read this blog are Americans and I get the feeling that they feel that the plight of the Palestinians has very little to do with the problems they face...but ask yourself, who has a growing industry training police forces all over the world in tactics to control civil unrest? Who is the biggest developer and exporter of crowd control products...tear gas, flash grenades as well as the research into techniques of Public Relations with the press? The apathy you feel to Palestine is self defeating, because what is happening there now is directly related to what is happening in Ferguson, MO....the way the police departments responded to the Occupy Protests all over America. Your apathy is a calculated response and it enables them to do it to you. Why should you care about how Israel tries to enforce it's final solution to it's pesky Gaza problem? You should care, because, YOU ARE NEXT! But then again, you probably have more important things on your mind, the frikin stale biscuits at Denny's this morning, the doctor tells you to lose 74 pounds, why should you care? You're just a semi senile white guy who is just waiting to kick off...don't bother me with this shit...there's nothing good on TV tonight, Comcast has you on hold for the last 6 hours and NetFlix screwed up again...Hey, constant disasters are the new normal, am I right?
In his article Desmond Tutu refers to a petition by the AVAAZ Organization. You should sign it, your voice is important. Any thing you do is more important than what you don't do.
Hey, there were protests even in Hamtramck, MI last weekend!
Where were you?

1 comment:

Ol'Buzzard said...

It is past time to call out Israel for destabilizing the Middle East.
the Ol'Buzzard