Israel to World: "Suck It."

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Sometimes they even manage to sound aggrieved and annoyed about it, like it's so burdensome how people keep making them kill them. "Can't a guy get through a single day of stopping basic resources from reaching people without someone coming along and forcing us to kill them? It's just so rude."

oɔsıqɐu (nabisco), Monday, 31 May 2010 19:28 (4 years ago) Permalink

I call it Look What You Made Me Do syndrome - total abuser MO.

I eat truffle fries because my captors say they'll kill me if I don't (suzy), Monday, 31 May 2010 19:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

why can't we have both

gbx, Monday, 31 May 2010 19:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

Sometimes they even manage to sound aggrieved and annoyed about it, like it's /so burdensome/ how people keep making them kill them. "Can't a guy get through a single day of stopping basic resources from reaching people without someone coming along and /forcing/ us to kill them? It's just so rude."

nabisco is otm

gbx, Monday, 31 May 2010 19:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

It's the Bull Connor school of law enforcement

Super Cub, Monday, 31 May 2010 19:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

Like in Europe, so many people are flooding to the streets protesting, which just doesn't happen when other countries commit war crimes (e.g. North Korea sinking that ship last week). Does it touch such a nerve with people because of the whole bitter religious backdrop, or just because people know the U.S. (and therefore the UN) will do fuck all about it, so they feel that have to make a huge noise?

anyone i've ever met who has a real bee in their bonnet about palestine has been anti-american, far-left, and/or muslim; europe has a lot of people like that.

No disre but maryanne hobbs is peng trust me (jim in glasgow), Monday, 31 May 2010 19:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

Does it touch such a nerve with people because of the whole bitter religious backdrop, or just because people know the U.S. (and therefore the UN) will do fuck all about it, so they feel that have to make a huge noise?

not really: the UN is doing fuck-all about north korea torpedoing a warship/90 people being blown up in pakistan on friday/____________ but for some reason I/P engages people in a special way

on the matter of press releases, neither side really covers themselves in glory, but this is kind of a side issue

transient truff (history mayne), Monday, 31 May 2010 19:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

There are a number of obvious reasons why Israel is held to a higher standard than say North Korea.

1. The USA supplies large amounts of arms and aid to Israel

2. Israel proports to be a democracy that respects human rights

3. Israel was founded on principles of human rights and a need to give an oppressed people a safe haven

And more beyond that, I'm sure.

Super Cub, Monday, 31 May 2010 19:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

4. china is on the security council

transient truff (history mayne), Monday, 31 May 2010 19:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

Israel was founded on principles of human rights

:/

ᵒ always toasted, never fried (crüt), Monday, 31 May 2010 19:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

Israel does seem to be heading toward greater isolation and rogue status, a la North Korea.

Super Cub, Monday, 31 May 2010 19:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

Israel was founded on principles of human rights

:/

― ᵒ always toasted, never fried (crüt), Monday, May 31, 2010 7:38 PM (31 seconds ago)

Maybe I should say, Isreal's inception coincided with a desire to increase human rights.

Super Cub, Monday, 31 May 2010 19:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

i hope the UN security council, comprising moral giants like um the UK(!), US(!!), russia(!!!), and china(!!!!), condemns israel pdq

transient truff (history mayne), Monday, 31 May 2010 19:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

I think if israel was founded on a desire to increase human rights they must've have turned a blind eye towards those who already were living there, much like how america was founded.

Jacob Sanders, Monday, 31 May 2010 19:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

tbf, Israel's has a good human rights record for its own citizens--it's very much a liberal democracy (gay rights, free speech/press, fair judiciary etc.). It's just how it treats Gaza...

nevermind312, Monday, 31 May 2010 19:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

I think if israel was founded on a desire to increase human rights they must've have turned a blind eye towards those who already were living there, much like how america was founded.

― Jacob Sanders, Monday, May 31, 2010 8:43 PM (27 seconds ago) Bookmark

undeniably, but also a lot like other instances of forced expulsions of ethnic groups much closer in place and time to the mandate of the late 1940s -- iraq, egypt, libya, etc

transient truff (history mayne), Monday, 31 May 2010 19:47 (4 years ago) Permalink

tbf the USA shares almost all the same faults as Israel, although not in quite so glaring a way. In the matter of human rights criticism, it surely acts as a proxy and a buffer state for the USA, as it does in so many other ways.

Aimless, Monday, 31 May 2010 19:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

Being a democracy is pretty important here - means that what happens in this pretty brutal part of the world gets scrutinised in Israel and not so much in other countries. They still crucify and behead people in Saudi Arabia, but you never hear much about it.

Ismael Klata, Monday, 31 May 2010 19:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

Israel's has a good human rights record for its own citizens

Members of this Israeli government have advocated fundamentally reducing the civil/human rights of Israeli Arabs.

From what I understand, the situation in Israel is quite different than say ten years ago. The secular, liberal segment of Israeli society is losing. The orthodox, extremist segment is winning. The "middle" has shifted pretty far right. Democracy in Israel may well be dying.

Super Cub, Monday, 31 May 2010 19:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

aipac sent out an email with this subject line:

Subject: Ynet: Israeli troops ambushed at Sea - Ron Ben Yishai details clash aboard Gaza-bound vessel

max, Monday, 31 May 2010 20:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

oh, aipacws

ᵒ always toasted, never fried (crüt), Monday, 31 May 2010 20:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

not to be confused with "oh, ws aipac"

ᵒ always toasted, never fried (crüt), Monday, 31 May 2010 20:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

wait wait there's no problem gaza's markets are crammed full
http://www.spectator.co.uk/melaniephillips/6044639/peace-convoy-this-was-an-islamist-terror-ambush.thtml

stet, Monday, 31 May 2010 20:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

This totally reactive, stop-hitting-yourself position sometimes seems like the entire intellectual bedrock of the IDF. "We didn't kill you; you committed suicide by doing something we asked you not to." Just pretending to be robotically morally neutral, agency-free.

― oɔsıqɐu (nabisco), Monday, May 31, 2010 3:23 PM (59 minutes ago)

yeah this is so otm

k3vin k., Monday, 31 May 2010 20:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

spud webs (am0n), Monday, 31 May 2010 20:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

Members of this Israeli government have advocated fundamentally reducing the civil/human rights of Israeli Arabs.

From what I understand, the situation in Israel is quite different than say ten years ago. The secular, liberal segment of Israeli society is losing. The orthodox, extremist segment is winning. The "middle" has shifted pretty far right. Democracy in Israel may well be dying.

― Super Cub, Monday, May 31, 2010 8:55 PM (35 minutes ago) Bookmark

doubt many people would deny that israel has a particularly shitty government right now

but "democracy in israel may well be dying"? really?

transient truff (history mayne), Monday, 31 May 2010 20:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

xpost. I really enjoyed 'Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present' by Michael B. Oren. yet it concerns it's self with america's involvement with the middle east as a whole. But israel and palestine are both explored in depth in the book.

My dad's been wanting me to read this for a couple of years.

Filmmaker, Author, Radio Host Stephen Baldwin (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 31 May 2010 20:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

And if the commandos were attacked with bars, (or throwing people off boats at some point in the altercation) how many people do you think you would have to shoot with assault rifles to make them stop?

textbook blows on the head (dowd), Monday, 31 May 2010 20:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

That's an ugly scene, no doubt. It's totally understandable that the soldiers feared for their lives. IMO, that doesn't change the basic issue. Storming an aid flotilla full of protesters is not okay. It's not an acceptable way of dealing with this situation.

That also looks like a very poorly conceived operation. Dropping soldiers into the arms of an angry mob is not what I'd call a precision, surgical raid.

Super Cub, Monday, 31 May 2010 20:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

xpost

Super Cub, Monday, 31 May 2010 20:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

And if the commandos were attacked with bars, (or throwing people off boats at some point in the altercation) how many people do you think you would have to shoot with assault rifles to make them stop?

― textbook blows on the head (dowd), Monday, May 31, 2010 9:39 PM (2 seconds ago) Bookmark

what's your answer, to the nearest decimal point?

That also looks like a very poorly conceived operation. Dropping soldiers into the arms of an angry mob is not what I'd call a precision, surgical raid.

indeed, but, well, it's a bit different than the "they landed and opened fire on sleeping civilians" line put out by the convoy earlier

transient truff (history mayne), Monday, 31 May 2010 20:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

1?

textbook blows on the head (dowd), Monday, 31 May 2010 20:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

http://www.lrb.co.uk/v25/n16/judith-butler/no-its-not-anti-semitic

one thing, and like sorry if this is totally born out of ignorance on my part, but one of the things that I have never understood abt the yoking of anti-semitism w/ palestine conflict issues is that it seems to me at least to suppress how anti-arab/muslim sentiment might factor into western perception. In a) Israel's seemingly increased responsibility as a comparatively "western" middle eastern country versus a more exoticized Palestine whose cultural strangeness diminishes responsibility, although at the same time b) rendering Israelis more identifiable (for one thing you always meet loads of them staying in youth hostels, i guess american universities) as against the Palestinian population who still feel like a population that is "out there" and whose reality seems somewhat neutralised by cultural difference/geographic distance? Like "is this a thing" is what i mean?

plax (ico), Monday, 31 May 2010 20:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

Dropping soldiers into the arms of an angry mob is not what I'd call a precision, surgical raid.

yeah, srsly

i tried to think of a pas/cal pun but then i got bored (Tape Store), Monday, 31 May 2010 20:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

That also looks like a very poorly conceived operation. Dropping soldiers into the arms of an angry mob is not what I'd call a precision, surgical raid.

right. I'm not sure what has happened to the IDF's skill in operations--it used to do some fucked up things for sure, but it always managed to carry things out well. Now it just botches everything. idgi.

nevermind312, Monday, 31 May 2010 21:10 (4 years ago) Permalink

MPAC keeping things reasonable i see

former moderator, please give generously (DG), Monday, 31 May 2010 21:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

Shocking that anyone would confuse anti-Israel sentiment with anti-Semetic sentiment.


:/

Mordy, Monday, 31 May 2010 21:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

Btw, lol @ Sleeve above calling me an idiot Israel defender a few posts after I quote Arendt on Eichmann (!!) to describe Israel's relationship to Gaza. Like holy shit.

Mordy, Monday, 31 May 2010 21:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

ugh at the swastika. i fucking hate the equating of what israel does with nazism - it's so blatantly anti-semitic.

nevermind312, Monday, 31 May 2010 21:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah im not saying its not a thing, just something i don't really understand the roots of (beyond the obvious but still) and wondering how I can understand it w/in a broader elaboration of cultural intolerance etc.

xxp

plax (ico), Monday, 31 May 2010 21:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

radio 4 just had SAS novelist andy mcnab on, criticising the idf's tactics: "see, what you want to do is swamp the ship, not drip-feed your soldiers in, get it over quicker, safer for everyone".

naglpuss (c sharp major), Monday, 31 May 2010 21:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

plaxico, what's your question? You realize that there's a super long historical history of anti-Semitism that predates Israel's creation by many many years, right?

Mordy, Monday, 31 May 2010 21:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

Ugh at using a fucking octopus again. At least it keeps the brand identity going I guess. The blue octopus is Churchill, by the way - not sure why he gets the star halo, other than it being a nazi poster and therefore maybe not entirely logical.

Ismael Klata, Monday, 31 May 2010 21:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

anti-Semites are critical of Israel =/ criticism of Israel is anti-Semitic

Super Cub, Monday, 31 May 2010 21:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

sigh...

Mordy you're the one who said "I hope the troops were fired on" etc., which I read as "I sure hope there was a good excuse for yet another Israeli massacre of civilians, cause if there wasn't then people will get mad at Israel and well of course that means Israel will have to kill even more people". Perhaps I misread you there, but I think there's a lack of perspective in that reasoning.

if there's a civilian death incident where you've failed to argue in favor of Israel I must have missed it, like I said these threads make me really unhappy and I generally stay away from them.

bug holocaust (sleeve), Monday, 31 May 2010 21:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah, like I'm not completely retarded, but I guess I think of Jewishness/Israel as separate, largely bc of like aqcuaintance w/ Israelis and also Jewish ppl of various nationalities and it just seems natural to separate them in a way that is more separate than just diaspora/native (like its a weird situ. where the diaspora kind of predates the country itself, but I realise that island living might have simplified my understanding of national borders somewhat) I mean, the mainstream equating of Jewish ppl and Israel feels more gallingly racist than it seems to be received as but again....

plax (ico), Monday, 31 May 2010 21:54 (4 years ago) Permalink

Sleeve, I'd prefer if people didn't die. I'm not a big fan of violence in any direction, and I'm not really a fan of deciding whose actions are legitimate and whose aren't. So I was hoping that if the IDF killed those people, as tragic as it is, it wouldn't blow up into a huger much more horrific tragedy. I think it's pretty obvious tho that I don't think it was a positive thing for the world that Israel boarded the flotilla and killed those people. I think you're missing the perspective that limiting violence is a pretty great thing to try and do, even if everything else isn't perfect. There's some kind of belief that if you push the conflict hard enough, eventually it'll get so violent and horrible that a change will have to happen. That might be true, but there are plenty of cases in history where violence didn't lead to good stuff. I'd prefer peace was achieved through peaceful means. At this point, that means hoping that a) the IDF didn't act like psychos randomly killing sleeping civilians and b) that it doesn't escalate even further.

Mordy, Monday, 31 May 2010 21:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

And I'm pretty sure that comparing Israel with Eichmann puts me definitely not in the camp of defending Israel. Unless you're such a hardliner that you think Nazi comparisons are actually too good for them. (I'll admit, I didn't put big flashing NAZI lights out, but I called their approach to Gaza as evil as I think evil comes in the world -- totally self-centered, tribal and thoughtless. I would think you could've read between the lines yourself.)

Mordy, Monday, 31 May 2010 21:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

how does Israel compare with eichmann? i can't see any similarities between how Israel treats Gaza and the holocaust.

nevermind312, Monday, 31 May 2010 22:11 (4 years ago) Permalink

I meant in terms of allowing horrific things to happen by virtue of thoughtlessness (that was Arendt's conclusion in Eichmann in Israel -- that evil only exists in one's inability to think through the meaning and consequences of their actions). Yes, totally different designing killing machines and being so thoughtless that you allow the suffering to continue in Gaza without taking drastic steps to alleviate it, or board a ship marked with humanitarian supplies for Gaza. I guess I'm more pro-Israel than a lot of people on ILX because I believe in a Jewish State of Israel (I can't understand how you can be against that but different conversation), so I realize how tricky most situations are in terms of protecting the State. But something like this seems so horrific and thoughtless that it can't be justified. Tbh, Bibi's coalition should be declared unconstitutional and Lieberman shouldn't be allowed in politics. Dude should be working with Livni full-time (she should be in charge imo, but even if not, she should at least be working in the cabinet). The government has totally gone over the edge and acting in just a totally careless, inhumane way.

Mordy, Monday, 31 May 2010 22:15 (4 years ago) Permalink


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