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During the last two years I have tried to draw attention to what is occurring in Israel:
March 3, 2014 – Ukraine’s Ultra-right Deconstructed
“A Ukrainian-born former soldier in the Israel Defense Forces led about 40 fighters, including several fellow IDF veterans — in violent clashes with government forces in the Maidan.”
March 9, 2014 – Ukraine via the Chicago School
“Israel’s support for the putsch in Kiev shows that the new fascism differs only from the old one in not being anti-Semitic.”
September 16, 2014 Good News From Sweden – Sort Of
“If I often write about fascism, it’s because it is the lynchpin of current events. Fascism comes in many stripes and colors. The old fascism, which revolved around anti-Semitism, is still represented by Ukraine’s Right Sektor and its wolfangel-wearing thugs. With the new fascism, Israel is officially Washington’s junior partner, in practice often wagging its tail. Europe’s centuries-old anti-Semitism has been reinvigorated by Israel’s attitude toward the Palestinians, while a more recent one targets immigration.”
April 27, 2015 Hillary’s Latest Embarrassment is About ‘Capitalism with a Human Face’
“There appears to be no widespread recognition of the fact that capitalism’s human face obscures its rationalization of fascism. Yet the legally elected president of Ukraine could not have been overthrown without the private fascist militias such as Right Sektor, whose leader Dmitri Yaros became the new government’s head of security. And without an unspoken acceptance of strong-arm techniques, we would not be witnessing fascism in such theoretically unlikely places as Israel and Norway.
Israel was meant to guarantee a home to a people that had been slaughtered en masse because of who they were, and Norway is one of the Scandinavian countries that represent the highest level of civilization attained by humans. Norway has an anti-immigration fascist movement, while some Israelis joined the thugs in the Maidan, and recently others called for the death of Palestinians in a yearly march through Jerusalem’s remaining Arab neighborhoods.”
In this summer of 2016, as the American people dither over whether Donald Trump is qualified to be president, while their government supports both Islamic terrorists and the Israeli government, it’s clear that fascism is not a twentieth century aberration, but a many-headed hydra that will not soon be vanquished.
Update Fascism in Israel 2016: Following on the June 9 killing of four Israelis by two Palestinian gunmen in Tel Aviv, Israel sent two divisions of soldiers into the West bank, and one minister said it should annex part of the area and expel all Arabs.
On May 21, 2016, Uri Avnery an Israeli writer and founder of the Gush Shalom peace movement had posted this article at https://portside.org/search/site/URI%20AVNERY:
A real-life hero of Israel’s foundational wars in the 1940s, and inspiration for Leon Uris’ Ari Ben Canaan character in his novel Exodus, Uri Avnery has won the right to serve as Israel’s conscience in her atrocious treatment of Palestinians.
“I can’t keep quiet any longer……
“General Ya’ir Golan, the deputy Chief of Staff of the Israeli army, made a speech on Holocaust Memorial Day……The main sentence was: “If there is something that frightens me about the memories of the Holocaust, it is the knowledge of the awful processes which happened in Europe in general, and in Germany in particular, 70, 80, 90 years ago, and finding traces of them here in our midst, today, in 2016…..
“There is a strict moral commandment in Israel: nothing can be compared to the Holocaust. The Holocaust is unique. It happened to us, the Jews, because we are unique. (Religious Jews would add: “Because God has chosen us”.) I broke this commandment, publishing (in Hebrew) a book called “The Swastika”, in which I recounted my childhood memories and tried to draw conclusions from them…..
“My book did not deal with the Holocaust, which took place when I was already living in Palestine, but with a question which troubled me throughout the years, and even today: how could it happen that Germany, perhaps the most cultured nation on earth at the time, the homeland of Goethe, Beethoven and Kant, could democratically elect a raving psychopath like Adolf Hitler as its leader?….
“The last chapter of the book was entitled “It Can Happen Here!” It was drawn from a book by the American novelist Sinclair Lewis, called ironically “It Can’t Happen Here”, in which he described a Nazi take-over of the United States. In this chapter I discussed the possibility of a Jewish Nazi-like party coming to power in Israel. My conclusion was that a Nazi party can come to power in any country on earth, if the conditions are right. Yes, in Israel, too…..
“Israelis have a self-protective habit: when confronted with inconvenient truths, they evade its essence and deal with a secondary, unimportant aspect. Of all the dozens and dozens of reactions in the written press, on TV and on political platforms, almost none confronted the general’s painful contention….
“General Golan was accused of comparing Israel to Nazi Germany. Nothing of the sort. A careful reading of his text shows that he compared developments in Israel to the events that led to the disintegration of the Weimar Republic. And that is a valid comparison…….
“Things happening in Israel, especially since the last election, bear a frightening similarity to those events. True, the process is quite different. German fascism arose from the humilia-tion of surrender in World War I, the occupation of the Ruhr by France and Belgium from 1923-25, the terrible economic crisis of 1929, the misery of millions of unemployed. Israel is victorious in its frequent military actions, we live comfortable lives. The dangers threatening us are of a quite different nature. They stem from our victories, not from our defeats. In-deed, the differences between Israel today and Germany then are far greater than the simi-larities. But those similarities do exist, and the general was right to point them out….
“The discrimination against the Palestinians in practically all spheres of life can be compared to the treatment of the Jews in the first phase of Nazi Germany.…
“The rain of racist bills in the Knesset, those already adopted and those in the works, strongly resembles the laws adopted by the Reichstag in the early days of the Nazi regime. Some rabbis call for a boycott of Arab shops. Like then. The call “Death to the Arabs” (“Judah verrecke”?) is regularly heard at soccer matches. A member of parliament has called for the separation between Jewish and Arab newborns in hospital. A Chief Rabbi has declared that Goyim (non-Jews) were created by God to serve the Jews. Our Ministers of Education and Culture are busy subduing the schools, theater and arts to the extreme rightist line, something known in German as Gleichschaltung. The Supreme Court, the pride of Israel, is being relentlessly attacked by the Minister of Justice. The Gaza Strip is a huge ghetto….
“Of course, no one in their right mind would even remotely compare Netanyahu to the Fuhrer, but there are political parties here which do emit a strong fascist smell. The political riffraff peopling the present Netanyahu government could easily have found their place in the first Nazi government….
“One of the main slogans of our present government is to replace the “old elite”, considered too liberal, with a new one. One of the main Nazi slogans was to replace “das System”. By the way, when the Nazis came to power, almost all high-ranking officers of the German army were staunch anti-Nazis. They were even considering a putsch against Hitler. Their political leader was summarily executed a year later, when Hitler liquidated his opponents in his own party…..We are told that General Golan is now protected by a personal bodyguard, some-thing that has never happened to a general in the annals of Israel….
“Am I condemned to witness the same process for the second time in my life?”
Isn’t it time that more American Jews spoke to these grave issues?
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