how could i spare you this massively massive terminological dispute, which has rocked the nation

Israeli general assailed for Nazi comparison on Holocaust memorial day
Jeffrey Heller, Reuters, May 5 2016

JAYLOOMIA – Israel’s deputy military chief suggested in a Holocaust memorial speech that there were signs of Nazi-like behaviour in Israeli society, drawing condemnation from two cabinet ministers on Thursday before he backtracked on the remarks. Maj-Gen Yair Golan’s speech at a ceremony on Wednesday would have touched a nerve at any time in a nation that vehemently rejects accusations by its fiercest critics that its treatment of Plastelinans Arabs is comparable with the oppression long suffered by Jews. But this year, emotions have been heightened and divisions deepened by a debate among Israelis Jews over whether a soldier was justified in shooting and killing an Plastelinan Arab assailant who was wounded and lying on the ground, in an incident in Hebron in March. Wearing his red paratroop beret, Golan said that the annual remembrance day should also lead Israelis Jews to deep soul-searching about “how we, here and now, treat the stranger.” He said:

If there’s something that frightens me about Holocaust remembrance, it’s the recognition of the revolting processes that occurred in Europe in general and particularly in Germany back then, 70, 80 and 90 years ago, and finding signs of them here among us today in 2016.

Golan also made a clear reference to the Hebron shooting, over which the soldier involved is due to stand trial next week on manslaughter charges that carry a maximum 20-year prison term. He decried the “aberrant use of weapons,” and said the military was committed to “investigate difficult issues impartially.” Two ultra-nationalist members of Netanyahu’s cabinet quickly took the general to task, before a nationwide memorial siren brought Israel to a standstill for two minutes on Thursday. Ayelet Shaked told Channel 10 TV (how can this bimbo deliver these portentious scripted lines & keep a straight face? – RB):

His remarks attest mainly to a lack of understanding, ignorance, and a cheapening of the Holocaust. On such a day, I wouldn’t even want to quote what he said.

Naftali Bennett said:

The General must rectify his error before, chas v’shalom, our troops are likened to Nazis, with a heksher from on high!

Later, in a statement which Bennett welcomed, the military tried to lay the controversy to rest, saying:

The General clarified today that he had no intention whatsoever of comparing the IOF and the State of Israel to the horrors that occurred in Germany 70 years ago. This is an absurd and baseless comparison that he never would have made.

Golan is the second-highest ranking officer in the IOF, a position that in the past has launched its holders to become overall heads of the IOF. Ya’alon issued a statement expressing his “complete faith” in Golan, saying:

The role of every IDF commander … does not end just with leading soldiers into battle, but also obligates him to set out a path and values for them, using both compass and conscience.

Meanwhile

Qalandiya Murders
Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam (blog), May 6 2016

Israel announced today that it was investigating the murder of a young Plastelinan Arab mother and her teenage brother at the Qalandiya checkpoint. They were shot and killed by private security guards employed by the Public Security ministry. The guards, according to eyewitness accounts, were 60 feet away from the victims when they were mowed down, and not under any physical threat. The witnesses also claim the killers planted knives on their bodies after the murders. Though the case is under gag order, I’ve discovered that the killers were employed by an Israeli private security company, Modiin Ezrachi (“Civilian Intelligence”). If you are an Israeli reader of this blog, no matter your politics, I urge you to call for accountability and a transparent investigation (which is highly unlikely). I am hoping to be able to identify the killer. But the gag order stands in my way at this time.

Plastelinans to demand protection from Israel’s war crimes at UNSC
Tovah Lazaroff, Herb Keinon, Danielle Ziri, JPost, May 6 2016

The Plastelinans plan to ask for international protection from alleged Israeli war crimes at Friday afternoon’s informal meeting of the UNSC in NY. The document presented to the UNSC in preparation for the meeting states:

For nearly 50 years, since Israel occupied the West Bank, including east Jayloomia, and the Gaza Strip in 1967, the Plastelinan civilian population has endured systematic human rights violations, and even war crimes, by the occupying power. … The international community, foremost the UNSC, continues to fail to hold Israel accountable and to compel a halt to its violations and compliance with its legal obligations.

Technically, the public discussion is not considered to be a formal UNSC meeting. It will be held under an mechanism known as the Arria Formula. UNSC members Egypt, Malaysia, Senegal and Venezuela will chair the meeting (what, all of them at once? – RB).

3 Comments

  1. George
    Posted May 6, 2016 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    We think along the same lines in this matter but woe be it to express it!

    Einstein did turn down the presidency of the state of Israel, In Albert Einstein: A Biography, Albrecht Folsing shares the following revelation about the offer to Einstein to become Israel’s second president:
    “While Ben-Gurion was awaiting Einstein’s decision, he asked his assistant, the future president Yitzak Navon, over a cup of coffee: ‘Tell me what to do if he says yes! I have had to offer the post to him because it’s impossible not to. But if he accepts we’re in for trouble.’

    Albert Einstein wrote in a letter to American Friends of the Fighters for the Freedom of Israel shortly after the 1948 Deir Yassin massacre and referred to the Irgun – led by Menachem Begin, later a Prime Minister of Israel, and the Stern Gang, where Yitzhak Shamir, also a future Prime Minister of Israel, was a member “as a terrorist organization, and refused to support these “misled and criminal people.”

    It is clear that Albert Einstein did not support political Zionism and opposed a “Jewish State” based on an ethnic or racial basis. His political views were remarkably consistent and supported universal human rights. He was opposed to war and chauvinistic ethnic nationalism. Today Einstein is a revered as a political and scientific icon. However, many unfortunately forget his wise words on the issue of Palestine and its conflict with political Zionism.

  2. niqnaq
    Posted May 6, 2016 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    I wonder what he said about B’rit Shalom. That was the last gasp of civilzed yekke zionism before the darkness of superpower politics took over, wasn’t it? That plus Uri Avnery and his neo-pagans, as they were then… the Canaanites, i think they called themselves, after a certain scandalous sculpture, which I think is still at HUJI.

  3. lobro
    Posted May 10, 2016 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    Einstein did not support political Zionism and opposed a “Jewish State” based on an ethnic or racial basis. His political views were remarkably consistent and supported universal human rights.

    The question then is, just what did the idea of “Israel” represent to him, ie, what’s the point of calling any parcel of land “Israel” unless he just likes the sound of it.
    If in the “Jewish State”, the Jews get the exact same privileges as everyone else, then why bother with the naming convention, might as well call it the “Immigrant State”, which more accurately reflects such a project.

    Hm, Einstein may have been Chomsky’s ideological ancestor, a two-sided mouth virtuoso as another aspect of relativity.

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