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Byron Shire
December 2, 2021

Extremist Israelis calling the shots for slaughter

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The prolonged media focus on 300 unfortunate airline passengers who were in the wrong place at the wrong time has distracted the world from Israel’s wilful slaughter in Gaza of far greater numbers of equally innocent people.

The Israeli excuse that Hamas fires homemade rockets into Israel is like countering a slingshot with a bazooka.

It’s pretty clear to me too that Israeli warnings to residents to depart buildings they intend to destroy is all about real estate: ‘We don’t want to kill you, just to get you off the land that god promised us.’

Israel has been bulldozing Palestinian houses for decades, always thereby making the point that this is ‘our’ land.

When I was in Israel in the 1970s the so-called ‘ultra-orthodox’ Jews distanced themselves from worldly Zionism in the belief that the return to Zion would come about by an act of god, not by force of arms.

The situation now is that these politicised extremist fundamentalists actually call the shots, while being conveniently exempt from military service.

They routinely kill and steal land from Palestinians and call themselves ‘settlers’. The comparison with the British invasion of Australia is compelling: the existing populations in both cases are regarded as inferior nuisances to be dispatched one way or another into irrelevance.

Barnaby Joyce recently conveyed on ABC’s Q&A the common notion that the problem is intractable, so complex.

Really? All that’s needed is to tell the story from the start. In the beginning the Hebrews departed Egypt and invaded Canaan, slaughtering the inhabitants.

‘This land was promised us by god’, they reassured one another. The old testament reveals that over subsequent centuries god urged them several times to smite their neighbouring enemies from the face of the earth; indeed this is the only document from ancient times that actively promoted genocide.

The psalms are similarly full of chilling images of heaven-assisted vengeance and retribution.

These are the documents which the extremist fundamentalists are made to pore over for many years, a 3,000-year cycle of self-perpetuating brainwashing.

To me the deliberate subjugation of reason to faith is a form of mental illness.

What is the difference between a jihadist who proclaims that randomly killing people is a service to god for which he will be rewarded with 40 houris in heaven, and a devout Jew who in anger seriously believes himself to be ‘chosen’ to cleanse the Holy Land, as a reward for which he will later dally with angels and cherubim?

Both of them are profoundly nuts and should be treated as such.

On a closing note let me ‘thank’ the Israelis; their pathological actions over the past couple of weeks have no doubt generated a thousand jihadists a day around the world, for which the rest of the world will largely pay, not Israel.

Fast Buck$, Coorabell


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1 COMMENT

  1. Wow what an interesting letter. It would seem to me that if Israel wanted to “willfully slaughter” people in Gaza there would be at least tens of thousands killed by now. i find the slingshot against the bazooka comparison laughable, they fire rockets that kill not bruise. The only intent of the rockets sent into Israel is to kill anyone who is in the way. Have you not seen the weapons that have been seized they are not toys.
    Perhaps Israel should turn off their defense systems for a few days then i am sure you would be pleased when the totals of dead and injured are more equal. i doubt Hamas will call, drop pamphlets, or give warning shots before the real ones get launched.
    If want to do a bit of checking Israel left Gaza in 2005 so your claim that they warn people so they can preserve buildings for themselves is wrong. Incidentally the Palestinians were left infrastructure and vibrant businesses to take over. Unfortunately they were all torn down and destroyed.
    Its good that your opinions are based on up to date information that was gleaned by a visit in the 70’s. Pretty sure Israel is not run by religious fundamentalists, i think you would be referring now to Syria, Iraq, Iran and Saudi plus a few others in the area. certainly not Israel where women have equal rights, there is freedom of religion and sexual preference and where Arab politicians are represented in the Knesset in proportion to the Arab population and where there are Arabs in the Judiciary. (but i do digress). The reality is that there is a vibrant working democracy.
    This is a classic Arab/Palestinian move that has been repeated for 60 years. Start a fight with Israel with the hope of slaughtering everyone. Be quite happy to have as many of your people killed and then when it goes badly and there are enough photos of injured and dead, women and children. Go screaming to the international community saying how unfair it all is.
    This is not a fight between Jihadists and Jewish religious fundamentalists. Its a fight between Jihadists who cannot accept the existence of Jews or a Jewish state and a democratic country.
    If you knew anything about Israel and Israeli’s you would know that there is nothing more than that country wants is peace. They do not rejoice in any of this, to suggest otherwise and without any serious acknowledgment of the reasons that this horrible situation has occurred, suggests ignorance…

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