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Having read the letters for over a decade published in  The Echo on the Palestine/ Israel conflict I thought I may be able to elucidate matters. The Palestinian/ Israeli is readily identified when viewed from a few metres away, primarily by their attire. However, to understand the situation a closer and a more distant view is needed together. When examined close up, say from one mm beneath the protective dead scaly skin, both Palestinian and Israeli are identical.

No longer identifiable as people, reality reveals that the Palestinian and the Israeli are a community of symbiotic micro-organisms consisting of thirty-seven trillion single-celled independent animals working together. Six trillion of them are closely related and are identifiable as human cells. Thirty-one trillion of them are not related to human cells and have colonised the community. Sixty trillion bacteria and three-hundred-and-eighty trillion viruses have also colonised the community and so create one person.

Every one of these single-celled animals are fully conscious and communicating with one another, particularly those that have assembled to form the brain. Observing the visual image behind the eyes and listening to the vibrational frequencies from the ears the community of cells within the brain come to the deluded opinion that the Palestinian and the Israeli are different. Further delusions include the belief that it will survive in some form forever while two million neurons, ten billion synapses and 12km of myelinated fibres die within the brain and are replaced every minute. A further ten million other body cells die and are replaced every second.

The Palestinian/ Israeli is also unrecognisable from a greater distance. From a sky-soaring eagle-eyed view they are indistinguishable from the community of photosynthesising organisms that colour the landscape and support their existence, providing oxygen and moderating the climate. The Palestinian/ Israeli can only exist in a stable habitat and climate and will go extinct as the temperature increases owing to the removal and pollution of its habitat.

The Palestinian/ Israeli will not be missed or remembered since it can only be found clinging to the surface of a single planet on the edge of a small galaxy of stars in a remote portion of the universe far from the gigantic central cluster of galaxies. Walking on the planet’s face are microbes called the human race… lost in time and lost in space.

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  1. Gary,
    Why not write it straight?
    The Palestine/Israel conflict is an old wound found in any Bible and in reality today it still festers and weeps blood and ooze and cries out in pain.
    The people there, the Palestinian/Israelis are pictured, and identified by their middle eastern attire in the dust and heat in the sands of a lost time.
    To understand the situation take a closer look into the faces, right up close then step back and view the whole from afar and the conclusion comes that the Palestinian and Israeli are identical. Do we know the problem in our history? We do. Australia was settled by the British from three countries, by the Scots, the Irish and the English, and those three peoples sometimes hate each other intensely especially the Catholics and the Protestants of the Irish.

  2. Help me out Gary,

    What’s the point, that human beings are basically the same and you don’t really care about human rights or easing suffering? Palestinians live under a brutal and indiscriminate system of racial domination, persecution and exclusion – that’s the difference. Your letter, and I hope that I am wrong, seems like it is just saying that there no difference. That is absolutely not the case.

    A Palestinian child and an Israeli child are not seen as equal by the Apartheid wielding, supremacist state of Israel. Until people have equal rights, equal representation and are free from racist persecution then their biological similarity, and their location in the galaxy is a moot point.

    Your letter seems not to understand the very real suffering and anguish that is being perpetrated in Palestine. Palestinians, just like West Papuans, and everyone else need to be free. How helpful is reminding us that they share biology with their oppressors?

    To ease the pain and suffering of the oppressed, a universal human rights approach not a biological approach is critical.

    • Hi Subhi, my wife’s father was a mayor in Jerusalem and along with her mother, sibling and extended family were forcibly removed from their properties in the late 1940s and were refugees in Jordon. Having lost everything they migrated to Australia and started again and became successful and raised families. They had little knowledge that the British were much worse with the Australians than with the Palestinians and murdered 99% of them and like in Palestine stole their land. Many of us are now rich in money and property while the true owners of the land are beggars but at least we finally recognised them. The surviving Palestinians are still being mistreated by the Israelis. I spent 2 years in Papua and New Guinea living with the traditional people and well know their situation. Most people are fully aware that the Palestinian child and an Israeli child are not seen as equal by the Apartheid wielding, supremacist state of Israel. Most people care about human rights or easing suffering. The reason why it is helpful in reminding us that they share biology with their oppressors and the only possible way to ease the pain and suffering of the oppressed is by using a biological approach which is critical. Universal human rights has failed in many places and is unlikely to succeed because it is too narrow in its outlook. All animals compete with each other for resources and we do the same. Regarding ourselves as Palestinians or Israelis or Australians is the reason for all the warfare because we are isolating our selves from each other and we must look at the absolute truth of our reality or we all soon die. We are not really Palestinians or Israelis or Australians, these are delusions no matter how much we may treasure them. We are interacting biological entities utterly dependent on our supporting environment surviving only on the surface of a single planet, the life support systems of which are now collapsing because of massive habitat destruction and pollution causing massive temperature increases that will soon exterminate every Palestinians or Israelis or Australians and everyone else. If we do not have a cosmic view of ourselves and only see ourselves as Palestinians or Israelis or Australians we will all be dead very soon.

      • Dear Gary,

        Thank you for taking the time to explain and I apologise for not understanding you. I agree with you that we need to think of ourselves as a tribe of one, and that gross nationalism is a huge illusion. It is a lovely call-out against nationalism, although to me, and many others, and at first reading, it feels like a utopian message of futility towards one particular legitimate liberation and resistance movement instead of an honorable message of biological unity.

        I’ve been to the Adani blockade camp, and I’m an activist for Palestinian Human rights and have asked myself the obvious question: isn’t climate change so important that it makes liberation in Palestine a moot point? The answer to me is no it doesn’t. The reason is that we fight the same forces – the powers that keep us fighting each other in the holy land and in almost every place on Earth are the same exact powers that corrupt our “democracies” and poison our media sources and our Earth- powerful elite and corporate fascism. Biological connection leading to climate action of any real significance and universal human rights (which hasn’t been remotely achieved) are very much the same struggle. Achieving either one (they are very close) would lead to solutions for both outcomes of liberation and climate action.

        I’m sorry for not understanding your lovely letter properly.


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