Monday, July 18, 2011

Israel's 'Lebensraum'

Is it a coincidence that the prestigious London 'Financial Times' and the American paper of note, 'The New York Times' have an editorial criticising Israel's law curtailing its citizens freedoms? The 'FT' is more lawyerly in thrust: it stresses that the new law 'mak[es] it illegal to boycott Israel and its colonisation of Palestinian lands'. The 'NYT' frets about Israel's 'chipping away' at free speech and political rights.
As GuamDiary earlier commented, Israel is now imposing the same 'rights' on its own citizens that the Zionist state has enforced with impunity on Palestinians in the West Bank and Arab East Jerusalem under Israeli 44 year occupation. Israel's chickens have come home to roost.
By honing in on illegal colonisation, which raises the question of theft of Palestinian land, the veil has been lifted on what the implantation of Jewish settlement is: 'Lebensraum' or living or breathing space. It is a carbon copy of the policy Germany imposed on conquered land in Central and Eastern Europe during world war two. In other words, opening up lands occupied by Palestinians for Jewish colonies under the hoary biblical appeal to history, to the long forgotten and vanished Jewish kingdom of Judea and Samaria.
Israel for many reasons cannot push 'Lebensraum' to the German extreme, but it can and does drive the undesirable Palestinians out of house and home into what many have called 'bantustans' a la South African Apartheid regime, by force and draconian measures. In Arab East Jerusalem, it has not relaxed its harsh measures, but relies more on neglect of Arabs there to such a degree in the hope that they out of frustration will leave. To the Zionists' authorities chagrin, they mostly don't and protest under the eye of international observers.
'Lebenraum' is a policy that blackens the reputation of all parties in Israel but the radical left. Under the revisionist Zionist Likud party, it has accelerated, and what's more, although long ignored, the Likud party and its youth movement out of which the prime minister 'Bibi' Netenyahu emerges, in pre war Europe was considered by traditional Jewish and Bundist and Communist Jewish parties as 'fascist' in tendency, and outside of a common front effort against Nazi Germany.
Today, Likud and its allies are exhibiting proto fascist behaviour and manoeuvres to swing the Zionist state so far to the right that it can no longer claim to be a 'beacon of democracy' in the Middle East. In contrast, the Arab world once thought of authoritarian and feudal is emerging as 'beacons of democracy' as Israel slips into the ways of antidemocratic regimes.

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