Concerning activist ideology, alienation, and internalized historical memory
In terms of being indigenous to a region, North American First Nations and Israel have more in common with each other than First Nations and the so-called Palestinians do. It's important to remember that Palestinians are indigenous to mostly Jordan, Lebanon and Syria while there is evidence beyond Judaism's historical/religious scriptures (e.g. archeological finds) to prove that Jews are indigenous to the region known as Israel. Moreover, Jews have suffered persecution for 2000 years, including massive genocide during the WW2 Holocaust, and still managed to adapt successfully to life in Western countries while making the desert "bloom" in Israel. Like the Jews, First Nations would do well to harness the initiative and brains in their own communities to turn a narrative of "oppression" into one of success. They might even consider becoming friends and trading partners with Israel - who does not seek to convert anyone to its religion or way of life.
“Students are not being trained to be future upholders of Western liberal democracies, but Social Justice dismantlers of liberalism in the name of equity.” The manipulation is bad enough, but the ideology is atrocious.
Excellent. And the Scott Adams quote is perfect, indeed 'decolonization' IS a predicate for physical violence.
One does not have to be Woke to be unsympathetic towards Zionist territorial usurpers whose claims to Palestine and the identity rationalizations that serves them are as bogus/suspect as any Woke ethno-religious confabulation ever critically assessed in these columns.
Zionist identity politics is about as substantial as 'Black Lives Matter or German 'Aryan manifest destiny'.
From day one of its existence as a state in 1948, Israel has been a combination of well crafted ideological bluff and substantial foreign supplied military clout that has got away with it because all the nascent late and post colonial Middle Eastern neighboring polities were scarcely out of political nappies. Their outraged screams of protest and feeble military foot stampings were headed off and put to bed with smooth efficiency of a ruthless Victorian era nanny.
The same happened to the very substantial Arab majority that lived in Palestine at the end of World War Two, who were equally efficiently squared away into a manageable and compliant minority three years later.
The European Jewish invasion of Palestine would have made Cecil Rhodes blush.. But the Irgun didn't blush when its terrorist attacked the last local obstacle to Zionist victory; i.e., the British, whose guttering imperial attempts at trying to keep the peace in Palestine and prevent a Jewish migrant invasion were effectively shoved aside when their Mandate HQ in the King David Hotel in Jerusalem was blown up, killing most of the people inside. Several of the victims likely helped rescue some of those assassins out of Bergen Belsen.
Israel was a bare faced territorial heist covered by a fig leaf of legitimacy and no consent from any of the other stake holders in the region. It was born of war and will likely end in one. It was never accepted by its neighbors. 75 years later, it still isn't and likely has the life expectancy of a crusader fortress state, because the modern equivalent of Christendom will lose interest and confidence in the project, just like its medieval predecessors did.
The Israeli attack on Gaza was the pivotal moment for such a change, as I think the Hamas command correctly calculated when it instigated the appalling October 7th outrages that usually only ever happen to Palestinians. The ground moved, a certain kind of ideological silence was broken and a 75 year consensus started to shatter, spilling doubt and uncertainty all over the shop.....which neither you nor anyone else is going to be able either dispel or repair, no matter how long or passionate the essays are..
Your quote from Simon Sebag Montefiore that, “once-respectable intellectuals have shamelessly debated whether 40 babies were dismembered or some smaller number merely had their throats cut or were burned alive" is indicative of the misinformation and propaganda being circulated by Netanyahu's right wing government. According to the Israeli government reports, only one baby was killed by cross fire. The suggestion that babies were beheaded or had their throats cut is pure propaganda. Reports that continue to be released by the Israel media also suggest that many civilian fatalities arose from friendly fire by IDF soldiers who were following the suicidal shoot first Hannibal Protocol required by their military. One does not need to look too deep to see the genocidal end game currently employed by Israel's apartheid, terrorist regime, which according to the U.N.'s Relief Chief, has created the worst humanitarian crisis he has ever witnessed. Of the civilian fatalities reported, 67% are women and children with over 4.5 thousand victims of this complete and utter carnage being kids. Sadly, Canada's predictable response was to send a delegation of MP's to Israel for support and to show solidarity. Perhaps their ignorance of genocide is understandable considering the entire government unanimously voted in 48 seconds that Canada was guilty of genocide for no greater crime than providing boarding school education for less the one third of its indigenous school age children. It's time for Canada to take off it's blinders and realize that Netanyahu and his criminal accomplices need to have their day in court, the International Criminal Court, to answer for crimes against humanity.
I agree with some of what you’ve written here, James, but 3 points. 1. I have not yet read your piece on Israel but I note the reiteration of the view, in at least one comment here, that there is “no such thing as” a Palestinian. There is much to discuss about this claim (later perhaps) but can we not agree that the UN recognizes two states — one created (Israel) and one in process (Palestine). It can certainly be argued that if one is illegitimate so is the other, and ditto for legitimacy. 2. If I am not mistaken, I believe the connection that was made with Reisman to Israel was not her Jewishness (and prominence re Indigo) but the fact she contributed a to the Lone Soldiers Foundation which “provides scholarships for foreign soldiers who serve in IDF and want to remain in the country after their service is completed.” That seems a pretty close tie-in to Israel/IDF (although I detect some antisemitism in the protests too.) And 3. The “alleged correlations” that Barbara Kay refers to are not addressed in your piece but need to be. I have my own views about the three points Kay raises (and where the correlations ring true and why, or do not, and why not) but I don’t see your takedown of the points she listed. Do you dispute all three alleged correlations? Can you provide?
Folks in the imperium get a whiff of violence they’ve been visiting on the periphery for decades and getting spooked. You love to see it.
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PEW: Indeed, we had quite the taste of that violence when *decolonizing indigenous activists* burned down and desecrated dozens of churches for the retribution of imagined crimes, which fit their imagined internalized narrative.
Think again, Pew. They weren't indigenous decolonizers, they were Black Lives Matter jerks, although some of them could have been indigenous, just incidentally. These activists are not very bright people given that they "think" in slogans and violence. When they wrote "Our Lives Matter (too).", they gave away their "credentials" --- they were BLM activists.