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In the Name of Security…

September 29, 2009

This is a land where the security of Israel requires the lives of thousands of innocent Palestinians…

What better excuse than “security reasons” for a people who see their history as full of threats of extermination?

This is a land where the realization of a Jewish state required the expulsion and massacres of Palestinians who resided here before…

What better excuse than the holocaust, one of the most inhuman and unthinkable events of modern history, to justify a new, slower holocaust of the Palestinian people?

This is a land where the end most definitely justifies the means…

What better excuse than “its God’s will” to justify the daily killing, beating, arresting and humiliation of an entire people?

This is a land where colonialism, a practice that most of the world considers archaic and inhumane, is still very much alive in the settlements…

What better excuse than “God ordained this land for the Jews” to defy international law that deems these settlements illegal?

This is a land where Jews from around the world are offered instant citizenship in Israel, while Palestinian refugees are forced to live elsewhere…

What better excuse than “We lived here thousands of years ago” to keep millions of refugees out of the country they lived in a mere 60 years ago?

This is a land where the most extreme of extremists Israelis live among the Palestinians in settlements and outposts that are considered illegal by international and even Israeli law (outposts only)…

What better excuse than “God’s laws are higher than the laws of man” as a pretext for stealing land, then harassing, beating, and occasionally murdering their Arab neighbors?

This is a land where the West Bank is dotted with 700 checkpoints, restricting the movement of Palestinians and making travelling to the next city a dangerous and humiliating experience…

What better excuse that “settler security” to justify this practice who’s real intention is to make life even more difficult for the people and to destroy their already weak economy?

This is a land where one fifth of Israel’s citizens are referred to as the “enemy within” simply because they are Arabs who exist within a Jewish state…

What better excuse than this racist belief to outlaw marriage between a Jew and an Arab?

This is a land where the government defies international and humanitarian law with impunity and without punishment…

What better excuse than “We are the only real democracy in the Middle East” for this type of arrogant, childish, and inhumane behavior?

This is a land where the definition of democracy apparently includes the banning of Arab political figures and parties from the Knesset (Israeli government)…

What better excuse than “We are your only friend in the Middle East” to dispel any objections to these racist policies?

This is a land where 20% of Palestinians are imprisoned at any given time and thousands more detained by a foreign government—not as criminals but as political prisoners…

What better excuse than calling these revolutionaries an “existential threat to Israel” to make the Palestinians the most imprisoned people in the world?

This is a land where Palestinian prisoners do not have to be charged with a crime to be imprisoned, beaten, and subjected to physical, psychological, and sexual forms of torture…

What better excuse than asserting that Arabs are not equal to Jews to allow another human being to be tormented in that way?

This is a land where 1.5 million Gazans are punished for the crimes of a few…

What better excuse than mostly impotent rocket attacks, the majority of them never making it to their targets, to justify the ruthless killing of innocent men, women and children?

This is a land where a hideous wall constructed of 8 meter high concrete slabs snakes around for 700 km inside the West Bank, stealing Palestinian land and isolating villages and cities…

What better excuse than “security” to hide its true intention which is to divide Palestinians from Israelis—making it impossible for these peoples to disprove hateful rumors about the ‘other’?

This is a land where nonviolent protestors speaking out against illegal and racist Israeli policies are met with live ammunition, sound bombs, teargas, and disgusting sewage water…

What better excuse than calling these demonstrations “illegal” to get out of any potential responsibility or lawsuits when they injure and kill protestors deliberately?

And I’ll close with one last question….

What makes your security so much more important than anyone else’s security?

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