The author is a poet, counsellor, and occasional scholar-in-residence. Musings on everything from advaita ("non-dualism") to sustainable living, interspersed with poems. Thanks to Zvi Jaspan of Kibbutz Tzora for the name for this blog.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Alice Walker and Torquemada Tutu
Walker bravely declares her solidarity with the one party,
mysogynistic, homophobic, civilian-targeting, supremacist monocultural
regime in Gaza, but her penetrating and morally pure gaze somehow misses
the bloodbath in Syria just a few hundred kilometres further north, the
Kurd's 40 year struggle for autonomy and the Turks ruthless repression
thereof, the ethnic displacement of Tibetans by Han
Chinese and Chinese domination of the Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang
"autonomous" region, the plight of the Saharawis in Morroccan claimed
Western Sahara the Russian dismemberment of Chechnya and a dozen other disputes around the world.
Yes I understand these conflicts - despite the fact that they have taken more lives and arguably caused more suffering than the Israeli Palestinian conflict - aren't as sexy in the West, and a fading intellectual has to ensure he/she remains relevant, Or perhaps it is not a blatant populism that motivates the acclaimed
novelist, but rather that she went to the same seminary as Bishop Tutu, her
grandstand stance underwritten by the assumptions that Tutu suckled
on from the missionary breast that fed him - that Jews must and always
are intrinsically guilty of some extraordinary misdeed. But
perhaps, Ms Walker, the myopic focus on the Palestinian issue is what
has allowed the other opressions to continue largely unchecked in the
background - dictators and demagogues have long used the "blame the
Jews" strategy as a way of distracting from their own machinations and
Since its creation in June 2006 the so called UN Human Rights Council" has criticized Israel on 27 separate occasion. Obsessed with condemning Israel, the Council in its
first year failed to condemn human rights violations occurring in any of
the world’s 191 other countries. In its second year, the Council
finally criticized one other country when it “deplored” the situation in
Burma, but only after it censored out initial language containing the
word “condemn.” It even praised Sudan for its "cooperation."
The Council’s preoccupation with Israel is not limited to resolutions. Israel
is the only country listed on the Council’s permanent agenda, and Israel is the only country subjected to an investigatory
mandate that examines the actions of only one side, presumes those
actions to be violations, and which is not subject to regular review." For detailed information on the pathological obsession with Israel see UN Watch
Yes Israel is a stumbling democracy where the rule of law is being savaged on a day to day basis, and where increasingly fear and resentment of the other has come to dominate national discourse and strongly impact on policy. Yes Israel hangs in the balance as a democracy. Yes there is no proper separation off synagogue and state in Israel. Yes Israel has a poor track record of service provision to its Moslem citizens, and of discrimination against Conservative and Reform Judaism. Yes Jewish supremacists murdered an Israeli prime minister because he sought a historic compromise with the Palestinians. And yes Israel has the freest press in the middle east, the most minority group and female representatives in the Knesset and High Courts, the largest and freeest gay community in the middle east, and many other wins that some western democracies still have not achieved.
And yes, Israel's enemies are not democracies, do not extend the hand of peace to Israel, do not acknowledge the validity of Israel's narrative, and do not talk the talk or walk the walk of co-existence. And yes Israel's neighbours - including the Palestinians both in Gaza and in the West Bank (the biblical Yehuda and Shomron) supress difference and dissent amongst their own poulation with a savagery and furiosity Israel has never adopted.
Examine your own unconscious predjudices Ms Walker! And on your grand
imperial tour of Gaza, please skip across the border to Sderot and
Nachal Oz and Kfar Aza and Mefalsim and Gevim and Ashkelon and the other
tens of towns and villages where children spend their days cowering in
bomb shelters to try and stay safe from the Hamas missiles and mortars
aimed indiscriminately at schools and hospitals.
a "hogeh deyot" - Hebrew for someone who thinks a lot about things that are not directly related to the daily round. I worships two G?ds, that are probably one and the same - creativity and balance. Sat. Chit. Ananda. Gila Rina Ditza ve Chedva. Adoshem Hu Elokim. Veshal-om shanti shanti.