Monday, July 25, 2005

J'Accuse - The IDF, the Settler Rabbis, the Palestinians

J'Accuse - the IDF

I no longer have faith in the IDF or the Security forces, despite the good work they have done. I've been fuming over this for days, without knowing how or what to write about it. In the past, I would defend the morality of the IDF by claiming they have a code of ethics and they do a good job considering they face the most heinous hornets nest of indoctrinated terrorists ever faced by mankind on their doorstop. Yes, there are some trigger happy 18 yr olds but often the army catches and court martials them. The army knows what it is doing and can be trusted to decide what is necessary for security.

NO MORE. The army and police have shown their true colors, the heavy-handed, brutal tyrants they are. When faced with a few thousand relatively peaceful protestors they acted in an unreasonable and disproportionate manner, depriving them of basic freedoms, inflicting collective punishments and exerting violence on children.

THE SETTLERS ARE THE NEW PALESTINIANS. Demonized in the press, ignored by Israeli society, deprived of basic rights by administrative detention without charge and forced eviction, some marginal sections threaten violence and mutter warnings of assasination. We have seen the true face of the IDF, and there is a lesson for us all.

J'Accuse - the Settler Rabbis

Where are the Yirmiyahus and Yeshayahus of today? Are they too busy shouting from the rooftops that it is forbidden to transfer one parcel of land, to remove one Jew from his home? Do they organize rallies for the starving widows and orphans? Do they even care about our Palestinian nieghbours who we are responsible for, who have been deprived of the economic viability necessary to sustain themselves while the army have turfed many out of their homes. Were enough Rabbis to sufficiently care and to persuade their flock that this mattered, they would find a way to get basic necessities to their Palestinian brethren. Instead they build fancy beautiful settlements on their land, lush green gardens, spacious brick houses opposite the slums and sewage fests and expensive roads through their olive groves for a handful of families.

The Rabbis foamed at the mouth a few years back, when Ben Artsi and his pals refused to serve in the territories for conscientious reasons, they showed no compassion or understanding, merely a ranting and raving at the sanctity and unity of the army, and the importance of carrying out orders. Where are the self-righteous pietists now, with their platitudes and judgements from their lofty towers? Defying the army, ordering their soldiers to disobey orders handed down by their government in accordance with the wishes of the majority of the country. Maybe the IDF would be more sympathetic to those soldiers who expressed a desire to stay behind and guard the base or do other duties during the disengagement, if there wasn't a threat of mutiny and disorder hanging over them. I think there is a lesson there as well.

J'Accuse - the Palestinians

You'd think they would be happy to have driven the Israelis out of Gaza, in their view. A chance to show the world they can run a sensible, healthy, open society. Maybe clamp down on the terrorist networks, join the world in the fight against terror, start working on infrastructure, education, sanitation, improving their society. Doing everything to prevent Kassam rockets to be fired at Israelis. Punishing the murderes of innocent Israelis driving through Gaza. For one period of time to show everyone they are not the bloodthirsty, savage society they are depicted as. To grasp this incredible opportuntiy inexplicably presented by their arch-enemy Sharon, to stand up and be counted and show what they can really achieve when the Israelis move out.

I hope and pray that whatever happens is for the best, and that G-d remove pain and anguish from all of us while granting us all the strength to make the best decisions we can.



At 7/25/2005 11:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

your first post back and this is what you post about?!?

At 7/26/2005 3:51 AM, Anonymous Chanandler Bong said...

That was so completely asinine that I had to come out of hibernation to point it out.

At 7/26/2005 4:17 AM, Anonymous Dark Horse said...

I can't believe you still expect us to believe you don't live in Israel!

Aside from that- some good points, except why would you hold such expectations about the Palestinians? They're collectively even more disenchanted with Sharon and the veneer of "disengagement" as you seem to be. The settlers might be leaving, but the Army isn't, so for them, there is no opportunity to "stand up and be counted."

At 7/26/2005 7:48 AM, Blogger Elster said...

Pretty good post. I tend to agree that there is plenty of blame to go around. I would, however, say that the soldiers have it the hardest.

Civil War in heberew is translate as Milchemes Achim - War of brothers. It cannot be easy for them either.

Also find it interesting that you have no words for the Government.

At 7/26/2005 3:30 PM, Blogger brianna said...

Welcome back!

At 7/26/2005 8:27 PM, Blogger Shopaholic said...

Hey TRK, great to have you back.

At 7/26/2005 9:04 PM, Blogger tmeishar said...

Welcome back, you were missed.

At 7/27/2005 1:06 AM, Blogger The Rabbi's Kid said...

Anon, yes, this is what i post about. I care what happens in the homeland of my people which is going through a difficult period. But no Dark Horse, I don't. I think it's bad that us US jews don't seem to know or care enough about this major issue. The Paleys are getting a protectorate they can build up with funds from abroad and show people they can build a society.

Chanandler, glad to see my ploy worked. Care to elaborate?

Elster, I have plenty of words for the government and Sharon the dictator, but I felt enough venom had been poured.

As for my groupies, excuse me while I go massage my ego some more, though I have to open my windows, the room is ego-stuffed.


At 7/27/2005 7:30 AM, Blogger Elster said...

Is it that people in America don't know or care, or rather is it that perhaps it's harder to voice your opinions about the Homeland when you are 6,000 miles away from it in the (relative) safety of your living room?

Let me throw something out there: Most of the bloggers I read are against the extraction of people from the west bank and gaza. How easy it is to shout negative diatribe agains tthe "dictatorship" government from here. After all, there is little chance of you or your wife/son/daughter getting killed in a suicide bombing in Chaifa or Tel Aviv. Perhaps the government as decided that if there is a CHANCE, no matter how small, this will appease the bloodthirsty animals (I mean Palestinians), then maybe it is worth it. If only as justification for the future retaliation against them if this grand gesture fails.

Just a thought.

At 7/27/2005 1:04 PM, Blogger tmeishar said...

As is your edo needed a boost... ;-)

At 7/27/2005 2:04 PM, Blogger tmeishar said...

Oops, I didn's mean "is," I meant "if." Means something a bit different, doesn't it?

At 7/28/2005 6:39 AM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

TRK, I want to know what J'Accuse means before I comment. B/c I have quite a few things to say about what you accuse the soldiers of doing. But, I want to hear this first.

At 7/28/2005 10:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

J'accuse - You.
You focus on 1 single group at a time, pretentiously assuming at the moment that everyone else is innocent. Well in case you were wondering, in that way of writing we can go and make a J'accuse - everone.
Israel is nt and should not be responsible for the Palestinian welfare, "our" neighbors have other beighbors too, neighbors which are brothers - not cousins, and they dont give a crap about them, why should israel?!?
And no, you can't accuse the Palestinians for not "grasping" an oppurtunity, and if you want to question anything question the whole disengagement, as in, if they are friendly neighbours, then why does the gaza strip have to be judenrein before they move in? why cant they even be trusted to respect the graves of the jewish dead buried there? why do they get upset when israel builds a border? you want seperation?!? TAKE IT!! double standards should not be accepted, unfortunately...its already been.

At 7/29/2005 10:40 AM, Blogger mousetrap84 said...

great post!!!!!! - except for the part about the idf- i seriously disagree with you - i was very proud of both parties at kfar maimon - the "settlers" and the soldiers. firstly the settler movement was there unlawfully - in a democractic country there is an unalienable right to demonstrate - but not anywhere anytime. the government had closed off gush katif - and the settler movement was trying to illegally get people in. while the disengagement plan may be incredibly dangerous, and will definately be one of the most traumatic an painful events in israeli history - it has been passed over and over and over again by all democratic means in the knesset. while i completely sympathize with all the demonstraters at kfar maimon - the army had the right to block them from getting any further. this they did under hard conditions and managed to keep it civil and unviolent. i cannot fail to praise to "settlers" here who also did an amazing job at keeping things calm. I still have faith in the idf.

At 8/01/2005 7:45 AM, Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

elster: ". How easy it is to shout negative diatribe agains tthe "dictatorship" government from here. After all, there is little chance of you or your wife/son/daughter getting killed in a suicide bombing in Chaifa or Tel Aviv" What a pathetic comment.

You honestly think its safer in the West Bank than in Tel Aviv or Haifa? You live in fantasyland. Over 6000 missles have fallen on Gush Katif in the past 4 years, and you have the gall to question our right to freedom of speech?

I can post the dozens of beeper messages I get every day of rock throwing attacks/shootings/missle-mortar attacks on a daily basis. Last time I opened HaAretz, I didn't see anything about all these in Gush Dan.

TRK: Sorry - we're at war. Its a milchemet mitzva. The last thing we need to do now is have mercy on our enemies, of which over 85% support suicide bombings. Let them crawl on their knees begging for mercy, and I'll be more than happy to start being nicer to them.

At 8/01/2005 10:31 AM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Jameel, this is a b.s. post, anyways. You and I both know it.

At 8/01/2005 2:04 PM, Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

OC: Good to be back. I've been overly busy dealing with my new daughter...and my sister's making aliya on the Wednesday NBN flight...and I've got to get down to Sderot...and here's a big Likud Central Committee vote on Wednesday. I'm supposed to do an ambulance shift on Thursday, but I'm totally zonked.

At 8/01/2005 2:42 PM, Blogger The Rabbi's Kid said...

OC - u attacking me now?

At 8/02/2005 2:08 AM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

TRK, never!
Jameel, take it easy. Don't over do it. You don't want to keel over. Hey, if you take pictures from the NBN flight on Wed, will you be putting them up?

At 8/02/2005 7:48 AM, Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

OC: Sure, I'll post pix. but I'll have to wear my kaffiya to stay incognito.

At 8/03/2005 6:12 AM, Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

OC: NbN arrival this morning was bittersweet. On the one hand, it was amazing seeing so many North American Olim arriving. It was uplifting and spiritual. The cynicism of the Zionist "State" welcome, while at the same time, planning the expulsion of 9000 Jews from their homes is depressing.

I will write about this later, but the fact is, the NbN people who arrived today are not wanted by the Israeli government; just their money. The government wants them to "Show up and shut up". The vast majority of today's Anglo olim were "Orange" supporters and religious. The State doesn't want these "type" to come in, or be politically active, or try to improve Israel's democracy or improve the many things that can be improved.

"Show up, Shut up. We know whats best for you. We built this country - you only just showed up now. We'll show you how its run...and how you will act...Welcome to Israel."

With all this in mind, we're still going to make a difference.

At 8/06/2005 11:52 AM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Jameel, as the Misrad Haklita said to my in-laws when they started building a Yishuv in the Galil, with 70 other families, in the early 80's: "Nobody asked you to come here".
I guess that still hold true until today. All us Olim Chadashim can do is break that barricade down by just keepin' on comin'. Am I right?

At 8/08/2005 7:41 AM, Blogger tafka PP said...

Jameel- want to rephrase? The "vast majority" of today's AMERICAN Olim might be "Orange supporters and religious", but I'm afraid you just can't generalise re the many Brits, Aussies etc with a blanket "Anglo" term.

And surely you knew that as an Oleh, you'd just be a demographic tick in the box and nothing more? I guess the Sochnut lied to us all, it would seem... coming to terms with this reality makes it much easier to live (and remain) here, without any false expectations that the Israeli Govt thinks you're in any way special. For that reason, those overblown NBN "welcome" ceremonies make my stomach churn.


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