Characterizing Israel

Discussion in 'theory, philosophy & history' started by frogwoman, Aug 2, 2014.

  1. DrRingDing

    DrRingDing 'anti-human wanker'

    Right now I couldn't give a fuck for mental masturbation....but you stroke away.
     
  2. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist specter haunting

    careful here mauvais, zionism is not an extremest form of judaism. It is secular in nature and many jews reject it based on that alone! we musn't fall into the trap of thinking people=faith imo
     
  3. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    I'm not sold on that - I'd go with 'can be' secular rather than 'is' - although it doesn't really matter. It doesn't really matter because the relevant link between belief and state can be of religious ideology or secular political convenience for all the difference it makes.

    It's obvious that Judaism doesn't inherently equal either Zionism or Israel, and obvious that in practice the two are independent for many Jews. However the conflation of the two isn't merely an invention of the onlooker - for example the agenda of the British Board of Deputies.

    Ultimately that's part of my point: why would anyone at least one step removed from the Israeli state allow their ideas - religious or political - to be so unnecessarily intertwined with those of a rogue state's particular government?
     
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  4. frogwoman

    frogwoman лягушкая женщина

    excellent post mauvais - this is it, this is why for some people its not as simple saying Zionism =/= Judaism or criticism of Israel isn't anti-Semitic. However opposed to the actions of Israel many jews are you would simply not get the vast majority of them to support a BDS campaign in my opinion (although that might change, but I can't see it) for example which is one of the reasons I in the past, have opposed it (although I am coming round to it now quite frankly, I certainly don't intend to buy anything Israeli ever again although I wouldn't judge anyone else for not doing so)

    Many Jews have family in Israel, and of course over time the agenda of the board of deputies and similar organisations has become completely entwined with the agenda of the state of Israel and Zionism. It's not a conspiracy, it's simply looking at who the most influential within the jewish community have become (as in most groups, right wing and conservative). There are reasons why Israel has for many people become the centrepiece of jewish identity and criticising Israel becomes a way of actually rejecting that identity. For example my dad told me that after the 1967 war that was the first time when he was actually proud to be a Jew because previously Jews were viewed as this passive group that were always being killed and now suddenly they were strong and powerful. And when Israel's atrocities became apparent disliking the state of Israel became tied up with a whole load of other problems about Judaism that he had.

    The fact is if you go into many synagogues today, you will see Israeli flags and such like, you will see maps of biblical Israel which often don't include the west bank and gaza clearly demarked. And the people aren't Zionists necessarily its just become such a part of the religious and cultural landscape. I also think many people who go to Israel on one of these religious tours etc aren't even thinking about Zionism, it just doesn't even enter into their heads, its completely removed.
     
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  5. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist specter haunting

    I'm not seeing it. Someone holds to x secular ideology and y religion therefore x is an expression of y? how does that stack up?
     
  6. frogwoman

    frogwoman лягушкая женщина

    well ISIS are still an expression of islam aren't they?

    a very twisted one, and not the only one, but even so ...
     
  7. frogwoman

    frogwoman лягушкая женщина

    thing is, Zionism isn't just one thing

    it started off as a secular ideology but there are plenty of religious Zionists and religious justifications for for example, viewing Palestinians as "Amalek" (the nation in the bible that G-d said must be destroyed)

    you can read loads of shit by "moderate" religious Zionists going on about this
     
  8. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist specter haunting


    by that logic a communist churchgoer means communism is an expression of christianity though
     
  9. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist specter haunting


    ah now this makes more sense- its become intertwined for some?
     
  10. frogwoman

    frogwoman лягушкая женщина

    Yes. It's become hugely intertwined and not just by that extreme logic.

    I've been in synagogues where they say prayers for the IDF ffs. Are they all genocidal loons who agree with Israeli actions? not at all. that's become the custom though.
     
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  11. frogwoman

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    So making out that it has "nothing to do with religion" is not that simple and may explain why some jews support the Israeli government or at least why they are unwilling to criticise it in the absence of other evidence.

    I'm an anti-Zionist jew but I think this stuff is essential to understand if you want to understand Israel's support base and what's driving this support. It isn't just "they're all cunts" (although increasingly, it is becoming the case)
     
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  12. frogwoman

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    I mean how do you change a situation where people are standing up in shul saying prayers for the idf and prayers for the captured soldiers as they have done for umpteen years. lol. fucked if I know.

    thing is I'd be happy to say a prayer for the idf, they're mostly working class kids being sent to die, if that was what was said in the prayer that would be fine by me. that's not what is meant when it gets said though. mostly I end up sitting at the back feeling uncomfortable

    things are changing, but jesus
     
  13. Bernie Gunther

    Bernie Gunther Fundamentalist Druid

    Here's a quite interesting Adam Curtis piece from 2012, about the symbiosis between the rise of Hamas and the Israeli far-right.

    He's not telling the whole story, for example about Israeli ethnic cleansing from '48 onwards, but it's thought-provoking stuff, supported with some fascinating archive footage.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/legacy/adamcurtis/2012/11/save_your_kisses_for_me.html
     
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  14. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    Then why post on a thread in a forum entitled "theory, philosophy and history", you utter dick-drip?
    Actually, we all know why - to do a bit more posturing about what a fucking hardman take-no-prisoners activist you are.

    Jog on, sonny. Posturing mugs are ten a penny, although I'll grant you that posturing mugs who obviously fantasise about other blokes masturbating are slightly rarer than that.
     
  15. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby how's it going to end?

    I disagree. It does but it needs to stop the land grabs and settlements and give the people of Palestine freedom.
     
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  16. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    TBF all ideas of a homeland are more or less "invented", generally by "interest groups" who are invested in spreading their invention. I can't think of any "homeland" fantasy tat doesn't include some mind-numbingly arseholian assumptions about "the race" (or culture) and "others".
     
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  17. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    Although, of course, we don't see many moves in the knesset to strip Israeli Arab MPs of their positions because they happen to be Arabs who don't entirely agree with the Zionist majority.

    He said, sarcastically.
     
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  18. Johnny Canuck3

    Johnny Canuck3 Well-Known Member

    Does that include the assertion by aboriginal groups in North America, Australia etc. of land claims to ancestral territories?
     
  19. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby how's it going to end?

    Like NI/6 counties and the United Ireland dream, I guess
     
  20. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    how does it have 'a right' to exist? do states anywhere have rights?
     
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  21. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    ^^^This.
    It's alarming, the degree to which Zionist assumptions have been naturalised on an ongoing basis since the '70s in many synagogues. All you need is a rabbi who has a bent toward Zionism, or someone pushing, and what should be a neutrally-religious venue becomes an advert for the desires and assumptions of the state of Israel.
     
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  22. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    It doesn't, not exactly. It's more that there's sometimes more affinity than not between the two seemingly-separate sets of beliefs - ideology and religion.
     
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  23. two sheds

    two sheds Least noticed poster 2007 (nom.)

    Would it be a derail to ask how we can characterize supporters of the present Israeli killing of Palestinians?
     
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  24. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    And here is another "confusion" commonly seen around the issue - that nationalist Zionism has it within itself to "stop the land grabs and settlements and give the people of Palestine freedom".
    The form of Zionism practiced in and by the state of Israel since foundation doesn't allow for stopping the land grabs etc. It's based on assumptions about the hegemony and primacy of one set of people, and that the land "belongs" to them, no ifs and no buts, and certainly no pesky Palestinians. To accept the right of Palestinians to live on that land is in direct conflict with both the assumptions of the nationalist Zionists, AND with the practices they've carried out since 1948, practices such as: massacring villages; "Hebraicising" place-names; eradicating evidence of Arab settlement (including archaeology - remember how pissed off the world was when the Taliban did that?); pushing Palestinians into ever-smaller pieces of land; causing Palestinians with resources to flee - plus a host of other shitty tricks that make it quite clear that "stopping the land grabs etc will never be on the agenda.

    BTW, when the "right to exist" is mentioned, many (lazy) people assume that what's being asked is "do Jews have a right to exist?". That's emphatically NOT the question. The question is "Does Zionism, as a political practice informing the decisions of a state about those it governs, have the right to exist?", and the answer is "it has no more right to exist than any other racist state that seeks to eradicate an inconvenient minority, i.e. no right at all".
     
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  25. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    Cheerleaders for murder.
     
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  26. frogwoman

    frogwoman лягушкая женщина

    yeah, and I don't know what we can do about it
    what do you think?
     
  27. frogwoman

    frogwoman лягушкая женщина

    Its everywhere, give money to such and such so they can plant trees in Israel
     
  28. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    The clue is in the word "aboriginal".
     
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  29. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    The only thing we can do is appeal to the better natures of people who buy into the myths, although as we both know, that's generally a long and disheartening process, because for many such people, their belief in Israel is bound up with all sorts of shite whereby they believe that the Zionists actually represent the idea of Israel, rather than an idea of Israel.
     
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  30. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    If you're talking about the desires of some to kick the Protestants into the Irish Sea and drown them, then yes, if you're talking about peaceful co-existence, then no.
    The thing with nationalist Zionism in Israel is that its' actions and pronouncements make clear that "peaceful co-existence" isn't on the agenda.
     
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